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Today Our Little Man is 11 Months Old!

Brady Thomas Eilers

The Great American Rat Experiment

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…

People Left Holding Bag When Policies Revoked

Denise Wheeler, an artist in Laguna Beach, Calif., thought she and her family had health insurance.

So did Tony Seals, a self-employed businessman in nearby Riverside.

Across the country in Connecticut, Maria Locker and Linda Gaskill each bought short-term insurance policies to protect themselves against catastrophic costs.

But each was left with tens of thousands in unpaid medical bills when their insurers - all major companies - retroactively canceled their policies after they faced expensive health problems.

"It's the most devastating thing that's ever happened to us," says Seals, 43.

Read the rest of the article here.

Take Charge of Your Health

"No prescription is more valuable than knowledge." - C. Everett Koop, M.D., former United States Surgeon General

Oatmeal and Orange Juice Breakfast

Drink a glass of orange juice with your oatmeal to help elevate your breakfast to superfood status.

Why?

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.

What a way to start the day, eh?

The Facts About Water

Even mild dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.

One glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.

Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

Preliminary research indicates that 8 to 10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.

In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. Source: here

Why are We So Fat?

It's become a far too familiar headline: Today one out of three Americans is obese, twice as many as three decades ago.

It is enough for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to declare obesity an epidemic.

More disturbing are statistics relating to children: 15 percent of children and teens are overweight, a nearly three-fold jump from 1980.

Obesity is defined by your body mass index, or BMI, a fancy calculation in which your weight is divided by your height.

If it's 25, you're overweight. If it's 30, you're obese. Over 40, you're morbidly obese.

More here...

Most Drug Therapy Defies All Logic

Why? Because any drug administered to a healthy person will make them sick.

Yet, a medical doctor will prescribe these very same things to a sick person - and expect them to get well.

So how can a sick person be poisoned back to health?

Amazing Power of Fruits and Veggies to Prevent Cancer

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…

Red Flag Examples of Poor Health

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…

Can You Get Everything You Need from Food?

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…

The Only Way to Keep Your Health

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like and do what you'd druther not." - Mark Twain

What People Are Saying

"Thanks for helping me get rid of my mom guilt." - Heather Cooper, Boise, Idaho

"Ty loves to play basketball, and BarleyLife Xtra allows him to play an entire game without using his inhaler." - Debra Pugh, Abernathy, Texas

"Mason has never been sick, never been on antibiotics and never even visited a medical doctor for more than his well baby check-ups. When his teeth came in, which can prove problematic, he never so much as cried. His digestive system is very consistent and regular – unlike that of many children and infants that I have in my chiropractic practice." - Dr. Laura Gravelle, Family Chiropractor, London, Ontario, Canada

"At first when Mom tried to get me to take it, I didn't want anything to do with it. But now I wouldn't be without it." - Ryan James Koski, 9 years old, Minnesota

"Being health conscious, I used to juice fresh vegetables for my three children. They would drink it, but only with the gentle persuasion of a pare…

Everybody Has Cancer Right Now

What?

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.

The Modern Health Dilemma

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.

In other words, self-inflicted.

The Average American Lives to Be 76 Years Old

"We spend the first half of our lives losing our health and the last half trying to regain it."

"The average American lives to be seventy-six years of age. But the last twelve of those years are spent being sick."

You Don't Have to Look Sick to Be Sick

Many of us are sick. You don’t have to look sick to be sick.

You can achieve normal growth and have a healthy appearance - while being undernourished and in a state of compromised health. In fact, a chronic shortage of even one nutrient will cause disease.

That's why more than three out of four Americans suffer from a diagnosable chronic disease.

That's also why over one hundred million Americans today have a chronic illness.

And that's why seven out of ten people in the United States will die of heart disease, cancer, or stroke.

So what are you doing to beat the odds?

One Way to Cure Afternoon Fatigue

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.

Drinking sp…

Grains, Sugars and Losing Weight

"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

Dieters are...

Dieters are people that are thick and tired of it.

One Reason 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 …

The Fundamental Law of Cause and Effect

"Americans believe in the fundamental law of cause and effect, except when it pertains to their eating habits." - Dr. Joel Robbins, M.D. N.D. Ph.D

Walking: How Many Steps Per Day?

In order to maintain weight and be healthy, you should walk roughly 10,000 steps throughout the day. (five miles) 

To lose weight, you should walk between 15,000 to 20,000 steps a day. (about one hour)

So how many steps does the average American take every day?

Only 2,300 to 3,000.

Note: Adding three hours of walking a week can greatly reduce your health risks.

A Drunk Man is Taken to Task...

There is an old joke about the drunk and the lady taking him to task over his condition.

"Why do you feel it necessary to drink?" she demanded, piously.

"Becaush it keepsh the pink elephantsh away!" he retorted.

"That's ridiculous!" she scoffed. "There are NO pink elephants around here!"

"Shee?" he quipped, smugly... "Worksh perfec'ly, don't it?"

When you take nutritional products, one of the main benefits is it significantly reduces the likelihood of bad things happening to your health.

How Long Are You Going To Live?

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." - Yogi Berra, New York Yankees Hall of Fame baseball player

Children, Ear Infections and Nosebleeds

"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"

I'm going to live my life!

Ask yourself, "Why do you eat?"

Do you "eat to live" or do you "live to eat"?

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.

What kind of life is that?

Secrets to Successful and Permanent Weight Loss

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.

Ready?

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.

A Man Goes into the Office of His Doctor...

A man goes into his doctor's office, and there's a banana in one ear and a carrot stuck in another one and a cucumber up his nose.

The man says, "Doctor, this is terrible. What's wrong with me?"

The doctor replied, "Well, first of all, you're not eating right."

The Effects of Sugar on Your Health

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!

How?

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.

A Leading Cause of Disease

Our bodies are starving on a full stomach.

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.

Why?

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…

Most (Synthetic) Vitamins Now Made in China

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…

Sickness and Disease Does Not Randomly Happen

Sickness and disease does not just randomly happen. It occurs for specific reasons.

You are not perfectly healthy until you get sick, nor does perfect health return once sickness has run its course, although people tend to perceive their health this way.

Remember your cells. Only after massive numbers of cells malfunction or die do you begin to notice symptoms of sickness and disease, like a headache, fever or a cold.

In other words, you are already sick before you "get sick."

Why?

Because sickness and disease is a process, even if it is something as simple as a cold.

How To Get Old Faster

Disease is due to stressing the body.

If you inflict stress upon your body and mind continually, and you basically consume processed and junk food, then your body will not have the energy to repair itself, and you will age faster.

Knowing Why We Get Sick Helps Prevent It

Instead of learning how to correct health problems (treatment), we should learn how to prevent them. And knowing why we get sick is a big part of being able to prevent it.

Four Key Habits That Add Years to Your Life

There are four key habits that can add years to your life. Here's the list:

- Don't smoke
- Drink in moderation
- Exercise regularly
- Pack your diet with fruit and veggies

Source: here

How I Came to Believe Nutrition Matters

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 …

Want a Good Night's Sleep? Then Don't Smoke

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.

Read the rest of the article here.

A woman tells her doctor...

"I want a hysterectomy."

The doctor asks, "Why Mrs. Smith? You're seventy-seven years old!"

She tells him, "I don't want any more grandchildren."

How Do Plants Grow in Depleted Soils?

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.

One of The Most Chemically Treated Food Crops

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...