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You are what you eat.
Paraphrased from "How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy."
by Paul Chek

Benefits of organically grown food.
Did you know that within hours, whatever we put in our mouths is replacing cells somewhere in our bodies? The best food is grown with organic farming. Organic food is grown without the use of toxic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or chemical fertilizers. Organic foods are better for your health and they're produced in ways that support a healthy environment.

Most shopping carts today are filled with non-foods. Most processed foods fall into this category. Most of the ingredients on processed foods you can't even pronounce. The gigantic and often strange words listed on packages are the various concoctions used to color, stabilize, emulsify, bleach, texture, soften, preserve, sweeten, add or cover smells and, in the manufacturer's words, flavor! The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently lists about 2,800 international food additives and about 3,000 chemicals that are deliberately added to our food supply each year. Including chemicals used in food production from ground to stomach, the number rises to between 10,000 and 15,000!

The FDA doesn't require any food additive Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) to be listed on the label, all you'll see is "artificial flavor," or "artificial coloring." To save time and money the FDA allows the food and additive manufacturers to notify them of the GRAS status of their additives and they're allowed to provide their own evidence to support their claims! That's a bit like asking a cigarette or drug manufacturer to make sure they provide evidence that their products are safe.

Acetaldehyde and Acetic acid are on the GRAS list. Acetaldehyde is known to be an irritant to mucous membranes (which line your entire digestive tract), is a central nervous system depressant and in large doses may cause death. Acetic acid may cause gastrointestinal distress, skin rashes and eye irritation. There are hundreds of GRAS additives that read like something you could buy on the black market -- yet we buy and eat these additives every day.

The liver must process all of these chemicals and additives. If your liver becomes overworked these chemicals and additives can end up in your blood stream, with almost unlimited access to the cells of your body, as well as placing strain on your systems of detoxification. This can, and often does, lead to many unpleasant symptoms such as weight gain, skin disorders and eventually auto-immune diseases.

Avoid genetically engineered food.
Genetically engineered foods alter the food by altering the genes. The genetic engineers feel that they can "improve" on Mother Nature! The biotech industry doesn't want mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). They worry that it could hurt sales. The scientists producting GM foods are not required to prove the safety of the foods before selling them to you. One of the most comprehensive animal studies on the consumption of GM foods was done by Arpad Pusztai.

Pusztai's research was with a GM potato. When this was fed to rats the rats developed abnormal organ development and immune responsiveness. Pusztai stated that, "It is very unfair to use fellow citizens as guinea pigs. Pusztai began his studies to prove that GM foods were safe, but when he exposed his results which proved otherwise, he lost his funding and assistants.

Avoid irradiated foods.
The FDA approved radiation dose for meats is about 150 million times more radiation than the standard chest X-ray. Studies in the 1970's run by India's Institute of Nutrition reported that feeding freshly radiated wheat to monkeys, rats, mice and to a small group of malnourished children induced gross chromosomal abnormalities in blood or bone marrow cells and mutational damage in the rodents. Food irradiation results in major micronutrient losses, particularly vitamins A, C, E and the B complex group.

Foods approved for irradiation in the U.S. include:
Wheat/Wheat Flour
Herbs and Spices
Dried Vegetable Seasonings

Organic foods cannot be irradiated. 

In legalizing food irradiation the FDA did not determine a level of radiation to which food can be exposed and still be safe for human consumption. Research dating to the 1950s has revealed a wide range of problems in animals that ate irradiated food, including premature death, a rare form of cancer, reproductive dysfunction, chromosomal abnormalities, liver damage, and vitamin deficiencies. Irradiation masks and encourages filthy conditions in slaughterhouses and food processing plants. Irradiation can kill most bacteria in food but it does nothing to remove the feces, urine, pus and vomit that often contaminate beef, pork, chicken and other meat. Irradiation will not kill the pathogen that causes mad cow disease.

Processed wheat and white flour are nutritionally deficient. The U.S. tried giving its surplus grains to countries with starving populations, but they would not accept grains from the U.S. if grains from any other countries were offered. This was because the deficient U.S. grains did little to maintain or improve the health of the starving. After 130 years of consuming highly processed grains in the form of breads, pastries and cereals, chronic disease is rampant among most industrialized nations. 

We were not designed to drink alcohol. The metabolism of alcohol disrupts the livers ability to produce energy. Regular exposure to alcoholic beverages, particularly when consumed without fat and protein to slow down absorption can cause damage to the stomach and linings of the small intestine. Alcohol, along with many medical drugs and high stress levels, are the primary sources of leaky gut syndrome.

The pasteurization process kills important enzymes as well as damaging or destroying vitamins and amino acids. In fact, milk is declared pasteurized when the chemist finds no enzymes present in the milk! Another problem with commercially produced milk is that dairy farmers commonly inject cows with a growth hormone to make them produce more milk than is normal. In one of the studies run on cows given growth hormone cows were getting sick and gave birth to calves with genetic deformities. 

Another issue with growth hormone is that it increases levels of IGF-1 in the cow's milk. IGF-1 is identical in both cows and humans. Humans receive the IGF molecule by consuming milk and the human body will treat it as its own. Increased IGF concentrations have been associated with breast cancer, human colorectal tumors and colon cancer growth. 

Cows, sheep, buffalo, etc. are designed to eat grass. However, most commercially raised cows are fed grains that quickly make them fat. When their entire diet is made up of grains, the animals often become sick and the quality of the fats and proteins in their meat declines. Some commercial meat producers have begun research trials adding cardboard, newspaper and sawdust to cattle feeding programs to reduce costs! The FDA says that it's not uncommon for some feedlot operators to mix industrial sewage and oils into feed to reduce costs and fatten animals more quickly.

Many factory-farmed animals never see the natural light of day. They're fed a constant supply of antibiotics to aid in both rapid growth and to keep them alive, as they literally live their entire lives in their own feces. In 1998, the USDA inspections and safety system reclassified an array of animal diseases as being ..."defects that rarely or never present a direct public health risk," and said "unaffected carcass portions" could be passed on to consumers by cutting out lesions. The agency said the following animal diseases do not present a health danger to humans:

A pneumonia of poultry called airsacculitis
Glandular swellings or lymphomas
Infectious arthritis
Diseases caused by intestinal worms

According to Robert O. Young, PhD, DSc, meats contain an average of 300,000-3 million microorganisms per gram, or roughly 336 million per serving. Cheese contains from 300,000-1,000,000 microorganisms per gram; milk 20,000 microorganisms. Animal products can be a major source of internal pollution which can contribute to disease. Clean plant food, on the other hand, contains only 10 microbes per gram.

Today most of our waterways are toxic. Destroying our ecosystem makes fish unsafe to eat. In fact the National Academy of Sciences estimated in 1991 that the risk of cancer to the average consumer who eats seafood can be some 75 times greater than normally acceptable guidelines. 

Swordfish, shark, tuna and other deepwater fish accumulate more mercury than smaller fish with shorter life spans. Today, many of these fish, fresh off the boat, have been found to have mercury levels so high that eating them more than once a week is considered dangerous by many health experts. 

Processed and cured meats
Ingredients in many cured and/or packaged meats are nitrites or nitrates. Both of these additives have been found to cause cancer and tumors in test animals. These additives can be in sausages, bologna, frankfurters, deviled ham, meat spreads, spiced ham and hotdogs. Researchers reported that children who ate hot dogs cured with nitrite a dozen or more times monthly have a risk of leukemia ten times higher than normal. Furthermore, children born to mothers who consume hot dogs once or more weekly during their pregnancy are twice as likely to have childhood briain tumors. 

Fats to avoid
Many processed foods, even those touted as healthy, are laden with trans-fatty acids (TFAs). Structurally trans-fatty acids are closer to plastic than fat. TFA consumption has been linked to heart disease and elevated cholesterol levels. Margarine is known to have high levels of TFAs. Dr. Mary Enig, a world renowned expert on dietary fats noted that Americans eat between 11 and 28 grams of TFAs a day --- or one-fifth their total intake of fat. This is a lot of plastic to put in the body! Other fats to avoid are hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils.

Processed sugar is not only a drug, it's a poison. Daily intake of sugar produces a continuously over-acid condition. Consequently, minerals are required from body tissues (such as bones and teeth) in order to buffer the acidic environment and rectify the imbalance. In order to protect the blood, so much calcium is taken from the bones and teeth that decay and general weakening begin. Excess sugar eventually affects every organ in the body.

When the hormonal system becomes disturbed and unbalanced due to the stress of eating processed sugars, numerous other pathological conditions soon manifest --- degenerative disease, allergies, obesity, alcoholism, drug addiction, depression and behavioral problems. Our ability to resist disease progressively decreases as processed sugars displace the nutrient dense foods we were designed to thrive on. The chances of acquiring one of the following diseases or side effects skyrockets:

Kidney disease
Liver disease
Coronary heart disease
Violent tendencies
Bone loss
Tooth decay
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Numerous psychological disorders
Colon cancer
Diseases of malnutrition

Today we have polluted almost every single water supply in the world! The EPA has identified over 700 pollutants that regularly occur in drinking water. The EPA monitors eight inorganic and ten organic chemicals, leaving approximately 30,000 possible hazardous pollutants without regulation! 

The best thing to do to ensure good water is to use a whole-house filtration system to minimize exposure to heavy metals, chlorine and other waterborne toxins. If it's on your skin, you're basically drinking it, so you want to make sure the water you bathe in is as clean as the water you're drinking. We're designed to drink water, nothing else. Drinking other liquids does not count for the proper amount of water you need to drink every day. A good guide is to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water every day. So if you weigh 150 pounds you would need at least 75 ounces of water a day. 
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Stay away from margarine.
Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back. 

It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter.  

Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study. 

Margarine is very high in Trans fatty acids. 

It increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol) 

It increases the risk of cancers up to five times, lowers quality of breast milk, decreases immune response and decreases insulin response. 

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC... and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT 

Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things: 

* no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something) 

* it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value, nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weenie microorganisms will not find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic. Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

Just one example of how bad most processed food really is.
(NaturalNews) A cereal offered by General Mills called "Total Blueberry Pomegranate" cereal has been characterized as a "total fraud" by investigative journalist Mike Adams.

Volunteering his research efforts under the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center, the Health Ranger found that Total Blueberry Pomegranate cereal contained neither blueberries nor pomegranates.

Yet it is called "Total Blueberry Pomegranate Cereal" and positioned as a highly nutritious cereal with the words "100% nutrition," "Blueberry" and "Pomegranate" appearing prominently on the front of the box, in a very large font size.

While the cereal contains no actual blueberries or pomegranates, it does contain eight different sweeteners: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Barley Malt Extract, Brown Sugar Syrup, Malt Syrup, Sucralose, Molasses and Honey.

The blueberry-like appearance of small bits in the cereal are accomplished through the use of artificial colors like Red #40 and Blue #2, combined with various oils and sweeteners such as soybean oil and sugar.

"When consumers buy Total Blueberry Pomegranate Cereal, they fully expect it to contain at least some amount of real blueberries and pomegranates," explained award-winning investigative journalist Mike Adams, who narrates the Food Investigations video. "For General Mills to use these words on the front of the box and then fail to deliver any actual blueberries or pomegranates in the product is extremely deceptive."

"By choosing to pursue this deception, General Mills has tarnished its reputation among consumers worldwide who are now learning they cannot trust General Mills products to be honestly labeled," Adams added.

Adams is a strong proponent of real blueberries and pomegranates, which he describes as "plant-based medicines" that offer powerful nutritional support for preventing degenerative disease. Over the last several years as the news about the health benefits of blueberries and pomegranates has spread, large food companies have jumped on the bandwagon and attempted to use blueberries or pomegranates in their formulations. "General Mills jumped on the blueberry bandwagon but forgot to bring the blueberries," Adams added.

Adams suggests General Mills should change the name of their cereal to "Totally NOT Blueberries and Pomegranates."