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Which would you choose, an apple a day or a multivitamin?

Which would you choose, an apple a day or a multivitamin?

A concept does not have to be complex to be profound. The practical application of the concept is what makes it profound.

You may have an abundance of information and knowledge about a very complex subject but still not have an understanding of how to apply this knowledge. Too often we make things more complex than they need to be. We do this at the expense of not using common sense.

Michael Pollan, begins his bestseller, In Defense of Food:Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” He goes on to explain, “That, more or less, is the short answer to this supposedly incredibly complicated and confusing question of what we humans should eat in order to be maximally healthy.”

This post focuses on nutrition and immunity. The immune system is a complex and integrated system of cells, tissues, and organs that function to guard your health. Your immune system will protect you against the development of cancer. Your immune system will attack and kill cancer cells. Nutritional status effects the actions of the immune system; therefore, the sciences of nutrition and immunology are tightly linked. What do you need to do to maintain the nutritional health of your immune system? Before answering that question, first answer this short health quiz:

 Health Quiz.

Question 1

What is healthier for you, an apple a day or a daily multivitamin supplement?

Question 2

What is best for the health of your immune system, a diet of mostly fruits and vegetables or a daily multivitamin?

Question 3

Vitamin D is important as an anti-depressant and it also provides anticancer activity against breast and colon cancer; therefore, should you take a vitamin D supplement?

 Question 4

Should you take a vitamin C supplement to fight against cancer?

Question 5

Do vitamin and mineral supplements make you healthier?

Answers To Quiz

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Will the Elephant always go where the Rider wants?

Will the Elephant always go where the Rider wants?

Here we go again. It is time to make your New Year’s resolutions.

Most New Year’s resolutions have to do with health: lose weight, eat healthier foods, exercise, stop drinking sugary or caffeinated drinks, etc. Meaningful New Year’s resolutions involve making lifestyle changes.

To make a lifestyle change, you need to replace a bad habit with a good habit.

To be successful, pick one significant lifestyle change that you want to accomplish and follow these six steps to success.

Step 1.

Understand that a lifestyle change is a commitment with yourself to change your life for the rest of your life. …[continue reading]

A Bleak Winter Day

A Bleak Winter Day

This is not humbug. It is true. Winter season is the saddest season of the year. It is also the darkest season of the year. It is a time of the year when the number of daylight hours in the light–day cycle of each day has decreased the most. Winter is a time when the serotonin level in the brain is lowered.

Serotonin is a hormone that is most commonly known to affect mood. It is a neurotransmitter – a chemical substance that transmits impulses that cross the spaces between nerve cells (synapses). Serotonin is known as the “feel good” hormone. But, low levels of serotonin in the brain cause sadness and depression.

When sunlight shines on our eyes, it transmits a signal from the eye to the brain to make more serotonin. In winter months, with less sunlight and dark overcast days, our brain is making less serotonin. Lower levels of serotonin cause us to have feelings of sadness, irritability, depression, and headaches.

According to research, lower levels of serotonin are correlated with higher levels of irritability, impulsiveness, and aggression. Scientists know that increasing serotonin levels in the brain helps relieve symptoms of depression.

Promises to Keep

December 21 is the winter solstice – the shortest, hence the darkest, day of the year. Robert Frost wrote about this day in his poem, “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.” …[continue reading]

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Good health is dependent upon the amount of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract.

The health of the immune system is dependent upon the health of the digestive track; and the health of the digestive track is dependent upon the balance of its microflora or flora. The flora is the mixture of microorganisms that live in your intestine – bacteria, fungi, viruses, yeasts, etc.

The good and bad bacteria are in a constant battle for living space within the digestive track.To have a healthy immune system there needs to be a ratio of 85% good bacteria over harmful bacteria.

Few people are aware that the health of your immune system depends upon the health of your digestive track. There is a whole lot more going on in the digestive track than just digesting food and disposing of waste. For most people it is a novel concept to think of the gut as an integral part of the immune system. …[continue reading]

Roundup being sprayed on corn crops.

Roundup being sprayed on corn crops.

Your immune system is the first line of defense against cancer and it is also the final arbiter in your fight against cancer.

A healthy immune system will hunt down and destroy cancer cells.

The health of your immune system is dependent upon the health of your digestive system.

It is important to review why crops that are genetically engineered as pesticide producers are implicated as a factor in the explosion of intestinal and immune disorders in the United States.

These genetically engineered crops attack the health of the digestive tract, and the health of your immune system. They damage your intestinal lining and contribute to the overgrowth of harmful and deadly bacteria in the intestinal tract. …[continue reading]

Are They Damaging You?

November 7, 2013 — 1 Comment
 Who Are You Going to Believe, Wild Geese or Monsanto?

Who Are You Going to Believe, Wild Geese or Monsanto?

The danger is clear. You have good reason to be concerned, seriously concerned. The potential damage to your immune system and the health risks caused by genetically engineered food is real. Some experts say the risks are enormous.

Genetically engineered plant seeds are produced by taking sections of the DNA from a harmful toxic bacteria, Bacillus thuringiensis or Bt, and inserting them into the cells of a plant such as corn, soy, or cotton. The resultant plant contains the Bt-toxin in its cells. When bugs eat the plant the Bt-toxin causes the insect’s gut wall to split and the insect dies. These crops are known as “Bt-corn,”  “Bt-soy,” or “Bt-cotton.”

When given a choice, animals in the wild choose to avoid genetically engineered foods. This was learned by observing flocks of geese that annually visit an Illinois pond and feed on soybeans from an adjacent farm. After half the acreage had been planted with genetically engineered (GE) seed, the geese ate only from the non-GE side. …[continue reading]

Why would you take the risk?

Frankenfood – Why would you take the risk?

Genetically modified foods (commonly known as GMO’s) are increasingly linked to immune disorders and other health problems.

Any parent who has seen their child suffer an anaphylactic allergic reaction needs to consider the risk of letting their child eat genetically modified foods.

It is frightening to watch a child’s face swell, often within seconds, into a grotesque mask. Their tongue and throat swell, choking off their breath. Their skin breaks out with hives and is covered with a reddish rash. To see your child threatened by unconsciousness and even death is reason to consider the risks of GMO’s.

There is a high correlation between the explosion of intestinal and immune disorders in the United States and genetically engineered food. In the previous post, I discussed the effect of Bt-toxin (a toxin genetically engineered into every cell of “Bt corn” click here). Bt-toxin causes the stomach of insects to split open. It is not surprising that there is a strong correlation between Roundup Ready “Bt corn” and leaky gut syndrome in humans.

Leaky gut syndrome takes place when fissures open between cells lining the gut. Partially digested food particles ooze through those fissures into the body and appear to your immune system to be foreign invaders. As a result, food allergies and increased food sensitivity may occur. …[continue reading]