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The Disastrous State Of Prenatal Care In America & Its Link To Autoimmune Disorders (Including Autism)

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  • The Facts:

    The prenatal care regularly suggested to and followed by pregnant women has become both outdated and overrun with decisions made by Big Pharma. Thankfully alternatives do exist!

  • Reflect On:

    Are there any pregnant women in your life that would benefit from reading this information?

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We all know that a healthy pregnancy leads to a healthier baby, but are we doing enough? We are following the advice of our physicians, so why are we facing an epidemic of sick children? As advanced as our society is, I believe allopathic doctors miss the mark when it comes to prenatal care. There are many things our doctors are not telling us. Here are some tips to help improve the health and well-being of your future children.

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“We need to do a better job of preparing our bodies before conception and beyond.” – Healing Without Hurting, 2018

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Resolve Infections and Get Brewing Autoimmune Issues Under Control

Get yourself checked to see if you have any chronic inflammation, a yeast infection, a urinary tract infection, Lyme Disease, or any other low-grade chronic infections. If you do have any infections, consider avoiding prescription medications, and try to have the issues treated naturally. Remember two things: we pass our poor immunity to our children in utero (newer research suggests that if a mother’s immune system is activated, it can affect her child’s health and brain development), and inflammation can lead to malabsorption and malnutrition, which can cause many health issues.

Address Your Microbiome

I had no idea that being on birth control pills for 13 years would completely wipe out my microbiome, or that my years of vaccines, antibiotics and pesticide-laden foods I was eating would wipe it out as well. 

Rebuild your gut with fermented foods, human strain probiotics, and feed the probiotics with plenty of dietary fiber. A healthy gut is essential to your health and your child’s health.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine revealed in a 2018 study that autism risk was determined by the health of the mother’s gut. “We determined that the microbiome is a key contributor in determining susceptibility [to autism-like disorders], so it suggests that you could target either the maternal microbiome or this inflammatory molecule, IL-17a,” said lead researcher John Lukens of UVA’s Department of Neuroscience.

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Cut Environmental Toxins Out Of Your Life

Cut out any lifestyle habits that put toxins into your body. Avoid:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Harmful Drugs
  • Environmental toxins you may be exposed to regularly at work or home—including second-hand smoke and industrial chemicals. Avoid contaminated air such as industrial fumes as much as possible. Use air filters in your home and office to trap toxic airborne chemicals.
  • Skincare and beauty products that contain toxic ingredients can seep in through your skin and scalp. Don’t put anything on your skin that you don’t want absorbing into your system.
  • Toxic cleaning products and air fresheners. Use natural products instead.
  • Over-the-counter medications, such as antacids that contain high levels of aluminum and other harmful ingredients.
  • Unnecessary prescription medications. Educate yourself so that you can weigh the costs versus benefits of medications and vaccinations for you and your baby.

Drink Mineralized Water

Drink lots and lots of mineralized water. Try to only store water in glass or stainless-steel bottles and avoid plastic. Have your tap water tested for heavy metals, essential mineral levels, pH, and bacteria. Minerals are essential for many functions of the body, including proper detoxification.

Cleanse Your System – We Pass Toxins To Our Baby Through The Placenta

Detoxify your organs, glands, and tissues of heavy metals, estrogen-mimicking chemicals, and other toxins. Virtually all of us have toxins built up in our systems, and eliminating them is very important. These toxins can lead to birth defects, miscarriages, or illnesses in our children. Some experts advise starting a detox regime two years before conception. Drink lemon water and take milk thistle and dandelion root.

Flush Toxic Metals

You can help remove toxic metals from your body by consuming foods and supplements that contain sulfur such as cabbage, beans, and garlic. You can also take hot clay and sea salt baths, which I elaborate on  in Chapter 19 of my book, Healing Without Hurting. Make the water as hot as you can stand, and then add essential oils such as lavender (10 drops) or a tiny bit of tea tree oil (2 drops). Then, soak for forty-five minutes.

Warning: Do not perform any detoxification regimes once you become pregnant because toxins that you release from your body could transfer to your baby. Detoxifying before you become pregnant is highly recommended, but not after. Seek help from a qualified practitioner if a vigorous detox is required.

Learn the Risks of Vaccinations and Make an Informed Choice

Learn the risks. All medication comes with potential side effects and vaccinations are no exception. Adjuvants are necessary for vaccines to alert the immune response to react, but who knows what all these ingredients do to an immature brain that may not be able to handle these elements. Despite what the CDC reports, many published reports and scientific research point to an increased risk of miscarriages and elevated risks of birth defects and autism in the offspring of mothers who received DTaP & influenza vaccines during pregnancy.

Increase Levels of Glutathione

Eat Sulfur-rich foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and cabbage. Eat foods high in selenium such as Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, onions, and herbs such as cinnamon and cardamom, which have compounds that can restore healthy levels of glutathione. Talk to your physician about N-acetyl cysteine (N-AC) injections or supplements. Liposome capsule supplements are best because they protect the glutathione from the digestive process and allow it to absorb into the body.

Eat a Nutritionally Dense Diet, Avoid Extreme Diets and Avoid Toxic Foods​

Eat carefully, and increase your intake of healthy protein and mineral-rich foods such as kelp and organic root vegetables. The following strategies can help ensure a healthy diet.

An unbalanced diet has the potential to cause health problems. For example, don’t live on protein drinks, as they lack many vital minerals. If you’re committed to a vegetarian diet, you must take extra care to ensure you’re getting all of the nutrients your baby needs through vitamin supplements and/or nutrient-dense foods. Also, you can take digestive enzymes and chew your food slower to ensure you’re digesting and absorbing nutrients properly.

Avoid processed and chemical-laced foods. Our mainstream food supply is so processed and refined that many vitamins and minerals essential to our health are stripped away, while chemicals and preservatives that are bad for you are added.

Avoid tuna, marlin, swordfish, tilefish, grouper, bluefish, Chilean sea bass, shark, king mackerel, and other large fish known to contain high levels of mercury, which is poisonous. 

Go Organic

Whenever possible, buy organic foods. In a comparative study between organic and conventional tomatoes, “A farming experiment at the University of California, Davis, has found that organically grown tomatoes are 70-97% richer in certain kinds of flavonoids than conventionally grown tomatoes. The increased flavonoid levels could stem from the difference in how organic and conventional tomatoes are fertilized.” Plants grown without fertilizers and pesticides react to the environment by building their defences. The result means higher levels of antioxidants, benefiting the tomato and the consumer. These powerful antioxidants increase detoxifying enzymes in the body.

The Soil & Farming Association reviewed the evidence and concluded that organic produce is far superior than its conventional counterparts in nutrient levels, overall quality and food safety. That makes sense because we often use monocrops in mainstream farming and GM crops, which is when one crop is grown over and over on the same piece of land, negatively affecting the environment and depleting the soil of its nutrients. Also, toxic sprays damage microorganisms that help the plants absorb minerals from the soil.

Don’t forget that primitive man consumed five to eleven times the amount of the essential minerals most of us get from mainstream food. When food is low in essential minerals, the body absorbs and makes use of more toxic metals.

Another reason to eat organic is that conventional foods contain a lot of synthetic pesticides that are considered neurotoxins. Our primary exposure to these chemicals comes through our diets. According to Rodale News, pesticides in food are linked to ADHD in kids and Phil Landrigan, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Community and Preventative Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine agreed, “People who switch to an organic diet knock down the levels of pesticide by-products in their urine by 85-90 percent.”

Warning: Steer clear of organic foods, herbs, and supplements from China, which is one of the most polluted nations on Earth with high levels of toxins including lead, cadmium, and arsenic, which routinely appear in food. Look for the USDA “certified organic” logo to ensure you’re buying authentic organic food.

Make Sure Nutrient Levels Are Optimized & Take Whole-Food Vitamin/Mineral Supplements

Vitamins and minerals are essential for boosting your energy and keeping you feeling your best. In contrast, chemicals add toxins to your system that may remain in your body for decades and lead to a variety of illnesses. Bio-available, whole-food prenatal vitamins with adequate amounts of minerals will help both you and your baby. Avoid prescription prenatal vitamins and ones bought at big-box stores like CVS.

Eat Organic Foods High in B Vitamins​

B is for the brain. Eating foods high in vitamin B such as legumes, seeds, nuts, fruits, and dark leafy veggies are essential for a healthy mind and body. If you are looking to supplement, use a B complex vitamin with methylated B’s for higher bioavailability. B vitamins work synergistically, so taking a complex is better than taking B vitamins individually.

Get Enough Zinc, Iodine & Other Minerals

In September 2017, the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research concluded that “low levels of minerals such as magnesium, zinc and iodine in pregnant women can lead to anemia, malnutrition, hypertension, pre-eclampsia, labor complications, maternal death, miscarriage, preterm delivery, fetal growth restriction, and even diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”

According to a 2007 article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, zinc deficiency may be a hidden cause of genetic defects: “Genetic birth defects may be caused by faulty DNA or by faulty gene expression. Even if one’s DNA is perfect, the synthesis of proteins from that DNA can be faulty. For example, zinc is required for a key enzyme in gene expression, RNA transferase.”

Get Enough Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids provide numerous health benefits including reducing blood pressure, decreasing inflammation, improving joint and bone health, bettering skin, and enhancing mood and focus. EPA and DHA have also been associated with proper fetal neurological development.

Sources for omega-3 include ground flax seeds and flaxseed oil, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, ground chia seeds, primrose, borage, grape seeds, coconut oil, walnuts, kidney beans, and black beans.

Get Tested for the MTHFR Gene Mutation

Did you know that taking folic acid could be a bad idea? Synthetic folic acid is recommended to pregnant moms by OBGYN doctors for proper brain development of their unborn child. However, this practice may be wreaking havoc on the brain health of our children. Simple blood or saliva tests could prevent a miscarriage and prevent babies from developing birth defects, neurological problems, and other medical issues.

Interestingly, 40%-55% of us carry the mutated gene(s) and the correct dose, and if the proper form of this essential nutrient is not supplemented, many health problems can arise. This mutation(s) inhibits the body’s ability to regenerate folate with the help of vitamin B12. When a person is identified as having this genetic mutation, their physician will often recommend replacing synthetic folic acid with folate and methylated B12 vitamins.

According to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association on February 13, 2013,Women taking folate before pregnancy were 40 percent less likely to have a baby later diagnosed with autism, according to a 2014 study.”

On October 12, 2011, the same journal stated, “The use of folate supplements in early pregnancy was associated with a reduced risk of severe language delay in children at age three years.”

Get Tested for Pyrrole Disorder​

Symptoms of pyrrole disorder include anxiety, mood swings, aggression/bad temper, poor tolerance of stress, and hypersensitivity to light, sounds, tastes, and/or touch. A simple urine test can detect this problem. If zinc and vitamin B6 are dumping into your urine, it means these nutrients aren’t being correctly metabolized in your body. Both are essential for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Exercise Regularly

Exercising and sweating at least thirty minutes a day will help you become physically healthy, balance your emotions, and sweat toxins out of your system.

Get Enough Sleep

When you get eight to nine hours of sleep daily, you’re giving your body the opportunity to detoxify, heal, and rebuild. Getting proper rest is critical to achieving optimal health.

Get A Handle Over Your Stress

Take good care of yourself so that your pregnancy can be as stress-free as possible. Natural therapies such as bodywork, psychotherapy, craniosacral therapy, chiropractic work, and energy work can greatly facilitate digestion and alleviate stress.

Delay Umbilical Cord Clamping​

In 2012, Mark Sloan, M.D. wrote a fascinating article in Science and Sensibility. He explains how immediate cord clamping leaves nearly one-third of stem cells in the placenta, which play a crucial role in the development of the immune, respiratory, cardiovascular, and central nervous systems, among many other functions.

There is also growing evidence that suggests that delaying cord blood clamping by a few minutes may be extremely beneficial for both pre-term and full-term babies. JAMA Pediatrics released a randomized clinical study in 2015 that concluded that delayed cord clamping improved fine-motor functioning and social skills at age four, especially in boys. In addition, this allows for more blood transfer between mother and child increasing the infant’s iron storage and improving immunity – which are both essential for healthy brain functioning.

I didn’t know that when I opted to bank my children’s cord blood, I may have done them a disservice. Attendants that come to bank the cord blood usually cut the umbilical cord within 30 seconds of birth to capture “enough cord blood” for the cord blood bank. I didn’t realize that this was not desirable, nor did I know that I may have been robbing them of their stem cells, blood, and much-needed oxygen during those critical minutes when they were transitioning to breathing on their own.

Seek Out A Functional Medicine M.D. or Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Always seek help from a qualified functional medicine practitioner and/or naturopathic physician. They address the underlying causes of disease using a systems-oriented approach and engage both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners should spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and cause chronic diseases. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.


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Most Diabetic, Heart Disease & Alzheimer’s Deaths Categorized As “Covid” Deaths (UK)

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  • The Facts:

    According to professor of evidence based medicine at Oxford Dr. Carl Heneghan , who is also an emergency GP, most diabetic, heart disease & alzheimer's deaths were categorized as COVID deaths in the United Kingdom.

  • Reflect On:

    How many deaths have actually been a result of COVID? Why is this pandemic surrounded with so much controversy? Why does mainstream media fail at having appropriate conversations about 'controversial' evidence/opinions?

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 Dr. Carl Heneghan has an interesting view on the pandemic, not only is he a professor of evidence-based medicine at Oxford University, he also works Saturday shifts as an emergency GP. This allows him to see healthcare from both the academic perspective as well as the healthcare experience, more specifically, it allows him to see COVID from both perspectives.

What Happened: In a recent article he wrote for The Spectator, he writes the following,

It’s hard to imagine, let alone measures, the side effects of lockdowns. The risk with the government’s ‘fear’ messaging is that people become so worried about burdening the NHS that they avoid seeking medical help. Or by the time they do so, it can be too late. The big rise in at-home deaths (still ongoing) points to that. You will be familiar with the Covid death toll, updated in the papers every day. But did you know that since the pandemic, we’ve had 28,200 more deaths among diabetics that we’d normally expect? That’s not the kind of figure they show on a graph at No. 10 press conference. For people with heart disease, it’s 17,100. For dementia and Alzheimer’s, it’s 22,800. Most were categorised as Covid deaths: people can die with multiple conditions, so they can fall into more than one of these categories. It’s a complicated picture. But that’s the problem in assessing lockdown. you need to do a balance of risks.

Evidence-based medicine might sound like a tautology — what kind of medicine isn’t based on evidence? I’m afraid that you’d be surprised. Massive decisions are often taken on misleading, low-quality evidence. We see this all the time. In the last pandemic, the swine flu outbreak of 2009, I did some work asking why the government spent £500 million on Tamiflu: then hailed as a wonder drug. In fact, it proved to have a very limited effect. The debate then had many of the same cast of characters as today: Jonathan Van-Tam, Neil Ferguson and others. The big difference this time is the influence of social media, whose viciousness is something to behold. It’s easy to see why academics would self-censor and stay away from the debate, especially if it means challenging a consensus.

This is something that’s been a concern since the beginning of the pandemic. For example, a report published during the first wave in the British Medical Journal  titled Covid-19: “Staggering number” of extra deaths in community is not explained by covid-19″ has suggested that quarantine measures in the United Kingdom, as a result of the new coronavirus, may have already killed more UK seniors than the coronavirus has during the months of April and May.

According to the data, COVID-19, at the time of publication, only accounted for 10,000 of the 30,000 excess deaths that have been recorded in senior care facilities during the height of the pandemic. The article quotes British Health officials stating that these unexplained deaths may have occurred because quarantine measures have prevented seniors from accessing the health care that they need.

Fast forward to more recent research regarding lockdowns, and these concerns have grown. Professor Anna-Mia Ekström and Professor Stefan Swartling Peterson have gone through the data from UNICEF and UNAIDS, and came to the conclusion that at least as many people have died as a result of the restrictions to fight COVID as have died of COVID. You can read more about that here.

These are just a few of many examples. You can read more about the hypothesized “catastrophic” impacts of lockdown, here.

When it comes to what he mentions about academics shying away from debate, especially if their research goes against the grain, we’ve a seen a lot of that too. Here’s a great example you can read about from Sweden regarding zero deaths of school children during the first wave despite no masks mandates or lockdown measures. Jonas F Ludvigsson, a paediatrician at Örebro University Hospital and professor of clinical epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute is quitting his work on COVID-19 because of harassment from people who dislike what he has discovered.

Why This Is Important: Heneghan’s words are something that many people have been concerned about when it comes to the deaths that are attributed to COVID-19. How many of them are actually a result of COVID? The truth seems to be that we don’t really know. But one thing we do know is that total death toll caused by COVID doesn’t seem to be quite accurate.

That being said, we do know that people with comorbidities are more susceptible to illness and death from COVID, and that’s something to keep in mind. For people with underlying health conditions, covid, just like flu or pneumonia, can be fatal.

Ontario (Canada) Public Health has a page on their website titled “How Ontario is responding to COVID-19.” On it, they clearly state that deaths are being marked as COVID deaths and are being included in the COVID death count regardless of whether or not COVID actually contributed to or caused the death. They state the following:

Any case marked as “Fatal” is included in the deaths data. Deaths are included whether or not COVID-19 was determined to be a contributing or underlying cause of death…”

This statement from Ontario Public Health echoes statements made multiple times by Canadian public health agencies and personnel. According to Ontario Ministry Health Senior Communications Advisor Anna Miller:

As a result of how data is recorded by health units into public health information databases, the ministry is not able to accurately separate how many people died directly because of COVID versus those who died with a COVID infection.

In late June 2020, Toronto (Ontario, Canada) Public Health tweeted that:

“Individuals who have died with COVID-19, but not as a result of COVID-19 are included in the case counts for COVID-19 deaths in Toronto.”

It’s not just in Canada where we’ve seen these types of statements being made, it’s all over the world. There are multiple examples from the United States that we’ve covered since the start of the pandemic.

For example, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health stated the following during the first wave of the pandemic:

If you were in hospice and had already been given a few weeks to live and then you were also found to have COVID, that would be counted as a COVID death, despite if you died of a clear alternative cause it’s still listed as a COVID death. So, everyone who is listed as a COVID death that doesn’t mean that was the cause of the death, but they had COVID at the time of death.

Also during the first wave, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment had to announce a change to how it tallies coronavirus deaths due to complaints that it inflated the numbers.

As you can see, we’ve struggled to find an accurate way to go about tallying COVID deaths since the start, creating more fear and hysteria around total numbers that are plastered constantly in front of citizens by news stations. That being said, a lot of people who are dying of COVID do have co-morbidities as well. But as the professor says, “it’s a complicated picture” and hard to figure out, and probably something we will never figure out.

There’s been a lot of “fear mongering” by governments and mainstream media, and some believe that lockdowns and masks are simply being used as a psychological tool to keep that fear constant, which in turn makes it easier to control people and make them comply.

Meanwhile, there are a lot of experts in the field who are pointing to the fact that yes, COVID is dangerous, but it does not at all warrant the measures that are being taken, especially when the virus has a 99.95 percent survival rate for people over the age of 70. There are better ways to protect the vulnerable without creating even more chaos that lockdown measures have created, and are creating throughout this pandemic.

That said, it’s also important to note that some calls for lockdown measures are focused on stopping hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. Why do some places with very restrictions see no hospital capacity issues? Why do some places with a lot of restrictions see hospital capacity issues? Why do we also see the opposite for both in some areas? These questions appear to be unanswered still. That being said. Hospitals have always been overwhelmed. This is not a new phenomenon.

The main issue here is not who is right or wrong, it’s the censorship of data, science, and opinions of experts in the field. The censorship that has occurred during this pandemic has been unprecedented.

Science is being suppressed for political and financial gain. COVID-19 has unleashed state corruption on a grand scale, and it is harmful to public health. Politicians and industry are responsible for this opportunistic embezzlement. So too are scientists and health experts. The pandemic has revealed how the medical-political complex can be manipulated in an emergency—a time when it is even more important to safeguard science. –  Dr. Kamran Abbasi, recent executive editor of the prestigious British Medical Journal (source)

This censorship alone has been an excellent catalyst for people to question what we are constantly hearing from mainstream media, government, and political scientists. Any type of information that calls into question the recommendations or the information we are receiving from our government seems to be subjected to this type of censorship. Mainstream media has done a great job at not acknowledging many aspects of this pandemic, like clinically proven treatments other than a vaccine, and therefore the masses are completely unaware of it.

Is this what we would call ethical? When trying to explain this to a friend or family member, the fact that they are not aware of these other pieces of information, because they may be avid mainstream news watchers, has them in disbelief and perhaps even sometimes labelling such assertions as a “conspiracy theory.” This Brings me to my next point.

The Takeaway: As I’ve said in a number of articles before, society is failing to have conversations about “controversial” topics and viewpoints. This is in large part due to the fact that mainstream media does such a poor job at covering these viewpoints let alone acknowledging them. The fact that big media has such a stranglehold over the minds of many is also very concerning, because we are living in a time where independent research may be more useful. There seems to be massive conflicts of interest within mainstream media, and the fact that healthy conversation and debate is being shut down by mainstream media contributes to the fact that we can’t even have normal conversations about controversial topics in our everyday lives.

Why does this happen? Why can’t we see the perspective of another? To be honest, I still sometimes struggle with this. When it comes to COVID, things clearly aren’t as black and white as they’re being made out to be, and as I’ve said many times before when things aren’t clear, and when government mandates oppose the will of so many people, it reaches a point where they become authoritarian and overreaching.

In such circumstances I believe governments should simply be making recommendations and explaining why certain actions might be important, and then leave it to the people to decide for themselves what measures they’d like to take, if any. What do you think? One thing is for certain, COVID has been a catalyst for more and more people to question the world we live in, and why we live the way that we do.

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Lebanese Hospital Becomes The World’s First To Go 100 Percent Vegan (Food)

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    A hospital in Lebanon has become the first in the world to adopt a completely vegan menu.

  • Reflect On:

    Are people aware of the physical and emotional torture the majority animals we eat go through? Are people aware that a diet free of animal products can be very beneficial for human health. Are people aware that animal agriculture is destroying Earth?

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At the beginning of March, Hayek Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon became the first hospital in the world to serve 100 percent vegan only meals. Prior to this change, patients had a choice between animal based meals and vegan meals, and included with that was information about the health benefits of choosing plant-based foods versus the dangers of consuming animal products. The hospital made the announcement via their Instagram page, stating that “Our patients will no longer wake up from surgery to be greeted with ham, cheese, milk, and eggs…the very food(s) that may have contributed to their health problems in the first place.”

When the World Health Organization classifies processed meat as a group 1A carcinogenic (causes cancer) same group as tobacco and red meat as group 2A carcinogenic, then serving meat in the hospital is like serving cigarettes in a hospital. When the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) declare that 3 out of 4 new or emerging infectious disease comes from animals. When adopting a plant based exclusive diet has been successfully proven not only to stop the evolution of certain diseases but it can also reverse them. We then, have the moral responsibility to act upon and align our beliefs with our actions. Taking the courage to look at the elephant in in the eye.

Their various statements also point to the role that animal agriculture plays in spawning infectious diseases, citing the Centers for Disease Control’s estimate that 3 out of 4 new or emerging infectious diseases come from animals. “We believe it’s well about time to tackle the root cause of diseases and pandemics, not just treat symptoms,” they note.

This was a great statement. The modern day medical industry only seems to be focused on medications, and only medications that can turn a hefty profit, to treat and cure disease instead of addressing root causes. It’s good to see things changing, but a big problem remains. If a plant that grows in abundance, for example, has the potential to cure a disease, will we ever hear about it? Will the medical industry be interested in it? Probably not, but when a drug is made and patented from that plant in a specific way, that’s when we will. This is not to say that modern day medicine is useless, but today now more than ever a big problem exists, and this problem may be killing more people than it’s helping.

Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), a Harvard professor of medicine and also a former Editor-in-Chief of NEMJ, was frustrated that “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.” (source)

According to Forks Over Knives,

While Hayek is the first hospital to completely purge animal products from its menu, a number of hospitals have begun offering more plant-based options in recent years. Both New York and California have enacted laws requiring hospitals to offer a plant-based option with every meal. In 2018 NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue launched the Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program to help patients transition to a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle.

The American Medical Association passed a resolution in 2017 calling on U.S. hospitals to provide healthful plant-based meals to promote better health in patients, staff, and visitors. The American College of Cardiology has issued similar recommendations.

In my opinion, “veganism is a very fine form of nutrition” (Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, heart surgeon), and as mentioned above, there is plenty of science to back up that statement.  I’ve written about it many times before from a health perspective.

Here’s an article that goes into more detail and science if you’re interested, it also addresses history, and how our teeth and guts are designed and more. Here’s another one regarding a study that found a strong association between eating animal protein and a premature death from all causes, including multiple cancers and type 2 diabetes.

The studies cited in that article note that meat eating is strongly associated with up to a 75 percent increased chance of early mortality, and that protein from animals may cause harm, while protein from plants may help reverse disease and have a protective effect.

There are hundreds of these studies, and the ones I cite are just a few examples.

This is obviously a very controversial topic in the eyes of many, and it’s not hard at all to find conflicting information on the subject. I am no doubt bias in my beliefs and opinions here.

One thing is for certain, the way we treat animals on this planet is extremely heartbreaking and unnecessary. Animals are separated from their families, raised for slaughter and are kept in torturous conditions on a daily basis. It’s truly unbelievable and horrific. It’s the biggest genocide and example of both physical and emotional torture the world has ever seen. I don’t think anybody can witness what really goes on in most slaughterhouses can come out not being impacted.

On top of this, animal agriculture is one of, if not the greatest contributer to environmental degradation and pollution on our planet. Animal agriculture is actually the leading cause of deforestation. Every single day, close to 100 plant/animal/insect species are lost because of this practice.

Final Thoughts: At the end of the day it seems that, from a health perspective, processed meats, and other meats are no doubt harmful to human health. People can make the argument that other animal products may not be and that we are meant to consume them. People can also make the complete opposite argument. One thing that can’t be argued is, again, the torture, physical and emotional abuse that comprise the source of where animal products come from for the majority of people who eat them.

There is a big split, as with many other topics, amongst people on this issue. There are even vegan influencers who are creating splits within the ‘vegan community’ itself, which is unfortunate. I personally believe that, from a health perspective, animal products are not at all required for anybody and are again, overall, harmful to human health.

The more pressing issue, again, is the treatment of our animal brothers and sisters, and how we are constantly using and abusing them. It’s indicative of world that lacks empathy, compassion, understanding and love, as well as our inability to see ourselves in another. This can be seen in many aspects of the current human experience, be it war, human trafficking and more. That being said, it’s great to see human consciousness shifting towards a more compassionate, empathetic type of awareness. This is evident by the “vegan” movement alone, as it’s become quite large over the past few years and will continue to grow. Some of the biggest animal food producers have already gone out of business, and it’s great to see more people in the health community as well recognize that it’s a win for health, a win for environment, and most importantly, a win for the very emotional, intelligent, animals, who are similar to us in so many ways. We have so much to learn from them.

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Caloric Restriction vs. Fasting: Why One Can Result In Weight Gain While The Other Helps Burn Fat

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  • The Facts:

    In the video below, Dr. Jason Fung explains the difference between caloric restriction and sending the body into "starvation" mode compared to fasting.

  • Reflect On:

    Fasting has been used as a health intervention for thousands of years, and is being used today by doctors who are educated on the topic. Why is it completely ignored by mainstream medicine? Is it because "big pharma" can't make any money off of it?

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Some would say that the best solution to weight gain is eating right and exercising. I couldn’t agree more. Obesity is one of the deadliest problems humanity faces today, and just as important as diet and exercise is for addressing this issue, even more important are the emotional and personal reasons as to why so many people damage themselves and make themselves more prone to serious disease.

Apart from diet and exercise, initiating a proper fasting regimen can have tremendous health outcomes, especially for overweight people. It wasn’t but a decade ago when fasting to lose weight was considered unhealthy and dangerous. Today, we have a tremendous amount of science that’s been published clearly showing that fasting can be an effective health intervention for people of all body types, especially for people who are overweight and suffer from certain diseases. It’s an excellent way to help your body burn fat. Fasting has been used and is currently being used as an intervention for type two diabetes, cancer and more. Fasting has been shown to trigger stem cell regeneration, autophagy, which in turn can help clear out toxins and damaged cells, repair DNA, improve metabolism, lower blood sugar, boost brain function, reduce the risk of age related disease, lessen inflammation which improves a wide range of health issues from arthritic pain to asthma and more. It’s no wonder why so many ancient cultures from different parts of the world used fasting as medicine and as a health intervention.

As shown in the science, fasting is generally safe for everybody. This many not be true if you already have underlying health conditions or are taking certain medications. This is why it’s important to consult a health professional about it, but the issue is, the majority of health professionals are not well educated in fasting interventions. Those who have educated themselves have been treating their patients with fasting and are drawn to it due to its ability to provide so many benefits.

One of these doctors is Dr. Jason Fung, who on his blog and his YouTube channel, as well as the books he’s written provides a wealth of information and science regarding fasting. I often refer people to the work of Fung, or others like Dr. Valter Longo if they want to begin their own research about fasting. Again, there is a wealth of science and “scholarly” articles available on the subject for anybody who wants to search for it as well. It’s not heard to find.

In the video below, Fung explains why fasting is much different from caloric restriction or having your body go into “starvation mode.”  You can also check out his article, “The difference between calorie restriction and fasting” for some great information as well.

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