Crohn’s- Medical Doctors VS Naturopaths


Functionally there is very little difference between the various Doctors. They all went to medical schools. They can all diagnose and treat disease. What makes them different is the philosophy they bring to the process– and we believe philosophy is very important. WHY?

The MEDICAL DOCTORS believe in using drugs to achieve success and even though some drugs have always been a great way to allow our body to heal itself, over time they have become big business and now much of the time only symptoms rather than the root cause is treated.

NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS focus on using nature and natural remedies to treat illness at the root cause if possible and usually try to treat symptoms as a secondary fact until the root cause can fully be addressed.

Recently we saw an article celebrating the fact they now have a vaccination to treat Crohn’s Disease. BRITISH RESEARCHERS believe that they have made an important breakthrough in the search for a vaccine against the crippling digestive illness Crohn’s disease.

WebMD- New Drug for Crohn’s Disease Shows Early Promise

We really like the WebMD site for many things we research and perhaps you will find it to be a good resource for you as well.

Patients with Crohn’s will experience flare-ups followed by periods of remission. A combination of medication, lifestyle changes, diet, and surgery can help keep the disease under control so that patients are able to live a normal life.


NOW that we’ve shared what the Medical doctors are doing, let’s give a bit of space to the Naturopath doctors.

Heal The Root Cause, drrondrucker.

Fungus Found Inside Humans Identified For The First Time As Key Contributor In Crohn’s Disease 

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have discovered a fungus that works with two types of bacteria to cause symptoms of Crohn’s. This is the first study to find a fungus that plays a role in the development of the disease. The hope is that the identification leads to new ways of treating Crohn’s.

Coconut oil and Crohn’s disease


Natural Health 365 has some interesting articles and address this subject as well.


After this in depth study, we know you may always have to carefully guard against this disease, but we believe eating chemical-free and taking live vitamins will help you more than anything else you can do… except the microwave. Try NOT using it.



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Are Kids Vitamins REALLY Important?


We had an extended winter and have been seeing plenty of illness. The question is now asked– ‘How can I best keep my small child free of colds and flu?’ Some of those asking have nursing babies and/or toddlers. Some are still expecting and want to know the best things to do once baby is here because a friend’s baby was sick and their Pediatrician didn’t have an answer that worked for them.

WE HAVE ALL HEARD THAT WE ARE WHAT WE EAT- and for baby, that process begins while growing in the mother’s womb. What mommy eats will not only affect baby’s growth in the womb, but also affects her breast milk and contributes to the health of baby for better or for worse as the mother nurses. If the mother is healthy, baby will no doubt be healthy, but if the mother didn’t get what she needs, neither will baby.

Some mother’s pump their healthy breast milk- keep it in the frig until needed, then warm it in the MICROWAVE! BIG MISTAKE!! In the journal Pediatrics, a study revealed that using this to warm breast milk reduced many of its disease-fighting capabilities. Other studies have shown that using a microwave to heat and cook foods, reduces the amount of nutrients those foods have, so even if you eat healthy, your microwave can cancel much of the good being done.

If you didn’t get good live vitamins while pregnant, it gets a bit more tricky- you will want baby/toddler to get what is needed to keep flu and colds away, but since he/she can’t chew or swallow vitamin pills, how do you get a good live vitamin down him/her? We suggest two ways. Get the ones for adults so you too, can keep well, then take just one capsule, open it and add it to something baby is eating or drinking. OR- get the children’s chewable ones and crush one, adding it to Baby’s food or drink of your choice. LIVE VITAMINS WORK- DEAD ONES DON’T. If your family is taking vitamins and get a cold or the flu, CHANGE YOUR BRAND!! There are a number of companies that make good live ones. If you don’t want to search them out and wonder what keeps Hubby and I well, it’s Purity.



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Another 10 Nutrition Lies That Are Keeping Americans Sick (and Fat)

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After cruising around for more information, here are some interesting facts I’ve uncovered that are news to many.

There is no shortage of health advice out there, and no shortage of bad advice to go along with it. Some misguided ideas and beliefs are harmless— but others are outright dangerous and can lead you down the road to chronic health problems and may even trim years off your life.

It is critically important to decipher fact from fiction. Many nutrition myths get repeated over and over until they are mistaken for truth, especially when perpetually spread by public health authorities.

But the good news is that slowly, the real truth finally appears to be reaching mainstream audiences, as evidenced by the eagerness of satirists to take a jab at the food industry.

In an article addressing destructive nutrition lies, Kris Gunnars of Authority Nutrition1 is among those admirably trying to bust the dangerous dietary myths that continue being spread by so many nutritionists. I agree with the majority of his points, but have added a few others that I believe to be important. Read on for my own top 10 list, which builds upon his.

Lie #1: Breakfast Is the Healthiest Meal of the Day, and You Should Eat Many Small Meals a Day

There is now a good deal of research supporting the health benefits of intermittent fasting—which is what you are really doing whenever you zip out of the house in the morning without breakfast.  Jeannie here- it is so good that we have it in our blog and you may read about it in the ONE DAY DIET!

Recent studies suggest that intermittent fasting can provide the same health benefits as constant calorie restriction which many studies have shown to dramatically increase life span in animals. It may also be helpful for those who cannot successfully reduce their everyday calorie intake. X X X  Jeannie here- I’ve now had 3 doctors tell me not to count calories, just carbs. It works well because only the calories from carbs add to your waistline… Example: A huge steak containing a lot of saturated fat won’t put an ounce of fat on you, but that many calories in potatoes, bread, rice, etc. does and your waistline will indeed grow!

Besides turning you into an efficient fat burner, intermittent fasting can also boost your level of human growth hormone production (aka the “fitness hormone”) by as much as 1,200 percent for women and 2,000 percent for men.

Intermittent fasting and continuous calorie restriction have both been shown to produce weight loss and improve metabolic risk markers. However, intermittent fasting tends to be slightly more effective for reducing insulin resistance.

Other benefits include reducing inflammation, improving blood pressure, and increased lean body mass. Intermittent fasting can also improve your brain function by increasing levels of BDNF, a protein that protects your brain cells from the changes associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

There are several types of intermittent fasting to choose from, so I recommend experimenting to see what style works best for you. One of the easiest, however, is to simply skip breakfast, and limit your eating to a narrow window of time each day—say between 11am and 7pm, to start. You can review my more comprehensive article on intermittent fasting for more details. Jeannie here- I love Dr. Mercola and suggest you check out this article. It will explain things very well and of course we encourage it in our health blog– Dr. Mercola says ‘Intermittent fasting is more a lifestyle than a diet’ and we find that to be true– I never diet, but often for a variety of reasons do some fasting. I have written some articles that include fasting and the most important thing you should know is that fasting and starving are two different things. Fasting brings great health, while starving brings a slow death. BIG difference!  I believe you will get the most help from my Intermittent Fasting! page. Please read and enjoy it.

The advice to “eat six small meals per day” comes from seemingly logical principles (portion control, keeping your energy up, stabilizing blood sugar, etc.), but in reality, eating this way has not been shown to provide these benefits. We seem to need periods of fasting for optimal metabolic

Lie #2: Saturated Fat Causes Heart Disease

The dangerous recommendation to avoid saturated fat, which arose from an unproven hypothesis from the mid-1950s, has been harming people’s health for about 40 years now. As recently as 2002, the “expert” Food & Nutrition Board issued the following misguided statement, which epitomizes this myth:

“Saturated fats and dietary cholesterol have no known beneficial role in preventing chronic disease and are not required at any level in the diet.”

Similarly, the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine recommends that adults get 45-65 percent of their calories from carbohydrates, 20-35 percent from fat, and 10-35 percent from protein. This is the polar opposite of an ideal fat to carb ratio and virtually guarantees you a heightened risk of disease.

Most people benefit from a diet where 50-85 percent of daily calories are derived from healthful fats. However, you need very few, if any, carbohydrates for optimal health. Although that amount of fat may seem like a lot, fat is very calorie-dense, and will therefore still constitute the smallest amount, in terms of volume, on your plate.

The truth is, saturated fats from animal and vegetable sources provide the building blocks for your cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances, without which your body cannot function optimally.

Fats also serve as carriers for the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K and are required for converting carotene into vitamin A, absorbing minerals, and a host of other important biological functions.

Read more about TOP 5 HEALTHY FATS

Lie #3: High Omega-6 Seed and Vegetable Oils Are Good for You

Of all the health-destroying foods on the market, those made with highly processed vegetable and seed oils are some of the worst. When consumed in large amounts, as they are by most Americans, they seriously distort your important omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. In a perfect world, this ratio is 1:1—but the average American is getting 20 to 50 times more omega-6 fats than omega-3 fats. Excessive omega-6 fats from processed foods significantly increase your risk for heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other illnesses.

Many vegetable and seed oils are also genetically engineered, which only compounds their health risk. More than 90 percent of US canola oil is GE. So what’s the best oil to cook with? Of all the available oils, coconut oil is the one of choice for cooking because it’s close to a completely saturated fat—meaning, much less susceptible to heat damage. And coconut oil is one of the most nutritionally beneficial fats. For more information about coconut oil, please see our special report. Olive oil, while certainly a healthful oil, is easily damaged by heat and is best reserved for drizzling cold over salad.

Lie #4: Artificial Sweeteners Are Safe Sugar Replacements for Diabetics, and Help Promote Weight Loss

Most people use artificial sweeteners to lose weight and/or because they are diabetic and need to avoid sugar. The irony is that nearly all of the studies to date show that artificial sweeteners cause even MORE weight gain than caloric sweeteners. Studies also show that artificial sweeteners can be worse than sugar for diabetics.

In 2005, data gathered from the 25-year long San Antonio Heart Study showed that drinking diet soft drinks increased the likelihood of serious weight gain much more so than regular soda.2 On average, each diet soda the participants consumed per day increased their risk of becoming overweight by 65 percent within the next seven to eight years and made them 41 percent more likely to become obese. There are several possible reasons for this, such as:

  • Sweet taste alone appears to increase hunger, regardless of caloric content Jeannie here- my hunger is never increased by the sweet taste of things I eat because I eat low carb and chemical-free foods. I love the chocolate peanut butter malt balls we have and usually eat 2-3 after dinner because they are a bit sweet and I LOVE chocolate! These satisfy my desire for a yummy sweet chocolate ending to my meal and I never get a hunger or craving for more.

  • Artificial sweeteners appear to perpetuate a craving for sweets, and overall sugar consumption is therefore not reduced, leading to further problems with weight control3

  • Artificial sweeteners may disrupt your body’s natural ability to “count calories,” as evidenced by multiple studies. For example, a Purdue University study found that rats fed artificially sweetened liquids ate more high-calorie food than rats fed high-caloric sweetened liquids4

The list of health risks associated with artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame, continues to expand. I maintain an ongoing list of studies related to the detrimental effects of aspartame, which I recommend you review for yourself if you are still on the fence. I invite you to watch my aspartame video, as well. Jeannie here- We did a study of Stevia sweeteners because they are made from the plant and found not all stevia is the same. Some companies add things like erythritol (a sugar alcohol) to it. Other sugar alcohols are sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol and isomalt. A good stevia powder is an excellent natural sweetener but only if it has no fillers. SweetLeaf seems to be the best one, since it has 0 calories, 0 carbs and excellent taste. However we prefer NuNaturals because SweetLeaf seemed to clump in our coffee a bit. It does have some Maltodextrin to keep it from clumping, but we have just learned the source of Maltodextrin has changed in 2015, so perhaps we will go back to SweetLeaf.

Lie #5: Soy Is a Health Food

The meteoric rise of soy as a “health food” is a perfect example of how a brilliant marketing strategy can fool millions. But make no mistake—unfermented soy products are NOT healthful additions to your diet, regardless of your age or gender.

I am not opposed to all soy— properly fermented and preferably organic soy, such as tempeh, miso, and natto, offer great health benefits, courtesy of the beneficial bacteria (probiotics) the fermentation process produces.

Thousands of studies have linked unfermented soy to a number of health problems, however. More than 90 percent of American soy crops are also genetically engineered, which only compounds its health risks.5 If you find this information startling, then I would encourage you to review some of the articles on my Soy Page.

Read more about the DAMAGING EFFECTS OF SOY

Lie #6: Whole Grains Are Good for Everyone

The use of whole grains is an easy subject to get confused about, especially for those with a passion for health and nutrition. For the longest time, we’ve been told that whole grains are highly beneficial. Unfortunately, ALL grains can elevate your insulin and leptin levels, even whole grains and organic varieties—and elevated insulin/leptin increases your risk of chronic disease. This is especially true if you already struggle with insulin/leptin resistance, which would manifest as high blood pressure, distorted cholesterol ratios, being overweight, or diabetes).

It has been my experience that more than 85 percent of Americans have trouble controlling their insulin and leptin levels and have one or more of the symptoms listed above. You may be one of those if you struggle to maintain an ideal body weight and body composition, tend to accumulate fat around you belly, or have a suboptimal lipid profile. In fact, insulin/leptin dysregulation is a common indicator for many of the diseases so prevalent today, such as diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and cancer.

Many whole grains also contain gluten, which is a common trigger for allergies and sensitivities. Subclinical gluten intolerance is far more common than you might think, with symptoms that are not always obvious. I strongly recommend eliminating or at least restricting grains from your diet, as well as sugars/fructose, especially if you have any of the conditions listed above. As a general rule, the higher your insulin levels are, the greater your grain restriction should be. Jeannie here- Considering the way our wheat crops are grown here in the USA, we suggest you eat NO products that contain wheat, but instead get sprouted ones. You will find this article on wheat to be most enlightening.

Lie #7: Genetically Engineered Foods Are Safe and Comparable to Conventional Foods

Genetic engineering (GE) of our food may be the most dangerous aspect of our food supply today. I strongly recommend that you avoid ALL GE foods. Since more than 90 percent of the corn and 95 percent of the soy grown in the US are GE, then you can count on virtually every processed food having at least one GE component if it doesn’t bear the “USDA 100% Organic” or non-GMO label.  Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of them is that the crops are saturated with one of the most dangerous herbicides on the market, glyphosate, to the tune of nearly a billion pounds per year. This toxic chemical can’t be washed off as it becomes integrated into nearly every cell of the plant, and then gets transferred into your body.

No one knows exactly what will be the ultimate impact of these foods on your health, particularly over the long term. Animal studies have pointed to increased disease, infertility, and birth defects as the top contenders. The first-ever lifetime feeding study showed a dramatic increase in organ damage, cancer, and reduced lifespan. It’s important to realize that, unless you’re buying all organic food or growing your own, you’re probably consuming GE foods on a daily basis.

Lie #8: Eggs Are Bad for Your Heart

Eggs are one of the most demonized foods in the US… thanks to the cholesterol myth. The misguided belief that cholesterol, such as in egg yolks, will give you heart disease is simply untrue (see Lie #1). Studies have shown that eggs do NOT have a detrimental impact on cholesterol levels and are actually one of the most healthful foods you can eat. In one Yale study,6 participants were asked to consume two eggs daily for six weeks. Researchers found that this egg consumption did not spike cholesterol levels and did not have a negative effect on endothelial function, a measure of cardiac risk.

Choose pasture-raised organic eggs, and avoid “omega-3 eggs” as this is not the proper way to optimize your omega-3 levels. To produce these omega-3 eggs, the hens are usually fed poor-quality sources of omega-3 fats that are already oxidized. Omega-3 eggs are also more perishable than non-omega-3 eggs.

Lie #9: Low-Fat Foods Prevent Obesity and Heart Disease

Conventional recommendations over the past 40 years or more have called for drastically decreasing the overall fat in your diet, but this fat aversion is a driving force behind today’s metabolic dysfunction, obesity, and ill health. As discussed earlier, most people need between 50 and 85 percent of their calories from fats—a far cry form the less than 10 percent from saturated fat recommended by the USDA!7 Kris Gunnars stated it quite nicely:8

“The first dietary guidelines for Americans were published in the year 1977, almost at the exact same time the obesity epidemic started. Of course, this doesn’t prove anything (correlation does not equal causation), but it makes sense that this could be more than just a mere coincidence.

The anti-fat message essentially put the blame on saturated fat and cholesterol (harmless), while giving sugar and refined carbs (very unhealthy) a free pass. Since the guidelines were published, many massive studies have been conducted on the low-fat diet. It is no better at preventing heart disease, obesity or cancer than the standard Western diet, which is as unhealthy as a diet can get.”

Let’s face it, if low-fat diets worked, the United States would be the healthiest nation on the planet—folks have been following them since the late 1970s! But if you look at the following graph, you can see that America’s waistline has done nothing but expand since then. There’s no telling how many people have been prematurely killed by following these flawed guidelines. Yet, despite mounting research to the contrary, low-fat diets are still being pushed as “heart healthy” by the majority of nutritionists, cardiologists, and the like.

Lie #10: Carbs Should Be Your Biggest Source of Calorie

I have already covered how insulin resistance is a key factor in disease (see Lie #4). A diet high in non-fiber carbohydrates—particularly processed grains and sugar—leads directly to insulin and leptin resistance. When your highest percentage of calories comes from healthful fats, these problems just don’t exist. Most high-carb diets are high in sugar and starch, not vegetables. When the low-fat mantra swept over the country, the high-carb craze soon followed. When fat was removed from foods, something had to be added back in to make foods more palatable—and that something was sugar. Particularly, highly concentrated forms of fructose, such as high fructose corn syrup, which spell metabolic disaster for your body.

A high-carb diet disrupts your insulin and leptin signaling, and over time may very well result in type 2 diabetes. By contrast, a diet higher in beneficial fats corrects these metabolic issues. Recent research has demonstrated that the ketogenic diet—one marked by carbohydrate restriction and substantial healthful fats—extended the lifespan of mice by 20 percent, because it optimized their insulin sensitivity and other metabolic processes. There is evidence that low carbohydrate diets, combined with appropriate amounts of protein, can even slow down Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.

Now for the #1 Truth…

The more you can eat like your ancestors, the better—fresh whole foods, locally and sustainably raised, and foods that are minimally processed or not processed at all. These are the types of foods that your genes and biochemistry are adapted to and will provide you with the ability to reverse and prevent most diseases. You will find these at your local farmer’s market, food co-op, or in your own backyard garden. And you will be amazed at the positive changes you’ll see in your health when you “clean up” your diet!  Be wary of nutritional advice from mainstream “experts” as it may not be based on science—or based on bad information that is several decades outdated. Truthful, accurate information is your number one weapon in taking control of your health.

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The bottom line is simply this- in order to be healthy slim and trim, you will need to follow a low carb, high fat diet such as we suggest in our EAT HEALTHY! page. We believe that page is the backbone of our blog and contains the most important information you will need. FD choc crepes

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Top 10 Food Lies That Keep Us Sick and Fat

We are pleased to bring you this very informative article by Dr. Hyman and are so very pleased to be able to share from him some important things we learned long ago.

Dr. Hyman Mark Hyman, MD, believes that we all deserve a life of vitality—and that we have the potential to create it for ourselves. That’s why he is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of Functional Medicine to transform healthcare. He is a practicing family physician, an eight-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He is also the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a medical editor of The Huffington Post, and has been a regular medical contributor on many television shows including CBS This Morning, the Today Show, CNN, The View, the Katie Couric show and The Dr. Oz Show.

When it comes to weight loss, there’s a ton of advice out there. The problem is, most of it is terrible, outdated and scientifically disproven, and if you believe it, it could be getting in your way.  So let’s take a look at the Top Ten Food Lies that keep you sick and fat.

Food Lie #1: All Calories Are Created Equal

When I walked into an 8th grade class recently, I asked them if there was a difference between 1000 calories of broccoli and a 1000 calories of soda. You know what I heard? A unanimous, “Duh! Yes!”

The idea that, as long as we burn more calories than we consume, we will lose weight IS SIMPLY DEAD WRONG.  The lie is that losing weight is all about energy balance or calories in/calories out. Just eat less and exercise more is the mantra we hear from the food industry and government agencies. It’s all about moderation. How’s that working for America?

The truth is there are good and bad calories. And that’s because it’s more than a simple math problem.

When we eat, our food interacts with our biology, which is a complex adaptive system that instantly transforms every bite. Every bite affects your hormones, brain chemistry and metabolism. Sugar calories cause fat storage and spike hunger. Protein and fat calories promote fat burning.

What counts even more are the QUALITY of the calories.

What are high-quality calories? Whole foods – fresh foods, foods like great-grandma made. Good quality protein: grass-fed animal products (not factory farmed), organic eggs, chicken, small wild fish, nuts and seeds. Good carbs: vibrantly colored vegetables, the brighter the better (you can binge on these!). Fruits like wild berries, apples and kiwis-  and super foods like chia and hemp seeds. Good fats like avocado, extra virgin olive oil, nuts and seeds, coconut butter and omega-3 fats from fish.

Food Lie #2: Don’t Lose Weight Too Fast, You’ll Gain it All Back

Slow and steady is what we are told. No quick fixes. Don’t lose more than a pound a week. This is dead wrong.

Studies show the opposite – that a jump-start leads to more weight loss over time.

If you reboot your metabolism with a quick detox from sugar, processed food and junk, you will reset your hormones and your brain chemistry making it much easier to sustain the changes.

The key is to use a healthy, sustainable strategy for weight loss that balances your hormones and brain chemistry and doesn’t put you in a starvation response.

That allows you to lose the weight and keep it off – I see it with my patients all the time – if you see results, you feel empowered and get inspired to keep losing weight.


Food Lie #3: All You Need is Willpower

This is one of the most insidious lies pushed on us by the food industry and government.

Their mantra is this: Eat Less, Exercise More.

The implicit message in this idea is that the real reason we are all fat and sick is that we are lazy gluttons. If we just stopped stuffing our faces and got up off the couch and moved our butt, we would lose weight. It is moral failing, weak psychology, apathy or worse that prevents people from moderating their food intake and exercise. This is nonsense.

If you try to control your appetite with willpower, you will fail. We have short-term voluntary control and can starve ourselves but then our bodies compensate by slowing our metabolism and dramatically increasing appetite. It is unsustainable. If I asked you to hold your breath for 15 minutes – no matter how bad you want to make it happen, you’re just not designed to pull that off.

When your taste buds, brain chemistry, hormones and metabolism have been damaged by sugar and processed foods, willpower alone won’t do it. If you are addicted to sugar and refined carbs you cannot white knuckle it for very long. You have to naturally reset your brain chemistry and hormones so your body will automatically self regulate and the cravings disappear and hunger will be in balance.

When your metabolism has been hijacked you need to detox from the addictive power of sugar and flour and replace them with real, whole, high quality foods. That will allow your appetite and weight to automatically regulate without willpower.

Food Lie #4: Diet Soda Is Better Than Regular Soda

I call soda LIQUID DEATH. And you might as well call diet soda “New & Improved Liquid Death,” because it may actually be WORSE.

In a 14-year study of more than 66,000 women, researchers found that diet sodas actually raised the risk of diabetes MORE than sugar-sweetened sodas. One diet soda increased the risk of type 2 diabetes by 33% and one large diet soda increased the risk by 66%.

The truth is, diet soda slows your metabolism, makes you hungry for sugar and carbs and packs on the belly fat.

Stay away from all artificial sweeteners, even natural plant based ones. Just add a little raw sugar to your coffee if you want. It’s not the sugar that you add to your diet that’s the problem. It’s the sugar that is added to your diet by big food corporations.

Food Lie #5: Foods Labeled Low Fat or Whole Grain Are Good for You

The low-fat craze of the last 30 years has paralleled the dramatic rise in obesity and type 2 diabetes. When food companies took the fat out of the products it was replaced with sugar. And in those 30 years our sugar consumption has doubled. Saturated fat (not trans-fat) actually makes you satisfied, curbs your appetite and a review of all the research on fat and weight found that fat does not make you fat.

The latest health buzzword is “whole grain.”  Food companies add a few flakes of whole grain to processed foods and try to convince us its healthy. A whole grain Pop Tart? Really?

Most cereals are 75% sugar, even with a little bit of whole grain added. They shouldn’t be called breakfast, they should be called dessert. And we are feeding sugary cereal to our kids for breakfast thinking we are doing something good for them. In fact, we are killing them.

My basic rule for food: If it has ANY health claim on the label, it’s probably bad for you.

Food Lie #6: It’s All About Genetics

You may think if your mom is fat and your grandma is fat, that’s why you are fat – you drew the fat card or the diabetes card in the genetic lottery.

But the truth is there are 32 genes associated with obesity in the general population and they only account for nine percent of obesity cases. So even if you had all 32 obesity genes, you would put on only about 22 pounds.

Plus, our genes only change two percent every 20,000 years. And by 2050 it is projected that over 50 percent of Americans will be obese (now it’s about 35%). Our genes don’t change that fast.

What changed is we went from eating about 10 pounds of sugar per person per year in 1800 to 152 pounds of sugar (and 146 pounds of flour) per person per year today. Those are drugs (processing changes the properties and makes them chemicals), these doses of sugar and flour hijack our metabolism and make us fat and sick.

The truth is that obesity is caused by all kinds of factors, but the least of them is genetics.

Food Lie #7: Eating Fat Makes You Fat

Fat is not a 4-letter word! Eating fat not only doesn’t make you fat, it’s critical to health and weight loss. Studies comparing an identical calorie high fat diet to a high sugar diet had totally different effects on metabolism. The higher fat diet caused people to burn an extra 300 calories a day. That’s the equivalent of running for an hour without doing any exercise. Fat speeds up your metabolism. Sugar slows it down.

In studies of animals eating identical calorie diets of low fat (high sugar) or higher fat and protein show that the higher sugar diets lead to more fat deposition and muscle loss, while the higher fat and protein diets led to more muscle mass and fat loss. And remember that’s while they were eating exactly the same number of calories.

The right fats are actually the preferred fuel for our cells, especially ones called medium chain triglycerides that come from foods like coconut butter. Yes, you need to stay away from trans fats, but good fats like extra virgin olive oil, coconut butter, avocado, nuts, seeds and nut butters keep us full AND they lubricate the wheels of our metabolism.

So don’t fear fat!


Food Lie #8: Milk Is Nature’s Perfect Food

Milk is nature’s perfect food only if you are a calf!

For many people, dairy causes inflammation, allergies, congestion, postnasal drip, sinus problems, eczema, asthma, acne and irritable bowel. It also may increase the risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis, increase the risk of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and causes certain kinds of cancers.

And it also spikes insulin, causing us to grow belly fat.

No matter what messages you hear from the dairy lobby – there is nothing perfect about milk! To read more about the dangers of milk, read my blog “Got Proof.”

Food Lie #9: You Have To Starve To Lose Weight

You do NOT have to starve to lose weight! In fact, that’s one thing that my patients love to learn about, they don’t go hungry when eating real whole food. There is no way even the Guinness World Record holder of calorie counting can accurately know their calorie intake. If you eat one extra mouthful of food a day, over 30 years you will become obese. You have to let your body naturally regulate itself by eating the right foods. You can’t count your way to health or weight loss.

In fact, when you balance your hormones and insulin by eating the right combination of proteins, healthy fats, the right carbs (low glycemic) and phytonutrients, you can not only lose weight without starving, you can lose weight without craving all the junk that was making you fat!

Food Lie #10: Exercise Is the Key to Weight Loss

If you think you can exercise your way to weight loss, I am sorry to say you are in for a big disappointment. Do you treat yourself to a post workout sugar-laden smoothie, muffin, or other “healthy” snack? Suck back some Gatorade to quench your thirst after your thirty minutes on the treadmill?

Relying on exercise to lose weight without changing your diet is asking for failure. You can change your diet and lose weight, but if you exercise and keep your diet the same, you may gain some muscle, improve endurance, and be healthier overall, but you won’t shed many pounds.

Remember, if you consume one 20-ounce soda, you have to walk four and a half miles to burn it off. If you consume one super-size fast-food meal, you have to run four miles a day for one whole week to burn it off. If you eat that every day, you have to run a marathon every single day to burn it off.

The simple fact is that you cannot exercise your way out of a bad diet.

Jeannie here- We believe he is right on and we are further pleased to say that our health blog not only gives you much the same information as this- if you follow the advice on our EAT HEALTHY! page, you will become healthy, slim and trim for life… and we charge nothing for our information, nor do we sell anything! We plan to publish another 10 or so ‘lies’ very soon- watch for them!



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Can Coffee + Chocolate + Wine = Lean Body?

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Sometime back Coach Josh sent us an interesting email. We agree with him most of the time, but caution you to be careful when straying away from eating healthy. We believe most of the time it should be totally chemical free, probably made with gluten free and chemical free ingredients, but if not, don’t be concerned too much because if you’re following our EAT HEALTHY! page, you will be just fine- cheat days and all!

Coach Josh says–

There’s a raging debate about whether “forbidden foods” such as coffee, chocolate and wine are good for you.

One side thinks these foods KILL your metabolism, accelerate aging and drain you of energy.

The other side thinks life is short, so WHY NOT have some fun…how bad can they REALLY be?

So WHICH Side is Right?

Surprisingly…neither! And that’s good news for your body shape, muscle tone and energy levels.

Study after study has shown these “forbidden” foods extend life span, accelerate fat burning, fight aging and ward off disease.

It all has to do with hormesis — the idea that otherwise toxic substances in LOW amounts make us stronger.

Hormesis is MORE than just a theory a review of 20,000+ articles in the journal Toxicological Sciences showed that low doses of 600+ otherwise toxic substances had a POSITIVE effect. WOW!

The Reason Behind this Bizarre Phenomenon…

While the exact science on this is being worked out, it’s thought that these “poisons” gently stress your energy-producing mitochondria just enough so they adapt and become stronger.

That means EVERY part of your body — your brain, heart, lungs, liver, immune system and more — is FLOODED with energy.

And having more energy has the single biggest influence on your metabolism, health, mood and lifespan.

So next time you want to enjoy a glass of wine, indulge in a bite of decadent dark chocolate or sip a cup of piping hot coffee — don’t feel guilty, just don’t go crazy… everything in moderation.

Jeannie here… the chocolate and coffee drinks can be chemical free and good for you. Hormesis is an interesting subject, but if you’re not into the study of this topic- just want to lose some weight and be healthy, you may want to consider the Our One Day Diet- Yum. That, along with the suggestions on our EAT HEALTHY! page, should serve you very well… and yes, on rare occasion, do enjoy whatever food and drink you like even if it’s a no-no. The next day you can go back to eating the way you prefer- leaving out the chemicals and your body will love you for it!

Coach Josh



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The Fall and Winter months seem to be the time many people and their kids get sick– colds and flu invade your family. Colds are bad, but flu is even worse, causing many to lose work, school, wages and education.


Much has been written, said and experienced on this subject, yet with all the information and knowledge available, the germs seem to win the battle.

Can it be that getting sick from time to time actually helps our immune system fight for us in the future? Some think so.

Is it possible that if only we would eat certain foods, that is the answer to never having a cold? Some think so.

I have studied this very subject since the early 90’s and believe I have the answer, because what I learned then has kept both me and my husband free of the colds and flu that we got every year, especially in the fall. Now we never get them, even if exposed by family and friends.

Not long ago, someone told me they didn’t need the vitamins I sometimes recommend because they ate well and were quite healthy. They are right, of course. If we eat a variety of organic, sun-ripened health-giving foods that we grow ourselves or get from our local Farmer’s Market, we very well may never get sick and shouldn’t need extra vitamins. Therein lies the problem. It is sometimes difficult, if not impossible, to get enough variety in our natural sun-ripened foods to keep us well.

We could consume every fruit and vegetable in the produce section of our local grocery, and still get colds and flu. Why? Simply because they were NOT SUN-RIPENED. They were picked green, before maturing into the health-giving foods that they were meant to be. As strange as it seems, it is during the sun-ripening, that the phyto-nutrients our immune system needs to keep us healthy, is put into those wonderful, juicy, crunchy, yummy fruits and veggies.

For that reason, many companies have given us vitamins, telling us that if we take these every day we will be healthy. So, folks- how’s that workin’ out for ya? S. D. Wells put it so well when he said Most generic vitamins like One-A-Day, Centrum, and Equate are synthetic, dead, cooked in laboratories and contain “other ingredients” which are toxic to your body. These brands are owned by the largest corporations in America, like Pfizer and Merck, who would like to see you sick and in need of their toxic pharmaceuticals. They are selling you “vitamins” in hopes that you don’t go out and buy ORGANIC VITAMINS, which actually help you. So not only is your body incapable of using the DEAD VITAMINS, but the other ingredients are making more work for your organs, your cells and your heart. Cancer and heart disease are fueled by people who consume chemicals daily”.

Isn’t it time to change something?

I have discovered a number of companies offer good health-giving vitamins that contain the sun-ripened nutrients our bodies need. You have choices here. You can research and buy whatever you like, or you can consume the ones that keep my husband and myself healthy. I don’t sell anything, nor do I benefit in any way when you make a purchase. You however, stand to benefit because one day when ordering some things, I told my Rep. how much I loved their products and that I was recommending them to readers on a health blog I write. She put me on hold, and when she came back, she said if my readers would call that number and tell her or whoever was in the office at that time that Jeannie James sent them, they would get the same special treatment and prices we enjoy, and that is less than the prices listed on their web site. So- do call Jason at 1-800-595-9462, ext. 5373 and tell him Jeannie James sent you. You may cruise the Purity web site and choose anything you like, but instead of ordering as directed on their site, give Jason a call and tell him what you’d like. He’ll sign you up and take good care of your needs. You’ll save valuable money while getting very healthy and staying free of colds and flu. Oh- one more thing- if you choose a company that claims it will work for you and you get a cold, by all means change your brand- choose another company!

 NOW– Here are the two main ones I recommend, one for adults and one for kids! Let’s keep the munchkins well while they’re in school. We don’t need them getting sick or bringing any big bad germs home, do we? You may need to take the recommended amount to begin with, but if you eat well (see my EAT HEALTHY! page) you may discover before too long that you only need to take about half that amount. Always listen to your body and you won’t go wrong.

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1 kidFB-preventingfluSooo– is this the year you will choose great health over illness for your family? We do hope so.

Hopefully I have answered any questions you may have here, but if not, send me a question from the TALK To Us! page. 



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Treatment For Dementia And Alzheimers?

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We enjoyed this video because in THE UNBREAKABLE BRAIN, you will learn much of what we already know about Dementia and Alzheimers but didn’t really think about! After all, aren’t these just natural things that happen to us as we age? Aren’t these problems hereditary? They cannot be prevented or even reversed can they? Yes and No. It all depends on what you choose to do with the information that crosses your path in life.

Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase ‘WE ARE WHAT WE EAT’, and perhaps you really believed that and perhaps you didn’t. Some people eat dandelion greens because they contain nutrients that are helpful to our body, grow wild and are easy to come by, but would they eat some that had been sprayed with poison chemicals to kill them and keep them out of the yard? Probably not– and the reason they wouldn’t is the same reason we should avoid food crops that have been sprayed to kill and keep unwanted bugs away. The poison gets into the plant or tree and then into the foods we eat, which puts it into us. Some people have a high tolerance for these poisons and some don’t, thus the poisons eaten in our foods affect some a lot and others not at all.

We can take this one step further- the foods our farm animals are fed becomes a part of them, affecting milk, eggs, steak- anything we get and eat from them. I believe POISON INTO OUR BODY IS BAD HEALTH OUT, even if it takes years– consider a smoker who does it for many years before quitting, then is surprised and disappointed when a doctor appointment reveals he or she has emphysema. 

I’ve had very little experience with this, but even though it isn’t much, I will share it with you here…. Some years back I began having  ‘senior moments’. Sometimes a word I needed escaped me and I couldn’t recall it- other times when talking with someone my mind would go blank in the middle of a conversation. EMBARRASSING! Then I discovered Ginkgo Biloba and began taking that supplement and things definitely improved- not perfect, but much better. Awhile back a doctor told me the best thing I could do for my barely working thyroid was to eat more fats and he recommended coconut oil and avocados. Then another doctor said I needed more B-12 because I’m often more tired than I should be. THEREFORE, when I noticed my memory is almost perfect and I no longer have the problems I did in the past, I gave all the credit to Ginkgo Biloba. WOW!! After seeing this video I’m giving only some to that and most to the coconut oil and some to my B vitamins!! Good health is a combination of all the natural and healthful things God has given us through Mother Nature!

FD brain FdTHE BOTTOM LINE— certainly you may get the book this doctor has made available and it would no doubt be helpful to you and those in your life who have memory problems. HOWEVER I noticed as I watched the video that the things he talks about- the foods he recommends- are all the things I recommend in my blog- mostly on the EAT HEALTHY! page- and it is FREE! What you choose to do is your choice and I do hope you will choose the best health possible for your body.



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The Secret Is Out…Toxic Food Ingredients Is Our REAL Problem

FB foodMuch has been written about what to eat and not eat in order to lose excess weight, become free of disease and be healthy. We often see well meaning and knowledgeable people advertise their programs and suggestions with titles like…

How to NEVER store carbs as fat…

COFFEE – 3 tricks to make it super healthy

NEVER grill meat, unless you do this…

3-day meal plan (exact foods to eat)

One day when reading an email from Coach Josh, we got a ‘light-bulb moment’ when he said…

“Did you know that food chemists are adding all sorts of nasty chemicals to your foods that can make you fatter and sicker?

It’s true.

What’s more, their “chemical tinkering” has also created dangerous, “Frankenstein” fats

… you see, food chemists got the bright idea to take a healthy vegetable oil, put it in a laboratory, and bomb it with hydrogen atoms.”

Coach Josh went on to explain how trans fats were made and the fact they become TOXIC to the human body. By now many companies have stopped using them, but it’s not just trans fats we should avoid.

There are many chemical ingredients that cause problems with our health because they are toxic to our bodies in many ways. You are no doubt familiar with many of them… sugar- (yes, once it has been processed, it’s natural properties are changed and it qualifies as a chemical), dextrose, sucralose, fructose, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, bleached flour, canola, soybean oil, corn oil, margarine, soy protein, preservatives, food colorings, MSG, BHT, and any food that has been changed from the way nature intended it to be.

When a natural food is changed, it loses important nutrition and our body may become deficient in some of the nutrients it needs.

Even though it is good and often beneficial for those writing articles that are intended to help overweight folks by telling them what they should and shouldn’t eat, I think it would be much better to tell overweight people to EAT whatever they want, as MUCH as they want as OFTEN as they want, but make sure there are NO CHEMICALS in those foods! I believe that one thing alone would make a huge difference for many, as it has for me.

You see, leaving out those chemicals will reduce your hunger and you will want less food– strange, but true. Also, the food you do eat will give your body the nutrients it needs and is asking for, since they’ve not been removed in processing.

At this point you may be thinking you couldn’t possibly do that because EVERYTHING in your cupboards and frig have one or many of these unwanted chemicals in them. Not to worry. It is quite possible to exchange the bad foods for good just by changing your brands and if you can’t toss and replace everything in one day, eat the bad ones and when you need to buy more, replace with good ones. In time you will be able to enjoy a healthy food kitchen and your healthier, slimmer body will thank you too! If you don’t know where to start, my page on EAT HEALTHY! will give you lots of ideas and shares some brands you may wish to change to.

We’ve been hearing comments that a diet is needed, but the person just can’t stand the foods they would have to eat. That’s sad. We recommend that people DON’T DIET!  Most of the time diets don’t work, at least in the long term. People should eat things they enjoy and as long as those foods are free of chemicals, hunger is satisfied and the person most likely won’t gain. If you leave all chemicals out and find it’s still not working as well or quickly as you’d like, begin counting carbs- three doctors have now told us NOT to count CALORIES!  WHY?? Simply because all calories don’t behave the same way in our body. A big juicy steak will not put any weight on us but the same amount of calories in a starch, potatoes, rice, bread- all starches, will. As you count carbs, just make sure they are all chemical-free and we know you will be delighted! Wonder how many to consume? Your goal should be to take in no more than 60 carbs per day and include a good whey protein in drinks or food. This could be important because protein will curb your hunger and can satisfy for hours at a time. This way of eating works so well for me that I don’t count my carbs most of the time even though I still have a few pounds I’d like to see go (they hide well under most of my clothes and people tell me I’m thin enough- I just love that- but they won’t see me in a skinny bathing suit just yet!).

So– how do I eat deliciously, not count carbs and not gain?

  • My morning coffee is sweetened with Yacon syrup or stevia and contains half ‘n half or Almond Milk. I usually have some fruit, then may enjoy cottage cheese in my favorite yogurt, OR if hubby wants to make an omelet, we enjoy that along with fried potatoes (we love to use a left over baker from the night before). He eats his omelet as it is served from the fry pan, I slather sour cream all over mine!

  • A few hours later if I’m a bit hungry, a food bar or protein cookie with my hot or cold drink is all I need, although if hubby requests it, a toasted cheese sandwich is a yummy thing to have. I especially like the Ezekiel sesame bread.

  • DINNER– we choose a meat– Rib steak? Ham? Chicken? Seafood? Hamburger? Then we decide on potato, rice, pasta, veggies, salad– one of our favorites is to make taco potatoes because we like tacos, but seem to prefer the mixture in a baker rather than a taco shell. We put the baker on a small bed of lettuce salad, fill with the taco mixture and top with chopped onions, tomatoes, olives, sour cream, shredded cheese and of course taco hot sauce- our favorite way to enjoy a taco dinner!  NO ONE CAN CONVINCE ME EATING TO LOSE WEIGHT HAS TO BE AN UNPLEASANT THING!

NOW THAT YOU KNOW leaving foods containing chemicals out of your daily diet is the only way to achieve the success you’ve been looking and hoping for, you are ready for my EAT HEALTHY! page and some of the other articles we have here for your reading and learning pleasure.



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Nutella- Healthy Or Poison?

So you love Nutella- especially great for a kids breakfast, lunch or snack, isn’t it– or is it?

We were surprised not long ago to see an ad saying it was POISON- don’t eat!!  So we decided to check it out and this is what we found.

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OK- it has a horrible amount of sugar, but isn’t everything else good for us? Let’s find a jar and look at the Ingredients and the Nutrition Facts. OK, we know that low fat cocoa is not the best choice, nor is skimmed milk powder, but they can’t be called poison can they? We’ve also learned that artificial anything is not real food and even though the Lecithin is Soy, we’re told that is OK- all other soy IS NOT OK!!! Sooooo why is this such a bad product? Let’s check with Magde and see what they have to say…

Magde has broken down the ingredients and shares with us why they believe it is poisoning you and your children.

There are many people who are unaware that there are GMO foods on the market that are promoted as healthy and nutritious and they believe it’s high time we put an end to it, and we totally agree.

Nutella is one of those and has 4 GMO ingredients. No matter how healthy the rest of the ingredients are, only one that’s been genetically modified is often times enough to affect the health of those eating them… so what are they?


You may say that soy has been consumed by Asian civilizations for centuries, so how come it’s unhealthy for the Americans? But, what you don’t know is that soybeans in Asia are grown organically and are consumed in smaller amounts as opposed to the ones grown in western countries. Here soybean production is subjected to genetic engineering and soy is consumed in large quantities. What Nutella contains is soy lecithin, an emulsifier that has adverse effects on your health. Numerous studies have linked this ingredient to thyroid depression, uncontrolled weight gain, fatigue, late period, premature puberty and breast cancer.  Jeannie here- this is a conflict of information. Our sources tell us soy lecithin is OK, but not any other soy products except soy sauce and that is the way Asians eat it. Since it is fermented it is just fine for us too. You will most likely only have bad side effects from soy powders, milk, chips- anything other than soy sauce.


This sugar is in fact made of sugar beet, which is not only inexpensive, but also abundant in chemicals such as pesticides. This is nothing like the natural sugar our body needs for proper function. The price of this refined sugar is what matters most to Nutella manufacturers, whereas the fact that this sugar is a known neurotoxin that crosses the blood barrier and destroys brain cells is disregarded. Research has linked refined sugars to ADD, ADHD, depression, autism, migraine, and anxiety. Jeannie here- It is the processed sugars we need to stay away from. They have been stripped of their nutrients, bleached white and are only used because they are a cheap way to add sweetness.

Skim Milk

Although milk products are generally associated with images of cows grazing grass on vast green meadows, it’s a completely different reality. The milk inside Nutella is from cows fed on GMO corn and vitamin supplements and treated with antibiotics in order to reduce costs. This eventually leads to poor quality milk. What we are talking about is odorless milk white liquid made of powdered milk, and powdered milk is abundant in bad cholesterol.


The label may say there are no artificial colors, but it doesn’t say no unnatural flavors. The vanillin used in Nutella is produced in factories in China and is a potential health threat as it can make us addictive by stimulating the receptors in the brain and secreting serotonin, the hormone of happiness. Similarly to sugar, it has neurotoxic properties that destroy brain cells.

By now you may be torn between wanting Nutella because it tastes so good and wanting to avoid it because it is so very harmful to our health– especially if you have growing children! GOOD NEWS!! We enjoy Dark Chocolate Dreams and our family loves it too- YUMMY and made of great ingredients. Lets compare….

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Organic cane sugar is unrefined sugar minus the cancer-causing and environmentally damaging pesticides present in conventionally grown sugarcane. Compared to white sugar, organic cane sugar has the full-bodied taste of sugarcane and is much less processed, retaining a lot of the nutrients present in cane juice. Always try to get products that are made with this, not processed sugars.

When buying cocoa, we recommend cacao even though it is so similar to cocoa. Why? Because “cacao” generally refers to raw vegan chocolate products which come from unroasted cacao (chocolate) beans and are minimally processed with no additives. We believe you can still very safely use cocoa. Same bean, just different processing. Cocoa butter is made from the beans of the cacao tree and contains triglycerides of fatty acids. Its rich formula is easily absorbed into the skin, and it contains natural antioxidants that help the body fight free radicals. Always read labels and get the most natural product you can.

Yes! We love the healthy ingredients in Dark Chocolate Dreams and especially appreciate the fewer carbs and more protein!

2 Tbl. of Nutella has 21g carbs and only 2g of protein, but 2 Tbl. of Dark Chocolate Dreams has 12g carbs and 6g of protein. Which one do you prefer?

Some of you may prefer a different brand of Nutella since it is hazelnuts as opposed to peanuts– so we have a page here you might enjoy– we checked it out and discovered ALL of the things recommended on that page are only good healthy chemical-free ingredients– oooh, there is one I will order! Go for it!FD 1 nutella



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QUINOA- Good Or Bad For Diets?

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SURPRISE!  I’ve never, to my knowledge, had or tasted quinoa- have had absolutely NO IDEA what it is and since I keep seeing it in health articles, my curiosity got the better of me and I went on a mission to research this food and here are a few of the many ‘facts’ I found.

From the Made Man site I discovered a lot of interesting facts and here are some from their article on quinoa…

What is quinoa if not a grain? Pronounced “keenwa,” it is what’s called a pseudocereal because it does not come from a grass plant. Quinoa is more closely related to leafy greens like chard and spinach. The small, round seeds of the plant are what is eaten. In color, quinoa is usually white or pale yellow but can be red or black. When cooked they fluff up dramatically but have a slightly crunchy texture. Quinoa is a good substitute for rice. It has unique nutritional value and a long history.

Quinoa as far as history goes begins in the Andes Mountains of Peru, Chili and Bolivia in South America. The plant grows well in high altitudes and doesn’t need a lot of water. Quinoa has been cultivated since 3000 B.C. It was a popular food for traveling armies. Soldiers would mix it with fat into what were called “war balls.” The Incas came to consider quinoa a sacred food. In the 1500s, the Spanish tried to subjugate the Incas by destroying the quinoa crops and made it illegal to grow it on pain of death. But this plan ultimately failed because quinoa’s popularity is growing today. In the 1980s, two Americans realized its potential and began to grow it in Colorado.

The question of what is quinoa could not be answered completely without mentioning the nutritional value. Quinoa is the best of all worlds in many ways. Protein content ranges from ten to eighteen percent and is a complete protein. This means all nine of the essential amino acids are present. Quinoa is often recommended for vegans who are concerned about protein intake. Calcium and iron levels are higher than in corn, rice, wheat and oats and high amounts of manganese, phosphorous, magnesium and copper exist as well. This varied mineral content makes quinoa a good food to help combat diabetes and migraine headaches.

Sapotins contained in the seed coat can be damaging to the intestines, causing their ability to extract nutrients from food to diminish. The seed coat can be removed with water and is done so by mechanical abrasion in most of the quinoa found in stores. In South America, the seed coat is often used as laundry detergent. Quinoa with the sapotins still attached has a bitter flavor. A method of cooking quinoa involves one cup of quinoa to two cups of water. Once the mixture begins to boil the heat should be reduced. The cooking is complete when the seeds are translucent and the germ has begun to slide off in a spiral pattern.

We also learned many different things can be added to it. We can cook it plain, or make a pilaf from it, basically taking a rice recipe, and using quinoa instead. OK- we will try this food in the near future.

From The Huffington Post site…

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Quinoa




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Dieting? Do You Miss Eating Bread?

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Isabel has sent us this exciting email and we know that her information is right on- Coach Josh sent us this information awhile back- we checked it out and shared it with you at that time but believe it is worth sharing again since some no doubt missed it the first time.  Isabel says…

Yes, I eat bread and you can too!

People are often surprised when I tell them about a family favorite breakfast sandwich of 1 egg and 1 slice of bacon on 2 pieces of bread.

What most people are picturing is something you’d get from a fast food drive thru window (which is just not an option for me), but the reality is that I put this simple and healthy breakfast together right inside my own kitchen.

Two slices of bread???  Yep, that’s what I said.

On a flat belly eating plan like Beyond Diet, there’s no reason to give up bread.

See the go-to bread recipes I use for a flat belly

And you have options…

Ezekiel bread and Manna bread are both sprouted grains, which are much healthier and easier for your body to digest (and that means no belly bloat), but what if you’re sensitive to gluten like me?

Well just because my body doesn’t agree with gluten, and I know I’m not alone here, why should I have to give up yummy sandwiches, toast, and other baked goods that everyone else gets to enjoy?

I don’t! And neither do you…

Instead of buying bread at the super market, that I know is going to make me feel terrible, I choose to make my own breads at home.

Now, before you delete this email at the very thought of baking bread, hear me out…

It’s actually quite simple, even for the most beginner of chefs. All you need are easy-to-follow recipes and it’s just like cooking anything else.

That’s why I’m giving you one of my favorite bread recipes today.

This was given to me by my good friend and the author of Better Breads, Kelley Herring.

Paleo Pullman Bread

Makes One 7.5 X 3.5 loaf (12 slices)

Dry Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup almond flour (80 g)
  • 1½ Tbsp. coconut flour (20 g)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 3 tsp. organic psyllium husk powder (9 g) – great for your intestinal health!

Wet Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 3 pastured eggs + 1 egg white
  • 1 Tbsp. organic apple cider vinegar


  • Preheat oven to 35O F.
  • Grease or line the bottom of a Magic Line Loaf pan (7.5” X 3.5”) with parchment. Using the correct pan size is very important for achieving proper height.
  • In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  • Combine the eggs and apple cider vinegar, whisking well. Stir in the dry ingredients to combine. Pour in hot water and stir vigorously to distribute. Batter will be thick and sticky, like oatmeal.
  • Spread into prepared pan. Transfer to oven and bake 35 minutes or a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cool on a wire rack. When completely cool, store in an airtight container.

Mmmm…I can almost smell it as I’m writing you!


The best thing about this, and the other recipes in Kelly’s book, Better Breads, is that instead of bread being bad for you, the ingredients she uses actually work to improve your digestion and intestinal health.

So while psyllium husk powder may sound odd if you haven’t used it before, it’s exactly what you need to support your flat belly and full-body fat loss WHILE eating bread!

If you love bread, but you don’t want a bloated belly, or you just can’t digest gluten (like me), then I highly recommend Kelly’s Better Breads recipes.

Click the link below and see how you can enjoy all the “bad” foods of the past, without gaining weight, feeling uncomfortable, or having regret.

(Pizza, chips, bagels, pretzels, and breadsticks INCLUDED!)

Get the Better Breads book- 25 FLAT BELLY baked goods for under $15 

In health and happiness,
Isabel De Los Rios



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Your Loved Ones Fight Healthy Eating?

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4 fail-proof solutions for getting your loved ones on board

Isabel sent us this interesting email that has us thinking… yes, it is true that if one person who is into healthy eating does all the shopping and cooking, healthy eating for everyone would be automatic, fun, delicious and no problem. THE PROBLEM OCCURS WHEN… a spouse or other person also shops and brings home unhealthy things because they don’t want to read labels. Isabel says…

Picture this…

My wonderful family (my hubbie and 2 sons) sit down to a beautiful dinner of grilled salmon and veggies that I’ve prepared. I’ve also made some delicious quinoa with sautéed mushrooms to go along side it.

Sounds good, right?

The whole family rejoices at the site of this tasty meal and start to dig in with smiles on their faces.

This is exactly how dinner goes at my house every night…NOT!!

Dinner at my house looks more like this…

“Mommy, I don’t want fish, I want hot dogs.”

“Is there anything else? Did you put steaks on the grill too?”

“I don’t want these brown things (mushrooms). Take them off.”

“Can I just eat chips for dinner?” (The person asking this question shall remain nameless.)

…Yup, that sounds more like it.

Although my household for the most part is a bunch of healthy eaters, feeding my family does not come without its challenges.

Can you relate?

When you started eating healthy did your whole family jump for joy? Cheering for the changes that were to come?

…ummm, probably NOT.

For most people, the biggest challenge when starting a healthier way of eating comes from the resistance of their family. So much so, that sometimes it’s the reason people abandon their new healthy habits all together.

Since I don’t want that to happen to you, and since I’ve had my fair share of resistance from my own family members, today I want to share 4 of my best strategies (that I continue to use in my own life) for getting your family on board with a new way of eating…

1. You catch more bees with honey than with vinegar.

Keep it positive and remain upbeat about the upcoming changes. The minute you start preaching, scolding, yelling, or lecturing anyone about how you think they need to eat, you are going to lose them.

I made this mistake with my mother many years ago. I was a young college student at the time and instead of sharing my new knowledge with my mother in a positive way, I would yell at her for eating bread, I would lecture her about her diabetes, and I would try and lay guilt trips on her to make her change.

Do you think any of these strategies worked?

No way!

In fact, it made the situation painfully worse because my mother began to build a wall of resistance against my healthy eating suggestions. It wasn’t until I began to teach my mother in a kind and loving way that she became receptive and open to the information I was sharing. And thank goodness she did because it literally saved her life.

2. Everyone’s timing is different.

Accept that everyone changes at their own pace and in their own time. Some can do it all at once and that’s amazing, but many more people need to take changes one baby step at a time. The important thing is that there is change, not how quickly it happens.

I find that many people have a hard time with their significant others changes when they are not doing exactly what they think they should be doing. Remember, your journey is specific to you and your loved one’s journey is specific to them.

This is something I have to remind myself of daily as my husband is a lot more lenient with his food choices than I am with mine. This doesn’t mean I don’t care about him or that I don’t try and help him whenever I can.

Just recently he told me that his mornings were getting so busy that he’d totally forget to take his Daily Energy greens drink – which is crucial to his overall health, focus throughout the day, and energy levels. So I started making his greens drink instead and put it in the bathroom for him to drink while he was gets ready.

Support your loved ones by providing help wherever it’s needed and they will be more likely to want to follow along with more of your suggested healthy habits.

3. Use a “driving force.”

Find out exactly what motivates your loved ones and use that as a positive driving force.

I remember this specifically 7 years ago when my mother was starting to “fall off the wagon.” It was shortly after my sister had gotten married and I knew she and my brother-in-law were planning on starting a family soon. I asked my mother how involved she wanted to be in the life of her new grandchild.

She responded, “I want to be as helpful to your sister as my mother was with me. My mother really helped me by babysitting, cleaning around the house, and running errands when you and your sister were babies and I’ll never forget how helpful that was.”

It didn’t take long for my mother to see that in order to do those things, she really needed to feel healthy and have tons of energy. So I used her desire to help my sister as the driving force to motivate her to get back on the healthy diet she knew would allow her to help.

I have had similar conversations with my husband when he starts to fall off the health wagon. I know what kind of dad he wants to be to our sons and in order to teach them how to play sports, take them hiking and camping, and wake up early with them each day he really needs to have his health in a good place.

Now, please don’t misunderstand me. Do not use this person’s driving force to create a guilt trip or use words to attack. Remember that people respond better to words of love and kindness than insults and guilt. I know some days that may be hard, but remember, if it is your goal to get this person to live a healthy lifestyle, it will be patience and love that will help you the most.

Most importantly, I have used this phrase often, but it holds true for so many areas of life,

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Ghandi

In your case, be sure to focus on your own changes and let the world (your loved ones) see what a positive impact these changes are making in your life. Show them how delicious, enjoyable and easy a healthy lifestyle can be.

4. Variety is the spice of life.

Healthy food has a bad reputation of being tasteless and bland, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, whole, natural foods can include everything from pasta and pizza, to kid-friendly favorites like chicken nuggets and sweet desserts.

If you’re having a hard time coming up with a variety of meals your whole family will love (and can be made easily), get the tools you need to make every meal exciting with new meal plans and recipes that even the pickiest eaters will be thrilled to try.

You may feel like it’s challenging to always come up with new and interesting ways to implement healthy foods into your family’s life, so don’t let this part of your health journey be tough on you. Let me do the work each month and share those great recipes with you.

Get Isabel’s new meal plans and recipes every single month

Don’t let this part of healthy eating stop you from seeing great success.  Let me handle the hard part and you and your family enjoy the delicious meals that come your way.

Jeannie here- I’m not going to check all of the recipes Isabel shares to make sure they are all chemical-free. If you have been (or are) replacing your chemical filled staple ingredients with yummy chemical-free ones, you can safely follow any recipe Isabel shares. Trouble with the flour? It can be gluten free, but now that we can get the good wheat flour that great great grandma used, from Italy- consider these flours. Want to check what is chemical-free- and see what foods we suggest? See our EAT HEALTHY! page! Now that you can make yummy things with good ingredients there is no need to toss your old favorite recipes- ENJOY EATING, ALWAYS!

Popular Health Resources:

1. 3 superfoods for “veggie resistant” in your life

2. 25 chocolate recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner

3. 27 simple “life hacks” for transforming your body fast

In health and happiness,

Isabel De Los Rios



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SOBE – The Best In Water?

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Don’t like to drink plain water? Of all the flavored waters out there, which are the very best for you?

Flavored water can sound appealing when you’re trying to drink more water for your health and weight loss, but there are 2 dangerous ingredients in almost all of these store-bought drinks that will sabotage your hard work. Learn what to look for and how to make naturally flavored water that can actually maximize your body’s fat-burning power. When Isabel sent this to us we knew we had to share. You’ll find her video on water to be very interesting and we recommend you watch it…

When Isabel said we should make our own to make sure it was good for our body, we did a bit of research and came up with some treasures from Kat Robson!

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Sometimes plain old water just doesn’t cut it. The thirst-quenching solution? Fruit-infused H2O! Infused waters are easy to make, nutritious, and refreshing. Simply use any fresh fruit (except bananas—they don’t work well), herbs, and spices to turn your once plain water into a refreshing, flavored drink.

Here’s how to make four of my favorite combinations:

Minty Cucumber Lime

1/2 cucumber, sliced
1/2 lime, sliced
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Strawberry-Lemon with Basil

1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 lemon, sliced
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

Watermelon Mint

1 cup cubed watermelon
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

Pineapple-Orange with Ginger

1/2 cup cubed pineapple
1/2 orange, sliced
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

You’ll Need:

1-quart jar
Wooden spoon
Raw honey or another sweetener (optional)


  1. Choose which recipe you’re making—or come up with your own combination—and gather all of the ingredients.
  2. Place fruit, herbs, and/or spices in bottom of a jar, and muddle with a wooden spoon. (That basically means mash up fruit to release some of the flavor-filled juices.)
  3. Fill jar with water and give it a taste. (You can also fill jar with seltzer water for a fizzy treat.) If you’d like something a bit sweeter, add some honey or stevia and mix until dissolved.
  4. Enjoy as-is or refrigerate overnight for maximum flavor.

To Your Good & Happy Health!


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Bacon, Eggs and Avocado Again? Getting Bored?

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Isabel has once more sent us something you may find of interest- especially if you are interested in Paleo—

Have you become bored with the way you eat? Here’s Isabel with a new suggestion for you–

I can remember years ago when I first tried a more “Paleo” style of eating…

My energy was bursting. Fat was flying off.  My health was feeling better than ever.

For breakfast? Sizzling strips of bacon, fresh sliced avocado, and pasture-raised eggs – over easy is my favorite (with a little organic coffee and coconut milk)… The TRUE breakfast of champions! This paleo breakfast is much better for you than the typical American breakfast of cereal, which only destroys your insulin sensitivity, kills your energy, and messes up your hormones.

Who knew bacon and eggs would be the trigger for my new-found fat loss results and more stable energy. Every day, I’d wake up, and look forward to the sound, the smell, the taste.

Until one day… I didn’t.

I had to admit to myself, I was getting sick of the same old eggs and meat and avocado every morning. It was just getting boring to eat the same thing every day for breakfast.

Now I was in a quandary. What to eat? What to do? Going unhealthy with cereal or bagel options was out of the question. It’d been months since I had any grains.

And skipping breakfast altogether was simply not an option. I’m usually hungry when I wake up in the morning, and although I’ve tried the intermittent fasting, I didn’t find it very enjoyable. I prefer to eat a nice breakfast instead!

Scouring the Internet for a tasty and satisfying Paleo breakfast ideas proved frustrating and time consuming.

And then one of my business partners sent me these incredible paleo breakfast recipes

Hmmmmmm, delicious. Recipe after recipe, everything I tried, tasted sooo delish! And since they use natural ingredients, just like Beyond Diet, they were easy to use every day.

Now I finally had what I craved… Even more variety.

The best part?

These Paleo-friendly breakfast meals can all be made within 10 short minutes! Just as fast as whipping up bacon and eggs.

In the process, my health got even better.

Whoever said it is right… Breakfast *IS* the most important meal in a Paleo day. And double that, especially when you’re following these awesome recipes:

>> Paleohacks Awesome Paleo Breakfast Recipes

I still love bacon and eggs for breakfast maybe once a week. But now I have so much more variety, I never get tired of anything. Everything is just so delicious.

In health and happiness,

Isabel De Los Rios

Jeannie here- you will find more yummy suggestions on our EAT HEALTHY! page– and do try a bullet-proof coffee!

To Your Good Health– AND Happiness!


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Bulletproof COFFEE– Good Or Bad Idea?

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By now we have read a great many articles– some for this drink and some against. We have also done our own experiments and here is what we’ve found…

Bulletproof coffee can be a very healthy thing, but like all good things it can also be abused and turned into a not-so-good thing. When we first discovered this strange-to-us drink, it was being advertised as a diet for losing weight and we were also told it MUST be made with a certain kind of coffee and a certain kind of oil made from coconuts… so we decided to do our own experiment!

Into our kitchen I went- poured a cup of coffee (hubby doesn’t use the expensive kind that we were told it must be), put butter into it (ours has salt in it), added our regular coconut oil and some stevia, blended it well and guess what! It was very tasty and very filling- a good thing to include in your diet- you would quite possibly not need a diet pill- how awesome is that!

Yes, the more natural and not processed our foods are, the better they are for us and chemical-free is definitely the way to go for good health.

There are many ideas and suggestions out there, so I will put the ones I feel have the most merit here for your further information.

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Bulletproof coffee Video

We found a lot of companies are pushing MCT oil, but after reading up on it we’ve decided not to recommend it. MCT Oil is Manufactured – Coconut Oil is Natural. We refer you now to this really great article written by Brian Shilhavy, who actually lived in a coconut producing area of the Philippines for several years with his family, observing firsthand the differences between the diet and health of the younger generation and those of his wife’s parents’ generation still consuming a traditional diet. 

MCT Oil vs. Coconut Oil: The Truth Exposed

After experimenting with this, we discovered that just stirring your coffee with the butter and oil is not the best way to go– Coconut Oil Coffee should be Blended, Not Stirred… That’s the Secret to the most delicious success!

As I cruised through a great many articles, I’ve discovered so much about how the coconut is beneficial to our health- talked with a couple of my doctors and was told that the most natural and beneficial thing I can do for my thyroid (which is still very low and needs help), is eat a lot of natural saturated fats and one suggested avocados and coconut oil would help me the most! IT HAD NEVER OCCURRED TO ME THAT TO WORK WELL, OUR THYROID GLAND NEEDS GOOD SATURATED FATS!  I know medical doctors are not allowed to tell you about natural ‘cures’, but must only tell you to use drugs. I believe we need to change that! I already eat avocados sometimes and have coconut oil for cooking and this new bulletproof coffee– looks like I’ll increase both– look out thyroid, here it comes!

The Coconut & Thyroid Connection:

How to Get More Coconut Oil in Your Life–

From the Hearty Soul

So, now you know that eating more coconut oil is incredibly beneficial for your weight loss and heart health goals. But how are you going to go about eating more coconut oil? Eating chunks of it off of a spoon doesn’t seem like the most appealing way to go about it, so I searched the internet for some recipes using coconut oil and found a bunch of good ones from The Restless Palate. Enjoy! … Jeannie here- we checked these out and are thrilled to discover healthy CHOCOLATE is a part of these yummy recipes!

About The Coconut Mama–

Tiffany-150x150Hi! I’m Tiffany – aka Coconut Mama. I’m a real food mama of three coconut babies. I’m passionate about traditional and healing foods. As a true believer in the health benefits of coconut, I use coconut products in almost all my recipes. You can download my free Coconut Flour Recipes E-book here. Thanks for stopping by!

We love her site and have found that for the most part, we can recommend her! You can check out what she says about Coconut Oil Coffee here.

Delicious No-Bake Carrot Bites with Almonds and Coconut  [Paleo]

This is for all of the carrot cake lovers out there. These No-Bake Carrot Cake Bites can be prepped in just minutes and are the perfect little on-the-go snack or healthy dessert.

Why is it my favorite you ask? Well these No-Bake Carrot Cake bites are super moist, crunchy and sweet, how could you go wrong? These bites are completely raw, too, but don’t be fooled, they’re totally the real deal!  Jeannie here- try these with your bulletproof coffee! Breakfast or lunch never had it so good!



  • 1½ Cups Finely Grated Carrots
  • ½ Cup raw almonds
  • ½ Cup Raw Walnuts
  • 1½ Cups Medjool dates, pitted (like these)
  • 1 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup (like this)
  • ¾ Cup Dried Coconut (I use this brand)
  • 1 tsp. Ceylon Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. Ground Ginger
  • ⅛ tsp. Nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp. Cardamom
  • A Pinch of Salt
  • Coconut Whip Cream Frosting (recipe here)


  1. Begin by grating your carrots on the smaller side of a box grater. Gently squeeze out the excess liquid from the grated carrots.
  2. Once the carrots have been squeezed dry, measure them until you have about 1½ cups.
  3. Next, grind the almonds and walnuts until they begin to turn into a flour, but not so much that they turn into nut butter.
  4. Add in coconut, spices, and salt and pulse for 10 seconds.
  5. Next, add the carrots, syrup and dates to the food processor, and mix until the dates become well chopped.
  6. Using a cupcake tin with plastic wrap or wax paper strips, place about 2-3 Tbsp of mixture in each cupcake hole and press down for even hardening.
  7. Place in freezer for 1 hour to harden.
  8. Cover with coconut whipped cream.


Coconut Oil – The True Story


Coconut Water Kefir

This drink is basically fermented coconut water. It is an unbelievably rich probiotic drink that also contains really high amounts of vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes.

Coconut water kefir is believed to be the most beneficial probiotic beverage because it has a much more potent effect on the digestive system than any dairy probiotic food such as yogurt.

Some folks buy it already made and some prefer to make their own. To make your own, you will find instructions here.

More on our thyroid–

All my life I was told we must have iodine for our thyroid and it was so important that it was being added to our salt. Now I’ve been getting more complete information. It seems very little is in our salt and we need to eat sea food and greens that contain iodine and iron. A good Naturopath should be able to take a blood test and guide you in eating and taking the supplements best for your body. My husband and I have both been told to limit our salt intake and the pink Himalayan salt is recommended, so that is what we’re using now.

FD 3 Coffee 9-Healthier-1Paleohacks has recommended 9 ways to make your coffee more healthy.  We especially like 7 of them and sometimes even add some of our whey protein powder, turning it into a bulletproof smoothie.  1. Avoid Artificial Sweeteners And Refined Sugar- use raw honey or stevia  2. Avoid Artificial Creamers- use real cream or even almond milk  3. Use Filtered Water and Organic Beans- some coffee beans have been heavily sprayed  4. Add a pinch of Ceylon Cinnamon to help control your blood sugar  5. Add Grass-fed Butter to Coffee- saturated fats are wonderful and filling.  6. Add Coconut Oil to Coffee- possibly the best saturated fat you could choose  7. Add Cacao to Coffee- especially nice for mocha lovers, and healthy too.

We’ve been hearing a lot about Intermittent Fasting lately, so I think this is a good time to refer you to the article I did on FASTING some years ago.

What Is Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting?

Basic Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

Bulletproof Coffee Fasting is like intermittent fasting, except you are consuming Bulletproof Coffee recipes in the morning.

What makes Bulletproof Fasting so much better?

  • Healthy fats from grass-fed butter and coconut oil provides a stable current of energy, sustaining you through the entire day.
  • Coconut oil increases ketosis, boosting your metabolic rate up to 12%.
  • Coconut oil leads to greater losses of fat tissue.
  • Coffee raises cell energy while inhibiting muscle-building for a brief period. This causes the muscles to ‘spring back,’ building more muscle as soon as you eat.
  • Bulletproof intermittent fasting extends your life, improves brain function and strengthens your immune system.

How To Make Perfect Bulletproof Coffee

Bulletproof coffee is popular for a reason. This high fat low carb coffee is rich, frothy and tastes awesome. Here’s a simple version of how to make basic Bulletproof coffee.


  • 2 Tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter (like Kerrygold)
  • 1-2 Tbsp of coconut oil
  • 2 cups hot freshly brewed organic coffee
  • add-in spices, flavors or sweetener like NuStevia (optional)


  • Brew coffee. This can be espresso, drip, french press, etc. and if you like you can preheat your blender with hot water while your coffee is brewing, then empty it when your coffee is ready.           
  • Add coffee, butter and coconut oil to blender, blend and froth.                       
  • Add any extras you desire: Cinnamon, vanilla, dark chocolate, sweetener (honey or stevia).                            
  • Blend until there is a thick layer of foam on top like a latte. Yes, you can also use a hand held blender – they’re inexpensive and work great.

Here are some tips we picked up along the way…

1. Not all coffee is equal. The wrong coffee (those containing mycotoxins) will zap your energy, leaving you lethargic and irritable. Choose organic coffee to avoid chemicals.

2. Only use grass-fed butter like Kerrygold. Butter from grain-fed animals has a different fat composition. It doesn’t blend as well, doesn’t taste as good, and lacks fat soluble vitamins (which is one of the reasons this coffee is ‘bulletproof’). Don’t use low-fat or butter substitutes!

3. Butter alone does NOT make your coffee Bulletproof. The coconut oil in your Bulletproof coffee promotes high energy, fat loss and increases brain function. It also makes the coffee have a better feel in your mouth.

4. Don’t use Bulletproof coffee as a total meal replacement for a long period of time just because you’re losing a lot of unwanted weight. Bulletproof coffee is very filling, so this may be tempting, but you should eat a good chemical-free meal once a day- or at least 2-3 times a week, so your body won’t be missing out on important nutrients, protein and vitamins that it needs.

5. Blend, blend, blend… or it won’t taste the same. Stirring won’t emulsify your Bulletproof Coffee. To get that rich, creamy texture you MUST use a blender.

6. If you want to add a sweetener, use a good stevia like NuStevia. Use caution when adding organic syrups and raw honey. The extra carbs add up quickly because of the sugar content and can be a problem for some low carbers.

There are a number of wonderful and helpful recipes you may find to be an exciting addition to your busy life…

Bulletproof Coffee Drops

Bulletproof to go!! Easy drops make any hot beverage instantly Bulletproof. (Recipe from Stalkerville.)

Bulletproof Coffee Drops


  • 1/2 stick grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (if you use a lot of cinnamon, get Ceylon, not cassia)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


  • Combine butter with the melted coconut oil, sea salt and cinnamon.
  • Whisk and pour into an ice-cube tray.
  • Freeze and remove and pop the drops into a glass container and cover. Store in the fridge until you are ready to use.
  • To make Bulletproof Coffee, place one of the cubes and 10 oz of hot coffee of your choice in a blender and blend until well combined and foamy. Drink and enjoy!

Bulletproof Coffee Gummies

Portable energy shots with the added benefit of grass-fed gelatin.

Bulletproof Coffee Gummies


  • 1 cup hot fresh brewed organic coffee
  • 1 Tbsp grass-fed butter
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp organic vanilla extract
  • 5 Tbsp grass-fed gelatin
  • sweeten to taste with stevia


  • Blend all in your blender until mixed well and frothy.
  • Pour into candy molds and put in the fridge until set (20 minutes to 2 hours).
  • Pop out of molds and store in a container. When you are ready, drop them into your coffee or eat them whole!

Bulletproof Coffee Packs

Bulletproof mocha coffee in bulk for travel and fast morning coffees. (Recipe found on Imgur.)

Bulletproof Coffee Packs to Go


  • 1 pound grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 20 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup – 1 cup cacao (or cocoa), to taste
  • Ceylon cinnamon (optional)


  • Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. No lumps!
  • Pour into 20 small cups to make the fat packs. Add lids and refrigerate.
  • Make your coffee. Place a fat pack to your empty cup or mug.
  • Add coffee until the cup is half full. Add sweetener.
  • Mix with a blender or frother. Add remaining coffee and enjoy.


Bulletproof Hot Cocoa

Bulletproof Hot Cocoa


  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder (or regular cocoa powder)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash cinnamon


  • Bring the water and coconut milk to a boil a small saucepan.
  • Mix boiling liquid with all other ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  • Blend with a blender or hand mixer until frothy.
  • Transfer the Bulletproof hot cacao to your favorite mug and drink up!

Bulletproof Green Tea

Bulletproof Green Tea


  • 2-3 teabags organic green tea
  • 2 Tbsp grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 3 cups ice cubes


  • Brew your favorite cup of tea using twice the number of teabags.
  • Add coconut oil and butter, blending well until frothy.
  • Chill the tea in the freezer for a few hours.
  • In a blender, add ice cubes and tea.
  • Blend for 3-5 minutes, until well incorporated.

Gingerbread Spiced Bulletproof Coffee

Gingerbread Spiced Bulletproof Coffee


  • 1 tsp gingerbread spice per 2 Tbsp of coffee grounds
  • 1 Tbsp of grass-fed butter
  • 1 Tbsp of coconut oil


  • Sprinkle the gingerbread spice mix into the coffee grounds. Brew the coffee using your preferred method.
  • Pour hot coffee into a blender. Add grass-fed butter and coconut oil, plus any extras like sweetener if preferred.
  • Blend for 30-60 seconds until frothy and creamy.
  • Sprinkle with extra gingerbread spice, or use Chai tea instead of coffee.

Pumpkin Spice Bulletproof Latte

Pumpkin Spice Bulletproof Latte


  • 2 Tbsp grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup strong, brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1/3 cup organic pumpkin puree
  • pinch of salt
  • cinnamon, to taste
  • nutmeg, to taste
  • whipped coconut cream (optional)


  • For the unsweetened coconut milk, scoop the solids off of the top of the can before measuring out a cup of the remaining liquid. Whip the solids for a topping, if desired.
  • In a blender, combine the coconut milk with the coffee, pumpkin puree, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasonings, as needed.
  • Fill two tall glasses about 2/3 of the way with ice cubes. Pour half of the mixture into each glass. Garnish with whipped coconut cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Serve immediately.


Bulletproof Cocoa Mousse

Bulletproof Cocoa Mousse


  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brewed organic coffee
  • 1-2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp unflavored gelatin
  • 1 packet stevia


  • Add all ingredients to a blender.
  • Blend until frothy.
  • Pour into a bowl and set in the fridge for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Serve with whipped cream or as is.

Bulletproof Ice Cream

Bulletproof Ice Cream


  • 4 whole eggs plus 4 yolks (pastured of course)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla
  • 10 drops apple cider vinegar or lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brewed organic coffee
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1/2 cup water or ice


  • Blend everything but the water/ice in blender.
  • Add water or ice and blend some more. Ideally, you want a yogurt-like consistency for a creamy ice cream. Add more water for a firmer, icy texture.
  • Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and turn it on.
  • This will make perfect consistency ice cream.

Bulletproof Coffee Strawberry Cream Pops

Bulletproof Coffee Butter Cream Pops


  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup brewed cooled coffee
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 packet stevia


  • Blend fresh strawberries in the food processor until smooth. Add brewed, cooled coffee and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  • Prepare a pot of hot water for a double boiler.
  • Place the egg white and sweetener in to a metal bowl in the double boiler.
  • Beat the egg white mixture until the mass is stiff, glossy and silky.
  • Remove from double boiler and place egg whites into a new bowl. Add small pieces of room-temperature butter, making sure the last piece added is fully integrated into the mix before adding more.
  • You will finish with a creamy, yellowish butter cream.
  • Add the strawberry-coffee-cocoa mixture and whisk (or use an electric mixer) until well combined.
  • Pour into popsicle molds. Place in the freezer for an hour until set.

Bulletproof Pumpkin Frappuccino

This recipe makes 2 small or 1 large frappuccino

Bulletproof Pumpkin Frappuccino


  • 1 1/2 cups cold coffee
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 4 packets stevia
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • heavy cream (optional)


  • Brew the coffee, pour into a large mug and refrigerate overnight. Your coffee must be very cold.
  • In a small bowl whisk the milk, pumpkin, sweetener, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg until well combined. Pour into ice-cube trays and freeze.

Bulletproof Pumpkin Frappuccino How To

  • Once coffee pumpkin ice cubes are frozen, add to a blender or food processor. Blend on high until smooth and icy. Add more cream to reach your desired texture.
  • Top with whipped cream, if desired and serve immediately.



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WARNING SIGNS: Memory Loss, Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, Dementia–

I have pinched nerves resulting in numbness and very bad balance at times. As the doctors are working to discover if and how I can be fixed, family and friends have suggested a number of possible problems and solutions– everything from inner ear infection to Parkinson’s– so I’ve now done a study and would like at this time to present Dr. Russell Blaylock.

Know These Warning Signs

Meet Dr. Russell Blaylock

Russell L. Blaylock, M.D., has worn many expert “hats” over the past four decades.

After attending medical school, he completed a general surgical internship and neurosurgical residency. And for over 25 years, Dr. Blaylock worked as a highly regarded neurosurgeon, practicing in major hospitals in the Carolina’s.

He co-invented an intricate neurosurgical procedure that’s still in use today, and has taught surgical procedures to medical school students.

However, his medical practice took a dramatic turn after both his parents contracted Parkinson’s disease, and later died when conventional medicine failed them. Please watch his video and then read our EAT HEALTHY! page. We think you’ll be glad you did.

We were impressed with Dr. Blaylock’s message, as it brings the same information we’ve been getting from our own doctors as they work to discover how to fix my pinched nerve problems– and we’re gaining on it! This past week was very interesting, informative and helpful. To Be Continued…



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If you want to lose weight, begin where you are.
Don’t shoot for some goal in the future too far.
Begin with today and work hard to achieve,
And the losses you’ll see will make you believe
That a goal can be reached–but not in one bound.
Each step takes you closer by ounce and by pound.
-Carol Ackerman

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We love this quote by Carol Ackerman! We’ve discovered losing weight is easy for some but hard for others to achieve.

Here in Talk ‘N Share, you will find my own personal experiences that have enabled my success and may very well help you as well. Everyone can achieve their goal of having a slim, trim and healthy body, but everyone won’t get there using the same tools. Think about it- people usually drive a vehicle or take a bus, train or plane to go many miles and there are dozens of different ones they can choose from- some people actually choose to walk or run, but in the end, most get to their destination goal- they just didn’t get there in the exact same way.

FD 3 weigh4OK- Let’s address the elephant in the room- the extra unhealthy weight no one mentions in polite company. Here in this Health Blog I share many ways of achieving your goal, what has worked for me and what I am doing now. If you look at the menu on my Talk ‘N Share site you may see a number of things that peak your interest.  Coaching Korner, EAT HEALTHY! Skinny Body MAX- Your LAST Diet? Yummy & Healthy Smoothies, and others- after reading these you should have a good idea of how you’d like to proceed.


A combination… I like to start my day with coffee, so am making a Bulletproof one each morning- today I put 2 cups of hot freshly brewed coffee into the blender, added 2 T of real butter, 2 T of pure coconut oil and 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder. It had that foam head so many like and was a nice quick version of a yummy healthy Mocha.

A bit later I joined hubby for breakfast and had scrambled eggs the way I like them best- cheese melted on the top and sour cream on top of that- also 2 or 3 slices of bacon- mmmmm, GOOD! Since I eat chemical-free, I’m just not hungry anymore, so I had another cup of coffee but will not eat again until dinner. Tonight we’re having steak and I think I’ll just have a salad with mine, although if I’m a bit hungry I’ll have a small baked potato as well. I usually like chocolate after dinner, so 3 choc. peanut butter malt balls will be just perfect. If this sounds like the One Day Diet, it is close but I’m not concerned about any ‘rules’. I simply eat whatever I feel like, when I feel like, and enjoy the wonderful healthy slim and trim results!



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ALZHEIMERS- Can It Be Avoided?

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Did you know that certain foods can actually DAMAGE your brain and your memory?

Coach Josh has sent us an interesting email we want to share with you here. He says in part… If you’re currently experiencing any kind of memory issues, if you feel your memory is fading, or if you’ve been known to have a “senior moment” every so often lately, it may be directly related to certain foods in your diet.

What ARE the 5 foods you should not eat?

You will see this as a ‘come on’ for a variety of products in various companies and if you check them out you will see that there are many more than 5. We cover that on our EAT These NEVER!! page. Here are two examples- both articles are right, yet they both suggest different things. You may find them to be of interest- especially the hot dogs- definitely an American favorite!

When David Jack, a nutrition expert and contributor to Men’s Health Magazine outlined his list of 5 foods you should never eat, KTRH News decided to get an expert opinion from a Houston nutritionist.  Kristi King is a clinical dietician at Texas Children’s Hospital and Clinical Instructor at Baylor College of Medicine and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  She offered the following comments on Five Foods You Should Never Eat.

“Strawberries tend to be one of the fruits that have higher amounts of pesticides found in them.  So a lot of times people will say to avoid strawberries or to buy organic, and if you have the money to buy organic I definitely encourage that.  However if you do love strawberries and want to eat them just make sure you wash them thoroughly and get all the pesticides off, dry them thoroughly, and they should be a little bit safer for consumption.

“White chocolate sounds like a good thing because we’re eating chocolate, which we know is full of anti-oxidants,  however the white chocolate is actually just the butter part of the chocolate making process, so all of the flavinols and anti-oxidants are removed from the white chocolate.  So during the chocolate making process all those good nutrients are being stripped from it and leave us with a real buttery smooth taste but unfortunately many of the nutrients are gone out of it.  So if we’re going to eat chocolate let’s stick to the dark chocolate, we want to look for 70% K-Cal in dark chocolate and that’s when you know you’re getting the good stuff.

Alfalfa sprouts tend to be sold in health food stores, and in healthy sandwiches.  It’s a great product, however it does require a warm place to grow, and when you have foods that require warm environments they’re going to be more at risk for food-borne illnesses and contaminating other foods that they touch. Alfalfa sprouts are not as easy to wash as other fruits and vegetables, so if you are at high risk, as someone with auto-immune deficiencies, young children, older adults, senior citizens, I say avoid the alfalfa sprouts use cucumber, zucchini, carrots, or grated cabbage or squash to add to your crunch to your salads or sandwiches.

Tomatoes are a great source of nutrients.  They’re full high in lycopene, it’s a great anti-oxidant.  However when we put tomatoes in a can we’re just starting to realize that a lot of the acid from the tomatoes are causing the lining put in the can as a preservative to leech into the food. So if you can buy tomatoes in something like a jar, that will be a little healthier for you, put you at less risk and tends to be more natural.”

Swordfish is one of the fish that contains the highest level of mercury.  Eating swordfish, especially if you have a medical condition that causes you to be susceptible; we want to make you avoid that.    Aiming more for fish that are found in the wild – salmon, Pacific tune, may have some mercury but it’s not going to be as much as in swordfish.

7 Memory-Killing Foods You Should Never Eat- And Why–

Food scientists are shedding light on items loaded with toxins and chemicals–and simple swaps for a cleaner diet and super-sized health.

Clean eating means choosing fruits, vegetables, and meats that are raised, grown, and sold with minimal processing. Often they’re organic, and rarely (if ever) should they contain additives. But in some cases, the methods of today’s food producers are neither clean nor sustainable. The result is damage to our health, the environment, or both. So we decided to take a fresh look at food through the eyes of the people who spend their lives uncovering what’s safe–or not–to eat. We asked them a simple question: “What foods do you avoid?” Their answers don’t necessarily make up a “banned foods” list. But reaching for the suggested alternatives might bring you better health–and peace of mind.

1. The Endocrinologist Won’t Eat: Canned Tomatoes
Fredrick Vom Saal, is an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri who studies bisphenol-A.

The problem: The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Unfortunately, acidity (a prominent characteristic of tomatoes) causes BPA to leach into your food. Studies show that the BPA in most people’s body exceeds the amount that suppresses sperm production or causes chromosomal damage to the eggs of animals. “You can get 50 mcg of BPA per liter out of a tomato can, and that’s a level that is going to impact people, particularly the young,” says vom Saal. “I won’t go near canned tomatoes.”

The solution: Choose tomatoes in glass bottles (which do not need resin linings), such as the brands Bionaturae and Coluccio. You can also get several types in Tetra Pak boxes, like Trader Joe’s and Pomi.

Budget tip: If your recipe allows, substitute bottled pasta sauce for canned tomatoes. Look for pasta sauces with low sodium and few added ingredients, or you may have to adjust the recipe.

2. The Farmer Won’t Eat: Corn-Fed Beef
Joel Salatin is co-owner of Polyface Farms and author of half a dozen books on sustainable farming.

The problem: Cattle evolved to eat grass, not grains. But farmers today feed their animals corn and soybeans, which fatten up the animals faster for slaughter. But more money for cattle farmers (and lower prices at the grocery store) means a lot less nutrition for us. A recent comprehensive study conducted by the USDA and researchers from Clemson University found that compared with corn-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), calcium, magnesium, and potassium; lower in inflammatory omega-6s; and lower in saturated fats that have been linked to heart disease. “We need to respect the fact that cows are herbivores, and that does not mean feeding them corn and chicken manure,” says Salatin.

The solution: Buy grass-fed beef, which can be found at specialty grocers, farmers’ markets, and nationally at Whole Foods. It’s usually labeled because it demands a premium, but if you don’t see it, ask your butcher.

Budget tip: Cuts on the bone are cheaper because processors charge extra for deboning. You can also buy direct from a local farmer, which can be as cheap as $5 per pound. To find a farmer near you, search

3. The Toxicologist Won’t Eat: Microwave Popcorn
Olga Naidenko, is a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group.

The problem:
Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans, according to a recent study from UCLA. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize–and migrate into your popcorn. “They stay in your body for years and accumulate there,” says Naidenko, which is why researchers worry that levels in humans could approach the amounts causing cancers in laboratory animals. DuPont and other manufacturers have promised to phase out PFOA by 2015 under a voluntary EPA plan, but millions of bags of popcorn will be sold between now and then.

The solution: Pop natural kernels the old-fashioned way: in a skillet. For flavorings, you can add real butter or dried seasonings, such as dillweed, vegetable flakes, or soup mix.

Budget tip: Popping your own popcorn is dirt cheap

4. The Farm Director Won’t Eat: Non-organic Potatoes
Jeffrey Moyer is the chair of the National Organic Standards Board.

The problem:
Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that wind up in soil. In the case of potatoes–the nation’s most popular vegetable–they’re treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. After they’re dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting. “Try this experiment: Buy a conventional potato in a store, and try to get it to sprout. It won’t,” says Moyer, who is also farm director of the Rodale Institute (also owned by Rodale Inc., the publisher of Prevention). “I’ve talked with potato growers who say point-blank they would never eat the potatoes they sell. They have separate plots where they grow potatoes for themselves without all the chemicals.”

The solution:
Buy organic potatoes. Washing isn’t good enough if you’re trying to remove chemicals that have been absorbed into the flesh.

Budget tip: Organic potatoes are only $1 to $2 a pound, slightly more expensive than conventional spuds.

5. The Fisheries Expert Won’t Eat: Farmed Salmon
Dr. David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany, published a major study in the journal Science on contamination in fish.

The problem: Nature didn’t intend for salmon to be crammed into pens and fed soy, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. As a result, farmed salmon is lower in vitamin D and higher in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT. According to Carpenter, the most contaminated fish come from Northern Europe, which can be found on American menus. “You could eat one of these salmon dinners every 5 months without increasing your risk of cancer,” says Carpenter, whose 2004 fish contamination study got broad media attention. “It’s that bad.” Preliminary science has also linked DDT to diabetes and obesity, but some nutritionists believe the benefits of omega-3s outweigh the risks. There is also concern about the high level of antibiotics and pesticides used to treat these fish. When you eat farmed salmon, you get dosed with the same drugs and chemicals.

The solution: Switch to wild-caught Alaska salmon. If the package says fresh Atlantic, it’s farmed. There are no commercial fisheries left for wild Atlantic salmon.

Budget tip:
Canned salmon, almost exclusively from wild catch, can be found for as little as $3 a can.

6. The Cancer Researcher Won’t Drink: Milk Produced With Artificial Hormones
Rick North is project director of the Campaign for Safe Food at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and former CEO of the Oregon division of the American Cancer Society.

The problem:
Milk producers treat their dairy cattle with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST, as it is also known) to boost milk production. But rBGH also increases udder infections and even pus in the milk. It also leads to higher levels of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor in milk. In people, high levels of IGF-1 may contribute to breast, prostate, and colon cancers. “When the government approved rBGH, it was thought that IGF-1 from milk would be broken down in the human digestive tract,” says North. As it turns out, the casein in milk protects most of it, according to several independent studies. “There’s not 100 percent proof that this is increasing cancer in humans,” admits North. “However, it’s banned in most industrialized countries.”

The solution: Check labels for rBGH-free, rBST-free, produced without artificial hormones, or organic milk. These phrases indicate rBGH-free products.

Budget tip: Try Wal-Mart’s Great Value label, which does not use rBGH.

7. The Organic-Foods Expert Won’t Eat: Conventional Apples
Mark Kastel, a former executive for agribusiness, is co-director of the Cornucopia Institute, a farm-policy research group that supports organic foods.

The problem: If fall fruits held a “most doused in pesticides contest,” apples would win. Why? They are individually grafted (descended from a single tree) so that each variety maintains its distinctive flavor. As such, apples don’t develop resistance to pests and are sprayed frequently. The industry maintains that these residues are not harmful. But Kastel counters that it’s just common sense to minimize exposure by avoiding the most doused produce, like apples. “Farm workers have higher rates of many cancers,” he says. And increasing numbers of studies are starting to link a higher body burden of pesticides (from all sources) with Parkinson’s disease.

The solution: Buy organic apples.

Budget tip: If you can’t afford organic, be sure to wash and peel them. But Kastel personally refuses to compromise. “I would rather see the trade-off being that I don’t buy that expensive electronic gadget,” he says. “Just a few of these decisions will accommodate an organic diet for a family.”

Jeannie here- you will no doubt find our EAT HEALTHY! page to be most helpful in being able to eat a healthy diet that is easy to achieve and very delicious- a wonderful way to be slim, trim and HEALTHY for life!



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SALT Is GOOD- How Could It Possibly KILL Us??

I recently received  a request from my friend Julie to research various salts and only a day or two later Leah from Mamavation sent an interesting article, so here we go- THINGS ABOUT SALT that may have made you wonder…

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It’s no secret that salt can impact your health. It’s an essential nutrient and our bodies can’t function without salt. We’ve been hearing for years that Americans need to reduce their sodium intake. Sodium is one of the leading causes of high blood pressure, and the number one cause of preventable death in the world. What you might not know is that which type of salt you use matters. Not all salt is created equal.

Different Types of Salt

There are many different varieties of salt, and it’s important to differentiate them before discussing how they can affect your health. Let’s start with what most likely comes to mind first–table salt.

Table Salt

Table salt is manufactured and heavily refined sodium chloride. The salt is heated to over 1200 degrees Fahrenheit to remove impurities, which also removes many of it’s naturally occurring elements. Almost pure sodium chloride is what remains, as table salt is 99% sodium chlorideThe salt is then ground until very fine, and as a result the salt clumps together. Anti-caking agents are added to prevent clumping, but that’s not always where the additives stop.

Things like iodide, fluoride, dextrose, potassium iodide, MSG, aluminum derivatives and even more can be added to conventional table salt. Table salt is bleached to get its bright white color too. Most salts found in nature aren’t white. Speaking of where salt it found, one way table salt is produced is by gathering flaky residue from oil digging.

Sea Salt/Kosher Salt

Sea salt is obtained through a different method than most table salt. The salt is dried through the evaporation of sea water. Sea salt retains more of the natural minerals such as beneficial magnesium, potassium, and others. It contains slightly less sodium by volume than conventional salt, perhaps because the salt crystals are left larger. Larger crystals also means no need to add anti-caking agents.

Kosher salt is very similar in make up as sea salt, but the crystals are usually ground slightly more. It too can be derived from the sea, but it is also cultivated from underground. It’s commonly used for curing meats. Natural and unrefined sea salts have around 84% sodium chloride content. Refined version will have closer to 93% sodium chloride.

Himalayan Crystal Salt

This characteristically pink salt is harvested from the foothills of the Himalayas and gets its pink color from the iron oxide in the salt. It’s considered very pure and has been shown to contain 84 natural minerals that occur in the human body. Due to the large number of minerals in this natural salt, Himalayan salt is only 85% sodium chloride. It usually comes in large crystal form, and is even sold in solid blocks.

Himalayan crystal salt is said to have numerous health benefits, such as improved mood, lowed blood pressure, sleep benefits, prevention of allergy symptoms, and it can help support the immune system FD 1 pink salt

Dangers of Table Salt 

Now that we’ve determined how table salt differs from some of the other varieties of salt, let’s look at what the differences mean for your health.

Sodium Chloride

Research shows that a diet high in sodium chloride actually drives autoimmune disease. It does so by introducing pathogenic TH17 cells.   Mice were used in one portion of the study and the raised levels of sodium chloride triggered the autoimmune development of encephalomyelitis, the inflammation of the brain and spinal chord.

Sodium Benzoate

This synthetic chemical is sometimes found in table salt. Those sensitive to sodium benzoate can experience hives, allergic reactions, or asthma attacks.  Sodium benzoate is especially of concern when combined with citric acid. Considering how prevalent salt is in cooking, that combination is likely. The mix of these two ingredients forms a cancer-causing chemical, benzene.


Aluminum hydroxide has been linked to Alzheimer’s. Other forms of aluminum have show to negatively impact bone formation.


Fluoride has been linked to developmental neurotoxicity. It can damage the brain, decrease IQ, and harm bones, kidney function, and the thyroid.


We’ve mentioned dextrose before. This processed sugar is made from GMO corn, which can be treated with the herbicide glyphosate. This heavily used chemical has been deemed as a probable carcinogen. In addition, dextrose contains MSG, which can lead to feelings of nausea, brain damage, learning disorders, and behavioral problems.


Iodine naturally occurs in certain foods and salt, however table salt is stripped of the naturally occurring form. Synthetic iodine is then added to conventional salt, and our bodies just cant absorb it the same. It’s true that we need iodine, but the mineral’s natural form is much more absorbable and better suited to preventing iodine deficiency. Very high levels of iodine can actual adversely affect the thyroid. It’s best to get this mineral from sources such as seaweed, seafood, and food grown in soil rich with iodine.

Other Health Concerns

Iodized table salt is commonly linked to hypertension. The blood stream attempts to move this processed salt away from the heart, thus elevating blood pressure. High blood pressure can result in stroke, dementia, and heart failure.

The average American consumes between 4000-6000 mg of salt per day, while the recommended amount from the AHA is just 1500 mg. Choosing a salt lower in sodium chloride can help reduce the effects on your health. It is said that conventional salt can lead to other side effects such as cellulite, arthritis, stroke, gallbladder and kidney stones, muscle problems, and digestive problems.

Sodium intake is especially a cause for concern for African-Americans. They develop high blood pressure more often at a younger age than the general populationA staggering 73% of African-American hypertension patients were found to have salt sensitivity. Though one reason as to why they are more sensitive to salt has yet to be determined, there are many evidence backed theories. Some suggest that it is due to a social and economic factors, as well as diet. Sodium is far more prevalent in processed foods and fast foods, so African-Americans should take care with their diet. The CDC recommends African-Americans limit daily sodium intake to 1500 mg, yet a cheeseburger with toppings almost hits that limit with 1108 mg of sodium, and that’s before the fries. A KFC Variety Big Box meal contains 3000 mg, double the recommendation in just one serving. Considering African-Americans are 80% more likely to die from a stroke, and nearly half of both African-American men and women will develop high blood pressure, diet and the sodium level of the salt they use is of utmost importance.

Choose Wisely

Let’s face it, we need salt. Not only is it essential to our health, but it also brings out the flavor in our food. What we don’t need is the health problems caused by processed salt and synthetic additives. When you are choosing what salt to cook with or season your food, opt for unrefined, natural salt. The salt you choose, such as Himalayan crystal salt, can even provide additional benefits to your health.


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4 Commonly Prescribed Drugs That May Not Be Safe

To sell drugs, ads raise awareness of conditions people never worried about before and probably don’t have.                              By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNetbigpharma_750

They are so common no one thinks twice about them: drug ads that tell you about a disease you might have and a pill that could treat it. Just “ask your doctor,” they say, if the pill is right for you.

Until 1997, such direct-to-consumer (DTC) ads did not exist because without a doctor’s recommendation, how could people know if the medication was appropriate or safe? The only thing people knew about drugs and drug risks was from ads they peeked at in medical journals at the doctor’s office.

But after the ads started in 1997, the allergy pill Claritin became a household word, along with Xenical, Meridia, Propecia, Paxil, Prozac, Vioxx, Viagra, Singulair, Nasonex, Allegra, Flonase and, of course, Lipitor—and Big Pharma became a Wall Street darling.

Now the American Medical Association (AMA) is taking a second look at DTC advertising. In November 2015, doctors at the AMA’s Interim Meeting sought a policy to address one of its biggest problems: the growing proliferation of ads “driving demand for expensive treatments despite the clinical effectiveness of less costly alternatives.” Billions are spent advertising expensive new drugs that are not clearly better than existing ones, the AMA said. The Kaiser Family Foundation agreed and said exorbitantly priced drugs—like $1,000-a-pill hepatitis C drugs and recently approved PCSK9-inhibiting cholesterol drugs—are the “public’s top health care priority.” The new cholesterol drug will cost an estimated $14,000 a year.

Looting tax dollars and raising health premiums is only one result of DTC advertising. To sell drugs, the ads raise awareness of conditions people never worried about before and probably don’t have. Some conditions are so rare the ads appear to be selling the disease itself. How many people, for example, suffer from “Non-24,” a condition that mostly affects blind people yet is currently advertised on TV? How many people suffer from “exocrine pancreatic insufficiency” and need to ask their doctor about their “poop” as other ads currently suggest?

Nor are the drugs even clearly safe. Many of the aggressively advertised drugs have risks that have surfaced after their ad campaigns expire (Others like Vioxx, Bextra, Baycol, Trovan, Meridia, Seldane, Hismanal and Darvon were removed from the market altogether).

Here are some heavily advertised drugs that are not necessarily safe.

1. GERD Meds

Few had heard of the condition gastroesophageal reflux disease before DTC advertising. While a small percentage of the population may have GERD, the condition is widely believed to have been pushed to sell proton pump inhibitors (PPI) like Nexium. In many cases “GERD” is really heartburn and can be treated with Tums or Rolaids, critics said.

GERD has made a lot of money. The “Purple Pill,” Nexium, made almost $5 billion in the U.S. in one year and the class of PPIs made $13.6 billion, translating into 119 million prescriptions. But safety questions have followed.

In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that PPIs are linked to Clostridium Difficile or C. Dif, a sometimes deadly intestinal infection that is becoming increasingly drug resistant. In 2013, medical literature linked PPIs to fractures, calcium and magnesium deficiencies, community-acquired pneumonia and vitamin B-12 deficiencies. Other research suggests PPIs might cause blood vessels to constrict and cardiovascular risks and this month, research said PPIs may be linked to increased risk for chronic kidney disease.

2. Lipitor

If DTC advertising was the medium that made Big Pharma a Wall Street darling, statins like Lipitor were the drug class. In 2005 statins earned $18.7 billion in the U.S. and Pfizer’s Lipitor became the best-selling drug in the world.

Patients loved statins because they could ignore diet and exercise advice and still, apparently, reduce heart attack risks; their body would “forgive” the bacon cheeseburger. But not all medical voices agreed. Some wondered why the nation spent approximately $20 billion a year on cholesterol-lowering drugs instead of effective, less dangerous and less expensive lifestyle and diet changes. Others questioned the value of statins themselves.

High cholesterol, which statins treat, is a “relatively weak risk factor for developing atherosclerosis,” Barbara Roberts, an associate clinical professor of medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University told me. “Big Pharma has consistently exaggerated the benefits of statins and some physicians used scare tactics so that patients are afraid that if they go off the statins, they will have a heart attack.” Though many doctors have “swallowed the Kool-Aid,” Dr. Roberts, author of The Truth about Statins, said, “diabetes and smoking are far more potent when it comes to increasing risk.”

In 2012, the FDA floated new risks to the entire statin class, adding warnings to their labels about memory impairment, diabetes, liver injury and muscle damage. Memory problems had always been suspected with statins, but after Lipitor’s patent ran out, they were confirmed.

3. Crestor

Statins were given a big boost by Paul Ridker of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, who presented the results of a study on the statin Crestor, funded by its manufacturer AstraZeneca, in 2009. Even though Ridker was co-inventor of a related patent and stood to profit from sales and study authors listed 131 financial ties to Big Pharma, the media were wowed. Headlines screamed “AstraZeneca’s Crestor cuts death, heart attack” and “Crestor study seen changing preventive treatment!” Ka-ching.

But doctors posting online comments in the New England Journal of Medicine were not convinced, especially since the study was stopped early because, AstraZeneca said, of its clearly positive results. “It is well established that RCTs [randomized controlled trials] stopped early overestimate benefits significantly,” wrote a physician from Rochester, Minnesota. “It is shocking that this trial was terminated 50 percent through, based on a small absolute benefit, with real questions about long-term risk,” a poster from LSU Law Center, read.

During Crestor-mania, few remembered that the FDA’s own David Graham had named the drug among the top five most dangerous in Capitol Hill testimony. Public Citizen, the national watchdog group, had petitioned for the drug’s withdrawal and research in the journal Circulation found Crestor “was significantly more likely to be associated with the composite end point of rhabdomyolysis, proteinuria, nephropathy or renal failure” than related drugs.

4. Vytorin

Vytorin was heavily advertised as treating both genetic and dietary sources of cholesterol and combined the statin drug Zocor with the anti-hyperlipidemic drug Zetia. The problem was, it was marketed before a study confirmed its effectiveness and when the study was published, it found Vytorin had no effect on the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Oops.

Like other expensive and popular drugs, the issue wasn’t just that Vytorin did not work any better than a much cheaper drug. Its makers, Merck and Schering-Plough, also admitted “theoretical” safety concerns about liver damage. In 2014, American Journal of Cardiology authors reported an unexpected increase in cancer incidence and mortality in subjects possibly linked to ezetimibe, one of the Vytorin ingredients.

Vytorin demonstrates well the AMA’s current concerns about profiteering. The state of New York paid $21 million for Vytorin in two years out of its Medicaid dollars—a likely worthless drug. “Drug companies are on notice that concealing critical information about life-saving prescription drugs, profiting at the expense of patients’ health and wasting taxpayer dollars, is simply unacceptable,” then New York Attorney Andrew Cuomo, now governor, said.

Vytorin was such a scam, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked the General Accounting Office to investigate why the FDA would approve a drug to reduce artery-clogging plaque that didn’t reduce artery-clogging plaque. Former Congressmen Bart Stupak (D-MI) and John Dingell (D-MI) asked why Schering-Plough Executive VP Carrie Smith Cox unloaded $28 million in stock when she knew the study failed before the public did.

“Many consumers may not have taken Vytorin had they been aware of the study results,” Rep. Stupak said during hearings. He might have added “had they not seen DTC advertising.”



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