Natural Remedies for Constipation
Erin Chamerlik, MT(ASCP)
Most important thing is to drink a lot of water – 8 glasses a day – to keep things moving.
Measure your water intake for a few days and see if you are drinking half your body weight in ounces of water (for example, if you weight 150 pounds, try to drink 75 ounces of water each day).
Start the day with fresh lemon squeezed in water or add 1 tsp of Braggs apple cider vinegar to a glass of water 30 minutes before you eat.
Magnesium glycinate (not magnesium oxide). Try two in the a.m. and 2 at bedtime to start.
1 tablespoon of flax seed in a cup of hot water; wait about 15 minutes until the waters cools. Drink the water with the seeds, do this once a day.
Essential fatty acids (cod liver oil)
Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice - healing to digestive tract.
Glutamine – nourishing gut. Purchase glutamine powder and add to a beverage.
Make your own by steeping peeled ginger chunk in hot water for 5 minutes
1 Tbs of Olive Oil in warm water
Green smoothies with green leafy vegetables and avocado. Add a pear and berries with enough water to blend.
Apples, carrots, beets, citrus have pectin and is said to be helpful.
Prunes – eat a few prunes or drink some prune juice
Grapes, figs, apricots, turnips, endive, watercress, coconut, avocados, cabbage
Eat vegetables and fruits raw when possible and to eat the peelings as well
From the health food store:
Magnesium glycinate capsules (not tablets) – start with 2 in the morning and 2 at bedtime.
Psyllium husk (organic) in water, and drink a lot of water after taking it
Psyllium has gluten and many people find it too harsh. I use an oat bran fiber from Perque. http://www.perque.com/pdfs/PERQUE-Regularity-Guard.pdf
Foods made with flour and sugar are constipating so eliminate them from the diet.
If you haven't had your thyroid checked recently, this might be the time to do that.
"When we eat cooked, enzyme-free food, the body is forced to produce enzymes needed for digestion... This 'stealing' of enzymes from other parts of the body sets up a competition for enzymes among the various organ systems and tissues of the body. The resulting metabolic dislocations may be the direct cause of cancer, coronary heart disease, diabetes and many chronic incurable diseases."
Dr. Edward Howell
A slight man, supremely dedicated, peers through a microscope. He studies, with intense concentration, the movements of a tiny cousin to the water flea the Daphnia Magna. Occasionally, he adds food to the Daphnia's water to observe the digestive process through its transparent skin. Over the years he has studied the birth and death of hundreds of six-week generations of Daphnia, comparing the effects of raw and cooked food. The man is Dr. Edward Howell, outstanding biochemist and pioneer in the food enzyme field.
Dr. Howell was dedicated to proving, irrefutably, that many degenerative diseases Americans suffer and die from, are caused mainly by eating cooked food whose enzymes have been destroyed, instead of a balanced diet with plenty of enzyme rich raw foods!
Dr. Howell was born in Chicago in 1898. He held a limited Illinois medical license (the same as a medical doctor with the exception of surgery, obstetrics and materia medica). In 1930, he founded a private sanitarium for treating long-lasting diseases with physical and nutritional procedures. His research into food enzymes represented the first study that recognized their significance to human nutrition.
The way Dr. Howell liked to put it: "When we eat cooked, enzyme-free food, the body is forced to produce enzymes needed for digestion. This depletes the body's limited enzyme capacity. This 'stealing' of enzymes from other parts of the body sets up a competition for enzymes among the various organ systems and tissues of the body. The resulting metabolic dislocations may be the direct cause of cancer, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and many other chronic incurable diseases."
One might conclude from these words that enzymes are life itself. In fact, they cannot be synthesized as vitamins can, but they are all around us working silently. They cause fruit to ripen and spoil, beer to ferment. eyes to see. Without them we would die. Cancer specialists are discovering certain enzymes are completely lacking in the blood and urine of cancer victims.
But Dr. Howell insisted enzymes are not catalysts as has been stated often. Catalysts are inert substances. They possess none of the life energy we find in enzymes. For instance, enzymes give off a kind of radiation when they work. This is not true of catalysts. The proteins in enzymes serve only as carriers of the activity factor.
From the dawn of history, man has known and made use of enzymes in various fermentation processes. However, it was not until 1783 that Lazzar Spallanzani noted that meat could be liquefied by the gastric juice of hawks. It wasn't long before Philip Synag Physick of Philadelphia used this knowledge when he treated malignant ulcers in humans with gastric juice.
In more recent years, Armour and Company began using the enzyme papain on meat, eliminating the expensive process of fattening cattle on corn. Though those steaks may be delicious, their long range effects on the body are suspect, at least from Dr. Howell's viewpoint.
As for cooked food in general, Dr. Howell confirmed the findings of Professor Schaefer of the Mayo Foundation who made a study of Filipinos and Malays whose diet relies on rice three times daily. Their pancreas, which is forced to work hard to produce digestive enzymes is both relatively and absolutely heavier (from 25 to 50 percent) than that of occidentals. This extra activity seems to have a wearing-out effect for in many case studies, their pancreas has been found to be in a state of atrophy.
Also, according to Dr. Howell, there is incriminating evidence that cooked food contributes to a pathological over enlargement of the pituitary gland, which regulates the other glands. One hundred percent of people over 50, who died from accidental causes, were found to have defective pituitary glands.
Enzymes in raw food normally allow for self digestion. But it seems that cooked food, with its fibers broken down and enzymes destroyed passes through the digestive system more slowly than raw food. It tends to ferment, throw poisons back into the body, cause gas, heartburn, headaches and colon problems. In America, colon cancer has become the number 2 ranking cancer killer.
Colon therapists estimate the middle-aged American meat eater may be carrying around from eight to fifty pounds of collected fecal matter on the walls of his intestines. Colonic irrigations and intestinal cleansers invariably reveal cord like mucous and black, hard debris.
Many studies on remote tribes confirm large, soft stools passed soon after each meal and unimpacted intestines. Their diets: raw nuts, fruit, vegetables, grains, goat's milk and small portions of meat.
Is it wise to eat a totally raw diet? No, according to many researchers. ...some vitamins and minerals, as in potatoes, are more easily assimilated when vegetables are cooked. In Dr. Howell's words, "...some raw foods cannot supply nourishment because their calories are enclosed by tough fibrous cell walls, requiring considerable time for the digestive fluids to break through." Dr. Howell found evidence which showed a substantial difference between cooked and raw calories. Eating mostly cooked food can be linked to obesity.
That people need to take in enzymes either by eating raw food, or supplementing, is evidenced by the many tests Dr. Howell made. In one laboratory, rats fed totally cooked foods lived two years, while rats fed a partial diet of raw food lived three years, or 30 percent longer. 'Though there isn't hard evidence to support it, humans might conceivably increase their life spans just by maintaining proper enzyme levels.
While many people feel fasting is beneficial, few understand why. Dr. Howell explained: "When a person fasts, there is an immediate halt to the production of digestive enzymes. The body's enzymes are free to work on repairing and removing diseased tissues. Civilized people eat such large quantities of cooked foods, the body lacks the enzymes needed to maintain good health. Most people who fast go through a healing crisis. Nausea, vomiting, dizziness may result, caused by enzymes attacking pathological tissue discarded through elimination.
When Dr. Howell first became aware of the importance of raw food in the diet, he was troubled, knowing most Americans would be unwilling to change their eating habits. An alternative was an enzyme supplement that could be taken with each meal. Since he knew digestion actually began in the stomach, logic dictates an enzyme that would be effective there.
After much experimenting Howell discovered plant or fungal enzymes were effective. His final choice was certain strains of the Aspergillus plant containing enzymes man uses in digestion protease for protein, amylase for carbohydrates, lipase for fats.
Experiments confirmed that better digestion in humans resulted. Reports began to come in of improvements in ailments like arthritis and psoriasis. One woman, whose husband was arthritic, wrote: . . after spending many thousands of dollars on doctor bills with no results, my husband took enzymes for several months. At the end of that time, he got rid of his crutches, and now is able to work every day and feels just wonderful."
Dr. Howell's contribution to our understanding of enzymes and their relation to ,disease is incalculable. He was a man with a message for a generation dying, at an alarming rate, from degenerative diseases.
Reprinted from Bestways, May 1979 on the website Rethinking Cancer,
Dr. Howell's book, Enzyme Nutrition
How Can I Get Rid of a Double Chin?
You have already done a Google search for double chin face exercises and have been faithfully performing them but still have the double chin, right?
The first step, of course, is to stop eating processed food and eat whole foods - vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, meat, eggs, fish and sea vegetables.
Notice I didn't mention foods like bread, rice, cereal or whole grains.
You don't need them, they are hard to digest and lead to fat storage. Once in awhile go crazy and have a little brown rice, quinoa or steel cut oats but build your meals around PFC - quality Protein, healthy Fat and complex Carbs from vegetables.
Good fats don't make you fat.
Choose extra virgin olive oil, raw organic coconut oil, grass-fed organic butter, olives, nuts and avocados.
Drink half your body weight in ounces of water (example, if you weight 200, drink 100 ounces of purified water each day).
Use REAL salt.
Not just something labeled "sea salt." Real sea salt is not pretty and white. Real salt looks dirty because of the minerals that it contains.
Dr. Batmanghelidj, in his book You're Not Sick, You're Thirsty, says,
"Salt may help reduce a double chin. When the body is short of salt, it means the body is really short of water. The salivary glands sense the salt shortage and are obliged to produce more saliva to lubricate the act of chewing and swallowing and also to supply the stomach with the water that it needs for breaking down foods. Circulation to the salivary glands increases, and the blood vessels become "leaky" in order to supply the glands with more water to manufacture saliva. This leakiness spills to areas beyond the glands themselves, causing increased bulk under the skin of the chin and the cheeks and into the neck."
Most salt in use has been chemically treated, heated and purified. The processing removes the beneficial minerals. True sea salt is all natural and unrefined.
It is beneficial to health and is full of flavor.
Choose the brand Real Salt by Redmond, Himalayan or Celtic salt. I prefer Real Salt.
Real salt and Himalayan salt are harvested from ancient salt deposits while Celtic salt is harvest from the current ocean near France.
Real Salt is from the USA (Redmond, Utah) while Himalayan salt is from Pakistan.
Real Salt is less expensive.
I have seen Trader Joe’s Sea Salt – it is pure white like Morton Salt, a sure sign that it has been processed and the minerals removed.
A product can be called “Sea Salt” and it doesn’t mean anything except that it came from the sea.
The label does not mean that it contains trace minerals or that it is free from chemicals, preservatives and additives. Sea salt, even from the health food store may have been subjected to heating, refining and processing. Read the package and look for the mineral analysis or information that assures you it has not been heated or chemicalized.
It won’t be pure white if it is the stuff you want!
Real Salt has over 60 trace minerals – try it, you’ll love the taste and your body will love the minerals.
Now for some light entertainment
The FDA allows chip maker, Frito Lay, to say that their chips are somehow health food and “support a healthy heart” and improve your lipid profile.
From Frito Lay's website, "You might be surprised at how much good stuff goes into your favorite snack. Good stuff like potatoes, which naturally contain vitamin C and essential minerals. Or corn... for healthy bones, teeth, nerves and muscles. Our all-natural sunflower, corn and soybean oils ....which help lower total and LDL “bad” cholesterol and maintain HDL “good” cholesterol levels, which can support a healthy heart."
At the same time, the FDA threatens seizure of walnuts from Diamond Food for saying that eating walnuts gives you Omega-3s which “do your body a big favor.”
Please click on this link to read that hand slap that Diamond Foods got from our friends at the FDA, it is public record on fda.gov.
Here are a few tidbits from the FDA letter to the walnut people, “Based on claims made on your firm's website, we have determined that your walnut products are promoted for conditions that cause them to be drugs because these products are intended for use in the prevention, mitigation, and treatment of disease. The following are examples of the claims made on your firm's website under the heading of a web page stating "OMEGA-3s ... Every time you munch a few walnuts, you're doing your body a big favor."
Never mind that walnuts DO contain omega-3 fatty acids which have been proven in numerous studies to provide multiple health benefits.
Oh, and going back to Frito Lay’s claim that their chips, made from rancid, heated, chemically-extracted inflammatory oils like sunflower, corn and soybean oils, can lower LDL, raise HDL and support a healthy heart...ARRRRGH! These (Frito Lay) omega-6 oils create brittle and unhealthy cell membranes which leads to inflammation, the underlying cause of all chronic diseases including heart disease!
How does BIG Food get away with this?
There is a revolving door for the brass at the FDA, Big Food, Big Pharma and Big Ag (Monsanto). Folks move from chair to chair, legislating here, collecting money there.
One example involves Michael Taylor. Mr. Taylor, a former Monsanto executive, has joined the FDA as senior advisor to the commissioner. One of his jobs is to implement new food safety legislation
The wolf is guarding the henhouse.
Monsanto is king of GMO (genetically modified organisms for food). GMO takes the genes from one species and inserts them into another species. This is different than hybridizing seeds or breeding animals.
“In traditional breeding it is possible to mate a pig with another pig to get a new variety, but is not possible to mate a pig with a potato or a mouse.” - Responsible Technology.org
Some plants have been modified to produce their own pesticides or to resist Monsanto’s herbicide, Round-up. These Round-up Ready GMO seeds are quite common.
What repercussion will these altered plants have on humans?
We don’t know because people like Michael Taylor at the FDA (formerly with Monsanto) are allowing GMO food regulation to slide by with nary a glance, while they are busy slapping the hand of the walnut packagers for printing on their package that walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids.
This is a mad world.
To completely avoid GMO foods, eating organic is a safe bet. You can avoid eating GMO foods (most corn, soy, wheat, sugar beets) by eliminating processed food from your diet. Corn and soy are in everything and if the ingredient label does not say that they are using organic corn and soy, then you can bet that they are using GMO corn and soy.
You are the hamster in the GMO experiment, because nobody knows what will happen to people down the road when we eat GMO foods.
Maybe next time I’ll tell you how Donald Rumsfeld, former CEO and President of GD Searle managed to get his buddy, FDA commissioner, Arthur Hayes Hull to approve Aspartame (NutraSweet) as the company was sold to Monsanto. This approval magically happened after Aspartame had been banned by the FDA because it was suspect in causing brain tumors.
My advice: Eat real food. The way God made it. Stay away from most things that the FDA approves and don’t eat anything that comes out of a chemistry food lab or biotechnology lab.
Suffering with cracked corners of your mouth?
by Erin Chamerlik MT(ASCP)
1. Check your water intake – are you drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day?
2. Riboflavin deficiency is characterized by cracking of the lips and corners of the mouth. It is B2. Add Nutritional Yeast, 1 Tbs, to your green smoothie or vegetables every day.
3. Also, take 1 Tbs Carlson cod liver oil daily.
4. Topically you can apply raw unprocessed coconut oil and alternatively, Carlson's vitamin E Oil - from E-Gems (snip open a Vitamin E capsule to get the oil out) to apply to mouth.
If that doesn't work, or you want a little extra help,
try glutamine to nourish and repair your digestive lining. (Might be a good idea if you have been eating inflammatory foods and have digestive problems).
Here's the explanation behind it from Byron Richards, CCN:
If your gut is in need of repair, it will get first dibs on nutrients and you will experience dry eyes, lips etc. http://www.wellnessresources.com/health_topics/rejuvenation/digestive.php
WellnessResources.com "GI & Muscle Helper™ product should be used by any person who has a combination of digestive weakness and a lack of muscle vitality. Such problems are often accompanied by dry eyes, dry lips, dry mouth, and/or dry skin. This is because the nutrients needed to form the mucoproteins that line the digestive tract are also in short supply, causing dryness issues in other areas of your body"
It is great for muscle recovery, many athletes add it to their smoothie post work out.
To save some money, get the powder instead of capsules.
Why Do We Have Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer PREVENTION month?
by Erin Chamerlik MT(ASCP)
Pink ribbon campaigns are everywhere.
It is apparently a good marketing strategy to get behind Breast Cancer Awareness month. All this money and effort and we aren’t getting any answers.
Is this really a disease we can cure by shopping for more pink products?
I'm not trying to be disrespectful, after all I was once (wrongly) diagnosed with breast cancer myself ... but this campaign is infiltrating everything from Kohl's to the NFL.
Susan G Komen accepts money from big (junk food) corporate sponsors like Yoplait, KFC, Frito Lay, General Mills, Fuze, Dr. Pepper Snapple, and Cadbury Schweppes. This pretty much guarantees that we will never see any truthful information on their website regarding the benefits of eating an anti-cancer diet of whole foods.
There is so much I would love to say about each of the sponsor's “food” (buying pink buckets of unhealthy food doesn’t cure breast cancer) but I will look at just one junk food manufacturer, Yoplait.
Yes, I did just call Yoplait yogurt junk food! Yoplait donates 10 cents to Komen for every lid you send in. Wow. What a great philanthropic move that is.
So, I get to buy a cup of Yoplait (adult pudding) and spend 44 cents to mail in my lid and Komen will donate 10 cents. Even a faithful shopper will need to eat 100 cups of yogurt to make a $10 donation through Yoplait.
In the meantime, what do you get for you yogurt dollars? You can’t find nutritional information on their website, so look at your container. Any artificial ingredients, sugar or artificial sweeteners? These are the ingredients that create unhealthy cells in the human body.
Sugar fuels cancer cells. We all have cancer cells circulating in our bodies. What causes some to grow and divide and cause problems? Food additives and sugar for starters.
"It's been known since 1923 that tumor cells use a lot more glucose than normal cells. Our research helps show how this process takes place, and how it might be stopped to control tumor growth," says Don Ayer, Ph.D., a Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator and professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences at the University of Utah.
One container of Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt has 33 grams of carbs. That turns into 8 tsp of sugar in your blood – 8 tsp. of sugar released into your blood to wreak havoc on your cells.
The damaging ingredients besides sugar include modified corn starch, high fructose corn syrup, tricalcium phosphate, natural flavor (code for unnatural chemical), and carmine.
If I spent $70 to eat 100 containers of this yogurt, then the Komen fund gets $10, and I get to eat 800 tsp of sugar (roughly 8 pounds) so that I can feed my cancer cells, increase my cholesterol and get fat?
Uh, no thanks.
Wait, back up. What is the ingredient carmine?
Carmine is the red coloring made from a ground up beetle-like insect that is picked off a cactus plant and dried in the sun before squashing.
Carmine, cochineal or carminic acid are the code words for “squashed bugs” to look for on ingredient labels. It can be found in Tropicana ruby grapefruit juice, colored pasta, some candy, and frozen pops.
If the red food isn’t colored with carmine then it is colored with toxic food dyes like Red #40. The bugs became popular in the 70’s when the FDA banned Red #2, a known carcinogen.
17 food dyes have been banned in the U.S. because they cause cancer, yet we still have 7 in use: Red 3, Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, and Red 40.
“Each year, Americans eat (as food dyes), swallow (as pill coatings or medicinal syrups) or rub on themselves (as cosmetics) 6.4 million pounds of these 7 dyes, mostly in food. (That was in 1985. In 2005, Americans consumed more than 17.8 million pounds of these dyes.)”
Here’s the information that the American Cancer Society and Susan G Komen should be telling the public.
If you want to avoid cancer here are 3 things that you can do:
1. Stop eating artificial food dye, artificial sweeteners, processed, refined and adulterated food products. Don’t eat lunch meat, hot dogs and ham with nitrites that turn into carcinogens, nitrosamines Instead eat real food, organic when possible. Eat a lot of vegetables and a small amount of fruit. Choose poultry, meat and eggs from organic, grass-fed sources. Buy wild-caught fish from the US and avoid grain-fed farm-raised fish. Eat healthy fats like real butter, coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil. Drink half your body weight in ounces of pure water.
2. Get to the bottom of your food sensitivities since they will impair your immune system and open the door to many chronic diseases and possibly cancer.
3. Get your Vitamin D3 levels up to a minimum of 50 ng/ml. Several studies show that Vitamin D3 supplementation reduces the risk of breast cancer, plus other forms of cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Of all the millions that Komen takes in, ZERO is spent educating people about real nutrition, according to NaturalNews.com:
"Komen's revenue for the fiscal year of 2009/10 was $400 million. Thirty-five million came from investments and $365 million was from the various fund raising efforts, including race or walk fees, donations, pink washing, sponsors, and Komen.com sales.
That fiscal year, Komen' s contributions were: $141 million for education, $47 million for health screening, and $75 million for research. Fundraising costs and affiliate expenses were approximately $60 million with general administrative costs at $37 million.
Education did not include dietary information such as abstaining from sugar (cancer's favorite food) and toxic foods. It didn't include avoiding junk foods and eating whole organic foods. Vitamin D3 was not even mentioned. But bickering over whether radiation should come before or after chemo was discussed." NaturalNews.com
Breast Cancer Action is the watchdog of the breast cancer movement. They are able to tell the truth about the epidemic because they are the only national breast cancer organization that does not accept funding from entities that profit from or contribute to cancer, including the pharmaceutical industry.
Think Before You Pink™, a project of Breast Cancer Action, launched in 2002 in response to the growing concern about the number of pink ribbon products on the market. The campaign calls for more transparency and accountability by companies that take part in breast cancer fundraising, and encourages consumers to ask critical questions about pink ribbon promotions.
Pinkwashing has reached a new low this year with Promise Me, a perfume commissioned by Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Promise Me contains chemicals not listed in the ingredients that are regulated as toxic and hazardous. At Breast Cancer Action, we call that pinkwashing, and we urge you to Raise a Stink! with us about it.
The Power of One Amazing Habit! by Erin Chamerlik MT(ASCP)
How many times have we vowed to “eat better” or stick to a diet?
Filled with optimism and good intentions we jump with both feet into the deep end of the new plan only to find ourselves missing the mark, feeling defeated and quitting the plan. People can lose weight on most diets, the problem is they are not sustainable for the long haul and often times diets are out of balance and unhealthy.
This is where the Power of One Amazing Habit comes in. What if we chose to change just one tiny thing and didn’t even think about other changes until we had mastered the first tiny change? Yes, our goal is to “eat better” but how about if we eat that elephant one bite at a time? For today, let’s focus on incorporating one new habit into our busy lives. I promise this won’t hurt! Read on….
Daily Lemon Water – One amazing Habit
What to do:
The lemon is unique in many ways. The chemist in me appreciates that the lemon, unlike other foods, has more anions than cations. Say, what? The electrical charge of fresh, raw lemons is unlike any other food – it is similar to the digestive enzymes in our body. Even though a lemon is acidic it has a powerful alkalinizing effect on the body…this is good! Why?
Lemons can relieve many digestive problems:
Nausea, heartburn, bloating, and belching
Constipated? (Most people are! We should have at least 1-2 bowel movements a day; 3 is a bonus!)
Make sure you are drinking about 2 quarts of water a day. Drink one glass of fresh lemon water in the morning.
Lemon water helps to turn on the body’s energy and to cleanse and activate the liver, flushing out toxins. It turns on your liver, warming up the engine, preparing the liver to support the digestive process.
Lemons are great for the immune system. 1 lemon gives you 47% RDA of vitamin C.
¼ cup of fresh lemon juice has just 15 calories.
Drinking lemon juice prevents kidney stones from EVER happening in the first place. (Undissolved calcium forms crystals that end up passing through the kidneys and into the urinary tract- causing pain when one is large enough to get stuck.)
Lemon juice is acidic, that allows the calcium to dissolve in the blood, be absorbed into the digestive tract and therefore be unable to cause kidney stones.
Lemon has a powerful effect on the body’s biochemistry and pH levels.
It’s an acidic food that makes the body more alkaline.Disease doesn’t like to live in an alkaline body, lemons are powerful alkalinizers!
Lemons have vitamins and minerals
So that is your one amazing habit to begin incorporating into your daily routine. Give it a try and see how you feel!
References: The Juicing Book by Stephen Baluer
Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss
by Erin Chamerlik, MT(ASCP)
The Food Sensitivity Elimination Plan is going to help uncover hidden food sensitivities. These are foods that you will want to continue to exclude from your diet at least for a period of time. You are probably looking at food differently these days. Now you are aware of the many artificial ingredients that are in processed food and you have been avoiding them, choosing whole food whenever possible.
We can protect ourselves from disease and illness by eating freshly prepared whole foods and staying away from processed foods. When we start to buy processed foods then we need to be careful about ingredients. You know the rule, no artificial anything! If you can't pronounce the ingredient, it was probably cooked up in a lab.
MSG (mono sodium glutamate) is one artificial ingredient that is hiding in many processed foods and restaurant foods. It is a fine white powder that fools the brain into thinking something tastes better than it actually does. Glutamate is called an excitotoxin because it kills brain cells by exciting them to death.
Unless you purchase whole foods and prepare the food at home, you are likely eating MSG or other toxic glutamates. Scientists feed MSG to lab mice to make them obese for studies. Animals fed MSG prefer high carbohydrate foods, eat less but gain fat. Humans are five times more sensitive to MSG than lab mice! Eating MSG has been shown to cause insulin resistance, causing type II diabetes, abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and high blood pressure. MSG can cause muscle contractions and produce pain as seen in fibromyalgia. A study by Dr. J.D. Smith found that completely removing MSG and aspartame from the diet of fibromyalgia patients resulted in a reversal of the symptoms. (Russell Blaylock, MD Neurosurgeon and author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills).
Don't be fooled by the label, "no MSG added." Only pure MSG has to appear on the ingredient label (thanks to our government’s label laws), but food manufacturers will use other names to disguise the use of MSG. Please visit http://www.truthinlabeling.org for a complete listing of ingredients in which MSG is hidden. Here are a few:
MSG is one very good reason to stop eating processed food! Continue to eat whole foods - fresh foods without any additives. Keep your intake of fruits and vegetables high since these foods have natural antioxidants to increase your body’s defenses.
If you would like to learn how to do a Food Sensitivity Elimination Diet, I offer an e-course on my website.
After I had my first child about eleven years ago I began to experience extreme fatigue and pain.
At first I just thought it was because I was a new mother with round the clock feedings and was tired. My husband was working 12 hour days during this time. I expected that as time went on, I would begin to feel better. I did not and I actually felt worse. I was unable to snap the snaps on my baby’s clothing or open the baby food jars because my hands hurt so much. If I got down on the floor with the baby I was unable to get up without help. I was exhausted and in pain all the time and knew something was wrong with my body. I went to the doctor and was tested for arthritis but that came up negative. The doctor didn't know what was wrong with me so he prescribed antidepressant medication. I had my children 16 months apart and struggled through the pain and fatigue while taking care of two babies. I was depressed but it was a direct result of pain and exhaustion and not the other way around, so I refused the antidepressants.
The pain and fatigue seemed to improve a little bit a few years later but then my face started turning red and my skin was flaky. I had terrible acne at age 40 even though I had not had acne as a teenager. My nose was very red and broken out and my skin was puffy and irritated all the time. I caked on the makeup to hide it but I was convinced that everyone was staring at my horrible skin condition. I went back to my doctor, who explained to me what acne rosacea was and he asked me, “Do you know what Carl Malden’s nose looks like (actor with rosacea and a red and bulbous nose)? Well, you have rosacea and that is what you will look like eventually. Your nose will just get bigger and swell and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
I left his office and cried most of the day as the reality of his words sank in. I was told it was hopeless so I tried to muster self-confidence and accept myself as I was. I was singing in church in front of the congregation at the time and knew I needed to learn to be comfortable with how I looked. It did not occur to me that diet had anything to do with my skin condition. My family of four was busy and meals were usually quick and convenient. For breakfast I might grab a bagel. I didn’t take a lunch to work because I could always find treats in the break room. For dinner I often made pasta or something frozen. I tried to serve one vegetable at dinner, usually frozen beans or corn. I didn’t drink much water, preferring sweetened ice tea. I tried many different skin care products and I even made my own natural organic products. It helped a little bit, but did not fix the problem.
After being encouraged by Erin, I decided to attend the Weight and Wellness class that started last April. She seemed confident that my health issues were related to my diet. Although my excess weight should have been enough motivation, my primary concern was my face. I had resigned myself to being heavy; I had fought with my weight since high school, trying many diets along the way like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig. I decided, “This is just the way I am and I am not a thin person.” It was easy for me to think I was content with my weight until I would see a photo of myself. In those moments, I knew I needed to change.
In the class, I learned how to eat meals and snacks based on whole foods. Instead of eating a quick bagel in the morning now I drink Green smoothies for breakfast made from fresh spinach, an avocado and whole fruit. I have that with an egg or nuts. I bring leftovers for lunch, usually chili or meat on salad greens. If I need a snack I’ll have fruit, vegetables, olives, nuts or a Lara bar (raw fruit and nuts). I always make a salad for my family and have it ready for the kids to eat when they come home from school, starving. We usually have some sort of animal protein for dinner, stir fry, brown rice, and a lot of vegetables.
When I stopped eating refined and processed food my face was noticeably clearer within two months. I was slowly, but steadily losing weight. I have been eating this way for six months and I have lost 26 pounds. I haven’t been at this weight since high school. So many health problems have cleared up including the rosacea and I feel so much better. The fibromyalgia pain used to cause me to get out of bed slowly and I would walk bent over. I looked and felt like an old lady. Now, I barely have any pain anymore and I can walk upright and easily when I get out of bed in the morning. Some other things that have been positively affected include terrible snoring and heel pain called Plantar Fasciitis. Those two problems have completely reversed and I no longer deal with them. My face is back to where it was 12 years ago, my energy level is good and I plan to continue with the weight loss.
If you are considering changing the way you eat, I highly recommend that you do it! But I challenge you to really commit and do it right. Don’t just stick your toe in and say it doesn’t work. Resolve to give 100% effort and then after that first week, you’ll see some remarkable changes. Then, if you stick to it, in three weeks you’ll be amazed at how great you feel and how easy it is and you will wonder why you ever hesitated.
A question came in from a reader: Do you ever post recipes like Crawfish Etouffe` or beignets or shrimp Creole or Jambalaya? Did you ever notice that there are very few skinny people in New Orleans?
Answer: I haven’t been to New Orleans since I was 3 years old, so I haven’t noticed the lack of skinny people.
I live a stone’s throw away from the land of beer, cheese and brats, so I’m not even sure where I would go around here to taste the aforementioned delicacies.
Here’s the skinny on the weight issue:
In 1997 New Orleans ranked number 1 (out of 33 largest US cities) for having the most obese people.
Guess what? They aren’t on the 2009 list!
Unfortunately, the reason they aren’t on the list has more to do with the population drop following Hurricane Katrina, than an improvement in health (dropping from 33rd to 46th).
Inquiring minds from other parts of the country want to know, what do they eat in New Orleans (formerly known as the fattest city in the US)?
Here are a few favorite foods that were listed by recent visitors to The Big Easy:
Grilled cheese dessert sandwich ... a what???
(Complete with candied pecans, powdered pistachio and a Captain Crunch and nutella mixture. Find this healthy treat at Stella! In the French Quarter.)
Shrimp & grits
Debris sandwich with gravy
Chicken & waffles
I’m starting to get a tiny hint of an idea about the weight problem.
Oh, we can’t pat ourselves on the back…Americans everywhere have the same problem.
I do have some healthy New Orleans recipes to share but it won’t include Grilled Cheese Dessert or Beignets. See the end of this newsletter for recipes.
If you need to use Cajun Spice to create a New Orleans-inspired dish, be sure to check the ingredients as many contain MSG or other excitotoxins hidden by code words like “spices” or “natural flavor.”
Chili powder is another spice blend that might have MSG. Try Mountain Rose Herbs as a great on-line source for organic spices, herbs, sprouting seeds and oils.
Recipe by Emeril Lagasse
1 stick butter
2 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers
1 pound peeled crawfish tails
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 bay leaves
1 T flour
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch of cayenne
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
3 tablespoons chopped green onions
In a large saute pan over medium high heat, melt the butter. Add the onions, celery, and bell peppers and saute until the vegetables are wilted, about 10 to 12 minutes. Add the crawfish, garlic, and bay leaves and reduce the heat to medium. Cook the crawfish for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Dissolve the flour in the water. Add the crawfish mixture. Season with salt and cayenne. Stir until the mixture thickens, about 4 minutes. Stir in the parsley and green onions and continue cooking for 2 minutes. Serve over steamed rice.
Paula Deen (slightly modified)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup diced green bell peppers
1/2 cup diced onions
1/2 cup diced celery
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 (14-ounces) can tomatoes
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined shrimp
Green onions, for garnish
Preheat crock pot on high.
In fry pan, heat olive oil. Add peppers, onions and celery. Cook until softened. Add chili powder and sauté until caramelized. Remove from heat and pour into crock pot. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, hot sauce, Worcestershire, salt and pepper.
Cook for 3 hours. Add shrimp and cook for about 3 minutes. Serve over rice. Top with chopped green onions.