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.