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How Will The Value of Your Days Be Measured?

For each of us eventually, whether we are ready or not, someday it will come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises, moments, hours, or days. All the things you collected whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame, and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear. So, too your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from or on what side of the tracks you lived at the end. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built. Not what you got, but what you gave. What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice t…

Do Most Diseases Begin in The Digestive Tract?

"Almost all diseases begin in the digestive track. This includes diabetes, asthma, cancer, alzheimer's, heart disease, memory loss, fibromyalgia, MS, and too many to even list here. I cannot emphasize enough how important the cleansing of your digestive system is to your health." - Dr. Joseph Rodrigo M.D., Ph.D, 2002

To learn more about digestive health, Click Here.

Finding What You Love To Do

A key to being successful in life is to find what you love to do, so you'll willingly put in the necessary time and effort in order to be good at it.

It's a simple formula.

So how come millions of people hate what they do?

Let me ask you a question. If one day, you won the lottery, what would you do?

If you never had to work for money again for the rest of your life, what would you be willing to do for free?

Because the answer to that question is likely what you love to do.

And because you love to do it, you'll put in the time, effort and work required to be good at it.

How To Be Successful In Life

The authors of Freakonomics reviewed a new 900 page academic book, The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance. Here are three conclusions from their massive work:


1. The trait we call talent is highly overrated.

That is, expert performers - whether in memory or surgery, ballet or computer programming - are nearly always made, not born.


2. Practice does make perfect.


3. When it comes to choosing a life path, you should do what you love - because if you don't love it, you are unlikely to work hard enough to get good at it.

They add, "Most people naturally don't like to do things they aren't 'good' at. So they often give up, telling themselves they simply don't possess the talent for math or skiing or the violin."

But here is the truth:

"What they really lack is the desire to be good and to undertake the deliberate practice that would make them better."

In other words, whatever turns you on, will keep you going.

So what do you love? What…

What Is Type 1 Diabetes?

Your body changes most of the food you eat into a form of sugar (also called glucose). Insulin is a hormone that allows this sugar to enter all the cells of your body and be used as energy.

A person who has type 1 diabetes can't make insulin.

Without insulin, sugar builds up in the blood and can damage internal organs, the nervous system and blood vessels.

Type 1 diabetes is also called insulin-dependent diabetes. It is sometimes called juvenile diabetes because it is usually discovered in children and teenagers, but adults may also have it.

By The Way...

By the way, I don't claim to be an expert in anything. I have no desire to be your doctor or medical expert.

I do try to share what I've learned about health with others. They can examine it and decide whether to apply these same things to their lives.

I do not directly or indirectly dispense medical advice or prescribe the use of fasting or diet as a form of treatment for sickness without medical approval. Nutritionists and other experts in the field of health and nutrition hold widely varying views.

I do not intend to diagnose or prescribe.

The health information provided here is to help you cooperate with your doctor or other health practitioner in your mutual quest for a better life.

Throughout this website, statements are made about food and nutrition. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

In the event you use this information without your doctor's approval and you p…

Fast Facts on Lung Cancer

More Americans die each year from lung cancer than from breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers combined. Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of men and women. Lung cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in one or both of the lungs. While normal lung tissue cells reproduce and develop into healthy lung tissue, cancerous cells reproduce rapidly and never grow into normal lung tissue. Lumps of cancer cells become tumors which disrupt the lung’s proper functioning. Most (87%) - but not all - lung cancers are smoking related.Not all smokers develop lung cancer. Quitting smoking reduces an individual's risk significantly, although former smokers remain at greater risk for lung cancer than people who never smoked. Other risk factors: exposure to other carcinogens such as asbestos and radon gas; exposure to second hand smoke. Approximately 171,900 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in 2003, accounting for 13% of all new cancer cases. An estimated 157,200 Ame…

All Foods Are Not Created Equal

In June of 2002, a landmark study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, using thirty-six years of data, concluded that everyone needs daily supplements - regardless of age or health. It's almost impossible to be healthy without them. Yet, more than half the U.S. population doesn't supplement. Those who do receive few benefits.

It's very difficult for your body to use synthetic supplements created in a laboratory and manufactured in a factory. As little as 4 to 10 percent is absorbed by the body, with the rest passing through the kidneys, making expensive urine. What matters is how well your body absorbs the nutrients into the bloodstream. It's not what's in your vitamins - it's what vitamins end up in you. This separates a good supplement from the grocery store cheapies.

That's why it's important to get your nutrition from food. The vitamins and minerals found in vegetables and fruits are easily assimilated by your body and in the right pr…

Industrial Revolution and Food Supply

Our problems started with the Industrial Revolution as people moved off farms and into cities to work in factories. The challenge to feed all of these people led to the birth of commercial farming and the processed food industry. This has led to less nutrition in our foods.

The problem is so bad that in 1998 the National Academy of Sciences announced that those who eat plenty of fruits and vegetables are not getting all the vitamins and minerals needed for good health.

Current methods used to grow and get produce from farms to supermarkets creates food that doesn't have enough nutrition. Commercial farming depletes the soil of essential minerals. Crops are often harvested before they're ripe and stored for long periods of time.

More harm is done in order to give the produce longer shelf life, better taste and a healthy appearance.

The end result? Fruits and vegetables that look and taste good - but doesn't have enough nutrition. So your "balanced diet" is robbed …

Cabbage and Carrots

Even when we try to eat the right foods, they no longer have the nutritional value that they once did.

For instance, cabbage that was grown in New Mexico was tested for it's Vitamin C content. Cabbage is supposed to be the greatest source of Vitamin C of any food, apart from citris fruits. The conclusion of the test was that there was no measurable Vitamin C found in this cabbage.

In Pennsylvania, carrots grown there were tested for their nutritional value. The normal score for nutritional content is 22. These carrots tested at 6. They looked orange and healthy. But this food that is supposed to be filled with nutrition was shown to be seriously missing it's nutritional value.

So much of our soil today is mineral deficient. Vitamins without minerals are useless to the human body, because they both work together. Foods that are mineral deficient lead to disease.

For more information, see Senate Document No. 264.

One Way to Fight Colds and The Flu

Have you ever wondered why colds and the flu always seem to show up during the holiday season?

In the book Proof Positive by Dr. Neil Nedley, M.D., researchers studied how sugar weakens the ability of white blood cells to destroy bacteria.

The studies showed the more sugar you consume, the weaker is your immune system.

If a person consumes no sugar for twelve hours, each white blood cell eliminates an average of fourteen bacteria.

If the same person consumes six teaspoons of sugar (two pieces of candy), each white blood cell could only eliminate ten bacteria. (A decrease of twenty-five percent.)

When twenty-four teaspoons of sugar are consumed (a typical milk shake), the compromised white blood cells could only destroy an average of one bacteria. (A decrease of ninety-two percent.)

The researchers also found the impairing effects of sugar on white blood cells lasted a full five hours.

This means the white blood cells could not perform at their best during that five-hour period. When you cons…

Nursing Home Facts

Forty percent of people over 65 will spend some time in a nursing home. (HIAA Long Term Care, January 2001) The average length of of stay in a nursing home is 2.6 years. (Conning & Company, Long-Term Care Insurance - "Baby Boom or Bust?" 1999) As a national average, a year in a nursing home is estimated to cost more than $50,000. (HIAA Long Term Care, January 2001) In 2001, assisted living facilities reported charging an average fee of $1,873 per month or $22,476 per year. (National Center for Assisted Living. Facts and Trends: The Assisted Living Sourcebook, 2001) A person with Alzheimer’s Disease will live an average of eight years and as many as twenty years or more from the onset of symptoms. The lifetime average cost per patient is $174,000. (Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org) Statistics show 40% of people receiving long term care services are working age adults, between the ages of 18 and 64. (Conning & Company, Long term care insurance - "Baby Boom or …

Background and Beginning

While I was in college, my grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer. He wanted to spend his last days at home, so my mother took care of him along with help from Hospice. I came home on weekends as often as I could to help out. Eight months later, he died.

A few years later, a friend of mine who was a high school math teacher and baseball coach, died of leukemia. He was just thirty-two years old and left behind a wife who was eight months pregnant at the time.

Not too long after that, my fifty-nine year-old father was diagnosed with emphysema and hooked up to an oxygen machine. Seven years have passed and during that time, he has had a small heart attack, developed diabetes, and now has pancreatic and prostate cancer. His doctors told him to try and enjoy what time he has left. After seeing what happened to my grandfather, my friend and my Dad, I decided I didn't want to end up like that.

I have a friend who is now eighty-five years-old. When she was seventy-five, Mrs. Gravely had …

The Benefits of a Juice Diet

People who desire to lose weight will do so on a juice diet. The average person can lose one-half pound every two to three days.

Also, the health benefits of a juice diet are extremely rewarding. "One month on a juice diet produces the same health results as six months on a very strict eating program of primarily raw fruits and vegetables." - Dr. Joel Robbins

When a person on a juice diet begins to experience the healing ability of the body, he or she is very motivated to continue on in a natural lifestyle of proper eating and exercise to prevent disease and maintain health.

The juice diet is straightforward and simple to follow. There are no special foods to buy - just fruits and vegetables. A juice diet is not hard to stay with; in fact it is quite easy.

A juice diet is not a fast because you will be taking in an abundant amount of nutrients throughout your juice diet. The important key is to drink a minimum of two quarts throughout the day.

If you decide to stay on a juice die…

Do Flies Cause Garbage?

by Dr. Joel Robbins

Louis Pasteur, the eminent French chemist who invented "pasteurization", the process of heating milk and foods in order to kill bacteria, was convinced that 'germs cause disease'. In his early experiments with bacteria he attempted to grow bacterial cultures on fresh fruit without success. However, he did succeed in getting bacteria to grow in rotting soup.

A contemporary of Mr. Pasteur was a man named Antoine Beauchamps. Antoine questioned the Pasteur theory that germs cause disease, observing that flies do not cause garbage. Rather, that garbage attracts the flies. Further, that if you kill the flies, the flies will return as long as the garbage remains. So it is with the human body.

Two conditions must be true for an infection to take place in the body:

1) The body must be weakened by something other than the bacteria.

This is obvious in that bacteria like streptococcus, tuberculosis, pneumonia, are present all around us and throughout our bodies, …

Influences of Healing Time

by Dr. Joel RobbinsWhat influences the length of healing time? How quickly one adopts healthful eating habits Proper exercise Adequate rest/sleep Pleasant surrounding/environment Sunshine Nutritious dietary intake Positive mental attitude How quickly one does away with wrong eating habits Elimination of those things which made the body diseased, such as stresses, stimulants, toxins, etc. The Overall Level of Vitality of the Body is Dependent On: Degree of degeneration of the bodyLevel of acidity of the body cells Amount of accumulated toxins in the body The amount of "Want To" one possesses Self discipline, determination, desire to be healthy Degree of freedom from pent up emotional scars and energiesLack of ongoing emotional/mental anxiety Amount of worry and anxiety over the healing process Lack of understanding of true healing Spiritual alignment Attempts to help out Nature with the healing process Do not attempt to 'treat' symptoms that come about due to the natur…

The Healing Capability of the Body

by Dr. Joel Robbins, M.D., Ph.D, "Eating for Health and Wellness"

Is there such a thing as an incurable disease?
From a medical standpoint, many diseases are incurable. The only reason some diseases are deemed incurable by the medical profession is because they have yet to get out of the body's way and let it work in restoring itself to health. They have yet to learn about removing the cause.

The medical profession is bent on "curing" the body. This is done by providing relief of symptoms. In so doing, they not only hinder all or most healing activity of the body, but actually produce a more stressful condition for the body, lowering its immune system, leading to a more serious diseased condition.

Your body is not designed nor programmed to be diseased. It does not know how to be diseased. The only thing the body knows is survival. Disease is the body's effort at surviving in the face of violations of Natural Laws that govern the body.

If the body has the intel…

Why Aspirin Doesn't Help Stomach Pain

by Dr. Joel Robbins

Why doesn't aspirin help stomach pain?

If you have stomach pain, your body's attention is already focused on the stomach. Additional stress there will not force the body to shift its attention elsewhere. Tylenol, however, will alleviate stomach pain because it plays havoc with the liver, causing the body to move its attention from stomach to liver. Thus all drugs produce symptomatic relief - without actually removing the cause.

A drug "cures" your complaint by creating a disease of its own. If the poison of the drug, whatever drug you want to name, is more life threatening to the body than the symptom for which you took the drug (or the doctor's prescription for such), then your symptoms will disappear. If the drug is not more life threatening, then it will not produce symptomatic relief and the doctor will prescribe a stronger, more poisonous, more life threatening drug. Now the body will be forced to focus on the drug so that the drug literall…

Drug Therapy - Dr. Joel Robbins

If you have a headache, the doctor prescribes aspirin. The headache disappears and everyone is happy. No one ever asked the question, "What caused the headache?". Based on the treatment prescribed and the resultant "cure", we can conclude that the headache was caused by an "aspirin deficiency".

However, a little research will tell us that aspirin is composed of salicylic acid - an absolute poison to the body. Thus an "aspirin deficiency" is out of the question. In fact,any drug on the market is composed of chemical toxins which are poisonous to humans. How then, can drugs alleviate symptoms, cure ills, wipe out disease and generally make us feel better if they are poisonous?

To understand how drugs "cure" symptoms, let's look a little deeper into how aspirin takes away a pain. Did you know that aspirin will relieve any pain in the body, whether it be a headache or a toe ache? The only exception to this is stomach pain. Aspirin will …

Factors of Disease Susceptibility, Part II

by Dr. Joel Robbins

4) Genetic Potential
Diseases are not inherited; rather the tendency or potential of adisease is passed on from parents to offspring.

The disease tendency is transfered via the genetic code. A genetic tendency is just that: a potential disease. A genetic weakness does not have to manifest as a disease unless the laws of nature are violated.

Only then will the weakness manifest.

E.g.: The father has a heart problem. He will pass on to his child(ren) genetically weak heart tissue. This does not necessarily mean the child is born with a heart problem. Nor does it mean the child ever has to have a heart problem; however, should the child violate the laws of nature, the violations will take their toll in the weakest tissue(s) of the body - in this case the heart.

Genetic weaknesses or tendencies grow weaker with each succeeding generation if the parents are engaged in a stressful lifestyle, including toxic diet. Thus the amount of wrong doing that is required for a genetic we…

Factors of Disease Susceptibility

by Dr. Joel Robbins

Diseases and illness are not "caught" or acquired by fate. They are earned, some out of ignorance and some laziness, but nonetheless, earned. There are several questions which arise when the above concept of "working" for diseases is discussed. Such questions as:

If we don't catch diseases, how come when the flu is going around everyone seems to get it? How come not every one catches a cold when colds are going around? How come two people eating basically the same diet, living the same lifestyle will develop different diseases? If disease is caused by violating the Laws of Nature, how come a man in his 90's who has violated these laws all of his life is in relatively good health, and his two year old grandson is dying of cancer - a chronic degenerative disease? There are four main factors which determine the diseases or illnesses one will develop when they violate nature's laws. These are:
1) Attitude
2) Types and Severity of Stress
3) …

Disease and Its Cause - Part II

As the tissues take in toxins from the blood, they will initially attempt to eliminate the toxins from the body. This elimination of toxins is not through the normal channels of elimination, because this would require the toxins to pass through the blood stream. Rather an alternate avenue is used which is not designed for elimination. This is called vicarious elimination.

The more vitality (the higher the health level) the tissues have, the more irritability they possess, thus the more vigorous will be the eliminative reaction of the tissues, or the more intense will be the symptoms of elimination. These symptoms of elimination are known as either an acute illness or a sub acute illness.

The toxins eliminated from the body via acute and sub acute illnesses are generally through a tissue that is on the surface of the body; e.g..: skin, mucus membranes. (See chart on page 21.)
Acute and sub acute illnesses are carried out with the aid of the endocrine system - mainly thyroid and adrenal gl…

The Disease Process - Dr. Robbins

The two primary ways that toxins enter the blood stream and thus the body are:

1) That Which is Taken by The Digestive System (eaten or drunk)
2) That Which is Taken by The Respiratory System (breathed)

Initially, due to cell irritability, the body will reject toxins being introduced via these two avenues. This is done via:

non-palatible foods: burning sensation of mouth, throat, tongue, esophagus, stomach
coughing, sneezing - irritation or burning sensation of mucus membranes of air passage

These defenses can be over-ridden by:
continued toxic input disguising toxins (with use of sugar) conditioned response or learned (educated) override The digestive system is now responsible for keeping toxins out of the body. This is initially done by vomiting or diarrhea. As the toxic abuse continues, the digestive system becomes less efficient at ridding toxic input via the above mentioned methods. The result is that toxins now begin to be absorbed into the body.
The liver now takes on the responsibili…

Disease and Its Cause - Dr. Robbins

Disease or "dis-ease" is defined as a lack of health. Disease results when any cell is not functioning 100% of its designed duty whether due to trauma, toxicity, lack of communication or a combination thereof. Disease is due to stress.

Whether due to ignorance or laziness, exposing the body to stress will produce a diseased state of the body. Stress is the only means of tearing down health resulting in disease, our bodies paying the price for violating the laws of nature (our wrong doings). We do not "catch" a disease or illness, we earn it. We must "work" for disease.

Disease is nothing more than the body responding to the wrong we have done to it. It is the body's attempt at keeping us alive in response to the wrongs we have inflicted on our bodies.

Pathological changes are the cell's response to stress. These changes or compensations allow the body to survive - maintain homeostasis - as long as the stress continues. These tissue changes which resu…

Acid/Alkaline Balance - Dr. Robbins

The Textbook of Medical Physiology by Arthur C. Guyton, M.D., probably the most recognized authority on human physiology states: "...the regulation of hydrogen ion concentration (pH or acid/alkaline balance) is one of the most important aspects of homeostasis." (Homostasis is where the components involved seek an equilibrium.)

Definitions:
ph = measure of how acid or how alkaline a substance is.
ph scale = scale of measurement for acidity and alkalinity.

acid neutral alkaline
1 7 14

All chemical processes have an ideal pH at which they are most efficient. For example the body functions best with an internal chemistry being slightly alkaline (pH of 7.0 to 8.0). The pH of the blood is even more specific:

Blood ph 7.4 = Normal 7.2 = Death

Our internal body chemistry functions in an alkaline environment. Our blood must maintain a pH of 7.4. If it drops below that to 7.2 we die.

The cells of the body in health are alkaline. In disease the cell pH is below 7.0. The more acid the cells beco…

The Food Source for All Forms of Life

Plants are the source of Real Food for all life forms. The plant kingdom utilizes sunshine, carbon dioxide, oxygen, water and organic minerals in the process of photosynthesis to feed itself and grow. The result is a living plant (food for animal consumption) containing:
glucoseproteinfatty acidsorganic mineralsorganic enzymes (vitamins) water (pure)Inorganic Mineral from the Earth + Photosynthesis = Organic Minerals from Plants, which provide Protein and Enzymes for animals and humans.
The animal kingdom does not possess the ability to perform photosynthesis, therefore must rely on the plant kingdom to prepare its food.
Any form of processing nature's foods (such as cooking, pasteurization, adding preservatives, etc.) breaks the bonds between the food components and their attached enzymes as well as destroys the enzyme. The result is inorganic or denatured food components and thus inorganic food.
The enzyme must be alive and attached to the mineral or food component in order for the…

Why Do We Eat Food? - Dr. Robbins

The only qualities of food which the body requires in a complete package are the following: Glucose, Protein, Fatty Acids, Minerals, Enzymes, and Water. If all of these components are in the food, the food is complete. If any are missing, the food is not "Real Food".

Real Food is provided by Nature in this form as raw fruits and vegetables. Raw fruits and vegetables contain all of the parts mentioned above. If food has been processed, cooked or altered in any way so as to change or eliminate any of the above ingredients, it is no longer "Real Food" as far as the human body is concerned.

Source: Dr. Joel Robbins M.D. N.D. Ph.D "Eating for Health and Wellness"

What Is Real Food? - Dr. Robbins

The body will keep us alive and healthy provided that we feed it "Real Food". Real food is a food which is compatible with the body; that in no way takes from the body, but lends itself to the building up of health and maintaining life. It contains nothing that is harmful, toxic or non-usable by the body.

Real Food is defined for us by Nature as follows:

1) Something edible grown by Nature - of the Plant Kingdom
2) Food which can be eaten without processing in any way.
3) Food which comes to us from Nature as "complete packages". They contain naturally everything in them necessary for the body to process and assimilate that food.

Cause and Effect by Dr. Joel Robbins

By taking an honest look at nature, we will observe that:

1) Nature follows definite laws
2) These laws are not subject to opinion or variance
3) Every aspect of life is reflected by nature
4) Nature is governed by the law of Cause and Effect

If we violate a natural law, we create a Cause, for which we will suffer an Effect.

Our ignorance of the Laws of Nature doesn't change these laws.

There are two reasons for disease, or lack of health:
1) Ignorance
2) Laziness

There are a few good rules to follow to achieve health.
1) Follow the Laws of Nature
2) Let Truth be your authority, not authority your truth.

One of the Laws of Nature is that the innate intelligence of the body strives to keep the body alive, regardless of the cost. The "cost" is what we call "disease".

Disease is the effort of the body to keep us alive.

Ignorance Doesn't Change The Facts

"There are two reasons for disease and a lack of health: Ignorance and Laziness. Ignorance doesn't change the facts." - Dr. Joel R Robbins, M.D.

Another Cause of Fatigue

When you eat a meal high in fats, such as fried foods, potato chips, french fries, or cheese, it destroys the B vitamins in your body and causes fatigue. This is due to the sludging of your blood.

The fats from your meal enter the blood stream and immediately coat your circulating blood cells. Blood cells normally bounce off each other and are flexible enough to bend and twist through the smallest blood vessels, taking blood to all the cells in all the tissues. Once coated with fat, however, they lose that essential elasticity. They clump together and become almost rigid. This lowers oxygen supply to your blood and worsens circulation to your tissues, especially your brain, causing you to feel sluggish and sleepy.

So, one of the immediate benefits of correct food combining and consuming a diet low in fats is the increase in energy levels. You wake up in the morning feeling rested and refreshed, never groggy or listless. You'll avoid being tired and sleepy after lunch. And you'l…

How To Boost Your Energy

Do you ever wonder why you struggle to stay awake throughout the day, especially in the afternoons? Do you ever get tired and sleepy after eating lunch? The following is a simple way to increase your energy levels. You can put it to use immediately and get results.

Basically, the simpler your meals are, the easier it is on your digestive system. You can lose up to eighty percent of your energy trying to digest poorly combined foods. When you eat simpler meals, your digestive system does not strain to consume meals and you will have energy left over for other activities.

A simple dietary rule to follow, according to nutritional expert Mary Ann Shearer, is to try not to eat a protein with a starch at the same meal. An example of a poorly combined meal is a cheeseburger with French fries or meat and potatoes. By sticking to this basic principle, you will enjoy a better breakdown and absorption of nutrients, more comfortable digestion and a lot more energy.

A concentrated starch is foods …

Bankruptcy Rises With Health Costs

Seattle Times - Monday, June 28, 2004

There are all sorts of ways to measure the effects of the steep increases in medical costs over the past decade. Employers, doctors, governments and workers have all felt the pain of skyrocketing medical costs.

A recent statewide report by the Working for Health Coalition gauges the impact of soaring health-care costs through personal bankruptcy trends. The conclusion is sobering: The high cost of health care is driving a growing number of Washington state families to financial ruin.

As the report by the coalition of health care, labor, faith, children's and education organizations estimates, the number of personal bankruptcies in the state has tripled since 1991. Nearly half of the financial failures were caused by medical debt.

Medical bills can pile up quickly for working families — whether or not they are insured. The report found half of the people who declared bankruptcy due to medical debt had health insurance.

Health-insurance premiums are …

The Cause of Half of All U.S. Bankruptcies

According to Reuters News Service, half of all U.S. bankruptcies are caused by soaring medical bills. Most of the people sent into debt by illness are middle-class workers with health insurance. The study, published in the journal Health Affairs, estimated that medical bankruptcies affect about two million people every year, if both debtors and their dependents, including about 700,000 children, are counted.

"Our study is frightening. Unless you're Bill Gates you're just one serious illness away from bankruptcy," said Dr. David Himmelstein, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who led the study. "Most of the medically bankrupt were average Americans who happened to get sick. Health insurance offered little protection."

Read the full story here.

Signs of Malnutrition

feel tired and weaklow energy levelsdifficulty losing weightcan't easily get to sleepstressed and/or nervousdrowsiness during the daycan't concentrate or get confused easilydigestion problemsconstipation or hard stoolsmood swings or easily upsetno patience for anythingfeel depressedoverly dry or oily skinnausea or abdominal painannoying eye twitchesbruise easilymuscle cramps lower back painnails are thin or brittlehair losswater retentiondon't eat well-balanced meals every day

Do You Have Diabetes?

Do you have diabetes and not even know it?

Almost one-third of adults in the United States - that's 73 million people - have diabetes, according to research.

A breakdown of the numbers shows that 19 million Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and one-third of them do not knowthey have the disease.

Another 26 percent of Americans have impaired fasting glucose, a form of pre-diabetes in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Along with an increased risk of diabetes, impaired fasting glucose raises a person's risk of heart disease.

Based on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, diagnosed diabetes in the nation rose from 5.1 percent from 1988-1994, to 6.5 percent from 1999-2002. When the 2.8 percent of undiagnosed cases is added in, the researchers said that a full 9.3 percent of the population has diabetes.

The researchers pointed out that type 2 diabetes is often preventable by following a h…

Are You Nutrient Deficient?

Study after study shows that most Americans are deficient of several essential nutrients.

According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, less than one percent of the population gets the recommended daily serving of nine fruits and vegetables. This means that 99 percent of Americans are not getting the necessary vital nutrients!

Yet, any level of malnutrition makes you susceptible to disease.

Why People Over Eat

One of the main reasons people eat too much is due to the lack of nutrition in the foods being consumed. Consequently, their cells are not being fed. So the brain continues to receive signals from the malnourished cells that the body is hungry, even though the stomach is full.

In other words, people are starving on a full stomach.

Nutritionist and author, Charlotte Gerson, says, "This lack of nutrition is leading us to extreme obesity, which has become an epidemic. Obesity is almost always nothing but hunger. The foods are so depleted of nutrition because they're damaged. They are processed and dead in cans and jars.

Therefore, the body is not getting nutrition and people are very hungry, even though they're full. They're not truly being nourished. They continually have hunger and eat more and more, but eat the wrong things, so they become obese. Yet they're still not nourished and they're still craving more food."

The answer is to eat "live" foods …

Jack LaLanne - Part II

Says Jack LaLanne, "Today, everyone is talking about exercise, but there are still too many fat people. Those diet books are bad. The authors write those books to make a buck. It's ridiculous. They say don't eat carbohydrates or starches. Don't mix fat and starches at all. That's just somebody trying to sell a book.

"It's no secret that you need to eat four to five raw vegetables a day, five pieces of raw fruit, and eat natural whole grains. If it tastes good, spit it out. You'll never get fat that way."

Jack continues, "I work at living. You gotta think, 'What is the food that I put in my mouth doing to the most important person on this earth?' This is the stuff they should be teaching kids in grammar school. Think of all the medications doctors prescribe for kids to make them feel better. These kids eat crap. You wouldn't give your dog a cup of coffee and a doughnut, yet that's how a lot of people wake up and start their day.…

Jack LaLanne

Jack LaLanne is ninety-one years old. And while some people celebrate their birthday with exotic trips or big parties, Jack has a unique way of celebrating.

When he turned fortyone, he swam from Alcatraz to Fisherman's Island in handcuffs. At forty-two he broke a world pushup record, doing 1,033 pushups in twenty-three minutes. At sixty he repeated the swim from Alcatraz to Fisherman's Island - this time handcuffed, shackled, and towing a thousand-pound boat. At age sixty-five he did the same thing, but towing sixty-five boats hauling sixty-five hundred pounds of wood pulp. At seventy, he donned the handcuffs and shackles again, and towed seventy boats - each of them with seventy people on board!

When Jack LaLanne was fifteen, he ate only junk food: cake, pies, ice cream and soft drinks. With all of that junk and all of that sugar, he was destroying the B vitamins in his body. He had no energy. He had splitting migrain headaches every day and couldn't play sports because he…

Happy Father's Day - or is It?

I just got off of the telephone with Dad. I called to wish him a happy Father's Day. We sent him a card and a University of North Carolina shirt. He has prostate and pancreatic cancer, among other things. Today was not a good day for him. He sounded weak and tired. I could hear it in his voice.

He told me about the pain. He's run out of pain medicine too. It was supposed to have arrived in the mail already. Maybe it will come in on Monday. The doctor's office said they had mailed it Thursday.

Because he's gotten so weak, he has to sit down now to urinate. Sometimes he passes blood. It's extremely painful for him to go to the bathroom. Often he pees on himself because he can't control the urine, due to the pain. Yet he still feels the need to go all the time. He almost cried talking about it.

My father did not take care of himself when he was younger. And now he's paying a heavy price. Is what he is going through necessary? Perhaps it could have been avoided.

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Establishing a Regimen for Life

1. Stay away from sugar and other common food allergens that affect you. The most common food allergens are corn, wheat, dairy, soy, and sugar.

2. Keep a food journal and mark down the things that you find are sensitive.

Pinpoint your trigger foods. Make a list of food sensitivities and put them on a 'no-no' list.3.Eat fruit no more than once a day, and not in combination with other foods.

4.Follow the guidelines for healthy digestion. Avoid eating too much by following these rules:
Schedule your meals and don't snack or graze between them. Eat small meals (for example, 8 oz. of carrot juice or one or two apples) at least two hours apart. Eat in a mealtime setting onlyPrepare your meal, then sit down to enjoy it. Put on your plate what you plan to eat and don't add anything. Weigh your plate. Find the amount of food that makes you feel best and consistently put that amount on your plate. 5. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes each day - working up to an hour ideally. It is e…

Raw Foods for Health

Raw foods are an important part of building health.

Raw foods:
Come in the original packageAre nutritional powerhousesHave "life" in themDon't have the addictive qualities of other foodsAre key to a healthy glow, young looking skin, and a great complexion

How Sugar Causes Food Allergies

Eating sugar and refined flour causes food allergies through the following process: Sugar is ingested The sugar upsets the body’s homeostasis by causing a mineral A mineral imbalance causes the enzymes to malfunction As a result, any food eaten with the sugar does not digest and break down The food stays in the intestine and putrefies Leaky Gut Syndrome/Food Allergies

These Foods are Dangerous to Your Health

These foods are dangerous to your health. Over the next few weeks, work to eliminate them from your diet.

Additives and Preservatives - All additives, preservatives, dyes, and other non-food substances. Don’t eat it if you cannot pronounce it

Artificial Sweeteners - All artificial sweeteners including aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), saccharin (Sweet 'n Low, Sweet 10), sucrose (Splenda), acesulfameK (Sunette, Sweet One)

Beverages - Alcohol, artificial fruit drinks, sports drinks, coffee, black tea, soft drinks and other carbonated beverages, “energy drinks and all canned juices

Dairy Products - Non organic varieties and non hormone-free brands. Avoid homogenized and vitamin D enriched dairy products

Fats - All hydrogenated fats, lard, shortening, synthetic fats and canola oil. All margarines and spreads

Fruit - Canned fruits in syrup with sugar added, sulphured dried fruit

Grains - All white flour products, all refined grains (pasta, crackers, snack foods, white rice, cold cereals, etc.)

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How To Burn The Fat

Cardiovascular exercise is a great way to help you reduce excess fat and unwanted weight. It is a critical component of good health, especially as you age. Exercise will help you to sleep better, improve your resistance to fight infections, lower your risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, and help your brain work better, making you smarter.

I believe exercise and nutrition go hand-in-hand. The key to exercising is to make sure you are using it effectively. By doing so, you will ensure all your hard efforts are not wasted and are having a positive effect on your body. To aid you in your exercise efforts, there are three important variables to exercise to keep in mind: 1) Length of time, 2) Frequency and 3) Intensity

A study from Brown University researchers found that 2,500 people who lost an average 60 pounds and kept it off for a year exercised about an hour a day. We know that thirty minutes every day is a good thing. But I encourage people to gradually increase the amount of ti…