Obesity Epidemic Goes Global: One-in-Three Is Now Overweight or Obese

obesityStory at-a-glance 

An estimated 110,000 Americans die as a result of obesity each year. Worldwide, obesity claims an estimated 3.4 million lives annually

One-third of all cancers are directly related to excess weight Continue reading

Beware of ‘Natural’ Pretender Foods that Pose as Organic

label2Thanks to lax enforcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of regulations guiding the proper use of the word natural on food product labels, many organic pretender brands are now shamelessly using the trendy term to sell junk food disguised as healthy. But one organic advocacy group is trying to change this with a new awareness campaign, Continue reading

The Dr. Oz Show: Information I Couldn’t Share

suppStory at-a-glance 

Pro-pharmaceutical spokesmen have been repeatedly quoted as saying that dietary supplements are unregulated and need stricter oversight due to the hazards they pose to your health

This is patently false, Continue reading

King Corn—the Subsidized Crop That Drives Our Fast-Food Nation

cornStory at-a-glance

King Corn follows two college buddies as they set out to learn more about corn—how it’s grown, and how it ends up in so many of our foods. What they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm

Far from providing us Continue reading

Heal Your Body One Sweet Bite at a Time with Cacao

Once used by ancient civilizations as offerings to their gods, cacao has a long and colorful history. Cacao beans – which are actually the seeds of the Theobroma cacao tree – are native to South America and the West Indies.

The raw beans have been used in beverages and foods for more Continue reading

Every Single Junk Food Meal Can Hurt Your Body

junkA new study has found that eating even a single junk food meal damages your arteries. Once again, we find that saturated fat is a formidable enemy to our overall health. And, once again, we find that sticking to a Mediterranean diet is the best health option.

Junk food meals are, by definition, high in saturated fat, which is detrimental to many of the body’s processes, especially the cardiovascular system. Meanwhile, Continue reading

If You Have IBS, You MUST Avoid These Foods

fried potaIrritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is probably the most common digestive disorder seen by doctors. Basically, this condition results when the normal contractions of your digestive tract become irregular and uncoordinated. Material starts to accumulate in the digestive tract and causes stomach problems, bloating, pain, and constipation.

Not surprisingly, many people learn to fear eating, which seems to trigger all the painful digestive symptoms that go along with IBS. Malnutrition can then become a real problem. Continue reading

Fix the Six Reasons You’re Too Heavy

As a group, Americans are the heaviest people in the world. We’re suffering a weight epidemic of massive proportions that bulges out on our hips, thighs and stomachs. But if you’re part of this group and want to bring your weight down, changing six aspects of your lifestyle may help take off pounds.

Many experts have warned that the growing number of overweight people in the United States represents a growing public health menace. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes the problem seems to be just about out of control: 73 percent of us are overweight, and about 40 percent of overweight people are heavy enough to be classified as obese.

Dangerous Conditions

While overweight and obesity Continue reading

THE CANCER CONSPIRACY (CANCER INDUSTRY)

“We are not dealing with a scientific problem. We are dealing with a political issue.”–Samuel Epstein, M.D.

[CANCER INDUSTRY Psychology. Going back over 100 years numerous medical men such as Coley, HofferBurzynskiGerson,   Ivy,   BurtonMannerReviciHamer (95% cure rate),  Issels, BeresMoerman, Pallares, Nichols, Willner, scientists/researchers such as Warburg, RifeKoch, Reams, Naessens, BeljanskyKelley, Krebs, Stone, Beard, Budwig, Cantwell, Livingstone, Beres, Lakhovsky, healers such as Keller, Shulze, Breuss, Kushi, Binzel, Hoxsey, Caisse, WigmoreVonderplanitz etc, (and age old medicine such as Urine therapy) have found answers to cancer, the combined knowledge of which would cure most, if not all, cancers, certainly combined with the knowledge the Elite keep to themselves which is 100-500+ years ahead of anything we are allowed to use (see: Suppressed/secret technology).

However, the Medical Mafia (with the help of the Elite) has suppressed all this non-pharma (Allopathic) cancer knowledge (Reason 1: $400 Billion yearly turnover. 2: Human genocide) as well the causes (and prevention), Continue reading

Getting a Grip on Childhood Obesity

American adults are overweight and obese, which is a huge problem for our healthcare system, tax dollars, productivity and quality of life. But the fact that our kids are increasingly obese means we may be dooming the next generation to an unhappy lifetime of chronic disease. We have to take action now to halt the juvenile obesity epidemic, or the consequences will be tragic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Obesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States — triple the rate from just one generation ago.” That 17 percent equates to 12.5 million obese children, ages 2 to 19.

In its 2011 “Children’s Food Environment State Indicator Report,” the CDC blames a good part of this problem on the serving and advertising of “sugar drinks and less healthy foods on school campuses.” Ads sell junk foods to kids, while parents feed their children what they ask for instead of providing balanced meals. Added to that, kids are eating supersized portions of foods containing too much sugar and fat.

If we consider the alarming numbers of inner-city children with weight problems, it’s obvious that kids don’t get enough exercise and don’t have access to safe places to play. Even for those interested in outdoor activity, finding a safe place or even getting to one is an issue. In its “State Indicator Report on Physical Activity,  Continue reading

Study Claims Junk Food Cravings Trigger the Same as Drug Addict Cravings for Hit

The brain’s response to the tempting appeal of a sugary, fatty milkshake or to a bag of salty, greasy snack chips appears to be the same response a drug addicts brain exhibits when anticipating the next “hit,” suggests a new study published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry. Ashley Gearhardt of Yale University and her colleagues found that the addictive nature of many junk foods is literally the same as the addictive nature of drugs.

The team analyzed the brains of a group of 48 young women, who were tempted with either a chocolate milkshake or a tasteless beverage solution. Based on data gathered using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the team discovered that the women’s anterior cingulated cortex and the medial orbit frontal cortex — two areas of the brain known to respond to drug addiction — both responded to sensory cravings for the milkshake, regardless of the women’s weight.

“If certain foods are addictive, this may partially explain  Continue reading

Junk Food Diet Linked to Lower IQ – Study

Toddlers who have a diet high in processed foods may have a slightly lower IQ in later life, according to a British study described as the biggest research of its kind.

Toddlers who have a diet high in processed foods may have a slightly lower IQ in later life, according to a British study described as the biggest research of its kind.

AFP – Toddlers who have a diet high in processed foods may have a slightly lower IQ in later life, according to a British study described as the biggest research of its kind.

The conclusion, published on Monday, comes from a long-term investigation into 14,000 people born in western England in 1991 and 1992 whose health and well-being were monitored at the ages of three, four, seven and eight and a half.

Parents of the children were asked to fill out questionnaires that, among other things, detailed the kind of food and drink their children consumed.

Three dietary patterns emerged: one was high in processed fats and sugar; then there was a “traditional” diet high in meat and vegetables; and finally a “health-conscious” diet with lots of salad, fruit and vegetables, pasta and rice.

When the children were eight and a half, their IQ was measured using a standard tool called the Wechsler Intelligence Scale.

Of the 4,000 children for which there were complete data, there was a significant difference in IQ among those who had had the “processed” as opposed to the “health-conscious” diets in early childhood.

The 20 percent of children who ate the most processed food had an average IQ of 101 points, compared with 106 for the 20 percent of children who ate the most “health-conscious” food.

“It’s a very small difference, it’s not a vast difference,” said one of the authors, Pauline Emmett of the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol.

“But it does make them less able to cope with education, less able to cope with some of the things in life.”

The association between IQ and nutrition is a strongly debated issue because it can be skewed by many factors, including economic and social background.

A middle-class family, for instance, may arguably be more keen (or more financially able) to put a healthier meal on the table, or be pushier about stimulating their child, compared to a poorer household.

Emmett said the team took special care to filter out such confounders.

“We have controlled for maternal education, for maternal social class, age, whether they live in council housing, life events, anything going wrong, the home environment, with books and use of television and things like that,” she said.

The size of the study, too, was unprecedented.

“It’s a huge sample, it’s much much bigger than anything anyone else has done,” she said in an interview with AFP.

Emmett said further work was needed to see whether this apparent impact on IQ persisted as the children got older.

Asked why junk food had such an effect, she suggested a diet that was preponderantly processed could lack vital vitamins and elements for cerebral development at a key stage in early childhood.

“A junk food diet is not conducive to good brain development,” she said.

The paper appears in the peer-reviewed Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, published by the British Medical Association (BMA).

3 in 4 British Kids Don’t Know Junk Food Could Kill Them

3 in 4 British Kids Don’t Know Junk Food Could Kill Them

LONDON – Three-quarters of British children are unaware they are risking an early death by bingeing on junk food, says a new survey.

The shocking poll found that 73 per cent of eight to 15-year-olds did not know a poor diet could shorten their lifespan.

The findings are to be released on Monday at the launch of the British Heart Foundation’s Food4Thought campaign.

Around 45 per cent of respondents said they thought the most dangerous side effects were putting on weight, getting spots, tooth decay and becoming unpopular, reports The Telegraph.

A spokesman for the foundation said: “Latest predictions show that two thirds of all children will be overweight or obese by 2050 and today’s youngsters may be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents.

“Obviously obesity is a major contributor to heart disease, which is why the BHF is launching Food4Thought, aimed at getting children more active as part of the battle against childhood obesity.”