SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

September 11, 2014

Food Norms changing


We are living in interesting [if not strange] times.  So much is changing right before our eyes.  While it may be hard to stay currant and useful, it is nevertheless — exciting.  Do we all think about the value of these ‘changes’?  Lets see, there was:      

            THEN                                                    NOW

  • FATS  bad for you. .get fat            No Fats, we die > heart/brain need
  • GRAINS  good for us,                     Anti-nutrients >Diabetes, immunity, Alzh’s
  • CHOLESTEROL, bad -limit         Heart needs    >make CoQ10/function
  • Eating FATS make us fat              CARBS  make us fat [converts to sugar/liver]
  • Low SALT intake > heart             Heart needs 4 cell regulation 
  • Limit EGGS [cholesterol]            Perfect protein,  NEED cholesterol – eat up

Many worry about getting enough energy, and to give up grains, cereals, what is there left to eat.  How do we survive, be healthy?  A body gets energy either from Carbohydrates or fats. . both work fine.  If one limits or cuts out the grains, the body gladly converts all fats it gets to energy and actually is preferred – shown by better function.     It is the variety of Carbohydrates (grains, cereals, rice, potatoes and sugars in any form), which once presented to the liver is converted into sugar which consequentially draws the pancreas into overuse working to handle the sugar overload; producing all sorts of sugar problems for the body which ultimately become diabetes.  . . which then fully demands attention!  

Grains and/or sugar are two of the worst things our body must deal with, for they both lead to disease and death while being trapped in the addiction we have for them.  None of this is really and truly ‘our fault’ so to speak.  Its how we were raised.  What our trusted parents did;  what our doctors find no fault with and our government espouses – even encourages — look at any pyramid chart of dietary needs they put out.  

The scientific way our dietary guidelines come to us are based [as it happens], not on science but on skewed info  which is not scientifically conceived or tested, but accepted and becomes (biased) “truth” which all accept and live with.  But its not the truth any more than GMO’s are exactly the same as the original food..  . that farmed fish are just the same health-wise as those which swim freely in the ocean;   or that factory farmed chickens so grossly distorted with un-natural foods that they literally topple over frontward due to the large, unsupportable heavy chests and in cages, their beaks are cut so as not to injure the next one with which  they are stuffed together. Not to mention the hormones or antibiotics.  Ditto for all factory farmed animals. . . .  this is the world we occupy now.  Of course, it presents major challenges to those who prefer “CHOICE” and “LABELING”   But we can do this if we have to, and then maybe we’ll be able to get our voices heard and responded to with the kind of representation we are demanding.  That is, IF we demand,  and IF  we vote!  It’s kinda up to the people isn’t it?  They say people get the kind of government they deserve.

So we’ve touched on some changes we’ve seen of late, and they’re all good.  But outside the three major classifications of food into proteins, carbohydrates and fats   — there’s a whole lot more to food.  I absolutely loved the CEREAL KILLERS movie that Donal O’Neill did under the guidance of sports doctor Tim Noakes.  It was more than just amusing or slightly informative, it has changed my life, or rather my way of thinking about my lifestyle.       I have bought into the nut thing big time as a way of compensating for my inability to acquire pastured beef (won’t buy supermarket stuff, all factory farmed these days), nor do I buy bacon or swine in any form tho I once loved it.  I object to how they are bred, raised, live and fed.  Same with chicken which was once my mainstay.  Dr Aukerman cut me back on that idea as it wasn’t contributing to my health.  So between nuts, seeds, eggs, and a rather smallish amount of pastured ground beef, I’m getting by.  Can’t wait to buy Noakes new book, but the world is waiting with me — more printings are necessary to keep up with demand.     

Meanwhile I subsist as I generally have on fruits and veggies (mostly juicing), salads – a biggie, and occasional soups [Hippocrates, Beet Borscht and so on).  Remember, health is tied greatly into how much by way of minerals we are ingesting – not buying in pills!   Supplements are fine and at times necessary  when addressing certain issues as I do with my heart.  Still big on my amino acids which I have told you about.  Without eating most food raw, we aren’t getting our need for digestive and other body processes met.  There is no life without enzymes.  Take it or leave it, but if overlooked or ignored, be aware, a price will be paid in illness, dysfunction and early death.  So, give it a think.                   

What got me started on this post was an input from Kelley Herring of HEALING GOURMET. It is well done and I totally concur;  Have been using  Sea Salt from the Grain Society for decades, but this one  sounds hugely interesting.  Hope you like it and that it adds to your usable knowledge.  She points out another of the fabrications generations have lived with to our detriment.  She informs us of something we can’t get from our doctors.  Enjoy,  Jan


Dear Jan,

If you have ever talked to a doctor about reducing your risk for heart attack, stroke or high blood pressure, I can almost guarantee that one of their main recommendations was to take it easy on the salt shaker.

For years, we have been told that the key to cardiovascular health is a “low-sodium diet”…

The American Heart Association and various public health nannies have portrayed “sodium” as the enemy of heart health – something to be feared and avoided.

Would it surprise you to learn that their advice is not just wrong… it could be “dead” wrong!

The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study which examined the relationship between a person’s salt intake and their risk of fatal heart disease.

What the researchers discovered is that people who consumed less than 3,000 mg of sodium per day had a 27% higher risk of death by heart attack or stroke than those who consumed between 3,000 and 6,000 mg per day.

In other words…

The “heart-healthy” recommendations given by government health organizations and the American Heart Association could actually INCREASE your risk of fatal heart disease!

The truth is that your body needs sodium to function properly. This vital substance helps carry nutrients into cells, transmits nerve impulses, influences the contraction and relaxation of muscles, impacts hormones, helps to regulate blood pressure and volume, and much more.

Why am I bringing all this up?

Well, my good friend John Cawrse recently uncovered some “unsettling” facts about salt after working with some salineros (salt farmers) in Colima, Mexico. Turns out, leading health officials are still pushing the “salt is bad for you” agenda – despite over 40 years of scientific research proving it’s not true.

He’s summarized his findings in this special exposé.

Before you sprinkle ANY salt on your next meal, I encourage you to read this…

To your best health,

Kelley Herring
Healing Gourmet

P.S. You might wonder how an essential substance got such a bad rap. As is the case with most foods, it is important to realize that all salt is not created equal.

In addition to sodium, unrefined primordial salt can contain more than 90 essential and highly beneficial trace minerals. On the other hand, the refined table salt found in most grocery stores and processed foods has had all of these valuable minerals removed (they are usually sold off to industry).

What’s left is sodium chloride and chemical additives, including, including bleaching agents, deodorizers, iodine, and other chemicals designed to keep the salt free-flowing.

It should go without saying that what you want is REAL unrefined salt with all the trace minerals your body needs…


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