depression

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The anxiety and depression will consist of the following parts:

  1. Abraham Lincoln An inspirational story about President Abraham Lincoln and his life. Turns out Lincoln was depressed and suicidal for most of his life, yet achieved greatness beyond imagine. Based on a book called, “Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled Him to Greatness.”
  2. A study of scientific and clinical trials on antioxidants, neurotransmitters, fish consumption/suicide, aspartame and improving mood through diet.
  3. Clinical trials show that exercise has the benefits of reducing depression as much as pharmaceutical drugs.
  4. Stress is an important part of life. Sometimes allowing you to flee a situation or make an important change in your life. Nonetheless, there are healthy ways to deal with stress.
  5. Our body and mind are one and cannot be separated. Body posture, breathing, thoughts, meditation, and visualization help overcome stress.
  6. In this tutorial, you will learn about chemical agriculture, trans fat, high fructose corn syrup, food addictive and pharmaceutical drugs found in highly-processed foods.
  7. By choosing to eat non-propcessed fruits and vegetables , you are avoiding chems, trans fsts, while getting healthy fats, antioxidants, etc.
  8. Need a little help sorting through all the information and taking the first step? Let us help!

 

President Lincoln and Depression, a book summary

Recently, I’ve read “Lincoln’s Melancholy, How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness.” It is a truly fantastic book, which I recommend to everyone who ever had depression and hopelessness in their life.

The biggest idea, I personally took away from this book, is depression is okay. It is a natural part of life that makes you wiser. Although painful and frowned upon, it should be embraced and experienced. Life is challenging, and depression prepares you for the challenges of the future.

The book starts with thousands of people going wild when Abraham Lincoln is announced as a runner for the presidency. But after the crowd leaves, Lincoln looks sad and depressed, which is a normal look for him. He often cried in public, told self-pitying stories and spoke of suicide.

He had a rough childhood. Many people close to him died while he was young, including his mom. Depression ran in his family, with his parents, aunts, uncles and cousins being melancholy. In addition, his relationship with his father was difficult. Lincoln wanted to educate himself, often neglecting his farm work. People around him though he was lazy and crazy.

Being sad also meant having deep thoughtful reflection. It was a stoic outlook, often admired. Lincoln spoke about his troubles publicly, and people always were eager to help him because they truly liked him. Now, speaking of depression is taboo. Men are supposed to be tough and rise above pain. Those who suffer publicly are labeled as weak. Currently, men are 4 times as likely to commit suicide as women. Depressed people become hopeless, thinking the only way out was to end their life. Lincoln, in his late 20s, became so suicidal that his friends put him on suicide watch, removing any sharp objects he could use to hurt himself.

In January, when Lincoln was 31 years old, he wrote, “I am now the most miserable man living.” He broke up with his fiance, his political career was falling apart and he came closer to suicide than ever. The doctor he hired to help only physically and mentally drained him. He spent a lot of time alone, sorting through his ideas. Lincoln asked himself if he should die. Instead, he found a reason to live.

For some people, being happy is easy. For Lincoln, it was hard work. He went against the social norms. He came from a family of farmers and became a lawyer. Back then, the system of wages was just beginning. Sons of farmers were farmers while sons of the rich handled their families wealth. By chasing his dreams, Lincoln faced misery, failure and depression. Through his struggle, he learned to have self-control and work hard to persevere.

40,000 people kill themselves in the U.S. each year. People don’t want to admit they are suffering, let alone figure out why. Lincoln studied his depression. He rejected the idea that it’s sinful and believed depression was natural and helpful. He was a believer in fatalism, that everything happens for a reason, even depression.

In Lincoln’s early life, he was emotional, crying in public. In his middle years, he grew rational, philosophical and practiced self-control. He saw the world as hard, grim and full of misery. He simply learned to deal with depression. By his mid forties, his face and body suggested thoughtful gloom. He often went into trances of gloom that lasted for hours.

Lincoln believed no medicine could help, so he told stories and jokes for relief. He was a natural leader and knew how to get a good laugh out of people. It was the one way for him to ease his depression, socialize and have some fun. He also turned to poetry. In his late 30s and early 40s, when his dreams seemed to be slipping away, he often recited his favorite poem, “Hope and despondency, pleasure and pain, are mingled together in sunshine and rain.”

By his mid 40s, his depression led to clarity, disciple and faith in hard times. People always preach positive thinking, but pessimism is an important part of life. Depression is serious and sometimes fatal, but still an important part of the human experience. Depressed people have a better sense of reality, because the world is a tough place. Happy people may be out of touch with reality. Lincoln preached equal rights, at a time when it was unpopular to do so. He risked his career and life. His suffering allowed him to see the suffering of others.

Lincoln embraced the two sides of his personality, hope and despair, confidence and self-doubt. As a new President facing war, he was deeply troubled. His emotional side came back, speaking of his troubles in public. He told a friend his troubles were so great, that he sometimes wanted to hang himself from a tree. Once again he turned to poetry, jokes and stories. When he issued the Emancipation Proclamation, he seen it as the fruit of his life’s work. He reached his dreams, which few men ever realize. Still, he knew his work wasn’t done. It would still take a lot of energy to see his dreams through.

Earlier in life, he decided not to commit suicide to do something great and meaningful. But in absolute exhaustion, he wondered what he would do and how he would do it. In times of trouble, he turned to the bible. He knew religion could help in difficult times, but he was not a religious man. He tried, but he simply didn’t understand it. He spoke of how the North and South believed they were doing God’s work. Both may be right, but one must be wrong. He believed both sides need to work hard and let God’s will take care of the rest. In the final weeks of his life, he seemed satisfied. His sadness was replaced by sincere joy, as if he knew his life’s work was accomplished.

The author writes that the book is structured in 3 parts: fear, engagement and transcendence. The first part, fear, is marked by long periods of withdrawal from society and asking whether or not he should live. In second period, engagement, Lincoln suffers not from his own personal experience, but from the world around him. He goes from thinking IF he should live to HOW should he live. In the third stage, transcendence, Lincoln wasn’t just living to survive but living with a purpose. He always faced fear and doubt, but returned to his purpose and worked hard. The hope is not that suffering will go away, but suffering will ready us for the challenges of the future.

I do have a longer summary in pdf. The summary contains more facts, such as:

  • Lincoln hired a doctor to cure his depression. Standard procedure at the time was to bleed the patient heavily, bring blood to the surface by using leaches, give drugs to induce vomiting, give mustard rubs, drink pepper bombs, put patients on extreme fasts lasting days, prescribe lots of exercise and other painful procedures.
  • On his way home from a vacation to a friend’s plantation, Lincoln took a steamboat where 12 slaves were being transported. They were chained together like fish on a line, taken from their homes and families, but they laughed, danced, sung and played games/jokes. He was moved by their different lives. He was a free man, relatively wealthy, just had a 5 week vacation in luxury and was still depressed.
  • Lincoln was very ambitious and often away from home. His marriage was strained. Mary Todd Lincoln had wild mood swings. Once, Mary Todd Lincoln slapped a servant girl. The servant ran home to tell her father. The girl’s father confronted Mary, who hit him with a broom. The father found Lincoln and started complaining. Lincoln put his face in his hands and said, “can’t you endure this one wrong while I have to endure it for years?” With sympathy, the man dropped the complaint.

When Lincoln was very depressed, he turned to poetry, joke and stories to help him. What helps uplift your spirits when you’re down on your luck? Please comment below.

Antioxidans and Depression

Antioxidants are substances such as Vitamin B, E or C that prevent oxidative stress, or oxidative free radicals, which are linked to depression. Fruits and vegetables are high in anti-oxidants and may lower oxidative stress.

A national survey of 300,000 Canadians eating more fruits and vegetables had lower depression, stress, anxiety and poor perceived mental health.

In a study of 1000 older men and women, those who ate most tomato products had half the risk of depression. Tomatoes, watermelon and grapefruit have a color pigment called lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant. In studies, lycopene was shown to be 100 more times powerful than Vitamin E to destroying free radicals.

Studies show only food sources of antioxidants showed less depression. Antioxidants from pills and supplements showed no effect. This could be based on the fact that its not antioxidants, but folate, a Vitamin B, in foods.

In a study of office workers, a processed diet increased their risk of getting depression within 5 years, while a whole foods diet protected against depression, which could be because of the greens and beans.

Studies show low folate in blood is associated with depression, but could it be because low folate led to depression, or depression led to low folate. Could it be when you’re depressed, you don’t feel like eating vegetables?

A study following people over time showed low folate intake increased depression as much as 3 times. Its important to get folate from food, not folic acid from pills. Folate is a group of B9 Vitamins, found in leafy vegetables like spinach. Folic acid is synthetic and used for food storage.

There is a study that shows Vitamin C supplementation, with pills, is linked to lower depression and more frequent sex, but only with partners who don’t live together.

See video of sourced information below, from NutritionFacts.org.

Human Neurotransmitters in Plants

A letter in the Journal of Neuropsychiatric and Clinical Neuroscience suggested fruit as a treatment for depression. Study suggests low levels of serotonin may be responsible, and we have plenty of drugs to boost serotonin levels, but these bring with them serious problems and side effects. Letter suggested using foods with high sources of serotonin, such as pineapples, bananas, kiwis, plums and tomatoes.

A university review states that animal neurotransmitters are found in plants. They have all the same stuff we do. They have adrenaline, dopamine, serotonin, melatonin.

Recent study researched which varieties of tomatoes and strawberries had the most neurotransmitters. Turns out there’s enough in one serving to increase levels in our bloodstream.

Watch video of sourced information below, from NutritionFacts.org.

 

Fish Consumption and Suicide

Does poor diet lead to depression or depression lead to a poor diet? Maybe people who feel lousy eat lousy to reflect their mood.

A study following people who weren’t depressed over 6 years found those with higher carotenoid intake (fruits and veggies) were 28 percent less likely to get depression.

In a study of suicide across the European Union, Greece had the lowest rates of suicide.

In a study, 10,000 people were followed for years showed those on a Mediterranean diet were less likely to be depressed. Wasn’t due to red wine or fish, but fruits, nuts, legumes and higher plant fat versus animal fat sources. Those with higher dairy and meat consumption showed increased rates of depression.

Similar results from a Japanese study of men and women. Higher intake of vegetables fruits, mushrooms and soy products was associated with less depression. The benefits were not due to seafood, such as fish or shellfish.

Another study following 100,000 Japanese men and women for 10 years found no evidence of higher fish intake protecting against suicide. In fact, study found increased risk of suicide in highest fish omega-3 fatty acid intakes in nondrinkers.

Same results in a Mediterranean study, showing higher fish consumption linked to higher risk of mental disorders. One explanation is the mercury found in fish causes neurological damage. The increased risk of suicide in people who eat lots of fish may be due to the mercury in fish.

A Harvard study of 205,357 people for up to 20 years found no evidence that fish lowered suicide rates, with a trend towards increased suicide risk.

There was previous evidence omega-3 was useful in treating depression and suicide, but that could have been publication bias. Trials that showed no benefit did not get published, leaving only trials that linked a benefit to omega-3 and fish oils.

Watch video of sourced information below, from NutritionFacts.org.

 

Aspartame and the Brain

In a Harvard study of hundreds of thousands of people, compared to non coffee drinkers, those who drank 4 or more cups of coffee a day had half the suicide risk.

Another study showed the risk dropped by 80 percent after 6 cups of coffee a day.

But, a study shows after 8 or more, the risk for depression and suicide is higher. Could be because of the sweeteners found in coffee?

A study following hundreds of Americans for years found frequent consumption of sweetened drinks, especially diet, increased risk of depression in older adults, while coffee lowered risk. All artificially sweetened drinks increased risk, including tea and coffee. There was a benefit in coffee drinkers versus non coffee drinkers, but add sugar and that benefit is gone. Add equal or sweet and low and the risk may go up.

It is suspected artificial sweeteners impact neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin. But, the effects are controversial. Studies range from ‘safe under all conditions” to “unsafe at any dose.”

Due to the large number of Americans exposed to Aspartame, even if 1 percent of 100,000,000 Americans ate Aspartame, and 1 percent had major adverse reactions,  that number would still be 10,000 Americans who had issues. That is exactly the number of complaints the FDA received before it stopped taking complaints on Aspartame.

A study was designed to test if depressed people were vulnerable to Aspartame. The plan was to recruit 40 depressed patients and 40 controls. Study was cut short because of the overwhelming reactions in depressed group. It was decided to be unethical to continually expose people to Aspartame.

Latest study on Aspartame tested low versus high aspartame diet. Even the high dose was only half the limit set by FDA. FDA set the limit at 50 mg/kg body weight a day. The high dose was 25 mg/kg. After 8 days of half the FDA limit, people showed a more irritable mood, more depression and performed worse on brain tests. Study recommended using caution when eating foods with Aspartame.

Easier said than done since Aspartame is found in 6,000 food items, which millions of American adults and children eat Aspartame daily. It is nearly impossible to stay away from Aspartame, unless you eat whole foods.

Whole foods like apples, bananas, nuts, berries, rice and beans do not need a label. Safest foods are label free.

Watch video of sourced information below, from NutritionFacts.org.

Vegan Diet for Improved Mood and Productivity

 

21 studies showed a healthy diet is associated with lower levels of depression.

One study proved removing meat, fish, poultry and eggs improved mood greatly after 2 weeks. Vegetarians showed less tension, dejection, anger, fatigue and confusion. But what actually helped? Long term vegetarians have better antioxidant status. Eating a carbohydrate-rich, protein poor meal improved depression, tension, anger, confusion, sadness, fatigue, alertness and calmness.

In another study, overweight men and women were put into either low carb/high fat diet or high carb/low fat diet. Improvements in mood in high carb/low fat diet supports studies showing diets in high carbohydrates and low in fat/protein are associated with lower levels of anxiety and depression and have beneficial effects on psychological well-being.

The types of fats improved in vegetarian group. Their Arachidonic Acid (AA) intake fell to 0. AA is an inflammatory omega-6 fatty acid. Higher blood levels of AA were associated with higher rates of suicide risk and major depressive episodes. Highest exposure of AA found in chicken and eggs.

A 22 week study at an insurance company of overweight and diabetic employees had 2 groups. One group had weekly vegan instructions while the other had none. No portion size restrictions, no energy restrictions, no carb counting. Company cafeteria started offering daily options such as lentil soup, minestrone soup, veggie burgers, portobello mushroom sandwiches, salads, bean burritos, rice and beans. Vegan group had no meat, dairy, eggs, oils or junk and reported greater diet satisfaction vs. control group. More participants in vegan group reported improved digestion, increased energy, and better sleep versus control group at 22 weeks. Vegan group reported a significant increase in physical functioning, general health, vitality and mental health versus control group at 22 weeks. Study shows vegan diet may improve life and productivity at a low cost.

In a study of 10 corporate sites at Geico, same 22 week trial. Purpose? To see if vegan diet can improve depression, anxiety and productivity across all 10 corporate centers. Results were positive. Yes, there were significant improvements in depression, anxiety, fatigue, emotional well-being daily functioning improved versus control group.

Watch video of sourced information below, from NutritionFacts.org.

 

Plants vs Meat

Studies show vegetarians are significantly less depressed, as compared to healthy meat eaters. Why?

Fat and arachidonic acid, an omega 6 fatty acid, may explain the reason. Arachidonic acid produces inflammation in our brain. Omnivores ate 9 times as much arachidonic acid as vegetarians, which is not surprising since arachidonic acid is not found in plants. Study proves vegans and vegetarians have significantly lower levels of arachidonic acid in blood stream.

A study presented at American Public Health Association conference took meat eaters and split them into three groups. Control group ate regular diet of meat and flesh. A second group ate fish, but no other meat. Third group ate vegetarian diet with no eggs.

Whole study lasted two weeks. The egg free vegetarians significantly improved in depression, anxiety, stress and mood. The fish group did a little better than the meat group, but not by much. Study concluded that staying away from animal products will help omnivores with depression.

Watch video of sourced information below, from NutritionFacts.org.

 

Happiness and Health

There is growing evidence that psychologically healthier people have a decreased chance of being sick. Studies show happier people tend to get sick less and do better when sick. Positive moods are associated with less stress and inflammation and better fights against infection. But that could mean positive people just live healthier lifestyles. Happy people smoke less, exercise more, drink less and sleep better.

In a study that showed same level of smoking, drinking, exercise and sleep for both healthy and depressed, happier people seem to live longer.

A study decided to test 334 healthy volunteers with the common cold virus. They were asked how happy, relaxed and pleased they were, or how anxious, hostile and depressed. They were given nasal drops of the cold virus to see who would get the cold, and whose immune system would fight it off. 33 percent of the sadder people go the cold, while only 20 percent of the happy people got the cold. Both groups had same exercise, sleep and supplements, and happier people just showed a better resistance to the cold.

They repeated the same study with the flu and got similar results.

Watch video of sourced information below, from NutritionFacts.org.

Exercise vs Drugs

A study of 8,000 people in the U.S. showed regular exercise largely decreased depression, but does this mean depression cuts down exercise or exercise cuts down depression? Could mean depressed people simply feel too lousy to get out of bed.

In a study of depressed men and women over 50, a group exercised for 16 weeks or took a anti-depressant called Zoloft. After 16 weeks, the drugs group and exercise group both had the same effects. Study concluded that exercise could be a healthy, inexpensive and easy way to treat depression. However, the exercise group attended 3 supervised sessions per week for 16 weeks. It could have been the social interaction, not the exercise, that was the real benefit.

In a separate, largest exercise study conducted, including adults of all ages, showed the effects of a supervised/social exercise group, a home exercise group and medicine group on depression. At the end of the study, all three methods worked just as well in decreasing depression. Results show exercise is just as effective as anti-depressants in treating people with major depressive disorders.

Watch video of sourced information below, from (NutritionFacts.org).

Stress

Stress is an important part of life. When faced with out problem, stress allows us to take the problem head on or run away. The real problem is the way stress is handled. These days, we can not fight run away from our mortgages, traffic or jobs. So we deal with stress in unhealthy ways, such as smoking, drinking and binge eating.

The following documentary is about the impact of stress on our health. For alternative, private and free ways to relieve stress, read our “healthy stress relief” post.

Body Posture

Quotes from Healing the Gerson Way:

Posture can have a huge impact on how we feel, just as how we feel is often betrayed by our posture. When we are happy, we walk on air. When we are miserable, our head goes down, our shoulders move up and our back forward and slumps […]

Learn to keep your spine straight but not rigid, both standing and sitting. (Please freeze for a moment and check what your spine is doing.) Sit with both feet on the ground and don’t cross your legs; doing so impedes the circulation and twists the spine […]

Stand up straight, draw both shoulders up as far as they will go, right up to the earlobes, and then drop them as if they bad become redundant. Where they land is their natural position […]

Turn your head slowly from left to right and back. Drop your head gently forward and backward, keeping your lower jaw loose. Rotate your head first clockwise, then counterclockwise, repeating each movement five times […]

Hands are also tension-prone. They tend to curl into firsts as soon as we feel anxious or angry. Train yourself to keep your fingers splayed when your hands are at rest. That prevents the tensing up of the arms, which would lead to further tension rushing through the body. If at first you fail and all you have are fists, imagine that you have washed your hands and have no towel, so that you need to shake both hands vigorously from the wrists. As you do that, feel the tension dropping away from your fingertips.

Stress and Breathing

Quote from Healinig the Gerson Way:

Breathing deserves our full attention. Breath is the basic condition of life. We can live for quite a while without food and for a much shorter time without water, but life without breath ends in a few moments. Most of us neglect this vital function until we learn otherwise and switch from shallow to deep abdominal breathing […]

With each in-breath, push out your stomach so that the breath can fill your lungs to full capacity. With each out-breath, pull in your stomach hard, squeezing out the stale air. Find your own rhythm and practice this method several times a day until it becomes your natural way of breathing […]

You will be surprised what a difference better breathing makes to your well-being.

Mental Attitude

Mental attitude can be a friend or foe. Your thoughts and ideas can reprogram your entire mood and feelings, which will help with your health.

Quote from “Healing the Gerson Way”

[…] lie on your back on a comfortable but not too soft surface, with your hands loosely resting by your sides. Close your eyes. Start breathing slowly, deeply, from the abdomen. With each in-breath, imagine drawing in brilliant light, which fills you with peace, strength and energy. With each out-breath, imagine releasing all tiredness, tension, pain or anxiety in the shape of dirty, dark smoke. Let your head and your body become very heavy so that the floor carries your weight. Check through your body, starting with your toes and working your way up to the top of your head, for traces of tension or stiffness, and release them. Make sure your jaw is relaxed and your tongue lies easy against your upper palate. Stay with this feeling of peace, release and relaxation for a little while.

This basic letting-go is the key to all kinds of inner work, including meditation, prayer, visualization, and affirmations. Practiced at least twice a day, free from disturbance, noise and interruptions, it will make a great difference to your mental state, which in turn will affect your body.

Meditation

There are exercise to help you meditate. Quote from “Healing the Gerson Way”

Meditation is a simple way to still the ever-busy brain and enter a place of profound stillness and peace which, for a short while, lets us escape from everyday reality.

[…] One way is to get hold of intruding thoughts, identify them, imagine tying a big balloon to each one (intruding, bad thought) and watch them float away. Another way is to improve concentration by counting from one to four, seeing in the mind’s eye the numbers, shining bright and beautiful against a dark curtain, and repeat the counting 10 times. You can also place a clock at eye level and fix your entire attention to the second hand going round and round so that nothing else matters. Gradually–but with perseverance–you’ll find it easier to achieve spells of though-free awareness, leading to an extraordinary sense of restfulness and peace.

Switching off the brain for a little while also enables us to hear our so-called inner voice–the voice of intuition and wisdom.

Positive Visualization

Quote from “Healing the Gerson Way”

Visualization uses the imagination to reprogram not only the mind, but to a certain extent, the body. […] The purpose of visualization is to prescribe, so to speak, what we want to achieve: defeating disease, rebuilding health, recovering and living a full life.

[…] See yourself in a perfectly beautiful place, real or imaginary, where you feel safe, secure, and happy. Make yourself comfortable in imagination, in whatever way feels right for you: gently swaying in a soft hammock, walking in a perfect garden or sitting happily with a loved one. Choose your own setting outside time and space and be refreshed by its peace and beauty.

Now see yourself as you wish to be: healthy, fit, strong and active, doing the things you most enjoy, able to give and receive love and feeling at home in the world. Surrender to this image, become it and anchor it in your mind and heart, then slowly return to mundane reality but bring with you the memory of the experience.

Visualization, along with meditation, thought, breathing, and body posture makes a difference on your mood, happiness, and health.


Chemical Agriculture

Truth is, there are a lot of people to feed and not enough useable soil. Soil is being overused and stripped of its nutrients, leaving plants weak and defenseless against sickness and insects. To protect the plants, powerful chemicals were developed. It was assumed these additives were harmless.

DDT (dichloro-diphenyltrichloreoethane) is a pesticide first used during World War II. DDT was banned by the USA in 1972, but it still found in the environment. It takes years to for DDT to decompose, and other countries still use it, which is spread across the world in the atmosphere. Effects of DDT include cancer, liver damage, central nervous system damage (stress, depression), reduced reproductive ability. Link to government study epa.gov

DDE (dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene) is made from DDT. It deactivates the male hormone testosterone (AmericanNutritionAssociation.org) and found in breast fatty tissues of women with cancer (HealthAndEnviornment.org).

Glyphosate is one of the most heavily used herbicides in America. The seeds of plants have been genetically modified to include glyphosate in their DNA. This allows for heavy use on the plants to kill all other living matter (such as insects and bacteria) without killing the plant. Animal studies show physical and mental mutations–mindfully.org.

For further information, visit WhatsOnMyFood.org.

Trans Fat

Hydrogenated vegetable oils (HVO), or trans fats, are created by heating vegetable oil to a very high temperature. This causes the oil to turn from liquid into a solid, such as margarine, pastry, pies, ice cream and other convenience foods.

Trans fat is popular because it is cheap to produce, has no flavor, and increases the shelf life of products. Trans fats are linked to clogged arteries, heart attacks, and strokes.

The real problem is the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids these oils provide. A healthy ratio should be 1 to 1, but trans fats have ratios as high as 46:1 (omega-6:omega-3).

Fried foods contain trans fats when restaurants regularly reuse the same oil. Some of the most durable car waxes are made from trans fats.

High Fructose Corn Syrup

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is an artificial sweetener created in 1966. High fructose corn syrup is cheap to produce, makes food taste better, gives food a longer shelf life, and is found in absolutely everything, such as fast food, ketchup, mustard, drinks, bread, etc.

Even though it is artificial sugar, it is still broken down and used by the body in a very similar way as real sugar. Nutritionally speaking, it is just as safe or harmful as table sugar. So high fructose corn syrup itself isn’t the problem. The real problem is the amount of sugar we now consume.

Before HFCS, food manufactures used real sugar and were at the mercy of mother nature, which yielded unpredictable amounts. This made food prices fluctuate dramatically. Since the discovery of HFCS, sugar production became cheap and inexpensive. So cheap, in fact, that is literally found its way into the entire food industry.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the average person in the United States eats about 150 pounds of sugar. To put that into perspective, that means you and I eat about 3,402 apples a year, or drink about 1,745 cans of coke every year.

Without HFCS, we would consume less sugar because real sugar is expensive. Economically speaking, it would unprofitable for companies to add real sugar in the quantities currently allowable with HFCS.

The best way to avoid all that sugar is eat more unprocessed food, because mother nature couples sugar with important nutrients to keep us healthy.

Food Additives

Food additives have been used for a centuries. For example, vinegar and salt is used to make food look better, taste better, and last longer.

Today’s additives are artificial and questionable as to their safety. Now additives go by the name of aspartame, methanol, diketopiperazine, monosodium glutamate, etc.

These additives are difficult to pronounce and found in many processed foods. If you have any doubts or questions about an additive, research it. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has a great guide.

To be 100 percent safe, simply stick to unprocessed and plant-based foods. You can’t go wrong with ingredients like avocado, spinach, rice, beans and olive oil.

The Animaniacs do a good job explaining food additives.

Pharmaceutical Drugs

Thousands of drugs are advertised to cure ailments. Nonethless, while drugs relieve the symptoms, the problem continues to worsen, is masked by the drug, and becomes harder to treat. In addition, side effects are briefly mentioned and serious. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports over 2,000,000 serious adverse drug reactions each year, with 106,000 reactions resulting in death.

Dr. Olsen’s is a 15-yeear sales representative of major pharmacutical companies. She provides insight as to the dangers of the pharmacutical industry on her website, gwenolsen.com

Alcohol and Nicotine

Info coming soon.


Cosmetics

These days, cosmetics contain the same chemicals which are used to clean garage floors and decrease engines. The skin is very porous, so products enter the blood stream. Some estimate that women absorb around 5 pounds of cosmetics each year.

Underarm deodorants contain aluminum, which clog the lymph glands. Our lymph glands are designed to pass toxins out of the body. Blocking the underarm lymph nodes with aluminum increases the risk of breast cancer.

Perspiration is normal and healthy. If you stick to a healthy diet, your body won’t be so toxic, and perspiration will be odorless.

Focus on using all natural soap, shampoo, lotion, deodorants and shaving cream. Ingredients that are difficult to pronounce or understand are questionable.

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Services

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