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

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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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2 Hidden Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight – my guest is Dr. KellyAnn Petrucci

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Dr. Trevor Holly Gates | Dr. KellyAnn Petrucci
March 2, 2017

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Our guest Dr. Kellyann Petrucci is a weight loss and natural anti-aging expert. She runs a private practice in the Birmingham, Michigan area and is the author of six books, including Paleo for Dummies and the upcoming Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet. You also might recognize Kellyann from her appearances on The Doctors and Dr. Oz.

In today’s podcast Dr. Kellyann shares with us:
– 2 hidden reasons why people have trouble losing weight
– 3 fat burning foods you can eat to lose weight, strike a healthy balance in your body, and reboot your system
– Her personal bone broth recipe

Children’s consumption of artificial sweeteners has officially hit a 200% increase

Image: Children’s consumption of artificial sweeteners has officially hit a 200% increase
Vicki Batts
February 25, 2017

Artificial sweeteners are contentious ingredients that have been the subject of controversy for quite some time. It seems as if since the day they were introduced into the marketplace, their safety has been questioned. In spite of overwhelming concern, sugar substitutes have carved their very own niche in our society and have become a staple in many homes.

Unsurprisingly, an increasing number of adults and children are consuming artificial sweeteners. These non-nutritive substitutes are marketed as low-calorie, and few are able to resist the chance to have the cake and eat it too. However, the health consequences of these nefarious chemicals still remains something of an unknown.

Currently, several artificial sweeteners have been approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame-potassium, saccharin, neotame and advantame. Stevia is a natural low-calorie sweetener that is also FDA-approved. In spite of FDA approval, many people rightfully remain skeptical at the actual effects these chemicals may have on the human body.

The findings were recently published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A staggering 200 percent increase in artificial sweetener consumption among children was observed, while a 54 percent increase was seen in adults. This drastic increase was seen between the years of 1999 and 2012.

In a press release, the study’s lead author Dr. Allison Sylvetsky, an assistant professor of exercise and nutrition sciences at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, said,”The findings are important, especially for children, because some studies suggest a link between low-calorie sweeteners and obesity, diabetes and other health issues.”

This study offers some of the most recent stats on the consumption of low-calorie sweeteners in the form of food, beverages or packets for the United States’ population.

What is most concerning about the substantial increase in artificial sweetener usage among children is that the effects of long-term consumption on kids is entirely unknown. The Nutrition Source from Harvard’s School of Public Health recommends that children avoid consuming sugar substitutes for this very reason.

To conduct their study, the research team disseminated data from the National Health and Nutrition Evaluation Survey (NHANES) from 2009 to 2012, and compared their analysis to a previous study that used data from 1999-2008. In total, data from some 17,000 people was analyzed.

More specifically, the scientists reviewed survey results from two dietary interviews in which participants were asked to recall what they ate and drank during the previous 24-hour period. This, of course, comes with many inherent drawbacks. Regardless, their analysis revealed that 44 percent of adults and 20 percent of children were consuming sugar substitutes more than once a day.

Interestingly enough, the team noted that the amount of low-calorie sweetened foods and drinks consumed actually increased with body mass index. Previous studies have also indicated that consuming artificial sweeteners may actually increase your risk of diabetes, obesity and other health issues.

The team also discovered that some children as young as two-years old were reportedly consuming artificial sweeteners, either in food or drink. Given that the data collected was self-reported, it is very possible that the number of adults and children consuming artificial sweeteners could be much higher than indicated.

The study authors noted that some parents may not understand that labels indicating “light” or “no added sugar” could mean a product contains a low-calorie sweetener. It’s also possible that many people do not understand that those ingredients are not inherently healthier than natural sugar.

In their news release, the team advised parents to follow federal dietary guidelines, recommendations that include limiting consumption of added sugars.  Sylvetsky also suggested, “Drink water instead of soda. Sweeten a serving of plain yogurt with a little fruit.”

“And don’t forget an apple or another piece of fresh fruit is a great snack for both kids and adults.”

One thing is for certain: we, as a country, need to stop being so reliant on artificial sweeteners, and start eating more whole foods.

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Primary Care Doctors Now Telling Parents To Lie To Children About Their Obesity

According to newly issued guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents should essentially lie to all teens, whether they have weight problems or not.

J.D. Heyes
August 26, 2016

One of the most important things, if not the most important, that children should share with their parents is trust. A child who has little worldly experience and lacks the brain development and maturity to make important decisions and guide his or her actions must rely on parents to guide them, mentor them and help them understand all of life’s peculiarities.

But some politically correct physicians are now asking parents to lie to their kids if they don’t believe they can accept or understand the truth – a blatant violation of the trust and faith that are vital to the child’s parental bond.

As reported by New York Magazine, one of the things that PC docs are “advising” against is parents talking to their teenagers about their weight – and in particular, about their teens’ need to adjust their diets in order to maintain a healthier weight. Ignoring the problems of obesity and eating disorders, they claim, is a better way to reduce the incidence of both.

In other words, the better thing to do, these “experts” say, is to allow your children to maintain an unhealthy weight and lifestyle rather than possibly hurt their feelings by giving them some dieting and weight-loss advice that could actually save their lives.

According to newly issued guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents should essentially lie to all teens, whether they have weight problems or not.

Diet and exercise has long been the go-to weight loss combo – until now

“Scientific evidence summarized in the new recommendations shows that physicians and parents can ward off problems at both ends of the weight spectrum by avoiding focusing teens’ attention on weight or dieting, and instead encouraging a healthy, balanced lifestyle,” says a press release from Stanford University Medical Center, in highlighting the AAP guidelines.

Dr. Neville Golden, M.D., a professor of pediatrics at the university’s medical center, and lead author of the guidelines, said that he and his research team developed them partly out of a growing concern that some teens may be using poor, unhealthy methods to lose weight. Some of these include forced vomiting, taking laxatives and ingesting diet pills. He says that since these teens have odd eating patterns but don’t fit the “image” of patients with eating disorders, their problems could easily be overlooked by their doctors.

But isn’t obesity a big deal anymore, especially in America where it is considered an epidemic? Yes, says the AAP, but rates are coming down in children and holding steady in adolescents. So now, we suppose, it’s okay to start lying to our kids and telling them things really aren’t that bad.

The recommendations, which have recently been published in the journal Pediatrics, are said to be the result of five evidence-based strategies, three of which consist of things to avoid, while two are behaviors that ought to be promoted.

Neither parents nor doctors should be encouraging teens to diet, AAP says, and parents should not talk about weight at all – neither their own nor their child’s. They should also never tease their teen about how much they weigh.

No “fat-shaming,” which is an entirely PC concept, or counting calories. Both, the AAP says, are equally bad.

‘Shaming’ used to be called ‘caring’

What does the organization recommend? Parents eating meals together regularly with their children, and encouraging a balanced diet and exercise – but only for fitness, not as an activity to help their teens lose weight, even though diet and exercise have been the go-to weight loss combination for eons (because they work).

But Golden, for all his recommendations, still doesn’t really have the answers. He even admits that the evidence is unclear as to why family meals help with weight problems. He says it could be that kids see parents eating healthy food and setting a good example – which makes sense – but that assumes they are healthy to begin with.

It seems as though these “guidelines” are little more than politically correct psycho-babble meant to disguise and hide a problem – teen obesity – rather than tackling it head-on. Doctors like Golden want parents, through their silence, to become enablers of childhood obesity, thus perhaps saddling their kids with a lifetime of health problems.

All because saying something about a child’s weight and advising them how to fix the problem is “shaming.”

But it’s not, really; it’s called “caring.” And if we lived in a country where everyone didn’t get a trophy just for showing up and playing the game, we would still understand that.

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Michelle Obama’s ‘healthy’ lunch program is actually worsening childhood obesity, study finds

School lunch program

Amy Goodrich
August 13, 2016

First lady Michelle Obama’s healthy school lunch program is putting financially vulnerable children at risk of being overweight, according to new government-funded research.

Every day, millions of kids eat government-funded breakfasts or lunches at public schools. Virginia Tech researchers found that kids who get these free school meals are more likely to become overweight or obese.

According to the study, published in the journal Health Economics, kids who live in the Northeast, South and rural America, who consume one-third to one-half of their meals at school, are most susceptible to the rising obesity epidemic.

School meal programs not as healthy as you might think

Wen You, associate professor of agricultural and applied economics at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, said that while well-intentioned, these government-funded school meal programs which aim to make students healthier, are in fact doing just the opposite.

You and her team used a survey of 21,260 students who were followed from kindergarten to eighth grade. They found that children who didn’t participate in school lunch programs supported by Michelle Obama were less likely to end up with some extra padding.

On the other hand, children who consistently participated in both breakfast and lunch programs throughout their elementary and intermediate school years were most likely to end up overweight or obese.

You and her colleague, Kristen Capogrossi, a former doctoral student at Virginia Tech and now an economist at RTI International, also studied the effect of long- and short-term consumption of school meals.

The longer that students were enrolled in the program, the higher the risk. Furthermore, they reported that the most adverse effect of the government-funded school meal programs was seen in the South, the Northeast and rural areas of the country.

Students who changed their program participation status along the way were also at risk of childhood obesity, confirming the short-term risk of being overweight imposed by the school lunch program.

“The question now is what to do in order to not just fill bellies, but make sure those children consume healthy and nutritious food – or at least not contribute to the obesity epidemic,” said You.

Let’s Move!

Since 2010, Michelle Obama has led the “Let’s Move” campaign to encourage kids to live and eat healthier. Unfortunately, nothing significant has changed, and her campaign hasn’t been a huge success among students. As reported by The Daily Caller, local health officials have said that it has been hard to get children to eat this food, which “tastes like vomit,” according to some Kentucky students.

Both You’s study and Obama’s failed initiative to make school kids healthier are strong signals that there is an urgent need to improve the school meal program’s effectiveness at promoting better nutrition among children.

You noted that policymakers should take all the aspects into account when reforming school meal programs – from availability and affordability of the ingredients, to nutritional content and tastiness of the meals. Furthermore, kids should be taught the importance of a healthy diet and how to grow their own food.

“It is important to have extra policy support that will allow funding for programs such as chef-to-school and farm-to-school, as well as culinary training for cafeteria staff so kids actually enjoy eating what is ultimately prepared for them,” said You.

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