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Organic Food: Really Better For You?

Organic Food: Really Better for You?

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… or does it just cost more?

This may be one of the most frequently asked questions that I receive. The answer would seem from first glance to be yes but there have been contradictory reports for years that organic food doesn’t really deliver when it comes to enhancing our health and fighting disease. In fact one 2009 study funded by the UK Food Standards Agency found that there were no significant differences in nutritional benefits between organic and conventionally grown crops.

However, a new meta study conducted by Newcastle University analyzed 343 studies to determine if there were any substantial nutrient differences between organic versus conventional food. Here are the most relevant findings from the study: Continue reading Organic Food: Really Better For You?

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Sugar and your brain

Too much sugar is affecting your intelligence and moods

sugar spoonful We all know eating sugar is bad for us in a lot of ways, such as weight gain, hypoglycemia, diabetes, or increased inflammation throughout the body. However, until recently very little attention has been paid to how a diet high in sugar impacts our mental state, from our cognition to our psychological well-being.

Sugar comes in many forms, such as glucose, fructose, honey or high fructose corn syrup, and can be found in 74% of all processed foods in our supermarkets. This is one reason why I tell all of my patients to avoid processed and packaged foods. Continue reading Sugar and your brain

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GMOs and Infertility: Is There a Connection?

GMOs and Infertility: Is There a Connection?

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According to a recent study, rats that were fed a diet of GMO (genetically modified organism) food ended up becoming infertile. Researchers from the Suez Canal University of Egypt concluded that rats fed a GMO diet not only wound up infertile but also suffered from other adverse health effects.

As many of you who have been reading my articles know, I have been writing about the possible negative effects of eating GM foods for a long time. I believe that we are unsuspecting participants in the largest food experiment ever conducted on the human population. This experiment largely went unnoticed until people in the scientific, environmental, and health fields began to question the efficacy of GMO crops. Continue reading GMOs and Infertility: Is There a Connection?

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Soda ingredient linked to cancer

Soda ingredient linked to cancer

soda can darkChemicals in the caramel coloring raise your cancer risk

At this point I would assume that most people who read my newsletter recognize that drinking soda is not good for us. Soda is a completely man-made product that is clearly associated with becoming obese, developing metabolic syndrome and/or diabetes, and substantially increasing our inflammation. Now there is compelling new evidence that links drinking a high level of soda with cancer.

A Consumer Reports study that was published earlier this year (February 18) in the scientific online journal PLOS ONE establishes a link between soda consumption and the risk of getting cancer. The study looked at one particular chemical of concern, 4 methylimidazole (4-Mel), which is found in some types of caramel color and is used to give colas and other sodas their distinctive brown coloring. Continue reading Soda ingredient linked to cancer

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Is autism in your child’s destiny?

Is autism in your child’s destiny?

Autism and GMO linkHow GMOs affect humans, and the GMO-autism link

At a December 2014 conference, MIT research scientist Dr. Stephanie Seneff startled the participants with this statement: “At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic.” The panel was there to discuss the effects of GMOs on humans and their possible correlation with diseases. Dr. Seneff, who has published over 170 peer-reviewed scientific articles, stated that there was a strong correlation between the side effects of autism and the glyphosate toxicity.

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup and has been linked to many disorders in other research. Dr. Seneff presented data showing a correlation between the use of Roundup on crops, the creation of Roundup-ready GMO crop seeds, and rising rates of autism in children. Children with autism have certain blood values and other biomarkers that indicate glyphosate toxicity, including iron and zinc deficiency, seizures, low serum sulfate, and mitochondrial (the energy producing factory of the cell) disorder. Continue reading Is autism in your child’s destiny?

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Five Foods That Will Boost Your Mood

Five Foods That Will Boost Your Mood

spinachHave you ever noticed that some foods just make you feel good while other foods get you up for a little while but then drop you like a load of stones? (Sugar is one of those for me and a lot of other people, too.)

In this article I am going to briefly talk about five foods that will boost your mood. In almost every case, this is because these foods, whether they be tiny powerhouse seeds or big green leafy vegetables, all contain minerals and vitamins essential to helping maintain healthy emotional states. Continue reading Five Foods That Will Boost Your Mood

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How to Stop Craving Sugar

Stop the sugar cravings!

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Coco-nutty Granola

I always ask my patients to give me a detailed description of not only what they eat but when they eat. It strikes me that far too often people eat very poorly at breakfast or don’t eat breakfast altogether.

Neither of these situations is ideal for your body or your brain, which both need to be fed on a regular basis. The average person eats dinner between 6 and 7 pm and goes to bed without a snack. They wake up between 7 and 8 am. This represents a twelve-hour period without food—which is great if you are going to take a fasting blood test to determine cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Continue reading How to Stop Craving Sugar

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Guided detox diary: Part 4

My guided detox with Dr. D’Brant: Part 4

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My 30-day detox with Dr. Garry D’Brant is complete, and I’m psyched! I’ve lost nine pounds, and both my BMI and my abdominal fat have dropped into healthier levels. Also, since the end of the detox, I’ve been maintaining my nutritional goals.

Earlier this week I checked in with Dr. D’Brant to mark my progress and get some guidance for the future. Continue reading Guided detox diary: Part 4

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Stop the Sugar Cravings: Five Steps

You can curb your desire for sweets!

kidandcake by j4p4n on openclipartPatients will often start out doing great with not craving carbs and or sweets while doing my comprehensive detoxification program. However, after they are done with the program they will sometimes come in during our follow-up support sessions saying that the desire for sweets/carbs (cookies, cakes, candy, chips, etc) has either slowly crept back in or has quite suddenly become an issue again.

What I have seen, in over 30 years of helping people create weight loss programs that work, is that subtle shifts in the person’s life will have significant impact on whether they’re feeling satisfied or are experiencing cravings. Continue reading Stop the Sugar Cravings: Five Steps