Book Review: Fat For Fuel by Dr. Joseph Mercola | #SmartReads

FatForFuel
TheBreakaway | BreakawayConciousness
Zy Marquiez
May 22, 2017

“The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”
– Ann Wigmore

“He who takes medicine and neglects diet wastes the skill of the physician.”
– Chinese Proverb

There are mainstream doctors, and there are open-minded doctors who are few, but dedicated, within the alternative health community.  Dr. Mercola is one of these select few who isn’t afraid to not only call it how it is, but back up what he says with significant contributions and hard work.

Anyone that has been reading Dr. Mercola’s work for quite some time knows what kind of quality of work they will get.  For those that might be newer, as all of us were at one time, Dr. Mercola has been putting in hard work on his website, and he has been dedicated to help others find truths within the sphere of health, no matter how uncomfortable they may be.

It is no surprise then that in Fat For Fuel, Dr. Mercola has come out once again pulling no punches with his new effort to show the truth behind the myths claiming fats being unhealthy.  Better yet, he goes beyond that to provide the ample benefits that are to be had by eating healthy fats, which harbor immense benefits.

Fat For Fuel is a veritable crash course on how to streamline your health.  Some of the most salient points in the book, which stand to help a lot of individuals, is that Dr. Mercola takes a very comprehensive approach into showing how to cut off the supply line for cancer cells, how to improve your overall health with simple dietary/lifestyle changes, and even discusses how to maintain healthy mitochondria, which helps maintain optimal health reducing the likelihood of cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Type 2 Diabetes and other diseases.

All of this comes about through what Dr. Mercola calls Mitochondrial Metabolic Therapy [MMT].  Essentially, what MMT does is target mitochondria, which aids in bringing about healing of chronic disease.  This is accomplished by making sure the body uses fat as a primary fuel, rather than using glucose, which is far less optimal.

The system that Mercola provides is rather comprehensive in its approach, while not overlooking common issues that individuals may face in their journey towards optimal health.  The book offers considerations like when to eat and how much time to leave between, what cooking oils to avoid that are deleterious to health, ways to help individuals self-monitor their own health, and much more.

Extensively covered as well are the many benefits of fasting.  Thankfully, there are a few fasting options offered, as well as many of the do’s and don’ts as well.  Also covered there in are Mercola’s own favorite fast, as well as other fasts which also help the body reach optimal health.

The book even covers many of the extensive issues that are prevalent within individuals with too much iron.  This part alone is quite salient since it couples directly too many other health issues like Cancer, Diabetes, Obesity, and more.

In its totality, Fat For Fuel is an in-depth look at how the marvel of the human body can achieve healing by providing it with the proper fuel source.  If you’re interested in healing yourself without having to deal with the myriad issues of that conventional medicine espouses, then consideration of this book should be done.  One thing is for sure, after reading Fat For Fuel people will never think of fats – healthy fats! – in the same way ever again.

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iHealthTube Health News – Diabetes, Cognitive Decline, Music, Meditation, & More

Source: iHealthTube.com
January 25, 2017

In this week’s edition of natural health headlines, find out what might be coming to a produce section near you and why you should be concerned. Also learn about progress that’s being made to help understand type I diabetes as well as help for early stage memory loss that’s done in as little as 12 minutes a day!

From Tomb To Table: Cumin Health Benefit’s Rediscovered

Source: TheSleuthJournal
Sayer Ji
January 3, 2017

Traded along spice routes separating ancient cultures by vast distances, spices like cumin were once worth their weight in gold. Has modern science now revealed why, beyond their remarkable aesthetic value, they were so highly prized? 

Many spices are perfectly happy living a charmed life as seasonings, peppering things generously with flavor, and without ever arousing the suspicion that they may be capable of profound acts of healing, as well.

Meet cumin, a member of the parsley family, which is to say from a well-known family of healers native to the central Mediterranean region (southern Italy, Algeria and Tunisia).

Cumin’s traditional use stretches back into prehistory, as evidenced by its presence in Egyptian tombs. The Greeks actually used it much like we use pepper today, keeping cumin at the dining table in its own container, which is still practiced by Moroccans to this day. It is also been used for millennia in India as a traditional ingredient of curry.

New research now indicates that these ancient “culinary” uses, once considered primarily aesthetic in nature, may have served more fundamental medicinal roles in these cultures. How do we know this? Modern scientific investigation has revealed that cumin has a broad range of potential healing properties that, when properly applied, could alleviate human suffering.

For instance, as recently as 2010, research published in the journal Food Chemistry and Toxicology demonstrated that cumin has blood sugar lowering properties comparable to the drug glibenclamide (known in the US as glyburide), with the additional benefit (not conferred by pharmaceutical intervention) that it also lowered oxidative stress and inhibited the advanced glycated end products (AGE) which are implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetic microvascular complications.[i]

Remarkably, this is only the tip of cumin’s medicinal potential. There are at least 10 other potential medicinal properties of cumin now confirmed in the experimental literature:

  • Bacterial Infections: Cumin oil has been shown effective at killing Klebsiella penumoniae bacteria, including decreasing biofilm formation (a defense mechanism of bacteria against antibiotics), as well as enhancing the antimicrobial activity of conventional antibiotic drugs like ciprofloxacin.[ii] Even more impressive, perhaps, cumin oil has been shown to have anti-MRSA properties.[iii]
  • Candida (Yeast) Infection: Unlike conventional antibiotics which contribute to opportunistic fungal overgrowth, cumin has been shown to have considerable inhibitory activity against 3 different Candida albicans strains of yeast.[iv] It has also been studied to be effective against a wide range of other fungi and yeasts, including Aspergilli and dermatophytes (fungi that cause skin diseases).[v]
  • Cataracts: Cumin has been shown to delay the formation of diabetes-associated cataracts primarily through its anti-glycating properties, i.e. it prevents elevated blood sugar from getting “sticky” (i.e. caramelization) and subsequently damaging tissues in the body.[vi]
  • Cancers: Cumin has been shown in preclinical research to have inhibitory activity against cervical cancer[vii] and colon cancer. [viii]
  • Dental Plaque: Cumin oil has been shown effective as an anti-gingival agent alternative to the chemical chlorhexidine commonly used in mouthwashes.[ix]
  • Diabetes: As mentioned in our opening, cumin has significant anti-diabetic properties. Another 2002 study found that the treatment of diabetic rats with cumin was more effective than the drug glibenclamide, resulting in reductions in inflammation, fatty changes, tissue cholesterol, triglycerides, free fatty acids, blood glucose and glycated hemoglobin – all positive indicators. [x]
  • Food-borne Pathogens – Cumin oil has been found to work synergistically with other food preservation agents to inhibit the growth of food-borne pathogens.[xi]
  • Immune Function: Cumin has been found to effectively stimulate immune function in a way that may benefit immune-compromised individuals.[xii]
  • Fertility (Reversible Contraceptive): Cumin has been found to have potent contraceptive activities in male rats without apparent toxicity.[xiii]
  • Memory Disorders: Cumin has been found to reduce stress-induced oxidative changes in the brain, as well as improving cognition, as determined by acquisition, retention and recovery in rats, in a dose-dependent manner.[xiv]
  • Morphine Dependence/Tolerance: Cumin reduces morphine tolerance and dependence. [xv] [xvi]
  • Osteoporosis: Cumin extract has been shown effective at reversing bone loss associated with the loss of ovarian function at least as well as estradiol.[xvii]
  • Thrombosis (Clot): Cumin seed has been demonstrated to inhibit platelet aggregation, indicating it may prevent pathological blood clotting.[xviii] [Note: of course this means that it could interact adversely with blood thinners].

The evidence-based approach to understanding cumin’s medicinal value is relatively new. Only in the past two decades, but especially in the past five years, scientific research on spices and culinary herbs has virtually exploded. While enlightening, we must remember that the approach is limited in a number of ways. For one, it relies on animal research, which is both inherently cruel (vivisection) and conveys only approximate data, as these substances often have very different effects in animals than humans.

Also, spices like cumin should not be considered in isolation, as traditional recipes passed down from generation to generation contained a vast storehouse of medically relevant information pertaining to the synergies inherent in combinations of ingredients, modes of preparation, seasonal harvesting, etc. In other words, cumin does not lend itself well to the pharmacological, drug-based model of medicine, which presumes there are monochemical “magic bullets” within complex herbs or spices that must be identified and isolated into megadoses, and which are primarily responsible for their beneficial effects.

Nonetheless, it is welcoming that increasingly science confirms traditional herbalism and culinary practice. Perhaps, as the scientific evidence continues to pour in, we will be more willing to give ourselves permission to appreciate once again the wondrous superfluity of nature, its ceaseless benevolence, and the the fact that issuing directly from her fecund soil, are powerful healing gifts, that we can enjoy sensually, viscerally and now intellectually with greater abandon.


Resources

  • [iv] Juergen Wanner, Stefanie Bail, Leopold Jirovetz, Gerhard Buchbauer, Erich Schmidt, Velizar Gochev, Tanya Girova, Teodora Atanasova, Albena Stoyanova. Chemical composition and antimicrobial activity of cumin oil (Cuminum cyminum, Apiaceae). Nat Prod Commun. 2010 Sep ;5(9):1355-8. PMID: 20922990

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Book Review: The Healing Power Of Touch – The Many Ways Physical Contact Can Cure by Karin Sullivan

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TheBreakaway
Zy Marquiez
December 12, 2016

The Healing Power Of Touch – The Many Ways Physical Contact Can Cure by Karin Sullivan is an encyclopedia – albeit a small one – outlining the various ways that healing can be brought about through touch.

Sullivan begins by examining data which shows how powerful human touch can be.

From there the book is essentially split into two parts.

The first part of the book examines the vast array of touch therapies available to individuals.  Granted, given the wide-array of therapies discussed, the author gives each therapy a very cursory but reasonable overview.  Within these therapies discussed, some of the ones mentioned are: acupressure, reflexology, reiki, shiatsu, chiropractic, ayurvedic massage, aromatherapy massage, applied kinesiology, myofascial release, and much more.

From there on, the second part of the book focuses on specific conditions.  These conditions, which number at least 50 in the book, include many major diseases.  Each of these lists various of the therapies which were known at the time to work.  Some of these conditions included diabetes, depression, insomnia, headaches, hypertension, colitis, cancer, burns, bronchitis, bone spurs, sinusitis, shoulder pain, sciatica, pregnancy discomfort, Parkinson’s disease, nausea and vomiting, cancer, asthma, arthritis, and more.

One thing to keep in mind is that the information provided within the book was published in 1998.  Since then there has been increasing evidence and studies that showcase the many benefits of many of the alternative therapies mentioned in the book.  How many studies have been conducted really depends on which therapy is covered, but the fact remains that the benefits have helped many.

Alternative therapies have been growing immensely over the years and it is now a multibillion dollar industry.  This goes to show people are attempting to get away, and rightly so, from regular for-every-ill-there-is-a-pill mindset of BigPharma.  Books like this one help show what’s available for individuals, even if the book is slightly dated.

Regardless, the book can serve as a small encyclopedia, or as a jump-off point from where the individual may research further any of these topics.  Given that there are no side-effects for these therapies, they should at minimum be considered, if not downright researched thoroughly for individuals who have disease, or wish to stay in a health state of being.

Taco Bell aiming to look like ‘healthiest fast food chain,’ while their meat contains antibiotics and GMO fillers

Taco Bell
Source: NaturalNews.com
S.D. Wells
October 20, 2016

If you’ve been thinking “outside the bun” lately, you may also want to be eating “outside the taco shell,” because what’s lurking inside that “crunchwrap supreme” and the “volcano taco” is only about 35 percent actual meat, and the rest is well … grade F “stuff.”

In order to counter rumors that Taco Bell was using grade “E” meat (which doesn’t exist by the way), the fast food monster has launched an advertising campaign to span the mass media saying they are quickly becoming the “healthiest fast food chain,” but the facts all beg to differ, despite the consultation made by a corporate dietician and product developer. No, you’re not at Chipotle, so don’t get excited. You’re still at a junk food, junk science chain with a new “shell” for the structure, and a whitewashed menu, still served up in a Doritos taco shell, hard or soft, that warrants a little further research as far as “healthy” is concerned.

T-bell pulling ‘artificial ingredients’ and lowering sodium, but retaining antibiotic-laden meat, soy lecithin, maltodextrin and modified corn starch

According to a lawsuit filed by an Alabama-based law firm, Taco Bell is using a meat mixture that contains “binders and extenders” that do not meet even the minimum USDA requirements to be labeled as “beef.” Taco Bell’s meat mixture is only one-third meat; the rest is just fillers, and genetically modified fillers at that. What’s the use of bragging about less sodium and less artificial ingredients when the pink slime is spiced up and loaded with corn starch, fluoridated water, glyphosate-ridden wheat oats and superbug-creating antibiotics?

Plus, cage-free eggs aren’t all they’re “cracked up” to be. The term cage-free often means the chickens are still locked up in CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations), with just a few minutes allowed to roam around (usually still inside a barn or warehouse), and the abused animals are still fed genetically modified feed and live in horrific conditions. Why else would they need to be jacked up with antibiotics all day? It’s to stave off infections, E. Coli, salmonella and virus-breeding superbugs.

Illusion of healthy choices through new low-calorie ‘Fresco’ and high-protein ‘Cantina’ menu on website and mobile app

The Taco Bell team is hard at work using fancy words to convince everyone their grade “F” meat and some spiced-up GM corn starch is chock full of vitamins and minerals. The social media reaction? LOL and LMAO.

Want GMO vegetarian? T-bell’s got it! Want GMO vegan-friendly junk food? T-bell’s on it! With a touch of a button, you can customize your Frankenfood to fit your preventable disease needs. Still, Taco Bell knows exactly what they’re doing. They even admit that they’re not making a “huge deal” out of touting their new health offerings, because “it’s not authentic and it’s not real,” according to Taco Bell spokesman Alec Boyle.

You can “customize” junk science all day, but it will never make you healthy; it’s just more of the same with a new name, some stucco and some paint. What good is a salad if the vegetables were watered with fluoridated water and sprayed with chemical pesticides? What good is salad dressing if it’s loaded with canola and soy? Are you tapping into the genetically modified “food beast” and thinking you’re doing your body good? Here’s the news, and it’s not good: Nobody is taking over the fast food industry except diabetics and obese Americans.

Taco Bell meat classified as grade ‘F’ … What happened to grades C and D?

There are four main pros and four main cons to all fast food. On the good side, it’s hot, cheap, fast and prepared for you. On the bad side, it causes obesity, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Are you falling for the price and convenience ploys? There’s a major price to pay, and you’ll be getting a failing “grade” for choosing the wrong places to dine.

Who’s the fool falling for more fast food tricks? You? While Chick-fil-A and McDonald’s are trying to reduce their use of antibiotic-laden meat to try to impress folks and convince them that less drugged-up chickens and cows are a better choice, Taco Bell hasn’t bothered to even address the problem. Antibiotic superbugs are a huge problem for the medical world in general, and 70 percent of those drugs are used on CAFO farm animals to prevent bacterial infections.

Taco Bell is nothing like Chipotle, although they’re trying hard through deceptive marketing practices to convince you that they might be. Even McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts (think sausage, egg and cheese biscuit) got a “C” grade for their meat. Who else got an “F” for their meat besides Taco Bell? Wait for it … wait for it … KFC, Olive Garden, Sonic and Papa John’s.

So now, tell us again, what’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Read More At: NaturalNews.com

Sources for this article include:

FoxNews.com

TheMarySue.com

FoodBeast.com

Edition.CNN.com

Autoimmunity Overview

Source: DoctorSaputo
August 15, 2016

There is an epidemic of autoimmune diseases that include hay fever, asthma, diabetes, collagen vascular diseases, and hypothyroidism. The causes of this epidemic range from heavy metal toxicity to drugs and environmental toxins. Our immune system attacks our tissues and we use drugs to suppress our immune system. There are other options for treatment that relate to GI immunity (leaky gut syndrome), lowering the antigenic load (discussed), preserving a high antioxidant load, balancing pH, and supporting a healthy lifestyle.

62-Year-Old Man REVERSES Type-2 Diabetes By Cutting Out Pasta, Bread

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Source: NaturalNews.com
Ethan A. Huff
July 26, 2016

The next time somebody tries to tell you that type-2 diabetes is irreversible, simply point them to the incredible healing journey of Geoff Whitington, a UK man who was ultimately cured of his diabetic condition, thanks to the loving efforts of his two sons who helped lift their father out of the rut he’d been stuck in for years.

Grossly overweight, hormonally imbalanced, and on the verge of having to have his leg amputated, Geoff had all but given up hope of any sort of healthy future. A security guard who worked long, 15-hour shifts, Geoff was in a pretty bad place health-wise as a result of eating too much takeout and junk food, which left him about 100 pounds overweight and reliant on crutches just to move around.

Grieved at having to watch their formerly healthy, athletic dad get overweight and then become frail due to diabetes, sons Ian and Anthony decided that it was time to intervene. They took their father on a 10-day trip to Spain, during which time they showed him old pictures of himself during his pre-diabetic days, and offered up a solution to restore his health.

The two boys developed a solid workout plan for their dad that they, too, would participate in, and also urged their father to immediately change his diet to exclude two of the things he loved most: pastas and breads. These blood sugar-raising foods are a nightmare for diabetics, and Geoff’s two sons knew that they would have to be pulled from the menu if their father was ever to get better.

Part of the plan involved having younger brother Ian, a documentary filmmaker, capture Geoff’s transformation on film in order to share his story with others – everything from the daily cycling regimen, to the 800-calorie-per-day restricted diet – an anti-diabetic approach pioneered by Professor Roy Taylor of Newcastle University’s Diabetes Research Group.

The film, entitled Fixing Dad, aired on Sunday, July 24, on BBC2. You can learn more about the film here.

This low-carbohydrate, high-protein, high-fat diet helped Geoff shed about 100 pounds, as did the daily workouts with his sons. Eating lots of veggies and clean meats also brought Geoff’s blood sugar levels down to a normal range, so much so that he was able to completely reverse his diabetes and get off his medications.

“We insisted that if he could stick to the diet and exercise plan we had devised for him, we could hopefully enable him to spend another 20 to 30 years with us and his four grandchildren,” son Anthony told the UK’s Daily Mail.

Official dietary guidelines allowing ‘some’ sugar for diabetics will never cure disease

Making these changes was difficult for Geoff – at least initially. But after he began to see dramatic progress in terms of his weight, strength and newfound athletic abilities, continuing on with them was a no-brainer.

His Charcot foot – a diabetic condition in which the arch of the foot collapses due to fragile bones and lack of blood flow – completely went away, as did his diabetes-related heart events. Geoff’s circulation improved, and he began to feel better in many different areas that were gradually crippling him.

He credits it all to the efforts of his sons rather than the system. That’s because the system told Geoff that he could eat “some” sugar in “moderation” – a misnomer of the food establishment – and still survive, as long as he took his pills. But pills were the problem, and diet and exercise were the solution.

“Too many pills are being doled out because the right advice is not getting across,” Geoff told the Daily Mail.

Fresh, chemical-free vegetables are a great addition to any diabetes prevention diet, and you can learn more here about how to grow them at home with the incredible Vertical Garden Tower.

Read More At: NaturalNews.com

Sources for this article include:

DailyMail.co.uk

FixingDad.com