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5 Reasons Why Not To Diet & What To Do Instead

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I am a holistic nutritionist, and I HATE diets.

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Okay, I realize hate is a strong word, and that there is something to be learned from all life experiences, so let me phrase this another way:

I am a holistic nutritionist, and I do not believe that a diet is ever going to get you the long-term weight loss and HEALTH that you desire.

But let’s back up for a second – first off, what do I mean when I say “diet?” The definition of the word I am using in the context of this article is:

“A special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.”

Diets are a multi billion-dollar industry, and right away that should tip you off that they are not something you are going to want to take part in. When there is that much of a financial interest you can be sure that truth is being diluted, stretched and down right ignored to help support the bottom line of those involved.

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Here are my top five reasons for never recommending a ‘diet’ to any of my clients, and what I suggest you do instead of dieting.

Reason Diets Suck #1: They Are Designed To Trick You

The diet industry is very clever. They snafu you into thinking that they have found the magical cure for ending the battle of the bulge. They sell you shiny ideas in shiny books and shiny pills in shiny bottles – telling you what they know you want to hear. The reason that they are doing this is not to help you improve your health – they are simply trying to improve the size of their collective bank accounts.

Reason Diets Suck #2: They Are Designed To Fail

The truth about diets is that they are built to be unsustainable. If the diet industry actually came out with something that really worked, they would put themselves out of business! Remember again, the diet industry is a business – and businesses must continue to make money. In the case of diets the magic formula is creating something that works for a short period of time – so that people have a reason to believe it will work and therefore have a reason to pay money for whatever is being offered – and then to fail so that you have to keep coming back and paying for the next best thing.

Reasons Diets Suck #3: They Are Built On Restriction

The whole idea of restriction sets you up for a long-term battle with food. Understand that when we were wandering the globe in our hunter gatherer days, we had times of feast – when we stumbled upon a mango grove and consumed them to our hearts content – and then times of famine – when the mangos ran dry and we had to pack up and wander some more to find the next source of food. Due to this feast/famine cycle, our bodies developed the ability to store calories in our fat cells during times of feast, for later use when there was a famine. In our world today most of us do not experience literal famines. This was an amazing life preserving system back then, but now when you go on a diet and you begin to restrict either your caloric intake (think Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig), your intake of a particular macronutrient group (think Atkins) or a combination of these (think South Beach or The Zone) your body is going to act and react as though you are in a famine. This is why you can stick to your plan for a week or two, and then all of a sudden your cravings for the highest calorie, highest fat ‘no-no’ foods kicks in to the point where you can’t fight it. That is your body’s natural urge to find food that would have kept you walking and searching back in our primitive days. Without that drive our species would have died out. Now, we really don’t need that overwhelming drive to eat because so many of us have an abundance of food. You are not crazy when you feel like you lose control over your appetite after dieting for a few weeks – it is your biology.

Reason Diets Suck #4: They Mess With Your Metabolism

All of that restriction does a number on your metabolic function. Again remember that these metabolic processes were set in place during a time where reality very different than it is today. Back when we were globetrotters, is was incredibly useful for our bodies to burn up muscle cells during times of famine, because it is much more calorically expensive for your body to maintain a cell of muscle than it is to maintain a cell of fat. It made sense for the body to stop sending nutrients to nourish our hair, skin and nails back then because those functions were not integral to our survival. It even made sense for reproductive activity to be shut down because again when we did not have enough food to sustain our own bodies, creating new life didn’t make much sense. Now when you go on a diet and your body senses this famine, the same metabolic adjustments are going to take place. You will lose muscle cells and non-essential functions of your body will be dialed down. This means when your drive to eat steers you directly to the carton of ice cream you are likely to regain all the weight you lost PLUS some, because now your metabolism has slowed in an effort to preserve your life. The more times you repeat this cycle, the heavier you are bound to become.

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Reasons Diets Suck #5: They Skew Your Sense of Body Image And Self Image

Finally, dieting is going to mess with what you see when you look in the mirror. It is going to skew the way you view your body and the bodies of everyone around you. We are bombarded with images of what the ‘perfect’ body should look like on a daily basis through the media, and the fact is once you start participating in it, the drive to improve every last inch of yourself is only going to increase. The more you buy into what they are selling you, the more you are going to find that which is wrong with your appearance. You may even start to tie your self-worth into what you look like – which will further fuel the dieting fire.

As you can see, diets are simply designed to be a vicious cycle that keeps you trapped. They do not lead to health –on a physical or mental level.

So what do you do instead? Here are my top five tips for ending dieting and starting to get healthy:

Refuse to Label Foods as “Good” or “Bad”

Food is food. Some foods make you feel good when you eat them; others make you feel less than optimal. Start to view food as being neutral in and of itself – and then decide how you wish to feel in your body. From there simply make a food CHOICE based on that desired feeling. It is very confusing for your brain to categorize something that you need to survive, like food, as being a ‘bad’ thing. This is why you feel guilt when you eat a food you have deemed as bad. In order for your brain to make sense of it, it has to decide that YOU are bad if you eat a ‘bad’ food. The labels mess with your view of yourself and your relationship with food. Decide not to do it.

Add Mindfulness To Your Meals:

Instead of trying to adhere to a specific set of dietary rules, simply take a moment to notice how you are feeing physically before you eat a meal, half way through your meal, and after your meal. The more you take the time to tune in with your own body, the more you will become consciously aware of what is working for you and what isn’t. From there you can start making educated choices that come from within, rather than looking outside of yourself for your answers.

Add Before You Subtract:

My last tip is to always focus on adding more fresh, vibrant, whole foods that you know make you feel good into your diet before you try to start cutting things out of your diet. This will help switch you into an abundant mindset instead of a restriction mindset, which is going to make your brain and your body feel much safer and happier. This approach means you will be starting to fuel your body with the foods it was designed to run on. You are going to feel more and more satisfied with these foods and you will be having fun experimenting with new recipes and new foods along the way. Then, by the time you are ready to let go of some less optimal foods it won’t feel like restriction, and you will have many things to replace those foods with.

Are you ready to let go of dieting? Do you feel otherwise? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Investigation Shows The MMR Vaccine Was Approved Based On Small Studies Showing Disturbing Results

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    A FOIA request by Del Bigtree reveals that the 8 studies supporting the release of the MMR vaccine were only 6 weeks long, used only 800 children, and led to damaging respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses to many of the children.

  • Reflect On:

    Are we ready to collectively deal with the implications of ongoing revelations of industry malfeasance with regards to vaccines that for some may require a shift in long-held beliefs?

Amidst a rash of efforts to bring forward mandatory vaccination in pockets of the United States is the recent move in New York City to declare a public health emergency Tuesday over a measles outbreak and order mandatory vaccinations in one neighborhood for people who may have been exposed to the virus.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the unusual order to address what he said was a measles “crisis” in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section, where more than 250 people have gotten measles since September. The order applies to anyone living, working or going to school in four zip codes in the neighborhood. The declaration requires all unvaccinated people who may have been exposed to the virus to get the vaccine, including children over 6 months old. People who ignore the order could be fined $1,000.

Challenging Assumptions

This kind of invasive move gives rise to several serious questions, including challenging many of the assumptions that are necessarily made to justify such a move.

Assumption #1: People who may have been infected with the measles should get vaccinated immediately. De Blasio wants people who may have been infected with the measles to get vaccinated. The assumption here is that the vaccine would actually help someone who has the virus by preventing them from getting the measles or preventing them from spreading it to others. But this just doesn’t stand to reason. If someone is already infected, getting a measles vaccine will not prevent the outbreak. That’s not what a vaccine is designed for. And while the person is going through the 2-week period it takes for the vaccine to take hold, it’s quite possible that this will weaken the immune response to the actual measles infection the person has. Quarantining people suspected of being infected would be the sensible response, not vaccinating. If they happen to have the measles, no problem. Once they recover they will then be immune for life.

Assumption #2: The MMR Vaccine Can Create Herd Immunity. There is an article in the Huffington post entitled ‘I’m No Anti-Vaxxer, But the Measles Vaccine Can’t Prevent Outbreaks,’ in which Dr. Gregory Poland, who strongly advocates for vaccines, notes that outbreaks are often initiated and spread by people who have been fully vaccinated against the measles–over 50% in the case of a 2011 outbreak in Quebec. How is this possible? While this Quebec outbreak happened within a community that supposedly had achieved herd-immunity status of over 95% vaccinated, the facts are, as the article notes, that “9 per cent of children having two doses of the vaccine, as public health authorities now recommend, will have lost their immunity after just seven and a half years. As more time passes, more lose their immunity.” Therefore, herd immunity for measles is simply impossible to achieve with this vaccine.

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Assumption #3: The MMR Vaccine, in de Blasio’s words, is ‘safe, effective, and life-saving.’ The claim that the MMR vaccine is ‘life-saving’ does not stand up to simple statistics, as we detail in our article ‘Statistics Show The MMR Vaccine Kills More People Than The Measles Does.’ Whether it is effective, we have already seen that it is incapable of creating herd immunity, wanes over time, does not work at all for some people, and in some of the latest outbreaks the majority of people infected were fully vaccinated. Is it safe? This is the important question we cover in the next section.

The Studies That Stand Behind The Approval Of the MMR Vaccine

The pharmaceutical industry, as well as governmental regulatory bodies like the CDC and the FDA, assure the public that they take the safety of vaccines seriously, and that there is irrefutable science behind the notion that vaccines are safe in terms of the studies that their approval is based on.

However, a Freedom of Information Act request by Del Bigtree has revealed absolutely startling information about the studies that supported the approval of the MMR vaccines that have been injected into our children. To begin with, only 8 studies were conducted and the total combined number of children participating in the studies was only a little over 800! Furthermore, the studies only recorded symptoms for the first 6 weeks after the vaccines were given, unlike many other drug studies that follow symptoms for 5 years or more. And finally, the study revealed serious side-effects in those receiving the vaccine, including a highly significant number of participants who suffered upper respiratory illness and gastrointestinal illness, which has been linked to autism.

In our latest episode of The Collective Evolution Show on CETV, Joe, Arjun and I discussed New York’s mandatory vaccination order as well as Del Bigtree’s analysis of the MMR studies he received and the reason that Big Pharma not only does not want to do proper, large-scale studies on the safety of vaccines, but they also want to try to prevent other researchers like Dr. Christopher Exley from doing so as well.

You can watch the full episode of The Collective Evolution Show where we talk about this subject in more detail here.

You can go here to see the full episode of ‘The Highwire’ where Del Bigtree breaks down the MMR studies in question.

The Takeaway

The veils of illusion that have been masking the truth are lifting as our consciousness awakens. Transparency is coming, though how long it takes will depend on our continued efforts to dig for and spread the truth far and wide.

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Merck’s Julie Gerberding Wins Industry ‘Woman Of The Year’ Award For Putting Profits Ahead Of Human Health

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  • The Facts:

    Julie Gerberding, the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association 'Woman of the Year,' is a prime example of someone who has gone through the revolving door between government regulatory agencies and the corporations they are supposed to be regulating.

  • Reflect On:

    It is becoming clear that our authorities in government and business alike are making decisions purely for their own interests, in utter disregard for human safety and well-being. How does this realization play a role in our awakening?

If you are not already clear about how the Corporatocracy that we live in is able to consistently serve their own power and wealth interests at the expense of our heath, well-being and prosperity, then the case of Julie Gerberding should provide some excellent insight. Her career path makes her the poster child for people who want to succeed in the world by embracing the corrupt, deceitful system that is currently in place.

Here is the blueprint: first, become an expert in a very specific area through a good old fashioned Western education. Use the talent and intelligence you have been blessed with to move up the ranks in your chosen industry to gain a position of power within the highest government agency in your field. Work in close collaboration with the corporations you are supposed to be the watchdogs for, and display a particular talent to get away with murder, not only deflecting obvious conflicts of interest and preventing them from materializing into lawsuits, but also demonstrating a highly developed ability–and willingness–to garner public trust around the safety and effectiveness of the products being pushed by the corporations you are colluding with.

Julie Gerberding

Julie Gerberding completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at UCSF, where she also served as Chief Medical Resident before completing her fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology and Infectious Diseases. She earned an M.P.H. degree at the University of California, Berkeley in 1990.

Before becoming CDC Director and ATSDR Administrator, Gerberding was Acting Deputy Director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID). She joined CDC in 1998 as Director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, NCID, where she developed CDC’s patient safety initiatives and other programs to prevent infections, antimicrobial resistance, and medical errors in healthcare settings.

But it is perhaps her talent in knowing how to speak with quiet authority, and a persona that people felt they could trust, that not only helped her rise up in the ranks of the government’s regulatory bodies, but also made giants of the corporatocracy take notice and treat her as one of their own. Knowing how to appeal to people emotionally, with eloquence and persuasion, is something you cannot force, nor can you teach it. Some people just have that power. What they decide to do with it is another matter.

Less than a year after she resigned from her CDC post in in January 2009, she was hired as president of Merck’s vaccine division. Now we can look at the low-hanging fruit and remark that during her tenure at the CDC, Merck became the manufacturer of 14 of the 17 vaccines ‘recommended’ for children by the CDC, and 9 of the 10 vaccines ‘recommended’ for adults by the CDC. The conflict of interest here is beyond obvious, and one would be reasonable to assume that this appointment, which garnered over $5 million in stock options alone, amounted to payback for favors done to Merck while head of the CDC.

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But I believe Merck saw genuine value in the type of leadership Gerberding brought to the table: a cold and calculating devotion to the bottom line, covered over by a veneer of compassion-like-symptoms and a trustworthy tone of authority. In the pharmaceutical industry, these qualities are gold.

CNN Interview

During our bi-weekly broadcast on CETV, Joe Martino and I had a discussion about the ‘revolving door’ between government regulatory agencies and the corporations they serve. We look at statistics that would literally make your head spin about the hordes of people who have enjoyed the freedom to move from working on one side of the aisle to the other. Typically this pattern serves those willing to ‘play ball’ with corporate powers in their capacity as government regulators, to then be rewarded by the wealthy corporations with cushy jobs and board appointments.

In the case of Julie Gerberding, we dove deep into a CNN interview Gerberding did with Sanjay Gupta while she was at the CDC around the time that the Hannah Poling case was making headlines and getting widespread public attention. (Hannah Poling was the first child to receive money from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program for her vaccine injury; in essence, the government conceded that vaccines caused Hannah Poling’s autism). Big Pharma seemed to be in need of a reassuring voice directed at the public to prevent a massive exodus of parents from the growing vaccine schedules being lined up for their children.

Joe and I talked about the various techniques Gerberding uses to deftly move the conversation from a very vague ‘admission’ of what the government had conceded to assurances that all caring parents should continue to have their children vaccinated.

By some accounts, Julie Gerberding had a significant impact at this time in preventing a complete loss in confidence in vaccine safety, which would have been a major disaster for the pharmaceutical industry. Makes you wonder why she didn’t win the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association ‘Woman of the Year’ award sooner.

The Takeaway

As difficult as it is for some of us to accept, the belief that those in authority have humanity’s best interests at heart has long run its course. It is an important part of our collective evolution that we realize we cannot count on our elected officials, corporate leaders, bureaucrats or other authority figures to make decisions that are in our best interests, because by and large we are seeing that they are only making decisions in their own interests, for the expansion and consolidation of their power. As individuals we must seek to become sovereigns, and as sovereigns to link together and awaken to our collective power to consciously create the type of world we really want to live in.

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Legal Challenge Against Forced Vaccination Filed in New York City

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On April 15, 2019, a legal challenge was filed in the New York State Trial Court by Robert Krakow, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Patricia Finn against the New York City Department of Health and Human Hygiene for their forced Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccination. The legal team asked for a temporary restraining order against the mandate that the Judge will likely review and provide an ex parte decision. Children’s Health Defense is supporting these efforts.

Last week, Children’s Health Defense reported that the NYC Commissioner of Health declared a public health emergency, ordering all people who live, work or reside in four Brooklyn zip codes to be vaccinated with the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine. Non-compliance with the order is a misdemeanor subject to criminal and civil fines, including imprisonment. Only those with documented immunity, medical contraindications or infants under six months are exempt from the vaccine mandate.

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