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Burning Fat for Fuel Increases Quality and Quantity of Life

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By Dr. Mercola

Humans suffer more chronic and debilitating diseases today than ever before; more than half of all Americans struggle with chronic illness, and 1 in 5 deaths in the U.S. are obesity-related. These discouraging statistics are largely the result of an inappropriate diet.

Most of us eat far too much sugar and grains, and far too little healthy fat. Many also eat too much protein, and most of it of poor quality processed food to boot.  Unfortunately, the notion that glucose is the preferred fuel for your body is a pervasive one.

Everyone from diabetics to top athletes are advised to make sure they eat “enough” carbs to keep their systems from crashing. This misguided advice is at the heart of many of our current health failures. It’s also a driving factor in our diabetes, heart disease and cancer epidemics.

Dietary fats are actually the preferred fuel of human metabolism, and this can be traced back to our evolutionary roots. One of the keys to long-term weight management and good health is healthy mitochondrial function, and for that you need to get your net carb, protein and fat ratios correct.

This is the focus of my latest book, “Fat for Fuel.” It’s by far the most important book I’ve ever written, and the one I’ve poured the most heart and soul into because I believe this information has the power to reverse the cancer epidemic and save countless lives.

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How to Improve Mitochondrial Function Through Diet

To improve your mitochondrial function through diet, the key is to eat in such a way that your body is able to burn fat as its primary fuel rather than sugars. Ketogenic diets are very effective for this, as is intermittent fasting and longer water fasts for those who are overweight.

An important yet rarely discussed facet of nutritional ketosis that I explain in “Fat for Fuel” is feast-and-famine cycling. The reason for this has to do with the fact that continuous, long-term nutritional ketosis can actually be counterproductive.

Long-term uninterrupted use of a ketogenic diet can trigger a rise in blood sugar by driving your insulin level too low. This paradoxical situation can arise because the primary function of insulin is not to drive sugar into the cell, but to suppress the production of glucose by your liver (hepatic gluconeogenesis).

If your blood sugar is high due to chronically and excessively low insulin, eating a piece of fruit or other sugar-containing food will actually lower your blood sugar rather than raise it.

All of this can be avoided by cycling in and out of nutritional ketosis, basically going through a one-day-per-week fast and one or two days a week of feasting, where you eat double or quadruple the amount of net carbs.

Your body is designed to have the metabolic flexibility to use both glucose and fat for fuel. The problem is, most people lack the ability to burn fat. This metabolic inflexibility is the direct result of eating a high-carb diet for a long period of time.

As a result, they struggle with weight issues and poor health. Even if they are not overweight they may be “skinny fat” with loads of excess dangerous visceral body fat. Feast-and-famine cycling helps reestablish the metabolic flexibility to burn fat. Another important dietary factor is avoiding late-night eating.

Feeding your body at a time when it needs the least amount of energy will simply result in cellular damage due to the excess production of free radicals. For this reason, I often suggest limiting your eating to breakfast and lunch — a “Peak Fasting” strategy that allows you to fast for 16 or more hours each day.

Having the Metabolic Flexibility to Burn Fat for Fuel Is Key for Optimal Health

When your body is able to burn fat for fuel, your liver creates water-soluble fats called ketones that burn far more efficiently than carbs, thus creating far less reactive oxygen species and secondary free radicals that can damage your cellular and mitochondrial cell membranes, proteins and DNA.

This is why being an efficient fat burner is so crucial for optimal health. Ketones also mimic the life span extending properties of calorie restriction (fasting), which includes improved glucose metabolism and reduced inflammation. As noted in a recent study1 on this topic:

“The extension of life span by caloric restriction has been studied across species from yeast and Caenorhabditis elegans to primates … Here, we propose that the life expansion produced by caloric restriction can be duplicated by the metabolic changes induced by ketosis …

[E]xtension of life span results from decreased signaling through the insulin/insulin-like growth factor receptor signaling (IIS) pathway … An effective method for combating free radical damage occurs through the metabolism of ketone bodies …

A dietary ketone ester also decreases circulating glucose and insulin leading to decreased IIS … [K]etosis results in transcription of the enzymes of the antioxidant pathways.

In addition, the metabolism of ketone bodies results in a more negative redox potential of the NADP antioxidant system, which is a terminal destructor of oxygen free radicals.”

Good Fats Improve Glucose Metabolism and Reduce Inflammation

The importance of good fats is also evidenced in another recent study,2 which shows animal-based omega-3 fats reduce the autoimmune responses associated with type 1 diabetes (aka insulin-dependent diabetes), an autoimmune disorder in which your body attacks and destroys the beta cells responsible for creating insulin.

Here, omega-3s were actually found to help regenerate these beta cells in non-obese mice with type 1 diabetes, significantly improving glucose metabolism and lowering inflammatory markers, decreasing the overall incidence of the disease. As reported by Medical News Today:3

“Both nutritional supplementation and genetic therapy normalized blood sugar and insulin levels for a minimum of 182 days, stopped the development of autoimmunity, blocked the lymphocytes from entering the regenerated islets in the pancreas, and drastically increased the levels of beta cell markers.

These results suggest that omega-3 PUFAs may serve as a new therapy for type 1 diabetes.”

 

Fasting Also Helps Regenerate the Diabetic Pancreas

Other recent research shows that fasting can have a similar influence, actually triggering the regeneration of the pancreas in both type 1 and type 2 diabetics.4 As reported by the BBC:5

“In the experiments, mice were put on a modified form of the “fasting-mimicking diet.” It is like the human form of the diet when people spend five days on a low-calorie, low-protein, low-carbohydrate but high unsaturated-fat diet … with around 800 to 1,100 calories a day.

Then they have 25 days eating what they want — so overall it mimics periods of feast and famine. [A]nimal experiments showed the diet regenerated a special type of cell in the pancreas called a beta cell. These are the cells that detect sugar in the blood and release the hormone insulin if it gets too high.

Dr. Valter Longo, from the University of Southern California, said: ‘Our conclusion is that by pushing the mice into an extreme state and then bringing them back — by starving them and then feeding them again — the cells in the pancreas are triggered to use some kind of developmental reprogramming that rebuilds the part of the organ that’s no longer functioning.'”

 

Fasting May Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

Another researcher specializing in fasting is diabetes expert Dr. Roy Taylor. In a recent calorie restriction trial, type 2 diabetics ate just 600 calories a day for eight weeks. All were disease-free by the end of their fast. Three months later, after returning to their regular diet, seven of the 11 participants were still disease-free. Taylor’s team is now testing this type of fasting regimen on a much larger group of 300 people with type 2 diabetes. As reported by The Guardian:6

“… Taylor, who leads the group, thinks that fasting is beneficial because it gets rid of dangerous fat in and around your organs, including two that are important in sugar control — the pancreas and the liver … ‘If you have fat around these organs it clogs up the way they work and your body can’t control its blood sugars,’ says Taylor.

After about 12 hours of fasting, he says, the body uses up all the glycogen in the liver, its go-to source of energy, and starts to dip into its fat deposits. ‘The first type of fat to go is that dangerous fat around the organs, freeing them up to do their job properly.’ He stresses that people with diabetes should not fast without consulting their doctor — a combination of insulin drugs and fasting can be lethal.”

 

Intermittent Fasting Promotes Health and Longevity

Longo’s team has also looked at the health effects of a fasting mimicking diet (FMD) in humans. One hundred participants did three cycles of FMD, which involves semi-fasting for five days each month. The FMD diet is low in calories, sugars and protein, but high in healthy unsaturated fats. After three months, the participants had:7

  • Lost an average of 7.5 pounds and had reduced visceral fat and waist circumference
  • Lower levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), a hormone linked to cancer and aging
  • Lower levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), an inflammatory marker
  • Lower blood pressure

Sports medicine doctor and fitness guru Dr. Gabe Mirkin also recently wrote an article in The Epoch Times8 describing different intermittent fasting regimens, and how intermittent fasting has benefited his and his wife’s health. For starters, his wife, Diana, lost 15 pounds in six weeks, and Gabe lost 30 pounds over the course of a few months.

Historically speaking, net carbohydrate intake (total carbs minus fiber) has always been quite low. Likewise, the diseases we now know are associated with insulin resistance — which is primarily caused by excess consumption of refined carbs — have been quite rare.

Switching from a high-carb diet to one high in healthy fat with moderate protein and low in net carbs helps rebalance your body’s chemistry. A natural side effect of this is weight loss, and improved weight management, once you’re at an ideal weight. One explanation for this is that you don’t actually get fat from eating too much and exercising too little. Nor do you get fat from eating healthy fat. Obesity is typically the result of a high-carb diet, which over time leads to an inability to burn fat for fuel.

Fructose Is a Major Culprit in Obesity and Ill Health

Diets high in refined fructose are particularly troublesome, as fructose activates the enzyme fructokinase, which in turn activates another enzyme that causes cells to accumulate fat. When this enzyme is blocked, fat cannot be stored in the cell. In essence, fructose is the dietary ingredient that causes cells to accumulate fat. Dietary carbohydrates, especially fructose, are also the primary source of a substance called glycerol-3-phosphate, which causes fat to become fixed in fat tissue.

At the same time, high carb intake raises your insulin levels, which also prevents fat from being released. Furthermore, no amount of exercise can compensate for this. This is why it can seem nearly impossible to lose weight when you’re eating a lot of refined carbs and foods containing high fructose corn syrup, and why cutting carbs is so critical when you’re trying to lose weight.

Keep in mind that when we’re talking about harmful excess carbs (aka excess net carbs), we’re only referring to grains and sugars, not vegetable carbs. Vegetables contain valuable fiber, and when you cut grain/sugar carbs you actually need to radically increase the amount of vegetables you eat.

You also need to dramatically increase healthful fats such as avocados, coconut oil, egg yolks, raw grass fed organic butter, olives, and nuts like macadamias and pecans that are both low in protein and carbs and high in healthy fat.

The Importance of Fiber Carbs

Fiber from vegetables are important for several reasons, including building a healthier gut microbiome, stabilizing your blood sugar and improving fat burning.9 Fiber is in fact a carbohydrate, but unlike sugars and starches you don’t digest it. However, your gut bacteria do, and benefit from it. This is one of the reasons why vegetables, which are low in net carbs, will typically not take you out of ketosis, and you can eat as many veggies as you want.

Fiber can be broadly divided into soluble and insoluble types, and ideally you want to get plenty of both. Soluble fiber helps your body extract and absorb more nutrients from the foods you eat, subdues blood sugar and insulin spikes after eating and keeps you feeling full longer. Insoluble fiber curbs ghrelin, the hunger hormone, thereby preventing hunger pangs from setting in and lowering the risk of overeating. It also boosts your body’s fat burning ability by nourishing gut bacteria involved in metabolism.

A third category of fiber, which includes both soluble and insoluble fiber, is prebiotic fiber and digestive-resistant starches. These provide nourishment for beneficial gut bacteria that ferment the fiber, breaking it down into short-chain fatty acids that have potent anti-inflammatory properties and help maintain the structural integrity of the lining in your gut. Raw garlic, leeks, Jerusalem artichoke, green bananas and unripe papaya or mango are good sources.

How to Implement a Ketogenic Diet

To implement a ketogenic diet (a diet high in healthy fats, adequate in protein and low in net carbs), the first step is to eliminate packaged, processed foods. The emphasis is on real whole foods, plenty of healthy fats and as few net carbs (total carbs minus fiber) as possible. This typically involves dramatically reducing or temporarily eliminating all grains and any food high in sugar, particularly fructose, but also galactose (found in milk) and other sugars — both added and naturally-occurring.

As a general rule, you’ll want to reduce your net carbs to 20 to 50 grams a day or less, and restrict protein to 1 gram per kilogram of lean body mass. To make sure you’re actually meeting your nutritional requirements and maintaining the ideal nutrient ratios, a nutrient tracker can be an invaluable tool.

I believe www.cronometer.com/mercola is the most accurate and best nutrient tracker available. Like my nutrition plan, this nutrient tracker is completely free. It’s set up for nutritional ketosis, so based on the base parameters you enter, such as height, weight, body fat percentage and waist circumference, it will automatically calculate the ideal ratios of net carbs, protein and healthy fats (including your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio) to put you into nutritional ketosis.

This is what will allow your body to start burning fat as its primary fuel rather than sugar, which in turn will help optimize your mitochondrial function and overall health and fitness. Another key to success on a high-fat, low-carb diet is to eat high-quality healthy fats, not the fats most commonly found in the American diet (the processed fats and vegetable oils used in processed foods and fried restaurant meals). Examples of high-quality healthy fats include:

Olives and olive oil (make sure it’s third party certified, as 80 percent of olive oils are adulterated with vegetable oils.

Also avoid cooking with olive oil. Use it cold)

Coconuts and coconut oil (excellent for cooking as it can withstand higher temperatures without oxidizing) Animal-based omega-3 fat from fatty fish low in mercury like wild caught Alaskan salmon, sardines, anchovies and/or krill oil
Butter made from raw grass fed organic milk Raw nuts, such as macadamia and pecans Seeds like black sesame, cumin, pumpkin and hemp seeds
Avocados Grass fed meats MCT oil
Ghee (clarified butter); lard and tallow (excellent for cooking) Raw cacao butter Organic, pastured egg yolks

To Learn More, Join Me at My Upcoming Live Lecture

There are many professionals or others who would like to dive deep into the details, and if you fall into that category, I want to offer you some opportunities to learn more. On June 14 and 15, 2017, I will be in Colorado Springs for the SopMed’s third medical ozone and ultraviolet light therapy training. The 14th I will be giving a three-hour course that goes into many of the details that are not discussed in my new book “Fat for Fuel,” either because I learned of them later or there was not room to fit them in the book.

I am also speaking in Florida in November. If you are a physician and are interested in learning about how you can use the ketogenic diet and other therapies for cancer, heart disease, Lyme and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, please be sure and come to our ACIM conference in Orlando, Florida, on November 2 through 4 at the wonderful Florida Conference and Hotel Center.

If you are a patient, there will be a separate and less expensive track on the same date and location. However, you will need to come back to this page in a few days as the registration page for the event is still not up.

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How Monsanto Buys Science and Promotes Cancer

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By Dr. Mercola

Monsanto has managed to saturate the global environment with toxic chemicals and genetically modified seed. Glyphosate is the major component in its flagship product, Roundup, used both in residential gardens and on farms.

The chemical is so pervasive that tests by the Organic Consumers Association found 93 percent of Americans have glyphosate in their urine.1 By comparison, no glyphosate was detected in tap water, which means the chemical is being ingested through food products. It is in fact, the most heavily used weed killer in history.

While much media attention has been levied at glyphosate for the association with cancer, in lower doses the chemical is also a strong endocrine disrupter.2 The health costs associated with exposure to hormone disrupters in Europe are estimated to be over $188 billion annually.3

Corporate spokespeople continue to say glyphosate is safe for use around humans, but recent revelations are beginning to completely unravel the well-orchestrated platform Monsanto is using to deceive the public.4

Monsanto has a long history with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies that has assured its rise to a powerful industrial position.

Now, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is the first U.S. agency to declare that Roundup, and specifically the major active ingredient glyphosate, is in fact a probable human carcinogen.

California Takes a Stand Against Roundup

In 1986, voters in California approved an initiative to address growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. Proposition 65 requires publication of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects. This list must be updated once a year and has grown to 800 chemical names since 1987.5

Businesses are also required to notify citizens of chemicals that may be in the products they purchase.

Following classification of glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), in May 2015,6 the OEHHA added the chemical to the state Proposition 65 list.

The decision was finalized in early 2017, making California the first state to take this step to protect their citizens. According to Nathan Donley, senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity:7

“When it comes to Roundup, California has become a national leader in flagging the very real danger posed by this vastly over-used pesticide. The state based its decision on the findings of the world’s most reliable, transparent and science-based assessment of glyphosate.

It’s become painfully clear that we can no longer ignore the risk that this pesticide poses to people and wildlife.”

Following a report earlier this month demonstrating the EPA failed to follow its own guidelines when it found glyphosate was not likely to be carcinogenic,8 Monsanto filed an appeal to stay the effective date of the Proposition 65 decision.9

Inclusion on the list does not prevent sale of these chemicals in California, but rather requires the manufacturer to post a “clear and reasonable warning” that the chemical is known to cause cancer, which Monsanto asserts will damage its reputation and violate its First Amendment rights.10

Unfortunately, the situation between the EPA and Monsanto marks a dangerous circumstance where taxpayer money has been used to shield companies from liability, obstruct consumers’ ability to prove damages, and continue to pollute the environment and your health with toxic chemicals.

Europe’s Pesticide Regulations Triggered Backlash From Monsanto

In 2009, Europe introduced legislation to regulate pesticides that threatened the sales of products containing glyphosate.11

The new law uses a hazard-based approach that bans the use of chemicals if they have the potential to cause cancer or birth defects, instead of a risk-based approach where the chemical demonstrates risk to humans under specific dose scenarios.

This new regulation also mandates studies from peer-reviewed scientific literature be included in the approval application.

This created a problem for Monsanto, as industry studies concluded the chemical was safe, but independent studies came to a different conclusion, demonstrating harmful DNA damage in commercial applications.12

In response to new regulations in Europe and the change in IARC classification of glyphosate, Monsanto sponsored scientific reviews in peer-reviewed journals that concluded commercial formulations of glyphosate were not harmful.

The authors were members of the Glyphosate Expert Panel convened by commercial consultancy and commissioned by Monsanto. These scientific papers purposefully manipulated data and included irrelevant data that confused the picture.13

Twelve of the 16 members of the panel served as consultants or were employed by Monsanto. Others had different conflicts of interest. Only one member of the panel had no conflict of interest. Several other regulatory bodies have found glyphosate to be non-carcinogenic.

However, two assessments were founded on fundamental scientific weaknesses and the third had a severe lack of transparency and clarity.

One of the studies interchanged the concept of hazard and risk, apparently to divert attention from a hazard-based approach in the European law that would require a ban for glyphosate.14 Taken together, the whole of the evidence demonstrates carcinogenicity.

A report by Global 2000 Friends of the Earth Austria found attempts by agencies and individuals to defend the chemical against evidence showing it causes cancer and damages DNA are scientifically unsound, and are undermined by a serious conflict of interest from the individuals involved.15

Lawsuits May Expose Monsanto’s Prior Knowledge

This short news video discusses one of the lawsuits being brought against Monsanto by farmers for unlawful death following exposure to glyphosate.

The lawsuits allege farmers are developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from exposure, and, in the case of the McCalls in the video above, their Labrador retriever developed the same cancer at the young age of 6.

To date, there are over 700 individual cases being brought against Monsanto at the state and federal level.

In one of those cases in San Francisco, California, a judge unsealed documents that suggest employees of Monsanto ghost wrote studies attributed to academics — studies that were then used to determine glyphosate does not cause cancer.16

Documents indicate a senior officer at the EPA worked with Monsanto to suppress independent reviews of the ingredients. Insider information was shared with Monsanto to guide the message they published to the public.

The chair of the EPA’s Cancer Assessment Review Committee even promised to obstruct a Department of Health and Human Services review of glyphosate,17 and indeed that safety review never took place. One of the attorneys for the McCall family, environmental activist and author Robert F. Kennedy Jr., commented:18

“Mounting evidence suggests that Monsanto knew about the hazards posed by glyphosate exposure, but failed to disclose this information to the public. Any time a corporation markets a harmful product to consumers as safe for use, it must be held accountable for the damage caused by that product.

Glyphosate is the product of both modern chemistry and a profoundly corrupt corporate culture. It is sad for our country and our people that such a powerful economic leader can only be trusted to put private greed before public health.”

In 1987 11 million pounds of glyphosate were applied in the U.S, compared to the now nearly 300 million pounds applied each year.19The increase follows on the heels of genetically modified seed designed to withstand heavy applications of the weed killer. Michigan State University produced a graphic representation of the seed and chemical companies’ size and company ownership that visually demonstrates the sheer size and reach of Monsanto.

Farmers Fight Monsanto’s Aggressive Tactics

Lawsuits are another effort on the part of Monsanto to minimize the dangers of Roundup. Using tactics that include fear and intimidation, Monsanto has worked hard to ensure every farmer uses its genetically altered seed and large amounts of its weed killer, thereby solidifying the company’s market share.20 In 2003, Monsanto sued Michael White, fourth generation organic farmer in Alabama, essentially electing him their “poster boy” to intimidate farmers.21

White’s case is not unique. Monsanto has sued hundreds of farmers for copyright infringement after genetically engineered (GE) seeds inadvertently cross contaminated adjacent non-GE fields. Even though most farmers do not want the cross contamination, nor are complicit in the contamination, Monsanto continues to bring lawsuits and has the means to win the majority of the cases.

White is one of the few farmers free to talk about his court case, as he settled with Monsanto after his case was cleared to go before a jury. White says that the court case destroyed his father’s life and he went to his grave in fear of the agrichemical company.22

Missouri farmers have now filed a large class action suit against Monsanto over illegal herbicide use that has caused phenomenal crop damage. The suit alleges the farmers who planted Monsanto GE seeds didn’t have access to appropriate weed killer for two growing seasons and thus resorted to using illegal chemicals that contaminated and destroyed their fields, and that of neighbors.23 Attorney Bev Randles, representing Bader Farms against Monsanto, said in a statement:24

“Monsanto chose to sell these seeds before they could be safely cultivated. Monsanto’s own advertising repeatedly describes its Xtend seeds and its accompanying herbicide as a ‘system’ intended to be used together. But when Monsanto failed to get approval to sell the herbicide, it recklessly chose to go ahead and sell the seeds regardless.”

 

Glyphosate Associated With More Than Cancer

Glyphosate also causes significant soil damage by decimating microorganisms responsible for biodiversity and biomass of soil. It’s also toxic to soil fungi.25 Repeated, and sometimes even a single use of the chemical, has led to an increase in the severity or re-emergence of crop disease, as the chemical leads to the development of pathogenic levels of microbes that affect crop health.

Studies have also demonstrated a negative effect on populations of earthworms in the soil, necessary for the development of organic material essential to plant health. Each of these factors reduce the health of crop root systems and yield.

Chronic exposure over just two years to Roundup in rat populations led to liver and kidney damage at doses far below what are recommended for use around humans.26 In an effort to slow the rising number of patients diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in his country, one of the first acts of Sri Lanka’s newly elected president was to ban the importation and sale of glyphosate.27

A case study has also associated levels of glyphosate in children with symptom severity in autism and seizure disorder.28,29 Even at low doses, glyphosate has estrogenic effects30 and may disrupt the balance in your gut microbiome.31

Bayer Company Romancing Monsanto

American-based Monsanto is being courted by German company Bayer, with intentions for a merger. Fifty years ago these two companies were forced to separate to avoid violating antitrust laws in the U.S.32 In a much different political climate, this intended merger appears to have the approval of the new Trump administration.

In mid-January, before taking office, Trump met with the CEOs of both Monsanto and Bayer, who announced in a joint statement they had a “very productive meeting”33 with the incoming U.S. President about the potential $66 billion merger. The deal will likely be financially profitable for both companies at the expense of farmers and consumers.

As both corn and soybean commodity prices are at some of the lowest levels since 2012, rising seed and chemical prices could place many family farms in a precarious financial position. Clay Govier, a fifth-generation farmer in central Nebraska, has used Monsanto products for the past 12 years and expects both seed and chemical prices to increase if the merger is successful.34

The number of American farmers are also at the lowest levels, numbering less than 2 million — the lowest number since the 1800s. Billion-dollar mergers between farming suppliers and buyers are not only affecting the health of the environment and consumer, but also plunging the farmer deep into debt. The Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently made dire predictions.

According to the USDA, income from farming in the U.S. for 2017 is projected to be negative $1,400, but Wall Street believes that number is closer to negative $6,000. In the face of rising costs and debt-burdened farmers, Monsanto shareholders are suing, claiming the CEO will benefit from the merger with Bayer to the tune of $18 million in cash and benefits despite a conflict of interest and withheld information from investors.35

How You Can Reduce Your Exposure to Toxic Pesticides and Herbicides

As it is impossible to rely on governmental agencies and regulatory commissions to protect your health and wellness, it is important to practice preventive strategies to reduce the toxic chemical pollution that assaults your body. The following suggestions will set you off on the right path.

Purchase organic produce and grass fed meat

Animal products like meat, butter, milk and eggs are the most important to buy organic and grass fed, since animal products tend to bio-accumulate toxins from their pesticide-laced feed, concentrating them to far higher concentrations than are typically present in vegetables.

Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of environmental chemicals, including pesticides, so try to buy organic for produce that may have an elevated pesticide load, such as strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples and peaches.36 If you eat the skin of the produce it’s best to try to buy organic.

Wash all produce before eating

Washing all produce before eating helps to reduce your exposure to bacteria and pesticides. Both may also be transferred to melons, oranges and other fruits you peel if the rind is not first washed.

While there are commercial preparations, the safest products are white vinegar37 with a splash of lemon.38 The acidity helps to kill the bacteria, and friction from a vegetable brush helps to reduce the number of chemicals clinging to the produce.

Dry your produce with a paper towel as an extra measure of removing pesticides so they don’t dry to the produce. Remove the exterior leaves of leafy vegetables.

Eat whole foods

Remember that processed foods are in fact processed with a variety of chemicals, and should therefore be avoided as much as possible. Children already diagnosed with ADHD, autism or seizure disorders in most cases have reduced symptoms when processed foods are completely eliminated.

Use natural cleaning products

I recommend you use only natural cleaning products in your home, especially if you have young children or are pregnant. Most health food stores and some grocery stores now carry natural products to clean your home. Most everything in your home can also be cleaned using white vinegar and baking soda.

Switching to natural brands of toiletries is also a good idea. You’d be surprised to find just how many well-known brands of baby products are loaded with harmful chemicals, including fragrances. The Skin Deep Cosmetics Database39 is an excellent source to determine which brands are the safest for your baby.

Use natural outdoor protection

Also avoid using insect repellants that contain DEET. It can be tempting to douse your child or yourself in order to avoid getting bitten, but please be mindful of what you’re putting on your skin. There are safe, effective and natural insect repellant alternatives.40 Use natural methods of controlling insects in your home and garden as well.

Leave your shoes at the door

Walking across lawns and treated gardens deposits pesticides and other toxic chemicals in your carpet and on your flooring. Pets and small children crawling across the floor have the greatest potential for absorbing these chemicals. However, when you eventually take your shoes off at the end of the day, you may also absorb chemicals through the bottoms of your bare feet.

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SICKO: California State Sen. Richard Pan caught on video LYING about aborted human fetal cell tissue used in vaccines

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by: Mike Adams

Image: SICKO: California State Sen. Richard Pan caught on video LYING about aborted human fetal cell tissue used in vaccines

Natural News) California state senator Richard Pan just can’t stop lying about vaccines. Two years ago, he was caught blatantly lying about mercury in vaccines, attempting to push the blatantly false, anti-science fiction that mercury is somehow safe to inject into children. Now, he’s been caught on video, falsely claiming that aborted human fetal tissue cell lines are not used in vaccines when even the CDC list them prominently in the excipients (ingredients) lists for multiple vaccines (see list below).

Both WI-38 and MRC-5 cell lines are derived from aborted human fetal tissue. The WI-38 cell line is widely known to be “derived from lung tissue of an aborted white (caucasian) female fetus,” as even the pro-vaccine Wikipedia website admits. As the Coriell Institute for Medical Research explains about the MRC-5 cell line / WI-38:

The MRC-5 cell line was developed in September 1966 from lung tissue taken from a 14 week fetus aborted for psychiatric reason from a 27 year old physically healthy woman. The cell morphology is fibroblast-like. The karyotype is 46,XY; normal diploid male. Cumulative population doublings to senescence is 42-48. G6PD isoenzyme is type B.

The WI-38 / MRC-5 cell lines are used in all the following vaccines, according to the CDC: (see the CDC.gov document at this link to prove it to yourself)

Adenovirus
DTaP/IPV/Hib
Hep A
Hep A / Hep B
MMR (MMR-II)
MMRV
Rabies
Varicella (chicken pox)
Zoster

Chicken pox vaccine ingredients include “human embryonic lung cell cultures” and “human diploid cell cultures”

The chicken pox (Varicella) vaccine, by the way, is listed by the CDC as having the following excipient ingredients which obviously include fetal tissue cell lines:

human embryonic lung cell cultures, guinea pig cell cultures, human diploid cell cultures (WI-38), human diploid cell cultures (MRC-5), sucrose, hydrolyzed gelatin, sodium chloride, monosodium L-glutamate, sodium phosphate dibasic, potassium phosphate monobasic, potassium chloride, EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid), neomycin, fetal bovine serum

From the CDC document linked above, here’s the relevant section:

Again, see this list for yourself at this CDC.gov link. If the CDC removes it, we’ve saved a copy at this Natural News link.

This means that every parent giving their child a chicken pox vaccine is injecting their child with cell lines originally harvested from aborted human fetuses.

This is not a debate. This is not a conspiracy theory. This is established, admitted FACT that’s DENIED by vaccine pushers.

Isn’t it fascinating how anyone who cites a CDC document and points out that vaccines contain African Green Monkey kidney cells or aborted human fetal tissue cell lines is immediately branded a “conspiracy theorist” even when they are irrefutably, factually correct?

That’s the tactic of the lying, dishonest vaccine industry: Fill vaccines with the most grotesque, unclean and disease infested ingredients imaginable, then count on the fact that nobody will believe it when these facts are pointed out.

To this day, Richard Pan continues to insist that vaccines contain no harmful mercury and no human fetal tissue cell lines even when the CDC openly admits vaccines are deliberately made with mercury and human fetal tissue cell lines. (See Sen. Richard Pan lying in the video below.)

Thus is not a conspiracy theory. It’s a confirmed fact. But it’s a fact that Richard Pan and other medical child molesters refuse to publicly admit to because they know if the truth came out, parents would go berserk over the fact that their children have been injected with abortion harvested human fetal tissue cell lines (and other bizarre ingredients) year after year, all while the vaccine industry has absolute legal immunity from all the damage caused by their defective products.

Richard Pan, you are a liar, a medical child abuser and a science denialist

As you’ll see in the video below, Richard Pan, whom I’ve dubbed the “mercury joker” villain, blatantly lies about all this, claiming vaccines contain no human fetal tissue cell lines. (He also blatantly lies about mercury in vaccines, but that’s not surprising, given that he’s such a dishonest, despicable human being who seems to take great pleasure in the mass maiming of little children…)

H/t to Experimental Vaccines for this video, where Richard Pan is caught blatantly lying by saying:

First of all, vaccines are not made from aborted fetal cells. That, unfortunately, is a myth… A couple of the vaccines, Rubella vaccine, there was use of fetal tissue to develop the original Rubella vaccination, but the continuing production of those vaccines do not involve aborted fetal cells.

Richard Pan is either medically incompetent or a pathological liar

While Richard Pan says vaccines don’t contain aborted fetal cell lines, the CDC says they do. This means Richard Pan is either medically incompetent or a pathological liar. Either way, he is a clear and present danger to the children of California.

We already know the answer to this one, by the way: Richard Pan is a pathological liar and a medical child abuse promoter. That’s why he also fled VAXXED documentary cameras when they wanted to ask him a simple question about vaccine ingredients:

 

 

Organic vs. Conventional foods

by Robyn Openshaw

The first list is the 17 foods you should ALWAYS spend the money to buy organic. You’ll get paybacks in better health and lower disease risk.

The first 12 are what’s known as “The Dirty Dozen:” produce items that measure the highest in pesticide contamination, according to the Environmental Working Group:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Apples
  3. Nectarines
  4. Peaches
  5. Celery
  6. Grapes
  7. Cherries
  8. Spinach
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Bell Peppers
  11. Cherry Tomatoes
  12. Cucumbers

The next 6 on the list are food categories you should also purchase organically:

  1. Leafy greens: lettuce, kale, chard, etc. These foods should make up a large portion of your whole-foods diet, so it’s important to get quality, clean greens for your smoothies and salads. Due to increasing demand, you can find washed leafy greens nearly as cheap organic as conventional.
  2. Coffee: Coffee is one of the most-sprayed crops globally. It’s better for your health and the environment to choose organic joe.
  3. Eggs: The natural omega fatty acid balance is so disrupted in conventional eggs that it’s the reverse of what is healthy. It should be 6:1 Omega 3’s to Omega 6’s. But it’s the opposite in conventional eggs, and folks eating the SAD are already far out of balance. Choose organic eggs for a more natural ratio.

16. Meat: If you’re going to eat meat, always choose clean, organic sources. Organic livestock is raised without antibiotics and steroids, and have access to the outdoors. Their feed cannot contain animal by-products or GMO grains, or be grown using non-organic fertilizers. Look for free-range poultry, and grass-fed beef. Butcherbox offers clean and organic options, and if you order here, they’ll give you $10 off and free bacon with your order.

 

17. Dairy: If you can’t do without dairy products, make sure they’re organic, for the same reasons you want clean meats. The best organic dairy comes from grass-fed animals.

The second list is the 18 foods that are LEAST important to purchase organically. Here is where you can save on your food budget while still making healthy choices:

The first 15 items are what EWG calls “The Clean 15”–these produce items are least likely to be contaminated with pesticide:

  1. Avocados
  2. Pineapples
  3. Cabbage
  4. Sweet Peas
  5. Onions
  6. Asparagus
  7. Mangoes
  8. Papaya
  9. Kiwi
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew Melon
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Mushrooms

Other foods that are fine to purchase conventionally:

16. Produce with thick skins or rinds, which can be removed: Melons, citrus fruits, bananas, squashes.

17. Quinoa: The tough outer coating is nearly impermeable to pests, so growers don’t spray it.

18. Maple Syrup: Real maple syrup is forest-harvested from untreated trees.

What about foods not on either list? Read labels, and use good judgment. When in doubt, go organic when your budget allows (and maybe even grow some of your own veggies!).

If you’re worried about remembering all these items the next time you hit the grocery store, click here to download a printable wallet card. On one side is the Dirty Dozen and other foods to always purchase organically, and on the other side is the Clean 15 and the other foods you can get away with purchasing conventionally.

(Don’t want to print? Let me do it for you! This wallet card is now included in my Genius Guides, half off while supplies last–just $9.95!)

To Your Health!

Even Harvard Urges Eating Organic

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By Dr. Mercola

Besides air, water and shelter, the fourth basic human essential is food. For centuries, the biggest challenges were getting enough of it and obtaining the nutrients necessary from it to maintain health.

Today, the world is faced with a food conundrum that may have been unforeseen a century ago. It stems from the fact that crops for human consumption aren’t grown for optimal health as much as they are to be more easily produced. The termpesticide”encompasses insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and rodenticides.

Recently, experts from several countries were asked to review the possible health advantages of organic food and farming practices when the European Parliament commissioned Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to prepare a report outlining possible benefits.

Researchers used in vitro and animal studies, epidemiological studies and food crop analyses to determine that the most pressing concern regarding conventionally grown food is the use of pesticides, which are still detectable even after being washed. In comparison, organic foods are generally pesticide-free.

Are Pesticide Residues on Produce Safe?

While authorities in both the European Union (EU) and the U.S. are adamant that the pesticides on produce, as well as the amounts used, are perfectly safe, the limits were based on animal studies, and scrutinized one pesticide at a time rather than cumulative amounts of several types. One reason that’s a problem, the report asserted, is because:

“The human brain is so much more complex than the rat brain, and our brain development is much more vulnerable because there are so many processes that have to happen at the right time and in the right sequence — you can’t go back and do them over.”1

The subsequent report also highlighted the dangers of antibiotics usage in farm animals, concluding:

“The prevalent use of antibiotics in conventional animal production is a key driver of antibiotic resistance. The prevention of animal disease and more restrictive use of antibiotics, as practiced in organic production, could minimize this risk, with potentially considerable benefits for public health.”2

 

Three Studies Confirm: ‘Pesticides Are Harming Children’s Brains’

The upshot of three long-term U.S.-based birth cohort studies was that pesticides are wreaking irreversible havoc on children’s brains.

Urine samples revealed that women’s exposure to pesticides during pregnancy can be linked to lower IQ, neurobehavioral development problems and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in their children.3

Magnetic resonance imaging also showed altered brain structure. In fact, the higher their mothers’ exposure to organophosphates, a common pesticide first developed as nerve gas during World War II, the thinner their children’s grey matter.

While some scientists say evidence on the negative impacts of pesticides on the developing brain is incomplete, the report made one thing clear: Pregnant or breastfeeding women or those planning to become pregnant, “may wish to eat organic foods as a precautionary measure because of the significant and possibly irreversible consequences for children’s health.”4

Conventional Farming May Promote Antibiotic Resistance and Harm Farmworkers

That’s not all the report revealed. There’s the “overly prevalent” use of antibiotics in farm animals to consider, as this practice contributes to the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

One reason this is such a threat to public health is because this resistance can spread from animals to humans. On organic farms, antibiotic use is restricted.

Animals are given more space to roam in natural conditions, hence the emphasis on “pasturing” animals to lower infection risks, prevent disease and minimize antibiotic resistance.

Something many people don’t consider is that farmworkers who apply the farm chemicals, as well as those who harvest the crops, are at high risk for pesticide exposure. It seeps into their clothing, and they carry it home to their families.

Populations living in areas where pesticides are frequently used for agriculture are also at risk.

Pregnant farm workers unknowingly expose their unborn babies, and in one study, male pesticide applicators in close proximity to a pesticide spill or related accident are more likely to undergo altered DNA associated with a higher prostate cancer risk.5

Beyond Pesticides6 contends that because organic farming methods don’t rely on toxic pesticides, the incalculable hazard to the health of these workers, their families and communities is eliminated.

What Constitutes ‘Organic?’

According to Organic.org:

“‘Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.”7

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) states that organic farming emphasizes the use of renewable resources and conserving soil and water in food production. Produce can’t be labeled “organic” until a government-approved certifier ensures farmers are following USDA organic standards.

Companies handling or processing organic food must also be certified before they’re shipped to supermarkets or restaurants.8 As a caveat, it’s important to know that some organic farms sometimes do use natural pesticides to get rid of or at least limit weeds or bugs, but it’s the origin of the product that makes the difference.

Using caution with any material on crops is advisable, because even pesticides given the organic label may be harmful to humans and the environment.

The ‘Dirty Dozen’ and ‘Clean 15’ List of Best and Worst Produce

If you want to know which conventionally grown fruits and vegetables carry the greatest toxic load in terms of pesticides, the Environmental Working Group (EWG)9 provides a list of the worst offenders, called the “Dirty Dozen.” These are among the most important foods to buy organic. Here’s the latest:

Peaches Apples Sweet Bell Peppers Celery
Nectarines Strawberries Cherries Tomatoes
Grapes Spinach Cherry Tomatoes Cucumbers

Additionally, EWG notes:

“A small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from GE [genetically engineered] seedstock. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid GE produce.”10

Fortunately, EWG also lists plant-based foods considered to be the safest bets to purchase conventionally grown, as they generally have the lowest amount of pesticide spray residue. These are known as the “Clean 15”:

Onions Avocado Sweet Corn Pineapple Mango
Sweet Peas (frozen) Eggplant Cauliflower Asparagus Kiwi
Honeydew Melon Grapefruit Cabbage Papaya Sweet corn

If organic food where you live is simply unattainable, one way to minimize potential ill effects from eating heavily sprayed produce is to peel fruits and vegetables, such as sweet potatoes and pineapple, whenever possible.

Unfortunately, this may mean sacrificing some nutrition, since oftentimes the peel contains the most valuable nutrients.

Organic Food and Farming Gaining Appreciation Around the World

Since the early 1990s, people in the U.S. and other parts of the world have begun appreciating the concept of organic farming. In fact, most people are aware on some level that eating conventionally grown food may expose them to a number of harmful synthetic chemicals, antibiotics and hormones.

However, there’s not a lot of data on the true impact a lot of these chemicals, by themselves or in combination, have on human health, especially low exposures over long periods of time. Scientists agree more testing is in order, but toxin detection from mere handling has given organic food production methods more credence.

While most agricultural experts have approached the idea of organic farming with skepticism because they believe conventional methods produce greater yields, research has shown that production from organic farming methods may be comparable when it comes to bottom line yield and profit. Harvard Chan School of Public Health, Center for Health and the Global Environment asserts:

“As more and more studies are demonstrating, organic, and various integrated and mixed farming systems, are capable of producing yields that approach, or even exceed, those of conventionally-managed systems, particularly during times of drought. And they can do so over large scales and with greater energy efficiency.”11

In fact, organic farming is increasing rapidly in many industrialized countries because consumers are becoming more aware of potential dangers associated with conventional methods and realizing there are options; there are foods available that aren’t loaded with poison pesticides.

Some people feel that eating organic is too expensive, but when you look at the long-term cost of choosing foods with residues of potentially harmful pesticides to eat and feed to your family, the sometimes higher price tag is worth it. However, the marketplace is changing, and more stores and restaurants are realizing that consumers are informed and choosing quality over quantity.

Nutritional Aspects of Eating Organic Foods Versus Conventional

A British study12 found that organically grown foods contain “significantly” higher antioxidants than the conventionally grown variety. Jessica Shade, Ph.D., director of science programs for The Organic Center,13 a non-profit research and education organization, reported in Whole Foods Market’s blog, Whole Story,14 that, compared to conventional, organic foods have:

19 percent more phenolic acids 69 percent more flavanones 28 percent higher levels of stilbenes
26 percent higher levels of flavones 50 percent higher levels of flavonols 51 percent higher levels of anthocyanins

Additionally, organic fruit and vegetable consumption may up your antioxidant intake by 20 percent to 40 percent. Organic strawberries, for instance, have more nutrients and antioxidants than conventionally grown,15 and organic tomatoes contain 50 percent more vitamin C and had a 139 percent higher total phenolic content in comparison.16

Far from being bland, unappealing or otherwise peculiar, organic produce imparts a number of benefits you may never have thought of, according to the Huffington Post:17

  • Organic food is fresher, more filling and free of additives that could keep nutrients from being absorbed by your body.
  • Organic food tastes better because it’s real. Conventional growing methods often produce tough, mealy and/or tasteless fruits and vegetables, compared to organic.
  • Processed or “treated” foods, from apples to chicken to bread, can be cross-bred within an inch of their life, injected with hormones and preservatives, genetically engineered or subject to other processes and ingredients that are harmful to consumers.
  • Fast food restaurants are all about “hot and fast,” but the additives most contain can make you feel bloated and give you gas, heartburn or acid reflux, all while leaving you hungrier than before.
  • Having undergone no harmful treatments or additives, organic foods are naturally resistant to bacteria and decay.

Hope and Change: How European Support for Organics Could Influence the US

One might hope that the European Parliament’s support for organic foods and farming techniques might inspire the U.S. to make policy changes. A joint effort in organic farming in both Europe and the U.S. may even lead to more sustainability, both economically and environmentally. According to Harvard Chan School’s Philippe Grandjean, adjunct professor of environmental health, who co-authored the European Parliament report:

“There is a lot of exchange of foods between the European Union and the U.S. Clearly, if the EU is going to favor organic products more in the future, that will open up an opportunity for U.S. producers of organic foods. And vice versa: If more products become available from EU farmers that are organic, that could be attractive to U.S. consumers.”18

One way to begin the process might be for lawmakers to support additional research and learn for themselves how organic foods would benefit the U.S. as a whole.

Sources and References

 

Gut-Healing Coconut and Ginger Kefir

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Recipe From Pete Evan

Coconut Ginger Kefir

Kefir is a fermented milk beverage with origins that trace back to the Caucasus Mountains in Russia. It is traditionally made by mixing kefir grains and cow’s milk, but goat and sheep’s milk can be used as well.1

Kefir is a rich source of vitamins, minerals and probiotics, all of which provide multiple health benefits that contribute to your overall well-being.2

The key to making kefir is the kefir grains, a live culture composed of beneficial bacteria and yeasts that ferment the milk. What’s interesting about them is that they never stop growing and can be reused for an indefinite period of time.3

However, this recipe by renowned chef Pete Evans doesn’t use kefir grains at all. Instead, it uses probiotic capsules. This not only allows you to choose your preferred probiotic strains, but it can also be a good alternative for those who are having trouble acquiring kefir grains.

Before you start making your own coconut and ginger kefir, there are a few things that need to be checked off. You will need a glass jar that can hold 3¼ cups of liquid. It will need to be washed well in hot soapy water, then run through the dishwasher on a hot rinse cycle to sterilize. 

It is imperative that all materials that come into contact with the ingredients have been sterilized. You don’t want to cultivate bad bacteria, but enable only good bacteria to flourish, so you must sterilize, including your hands, in very hot water. 

Ingredients
Prep time: 10 minutes (plus 24 to 30 hours fermenting time) | Total time: 24 to 30 hours fermenting time | Number of Serving: 3 Cups

  • 3 young coconuts
  • 1 to 2 probiotic capsules
  • 1 Tbsp. of finely grated fresh ginger

Procedure:

  1. Open the coconuts by cutting the top of the shells on each side. Strain the coconut water into a sterilized jar and set aside. 
  2. Open the probiotic capsules and add their contents to the coconut water, then add the ginger. Using a non-metal spoon, stir the mixture.
  3. Cover the jar with a piece of muslin and tighten the cloth with a rubber band. Place the jar inside your pantry, or on top of the kitchen counter in a dark area for 24 to 48 hours to allow the mixture to ferment. The kefir will be ready when the water turns from a relatively clear to a cloudy white appearance. 
  4. You can taste test the kefir after 24 to 30 hours of fermenting. Pour some into a glass — do not taste directly from the bottle. The kefir should taste sour, with no sweetness left, like coconut beer.

    Some batches are fizzier than others, but all are beneficial. If it still tastes a little sweet, place it back in the pantry for the remaining recommended fermentation time.

    Tip: It’s very important to use fresh coconut water from young coconuts. Store-bought coconut water will not work as the product is pasteurized.

 

What to Look for in Probiotic Capsules

I am a firm believer that probiotics play an essential role in keeping your entire body healthy. Many inflammatory diseases such as asthma, eczema and multiple sclerosis stem from having gut problems. These problems cause an adverse autoimmune reaction, which then leads to systemic inflammation that will follow you for years to come.

To optimize your gut microbiome properly, your recipe will need to use a high-quality probiotic supplement that has the following qualities:

Purchased from a respectable brand. The potency count (colony forming units of CFUs) should be at least 50 billion or higher. This is the number of bacteria being delivered per dose.
Avoid capsules that only declare the CFUs at the time of manufacture. Instead, review their shelf life. The supplement must contain various strains of probiotics, as a high diversity usually leads to better health. At the very least, Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria strains should be present in the product.
The supplement comes from a non-GMO brand. The product is manufactured according to Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP).4

What to Look for in Probiotic Capsules

Coconut is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. It contains a healthy dose of beneficial fat, vitamins and minerals that may help:

  • Prevent overeating: Coconut contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) that when digested, helps you feel full longer. In one study, men who ate MCTs at breakfast consumed fewer calories at lunchtime.5
  • Maintain a healthy cholesterol level: Coconut contains healthy fats that can help raise your HDL (good) cholesterol and reduce your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. In a study published in Lipids, this benefit was observed in participants who consumed coconut oil on a regular basis. It even gave them an additional benefit, which is reduced weight.6
  • Kill bacteria: Half of the healthy fatty acids found in coconut is composed of lauric acid. When digested, this acid transforms into a monoglyceride called monolaurin, which has been known to help fight harmful microbes such as Staphylococcus aureus7 (staph infections) and Candida albicans (yeast infections).8

Ginger Adds Flavor to the Kefir While Providing Its Own Health Benefits

Ginger is one of the most popular cooking ingredients around the world, and has been used in various cultures for over 2,000 years. It is loaded with various antioxidants that are known for their antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.

In one study, participants with moderate-to-severe knee pain who were given ginger extract noted a reduction in their symptoms, which resulted in improved mobility.9 In another study, female athletes who took ginger powder daily for six weeks reported reduced muscle soreness after physical activity.10

For this recipe, it’s important that you use fresh ginger so that all its beneficial compounds are as close to their natural state as possible.

About the Author

Pete Evans is an internationally renowned chef who has not only cooked for the general public, but also cooked a royal banquet for the Prince and Princess of Denmark, a private dinner for Martha Stewart and even represented his hometown at the gala G?Day U.S.A. dinner for 600 in NYC. Pete’s career has moved from the kitchen into the lounge room with many TV appearances, including Lifestyle Channel’s Home show, Postcards from Home, FISH, My Kitchen Rules and Moveable Feast. 

Pete’s latest endeavor, The Paleo Way, is a vibrant health, weight management and fitness program, tailored to a Paleo lifestyle. Its 10-week activation program teaches you the synergy between eating good food, moving your body every day and looking at the positive sides and secrets to a healthier and happier life.

Photobiomodulation: The Role of Light in Preventing and Potentially Halting Alzheimer’s Disease

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By Dr. Mercola

Alzheimer’s disease currently affects an estimated 5.4 million Americans.1 Projections suggest it will affect 1 in 4 Americans in the next 20 years, rivaling the current prevalence of obesity and diabetes and, by 2050, Alzheimer’s diagnoses are projected to triple.2,3

Already, more than half a million Americans die from the disease each year, making it the third leading cause of death in the U.S., right behind heart disease and cancer.4,5Worst of all, there are no effective drug treatments available. So what can you do to avoid becoming another statistic?

In this interview, Dr. Lew Lim shares his expertise in the use of near-infrared therapy to treat Alzheimer’s disease, and how you can use light therapy to radically reduce your risk.

“Let me first say that I speak with some evidence,” Lim says. “We have just been accepted for publishing into a scientific journal. Our recent case series report is a clinical study on a small number of people with Alzheimer’s disease. The findings actually are quite significant.6

[W]e do get questions from skeptics like, ‘How can light actually reach the brain to begin with, and then get a response from the brain?’

What I’d like to do is try and demonstrate that first. Then you can see that this is not all hocus pocus. It’s actually doing something to the brain. Then we’ll talk about the evidence.”

 

How Photobiomodulation Influences Brain Activity

Reza Zomorrodi, Ph.D., one of the top neuro-electrophysiologists in Canada, works with the Center for Addiction and Mental Health at the University of Toronto.

Zomorrodi is also working with Lim on producing cutting edge brain imagery to better understand why some people are responding better and faster to the treatment than others.

Using an electroencephalogram (EEG) and a photostimulation device invented by Lim called Vielight Neuro, which emits near-infrared light (810 nanometers), they’re able to explore the effect of the photostimulation in the brain, and the changes that occur over the light spectrum.

The near-infrared device consists of four modules of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), held together with light metal frames that are placed on top of your head, with the LEDs pointed at specific regions on your scalp.

It also has an intranasal LED that targets the hippocampal area. In alpha mode, these LEDs emit pulsed light at 10 hertz or 10 pulses per second. Ten hertz was the frequency selected based on animal studies showing it helps accelerate neuron recovery in brain injured animals.

The mechanism of the effect created by this photostimulation device appears to be related to the interaction between the light and mitochondria to produce cellular energy, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and other activating factors.

“It boosts the energy of the brain and the brain uses this energy to generate more frequency, more oscillation, and organize or coordinate different networks,”Zomorrodi explains.

Lim recently introduced gamma frequency, which is 40 hertz (40 cycles per second) into the brain. Gamma is present while your brain is consolidating memory, helping it to minimize or prevent overactivity.

Recent animal research has shown the gamma frequency even significantly reduces amyloid plaques (associated with Alzheimer’s) in the brain.7

Lim hopes that by targeting the hippocampus and other targeted areas of the brain with gamma frequency, where memory consolidation takes place, he may be able to achieve better outcomes in people with more advanced Alzheimer’s — people for whom there is currently no hope whatsoever.

Photobiomodulation Literally Increases Brain Power

For a live demonstration of this procedure, known as photobiomodulation, please see the featured video. In summary, the subject is fitted with 19 electrodes that measure the brain activity with EEG brain mapping software.

The baseline frequency for a relaxed, awake subject is alpha. You can also see the actual location of the activity inside the brain of the subject. Green image means the brain activity is in normal range. Red means it’s higher than normal, and blue indicates lower than normal activity.

After recording five to 10 minutes of rest EEG to establish the baseline activity of the brain, the photostimulation, which administers near-infrared light, is turned on. You can then observe the change in brain frequency (activity) on the EEG.

“You can see this green immediately went to the red. It means higher activity and [that] the machine is transferring energy to the brain,” Zomorrodi explains. “The brain has more power, more energy for that specific frequency.”

 

By Modulating Brain Frequencies, You Can Improve Cognition

In other words, what they’re measuring is the frequency of the electrical signals coming from the brain itself, which is a consequence of the light therapy. They’re not measuring the light entering the brain. Now, when you modulate one frequency, you also affect other frequencies, for better or worse, as they’re all interconnected.

“If you are stimulating the brain at the gamma frequency, you might also change the other frequency band, like the theta, alpha or the beta. This changing or modulation could stop or help a cognitive task.

Alpha, it has been shown, is a very important frequency for rest. Also, we find it in some mental health disorders — this alpha frequency usually is very low or very slow. Pushing the alpha up and normalizing the frequency is really helpful for cognitive skills,” Zomorrodi explains.

 

Near-Infrared Is a Source of Fuel for Your Body

Near-infrared light is thought to work by interacting with cytochrome c oxidase (COO) — one of the proteins in the inner mitochondrial membrane and a member of the electron transport chain. COO is a chromophore — a molecule that attracts and feeds on light.

When you eat food, the nutrients nourish your cells and provide fuel for biological functions. But this actually occurs indirectly, and food is not your body’s sole source of fuel. Light is also a source. The macronutrients you get from your food are broken down in your gut. From there, they enter your bloodstream, which allows them to circulate throughout your body, nourishing all of your body’s cells.

A key component that allows this system to work is that essential ingredients like fats and glucose are broken down into pyruvate that feeds your mitochondria, thereby allowing the mitochondria to process electrons to generate the ATP required for all of these biological processes.

As for light as a source of fuel, about 40 percent of the energy in sunlight is near-infrared. Unfortunately, few clinicians have any idea that light is a powerful fuel for your body. In my view, this ignorance is one of the reasons why Alzheimer’s disease is skyrocketing in prevalence, as so many are routinely avoiding sensible sun exposure.

Infrared Light Triggers Cellular Repair

Photobiomodulation also improves oxygenation to your cells. One of the ways it does this is by releasing nitric oxide (NO) back into your body after being exposed to red and near-infrared rays. NO is a vasodilator that helps relax your blood vessels, lower your blood pressure and improve vascular health.

Interestingly, when you deliver red and infrared light to the mitochondria, it not only triggers NO release, it also promotes synthesizing of gene transcription factors that trigger cellular repair — and this is as true in the brain as anywhere else in your body. In fact, along with your heart, your brain is one of the most mitochondrial-dense tissues in your body, and therefore stand to benefit a great deal from infrared exposure.

“[I]f you look at the epidemiology of dementia and Alzheimer’s globally … countries that are in the northern hemisphere appear to have high risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. You look at the top 10 countries, they’re all countries with winter, with shorter hours,” Lim says.

You’re an advocate of being in the sunlight. I think that is really what people ought to do. But in the north, there’s not enough sun, right? In a way, what we’re doing here, directing light into the brain … has a … similar effect as sunlight, but more targeted.

It has specific wavelengths that have an effect on the mitochondria of the neurons. Logically, that will lead to neuronal recovery if the neurons are performing sub-optimally or are damaged. That’s been found in in vitro studies.

Before we did the study on humans, there were already at least three published studies of work done on mice and rabbits. When they directed red and infrared light to the brain, they found that the commonly accepted biomarkers, the amyloid beta plaques, were reduced. The behavior got better … [W]e are the first to complete an albeit small study on humans that has given us a very significant result.

When we did a head-to-head comparison with the drugs (with the information we had from the pivotal trial with Aricept, which is commonly prescribed for Alzheimer’s), the data we got was seven times greater, with no side effect. I think the key is not having a side effect. The safety is pretty much confirmed …

This next trial we’re doing involves 226 people. It’s randomized, double-blind, simple controlled … led by a professor of epidemiology at the University of Toronto. We’ll have collaborators from Harvard and Boston University … In the meantime, we are also doing a small study to get quicker data from about 40 people, which is also rigorously controlled.”

 

Countries With The Highest Rates of Deaths From Dementia

Rank Country Deaths per 100,000 per year Sunlight Availability
1 Finland 54 Short
2 USA 46 Short
3 Canada 36 Short
4 Iceland 34 Short
5 Sweden 32 Short
6 Switzerland 32 Short
7 Norway 30 Short
8 Denmark 30 Short
9 The Netherlands 29 Short
10 Belgium 27 Short

Source: WorldAtlas.com8

Vitamin D and Light Exposure Appears Important for Alzheimer’s Prevention

Research showing that people living in northern latitudes have higher rates of death from dementia and Alzheimer’s than those living in sunnier areas suggest that vitamin D and/or sun exposure are important factors. The take-home message is to live further south.

That’s one of the reasons why I moved to Florida from Chicago. But even if you live in the sub-tropics you have to be outside and get adequate sun exposure on your bare skin to receive the benefits of light. This may be one of the simplest, least expensive preventive methods available. Alternatively, Lim’s work suggests photobiomodulation therapy may be an effective alternative.

“Say you live in the northern hemisphere and you know you’re not getting enough sunlight; this is one really easy way to do it,”Lim says. “Here’s an interesting thing that we found in our study. We did 12 weeks of active intervention [followed by] four weeks of no intervention at all … We found that a number of people went straight into decline. We had some measure of modifying the disease … People with more advanced stages are responding …

But it showed that Alzheimer’s is a strongly degenerative disease. It has a whole lot of power on its own. You’ve got to keep doing it regularly even with what we have. The key here is to make it really convenient and simple. You can’t be going to a clinic the rest of your life and get treated, especially if you’re living far away. It would cost you a lot of money.

That’s the idea behind my invention. It’s to make it as simple as possible. You’ll just press the button and that’s it. The treatment is 20 minutes. You can do it the rest of your life because you just put it on your head and your hands are free. You can go to bed with it. That’s really the principle behind it.

Until the planned clinical trials are complete, we cannot tell how well the devices work for Alzheimer’s. In the meantime, they are available as low-risk, general wellness devices.”

 

Sun Versus Near-Infrared Lamps

While daily sun exposure is likely your best option, followed by specialized technology such as near-infrared treatments, other devices emitting the near-infrared spectrum may also be beneficial.  Be sure it’s 10 watts or less, and avoid keeping it stationary in any one area. As a general guideline, as soon as you feel warmth, move it. You do not need, nor necessarily want, heat when doing photobiomodulation. When asked for feedback on using sunlight or a near-infrared lamp as a preventive strategy, Lim says:

“I think the sun is great. Probably the best … as long as you don’t get overexposed to ultraviolet (UV) … I think that’s really the most natural … The lamp, I tend to put safety first so I try to keep it as low power as possible, as long as it activates what it does.

When you have near-infrared (as it penetrates quite deeply), you don’t need a lot of power … [E]xperiments have found that 810 nanometers go the deepest in the live tissues. Why is that? It’s because as you go beyond 810 nm, it gets absorbed by water more and more.”

 

Take Control of Your Health With Sensible Light Therapy

It’s important to emphasize that near-infrared light or sunlight is not a magic bullet all by itself. But it’s a very important part of the answer that is vastly underappreciated. Another crucial component of Alzheimer’s prevention is getting your body to burn fat as its primary fuel, because that will very effectively fuel and nourish your mitochondria in addition to radically improving insulin resistance. I spell out the details of this in my latest book, “Fat for Fuel,” which comes out in May.

Ultimately, Alzheimer’s is a disease caused by dysfunctional mitochondria. That’s the reason why near-infrared works. It recharges your mitochondria, and the CCO specifically. If it didn’t work that way, you wouldn’t see the results demonstrated in the video above.

Fat for Fuel – My New Book to Help Fight Cancer

Arriving in May, the strategies I present in my newest book, Fat for Fuel, are just too important for your health and well-being to set aside and “wait until the timing feels right.” You’re growing older each day. Your body is producing fewer mitochondria, so that puts you at a disadvantage right from the gate. Time really may not be on your side.

And even if you haven’t yet been diagnosed with cancer, you likely have cancer cells in your body right now. Just about everyone has at least some. It’s up to your body as to whether they’ll survive or succumb. I believe Fat for Fuel gives you your best fighting chance against cancer or any other chronic disease by repairing and renewing your mitochondria.

Why wait when you can start making powerful changes now in your mitochondrial health? Changes that will have a ripple effect throughout your entire body. When you place your order today, I’m going to give you six FREE “thank-you” gifts.

  1. Your very own sneak preview of Fat for Fuel – Books will be mailed starting May 16th, but you won’t need to wait until yours arrives to get started. Begin reading my new book right away with your free sneak preview!
  2. 20% OFF Cronometer Gold – Most experts agree that Cronometer is the best online nutrient tracker. It is free to all users and is invaluable for tracking your health progress.
  3. A Healthy Recipe Guide – A complete plan of healthy mouthwatering meals compiled by myself and an assortment of nutritional experts to help you burn fat for fuel.
  4. $15 OFF your next Mercola.com order – Depending on your order, your savings from this one bonus alone could more than cover the cost of your book!
  5. Online copy of my magazine – A free digital copy of my online magazine. It provides my tips and recommendations to optimize your health and nutrition.
  6. SMS Exclusive: My top interviews – Now all in one place, gain access to some of my top interviews of the last year and take your nutrition to the next level.

 

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Poor Diet, Lack of Sunshine and Spiritual Anemia — Three Potent Contributors to Depression and Anxiety

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By Dr. Mercola

According to a recent study, the number of teens experiencing depression has spiked since 2011, and teenage girls are more prone to depression than boys at this age. The researchers suggest social media may be part of the problem.

Analyzing federal data from 2005 to 2014 revealed an estimated 500,000 American teens struggle with depression, and more than three-quarters of them are girls.

The gender trend appears to continue in older age as nearly twice as many adult women also use psychiatric drugs than men (21 percent and 12 percent respectively).1,2 As reported by NPR:3

“The findings are just the latest in a steady stream of research showing that women of all ages experience higher rates of depression compared to men, says psychologist and author Catherine Steiner-Adair.

And no wonder, she says — despite gains in employment, education and salary, women and girls are still ‘continually bombarded by media messages, dominant culture, humor and even political figures about how they look — no matter how smart, gifted or passionate they are.’

Today’s constant online connections — via texting, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, — can exacerbate that harsh focus on looks and other judgments from peers …”

Mental disorders are also the second most common cause of disability among Americans of both sexes, having risen sharply since 1980.4 What can be done to turn this destructive tide?

Steiner-Adair suggests mindfulness training can be helpful to combat the overstimulation and influence of social media. Other factors that should not be overlooked include your diet and sun exposure.

Diet and Mental Health

Research shows your diet can have a profound effect on your mental health.5,6Gastrointestinal abnormalities have been linked to a variety of psychological problems, including depression, anxiety, hyperactivity and schizophrenia.

Part of the explanation for this relates to the fact that you have, in a very real sense, not one but two brains — one in your head and one in your gut — connected via your vagus nerve, which runs from your brain stem to your abdomen.

It is now well established that the vagus nerve is the primary route your gut bacteria use to transmit information to your brain,7 which helps explain why mental health can be so intricately connected to your gut microbiome.8

For example, fermented foods have been shown to curb social anxiety disorder in young adults,9,10 and animal research found obsessive-compulsive repetitive behaviors were pacified by introducing a strain of the bacterium Bacteroides fragilis.11

Molecules traveling via your immune system can also influence your brain’s function.12

Bacteria Produce Mood-Boosting Brain Chemicals

Gut bacteria actually produce mood-boosting neurotransmitters. In fact, the greatest concentration of serotonin is found in your intestines, not your brain. However, they likely work locally as intestinally produced neurotransmitters do not pass the blood brain barrier. As noted in a previous New York Times article on this topic:13

“Microorganisms in our gut secrete a profound number of chemicals, and researchers … have found that among those chemicals are the same substances used by our neurons to communicate and regulate mood, like dopamine, serotonin and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).

These, in turn, appear to play a function in intestinal disorders, which coincide with high levels of major depression and anxiety. [In 2014], for example, a group in Norway examined feces from 55 people and found certain bacteria were more likely to be associated with depressive patients.”

What’s more, gut microbes can also alter the way in which your central nervous system uses these neurochemicals. In one experiment designed to investigate the influence of microbes on depression, researchers performed fecal transplants, transferring stool samples from human patients into rats.14

The rats who received stool from patients diagnosed with depression rapidly began exhibiting signs of depression and anxiety. According to one of the researchers, “Their behavior does quite dramatically change.” The rats who received stool from non-depressed individuals had no changes in behavior.

Based on these findings (which were never published), the researchers warn that people who opt for fecal transplants for health reasons would be wise to screen the fecal donor for a history of mental illness in addition to other transmissible diseases.

Healing Your Gut May Ease Your Mental Troubles

Researchers are increasingly starting to view gut inflammation as the root of depression, and one of the quickest and easiest ways to address this problem is by making the appropriate dietary changes. As a general rule, to cultivate a healthy gut flora trough your diet:

Eat real food and avoid processed foods. According to one 2009 study, a processed food diet may increase your risk of depression by as much as 60 percent, whereas a whole food diet is protective.15,16

Be particularly vigilant about avoiding refined sugars (especially processed fructose), dairy and gluten. Other processed food ingredients that promote depression are:

Genetically engineered ingredients, as they have been shown to significantly alter your gut flora by promoting pathogens and decimating beneficial microbes.

Non-organic, industrially produced food loaded with glyphosate, which has been shown to cause nutritional deficiencies, especially minerals, critical for brain function and mood control.

Glyphosate can also destroy cellular tight junctions and change the permeability of the blood brain barrier, allowing substances to enter the brain that were never designed to.

Artificial food additives, especially the artificial sweetener aspartame, can wreak havoc with your brain function. Both depression and panic attacks are known potential side effects of aspartame consumption. Other additives, such as artificial colorings, are also known to impact mood.

Eat traditionally fermented and cultured foods each day; the more variety the better.

Eat plenty of fiber, found in most fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, flax, hemp and chia seeds, berries, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussel sprouts, root vegetables, peas and beans, as well as prebiotic foods17 (foods that feed probiotics or healthy bacteria) such as garlic, leeks, onion, dandelion greens and asparagus.

Prebiotics are indigestible food ingredients that provide no nutrition per se. Their purpose is to nourish the friendly bacteria inside your GI tract.

Boost consumption of healthy fats, such as avocados, MCT oil, coconuts and coconut oil, butter and pastured egg yolks.

Normalize your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio by increasing animal-based omega-3 from fish (good options include wild Alaskan salmon, sardines and anchovies) and/or krill oil, and reduce omega-6 by avoiding processed foods and vegetable oils. An ideal ratio is about 1:1. Although omega-3s are most well known for their role in heart health, they also play an integral role in brain health and mental health.

Also avoid the following, which are known to harm your gut microbiome:

Antibiotics

Chlorinated water

Antibacterial soap

Agricultural chemicals

Pollution

Increasing Vegetable Consumption May Quickly Improve Mental Wellbeing

Most recently, researchers in New Zealand found increasing consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables may improve your mental wellbeing in as little as two weeks. According to Medical News Today:18 “[Y]oung adults who were given extra fruits and vegetables each day for 14 days ate more of the produce and experienced a boost in motivation and vitality.”

American dietary guidelines suggest eating two cups of fruit and two to three cups of vegetables daily, but many fail to get even a fraction of this amount. In this study, the treatment group received two additional servings of fresh fruits and vegetables, including carrots, kiwi, apples and oranges each day for two weeks, while the control group continued their normal diet.

Those who ate the most fruits and vegetables, averaging 3.7 servings per day, experienced the most pronounced improvements in psychological well-being, especially improvements in “vitality, motivation and flourishing.” According to the authors, “Findings provide initial validation of a causal relationship between [fruits and vegetables] and well-being, suggesting that large-scale intervention studies are warranted.”

Sunlight and Vitamin D Also Affect Your Mental Health

Besides diet, sunlight also has a profound impact on your mental health — more so than any other weather phenomenon. That was the conclusion of a recent study looking at links between weather and depression in a group of students.19 It’s been estimated20 that as many as 20 percent of Americans are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) each winter, suffering from the blues, fatigue and in some cases, more serious depression, as sunlight grows scarce.

What differentiates SAD from regular depression is that a full remission occurs in the spring and summer months. Indeed, as the days got shorter through fall and winter, self-reports of depression rose, whether the student had been diagnosed with SAD or not. According to the authors:

“These findings suggest the need for institutions and public health entities to plan for intervention and prevention resources and strategies during periods of reduced sun time.”

The researchers note that more research is needed to evaluate related factors such as vitamin D intake, amount of time actually spent outdoors and sunbed use. Indeed, vitamin D deficiency is strongly associated with a higher risk of depression.

For example, research has shown having a vitamin D level below 20 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) can raise your risk for depression by as much as 85 percent, compared to having a vitamin D level greater than 30 ng/mL. A number of studies have also confirmed that adequate levels of vitamin D can help alleviate symptoms of depression.21 One of the mechanisms is thought to be vitamin D’s anti-inflammatory properties, which again hints at inflammation being a root cause of depression.

A study published in 2015,22 which looked at healthy women aged 18 to 25 who lived in the Pacific Northwest during the fall, winter and spring, found that vitamin D insufficiency (30 ng/ml or lower) could predict the emergence of clinically significant depressive symptoms. The link remained even after controlling for factors such as season, body mass index, race, diet, exercise and time spent outdoors.

How Sunlight Can Influence Your Mood

Vitamin D cannot account for all of the mental health benefits associated with sunlight, though. According to a paper published in the journal Dermato Endocrinology,23 a large number of light-absorbing molecules (chromophores) found in the different layers of your skin absorb and interact with ultraviolet rays, producing a number of complex and synergistic effects.

I am strongly convinced this benefit is not just from UVB exposure that generates vitamin D but also red, near-, mid- and far-infrared light. The intensity of the light is also a large factor as it is far brighter outside than indoors. There are additional chromophores in your mitochondria electron transport chain that respond to near-infrared. This complex stimulus of sunlight affects not only your physical health by preventing diseases, it also impacts your mood and mental health. For example:

Your body uses the near-infrared light spectrum to produce mitochondrial energy and maintain systemic equilibrium. Knowing this, it seems reasonable to conclude that if you’re running low on adenosine triphosphate (ATP) — cellular energy — due to insufficient amounts of sunlight exposure, you’d start feeling sluggish and tired, and possibly depressed.

Sunlight also regulates your circadian rhythm, and light therapy has been shown to be effective against both SAD and non-seasonal major depression. When it’s dark, your melatonin levels increase, which is why you may feel tired when the sun starts to set. In the heart of winter, this may be at as early as 4 p.m.

Ultraviolet (UV) light also stimulates epidermal cells known as keratinocytes to make beta-endorphins, which have a mood-boosting effect.

Serotonin is also released in response to sunlight, which helps elevate your mood and energy.

UVA generates nitric oxide (NO) in your skin, which influences your body in a number of beneficial ways. It stimulates up to 60 percent of your blood to flow to your skin capillaries where the blood absorbs UV and infrared radiation, which can structure water in your body.

Additionally, the UVA actually helps kill any infections in your blood while the infrared recharges your cellular battery. NO also lowers inflammation, which could have a beneficial impact on your mental health seeing how depression is strongly linked to chronic, low-grade inflammation.

Magic Mushrooms — a Game Changer for Severe Anxiety and Depression?

Interestingly, mounting research suggests psilocybin, also known as magic mushrooms, may be a game changer in the treatment for severe depression and anxiety. Between 80 and 90 percent of cancer patients in two separate studies achieved immediate and long-lasting relief from anxiety and fear of death from a single dose. A major part of this remarkable recovery appears to be related to the spiritual intensity of the experience.

Apart from the spiritual reconnection itself, the feeling of love and being “one” with everything also appears to result in alterations in the brain — a mechanism ascribed to neuroplasticity, where your brain actually changes in accordance to experience. A majority of the participants ranked it among “the most meaningful” experiences of their lives, which in turn resulted in a feeling that everything has purpose, including their own struggles.

In my view, it is lack of life meaning and lack of connection to something larger than ourselves that pervades the lives of so many these days, and the answer is not to shut down or mask your emotions with a pill. The relief you seek is more likely to be found through careful soul searching and implementation of strategies to boost your emotional resilience, which can include non-denominational meditation and spiritual practices according to your own proclivities and spiritual bend.

Psilocybin is presently classified as an illegal drug and cannot be used as a psychiatric treatment outside of research, but this could potentially change in the future. Until then, I would encourage you to seek out those things that add meaning and purpose to your life.

Also remember that depression and other mental health problems are typically rooted in gut dysfunction and chronic inflammation, so addressing your diet is a foundational step for long-term healing and mental health. Sensible sun exposure can also play an important role. Getting adequate sleep and exercise are two additional lifestyle factors that may need to be addressed.

Fat for Fuel – My New Book to Help Fight Cancer

Arriving in May, the strategies I present in my newest book, Fat for Fuel, are just too important for your health and well-being to set aside and “wait until the timing feels right.” You’re growing older each day. Your body is producing fewer mitochondria, so that puts you at a disadvantage right from the gate. Time really may not be on your side.

And even if you haven’t yet been diagnosed with cancer, you likely have cancer cells in your body right now. Just about everyone has at least some. It’s up to your body as to whether they’ll survive or succumb. I believe Fat for Fuel gives you your best fighting chance against cancer or any other chronic disease by repairing and renewing your mitochondria.

Why wait when you can start making powerful changes now in your mitochondrial health? Changes that will have a ripple effect throughout your entire body. When you place your order today, I’m going to give you six FREE “thank-you” gifts.

  1. Your very own sneak preview of Fat for Fuel – Books will be mailed starting May 16th, but you won’t need to wait until yours arrives to get started. Begin reading my new book right away with your free sneak preview!
  2. 20% OFF Cronometer Gold – Most experts agree that Cronometer is the best online nutrient tracker. It is free to all users and is invaluable for tracking your health progress.
  3. A Healthy Recipe Guide – A complete plan of healthy mouthwatering meals compiled by myself and an assortment of nutritional experts to help you burn fat for fuel.
  4. $15 OFF your next Mercola.com order – Depending on your order, your savings from this one bonus alone could more than cover the cost of your book!
  5. Online copy of my magazine – A free digital copy of my online magazine. It provides my tips and recommendations to optimize your health and nutrition.
  6. SMS Exclusive: My top interviews – Now all in one place, gain access to some of my top interviews of the last year and take your nutrition to the next level.

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Legal Filing Accuses EPA of Unfairly Protecting Monsanto

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By Dr. Mercola

Glyphosate — the active ingredient in Monsanto’s wide-spectrum herbicide Roundup and other pesticides — is the most widely used agricultural chemical in the world, and has been detected in a wide array of samples, including blood, urine, breast milk and drinking water.

A German study1 published in 2012 showed that even those with no direct agricultural contact have significant concentrations of glyphosate in their urine — concentrations ranging from five to 20 times the permissible limit for glyphosate in German drinking water.

Similarly, tests conducted by the University of San Francisco, published in May last year, showed that 93 percent of Americans have detectable levels of glyphosate in their urine.2

If you believe Monsanto’s PR department, this is no cause for concern, as — in their estimation — glyphosate is harmless. However, independent studies suggest otherwise.

In March, 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the “gold standard” in carcinogenicity research, reclassified glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen” (Class 2A).3,4

Additionally, research scientist and consultant Anthony Samsel reports that he has uncovered evidence showing Monsanto has known glyphosate promotes cancer since 1981.

Environmental Protection Agency Accused of Colluding With Monsanto

Based on the IARC’s determination, the California agency of environmental hazards (OEHHA) declared glyphosate a carcinogen under Proposition 65, and will require all glyphosate-containing products to carry a cancer warning.

Monsanto attempted to overturn the OEHHA’s decision, but Fresno County Superior Court Judge Kristi Kapetan ruled against it5,6,7 — an action seen as a boon to the 60 or more plaintiffs suing Monsanto, claiming Roundup caused or contributed to their non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

In its defense, Monsanto has relied heavily on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) determination that the chemical is “not likely to be carcinogenic” to humans — a decision issued on September 12, 2016.8 But just how objective was the EPA in its evaluation of the available science?

According to some of the experts on the scientific advisory panel convened to evaluate the strength of the EPA’s decision, the EPA appears to have violated its own guidelines by discounting and downplaying data from studies linking glyphosate to cancer.9

According to a recent court filing requesting the deposition of Jess Rowland, former associate director of the EPA’s Pesticide Health Effects Division,10 the EPA’s favorable ruling on glyphosate was reached to protect Monsanto’s interests. As reported by The Huffington Post:11

“The filing,12 made [February 27, 2017] by plaintiff’s attorneys, includes what the attorneys represent to be correspondence from a 30-year career EPA scientist accusing top-ranking EPA official Jess Rowland of playing ‘your political conniving games with the science’ to favor pesticide manufacturers such as Monsanto.

Rowland oversaw the EPA’s cancer assessment for glyphosate … and was a key author of a report finding glyphosate was not likely to be carcinogenic.

But in the correspondence, longtime EPA toxicologist Marion Copley cites evidence from animal studies and writes: ‘It is essentially certain that glyphosate causes cancer.'”

 

Legal Wrangling in the Works

In her correspondence, dated March 4, 2013, the since-deceased Copley accuses Rowland of intimidating EPA staff to alter reports to favor the chemical industry.

According to the featured article,13 ” … [T]he communication, if authentic, could be an explosive development in the snowballing multi-district litigation … accusing Monsanto of covering up evidence that Roundup herbicide could cause cancer.”

Plaintiff lawyers are also requesting documents detailing Rowland’s interactions with Monsanto to be unsealed. While Monsanto turned the documentation over during discovery, they were all marked confidential, which means they cannot be used as exhibits in court filings or be made public.

Monsanto has also filed a court brief arguing the IARC classification of glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen should be disregarded as irrelevant in these cases. According to Monsanto, the IARC’s approach is “less rigorous” than the EPA’s, and its conclusions are “scientifically unreliable.”

Moreover, Monsanto claims “neither the views of IARC or EPA are necessarily relevant to the general causation issue of the litigation because plaintiffs will need to present admissible expert testimony showing the company’s products in fact caused their cancers,” The Huffington Post writes.

House Bill Aims to Cement Industry Protection Against Litigation

The EPA is not alone in aiding and abetting the chemical technology industry. On February 9, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017” (H.R. 985),14 which opponents warn would make it nearly impossible for the average person to challenge a company in court.

According to Joanne Doroshow, executive director of the Center for Justice and Democracy: “The bill is designed to ensure that no class action could ever be brought or litigated for anyone. It would obliterate civil rights, antitrust, consumer, essentially every class action in America.”

For example, the bill would require counsel for a plaintiff to submit sufficient verification of the allegations within 45 days of filing the civil action.

Verification of allegations include “evidentiary support (including but not limited to medical records) for the factual contentions in plaintiff’s complaint regarding the alleged injury, the exposure to the risk that allegedly caused the injury and the alleged cause of the injury.”

This deadline cannot be extended, and if the judge decides the evidentiary support is insufficient, the civil action is to be dismissed without prejudice. The class action must also prove that each class member “suffered the same type and scope of injury as the named class representative or representatives.”

Ironically, the bill would also require all class members to prove they have no conflicts of interest in the case.

Scientific Consensus Statement on Glyphosate

In February, 2016, a group of researchers published a consensus statement15,16 on glyphosate-based herbicides (GBH). As noted in this paper, GBHs “were developed to replace or reduce reliance on herbicides causing well-documented problems associated with drift and crop damage, slipping efficacy and human health risks.”

Initial toxicity testing by the industry itself suggested these formulations posed low risks to non-target species, mammals and human health. As a result, high acceptable exposure limits were set worldwide. Limits were raised even higher to accommodate increased usage on genetically engineered (GE), herbicide-tolerant crops.

Since 1974, 1.8 million tons of glyphosate have been applied to U.S. fields; two-thirds of that volume has been sprayed in the last 10 years.17 Between 1974 and 2014, 9.4 million tons of glyphosate were used worldwide.

However, the scientific evidence that has emerged over the past decade “point to the need for a fresh look at glyphosate toxicity.”

Based on “current published literature describing GBH uses, mechanisms of action, toxicity in laboratory animals, and epidemiological studies,” the authors present seven conclusions, starting with the facts that GBHs are the most widely applied herbicides in the world, and that glyphosate is a commonly found contaminant in drinking water, rain and air. In addition to that, the scientific evidence suggests that:

  1. The half-life of glyphosate in water and soil is longer than previously recognized
  2. Glyphosate and its metabolites are widely present in the global soybean supply
  3. Human exposures to GBHs are rising
  4. Glyphosate is now authoritatively classified as a probable human carcinogen
  5. Regulatory estimates of tolerable daily intakes for glyphosate in the United States and European Union are based on outdated science

Causative Link Found Between Glyphosate and Fatty Liver Disease

The paper recommends investing in more studies “that draw on the principles of endocrinology to determine whether the effects of GBHs are due to endocrine disrupting activities.” This recommendation arose from findings that glyphosate displays hormone-disrupting effects in some experiments, and many endocrine disrupting (ED) chemicals are known to affect human health even at minute levels.

For example, in one recent animal study,18 Roundup was found to cause fatty liver disease at 0.1 parts per billion (ppb) in drinking water, which is 14,000 times lower than the concentration permitted in U.S. drinking water (700 ppb). At this dose, the daily intake level of glyphosate amounted to 4 nanograms per kilogram of bodyweight per day, which is 437,500 times below the permitted intake level in the U.S.

This is said to be the first study to present a causative link between dietary exposure to Roundup and serious disease, and endocrine disruption is one of the proposed mechanisms. Disturbingly, previous tests showing glyphosate levels in urine suggest Americans have a daily intake of glyphosate that is about 1,000-fold higher than the level found to cause fatty liver disease in rats.

Another recent study found Roundup adversely affects the development of female rats’ uteruses, increasing the risk for both infertility and uterine cancer.19 So why is no action taken to protect human health? It really boils down to the fact that without Roundup and other GBHs the GE seed business would collapse, and chemical technology companies, with their vast resources and revolving doors into government regulatory agencies, have managed to deceive people into thinking there’s no problem.

Many Organizations Warn Endocrine Disrupting Chemical Exposures Are Affecting Human Health

According to a report20,21 by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics,22 which represents OB-GYNs in 125 countries, chemical exposures, including pesticides, represent a major threat to human health and reproduction. Pesticides are also included in a recent scientific statement on endocrine-disrupting chemicals by the Endocrine Society task force.23,24

This task force warns that the health effects of hormone-disrupting chemicals is such that everyone needs to take proactive steps to avoid them — especially those seeking to get pregnant, pregnant women and young children, as even extremely low-level pesticide exposures have been found to considerably increase the risk of certain diseases.

For example, evidence25 suggests endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) play a role in obesity, diabetes-related non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, reduced fertility, hormone-sensitive cancers, thyroid diseases and neurodevelopmental diseases. According to GM Watch:26

“Scientists have calculated that in the U.S. alone, pesticide EDs cause some 7,500 annual serious disability cases and generate annual medical and lost work costs of about $45 billion. A study (covering some … EDC-associated diseases within the [EU] puts annual costs to health services within this region at €150 billion per annum and some $340 billion in the U.S.”

The author of that GM Watch article, Ramon Seidler, Ph.D., a retired senior research scientist and team leader of the Genetically Engineered Organism biosafety program at the EPA, concludes:

“It is long past time for the U.S. Congress to change the rules that now require industry to study and report risk evaluations to regulators prior to sale of new chemicals. Realities dictate that the opposite should be the case; i.e., regulators and government or academic scientists should conduct and study chemical safety parameters and report the independent results to industry. Funding for such determinations could come from an industry registration tax for each chemical being registered …

Today we need to know why the U.S. EPA and other regulators around the world continue to make what many scientists and members of the public feel are decisions that lack common sense. In the U.S., I believe that we need publicly visible, politically courageous investigations within regulatory agencies, perhaps conducted by the Office of Inspector General, to attempt resolution of these crucial matters …”

 

Potential Health Effects of Glyphosate Exposure

Glyphosate is most heavily applied on GE corn, soybeans and sugar beets, but it’s also commonly used to desiccate conventional (non-GMO but non-organic) wheat and protect other conventional crops from weeds. Glyphosate and Roundup may be even worse than DDT, having been linked to an ever-growing array of health effects, including:27,28

 

Nutritional deficiencies, especially minerals, as glyphosate immobilizes certain nutrients and alters the nutritional composition of the treated crop Disruption of the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids (these are essential amino acids not produced in your body that must be supplied via your diet)
Increased toxin exposure (this includes high levels of glyphosate and formaldehyde in the food itself) Impairment of sulfate transport and sulfur metabolism; sulfate deficiency
Systemic toxicity — a side effect of extreme disruption of microbial function throughout your body; beneficial microbes in particular, allowing for overgrowth of pathogens Gut dysbiosis (imbalances in gut bacteria, inflammation, leaky gut and food allergies such as gluten intolerance)
Enhancement of damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and environmental toxins as a result of glyphosate shutting down the function of detoxifying enzymes Creation of ammonia (a byproduct created when certain microbes break down glyphosate), which can lead to brain inflammation associated with autism and Alzheimer’s disease
Increased antibiotic resistance Increased cancer risk29,30,31,32

 

Find Out the Glyphosate Levels in Your Body

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, and is the most widely used weed-killing chemical on farms, lawns, schoolyards and other public spaces. It’s also extensively applied to many crops before harvest. The World Health Organization (WHO) performed its own independent analysis in March 2015, and determined glyphosate is a probable carcinogen.

The Health Research Institute (HRI) in Iowa has developed a glyphosate test kit that will allow you to learn your personal glyphosate levels. I’ve recently gained access to a limited number of kits that I’m now able to offer on Mercola.com at cost, so no profit will be made on their sales. Ordering also allows you to participate in a worldwide study on environmental exposure to glyphosate.

Once you order the kit, simply follow the instructions on the package and mail to the address provided using the enclosed prepaid shipping label. Within a few weeks, you will receive your personal analysis, along with information on how your results compare with others, as well as tips to help reduce your exposure. Test kits are extremely limited, so please order yours today.

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Diabetes Has Become One of the Most Expensive and Lethal Diseases in the World

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By Dr. Mercola

Late last year, research1,2,3 showed life expectancy has declined in the U.S. for the first time in two decades, leaving researchers searching for clues as to the cause.

While drug overdoses appear to have contributed to the decline, obesity also plays a major role. Now, a follow-up study4 suggests type 2 diabetes is a major factor. As reported by Vox:5

“[R]esearchers have long known that diabetes is an underreported cause of death on death certificates, the primary data source for determining life expectancy trends.

That’s because people with diabetes often have multiple health conditions, or “comorbidities,” such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and even cancer …

[According to] Andrew Stokes, assistant professor of global health at Boston University’s School of Public Health … ‘[T]o some extent, deaths that should be attributed to diabetes go to other causes.'”

Indeed, the links between diabetes and other lethal conditions such as heart disease and cancer are exceedingly compelling.

The good news is that once you understand how insulin and leptin resistance fuels ALL of these conditions, the remedy becomes clear. Best of all, preventing and treating the underlying cause of diabetes is fairly simple and straightforward, and does not cost much. To learn how, read on to the end.

Diabetes Is Likely the Third Leading Cause of Death

To evaluate the potential influence of diabetes on death rates, the researchers calculated the risk of death among diabetics during five years of follow up.

Shockingly, while death certificates suggest diabetes is involved in about 3.5 percent of deaths, the real number is likely around 12 percent, and among the obese, it may be as high as 19 percent. As noted by Vox:

“That means that while diabetes is generally listed as the seventh most common cause of death in America … their results suggest it’s probably the third leading cause of death after cancer and heart disease.”

This is a tragedy when you consider that type 2 diabetes is entirely preventable and treatable with a low-net-carb diet and other healthy lifestyle changes,6 such as avoiding sitting and getting healthy sun exposure. Most of these strategies are inexpensive or free.

Meanwhile, the cost of conventional diabetes treatment keeps going up. In fact, diabetes is now one of the most expensive diseases in the U.S.7 Of 155 chronic conditions, diabetes topped the list at $101.4 billion in personal health care spending in 2013.8

In the last 20 years, the cost of insulin has shot up by 450 percent. A single months’ supply of insulin can now cost nearly $255, compared to less than $21 in 1996. The sad reality is that insulin has no place in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and actually accelerates death as my now 11-year-old article shows.

To that, you have to add the cost for other medications, syringes, pumps and blood sugar sensors and monitors, plus health care costs associated with comorbidities. It’s not surprising then that diabetics spend an average of 230 percent more on medical expenditures than non-diabetics.

Half of Americans Are Pre-Diabetic or Diabetic

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Long-Term Trends in Diabetes,” April 2016. Americans diagnosed with diabetes, 1958 through 2014.

According to data published in 2015, about half of all American adults are either pre-diabetic or diabetic.9,10,11,12,13,14,15 Another analysis of health trends around the world from 1990 to 2013 also revealed a striking rise in diabetes.16

The data, which spanned 188 countries, showed a 45 percent increase in diabetes prevalence between 1990 and 2013, with some countries faring worse than others. In the U.S., diabetes rates rose by a whopping 71 percent.

At least 20 percent of the population in every U.S. state is also obese17 — a condition that severely predisposes you to diabetes. That said, being skinny is not a blanket assurance of healthy insulin sensitivity. Research suggests one-third of normal-weight adults may also be pre-diabetic without knowing it.18

Besides the obvious day-to-day inconveniences and risks of diabetes, it’s also linked to a wide array of complications, including heart disease, below the knee amputations, kidney damage, blindness and hearing impairments.

Again, fundamentally these complications are due to underlying insulin and leptin resistance.

Unfortunately, conventional medicine still has type 2 diabetes pegged as a problem with blood sugar rather than impaired insulin and leptin signaling, caused by chronically elevated insulin and leptin levels. This is why treating type 2 diabetes with insulin does not help, but actually worsens the problem.

Childhood Diabetes Is Also on the Rise

In the past, type 2 diabetes was referred to as “adult onset” diabetes, and most patients were in the senior category. But as our diets and lifestyles have changed, so has the disease. In the past 20 years, type 2 diabetes in children has jumped from less than 5 percent of all newly diagnosed cases to more than 20 percent.19

The health effects of insulin resistance make the rise in type 2 diabetes among children all the more troubling. Severe insulin resistance is associated with an increase in morbidity and mortality in young adults and a higher risk of hypertension, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and metabolic syndrome.

While the progression to impaired glucose tolerance in children and adolescents is multifactorial, the most important piece is the balance between insulin sensitivity and insulin secretion.20 I recently published a lecture by Ivor Cummins, in which he explains the importance of insulin sensitivity, and how insulin resistance lays the groundwork for the metabolic havoc that leads to heart disease and other chronic dysfunction.

The Links Between Diabetes and Heart Disease

In a nutshell, the higher your insulin resistance, the worse markers such as fasting insulin and triglyceride-HDL ratio will be, placing you at increased risk for diabetes and heart disease. And, while genetics, lack of sleep and inactivity play a role, your diet is really the most important influence.21,22

More often than not, excessive amounts of glucose from net carb foods (total carbohydrates minus fiber) are what set the disease process into motion by spiking your insulin. Repeated over time, insulin resistance develops as you progressively lose the ability to burn fat as your primary fuel.

By regularly measuring your fasting insulin you can give yourself many years’ advance notice. A normal fasting blood (A1C) insulin level is below 5, but ideally you’ll want it below 3. By taking immediate action as soon as you find your insulin level creeping upward, you can effectively prevent chronic diseases that might prematurely put you in a casket.

The BEST Solution to Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

While I am a major proponent of exercise and it plays an important role in the management of diabetes, it is no way going to resolve the insulin resistance for most people all by itself. Any knowledgeable physician will tell you that optimizing your food is necessary to restore insulin and leptin sensitivity. The problem is there is major controversy in the natural medicine community on how to do this. So how do you do it?

There is no easy answer and I have provided many of the important steps in previous articles, but neither I, nor anyone I know of, has yet to put it all together in a book resource. About a year ago I started writing my new book as a response to provide the foundational first step to treat most cancers. Interestingly, the same metabolic defect responsible for most cancers, mitochondria dysfunction, is also responsible for type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Last week I submitted the final draft of my book for publication and in less than three short months, Fat for Fuel, will be available. This is one of the only books that has been peer reviewed by over 20 of the leading experts in the field. We are currently in the process of interviewing many of these experts for a seven- to nine-hour free documentary that will start to air in May.

To say that I am excited about making Fat for Fuel available is a very serious understatement, as I am confident it will help millions and serve as a major catalyst to change the fatally flawed way modern medicine is treating diabetes and cancer.

Other Ways to Prevent and/or Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

Most of my paternal relatives, my dad included, have, or have died from, diabetes. My personal experience with diabetes and subsequent review of the literature made it very clear to me that virtually every case of type 2 diabetes is reversible — and the cure has nothing to do with giving insulin or taking drugs to control your blood sugar.

In fact, giving insulin to someone with type 2 diabetes is one of the worst things that can be done. The truth of the matter is that type 2 diabetes is a preventable condition that arises from faulty leptin signaling and insulin resistance, both of which are directly diet- and exercise-related. It is NOT a blood sugar disorder.

Once you understand that, the remedy becomes clear: To reverse the disease, you need to recover your body’s insulin and leptin sensitivities, and the only way to accomplish that is through proper diet and exercise, as detailed in my free nutrition plan, which goes into all of the following guidelines in greater detail.

Address your diet

Most of the food people eat these days skews metabolism toward insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

Most Americans are burning glucose as their primary fuel, which elevates blood sugar and promotes insulin resistance and inhibits your body’s ability to access and burn body fat — hence, the connection between obesity and diabetes. Healthy fat, meanwhile, is a far preferable sort of fuel, as it burns far more efficiently than carbs.

One of the most important dietary recommendations is to limit net carbs (total carbohydrates minus fiber) and protein, replacing them with higher amounts of high quality healthy fats. A key way of preventing diabetes is to keep your net carbs below 50 grams per day.

Keep in mind that the only way you’ll know how many total carbs, fiber and net carbs you eat is to keep a food diary. The simplest way of doing this is to use an online nutrition tracker.

Be sure to avoid trans fats and processed foods of all kinds, and boost your fiber intake. Research23shows that people with high intakes of dietary fiber have a significantly lower risk of obesity and diabetes. Aim for about 50 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories consumed. Also replace sugary beverages with pure water.

Exercise regularly AND get more non-exercise movement into your day

Exercise is one of the fastest and most powerful ways to lower your insulin and leptin resistance. If you’re unsure of how to get started, I recommend reviewing my Peak Fitness program for tips and guidelines.

Keep in mind that excessive sitting and general sedentary behavior is equally, if not more, harmful than forgoing an exercise regimen, so make the effort to stand up and move around more throughout the day.

Normalize your omega-3-to-omega-6 ratio

Most get far too little omega-3, found in fatty fish such as wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, anchovies, fish oil and krill oil, and too much omega-6, as it is plentiful in processed vegetable oils and hence processed and fried foods.

Optimize your vitamin D and other important nutrients

Recent research shows low vitamin D is a predictor of type 2 diabetes mortality due to heart disease.24 According to the authors: “This result suggests that vitamin D could be considered as a prognostic factor for [CVD] and death.

This is important because the risk of [CVD] is generally high in people with type 2 diabetes and health care professionals need more accurate tools to identify individuals with an increased risk.”

Other nutrients of importance include magnesium and vitamins B12, K2 and C. Vitamins D and B12 are particularly important during pregnancy, as maternal vitamin D deficiency may increase your child’s risk for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and B12 deficiency may increase your child’s risk of type 2 diabetes.25

Optimize your gut flora

Multiple studies have shown that obese people have different intestinal bacteria than lean people. The more beneficial bacteria you have, the stronger your immune system will be and the better your body will function overall.

Fortunately, optimizing your gut flora is relatively easy. You can reseed your body with good bacteria by eating fermented foods (such as fermented vegetables, natto, raw organic cheese, or raw milk kefir) or by taking a high quality probiotic supplement.

Address any underlying emotional issues and/or stress

Non-invasive tools like the Emotional Freedom Technique can be helpful and effective.

Get eight hours of high quality sleep each night

This will help normalize your hormonal system. Research has shown sleep deprivation can have a significant bearing on your insulin sensitivity.

Monitor your fasting insulin level

This is every bit as important as your fasting blood sugar. You’ll want your fasting insulin (A1C) level to be between 2 and 4. The higher your level, the worse your insulin sensitivity is.

Minimize exposure to common household chemicals

Recent research suggests reducing exposure to phthalates, DDT, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and perfluoroalkyl by 25 percent could lower diabetes rates by 13 percent.26

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