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Magnesium: a deeper look into vitamins and minerals

            The lack of vitamins and minerals in the Western diet is so widely known as to seem mundane. Our knowledge about vitamins and minerals has become simplistic. Sometimes I feel like all that most people know about vitamins is that they are good (as opposed to bad, I suppose). But let us not forget the research and science that brought us to this point.

            To illustrate my point, I plan to portray the full power of modern nutritional science in support of one mineral: magnesium. Continue reading

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Who needs swine flu vaccines?

This article was originally posted in The Scope of New London, CT.

According to the CDC, millions of Americans have already been exposed to the swine flu1.

Millions? Already? Most of the people exposed were symptomless carriers, meaning that their immune systems fought the disease successfully, and now these people are immune.

In spite of this—perhaps because of all the media hype—people who normally wouldn’t worry about the flu are ready to line up for the vaccine. Several parts of the country are even looking into mandating vaccination.
It’s time to kick the facts. Continue reading

What’s the deal with Hamburger Helper?

General Mills

Source, copyright: General Mills

You’ve probably got an inclination that this article is not going to espouse the helpfulness of Hamburger Helper.  Let’s take a look at what’s gone wrong here.

Hamburger Helper is a pretty standard American food.  It’s been around for a while and millions of us have consumed it.  Just by its popularity it’s an almost innocuous member of the grocery store.  But once you learn to fear the middle aisles like I have, you stop trusting garbage like this.

Let’s get right to the ingredients list. Continue reading

Is your dinner plotting to kill you?

This article was originally published in The Scope of New London, Connecticut.

A toxic pantry.

A toxic pantry.

Just about every packaged food you eat is terrible for your health.

In light of the fact that 90% of America’s food budget goes to processed food, I think it’s about time we initiate a conversation on what all this processed food is doing to our health and society. We all know that food is medicine, yet the overwhelming majority of our diet comes from nutrient-depleted garbage foods. We eat a diet that leads to cancer, type 2 diabetes, weight disorders, fatigue, and heart problems, all the while funding a system of food that does not work for the people.

Let’s kick the facts for a minute. Continue reading

Aren’t I artificially sweet?

This tasty beverage causes BRAIN LESIONS.

The tastiest source for brain leisions.

Artificial sweeteners lead to real death.

You might have gathered by now that I’m not a fan of the added sugar in our processed foods, whether in fruit juice or whole wheat bread or sphaghetti sauce or whatever else.

Does that mean you should grab a bowl of splenda and a spoon?

Sucralose, aspartame, and saccharin are all cancer causing chemicals that should be avoided. The situation is like this: the corporate funded studies generally find no problems, while the privately funded studies generally find significant problems.  Who should you trust?  And who do you think the FDA sides with? Continue reading

Making the case for Food Kills: examining the food industry

We are losing the battle for nutrition (Photo from the National Obesity Forum, UK)

Food corporations are screwing us.

We can’t achieve perfect health, and I’m really not recommending you become so scrupulous with your diet that your quality of life is diminished in any way.  People have immune and detoxification systems for a reason; we can handle a lot of the garbage that gets thrown our way.  People live long, fulfilling and often extremely health lives while eating tons of garbage they shouldn’t.

So why should you care? Continue reading

Let’s talk about insulin and weight gain

Insulin is for everybody

Insulin is for everybody

Insulin ain’t just for diabetics.

What’s the deal with insulin?  How does insulin work? Why should I care about my carbohydrate consumption?  How can blood sugar effect my weight gain?

Insulin is a hormone that is produced in your pancreas.  It’s released when there is glucose in your blood, and for my discussion it does two things. Continue reading