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Quote of The Week

"People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas." - Author Unknown

What Is The Single Best Thing We Can Do For Our Health?

Linus Explains The Simple Message of Christmas

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." - Luke 2:11

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!

Brady and Santa Claus December 17, 2011

Have A Merry Bacon Christmas!

Ormie The Pig Wants A Cookie

This four minute clip is quite funny, but clearly shows the allure of carbs.

Mixed Messages

Over the next few weeks, the subtle message you'll hear is, "It's the holidays. So indulge yourself."

Then after New Years Day, the message changes to, "Start the new year off right and buy a health club membership, fitness equipment, etc."

Funny how that works.

Seth Godin Talks About Wheat

"Consider not eating wheat for an entire week. The results might surprise you." - Seth Godin, best selling author, speaker and entrepreneur

Mark Sisson Explains the Primal Blueprint

New York Times-bestselling author Tom Woods interviews Mark Sisson about the Primal Blueprint lifestyle.

Arsenic and Lead in Fruit Juices

My wife and I have a four year-old son who is a healthy picky eater. To make sure he gets enough nutrition every day, we give him a whole-food nutritional supplement. And to make easier for him to consume, we mix this nutritional supplement in a juice mixture.

However, there has been some recent news regarding fruit juices and the amount of arsenic and lead allowed in them.

So my wife has been doing some research about arsenic and lead in fruit juices and this is what she found:

Per the FDA, a safe amount of arsenic in juices is 10 ppb (parts per billion) and a safe amount of lead is 5 ppb for drinking water. Currently, there are no standards concerning the amount of lead in juices.

The FDA has been asked by advocate group Consumers Union, to adopt the standard of 3 ppb of arsenic and 5 ppb of lead in juices.

So according to what the Consumers Union recommends, here's what I think we should buy:

Tropicana 100% Apple Juice, Juicy Juice 100% Apple Juice, Nature's Own 100% Apple …

Does The FDA Allow Arsenic in Apple Juice?

TV personality Dr. Oz first reported on his show that "some of the best-known brands of apple juice contain arsenic."

New studies have confirmed arsenic is indeed in many popular apple juices.

Consumer Reports tested eighty-eight samples of popular brands of grape and apple juice sold in the U.S., including Welch's, Minute Maid and Mott's.

The results revealed that ten percent of the juices "had total arsenic levels greater than the FDA's standard for drinking water of ten parts per billion (ppb), while twenty-five percent of juices also had lead levels higher than the FDA's bottled water limit of five ppb."

In addition, data on arsenic in adult urine from the Centers for Disease Control showed that men and women who drank apple or grape juice in a twenty-four hour period had, "on average, about twenty percent higher levels of total urinary arsenic than those subjects who did not."

Consumer Reports went on to say that the arsenic tested an…

Fat Joe Talks About His Significant Weight Loss

"I always loved being fat, obviously. I’m Fat Joe. The biggest killer of people is food. It kills more people than AIDS or gun violence or war, anything you can name. Everybody keep catching strokes and heart attacks, and what happened to me was, like seven of my friends passed last year from heart attacks, and they were all thirty-two, thirty-four years old, thirty-five. What’s the difference between me and them? Health doesn’t discriminate just because I’m famous." - Fat Joe, rapper

Does Wheat Consumption Promote Aging?

Not only can wheat consumption promote obesity, but it seems it can also cause accelerated aging.

"Diabetes is the perfect example of accelerated aging. A high carbohydrate diet causing elevated blood glucose levels leads to a process called glycation. Glycation occurs when a sugar group attaches onto a protein within the body, leading to the formation of an Advanced Glycation Endproduct or AGE. This can occur in the arteries, eyes, kidneys, skin, liver, nerves, and virtually anywhere in the body. Everyone has some AGEs, but high levels are a sign of accelerated aging. AGEs lead to degenerative conditions such as cataracts, dementia, kidney disease, clogged arteries, saggy/wrinkled skin, and arthritis. Once formed, AGEs are irreversible, but changes can be made to slow AGE production." - Dr. Ayla Wilson (Read the full article here.)

With so much evidence to the contrary, why would anyone continue to eat a Frankenfood like wheat?

Does Endurance Exercise Hurt Your Heart?

A study of forty endurance athletes found evidence of right ventricular damage after an endurance event.

"The study 'begs the hypothetical question whether repetitive longstanding bouts of arduous exercise result in the development of an acquired form of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.'" - Sanjay Sharma, MD, and Abbas Zaidi, MBBS, of St. George's University of London (Read the full article here.)

Most of the runners had developed a sub-clinical fibrosis in the right ventricle of the heart. It is not easily seen, but it can cause fibrillation/arrhythmia, which may kill a runner.

It begins to answer the question of why some runners who appear healthy can suddenly die, when they showed no evidence of heart issues.

Here's what one former high-level marathon runner has had to say about the subject of chronic cardio.

A Quick and Easy Way For Kids To Get Their Fruits and Vegetables

Our four year-old son, Brady, is a healthy picky eater.

One reason is because of BarleyLife® Xtra, which is eighteen fruits and veggies in a powder. We give it to him several times a day and he loves to drink it in his juice.

To learn more about BarleyLife® Xtra, Click Here.

Fat Head - The Movie

Some students at Western Illinois University put together a YouTube slideshow about the movie Fat Head.

To learn more, visit the Fat Head blog by Tom Naughton.

Dr. Steven Phinney on Low Carb Living

In this video, Dr. Steven Phinney, MD, PhD, shares his insights into low carb dieting and exercise.

 "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living", book by Dr. Steven Phinney.

Be Wary of Fructose

"Fructose increases uric acid production, which, in excess, can cause gout, kidney stones and precipitate or aggravate hypertension." - Sébastien Noël, nutrition and fitness enthusiast

Doctor Uses Diet To Cure Her Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Dr. Terry Wahls learned how to properly fuel her body. Using the lessons she learned at the subcellular level, she used diet to cure her Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and get out of her wheelchair.

The Wheat-Brain Connection

Publisher and author, Paddy Kamen, talks about the wheat-brain connection. If you have ever experienced 'brain fog', then this interview with cardiologist Dr. William Davis is a must-read.

Dr. Davis was no stranger to brain fog himself. "I struggled with brain fog and overwhelming sleepiness during the day for over 20 years," he explains. "I would eat whole grains, drink coffee and constantly struggle to maintain focus and attention. I was shocked to realize that my blood sugar levels were in the diabetic range even though I supposedly ate well and exercised almost every day. I have none of those problems now. I can go on three hours of sleep and feel fine."

To read the article, click here.

Are You Addicted To Carbohydrates?

In this interview, Hollywood star Jessica Biel talks about dreaming of donuts, pizza and bread. Yup.

Five Tips To Fight The Flu

Flu symptoms can strike quickly, sometimes in a matter of hours. So it's important to know what the symptoms are: high fever, chest discomfort, chills and sweats, extreme fatigue, dry cough and the overall feeling of lousiness.

There are over two hundred viruses that cause the flu. They spread due to coughing, sneezing and personal contact. Keep yourself safe by staying away from those who are sick and do your best to cover up.

Following are five tips to help you avoid the flu:
Wash your hands - It's important to wash your hands after interactions with other people that could be sick. It can go a long way in making sure you're not stuck in bed with a fever. Wipe down your phones and computer - When was the last time you cleaned your phone and keyboard?  These things are used often and never cleaned. Take a few minutes to clean these items to avoid unnecessary germs. Eat Healthy - Things like chips and soft drinks will not protect you against the flu. Your body needs vitami…

Low Carb Explained

Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt presents a video interview titled "Low Carb Explained" with Dr. Mary Vernon.

If you want to know more about low carb as a treatment for obesity and disease, then be sure to watch this half-hour video.