Lechtins

May 31, 2011

Lectins Can Make “One Man’s Food Another Man’s Poison”

By truehealth
Created 05/30/2011 – 7:00am
Lectins Can Make “One Man’s Food Another Man’s Poison”

You may not have heard of lectins, but they aren’t a new discovery. As early as 1954 research talks of lectins sticking and clumping to your blood cells.

However, very few scientists made the connection between lectins and digestive problems until recently…and the number of Americans developing food allergies and other digestive issues has continued to increase as lectin-filled foods have slowly taken over our diets.

According the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, many food allergies are actually immune system reactions to lectins—the little-known sticky proteins that are a part of a plant’s natural immune system and which provide a protective barrier for the plant.

The Attack of the Lectins

It’s your genetic makeup that determines how and to what degree these lectins affect you, which explains why food allergies usually run in families. Your ancestors simply didn’t eat the types of foods you consume today, and your immune system may not be able to handle the virtual avalanche of lectins in the typical American diet.

For example, today’s wheat contains nearly 90 percent more of the lectin called gluten than wheat produced two generations ago. And if you also eat potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, legumes, milk products and eggs, your digestive system most likely experiences lectin overload.

Since your body can’t digest or destroy these lectins, they are free to roam your digestive tract, attaching to healthy sugar molecules that are needed for proper digestion. Not only can this create a digestive nightmare of cramping, gas and diarrhea, but lectins can also cause…

  • Headaches, brain fog and poor concentration.
  • Bloating, puffiness and weight gain.
  • Constant fatigue.
  • Mucus buildup and repeatedly clearing your throat.
  • Joint stiffness and inflammation.
  • Unexplainable illnesses.

So, what can you do to fight back against this lectin attack?

First, ask your doctor to check you for “anti-gliadin antibodies and endomysium antibodies,” and if either test is positive, request a “celiac panel” to rule out other serious digestive issues.

And be sure to include quality supplements in your daily diet regimen such as N-Acetyl glucosamine (NAG), bladderwrack, okra powder, D-mannose, mucins, sodium alginate and pepsin.

By taking these steps, you can take back control of your body and your health, and once again enjoy the foods you love.

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Los Indignados (The Indignant)

May 30, 2011

Los Indignados

One of the notable features of the current recession in Spain is how much the young the youth have disproportionately suffered from the economic problems that the country is undergoing.  Of course the young will always be more vulnerable because they have less experience and training but the way that the Spanish system is set up especially makes it difficult for young people.  The irony is that a lot of the cause for why young people are bearing the disproportionate brunt of the economic pain in the country actually resides in leftist socialist policies. Let me give you an example. Unlike in the United States, in the private sector with employment contracts, there are two types of employees: there are the “Fijos” or the permanent workers, and then there are the non-permanent workers. Nonpermanent workers can be fired very easily and at almost no cost, however the “Fijos” or the permanent workers have to be paid a fairly large compensation package if they are fired.  It is not surprising that the majority of the permanent workers are people who are older.  The majority of the nonpermanent workers are young people just getting started and so in this recession when employees look to reduce personnel they don’t necessarily always fire the least productive employees.  They often will let go the nonpermanent workers over the permanent workers simply because the cost of firing nonpermanent workers are much less.

When we look at the public sector the difference is even more extreme and not surprisingly the left is implicit in this too left.  It would have been extremely cathartic and productive for the Spanish government to fire the bottom 20% of non-productive civil servants.  It would have eliminated a lot of deadwood and it would have also sent a wonderful message to the 80% of existing workers that they actually need to put in a good days work if they want to keep their job, just as in the private sector.  But of course the government did not do that.  Everyone who is a civil servant will remain a civil servant with a job for life no matter what their level of productivity or professionalism.  The end effect of this is that during a period of austerity, the only way that the government can hope to save costs is to hire no new government workers which effectively blocks the ability of young people to get jobs in the government since new civil service positions are almost completely frozen for the foreseeable future.  If the government had decided to fire the bottom 20% of least performing civil servants that would’ve enabled a lot of employment to be produced for young people.

In contrast to other demonstrations in places like Greece, the protests in Spain have not been against austerity. Instead there have been universal calls by the protesters to remove the special privileges of politicians and civil servants in general. If anything the protesters want to cut government spending even further by cutting out all of the waste that is inherent in the system. Nor is there any call for higher taxes. The protesters want the government to save more. This is clearly a protest by the youth, who feel left out by the system, which has been set up for the benefit of the older generation at the expense of the younger generation.

A final reason for frustration is that this current generation´s upbringing has probably been the most indulged in and pampered in a long time.  The current youth have grown up in prosperity and were raised by overworked guilt ridden parents, who too often decided to indulge their kids instead of giving them proper structure and reasonable limits.  So, what we have is in Spain is a situation where a passive and indulged generation is coming up against a particularly difficult and nasty employment situation made even worse by the inherent structure of the system in which older people who are entrenched in their positions have protections against being fired which consequently means that there are less positions available for young people.  In economics you can’t get something for nothing and if people who are middle-aged are more protected in their jobs then there’s going to have to be a corresponding and equally proportional pain among young people who are not so entrenched into the work.  So what we have now is almost a lost generation of young people huge numbers of whom cannot find work.  After three years of recession we are finally seeing the inevitable and not surprising expression of this frustration.  We will have to see if these demonstrations continue and what if anything will be done to help the youth of Spain.


The Pain in Spain

May 29, 2011

One of the notable features of the current recession in Spain is how much the young the youth have disproportionately suffered from the economic problems that the country is undergoing.  Of course the young will always be more vulnerable because they have less experience and training but the way that the Spanish system is set up especially makes it difficult for young people.  The irony is that a lot of the cause for why young people are bearing the disproportionate brunt of the economic pain in the country actually resides in leftist socialist policies. Let me give you an example. Unlike in the United States, in the private sector with employment contracts, there are two types of employees: there are the “Fijos” or the permanent workers, and then there are the non-permanent workers. Nonpermanent workers can be fired very easily and at almost no cost, however the “Fijos” or the permanent workers have to be paid a fairly large compensation package if they are fired.  It is not surprising that the majority of the permanent workers are people who are older.  The majority of the nonpermanent workers are young people just getting started and so in this recession when employees look to reduce personnel they don’t necessarily always fire the least productive employees.  They often will let go the nonpermanent workers over the permanent workers simply because the cost of firing nonpermanent workers are much less.

When we look at the public sector the difference is even more extreme and not surprisingly the left is implicit in this too left.  It would have been extremely cathartic and productive for the Spanish government to fire the bottom 20% of non-productive civil servants.  It would have eliminated a lot of deadwood and it would have also sent a wonderful message to the 80% of existing workers that they actually need to put in a good days work if they want to keep their job, just as in the private sector.  But of course the government did not do that.  Everyone who is a civil servant will remain a civil servant with a job for life no matter what their level of productivity or professionalism.  The end effect of this is that during a period of austerity the only way that the government can hope to save costs is to hire no new government workers which effectively blocks the ability of young people to get jobs in the government since new civil service positions are almost completely frozen for the foreseeable future.  If the government had decided to fire the bottom 20% of least performing civil servants that would’ve enabled a lot of employment to be produced for young people.

Finally the situation is further exasperated by the fact that this current generation coming-of-age has probably been the most indulged in to some degree pampered in a long time.  This current generation grew up in prosperity and was raised by overwork guilt ridden parents who too often decided to indulge their kids instead of giving them proper structure and reasonable tough love.  So what we have is in Spain is a situation where a passive and indulged generation is coming up against a particularly difficult and nasty employment situation made even worse by the inherent structure of the system in which older people who are entrenched in their positions have protections against being fired which consequently means that there are less positions available for young people.  In economics you can’t get something for nothing and if people who are middle-aged are more protected in their jobs then there’s going to have to be a corresponding and equally proportional pain among young people who are not so entrenched into the work.  So what we have now is almost a lost generation of young people huge numbers of whom cannot find work.  After three years of recession we are finally seeing the inevitable and not surprising expression of this frustration.  We will have to see if these  demonstrations continue and what if anything will be done to help the youth of Spain.


Obama

May 28, 2011

Obama is a natural politician.  He is a gifted speaker and has a likeable personality.  He also has been good at producing legislation which appears to be reform oriented, but in actuality does little to nothing to deal with the underlying problem.  In the end Obama is another bought off politician up to his neck in influence peddling and conflicts of interest, and he has no intention of real reform because that would anger his special interest supporters, and he is not going to do that.  So instead we get superficial and symbolic reform.  The fact is that our government regulatory agencies continue to be bought off with the revolving door and continue to betray the American people.  A real reformer would go against the deeply entrenched moneyed special interests and that is not Obama.


Platics

May 28, 2011

We have a growing problem with plastics and other chemicals building up in our environment and causing real health problems.  The government unfortunately takes a stance that all chemicals are safe to use until overwhelming evidence shows the contrary.  In other words we are the great guinea pig experiment.

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Are Plastics Causing Brain Damage?

By Dr. Nicole Sundeneon 05/27/2011

Unfortunately, the answer is, “yes it appears so.”

Imagine the possibilities? You could blame your forgetfulness on the Tupperware lunch you microwaved. Perhaps that brain fog this morning was because you drank your organic coffee from a plastic traveler’s mug.

In fact, maybe it’s plastics, not aluminum, causing Alzheimer’s; maybe it’s all the plastics in our environment that are breaking down and causing the skyrocketing rates of ADHD, depression, and autism.

I know it may sound a little crazy but it very well could be reality.

Not long ago researchers at Yale University found an alarming result to their preliminary study on what plastics are doing to the functioning of our Central Nervous System.

Fast Friends…FDA and Big Business

First let me give you some background.

All new chemicals are guilty until proven innocent. Why? Because that is the SAFEST option for consumers. However, it’s important to also understand that the FDA does not promote safety, they promote big business in America. This becomes quite clear when you look at its inability…or unwillingness…to properly examine new substances for consumers to ingest.

Did you know that all new food additives can be FDA approved simply by laboratory testing on animals alone? If you don’t believe me then just think about why tobacco…a known killer…has not been banned by the FDA?

Doesn’t that make you want to think twice before drinking that sucralose-loaded sports drink? You are drinking a man made substance that has NEVER been tested on human beings and approved for safety.

Plastics are no different. Researchers are JUST NOW growing concerned about the degradation of plastics in our environment and starting to really do some preliminary research on the health consequences of plastics.

A Plastic Covered World

What would we all do without plastics? We have grown so dependent on plastics.

You might be reading this right now and freaking out! OH MY GOSH! Everything in my house is plastic. My house is made of modified plastics…I drive in plastics…I eat out of plastics…I drink out of plastics! My child is teething on a big piece of plastic.

As a doctor and researcher with a passion for biochemistry, I really think that plastics – just like lead pipes, BPA, Azo yellow dye, asbestos, and all the medications the FDA is constantly approving and then yanking off the shelves – boils down to the same final dilemma that no one in the world is ever willing to accept:

You just can’t cheat the system.

I support people looking for a better way, an easier way. I am always after the same. However, the better way does not involve “cheating the system,” it involves supporting it. When we look for cheap quick fixes for today’s problems without thinking forward to the future generations, we will ALWAYS have a problem with our environment.

Think forward to fifty years from now—think about how much more plastic will be in our environment if we don’t stop now.

So, on one hand we have a very preliminary study done on plastics…and some evidence that plastics may be the problem in certain reproductive cancers…is there enough evidence yet…?

The problem is that the FDA approves something and then that thing is this “golden child” that then must be proven guilty (via expensive research).

Is “innocent until proven guilty” the best solution for potentially toxic products? There are plastics manufacturers everywhere burying the very research we need because they don’t want consumers to stop buying their products.

As a doctor with ten years of post secondary education, I vote for “why bother waiting around to find out”. The damage done by plastics is already more than enough evidence. We know they are bad. We know they break down in to “xenoestrogens,” or molecules that structurally mimic estrogen and are thus able to stimulate estrogen receptors.

We know that we should not even be drinking out of plastic water bottles. We know that smaller organisms in our environment are slowly transforming to a predominantly female gender as a result of the presence of these xenoestrogens in our environment.

This study by Yale University showing that plastics interfere with brain functions is simply the tip of the plastics iceberg. Unfortunately this may just be too big of an iceberg for us to navigate around.

So What Now?

What can you do as a consumer? Stop buying plastics, of course. There are typically superior products available made of stainless steel, glass, wood, and cast iron options that have circulated through generations and proven safe by the best test of all. The test of time is better than any double blind randomized control trial.

Every new thing in science gets a critical eye from me, and the plastics story is no exception. There is enough significant evidence at this point in time to warrant pulling most plastics from the shelves, and yet the FDA is not doing so because the bottom line is always the same thing—money.

Yes, at times these things may cost a little bit more, but just think of it as YOU having the voice to VOTE for what you want our environment to be composed of by choosing NOT to purchase items made of plastic.


Eating Meat

May 28, 2011

I am normally not a great fan of Mark Zuckerburg but on this particular issue he has  a point.  He has decided to kill everything that he eats, which means that he has to deal with the moral consequences of his decision, and not leave it to an overworked illegal immigrant in a slaughter house to do the dirty job.  If people want meat it seem incumbent on them to do so ethically.  People should buy organic meat from animals that have been raised and killed with as little suffering as possible.  The current state of industrial livestock production is a disaster for both animals and humans and is fundamentally immoral.  It would also be good to feel thankful to those animals who have given their lives for our comfort and health.  Too many people go thru life oblivious and indifferent to the horrors going on to produce their low quality, bacteria infested, antibiotic and hormone filled meat.

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Only Eating Animals He Kills Himself

posted by: alicia graef 7 hours ago
78 comments

This week Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is making headlines over his decision to eat only animals he kills himself.

His choice comes as part of an annual challenge he poses for himself. Last year’s challenge was to learn Mandarin. This year’s challenge is a little bit different.

“This year, my personal challenge is around being thankful for the food I have to eat. I think many people forget that a living being has to die for you to eat meat, so my goal revolves around not letting myself forget that and being thankful for what I have. This year I’ve basically become a vegetarian since the only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself. So far, this has been a good experience. I’m eating a lot healthier foods and I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals,” wrote Zuckerberg in a letter to Fortune.

He started off with a lobster, moved on to a chicken, then proceeded to kill a pig and a goat. He’s being walked through the process by Jesse Cool, owner of the Flea Street Café, who has been introducing Zuckerberg to farmers and educating him on slaughter methods, which for Zuckerberg, involves slitting throats. According to Cool, this is the most “kind” way to do it.

“I started thinking about this last year when I had a pig roast at my house. A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn’t want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive. That just seemed irresponsible to me. I don’t have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from,” he also stated in his letter.

Like Zuckerberg, many consumers are growing increasingly aware, and concerned with, where exactly their food is coming from and it’s becoming harder to ignore the intense suffering of innocent animals who are treated as mere commodities with dollar signs attached.

While the decision to eat meat or consume animal products is a personal choice, it has become a collective action with repercussions that can be seen around the world.

Each year, billions of cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, and other innocent, sentient animals are caged, crowded, deprived, drugged, mutilated, and manhandled in U.S. factory farms. They are then hauled to the slaughterhouse and killed under atrocious conditions. Millions never even make it to the slaughterhouse, dying from stress-induced diseases or injuries.

It’s becoming more difficult to ignore the level of violence, environmental degradation, loss of biodiversity, pollution, misuse of antibiotics that are affecting human health, workers rights violations and animal abuse, among other problems the meat industry causes, yet somehow, there is a disconnect between packages that get neatly wrapped in cellophane and placed on store shelves and their origins.

The argument could easily be made to support Zuckerberg’s decision to take responsibility for what’s on his plate and do what many of us won’t or can’t. It’s hard to understand how people can be bothered by industrialized farming, or the fact that what they were eating used to have a life of it’s own, and turn a blind eye and keep contributing to it on a regular basis allowing agribusinesses to carry on simply because it’s profitable to do so.

Of course, there are also arguments against it. Killing an animal yourself and eating it doesn’t make you a vegetarian. Additionally, a living being doesn’t have to die just to satisfy human desire for meat.

The animals who are killed have just as much of an interest in their own lives as we do in ours. Doing it yourself and watching an animal choking on their own blood and gasping for their last breaths doesn’t make it any more ethically justifiable than having someone else do it and buying it in a store even if you’re “thankful.”


Superfoods for soldiers

May 27, 2011

Altho this article is part marketing the  basic idea is long over due.  The fact is that our soldiers should be getting the best nutrition, but instead they get MRIs.  Have you tried those?  Talk about food which is sub-mediocre.  They seem to be done by people with no understanding of real nutrition, who just make half stale versions of of very unimpressive food.  One would think that our soldiers who are pushed and stressed should have the very best.  But, like the inferior m-16 which the army refuses to fix, food continues to be poor.  Read below.

http://www.naturalnews.com/032535_Boku_Superfood_soldiers.html