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“You Might Not Be Getting All the Nutrients You Need, Eating That Way”

“You must have healthy grains as part of your diet.”

Do you hear this sentiment from friends and family?

Our society has been brainwashed into believing bull-caca!

If you are like me, you don’t believe “conventional” wisdom as far as you can throw it!

You may feel like you are swimming upstream sometimes, trying to keep you and your family healthy while government, relatives, and big business try to feed you loads of crap they call food!

When we tell people that we only eat fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, seeds and nuts, their immediate response is, “….what do you eat then?”

Many will wonder (because they are programmed the same way we were), how we are able to sustain our children on a diet without “whole grains?”

Some brave souls may even ask, “But what about all the healthy fibres that they are missing out on?”

I am here to tell you, you are not alone if you are getting these questions.

If you are maybe wondering yourself, then hopefully I can help you, and shed some light on this murky subject.

We didn’t get a choice when our daughter was in pain and the typical gluten free diet wasn’t the final answer. We had to hit the drawing board once again. This was the second time in less than 2 years that we had to redefine our diet, and pore through endless websites and books to try to find a solution that none of our doctors could give us.

We made a bold decision to take these things out of our diet, out of sheer desperation. We didn’t have answers, so we had to go for it and pray to God that this might fix what continued to give our daughter the excruciating discomfort, with no name.

Well, I’m here to tell you that you can survive, nay, thrive!

We are essentially following the Paleo diet, but I resist saying that because I feel it is more of a dissection of the food pyramid, or a back-to-basics-plan. I also know that people have a preconceived image of someone on a Paleo diet.

Here are the reasons that I follow the diet and want my family to learn how to do the same:

  • My full time job involves dealing with many chronically sick people, some are quite young (and I don’t want to end up that way)
  • After dealing with our immediate family diet needs, I started to look back on other family members and their ailments
  • I truly believe that health and longevity starts in your mind. If you believe you are healthy, you are.
  • Falling apart as we age is not supposed to happen at the rate that we have become accustomed to
  • The rates of autoimmune diseases, cancers, allergies and general sickness continues to go up despite advances in medicine (Cancer cases to rise 57%, Autoimmune disease on the rise, Food allergies on the rise)

I find that health is personal and people have to stand up for their beliefs. When you make changes as drastic as this, you are always going to have someone or something challenging you. You have be firm in your belief and remember it is YOUR health.

Dining out, family engagements, parties, holidays are all different and can be challenging. I suggest joining a group of like-minded people or some sort of Paleo community, as it helps to have people to share your thoughts with.

Stay healthy!

Article from the famous Mark Sisson:Why Grains Are Unhealthy

Doctor Reverses Multiple Sclerosis in 9 Months by Eating These Foods

What is the Paleo Diet by Robb Wolf

 

Pain Must Mean Glutening, Right??

If you are eating gluten free food and being very careful, you are safe and keeping healthy right?

Not necessarily so!

I know this may come as a shock and many of you reading this, might not want to hear it.

Many celiac people have no outward symptoms! They are only safe as long as there is NO gluten whatsoever.  So you may be one of those people and you may not realize that your small intestine is being damaged when you are eating at a restaurant or having something with only a little gluten in it.

Here are some quotes and some links that may shed some more light on this issue.

One of the important conclusions made by the research group is that the possibility of celiac disease should be strongly considered in people with other autoimmune disorders, even if those people do not show gastrointestinal symptoms traditionally associated with celiac disease.

http://www.celiac.com/articles/21533/1/Most-People-Diagnosed-With-Celiac-Disease-Show-No-Symptoms/Page1.html

People with celiac disease may have no symptoms but can still develop complications of the disease over time. Long-term complications include malnutrition—which can lead to anemia, osteoporosis, and miscarriage, among other problems—liver diseases, and cancers of the intestine.

http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/

Why Go Gluten-Free If Your Celiac Is Silent?

It can be tough to go and stay gluten-free if you don’t notice gastrointestinal symptoms from your condition. There’s no doubt that eating gluten-free can be complicated and difficult, andcheating on the gluten-free diet is pretty tempting if you don’t suffer from symptoms.

However, there are two reasons to stay gluten-free even if you don’t notice major symptoms from gluten ingestion.

The first is to safeguard your long-term health. Cheating on the diet can cause some pretty significant health problems, including malnutritioninfertilityosteoporosis and potentially even certain cancers.

Even cheating once or twice a month can prevent your intestines from healing and perpetuate the immune system response, so eating gluten occasionally is almost as bad as eating it constantly.

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http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/symptomsofceliacdisease/a/Silent-Celiac-Disease.htm

I know for many people, it is not popular and it was the same for us when the diagnosis came in. We were less than excited about not being able to eat at restaurants or have family get togethers, the way we used to.

For the first year or so I worked very hard at finding workable solutions for celiac’s to be able to dine out and find convenient ways to get fed. What I realized is that it is not worth the risk. Eating something from a restaurant or from a kind family member is not worth the long term risks, if you are not 100% sure.

If you knew that you could do something to prevent an auto-immune disease like MS or arthritis in the future, wouldn’t it be worth it?

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I think the answer is easily yes.

Leaky Gut Syndrome In Plain English – And How To Fix It, by Jordan Reasoner

Three years ago the doctor gave our daughter a diagnosis of celiac disease and we thought our world was upside-down. Well, after all of the testing and appointments, he sent us home with a plan to not eat gluten. That meant to look at the labels and make sure that she wasn’t getting any wheat, barley or rye in our foods.

At that time we had a typical diet of pizzas, mac and cheese and all the “normal” boxed goodness meals. We are hard working parents, doing our best to raise our beautiful children and provide nutritious meals that our tasty and healthy.

With the celiac diagnosis, came the charge to find the same type of products, just gf, so that we could continue on our similar path. This message was echoed by other families that we talked to, with the same diagnosis. “Try to eat normal diet, just take out gluten”

Fast forward 2 years and our daughter is still not gaining weight and still not feeling good. Tummy pain started about 1 year into eating gf foods.

She was getting worse! Losing weight. After a lot of our own research and sleepless nights, we found SCD and what was possibly the closest symptoms to our daughter’s. At this point there wasn’t much that could get worse.

Thank you to http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/, Jordan and Steve for going through this before and finding a solution. You have shared your stories of successes and failures.

http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/p/scd-autism/

by JORDAN REASONER

Leaky Gut can be so confusing, but it’s becoming more and more of an epidemic.  Many of the causes and cures of Leaky Gut are widely debated, but Doctors are becoming more aware of the condition and ways to treat it.

This article is meant to shine some light on how to treat Leaky Gut Syndrome and why the SCD Diet is such a critical component to it.   

Leaky Gut Explained:

The term Leaky Gut Syndrome is used to describe the condition of “Hyperpermeable Intestines”.  A fancy medical term that means the intestinal lining has became more porous, with more holes developing that are larger in size and the screening out process is no longer functioning properly.  The fallout results in larger, undigested food molecules and other “bad stuff” (yeast, toxins, and all other forms of waste) that your body normally doesn’t allow through, to flow freely into your bloodstream.

So now that we have the general essentially meaningless definition out of the way let’s find out what is really going on…

The intestinal lining is the first mechanism of defense for our immune system.  The outer layers of intestinal cells (epithelial) are connected by structures called tight junctions.  At the tips of these cells are the microvilli, which absorb properly digested nutrients and transport them through the epithelial cell and into the bloodstream.  During normal digestion process the tight junctions stay closed, forcing all molecules to effectively be screened and only pass into the blood stream through the mucosa cells (think of them like bouncers at the front of a classy bar).  For reasons we will discuss later these tight junctions can become “open” or permeable allowing un-screened molecules to flow directly into the bloodstream (think of it like a fish net with very small holes).

Graphic From: www.leakygutcure.com

So Then What Happens?

The first reaction your body has to these “foreign” bodies in your blood is to fight like hell.  Initially, your Liver is called into action to work overtime and try to screen out all the particles that your intestinal lining was supposed to be taking care of.  In most cases, the liver has no chance of keeping up with the constant flow of waste into your blood and all the toxins, undigested food molecules, yeast, and other pathogens start to accumulate in your body.

Now the sleeping giant wakes up (your immune system) and it is not happy.  It goes into full battle mode to fight the evil intruders and get them out of the body ASAP.  More often than not, the body cannot keep up with the task at hand and the majority of these foreign bodies absorb into tissues throughout the body… causing them to inflame.

Inflammation is also an immune response and causes even more stress on your system.  Now that your body is focused on fighting the large war, the little battles are starting to be ignored, like filtering out the blood, calming inflamed areas of the body, fighting bacteria, regulating the gut, etc.  This process flow can lead to your body fighting itself and an array of autoimmune diseases such as Chronic Fatigue, MS, IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, and Fibromyalgia.

Now your body will begin to produce antibody soldiers designed to fight against these foreign objects (which can be things such as the Casein protein from the milk you’re drinking, or other proteins in nuts, grains, or eggs).  Even chemicals normally found in foods such as Phenols and Glycerin can now trigger immune responses when they enter the body.  For instance, I immediately react to diary of any kind.  I get instant brain fog, a headache, sore throat, and horrible sinus drainage.  A similar reaction happens when I eat foods high in phenols such as tomato juice.  I am confident that it is all part of a reaction as a result of years with leaky gut from my Celiac Disease.

If you are having any food sensitivities to more than a dozen foods, you likely have leaky gut.  Any undigested foods that are absorbed into the blood stream are now considered enemies of the state, and your immune system will develop reactions to many of them, leading to food intolerances.  When you have a Leaky Gut condition, the damaged microvilli along the intestinal lining cannot manufacture the digestive enzymes they need to break down the food for proper digestion.  The resulting condition allows food molecules to flow into the bloodstream that have not been completely broken down into the nutrients your body needs. 

Bottom Line: The foods that you’re eating are not the root of the problem; it’s the leaky gut letting the food molecules into your bloodstream.  Of course, the caveat is severe food allergies such as gluten to a Celiac or deadly peanut allergies.

How Do I Know If I Have Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Symptoms of Leaky Gut can vary from person to person depending on the level of damage and the tissues being affected.  Multiple Food Sensitivities can be a sign that your immune system is developing antibodies to everything you’re eating.  Nutritional deficiencies are a sign of lacking vitamins and minerals from the improper breakdown of food in your intestines.  Chronic diarrhea and constipation are signs of inflammation of the intestinal walls from Leaky Gut.  Skin rashes are your body’s way of trying to dump the toxins through the skin perforations.  A poor immune system will result from your body trying to wage war on itself and ignoring all the virus and bacteria we encounter on a daily basis, allowing you to get sick more often.  Headaches, brain fog, memory loss, and excessive fatigue are a result of the inflammation of tissue and toxin build up.  Yeast overgrowth (Candida) will cause cravings for sugar and carbs, gas, bloating, and anxiety.  All of these things add up to a host of symptoms with a myriad of explanations… all leading back to one thing: the constant river of foreign objects being allowed to enter your bloodstream.

What Causes Leaky Gut?

The cause of Leaky Gut is widely debated in the medical community.  However, there is some level of consensus that the following are the basic contributors:

–  Diet: Consuming high amounts of refined sugars, processed foods, preservatives, refined flours, and flavorings introduces massive amounts of chemicals into the body that is seen as toxic.  If your body has a hard time keeping up the toxins start to build up and cause inflammation (like we talked about earlier).

–  Chronic Stress: Chronic stress almost always results in a suppressed immune system.  A weakened immune system cannot handle doing it’s normal job and gets overrun with pathogens very quickly.  This increases overall gut inflammation leading to increased permeability of the intestinal lining.

–  Inflammation: Any type of inflammation in the gut can lead to leaky gut.  This can be brought on by low stomach acid (which passes undigested food into the small intestine irritating everything it passes by), yeast overgrowth (Candida), bacteria overgrowth, infection, parasites and excessive environmental toxins.

–  Medications: Any medication prescriptions or even over-the-counter pain relievers with Aspirin or Acetaminophen irritate the intestinal lining and decrease the mucosal levels (a membrane produces mucus on the intestinal lining as a natural protective measure).  This can start or help to continue the inflammation cycle (more bacteria, yeast, and digestion issues) and promotes an increase in permeability.

–  Yeast: Yeast is found in normal gut flora but as soon as it begins to get out of hand it mutates into a multi-celled fungus (usually Candida) that grows tentacles to grab onto the intestinal lining and stay put, consequently making its own holes in the lining.

–  Lack of Zinc: Zinc is a critical piece of maintaining a strong intestinal lining.  A deficiency of the vitamin can lead to the mucosal lining losing strength and becoming more permeable.  There are studies that show that supplementing with Zinc when it is deficient can dramatically improve intestinal lining integrity.

How To Fix Leaky Gut Syndrome…

The medical community is also still rather divided about the methods used to alleviate leaky gut.  Treating Leaky Gut is a multi-faceted approach that requires many different pieces of the puzzle to fall into place.  If each one is utilized, the holes in the sinking ship will plug up and allow the body to return to a more normal state.  Here are a few of the most agreed upon avenues and also where the SCD Diet comes into play:

– Diet Restrictions: Eliminating sugars, starches, grains, and any other irritating foods alleviates the inflammation and starves out the yeast overgrowth (this is where the SCD diet takes over the healing process).  Reducing both of these allows the intestinal tract to slowly return to its normal permeability, stopping the flow of foreign objects into the blood, which will stop food intolerance symptoms and eventually help stop the vicious cycle just as the book described it.  I would argue that the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is the foundation of curing leaky gut, but it does need some help from the next three pieces.

Here’s a free guide to get started on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet: “How To Start The SCD Diet In 24-Hours

  Nutritional Supplementing: The conditions that lead to leaky gut can also cause mal-absorption and improper digestion, both of which are going to leave you with nutritional deficiencies.  First and foremost: supplementing with a good multi-vitamin, large amounts of vitamin D, and Zinc will help the intestinal lining return to normal (assuming the irritants from the diet are removed by following the SCD diet).  Essential fish oils have also been shown to really help improve the condition of the intestinal mucosal lining (omega-3’s greatly reduce inflammation among a host of other benefits).

  Probiotics: Now that the Candida is being knocked down by your adherence to the SCD diet, mixing in a solid foundation of probiotics, and more specifically, the friendly bacteria Lactobacillus Acidophilus is a must.  The diet gets rid of the bad bacteria and you need a constant feed of the good bacteria to replace it.  Friendly bacteria stop the inhabitance of bad bacteria and yeast, heal the gut lining, help nutrients get absorbed, and keep the vicious cycle in check.  Studies suggest that keeping a ratio of 85% good to bad bacteria in the gut will stop the cycle from starting back up.  A good non-dairy SCD legal lactobacillus acidophilus will be very beneficial.

  Digestive Enzymes: Digestive enzymes are critical to properly breaking down the foods we eat.  They are found naturally in the raw form of foods to help break them down, unfortunately, in the beginning stages of the SCD diet we have to cook all of our fruits and veggies, rendering them useless for enzymes.  The have multi-faceted skills to help alleviate leaky gut.  First, plant based enzymes will break down food into very small particles before it leaves the stomach, preventing large undigested molecules from irritating the intestinal lining and increasing nutritional uptake.  They also work through your intestines acting as garbage collectors by removing toxins, bacteria, and damaged cells of the mucosal lining.  The whole process gives the gut a clean slate of healthy cells to rebuild with.  While the leaky gut permeability remains, they do the same garbage collecting in the bloodstream if they are passed through the intestinal lining.  The bromelain and papain enzymes are shown to reduce inflammation in the gut lining and throughout other tissues in the body, allowing the immune system and the liver some reprieve.    Any SCD legal, plant based enzyme will make a world of difference here.           

In good health,

– Jordan

Leaky Gut Syndrome in Plain English – and How to Fix It

6 more reasons to stop eating corn

I found another great article from Dr. Osborne. He usually has a good perspective on health and gluten-free.
After 2 years on the “gluten-free” diet, our daughter was still not doing well and we ended up going completely grain free and doing  SCD. It has been almost 1 year since making those big changes, but she is healthy and that makes us all happy. Dr Osborne and his articles were very helpful in making the discovery about gluten in other grains like corn.
Dr. Osborne here,

Everyone going gluten always wants to replace breads, pastas, and cereals with corn-based substitutes.  Here are 6 reasons why doing this will keep you from getting healthy <<<

Neurological Effects of Gluten

Whether you have true Celiac Disease, or whether you “only” have lesser gluten antibodies and intolerances, gluten can cause multiple neurological issues. Depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and a wide variety of Neuromuscular Disorders can have their roots in gluten antibody side effects.I have seen improvements in ALS, MS, CIPD, Tourette’s, seizures, and other complicated illnesses when the client goes strictly grain-free. Testing from Cyrex Labs is helpful in any Neurological or health disorder, as their tests for gluten cross-reactivity will pick up antibodies to dairy, quinoa, rice, oats and many others. (They have several other tests I run on myself and clients too).

In celiac disease, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks a variety of proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley. In its attack on gluten, gliadin, gluteo-morphins and others, the immune system damages the small intestine and produces gut symptoms from mild to severe. Once damaged, the small intestine will not absorb vitamins, minerals, and proteins properly, and the immune system and neurotransmitters will be negatively affected. As a result of this malabsorption, we may find anemia, anorexia, arthritis, behavioral problems, autism spectrum disorders, infertility, pain, depression, migraines, numbness and tingling, bone loss, seizures, and more.

As for depression, a 1998 study confirmed that about one-third of those with celiac disease suffer from depression. Adolescents with celiac disease have a 31% risk of depression, while only 7% of healthy adolescents face this risk. These huge numbers are what propel me to insist on a grain-free diet with my clients. The risks of gluten antibodies attacking any cell of the body are just too great. In particular, low zinc levels have been linked to depression. In addition to keeping the immune system and prostate strong and the memory sharp, zinc plays an important role in the production and use of neurotransmitters.  A 2009 study found that zinc supplementation significantly reduced depression scores in people who had not been helped by antidepressants in the past.

Getting off grains is a “Wild Card” in that you never know exactly which benefits you will see first. Sometimes depression lifts; sometimes reflux and gas just stop; sometimes, it’s that a healthy appetite replaces the constant need to refuel on starchy carbohydrates. Ultimately, it’s all managed by the brain and the intestines. Make improvements there, and the nervous system, immune system, and all the organs and cells will benefit

 

http://celiachandbook.com/neurological-effects-of-gluten/

Are you sure you want to eat that?

It has been about three years since finding out that our daughter is celiac. In this time we asked “why us”? Became frustrated at the lack of “good” information, considered not eating anymore… We(as anyone that has to make drastic dietary changes goes through) struggled when told that certain things were not available to us anymore. We were pained by the decision that we still work through today.

Whether the whole family should eat the same way or just those affected??
When one person has dietary needs(outside of societies version of normal) the whole family is affected to a certain degree. We try not to let it change relationships, but that really can’t be helped.
In the process of finding our way to health for H, we have learned much about food and the processes that our society has become familiar with, not necessarily the best decisions, but familiar!
I call this Easy-fast-processed-manipulated-itis.

fast food collection on on white background
I know that making good health choices is hard! This is even harder because our governments, medical professionals, dietitians, etc. are spreading poor information and promoting it!
Have you seen or heard any of the horror stories of illnesses in our families and friends? It is epidemic!

In my family alone, there is celiac disease, gluten/dairy intolerance, fibromyalgia, prostate cancer, MS, gout, arthritis, high blood pressure…I would consider our family pretty healthy compared to some.
The Canada food guide is so misleading and based on poor information. It seems that their reason to promote dairy and grain is based on economics as opposed to overall health.

Do governments think that it is too disruptive to actually look into why we are becoming more sick and this next generation will be the first in our known history to have a shorter life span than the previous one?

How bad does it have to become before we make changes to our food systems?

Why is it that people who want to grow healthy, simple crops(organic) have more hoops to jump through, than a farmer that wants to use pesticides and chemicals?

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Obesity Threatens to Cut U.S. Life Expectancy, New Analysis Suggests

Over the next few decades, life expectancy for the average American could decline by as much as 5 years unless aggressive efforts are made to slow rising rates of obesity, according to a team of scientists supported in part by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The U.S. could be facing its first sustained drop in life expectancy in the modern era, the researchers say, but this decline is not inevitable if Americans — particularly younger ones — trim their waistlines or if other improvements outweigh the impact of obesity. The new report in the March 17, 2005 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine appears little more than a year after the DHHS unveiled a new national education campaign and research strategy to combat obesity and excessive weight.

The new analysis, by S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Leonard Hayflick, Ph.D., of the University of California, San Francisco, Robert N. Butler, M.D., of the International Longevity Center in New York, and others* suggests that the methods used to establish life expectancy projections, which have long been based on historic trends, need to be reassessed. This reevaluation is particularly important, they say, as obesity rates surge in today’s children and young adults.

“Forecasting life expectancy by extrapolating from the past is like forecasting the weather on the basis of its history,” Olshansky and his colleagues write. “Looking out the window, we see a threatening storm — obesity —that will, if unchecked, have a negative effect on life expectancy.”

Unlike historic life expectancy forecasts, which rely on past mortality trends, the Olshansky group bases their projection on an analysis of body mass indexes and other factors that could potentially affect the health and well-being of the current generation of children and young adults, some of whom began having weight problems very early in life. The authors say that unless steps are taken to curb excessive weight gain, younger Americans will likely face a greater risk of mortality throughout life than previous generations.

“This work paints a disturbing portrait of the potential effect that life styles of baby boomers and the next generation could have on life expectancy,” says Richard M. Suzman, Ph.D., Associate Director of the NIA for Behavioral and Social Research. Indeed, Suzman notes, obesity may already have had an effect. The sharp increase of obesity among people now in their 60s, he suggests, may be one explanation why the gains in U.S. life expectancy at older ages have been less than those of other developed countries in recent years.

“But it is critical to note that the reduced life expectancy forecast by the study is not inevitable, and there is room for optimism,” Suzman says. “Government and private sector efforts are mobilizing against obesity, and increased education, improved medical treatments, and reduced smoking can tip the balance in favor of reduced mortality and continued improvements in life expectancy.”

For instance, smoking significantly reduces the life expectancy of the average smoker, Suzman says, so obesity is just one of many factors that will need to be accounted for, together or separately, in projecting how Americans will age. The NIA supports several projects on population demography that forecast life and health expectancy, research which is critically important to policy makers looking at the implications of an aging population.

According to the NEJM report, studies suggest that two-thirds of American adults are overweight (having a body mass index — BMI — of 25 or more) or obese (having a BMI of 30 or more)**. One study cited by the authors indicates that the prevalence of obesity in U.S. adults has increased about 50 percent per decade since 1980. Additional research has shown that people who are severely obese — with a BMI greater than 45 — live up to 20 years less than people who are not overweight. Some researchers have estimated that obesity causes about 300,000 deaths in the U.S. annually. In addition, obesity is fueling an epidemic of type 2 diabetes, which also reduces lifespan.

To estimate the overall effect of obesity on life expectancy in the U.S., Olshansky and his colleagues calculated the reduction in death rates that would occur if everyone who is currently obese were to achieve the difficult goal of losing enough weight to reach an “optimal” BMI of 24. The calculation was based, in part, on age, race, and sex-specific prevalence of obesity in the United States from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Based on these calculations, the researchers estimated that life expectancy at birth would be higher by 0.33 to 0.93 year for white men, 0.30 to 0.81 year for white women, 0.30 to 1.08 year for black men, and 0.21 to 0.73 year for black women if obesity did not exist.

The overall reduction in life expectancy of one-third to three-fourths of a year attributed to obesity in this analysis exceeds the negative effect of all accidental deaths combined, and could deteriorate over time, the researchers said.

“These trends suggest that the relative influence of obesity on the life expectancy of future generations could be markedly worse than it is for current generations,” Olshansky and the authors conclude in their report. “In other words, the life-shortening effect of obesity could rise …to two to five years, or more, in the coming decades, as the obese who are now at younger ages carry their elevated risk of death into middle and older ages.”

The projected decline contrasts with estimates by other leading researchers, which predict a continuation of the historic trend of increasing life expectancy in America and Europe dating back to the 1850s, according to Dr. Suzman. In fact, he points out that the experience of other developed nations is instructive as a barometer of how much room might exist to increase U.S. life expectancy. More than 20 other developed nations, including France, Japan, Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom have a higher average life expectancy than the U.S. Women in Japan, for example, live about 5 years longer than women in the U.S. There is little evidence that life expectancy in these countries is approaching any kind of limit, Suzman says.

In March 2004, the DHHS launched public awareness campaign, entitled Healthy Lifestyles and Disease Prevention, to encourage American families to take small, manageable steps within their current lifestyle, such as using the stairs instead of the elevator, to ensure effective, long-term weight control. The campaign includes multi-media public service announcements (PSAs) and a new interactive website,www.smallstep.gov.

In addition, the NIA has developed a free exercise guide for older adults, which is available online at www.nia.nih.gov. The NIH and other Federal agencies also offer free information about excessive weight and what can be done about it, including the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/choosing.htm, the Food and Drug Administrationhttp://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/wh-wght.html, and the Federal Consumer Information Center http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/health/works4you/weightloss.htm.

This research was also supported by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Charles H. Hood Foundation.

The NIA is one of 27 Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The NIA leads the Federal Government effort conducting and supporting research on the biomedical and social and behavioral aspects of aging and the problems of older people. For more information on aging-related research and the NIA, please visit the NIA website at www.nia.nih.gov. The public may also call for publications describing these efforts and offering health information for older people and their families at 1-800-222-2225, the toll free number for the National Institute on Aging Information Center.

http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/mar2005/nia-16.htm

I guess that the only thing to do now is decide. Decide to change our own lives or to continue the way that we have been accustomed to .

It is unfortunate, but such a human trait, to resist change and to not make changes until your life is threatened.

Changes are difficult at first, but if you are motivated you can change anything.

food pill

I can’t help but think, that our grandparents had it right. Simpler time, simpler way=more work.  Our grandmothers(for the most part) spent a lot of time in the kitchen preparing fresh, nutritious meals. They gardened, bought fresh meats and vegetables from their neighbours. This takes time and planning. It seems like a lot of work when you consider the alternatives like frozen pizza or fast food.

I am realizing that preparing fresh, nutritious food for your family is one of the most rewarding experiences that I have had. I know it will be one thing that I will pass on to my girls so that they can in turn, be healthy and make the world a better place for their families.

sidekicks

I thought it was interesting when I did a google search for “Food be medicine”, my first result was the US food and drug administration!

Do you really think that they have your health as a first priority?

Quote from Dr Mark Hyman

U.S. Dietary Guidelines provide no limit for added sugar, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still lists sugar as a “generally regarded as safe” (GRAS) substance.

Here are some helpful links if you are interested in healthy alternatives. God bless.

http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/food-medicine

http://drhyman.com/blog/2011/10/14/eat-your-medicine-food-as-pharmacology/#close

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/5-food-medicines-could-quite-possibly-save-your-life

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/sugar-heart-attack_b_4746440.html

 

5 Reasons to Avoid the Gluten Free Aisle

Here is another article from Amy Myers MD. Just another reminder to eat less processed foods and a great starting point for anyone wanting better health!

As the gluten-free movement is becoming more and more popular, you may be wondering if you should go gluten free. I strongly believe that everyone can benefit from a gluten-free diet, but there are a few different approaches that people take when removing gluten from their diets. Some switch from gluten-containing products to gluten-free counterparts, while neglecting fresh foods. Some consume a combination of both natural and packaged gluten-free foods, and others consume solely natural gluten-free sources. While gluten-free foods have certainly brought relief to a number of people, many notice little to no improvement in their symptoms after going gluten free. In this case, the underlying issue is not the gluten-free diet itself, but with gluten-free packaged foods.

What’s wrong with gluten-free foods?

The problem with gluten-free products is that they’re even more refined than their gluten-containing counterparts. I encourage all of my patients to avoid processed foods, because the original food loses a great deal of nutrients during the refining process. In order to produce gluten-free flours, manufacturers use other grains and starches such as flours made from rice, potatoes, corn, and tapioca. While these flours are naturally free of gluten, they’re still highly refined grains that can cause a spike in blood sugar higher than that of their whole grain counterparts. In fact, gluten-free products are often very low in a number of vitamins and minerals:

Iron
Folate
Niacin
Thiamine
Calcium
Vitamin B12
Phosphorus
Zinc
If you notice your symptoms are not improving or actually getting worse after eliminating gluten, there could be a number of factors at play.

5 Reasons to Avoid the Gluten-Free Aisle

1. Gluten-free products can contain trace amounts of gluten.

Gluten-free products can still contain some gluten. Even certified gluten-free foods can contain up to 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten per serving. This is a minimal amount of gluten if you only consume packaged foods occasionally. However, if you eat these processed gluten-free foods every day, you can potentially expose yourself to unwanted amounts of gluten. If you consume non-certified gluten-free foods, then you’re really just taking the company’s word for it and assuming that their products are free of gluten. It’s best to check the label to see if a gluten-free product is produced in the same facility as wheat, or other gluten-containing grains.

2. Gluten-free products are nutrient poor.

I strongly believe that gluten is the most inflammatory food that you can consume, but that doesn’t mean that everything in the gluten-free aisle is necessarily healthy. When grains are refined in the manufacturing process, many vitamins and minerals are lost along with it. Gluten-free products are considerably less nutritious than real, wholesome foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and a lean, organic source of animal protein.

3. Gluten-free products are high in sugar.

Whenever an ingredient is removed from a food, it’s often replaced with another ingredient for stability, shelf life, or texture purposes. For example, sugar-free foods contain sugar alcohols, and fat-free foods are often produced with man-made fats and extra sugar. Gluten-free foods are no exception to this rule, as they’re often laden with extra sugar. Excessive amounts of sugar can contribute to insulin resistance and weight gain, and ultimately suppress your immune system. In addition, too much sugar can feed gut infections like Candida and SIBO, and lead to many more health concerns.

4. Gluten-free products contain preservatives.

Preservatives increase the shelf life of a product and ensure that it’s resistant to mold and bacteria. While it’s very convenient to have food that lasts a month, it adds unnecessary chemicals and compounds to our diets. The food we eat was at one point a living organism, be it a plant or animal, and it is very natural for our meat, vegetables, grains, and fruit to decay after being harvested. Anything that can survive on your shelf for more than a week without a life source is unnatural, and is not something you want to include in your diet.

5. Gluten-free products are made with refined oils.

Inexpensive oils are often added to many gluten-free products to moisten the product and improve the texture. Refined oils such as vegetable, canola, rapeseed, safflower, and sunflower oils are all high in omega-6 fatty acids, which are pro-inflammatory. A diet higher in omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids can lead to increased inflammation.

What can I do instead?

One of the most important things you can do is to get your energy from wholesome, organic, fresh foods like organic fruits and vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, healthy oils, grass-fed beef, atlantic wild-caught salmon, and pasture-raised eggs — all of which are free of gluten by nature. If you’ve already removed gluten from your diet, your body may be sensitive to other inflammatory foods such as dairy, eggs, and soy. Consider removing one or all of these from your diet to see if your symptoms improve.

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Health, a personal journey

As I was standing in the check-out lane at my daily grocery stop, I realized that we are all so quick to judge others. This definitely includes health and the choices that we make. I caught myself as I stood there, comparing my groceries to the other people in line. I may not be normal, but I know that we all do it to a certain degree.
What I realized above all of this is, when I started this journey to better health, I had very little knowledge of SCD, Gluten Free or Paleo diets. We all have to learn slowly(if at all) and gain our confidence with new information. I had a friend a couple of years ago that started a paleo diet and I didn’t quite get it at the time, but have come to understand that it is our best chance for health and healing in our family moving forward. It seemed so foreign at the time but now, I appreciate the lessons that I learned from hearing about his diet back then. Thank you, Trevor!
We can be so hard on other people.
Why do we expect other people to know what we know? Do what we do?
We are each on our own journey. I can’t help but think that fights, arguments and wars could be avoided if we understood this better, when dealing with people.
This article shows how even the food industry is on a learning to make better choices.

Wheat producers

Wheat threatens all humans

Another friend of mine confirms that she too, judges other people and their grocery choices. Vegecation!