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Should You Eat Before Working Out?

"We don’t need energy in order to go workout. We have thousands of calories stored in our liver, in our muscles, in the glycogen, in our fat stores, even the amino acids in our muscles can be used to fuel movement if needed. The human body runs on a variety of fuels even though our primary intake sources are carbohydrates, fats and proteins. We can run on lactate, ketone and glucose."

"When you take carbohydrate before a workout, you alter the metabolism and shift from a process called autophagy, which is self-eating. When you workout hungry, your cells actually consume the damaged proteins inside your cells and recycle them into fresh new structures. Every workout tears muscle protein, tears actin and myosin. So what's going to happen to those damaged tissues?"

"Well, they're going to be degraded by autophagy, this process of internal consumption of damaged proteins and be recycled as fresh proteins. So you're making new healthy cell tissue at a…

Is Confirmation Bias Blinding You?

Are you sure it's a box?



What you've just seen is called "confirmation bias." It's a psychological mindset. It causes us to connect mentally to evidence that reinforces what we already believe, while dismissing any evidence that would contradict our existing beliefs.

Confirmation bias can be a strong deterrent that keeps people from seeing truths when it comes to health and nutrition.

There are things we have believed for a long time, maybe even all our lives. But what if some of the things we believe are wrong? What if there's another way to look at it?

There are some things I believed for a long time, that I no longer believe. I now see those things differently.

What about you?

The Decline Effect and The Scientific Method

Following is from an article in The New Yorker titled, "The Decline Effect and The Scientific Method":
The decline effect is troubling because it reminds us how difficult it is to prove anything. We like to pretend that our experiments define the truth for us. But that’s often not the case. Just because an idea is true doesn’t mean it can be proved. And just because an idea can be proved doesn’t mean it’s true. When the experiments are done, we still have to choose what to believe. Confirmation bias is difficult to assess. Add the "publish or perish" environment in research and you have an environment where even honest scientists can publish incorrect work.

Scientists can get upset when presenting their results because others start picking apart their data. But it is one of the best things that can occur, as another perspective can cause them to see the the truth about their research.

How Wheat Makes You Fat

An excellent summary of how wheat causes weight gain.

Can a Stone Age Diet Make You Healthier?

"You can eat anything that would be able to be eaten without being processed," explained Dr. Lynda Frassetto. That means no grains, no bread, and no [pasteurized] dairy but does include lots of fruits and vegetables, some nuts and oils and lots of fish, poultry and lean meats. ...

Dr. Frassetto and her team at the University of California in San Francisco tested the Paleo-diet on out-of-shape volunteers. The group ate lots of food without losing any weight or exercising. "In two weeks, everybody's blood pressure went down and everybody's cholesterol and triglyceride levels got better. The average drop was 30 points, which was pretty amazing. It's the type of drop you get by taking statins for six months," said Dr. Frassetto.

Dr. Frassetto says Paleo foods, also known as the caveman diet, works by keeping your body's chemistry in better balance. The goal of the caveman diet is to reduce excess body fat, aid in the normalization of blood sugar …

Lose Weight and Be Healthy With The Caveman Diet

Can a Stone Age diet make you healthier? Here's what one health expert says:

"The nutritional qualities of modern processed foods and foods introduced during the Neolithic period are discordant with our ancient and conservative genome. This genetic discordance ultimately manifests itself as various chronic illnesses, which have been dubbed "diseases of civilization." By severely reducing or eliminating these foods and replacing them with a more healthful cuisine, possessing nutrient qualities more in line with the foods our ancestors consumed, it is possible to improve health and reduce the risk of chronic disease." - Dr. Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet and one of the world's leading experts on Paleolithic nutrition 

Balancing your body's chemistry is the true strength of the caveman diet. By eating foods that are consistent with your genetic code, you can lose weight, be healthy and avoid many of the diseases associated with the modern diet.

Four Things That Weaken The Immune System

Too Much Sugar: Eating or drinking 100 grams (8 tbsp.) of sugar, the equivalent of about two cans of soda, can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by forty percent. The immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last for five hours.

Excess Alcohol: Alcohol can harm the body's immune system by producing an overall nutritional deficiency, depriving the body of valuable immune-boosting nutrients. In addition, alcohol consumed in excess can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs. One drink does not appear to bother the immune system, but three or more drinks do.  

Food Allergens: Sometimes the immune system recognizes an otherwise harmless substance (such as milk) as a foreign invader and attack it, causing an allergic reaction. After many encounters with food allergens, the damage enables invaders and other potentially toxic substances to get into the bloodstream and make the body feel miserable. This con…

A Very Fit Sixty Year-Old Man

Can You Afford To Be Sick?

Ordinary Medical Bills Causing Bankruptcy
According to Reuters News Service, over half of all U.S. bankruptcies are caused by ordinary 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 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."

A few quick facts:
Three-fifths of U.S. bankruptcies (more than 60 percent) are caused by medical bills.According to The American Journal of Medicine, most of those who filed for bank…

The Experts Agree on Something. Finally.

Eat more vegetables.

Why veggies? Because they're a prime source of "co-factors" - the term professionals use when talking about the vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs to process food.

Co-factors are crucial for you to be able to absorb nutrition from food, make fuel for energy and age well. You need to eat veggies with your meat, fish, eggs or cheese. Otherwise, you could get constipated and have bad breath.

Your body cannot break down protein well without co-factors. You not only could get clogged up, but may also get leaky gut, which are holes in your intestines.

These holes are made by bacteria as they gobble up the rotting protein lodged in your intestines.

A leaky gut allows foreign substances to pass into your bloodstream and land in your joints. Over time, this could result in inflammation and joint pain.

It can also cause your immune system to start misfiring and your skin to break out in ugly looking acne, spots and scabs.

Sometimes, what lea…

Better Than Organic

BarleyLife® is the green barley powder produced by The AIM Companies™. It is actually grown under better conditions than most organic products.

The AIM Companies™ is strongly committed to providing the best possible product. They use no chemical herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides.

In addition, The AIM Companies™ has adopted quality control markers, standard operating procedures and test methods to ensure that BarleyLife® is grown, harvested, processed and packaged under better-than-organic conditions.

In countless numbers of tests, done before, during and after production for more than one hundred different residues, no residues of any kind have been detected.

Plants grown in organically grown fields often cannot make this claim. In fact, after a field receives organic certification, it is no longer required to be planted according to the guidelines that helped it achieve its organic status.

Therefore, once organic status is achieved, there are no planting or quality control requireme…

"My Miracle" by Janet Pauly, R.N.

On July 31, 1980, during surgery, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, cancer of the lymph system.

Five days after surgery, I was sent to M. D. Anderson hospital in Houston. This is the University of Texas cancer treatment center, the largest of its kind in the world.

There I was told not only was my cancer widespread, but it was also incurable.

After four years of treatment that included investigational drugs, my doctor told me my disease was out of control and he had nothing more to offer me. I was sent home without another appointment, but with his assurance that he would keep looking for something to help me.

All this time everyone I knew had been praying for me. But now I had to face the fact that I might become another cancer fatality, along with thousands of others.

But God wasn't finished with me yet. 

Shortly after this, I received a letter from a friend of mine in California, who is also a nurse. Included in her letter was a sandwich bag that contained som…

BarleyLife® Xtra in Juice

We’ve had several people ask us how we mix BarleyLife® Xtra in juice and water for Brady. Through a little bit of trial and error, we have found the following to be the best mixture for our picky eater son.
Two ounces of juice (white grape juice and apple juice mixed together) A teaspoon of BarleyLife Xtra™ Eight ounces of cold, filtered water Put all of this in a sippy cup and shake well Brady drinks six to eight sippy cups of this BarleyLife Xtra™ mixture a day  When it comes to your kids, feel free to experiment. For example, Brady used to like his juice mixture at room temperature. As he got older, for whatever reason, he decided he wanted it to be cold. That’s life with a picky eater! So be flexible and see what works best for your kids.

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The Food Revolution

Do you want to lose weight with no calorie counting, no dieting and no hunger?

This talk from Ancestral Health Symposium 2011 shows you how to do it, the natural way.

What's Wrong With "Natural Vitamins"?

"Many so called natural vitamins are made from horrible substances. All the vitamin B-12, cyanocobalamin, on the market is made from either ground up toxic cow livers or activated sewage sludge. These cow livers are overloaded with steroids and antibiotics, and the pesticides the cow assimilates while eating. The sewage sludge is just that, fecal matter. In today's environment of depressed immune diseases I can think of hundreds of reasons that these materials would be a health risk, not benefit. Just because a so-called natural substance (fecal matter is natural ) is high in a particular vitamin, does that also mean it is a good food?

"Vitamin A from fish liver juices loaded with toxic PCB's and mercury, B vitamins from coal tar and petro-chemicals, known central nervous system depressants, respiratory irritants and carcinogens, Vitamin C from acid blends irritating to the lining of the digestive tract (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin D from radiated oil, Vitamin E from Ea…

Good Habits, Bad Habits and Your Health

An article from Yahoo's headline news featured a twenty-year study on four habits: smoking, drinking too much, inactivity and poor diet. Those habits affect your age by as much as twelve years.

This study had some very good news:
Non-smokers and former smokers People who drink less than two drinks a day Those who get two hours of physical activity per week Those who eat any kind of fruit or vegetable three times a day  are literally four times less likely to die prematurely than people with the opposite behaviors.

The even better news is you don't have to get it perfect all the time. Doing three out of four most of the time puts you in healthy company.

You can handle a few drinks every now and then. And just because you have one couch-potato week doesn’t mean you have to make lethargy a life habit. Minor deviations are fine as long as your daily habits are healthy. This just goes to show how resilient is the human body.

The main lesson?

Take care of your body when you're yo…

Does A Balanced Diet Keep You Fat?

Most people believe a balanced diet, along with regular exercise, is the best way to lose weight. But is it true?

According to the latest U.S. food pyramid, a balanced diet includes five food groups:

1) grains
2) vegetables
3) fruits
4) milk and dairy products
5) meat, beans, fish and nuts

But if you eat these things each day, that may explain why you're overweight. To burn fat, you need an imbalanced diet. Just for a period of time, though.

So what in a balanced diet is keeping you fat? Fruits, veggies and grains. Why? Because they block the fat burning mechanism.

Yes, fruits are a good source of vitamins and minerals. But don't eat them if you're trying to lose weight. They cause an insulin response and block the fat burning mechanism.

In addition, many vegetables also block fat burning for most people, particularly the starchy ones.

And yes, grains, including brown rice, beans, pasta and breads, all block fat burning. (Meats, including animal fat, can be good for weigh…

Are Low-Fat Foods Always Better For You?

"Without fat, the human body is unable to absorb a large percentage of the nutrients needed to survive. Additionally, fat deprivation prevents messages from being passed between neurotransmitters, resulting in all kinds of neural misfiring in the body. While good fats and bad fats do exist, the right fats in the proper amounts can actually aid in weight loss and cholesterol management." - Alannah DiBona, nutritionist and wellness counselor

What Are You Eating? This Phone App Can Tell You

INRFOOD is a new phone application that will allow users to scan the bar codes of food products and see the ingredients.

It uses data on more than 200,000 products and 40,000 ingredients and it can provide alerts for medical or cultural considerations.

The application will launch by the end of November.

To read the full article, click here.

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Wheat Belly Blues - by James Winningham

A blues song created by James Winningham - "Wheat Belly Blues"