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With the advent of the internet came a superabundance of available information regarding personal health. However, with this deluge of available information also came a hefty downfall – a massive amount of misguided and unreliable information.

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Out of all fields of discussion, it’s safe to say that no other topics are more dangerous to have misinformation spread about than diet and nutrition. If a nutrition myth is continually repeated, it can soon become a culturally accepted truth, something that is dangerous to the general public. So for that matter, this article will address some of the most common and misguided nutrition ‘facts’ out there today.

9) Eggs Are Bad For Your Heart & Overall Healthwpid-cracked-brown-egg

Eggs have had a bad rap in recent years, mostly due to the cholesterol myth. But a few recent studies have since debunked this myth.

A study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that higher consumption of eggs (up to one egg per day) is not associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease or stroke.   In fact, eggs actually raise the ‘good’ cholesterol (called high-density lipoprotein cholesterol) which works to remove the ‘bad’ cholesterol.

The health benefits of eggs include:

  • 6 grams of high quality protein (full amino acid profile).
  • High in lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants in your lens and retina that help prevent eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Good source of choline, a member of the vitamin B family.
  • One of the few food containing naturally occurring Vitamin D.
  • Contains sulfur – essential for healthy hair and nails.

*The key is to eat organic, pasture-raised eggs.

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8) All Saturated Fats Are Bad For You

This is a myth that stemmed from an unsubstantiated claim made decades ago.  The truth of the downloadmatter? There is absolutely no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD, according to a meta-analysis which looked at 347,747 subjects. 

As mentioned in #9, saturated fats from things like egg yolks, coconut oil, and avocado work to increase the good cholesterol which works to lower the bad cholesterol.

Saturated fats from proper sources provide the building blocks for your cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances, as well as serve as carriers for the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K and are required for converting carotene into vitamin A.

Good sources of saturated fat: nuts, seeds, coconut oil, organic nut oils, eggs, avocados, grass-fed meat.

7) Breakfast Is The Most Important Meal Of The Daydownload (1)

There is new evidence to suggest that intermittent fasting has some major health benefits. By skipping breakfast and not eating until around 11am, you’re giving your body an extended break from eating, which has been shown to be as effective as calorie restriction in fat loss.

Fasting has also been shown to increase human growth hormone secretion by up to 1200 percent for women and 2000 percent for men.

Other benefits include reducing inflammation, reducing insulin resistance, improving blood pressure, and increased lean body mass. Intermittent fasting can also improve your brain function by increasing levels of BDNF, a protein that protects your brain cells from the changes associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

6) Eat 6 Small Meals Per Day Instead of 3 Big Ones6-small-meals

The logic behind eating 6 small meals makes sense, (i.e., portion control, stabilizing blood sugar), however, this claim has not been proven to be true. In fact, multiple studies prove that there is no difference in metabolism or fat loss with people eating 6 meals per day compared with people who eat the same amount of food in 3 larger meals.

We know that our ancestors weren’t constantly feasting, they also didn’t have access to a grocery store 24/7. Our ancestors were more likely to go through periods of fasting and then eating large meals.

Furthermore, when we don’t eat for a while, a process called autophagy cleans waste out of our cells.

5) Omega-6 Fats From Seed and Vegetable Oils Are Good For Youvegetableoilpoison

While eating omega-6 fats is crucial to our health, the main issue lies in the fact that most of us are eating too much omega-6 fatty acids, most of which are sourced from processed seed and vegetable oils.

Humans are supposed to receive a well balanced ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fats, that is 1:1. Most westerners are getting about 20-50 times more omega-6’s than omega-3’s, which can cause problems.

One study showed that too much omega-6 fats from processed oils is a leading factor to coronary heart disease.

Be sure to eat well sourced omega-3 fats (flax/chia seeds, cod liver oil) and reduce your intake of processed omega-6 fats (vegetable oil, sunflower oil).

4) Artificial Sweeteners Are Safe Sugar Replacements for Diabetics, and Help Promote Weight Lossartificial-sweeteners

As a child, I remember seeing my grandmother using artificial sweeteners in her tea, which she explained was for her diabetes. If only I knew then what I know now.

A study from 1986, which included nearly 80,000 women, found that those who used artificial sweeteners were significantly more likely than non-users to gain weight over time, regardless of initial weight.

A more recent study found similar results, here’s what researchers had to say, “Several large scale prospective cohort studies found positive correlation between artificial sweetener use and weight gain. When matched for initial body mass index (BMI), gender, ethnicity, and diet, drinkers of artificially sweetened beverages consistently had higher BMIs at the follow-up, with dose dependence on the amount of consumption…”

Another study published in PLoS One found that chronic lifetime exposure to aspartame, commencing in utero, produces changes in blood glucose parameters and adversely impacts spatial learning and memory in mice (a.k.a. messes with the body’s insulin response, a danger for type II diabetics).

3) Low-Fat Foods Help With Weight Lossimages

In order to compensate for the flavour of low-fat foods, food manufacturers will usually add sugar (corn syrup) or artificial sweeteners. As mentioned above, artificial sweeteners are silent killers.

The idea that fat is bad for us came out of the 1970’s when the American dietary guidelines were first published. They demonized saturated fats (which we’ve just explained are crucial to our health) while giving sugar and refined carbs a free pass. It’s interesting to note that the obesity epidemic began around the same time…

2) Carbs & Grains Should Be Your Highest Source Of Calorieshealthy-carbs

Currently, as war exists between people who eat a high-fat/low-carb diet and those who consume a high-carb/low-fat diet.

While the mainstream states that your biggest source of calories should come from complex carbs (50-60%), many nutritionists are now coming forward and refuting this statement. Carbs, particularly organic whole grain bread, cereal, and pasta (although not as applicable for fruit and vegetables), spike insulin and leptin levels in the blood, which is a leading factor to many chronic illnesses.

The low-fat, high-carb diet simply isn’t working for North Americans, as obesity rates are at an all time high. While this diet may be okay for people who are lean, people who are obese or who have  metabolic syndrome should stay far away from this type of diet, according to these studies.

As explained above, properly sourced, high-fat diets are crucial to our overall health. Here are 23 gold standard studies which support the benefits of a high-fat/low-carb diet.

1) Soy Is A Health Food8.3.1

Clever marketing has denoted soy beans as a ‘health food’, when in fact there is much more to the story than this simple claim.

Over 90% of soy produced in the U.S. is genetically modified and the crops are sprayed with the herbicide Roundup, which may be associated with adverse effects on health.

Most of the soy consumed in the western diet is processed, in the form of soy bean oil. In fact, in 1999, 7% percent of Americans’ total diet was derived from soy bean oil, which is derived from a process that uses hexane to extract it.

While whole soy beans do contain nutrients, they also contain phytates, a substance which inhibits nutrient absorption in the body.

Soy also contains large amounts of biologically active compounds called isoflavones, which function as phytoestrogens… that is, plant-based compounds that can activate estrogen receptors in the human body, a.k.a., soy acts as a hormone disruptor.

When is soy okay for you? When it is fermentedTempeh, natto, and miso are fermented forms of soy which contain lowered levels of phytic acid and other anti-nutrients, as well as beneficial bacteria for our gut. The key here is to consume in small amounts.

Do you know of any other mainstream nutrition myths that are widely accepted as truth? Share with us in the comment section below!

 Sources:

Dr. Mercola

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8 Incredible Reasons Witch Hazel Should Be Added To Your Medicine Cabinet

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  • The Facts:

    There are many harmful chemicals lurking in most personal care products. There are enough natural alternatives out there, such as witch hazel that could eliminate your need to use these chemical-containing products at all.

  • Reflect On:

    How important is it for you to limit the number of harmful chemicals that you, your family and the environment are exposed to?

Witch Hazel is an ancient Native American remedy for a wide variety of ailments and people are starting to see why. Generally, in stores, we see witch hazel available in a clear liquid form in a bottle, but prior to that, it starts off as a shrub with yellow flowers.

There are two ways of getting the extract from the witch hazel bark, one as a distillation, this is commonly found in stores and generally has alcohol added to act as a preservative, or as a decoction. Many herbalists agree that the decoction method is superior because it makes a more concentrated version which means higher levels of tannins, which is the component that gives witch hazel its superior astringent properties. The distilled version is more shelf-stable, but just be aware of the alcohol that’s added, as some are sensitive to this.

Witch hazel can typically be used in the place of alcohol for treatment of many different skin irritations. It is recognized worldwide as a natural cleanser and toner, it’s clear that this product is absolutely great for the skin, so what benefits does it provide?

1. Clear Up Acne

A study, which was published in the Journal of Aesthetic and Clinical Dermatology showed that Witch Hazel was one of the most effective acne treatments out of 52 tested products.

This liquid can slow bacterial growth, speed up healing of scabs and reduce inflammation, redness, oil production and even the development of blackheads and whiteheads.

2. Protect From Skin Cancer

A study that was published in Chemical Research in Toxicology found that the polyphenols and tannins found naturally in witch hazel reduced the number of free radicals and stopped the growth of melanoma cells.

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3. Cleanse Hair & Hydrate Dry Scalp

Witch Hazel is a common ingredient in many homemade, all-natural shampoos. It can reduce oil build up on the hair, which could leave your hair clean, shiny and potentially add more volume.

According to this study, witch hazel was able to reduce symptoms of a dry, itchy and irritated scalp.

4. Reduce Degenerative Effects Of The Skin

Because of the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of witch hazel, it can help to protect collagen and the skin’s elasticity. This provides a super cheap alternative to many of the expensive wrinkle creams, cleansers and toners out there. Try mixing Witch Hazel with vitamin E oil and some herbs or flowers such as rose or lavender for your very own home-made anti-aging serum.

5. A Useful Addition To Homemade Baby Wipes

If you are someone who is crafty, economical and practical then the idea of homemade baby wipes might be exciting for you. Witch Hazel is a perfectly safe ingredient to use in homemade wipes to wipe your babies bum clean. This is a great alternative to whatever chemicals may be lurking in those store-bought wipes. Making your own is also much better for the environment as homemade wipes don’t come packed in plastic.

6. Heal Stretch Marks?

Some claim that a witch hazel spray applied directly onto stretch marks once a day can help to eliminate the appearance of stretch marks. It’s so simple so at least it’s worth a try, considering it assists with inflammation and scarring this only makes sense.

7. Itch Remedy

Witch Hazel can be an excellent remedy for anything from bug bites, to eczema to chickenpox and poison ivy. You can put some in a spray bottle and add a few drops of lavender essential oil and find relief next time you or your children have an itch that scratching won’t help.

8. Heal Mouth Sores & Freshen Breath

Canker sores, bit lip or cheek? Simply swish some witch hazel around your mouth to help reduce irritation. This is also a great natural mouthwash that can help freshen breath. You can add a drop or peppermint essential oil for a more powerful fresh feeling, just be careful not to swallow.

All Natural Products, All The Way

With so many all-natural alternatives to our everyday products, one might begin to wonder why we even use mainstream store-bought products that are laden with chemicals and preservatives in the first place? It seems that the plant kingdom has a remedy for almost anything that ails us; it’s just that a lot of this knowledge has been lost and unfortunately it’s not a focal point for most manufacturers. Aside from countless recipes for natural homemade personal care and cleaning products online, some retailers are starting to understand our desire to eliminate chemicals from our lives and offer many alternatives, which are generally found at health food stores.

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Study Reveals Popular Vaccine “May Kill More Children From Other Causes Than It Saves”

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  • The Facts:

    Multiple studies have shown and emphasized that the DTP vaccine may actually kill more children than it protects from DTP. This is one of the latest to show it, known as the Mogensen study.

  • Reflect On:

    Reflect on the fact that this information is never really brought up within the mainstream medical community. All it takes is one CDC study to "debunk" several studies that show opposite results. What's really going on here? Is our health a priority?

There are numerous vaccine safety issues. It can boggle your mind how health authorities and pharmaceutical companies can deem them to be completely safe, necessary, and responsible for saving millions of lives. When people hear this, they usually just believe it without ever looking into it and doing their research, and don’t realize they are only presented with one side of the story. If you have 100 studies raising an issue with a vaccine, all it takes is one study from the CDC to say it’s safe, and that’s the research medical associations dish out to doctors as well as medical schools. After all, the pharmaceutical companies are the ones paying for the whole shebang; what they say, goes.

“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue.” – Richard Horton, current Editor-in-chief of The Lancet 

Heavy Metals

One example would be the vaccine ingredients themselves. Heavy metals, like aluminum and mercury, have been added to vaccines for approximately 100 years without any appropriate safety testing. Numerous studies point this out.  You can access some of those studies and see some examples here.

Fast forward to 2017: researchers have now identified, in animal models, that the aluminum from a vaccine does not exit the body like aluminum from, let’s say, our food; it actually stays in the body, travels to distant organs and eventually ends up in the brain. Not only that, researchers also found some of the highest brain aluminum content ever measured in autopsies of the brains of people who were autistic.

You can read more about that and access those studies in the articles linked below:

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Study Shows Where ‘Almost 100 Percent of Aluminum From Vaccines Could Go Inside A Baby’s Body’

‘Some of the Highest Values For Brain Aluminum Content Ever Measured’ Found In People With Autism

It is simply no longer possible to believe…or to rely on the judgement of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine. –  Dr. Marcia Angell

Questioning Vaccine Safety Is Suppressed

With all of these issues, why is there such a harsh reaction to questioning vaccine safety? Why can’t a doctor or professor keep their job if they question vaccine safety? Isn’t science about openly questioning? The day we stop questioning, when there are clearly multiple concerns and questions to be asked and addressed, is the day we abandon the possibility of doing real science.

“The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.”  – Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard professor of medicine and former Editor in Chief of The New England Medical Journal (source)

The issue here is, vaccines are marketed as completely safe, and anybody who questions vaccines is made out to look crazy, dumb, or unscientific. This couldn’t’ be further from the truth, and there are a number of valid reasons why parents should not be forced to vaccinate their child. 

The DTP Vaccine

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has long been a vocal critic of the lack of scientifically-based vaccine testing:

The public in both poor and rich countries has a right to scientifically-based evidence that international vaccine programs are as safe as possible and that they have been thoroughly safety-tested.  The best metrics for measuring safety are studies comparing health outcomes of vaccinated versus unvaccinated cohorts.  Yet, both the CDC and the WHO have aggressively discouraged the pursuit of such studies. – RFK Jr.

He wrote an article that goes into more detail about the DTP vaccine, it’s history, and what the current research suggests. It is becoming difficult to avoid the conclusion that the DTP vaccine is causing more harm than good.

Study Finds Higher Mortality In Infants Who Received The DTP Vaccine Compared To Those Who Didn’t

In the video below, I go into more detail about the DTP vaccine. HERE is the study I reference in the video.

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Simple Exercises To Help Reverse Damage Caused From Excessive Sitting

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  • The Facts:

    In our modern lifestyle, we are sitting too much and for too long periods of time. This level of sedentary lifestyle is not natural for our bodies and could lead to very serious health issues if we do not address this issue.

  • Reflect On:

    How could you be more active throughout your regular day to reduce the impacts of sitting too much? Can you make some of these simple excises a daily habit to help limit the damages of sitting?

If you are here and reading this, chances are you have a job that involves long periods of sitting, and most likely staring at a screen. This has become the norm in our modern society and because our bodies are designed to move, to stretch and well, basically to be used, sitting for extended periods of time is causing us some serious damage. Some people are going as far as to say that sitting is the new smoking.

Have you experienced those moments when you finally get up from a sitting position and your butt is completely numb? Excessive sitting causes your legs and hips to become tight and leaves your glutes completely inactive, which does nothing to strengthen these areas. Then there is the dreaded slouch over the desk and computer that could be ruining your posture as well.

Think about how our society was before the industrial revolution, stock market and even recently with the invention of the computer. Us humans were tending our own gardens, washing and hanging our own clothes, we didn’t have cars and were, by default, much more active than we are today. We didn’t even have couches to sit on at the end of the day or more screens, in various shapes and sizes to stare at whilst sitting. It is straight up unnatural for our bodies to spend so much time being inactive and we are starting to see the consequences.

However, having awareness is the first step towards change, and there are some simple ways that you can begin to undo the damage that is caused by sitting. So without further a due, here are 7 simple exercises you can do now to reduce the damage caused by sitting.

Sit Less & Move More

Prevention is the best remedy. By simply being aware of how much you are sitting, you can begin to negate its effects. Whenever possible stand up, go for a little walk around the office, perhaps a little stretch or plank while you’re at it. To remind yourself to do this you can set a timer to go off every 30-60 minutes.

Consider using a standing desk perhaps to keep you on your feet and activating your muscles for longer, although you will still want to ensure you are incorporating some movement, as standing for hours on end is not necessarily good for you and your body either. A friend suggested a great idea to me once, which was to drink plenty of water. This will force you to get up often, not only to get more water but to also relive your bladder, this sounds silly, but it totally works. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with staying hydrated!

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Stretch Out Those Hips

If you are really tight, the following exercises may be difficult at first, don’t push it only go to your level of comfort. With time you will gain the flexibility to go deeper as it will get easier after a while.

Squats

Nothing like some good old-fashioned squats to engage your glutes and your legs. Stand up tall, have the feet about hip width apart and facing a little bit outwards, bend down so your knees are at about a 45-degree angle, come up and flex your glutes when you do. Repeat 10 times to start, increasing every time you do this.

Downward Dog

This is a classic move that you may already know if you’ve ever taken a yoga class. If you haven’t — no sweat, it’s a fairly simple exercise. Stand up straight and bend over, place your hands in front of you on the ground and slowly walk them out. If you are on your tiptoes for this, that’s totally fine, you want your body to be in a “V” shape. Hold this pose for 10 – 15 seconds at first, then increase the duration as you get comfortable. To come out of this position, walk your hands slowly back to your feet than stand up tall. You may be able to eventually have your feet flat on the ground as you do this, but it may take some time to achieve this.

Plank Position

The plank position is great for whole body strength. Simply get into a standard push up position, or rest your elbows on the floor, ensure your back is flat, like a plank and hold for 20 seconds to start. Over time, you can increase the duration of this exercise. It is an excellent way to strengthen the core and gets your legs and glutes involved as well.

Glute Bridge

Lay on your back on the ground, bring your legs up so your feet are about 1 foot away from your butt, place your hands flat on the floor and begin to raise your pelvis off the ground. Repeat 20 times, ensuring to flex those glutes every time you lift up. As this becomes easier, increase the number of repetitions.

Spinal Twist

Sit on the floor with your legs out in front of you. To start, bring in your right knee and cross your foot across your left leg, hug your right leg into your body while sitting up straight. Hold this pose for 10 seconds then switch legs. As this becomes easier you can move on the

Leg Swings

Start this exercise by finding something to hold onto for balance. Start by swinging your right leg backward and forwards as high and as far back as feels comfortable to you. Repeat 20 times then switch legs.

Next up is side to side leg swings. Keep holding onto something for balance and swing your right leg out to the side as high as is comfortable and then in front of you towards your left as far as you can. Again, do 20 swings then switch legs. You may repeat if you are feeling especially tight.

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