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Surprising Health Benefits of Being Overweight!

A new report suggests that being overweight is not as harmful as is commonly believed, and actually confers some surprising benefits!

Being five to ten pounds overweight could protect people from ailments ranging from tuberculosis to Alzheimer's disease, research indicates. Those carrying 15 to 25 extra pounds are better able to recover from adverse conditions such as emphysema, pneumonia, and various injuries and infections!

Thirty to forty pounds of flab could help fend off breast, kidney, pancreatic, prostate, and colon cancer. And an extra fifty pounds on the scale may improve eyesight, reverse baldness, cure the common cold, and even reduce global warming!

In general, the report concludes, overweight people are happier, more successful in business, smarter, and friendlier!

The study was funded by a research grant from McDonald's, Burger King, Jack in the Box, Taco Bell, Domino's Pizza, Starbucks, Haagen Dazs, Sara Lee, and Krispy Kreme.

Startling Headline: Vitamins A, C and E are a Waste of Time and May Even Shorten Your Life

So said the headline published around the world:

From the newspaper article:

"Vitamins taken by around a third of the population do not extend life and may even cause premature death, according to a respected group of international scientists."

"After reviewing 67 studies involving more than 230,000 men and women, the experts say there is no convincing evidence that taking supplements of the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E can make you healthier."

As you know from the "How Safe Are Your Vitamins?" report, this is only the most recent in a growing number of studies finding that synthetic vitamins (either from a lab beaker or isolated from a plant or animal) are worthless or even risky for a significant number of people. How can this be?

Here's a big reason:

These isolated synthetic vitamins are not absorbed and utilized properly by the body.

That's because - the main vitamin ingredient, (e.g. A, E, C, etc.) which is extracted by synthetic vitamin m…

Cash Before Chemo: Hospitals Get Tough

There is an article on the front page of the Wall Street Journal describing the experiences of a Texas woman diagnosed with acute leukemia who had to come up with $105,000 in cash before she could be treated for her life-threatening disease.

Hospitals are no longer going to treat first and bill later. The rising number of uninsured patients and those who do not pay their bills is creating an increasingly severe burden on non-profit hospitals, which in the past would have absorbed the costs. The good old days are gone.

And if you think this is a problem for poor people, think again.

Take a close look at your health insurance - especially the chemotherapy and drug benefits - as well as your financial assets and see if you could afford thousands of dollars out of pocket tomorrow if you were diagnosed with an illness such as acute leukemia which requires immediate, intensive treatment to save your life.

Most people are closer to the situation described in today’s Wall Street Journal than…

Are Healthy People Overweight?

Healthy people are not overweight, even if it is just five pounds.

So if you need to lose some weight, to start with, change your focus. Shift your focus from weight loss to health gain. After all, you can lose weight on any diet program. However, what is the point of being slim and dying from breast cancer, or having a slender body and suffering from arthritis? Excess weight is merely a symptom of poor health, of a body out of balance. It is time to get off the diet merry-go-round (or rather misery-go-round!) and make a real effort to improve the level of your health, and achieve real and permanent change to your weight.

And if you're overweight, you are almost certainly malnourished. Yes, you're getting plenty of calories - too many calories - but not enough nutrition.

When the body is deficient in nutrients, your appetite turns on. But stuffing yourself full of nutrient-deficient calories does nothing to satisfy this hunger, so you keep on eating way past your caloric need.…

Are We Wrong About Fruit and Veggies?

Many scientific findings never see the light of day.

One reason?

They go up against the prevailing wisdom. The powers that be obviously don't want to upset the apple cart or admit they might have been wrong.

In this case, here's an immense and scholarly new book which questions the need for fruit and veggies in our daily diets (yes, I know!).

Here we go...

"Harvard anthropologist-turned-Arctic- explorer V Stefansson, who was concerned with the overall healthfulness of the diet...he had spent a decade eating nothing but meat among the Inuit (Eskimos) of northern Canada and Alaska. The [Eskimos], as well as the visiting explorers and traders who lived on this diet were among the healthiest if not the most vigorous populations imaginable.

"Among the peoples with whom Stefansson lived and traveled, the diet was primarily caribou meat, "with perhaps 30 percent fish, 10 percent seal meat, and 5 or 10 percent made up of polar bear, rabbits, birds and eggs."

"The Inu…

Are Vitamins A, C and E a Waste of Time and May Even Shorten Your Life?

Alarming findings? Just published in Great Britain...

"Vitamins taken by around a third of the population do not extend life and may even cause premature death, according to a respected group of international scientists.

After reviewing 67 studies involving more than 230,000 men and women, the experts say there is no convincing evidence that taking supplements of the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E can make you healthier....

"The review involved trials on beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium.

"It says in-depth analysis of the different trials does not support the idea that vitamins extend lifespan.

'Even more, beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin E seem to increase mortality,' says the review.

These findings are similar to research reported in "How Safe Are Your Vitamins?" It includes information about a study using synthetic vitamins, e.g. synthetic vitamin E, resulted in increased rates of lung cancer, heart attacks and death.

If "Normal" Food is So Bad for Us, Then Why is It So Common?

Do you agree with this and if yes, what are you doing?

"If you were dropped at a random point in America today, nearly all the food around you would be bad for you. Humans were not designed to eat white flour, refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated vegetable oil. And yet if you analyzed the contents of the average grocery store you'd probably find these four ingredients accounted for most of the calories.

"Normal" food is terribly bad for you. The only people who eat what humans were actually designed to eat are a few Birkenstock-wearing weirdos in Berkeley.

If "normal" food is so bad for us, why is it so common?

There are two main reasons. One is that it has more immediate appeal. You may feel lousy an hour after eating that pizza, but eating the first couple bites feels great.

The other is economies of scale. Producing junk food scales; producing fresh vegetables doesn't. Which means (a) junk food can be very cheap, and (b) it'…

Could This Be The Reason You Are Tired?

By eating mostly fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts and some meat, it only takes fifty percent of the energy you have to run your digestive system. Your body then has control over the remaining fifty percent of your energy. 

But if you eat mostly cooked or processed/refined foods, your digestive processes will use up to eighty percent of all the produced energy. This only leaves twenty percent available to your body for walking, talking, seeing, and other functions, as well as do body repair work, plus get rid of waste and more.

Could this be the reason you are tired? 

Do you suppose that might be the reason your immune system is weak and you have allergies or easily get sick? 

If your body doesn't have enough energy to get rid of toxins, it stores them as fat. Could this be one reason why many Americans have excess weight? 

Instead of storing energy in the liver and muscles, their bodies store up toxins.

Are You Starving on a Full Stomach?

"We're dealing nowadays with extreme obesity, which has become an epidemic. Obesity is almost always nothing but hunger. The reason is that foods are so depleted because they're damaged. They are processed and are dead in cans and jars and pickled and preserves and so on. The body is not getting nutrition and people are very hungry because even though they're full, they're not truly nourished. They continually have hunger and start eating more and more, but eating the wrong things, so that they become obese. And they're still not nourished and they're still craving more food." - Charlotte Gerson, daughter of Dr. Max Gerson, M.D.

"I see in Dr. Max Gerson one of the most eminent geniuses in medical history." - Dr. Albert Schweitzer

Why It's Important Not To Overeat

"It is important not to overeat because I'm convinced that the single most damaging thing we can do to the body is overeat, particularly in the evening hours." - Greg Westbrook, Weigh of Wisdom

Are Synthetic Vitamins Harming You?

"Your body is not designed to take synthetic vitamins, regards them as toxins, and attempts to eliminate them as rapidly as possible. They act like stimulants, hasten the aging process, rob your body of energy, water, and provide expensive color to your urine." - Dr. Joel R Robbins, M.D.

Death by Blogging

Hey, I know there are a lot of people out there that love to get on the Internet and blog. Some days, I am on my computer more than I should be.

Lately, it has been raining here for days on end. Just the other night, we had a severe tornado warning. But today, it was nice outside. It was sunny and clear and not hot.

So my son Dylan and I got out out there and worked in the yard, mowing, trimming, edging, raking and blowing it all off. While we were working, his comment to me was, "It feels good out here."

I say this because I just came across this article in the New York Times. It is about people who blog too much, who put in long hours, often until exhaustion. The article goes on to talk about several people who have died recently, directly related to their online blogging activities.

In other words, it was death by blogging.

You can read the full article here at the NYTimes.com.

Once you read the article, consider getting off the computer and go do some healthy activity for your…

One Way to Lower Your Vitamin Need

"Vitamin need parallels food intake. If you avoid unnecessary calories, your vitamin need can actually decline. This also means that if you over eat, your vitamin need is going to be higher. Unfortunately, just eating more of the Standard American Diet full of empty calories from foodless foods does not provide healthy quantities of vitamins. Eating more of the wrong thing is no solution." - Dr. Andrew Saul

Alarming Health Statistics

According to recent studies:
Seven out of ten adults will die from either heart disease, cancer or stroke.The U.S. Committee on Nutrition stated six of the ten leading causes of death are linked to our diet.Each year two million hospital admissions are due to prescription drugs - 180,000 of them result in death.Every 33 seconds someone dies of heart disease and a fatal heart attack is usually their first symptom.Sixty-five million people in the U.S. have high blood pressure.Every forty-five seconds, a stroke occurs and every three minutes, someone dies of a stroke.Americans paid $58 billion for stroke-related medical costs and disability in 2006.The American Cancer Society: 156 people per hour are diagnosed with cancer and 1,900 die every day.In the last two years, cancer has been the number one cause of death in people under the age of thirty.Cancer strikes nearly one in every two men and more than one in every three women.The median age for the diagnosis of cancer is sixty-seven in a…