The following is an account of an interesting three-part experiment comparing the effects of raw foods versus cooked foods in rats. This account is taken from a book titled Goldot, by Lewis E. Cook, Jr. and Junko Yasui:
"It has been found that a group of rats who were fed diets of raw vegetables, fruits, and nuts from birth grew into completely healthy specimens and never suffered from any disease. They were never ill. They grew rapidly, but never became fat, mated with enthusiasm, and had healthy offspring. They were always gently affectionate and playful and lived in perfect harmony with each other. Upon reaching an old age, equivalent to eighty years in humans, these rats were put to death and autopsied. At that advanced age, their organs, glands, tissues and all body processes appeared to be in perfect condition without any sign of aging or deterioration.
A companion group of rats were fed a diet comparable to that of the average American and included white bread, cooked food…
Drink a glass of orange juice with your oatmeal to help elevate your breakfast to superfood status.
The nutrients in oatmeal and orange juice work synergistically to provide double the benefits you'd expect from simply adding their powers together.
The phenols in oatmeal and the vitamin C in orange juice both help make LDL more stable. That's a good thing, because the more stable your LDL, the less likely it is to rupture, stick to artery walls and cause heart attacks.
So how can you take advantage of more food synergies?
The best way is to eat a varied diet rich in colorful fruits and veggies, healthy fats, different kinds of whole grains, and few or no processed foods.
This will give nutrients the best shot at meeting up in your body and reinforcing one another as they guard against disease.
Just three servings a month of raw broccoli or cabbage can reduce the risk of bladder cancer by as much as forty percent.
These amazing findings were reported this week by researchers from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, at the American Association of Cancer Research in Philadelphia.
These foods and others in the crucifer family, like arugula, bok choy, beet greens, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, chard, collard greens, kale, radishes, turnips and watercress, contain many cancer-fighting chemicals, some of which are inactivated by cooking. This is why raw foods are superior.
At the same conference, a team of researchers from Ohio State University reported that feeding patients freeze dried blackberries substantially reduced markers of cancer found in the patients' urine.
The bottom line is this: Raw fruits and vegetables contain nutrients that both prevent and reverse cancer.
Unfortunately, our modern, nutrient-depleted foods no longer contain suffic…
Do you diet but still find it impossible to lose weight?
Do you crave candy, sodas, popcorn, bagels, chips, and cookies?
Do you have trouble sleeping through the night?
Do you wake up exhausted in the morning, even if you've slept eight hours or more?
Does it take a cup of coffee or more to get you going in the morning?
The following are red flag examples of poor health: migraine headaches menopausal symptoms cold feet and hands menstrual discomfort high cholesterol recurring sore throat high blood pressure painful urination night time urination sugar cravings bleeding gums itchy skin cold sores heartburn depression restless legs low energy back pain headaches fatigue dry skin cough dandruff dry hair stress easily colds and the flu belching joint pain weak nails oily hair diarrhea underweight overweight allergies gas body odor memory loss constipation water retention irritability sinusitis
The answer is to these symptoms of poor health is to change your habits and lifestyle. There…
There is an old argument, "I can get everything I need from food." Well are you?
In a large study of 26,000 people, it was concluded that not one person received the nutritional requirements set forth by the Recommended Daily Allowance.
One reason is due to over farming and soil depletion. In North America, 85 percent of vital minerals are missing from the soil. In 1936, the U.S. Senate issued Document 246, which said soil in the United States does not provide plant foods with minerals needed for human nourishment.
Many studies show how depleted soil has affected the nutrient content of vegetables and fruits.
Compare the data from the USDA handbook from 1972 to the USDA food tables of today and you'll see dramatic reductions in nutrient content.
For example, nearly half the calcium and vitamin A in broccoli have disappeared. The vitamin A content in collard greens has fallen to nearly half its previous levels. Cauliflower lost half of its vitamin C. Potassium dropped from 400…
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In other words, there are cancerous cells in the human body of every person who is living and breathing right now.
All you have to do to get diagnosed with cancer is make sure your immune system is sufficiently suppressed so your body can't take care of the cancerous cells on a regular basis.
If you destroy your immune system function - through poor nutrition, nutrient depletion, smoking, lack of sunlight and lack of physical exercise - then it won't be able to do its job of cleaning up cancerous cells around the body.
As a result, you may eventually become a full-blown case of cancer.
Let's look at what happened in the twentieth century.
In the first half of last century, the major causes of death were diseases like influenza, tuberculosis, diphtheria, diarrhea, whooping cough and typhoid fever. All contagious, microbial infections.
In the second half of the century, through advancements in medical and scientific knowledge, very few people in developed countries died of these kinds of illnesses. Instead, the major killers - apart from tobacco, alcohol, automobiles and abuse of drugs, prescribed or otherwise - were cardiovascular diseases (heart attacks, strokes), cancer, diabetes and other lifestyle-related conditions.
All of them avoidable or controllable, and almost all of them related to improper diet and lack of exercise.
Seventy-five percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated. This means you most likely need more water in your diet.
Dehydration is the main trigger of daytime fatigue and can cause symptoms such as nausea, stomach aches, and confusion.
Drinking at least eight servings (8 oz.) of water each day will increase your energy and help you metabolize fat easier.
Toddlers should drink two to three ounces of water per hour and older children should drink four to six ounces per hour.
Among the benefits of water is it can help ease back and joint pain for eighty percent of those individuals who suffer from it.
In fact, only five servings of water a day help reduce colon cancer by forty-five percent and cut the risk of bladder cancer by fifty percent. Not to mention it can cut your chances of breast cancer by seventy-nine percent.
Start the day out with a pitcher of water filled with your target amount. Then, you will be able to see exactly the amount you have drunk by the end of the day.
"If you made no other adjustments to your diet, but eliminating or vastly reducing grains and sugars, it is likely your health would rapidly improve and within days you'd start losing weight." - Joseph Mercola
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 difference between staying well and getting well is about twenty-five years. Well, maybe thirty-five years.
When you are in your twenties, you can do almost anything to your body and get away with it. How many of us are walking proof of that?
By the time you reach your sixties, you may wish you had done more to prevent the illnesses you might be facing now. There is still lots of hope. It's by no means too late when you are sixty. It's simply easier when you are twenty-five years old.
"If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself." - Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees Hall of Fame baseball player
"Ear infections are a give-away that the child so touched is sensitive to cow milk."
"I have been plagued with nosebleeds all my life. It did help me stay out of fights as I grew up. If I drink milk or eat cheese, I will usually have a nosebleed." - Dr. Lendon Smith, "The Children's Doctor"
The answer to that question will go a long way in determining your health and happiness.
Whenever the subject of diet and lifestyle is brought up, my younger brother says, "I'm going to live my life!" Even though he has battled obesity most of his life, he's never liked the idea of having to make any changes in the area of diet and exercise.
Well, the other day I was talking on the telephone with my mother, who lives in North Carolina. During the conversation, she mentioned my brother now has type II diabetes.
Sticking a needle in your arm several times a day and taking medication. And hoping you don't one day have a stroke, heart attack, or worse.
Have you been looking for the "secret" to successful and permanent weight loss?
I am about to reveal to you THE secret to successful and permanent weight loss.
There isn't one.
Many infomercials on television make rather interesting claims. They promote "miracle" pills, formulas, and exercise equipment. At the same time, they'll let you continue to eat all the foods you love - as much and as often as you want - and you'll still lose weight!
Here's the truth. Weight loss comes down to this simple formula: Fewer calories in and more calories out.
The key is to find a way to make this simple formula a permanent part of your lifestyle.
The most important factor in your health is you. You can lose weight and improve your health through lifestyle choices. There's no such thing as a magic wand or quick fix. It's about priorities, getting educated about your health and then making smart choices.
The average American consumes over one hundred and thirty pounds of sugar every year. Tests show that when you consume twenty-four teaspoons of sugar in a one day period, your immune system is depressed by ninety-two percent.
Yet, the average American consumes over forty-two teaspoons of sugar a day!
A twelve ounce soft drink has nine teaspoons of sugar. Many people drink two or three such beverages a day.
This does not include all of the hidden sugar in foods in order to preserve them and make them taste better.
A depressed immune system leaves you susceptible to colds, the flu, and many other sicknesses and diseases. By the way, cancer thrives on sugar.
Nutrition is more than making your hunger pangs disappear. The average American diet simply does not support the biological needs of human cells. Our cells then weaken and deteriorate and we get sick.
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.
Most people drive a car and know they must put good gasoline in the gas tank if it's going to run properly. If a low-grade fuel is used, the vehicle will ping and knock. If sugar is put in the gas tank, it will get a "disease" and destroy the engine.
Because the engine was designed to run on a certain grade of fuel. Our car requires the proper grade of fuel in order to run properly and most people are careful to put in goo…
You may be surprised to know that China is actually one of the largest exporters of many drugs and vitamins.
About 90 percent of all Vitamin C sold in the United States is from China, for example. They also produce 50 percent of the world's aspirin and 35 percent of all Tylenol. Ditto for the majority of Vitamins A, B12 and E.
Hot on the heels of the poisoned pet food scandal, and reported instances of toxic food and toothpaste, all eyes are now turning toward the Chinese vitamin market. How safe are they?
The industry in China appears to be split between top-notch operations and bottom-of-the-barrel producers. Since the United States does not require country-of-origin labels for any of our drugs, foods or supplements, there is no telling where that vitamin you are taking came from.
China also suffers from the same conflict of interest that we are seeing here in the United States, where the regulators have financial interest in the industries they are supposed to regulate and insp…
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 painful 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.
Not too long after that, my fifty-nine year-old father was diagnosed with severe emphysema. For eight long years, he was hooked up to an oxygen machine. During that time, he had a heart attack, developed diabetic symptoms as well as pancreatic and prostate cancer. On January 23, 2007, he died.
I have a friend who is now eighty-eight years old. But when she was seventy-five, Mrs. Gravely's health was so bad her family considered a full-time nurse. Then one day, a friend educated her about health and nutrition. So she changed her …
Cigarette smokers are four times more likely to feel unrested after a night’s sleep. Smokers also spend less time in deep sleep and more time in light sleep, especially during the early stages of sleep.
Researchers theorized that smokers could be experiencing nicotine withdrawal each night, which could contribute to sleep disturbances.
How can plants grow without proper nutrients? How do plants grow in soils that are essentially lifeless and depleted?
Most plants require only three nutrients to grow: nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. With these nutrients, along with sunshine and water, virtually all plants will grow into what appears to be healthy, nutritious adult specimens.
However, if organic minerals are not present in the soil, such plants and their relevant fruits and vegetables will be nutritionally "empty".
Normal plants, however, require around fifty-two different nutrients for good health and strong growth.
One way that soil depletion occurs is when chemical fertilizers are used. This then kills the microorganisms in the soil the produces minerals for the plants.
When an organic humus bed is destroyed, plants grown in that soil lack minerals.
Coffee is one of the most chemically treated food crops on the planet. It is heavily sprayed with pesticides and grown with chemical fertilizers, herbicides and fungicides, all known to cause health problems, including cancer and nervous system and reproductive disorders.
"Knowing what's in your coffee and where it came from is a good place to start. Buying organic, fair trade and shade grown coffee costs a little more, but what you're paying for is a better tasting, healthier brew…as well as peace of mind."
In fact, most coffee is imported from countries that use chemicals that are banned in this country...