If you are following the latest diet craze, you may have heard the word Paleo. For those who don’t know what a Paleo diet is, it is the way our ancestors, “the cavemen,” used to eat before the agriculture revolution created mass-produced dairy and grains. Our cave ancestors’ main diet consisted of meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Theories abound that since we have strayed from how our bodies were meant to metabolize food, we have struggled with all kinds of debilitating health issues, including infertility. I would definitely agree that since the 1950′s, when convenience foods (e.g., the TV dinner) became available, we have strayed further away from how nature created our food and are accelerating our fall into a black hole of disease.
I think that one of the most convincing arguments to eat the way our bodies were designed to process food comes from a 10-year study done by Francis M. Pottenger Jr., MD, who was dedicated to the prevention of chronic illness. He is famous for his feeding experiment with 900 cats during the years 1932-1942. Dr. Pottenger’s job at the time was to help determine the correct dose of adrenal extract required to support life. He was using laboratory animals, in this case the many cats that were donated to him during the Great Depression, to accomplish these goals by feeding the cats raw milk and cooked meat scraps. He soon had so many cats that he had to place a call to the local butcher shop to request donations of raw meat scraps to feed all of his test subjects. What he noticed was that the raw meat-eating cats were in better health than those cats being fed cooked meat. This better health also extended to the kittens of the raw meat-eating cats, while the cooked meat-eating cats had kittens with signs of deficiency leading to skeletal deformities and organ malfunctions. He used his initial observations to devise a feeding experiment that lasted 10 years and four generations of cats. What he came to realize during his study of cats is quite fascinating and now the human race appears to be paralleling his findings about cats.
Dr. Pottenger discovered that the cats that maintained their natural raw diet proved resistant to infections, fleas, and other parasites and showed no signs of allergies. They were friendly and predictable in their behavior patterns and produced kittens that were homogeneous generation after generation. Miscarriages were rare and the mother cat nursed her young without difficulty.
However, Dr. Pottenger found that cats fed a cooked diet developed heart problems; eye problems (nearsightedness and farsightedness); hypothyroidism and inflammation of the thyroid gland; infections of the kidney, liver, testes, ovaries, bladder; and arthritis and inflammation of the joints and nervous system. The study was terminated due to the high mortality rate of the third deficient generation of cats (they were so ill that none survived beyond the 6th month of life). Female cats receiving cooked meat showed more irritability than raw food cats. The cooked food males, on the other hand, were docile and lacked interest in sex. When deficient cats were returned to a raw diet, it took four generations to regain normal health. The most important discovery was that after being subjected to a deficient diet for 12-18 months, female cat fertility was so reduced that the cats never again were able to give birth to normal kittens. Even after eating an optimum diet for three or four additional years, the kittens still showed signs of deficiency in their skeletal and dental development.
Other important discoveries involved pasteurized milk and dry feed sources, not only with cats, but with cows, chickens, and guinea pigs. Cats fed raw milk and raw meat usually did not die of health related issues but from old age and injuries suffered in fighting. However, when they drank pasteurized milk, evaporated milk, or sweet condensed milk, the cats started developing health issues.
The studies also showed that the feed given to the cows had a direct correlation on the quality of the milk they produced. Dr. Pottenger and his staff found that the adrenals and milk produced by grass fed cows were far superior to those cows being fed the typical dry feed comprised of molasses, cotton seed meal, beet pulp, orange pulp, grape pulp, other industrial by-products, field dried alfalfa and grain. The experiment found that cats fed raw milk from dry feed cows showed similar deficiencies as those cats fed pasteurized milk. This was not so with the cats receiving high grade raw milk from grass fed cows eating fresh cut greens.
Similar findings in the chicken industry were made concerning dry feed versus fresh feed. Hatchery chickens fed grains and dry feeds laid thin shelled eggs and pale yolks. A large percentage of eggs failed to germinate when fertilized. It is the fresh, raw factors in feed that seem to be the key between a healthy reproductive animal capable of producing healthy offspring versus unhealthy offspring. 
Another experiment involved guinea pigs being fed dry feed versus fresh feed. The guinea pigs eating dry feed showed hair loss, paralysis and high litter mortality. When allowed to forage for fresh grass and weeds, the animals showed greater improvement, even more so than the guinea pigs in pens being fed fresh cut grass. What Dr. Pottenger and his staff discovered was that the fresh cut grass being fed to those in the pens had become semi-cooked in the heat, which partially destroyed its nutrients.
The main takeaways from Dr. Pottenger’s work show how important good quality nutrition is to the health of current generations of animals (including humans) and the continued effects of those food decisions on future generations. The experiments done over 70 years ago do not even take into account that feed lot animals are now being fed growth hormones, antibiotics, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and that we, in turn, are ingesting them! In addition, the deficiencies caused by pasteurized milk may be impairing the life-long health of children as well as adults.
So if we proceed down this bumpy road of poor nutrition, will our self-imposed nutritional deficiencies result in the end of the human race, just like what happened to Pottenger’s cats? Let’s help educate people about good nutrition and preventing disease so that they can take corrective action before it’s too late. Feed lot animals do not have a choice but to eat what they are fed, but WE as CONSUMERS can demand industry changes by voting with our dollars and choosing organic grass-fed meat, dairy, cheese, eggs, and butter. You ARE what you eat, and so is your progeny. So remember the choices you make not only affect your health, but that of your children and grandchildren.
To learn more about the fascinating studies that were done, I highly recommend reading Pottenger’s Cats, by Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., MD. You can purchase the book, Pottenger’s Cats: A Study in Nutrition,:
I also recommend checking out the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation for current articles and other information that empower people to attain exceptional health for this and future generations. Click here to go to Price Pottenger Nutrition Foundation
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Also, have you noticed any of the following happening to you:
- Tired for no reason?
- Hard to get out of bed in the morning?
- No matter how much you sleep, you never feel rested?
- You don’t enjoy doing the things you used to because it would require you to move your body?
- The hottest guy/gal shows interest in you and you would rather sleep?
- You are downing caffeinated drinks, especially coffee and energy drinks just to keep from collapsing?
- You have an increased appetite – specifically for salty and sweet foods – and have increased abdominal fat?
- If you don’t eat, people need to watch out because you become “McMonster”?
Does this sound like your life? If it does, you could be suffering from Adrenal Fatigue!
The purpose of your adrenal glands is to help your body cope with the major stresses in your life. You have probably heard of the “fight or flight” syndrome. This is when your body automatically reacts to what it perceives to be an emergency by amping up your heart rate and preparing for attack. The adrenals create the hormones you need to be able to do this. If you are constantly under stress, for example: the death of a loved one, a divorce, a job loss, a serious illness, environmental toxins, or a poor diet, then the stress of these various incidences can compromise your adrenals, causing a high level of cortisol. This increases blood sugar, slows down healing and normal cell regeneration, impairs digestion and metabolism, slows mental function, and suppresses your immune system.
When this happens, you may not be able to cope with life and most everything people do will seem to annoy you. Adrenal fatigue occurs when the cumulative amount of stress overtakes the body’s capacity to deal with and recover from the combined stresses.
Also, it’s not just mental stress we need to consider. One of the commonly overlooked sources of stress is chronic or severe infection. Adrenal fatigue is often precipitated by recurring bouts of bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, sinusitis, or other respiratory infections. These cause physical as well as emotional stress.
Overall, those at greatest risk for adrenal fatigue are those who do not get enough rest and constantly drive themselves – the perfectionists who are under constant pressure and are driving themselves to excel, those who feel trapped or helpless or overwhelmed, and those who have experienced severe emotional or physical trauma. The primary lifestyle components leading to adrenal fatigue include lack of sleep, poor food choices, using food and drinks as stimulants when tired, staying up late even though fatigued, constantly feeling powerless, staying in no-win situations, and not participating in enjoyable and rejuvenating activities.
However, there are a few tests that you can do at home to see if you have adrenal fatigue. You can test your iris contraction by shining a light across your eyes. If you have adrenal fatigue, the pupil will not be able to hold its contraction and will dilate despite the light shining on it. This dilation will occur within 2 minutes and last for 30-45 seconds before contracting again.
Low blood pressure and postural low blood pressure are other important indicators of adrenal fatigue. If you get dizzy when your blood pressure drops when you stand from a lying position, this almost always indicates low adrenals.
In order to heal yourself from adrenal fatigue, you will have to take charge of your recovery and make lifestyle changes to get adrenal function into balance. You will have to do your best to mitigate the stressors that caused your fatigue in the first place, which may include limiting contact with people who rob your energy or bring you down; making dietary changes to make sure you get enough fat, protein, and high quality crabs in your diet; learning ways to relax such as meditating, reframing the negatives in your life, and maintaining a positive attitude; learning which foods you may be sensitive or allergic to and avoiding them; and taking supplements such as B Vitamins, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Aswaghanda, and Sea Vegetables.
You can learn more about how to identify and repair adrenal fatigue in this well-written and informative book, “Adrenal Fatigue the 21st Century Syndrome” by James L. Wilson ND, DC, Ph.D. (4.5 Stars!)
Obviously, cola drinks are not healthy. Colas fuel the world’s obesity and diabetes epidemic because of high sugar content and empty calories. Colas have phosphoric acid that destroys bones and teeth. Colas include aspartame that is linked to all kinds of health problems. Also, food dyes and other chemicals in colas are known carcinogens. But people are hooked on colas and their sugar addiction is locked in by caffeine. No wonder the cola companies spend so many millions of dollars on advertising and brainwashing our children.
Then there are energy drinks with berries and vitamins. Some of these would be pretty good, except many are watered down and contain massive amounts of sugar (one has 51 grams per serving) and unknown “natural flavors.” Also, we don’t know what type of fruits are used in most of these drinks – very few are organic and some have synthetic vitamins added. Not to mention, they can be very pricey!
However, there is one great-tasting organic natural fruit drink that has lower sugar and caloric content, natural vitamin C, and costs less than other so-called energy drinks. I am talking about RawBurst™. It is a burst of natural energy full of raw, organic, whole fruits and exotic berries.
By RAW food, we are talking about low temperature dried fruits and berries, rich in nutrition:
• Maqui Berries
• Goji Berries
• Black Currants
• Acerola Cherries
• Red Raspberries
By WHOLE foods, we are talking about the fruit and its natural fiber – all the original seeds, peel, and pulp, all ground up for easier digestion. Mix with pure water and you have a very healthy, safe, great-tasting juice drink.
By ORGANIC, we are talking about USDA 100% Certified Organic fruits and berries.
And did I mention that the fruits and berries found in RawBurst:
• Provide an extraordinary array of powerful antioxidants*
• Neutralize free radicals and decrease oxidative stress*
• Naturally fuel energy, strength and stamina*
• Support proper digestive function*
• Help increase insulin production to regulate blood sugar*
• May help prevent the formation of new fat cells*
• Help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol in the blood*
• Support and protect cardiovascular function*
• Deliver powerful anti-inflammatory nutrients*
• Promote the production of collagen vital for beautiful skin*
• Help protect the skin and eyes against sun damage and oxidative stress*
Give Your Body What It Craves … Burst Your Thirst!™
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
How many people do you know who are suffering from cancer, obesity, cardiovascular disease, infertility, ADHD, depression, thyroid disorders, lack of energy, compromised immune systems, excessive mucous, low stomach acid, asthma, bronchitis, high blood pressure, major aches and pains, insomnia, hormonal issues, migraines, or skin issues? Any one of these health problems could make your life miserable.
And what if I told you that all of these problems may be easily and cheaply remedied without a prescription? Read on!
Strangely, since the 1970’s, the seriousness of each of these health issues has exploded. So what happened back then that made things worse? The simple answer is that iodine was removed from flour and replaced by its toxic cousin, bromine. This was done without fanfare and, like a secret, was not openly disclosed to the general public.
Why did that happen and why is bromine bad for us? Iodine had been added to bread flour as a dough conditioner. Then a report came out in 1970, titled “Iodine Nutriture in the United States,” which hinted that iodine in bread may not be safe. The misinformation surrounding iodine continued to escalate to the point that, by 1980, inaccurate claims were being published that iodine could be lethal. Fearing lawsuits, bread makers replaced iodine with a substitute dough conditioner called bromine. However, while bromine is a halide, like iodine, fluoride and chloride, it is a carcinogen and has no place in the human body. Bromine competes for the same receptors in our body that need iodine, making iodine unavailable in the thyroid and anyplace in the body that iodine is needed to help prevent cancer and other diseases.
If the bromine overload wasn’t already bad enough, our water contains toxic fluoride and chlorine. These chemicals also compete with the iodine that our bodies need to function correctly. Many people believe that only our thyroids need iodine, but the truth is that our entire body needs iodine to function correctly. This includes major organs such as breasts, ovaries, the uterus, and the prostate. Because of iodine deficiency, we are suffering from an epidemic of diseases.
According to the World Health Organization, 1.5 billion people, about a third of the earth’s population, live in an area of iodine deficiency. Because of this, the world’s children are suffering from alarming rates of mental retardation, ADHD and lowered IQ, making it nearly impossible for them to compete fairly in society for the rest of their lives. In fact, there is an old medical saying that “just a few grams of iodine hormone can make the difference between an idiot and an Einstein!”
The best demonstration of the tragic effects of iodine deficiency and how easily and cheaply it can be eradicated is a province in China named Xinjiang. For 500 years, the province was written off because of its high incidences of severe mental retardation, miscarriages, still births, high infant mortality, stunted growth, and deafness. In 1989, Dr. G. Robert DeLong of Duke University came up with a plan. He rigged a 55 gallon drum on the top of a bridge to drip iodine into an irrigation ditch. A year later, the results speak for themselves. Infant mortality and stillborn/miscarriages dropped by 50 percent! Sheep production went up 40 percent. Average height grew by five inches and IQ increased. The cost for this drastic improvement, less than $.06 per person! Iodine dripping is now implemented for at least 2.6 million Chinese.
Over the last 40 years, iodine levels have declined over 50 percent, creating epidemics of breast, thyroid, ovarian, uterine, and prostate illnesses. Research studies throughout the world have clearly shown for at least 50 years the correlation between iodine deficiency and breast cancer. Ancient cultures such as those in Monte Verde, Chile have known for 15,000 years that seaweed is the best source of organic iodine and that it prevents and kills tumors. You can find references to seaweed’s many health benefits in many ancient texts such as Pen Ts’ao Ching, Ebers Medical Papyrus, and Materia Medica. The Merck Manual of 1899 lists iodine as the most used substance for tumors. During the Civil War, soldiers not only carried water canteens, but also iodine canteens to purify their water and treat infections. Grandmothers used to put iodine on children’s cuts to disinfect and help heal them.
Iodine deficiency tends to go undetected because doctors and patients alike believe that negative lab result tests override a patient’s symptoms. For example, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) lab tests have proven to be a poor indicator regarding thyroid function. According to Dr. Broda Barnes, “what we ideally need to measure is the amount of thyroid hormone on the inside of each cell in the body where it controls the rate of oxidation of fuel burning within the cell.” This is not possible because of the billions of cells and simultaneous analyses that would have to be run.
Also, we have been led to believe that if we take iodized salt, we get enough iodine. That is not true. A report by Dasgupta, et al., called “Iodine Nutrition: Iodine Content of US Salt” discusses the “iodine gap.” Researchers point out that salt is a poor food product because it is fortified with chloride which competes with iodine, making it less effective. Iodine in salt is also unstable and only 10 percent bioavailable. Also, it takes only 20-40 days for an unopened container of iodized salt to lose half of its iodine. I am going to guess it is likely that you have had that container of Morton’s iodized salt in your pantry longer than 40 days. So the truth is no one knows for sure how much iodine is in the salt because there are too many variables.
So where else are we going to get an adequate supply of iodine? Seaweed is a primary source of organic iodine, but not all seaweeds are created equal. Most of us in the raw food field know that if you heat something above a certain temperature that it becomes devoid of nutrients because you kill all the enzymes. The same goes for seaweed. What you buy in the store may be roasted and salted. Also, the Fukushima nuclear meltdown radiation disaster in Japan, plus the various oil and chemical spills that have polluted our oceans, make it imperative we pay attention to where our seaweed is obtained. Right now the safest place to obtain seaweed is from the North Atlantic Ocean. Because we are constantly bombarded by toxic elements, we need to have a constant amount of iodine in our bodies to detoxify, as well as to function correctly.
So how do I get my seaweed from the North Atlantic Ocean? I choose to get my seaweed from a company called Emerald Essentials which specializes in organic products. Emerald Essentials hand harvests, sun dries, and packages its seaweeds in safe and convenient capsule form. Each capsule contains seven organic sea vegetables with 200-250 mcg of organic iodine. I like that the product is organic, comes from the North Atlantic Ocean, and is routinely tested for pollutants. Based on the amount of iodine needed daily to function correctly, I find taking Emerald Essential’s product, called Emerald Sea, to be cost effective and easy to do because I can have Emerald Sea with me at all times by carrying it in my purse. Personally, taking the capsules over a several-month period helped heal two bleeding uterine fibroids that were giving me problems as well as heal my painful, swollen breasts. Also, I have a lot more energy. In addition, a wonderful side effect was that Emerald Sea helped me lose weight by boosting my metabolism.
If you would like more information about Emerald Sea and the Emerald Essentials company please contact me (Melissa Reisinger) via email at GreatHealthByDesign@gmail.com, or phone at 916-215-2147.
Many people dream of being rich, but never quite succeed. Why? It turns out that they are not programming themselves to take in wealth. We are the sum of our experiences, which impact our thinking and our emotions. We need to clarify our thoughts about wealth. If we are carrying around conflicting emotions on the subject of money, then money will never come to us.
Growing up, did we hear things like, “Money is the root of all evil, money doesn’t grow on trees, money doesn’t buy happiness, rich people are corrupt, or no matter how hard I work I never make enough money to pay my bills?” The list of excuses can be endless.
Do you feel resentful or angry when someone else is more successful than you? How does that work out for you? Probably not too well. You must clear your mind of negative thoughts if you choose to succeed. If you are looking for things to go wrong, they will. The universe will not disappoint you. So concentrate on what you want, not what you do not want.
If you continue to have a victim mentality that rich people always screw the unfortunate, or if you are thinking “poor me” (for having less), you will NEVER be rich. When you change your negative thoughts to positive thoughts, you change your life for the better. You need to stop waiting for others to save you. Start taking control and be not afraid to take more risks. In other words, get out of your comfort zone. Success is an inside (the head) job!
It’s when you have nothing that you can do anything. Things have been taken away from you because they were holding you back. When you have nothing left to lose, you have no more fear. When you are fearless, you are unstoppable, according to Markus Rothkrantz, who wrote The Prosperity Secret.
Some major differences in the thinking between poor and rich people are:
• Poor people are dictated by others in life (circumstances, boss, children); Rich people are the dictators of their life.
• Poor people believe that life is made up of random happenings so they have someone to blame; Rich people believe that they create their own life.
• Poor people make decisions based on fear of loss; Rich people make decisions to gain more.
• Poor people make decisions based on limiting beliefs because they do not believe in themselves; Rich people make decisions from confidence in themselves.
• Poor people quit; Rich people do not quit.
• Poor people learn and follow the herd (the 96%) to the slaughterhouse by listening to their broke friends and relatives; Rich people continuously expand their intellectual wealth.
• Poor people get paid by the hour; Rich people get paid for the value they bring to the marketplace.
• Poor people accept mediocrity as a reality; Rich people create solutions to make their dreams a reality.
• Poor people see and prepare for negative results; Rich people see and expect positive results.
• Poor people rely on hopes and prayers and remain idle; Rich people have vision and take action.
• Poor people dwell in current circumstances; Rich people see the outcome they choose regardless of the current circumstances.