Is It Possible To Feed Cancer Cells?

I was in the process of doing a series of posts based on something entirely different. I became sidetracked by my own thoughts I guess. I began to think about cell growth and how your diet can feed the cells. Certain foods such as bok choy, asparagus, cauliflower, strawberries, broccoli, and ginger root are just a few of the foods that are excellent for cell growth and regeneration.

With that I began to wonder about cancer cells also. I had already learned that we all carry cancer cells. So if there is food that stimulates the health of the cells that make up our organ systems, is there food that feeds the growth of cancer cells.

Not only is there food that feeds cancer cells, but there are also foods that starve cancer cells. The American Cancer Society, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation provide great information on feeding and starving cancer cells. So lets look at some information provided by the American Cancer Society.

Again, we all carry cancer cells. However, these cancer cells will not appear on a standard cancer exam until the cell count reaches a few billion. We develop cancer cells from 6 to 10 times during our lifetime. When our immune system is functioning properly our body will terminate the cancer cells and prevent tumor formation. When cancer develops it’s an indication that numerous nutritional deficiencies are present, and could be due to environmental, food, genetic, or lifestyle factors.

Chemotherapy and radiation are the most common treatments for cancer. Chemotherapy is a process that involves poisoning the rapidly growing cancer cells. However, it also destroys our healthy cells in the bone marrow and gastrointestinal tract. It’s also linked to different forms of organ damage.

Radiation is a process of using high energy waves to kill tumor cells while trying to reduce the destruction of healthy cells. However, side effects usually involve the destruction of healthy cells, tissue, and organs. When the body has become heavily burdened of toxins from the radiation and chemotherapy treatment the immune system is either compromised or destroyed. This allows for infections to become fatal. Cancer cells have also been known to mutate with the exposure to chemotherapy and radiation making the cells difficult to terminate.

Now that we have a foundation, let’s look at foods that feed these cancer cells. According to Oncologists nutritionists, the infamous sugar is a huge culprit in feeding cancer cells. The irony of this is that I made a post a few weeks ago discussing the health dangers associated with sugar. The elevated insulin levels and growth factors are what gives the influence to increase cancer cell growth and other chronic diseases. Cancer cells have numerous insulin receptors that respond more than normal cells to the insulin’s ability to promote growth.

Here is a list of the top ten foods associated with feeding cancer cells provided by Dr. Ty Bollinger

Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs): The rapidly growing industry of genetically modified crops are infiltrating our food supply at an alarming rate. More than 90% of our corn and soy are now genetically modified. This fairly new practice is the source of many debates. Experts agree that adequate testing was not done before GMO foods were added to the ingredient listing of thousands of products. In other words, no one – including the growers and manufacturers of GMO foods – knows the long-term effect they will have on human health. Look for GMO-free labels whenever possible or buy organic (which always means a product is not genetically modified).

Microwave Popcorn: From the chemically-lined bag to the actual contents, microwave popcorn is at the center of lung cancer debates around the world. Not only are the kernels and oil likely GMO (which the manufacturer does not have to disclose) unless organic, the fumes released from artificial butter flavoring contain diacetyl, which is toxic to humans. Make your own organic popcorn the old-fashioned way – it tastes better, doesn’t release toxic fumes, and is a healthier choice for you.

Canned Goods: Most cans are lined with a product called bisphenol-A (BPA), which has been shown to genetically alter the brain cells of rats. Many plastic goods, thermal paper, water lines, and many dental composites also contain BPA. Help protect your DNA by sticking to fresh or frozen vegetables that have no added ingredients for your family’s table! These are better for you and available year-round.

Grilled Red Meat: While grilled food can taste delicious, scientists have discovered that preparing meats in this way – especially processed meats like hot dogs – releases a carcinogen called heterocyclic aromatic amines. When you grill red meat to the point of well-done, it changes the chemical and molecular structure of the meat. You’re better off baking, broiling, or preparing meat in a skillet than on the grill.

Refined Sugar: The biggest cancer causing food (by far) is high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and other refined sugars. Even brown sugar is highly refined white sugar with some of the removed molasses added back in for flavor and color. Refined sugars (and foods made with them) are the source of major insulin spikes and feed the growth of cancer cells. Since the majority of the sugar supply in the U.S. is made using genetically modified (GMO) sugar beets, a healthier option is organic honey, coconut sugar, or maple sugar. Now that oncologists are using diabetes medication to fight cancer cells, there’s no doubt (finally) that those mutated cancer cells love sugar.

Salted, Pickled, and Smoked Foods: These products typically contain preservatives, such as nitrates, which are intended to prolong shelf life. The additives used in processed foods can accumulate in your body over time. Eventually, such toxins cause damage at the cellular level and lead to diseases like cancer. When smoked foods are cooked at high temperatures, the nitrates are converted to the much more dangerous nitrites. (Note: By pickled foods we don’t mean the fermented foods you make at home.)

Soda and Carbonated Beverages: Sodas have been at the center of the health debate for two decades as a major cancer causing food. Filled with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), dyes, and a host of other chemicals, they are very bad for every aspect of your health. They provide zero nutritional value and rob your body of the nutrients you get from other foods. Adding “diet” to the label means you’re also likely consuming aspartame – which is no better than rat poison to human cells.

White Flour: When flour is refined, all nutritional value is removed. Then it’s bleached with chlorine gas to make it more appealing to consumers. The glycemic index for white flour is very high – meaning it spikes your insulin levels without providing nutritional fuel. Carbohydrates are converted to sugars by your body, so excessive products that contain white flour can lead to increased insulin resistance. Simple sugars (like refined carbohydrates) are the preferred fuel source for cancer.

Farmed Fish: Commercial fish farming involves raising an incredible number of fish (such as salmon), in a crowded environment. More than 60% of the salmon consumed in the United States comes from a farming operation where they are treated with antibiotics, pesticides, and other carcinogenic chemicals to try and control the bacterial, viral, and parasitic outbreaks that result from cramming so many fish in a small space. Farmed fish also don’t have as much omega-3 as wild salmon.

Hydrogenated Oils:  Vegetable oils are chemically extracted from their source, chemically treated, and more chemicals are added to change the smell and taste. They’re packed with unhealthy omega-6 fats (that Americans already consume way too much of) and have been proven to alter the structure of our cell membranes.

My next post will focus on foods and diets that will starve out cancer cells.

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Frankenfoods & GMO’S

My wife and I went to the grocery store last weekend on our usual shopping day. Usually I’m not going through any deep philosophical thoughts in the store. We go through our list, grab our food and go home. For some odd reason I started looking at the signs and noticed several fruits that were seedless. Now there’s nothing odd about seeing seedless produce but what did strike me was the fact that I didn’t see a counterpart with seeds.

Certainly seeing seedless grapes and watermelon is commonplace, but the issue is that it’s common. What’s even worst is the difficulty in finding watermelon and grapes with seeds. Just to be real, marijuana without seeds are GMO. I’m not going deep into the GMO’s because that’s worthy of several posts.

However it is worth mentioning that GMO’s, terminator seeds, Monsanto, and etc. have totally changed the food game. Let’s get one thing understood. That GMO fruit or vegetable is a better alternative than your potato chip or honey bun any day of the week. Those are facts.

I was reading an article that suggested that the average fruit and vegetable today only has 35% of the nutritional content of the produce fifty years ago. Much of this is due to the genetic splicing taking place that’s helping to add to these Frankenfoods.

In the GMO world there is a term called “terminator technology”. The goal of this technology is to modify plants to produce sterile seeds known as “suicide seeds”. This causes second generation seeds to always be sterile. Therefore, small farmers can never re-use seeds because now the seeds have no life. They are forced to constantly use the GMO seed every season instead of using natural seed that reproduces itself. Lets view this from some different angles.

In my opinion the food lacks nutritional content because its indeed the product of suicide seeds. Looking at the Book of Numbers Chapter 1, it was established that the nationality, identity, and race of a person was determined by the father. Therefore, you are the seed of your father. Well how can the food be full of life when its father produces seeds of death. A suicide seed is not going to produce life. There is no way you can have life when its the product of death itself.

Lets say a couple is having a difficult time having a baby. It’s determined that the father has sterile seeds (sperm). That is a horrible thing. His seed has no life or value. It’s through the seed that life is given. Its through the seed that the quality of something is given. The seed is the life force. The type of seed planted is the determining factor of the harvest that we reap. If terminator and suicide seeds are being planted then expect a lifeless product that lacks content.

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Here is another example of Frankenfoods. Look at the difference of size between these chickens. There is a dramatic increase of size in these birds. Also, these bird are getting much larger quicker. These birds are being pumped with hormones to expedite their growth to keep up with the demands of mass production. They are conveyor belt animals for the most part. Bring them in, blow them up, slaughter them, and get them out of the door.

I saw a video a few months ago of a family that bought a chicken from Sam’s Club. This chicken was ripped! It looked like it had been in prison for 10 years doing pushups and bench press. Now we know that’s not normal. Your chicken should not look like The Hulk.

Coming up soon I will be doing some in-depth post on the history of GMO’s and the purpose. People need to know just how diabolical these corporations are.


Beyond Burger Shortage and Amy’s California Veggie Burger

For the past six weeks or so it’s been nearly impossible to find Beyond Burgers. My wife and I are literally going on Beyond Burger treasure hunts on the weekend with one pack of burgers to show for our efforts. We are hitting 3 and 4 stores in search of the best plant based burger on the market.

We were told this past weekend the reason for the Beyond Burger Shortage. Popularity of this delicious treat has reached a point were the company is having difficulties keeping up with the demand. Though it absolutely sucks to go through the headache of searching for my favorite burger with sometimes an empty return, it’s great to see that people are enjoying these plant based treats. It’s not a victory for vegans alone. It sends a statement to these food corporations that more people in this nation are becoming health conscious and if they want to stay in business then they must give the people healthier options. The days of GMO Frankenfoods are being hit with health consciousness.

I did a post several weeks ago giving a review for Beyond Burgers. Some people describe them as being a good alternative for when you’re trying to give up meat. I see them as an excellent combination of great taste, ingredients, and innovation. I’ve heard the Impossible burger is good, but it has yet to reach my area. But as long as I have the Beyond Burger it’s all good. I just hope that the company is able to get caught up on the demand.

71FzM1sqd4L._SL1050_Now, I gave these burgers a try because I couldn’t find any Beyond Burgers. They are called the Amy’s California Veggie Burger. Out of respect for my mother-in-law whom reads my blog I’m going to hold back my profanity to discuss how disgusting this garbage is.

I don’t know if anyone out there knows Amy but can you please tell her to sit down. She doesn’t know what in the hell she is doing with these burgers. First, Alex Ovechkin could take this thing out of the box and slap it around with his hockey stick. Imagine several layers of cardboard being glued together and frozen. Inside of this frozen cardboard are vegetable flavored hamster pellets that lacks flavor. Amy sucks at making burgers. I see why there is never a shortage on that garbage. People would never eat plant based if all of our food tasted like that rubbish.

If you are bold and brave enough to try those California burgers then God bless you. If anyone from California reads this I hope you know that this burger is giving you a bad reputation in these food streets. You need to tell Amy to stop making those hockey pucks and calling them burgers. I’ve had rice cakes that had more flavor than those wack ass burgers. I’m pretty sure someone out there really enjoys them and thinks they are great. You need prayer and your head examined.

Okay, I’m done banging on Amy’s wack burger. My reason for this post is to let anyone know the deal about the Beyond Burger shortage if you’ve had a difficult time finding them. So keep loving those Beyond Burgers and throw those Amy’s California Burgers in the garbage.


Deadly Ingredients In Processed Foods

As we continue this dialogue on junk and processed food, it’s extremely important to know what’s in the food that we are eating. A good friend of mine that’s a personal trainer tells his clients that they should not eat anything that has ingredients they can’t pronounce. If you stay on the perimeter of the grocery store then you have majority whole foods. The deeper you get inside the store,  the more garbage is put into your food. Pick up a box of swiss cake rolls and read the labels. You can’t pronounce all of that crap even if you tried.

The stuff that’s allowed to be put in the food is criminal and heinous. Animal bone char is used in sugar. Industrial plastics chemicals, “meat glue enzyme”, bleaching agents, styrofoam agents, and coal tar are just a few of the dangerous chemicals placed in our food supply. I’m going to list the top 50 chemicals in our food given to us by the Public Health Analysis of the Master’s in Public Health Program. This list contains the name, how it’s used, and the health risk associated with it. Just look at the list. Over 90% of these ingredients are somehow linked to cancer. We wonder why so many people young and old are being diagnosed with cancer. Just look at the food and it begins to become a little more clear.

  1. Sodium nitrate: Added to processed meats to stop bacterial growth. Linked to cancer in humans. (Worst Offender)
  2. Sulfites: Used to keep prepared foods fresh. Can cause breathing difficulties in those sensitive to the ingredient.
  3. Azodicarbonamide: Used in bagels and buns. Can cause asthma.
  4. Potassium bromate: Added to breads to increase volume. Linked to cancer in humans.
  5. Propyl gallate: Added to fat-containing products. Linked to cancer in humans
  6. BHA/BHT: A fat preservative, used in foods to extend shelf life. Linked to cancerous tumor growth.
  7. Propylene glycol: Better known as antifreeze. Thickens dairy products and salad dressing. Deemed ‘generally’ safe by FDA.
  8. Butane: Put in chicken nuggets to keep them tasting fresh. A known carcinogen.
  9. Monosodium glutamate (MSG): Flavor enhancer that can cause headaches. Linked in animal studies to nerve damage, heart problems and seizures.
  10. Disodium inosinate: In snack foods. Contains MSG.
  11. Disodium guanylate: Also used in snack foods, and contains MSG.
  12. Enriched flour: Used in many snack foods. A refined starch that is made from toxic ingredients.
  13. Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH): Geneticially-engineered version of natural growth hormone in cows. Boosts milk production in cows. Contains high levels of IGF-1, which is thought cause various types of cancer.
  14. Refined vegetable oil: Includes soybean oil, corn oil, safflower oil, canola oil, and peanut oil. High in omega-6 fats, which are thought to cause heart disease and cancer.
  15. Sodium benzoate: Used as a preservative in salad dressing and carbonated beverages. A known carcinogen and may cause damage our DNA.
  16. Brominated vegetable oil: Keeps flavor oils in soft drinks suspended. Bromate is a poison and can cause organ damage and birth defects. Not required to be listed on food labels.
  17. Propyl gallate: Found in meats, popcorn, soup mixes and frozen dinners. Shown to cause cancer in rats. Banned in some countries. Deemed safe by FDA.
  18. Olestra: Fat-like substance that is unabsorbed by the body. Used in place of natural fats in some snack foods. Can cause digestive problems, and also not healthy for the heart.
  19. Carrageenan: Stabilizer and thickening agent used in many prepared foods. Can cause ulcers and cancer.
  20. Polysorbate 60: A thickener that is used in baked goods. Can cause cancer in laboratory animals.
  21. Camauba wax: Used in chewing gums and to glaze certain foods. Can cause cancer and tumors.
  22. Magnesium sulphate: Used in tofu, and can cause cancer in laboratory animals.
  23. Chlorine dioxide: Used in bleaching flour. Can cause tumors and hyperactivity in children.
  24. Paraben: Used to stop mold and yeast forming in foods. Can disrupt hormones in the body, and could be linked to breast cancer.
  25. Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose: Used as a thickener in salad dressings. Could cause cancer in high quantities.
  26. Aluminum: A preservative in some packaged foods that can cause cancer.

Artificial Sweeteners to Avoid

Artificial sweeteners are regulated by FDA, just as food additives are, but this does not apply to products generally recognized as safe.

  1. Saccharin: Carcinogen found to cause bladder cancer in rats. (Worst Offender)
  2. Aspartame: An excitotoxin and thought to be a carcinogen. Can cause dizziness, headaches, blurred vision and stomach problems.
  3. High fructose corn syrup: Sweetener made from corn starch. Made from genetically-modified corn. Causes obesity, diabetes, heart problems, arthritis and insulin resistance.
  4. Acesulfame potassium: Used with other artificial sweeteners in diet sodas and ice cream. Linked to lung and breast tumors in rats.
  5. Sucralose: Splenda. Can cause swelling of liver and kidneys and a shrinkage of the thymus gland.
  6. Agave nectar: Sweetener derived from a cactus. Contains high levels of fructose, which causes insulin resistance, liver disease and inflammation of body tissues.
  7. Bleached starch: Can be used in many dairy products. Thought to be related to asthma and skin irritations.
  8. Tert butylhydroquinone: Used to preserve fish products. Could cause stomach tumors at high doses.

Artificial Food Colorings to Avoid

Food colorings are used to give foods a more attractive appearance, but some experts believe they cause serious health problems, including asthma and hyperactivity in children.

  1. Red #40: Found in many foods to alter color. All modern food dyes are derived from petroleum. A carcinogen that is linked to cancer in some studies. Also can cause hyperactivity in children. Banned in some European countries. (Worst Offender)
  2. Blue #1: Used in bakery products, candy and soft drinks. Can damage chromosomes and lead to cancer.
  3. Blue #2: Used in candy and pet food beverages. Can cause brain tumors
  4. Citrus red #1: Sprayed on oranges to make them look ripe. Can damage chromosomes and lead to cancer.
  5. Citrus red #2: Used to color oranges. Can cause cancer if you eat the peel.
  6. Green #3: Used in candy and beverages. May cause bladder tumors.
  7. Yellow #5:  Used in desserts, candy and baked goods.Thought to cause kidney tumors, according to some studies.
  8. Yellow #6: A carcinogen used in sausage, beverages and baked goods. Thought to cause kidney tumors, according to some studies.
  9. Red #2: A food coloring that may cause both asthma and cancer.
  10. Red #3: A carcinogen. that is added to cherry pie filling, ice cream and baked goods. May cause nerve damage and thyroid cancer.
  11. Caramel coloring: In soft drinks, sauces, pastries and breads. When made with ammonia, it can cause cancer in mice. Food companies not required to disclose if this ingredient is made with ammonia.
  12. Brown HT: Used in many packaged foods. Can cause hyperactivity in children, asthma and cancer.
  13. Orange B: A food dye that is used in hot dog and sausage casings.  High doses are bad for the liver and bile duct.
  14. Bixin: Food coloring that can cause hyperactivity in children and asthma.
  15. Norbixin:  Food coloring that can cause hyperactivity in children and asthma.
  16. Annatto: Food coloring that can cause hyperactivity in children and asthma

Why Is Fast And Junk Food So Addictive?

Continuing with the conversation on fast food and now junk food, I want to explore why this crap is so addictive. You literally can’t eat just one Lay’s potato chips. There was a time that I couldn’t put down a pack of Oreos until it was gone. If you grab a Triple Whopper, regardless of how full you feel, you finish eating that Triple Whopper and the fries. What’s wrong with this apparent addiction?

Fast food is highly processed, contains an enormous amount of calories, saturated fat, added sugar, carbohydrates, and have little to no nutritional value. A Gallup poll in 2013 surveyed 2,027 adults on fast food consumption. Out of the adults surveyed, 76% acknowledged that fast food is “not to good for you” or ” not good for you at all”. However, out of the 76% that acknowledged that fast food was unhealthy, 50% of them ate fast food once or more a week.

With so many people realizing the negative impact fast food has on our health, why are we consuming so much? I realize the fact that it’s quick and convenient, but there seems to be more to it. There seems to be a physical and a possible chemical dynamic related to this apparent fast food addiction. The fact that people make a mad dash to McDeath to purchase a McRib sandwich that’s made of pork stomach, heart, RECTUM, and a bleaching agent that is often used in the production of foamed plastics should alarm us that something is up.

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It seems that there are several culprits but I will focus on three. The first is bad bacteria, parasites, and candida living in your gut. When we eat these factory made and refined foods, much of it is left behind in our colon due to its digestion difficulty. With this process and lifeless nature of the food, an overgrowth of fungus, bad bacteria, and parasites develop in your gut. These little microscopic pests thrive off of starchy, sugary, and fatty foods. They will cause intense cravings for the junk that’s sold to you in the fast food restaurants. What’s even funnier is that the cravings become even more intense when you try to give these foods up. The parasites are like drug addicts that desperately need a fix.

Probably the largest culprit is the marketing and science behind making these food addictions. This goes back to a series of posts that I made last month that discussed deadly food addictions. I first want to break down the science of addiction and then how it relates to the marketing.

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Food corporations such as Nabisco, Mars, Conagra, and Kraft have teams of chemists, physicists, and biologists that specialize in the manipulation of food taste and textures. These food scientists have perfected chemically replicating the smell and taste of flavors such as barbecue, strawberry, watermelon, cherry, and many others. They study and analyze how different combinations of seasonings, spices, sweetness, fat and calorie content, textures on the tongue, smell, and appearance triggers dopamine release in the brain.

Dopamine is a chemical released in the brain by neurons when the brain achieves an euphoric feeling caused by an outside stimulant. With this dopamine is a process called the reward-motivated behavior. The greater the anticipation is for the reward, the greater the release of dopamine shall be. This dopamine release is the same component associated with addictions.

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This is where the marketing team for these companies step in. Notice, primarily all food commercials play off your emotions or mental state. If you’re depressed, eat something. If you’re mad, eat something. If you’re happy, eat something. If you’re mentally tired, eat something. For every emotion you are urged to eat something for it. However, notice they never urge you to eat fresh blueberries to help improve brain function. No, no, no my friend. Ladies if you are depressed like in the movies then gorge yourself on vanilla ice cream that’s loaded with fat, sugar, and artificial vanilla that’s literally made from the secretions from a beaver’s butt. That’s a combination that food scientist realize triggers a dopamine release.

Not feeling like yourself, don’t bother with kale. Get yourself a Snickers bar and the world is great again. Having a baby shower? Let’s include chip and dip using Lay’s potato chips because you certainly can’t eat just one with the addictive combination of the crunch, fat, sodium and other spices.

This is a game that these people are playing with your life. They’re using your emotions and feelings to feed you garbage. Pay close attention to the commercials, movies, and television shows. Look at the food ads during sporting events. They are all plucking at your heart strings with a bunch of garbage food.

They are so low that they will specifically target your children with these marketing campaigns knowing that most parents will break if their children beg long and hard for something. Notice how you can eat one mango and feel satisfied. On the other hand you could eat Krispy Kreme doughnuts until you’re sick and still want more. We are a society of junk food addicts thanks to these corporations.


What The Fast Food Industry Is Doing To The Public

 

The fast food industry was one of the hot topics on the first day of the Healthy Gut Expert Summit. Mc Death, Murder King, Pizza Slut, Taco Hell, and Drunkin Donuts are just a few of the fast food establishments that are serving up death and disease Hot-N-Ready in a drive thru window near you. Now there is nothing wrong with grabbing a salad from one of these spots, but it’s mind boggling what these pieces of human excrement are allowed to feed you, and most importantly your children.  body-fast-food

This is a diagram that illustrates 13 of the illnesses associated with the over consumption of fast food and cancer should also be listed. Each of these health ailments are the precursor for short and long term damage to our body.

Short Term Health Damage

Before we get into those long term health situations of eating fast food, I feel that it’s very important to set the stage with the short term damage. Dietitian Christy Brissette discussed some of the short term ills caused by fast food. She also discussed the fact that it does not take long for the symptoms to begin to manifest themselves. She wrote that it only takes ONE fast food meal to do the following:

  • Narrow the arteries and cause increase of blood pressure
  • A blood sugar spike from the carbohydrates and added sugars. This will lead to an insulin surge that will rapidly drop the blood sugar levels. This leaves one feeling tired, cranky, and hungry for more.
  • Increase of inflammation throughout the body. Most Chron’s sufferers know at this point they should drop fast food. Also, an Australian study suggests that in people with asthma, a fast food meal that’s high in saturated fat can instantly increase inflammation in the airway, making the potential of an asthma attack all the more likely.
  • A study of 12 healthy young men that ate fast food for five days had a reduced ability of their muscles turning glucose into energy even though they didn’t eat more calories as part of the study.
  • Constipation due to a lack of fiber in the food
  • Heartburn and indigestion
  • Poor sleep

Long Term Health Damage

These short term term health effects eventually lead to long term damage. The high blood pressure developed in the short term has these potential long term effects:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Aneurysm
  • Heart failure
  • Weakend and narrowed blood vessels in the kidneys
  • Thickened, narrowed, or torn blood vessels in the eyes
  • Trouble with memory or understanding
  • Metabolic Syndrome

The long term effects of cholesterol are

  • Stomach pain from fatty deposits
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Atherosclerosis- A disease in which plaque builds up inside your arteries.

Long term issues with blood sugar levels are also associated with the constant consumption of fast food. The obesity and constant blood sugar spikes is a gateway to type 2 diabetes.

With the global spread of fast food chains, obesity has become a public health issue worldwide. As of July 1st, 2017, America ranked #1 as the world’s most obese nation beating China by almost 13 million people. There are several health issues that have the potential of being increased by obesity such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Some cancers
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gout
  •  Osteoarthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Gallbladder disease and gallstones
  • Breathing problems such as sleep apnea and asthma

Fast food can also impact your mental health. According to the journal Nutritional Neuroscience, young adults 30 and under have an increased risk of suffering from mental distress with fast food consumption. The chronic inflammatory response that we discussed earlier is linked to depression and anxiety.

Now of course I couldn’t leave out our good friend cancer. We all know that cancer is linked to constant fast food consumption. However, I was surprised at a study in the UK that suggest people whom consume burgers, pizza, or chicken nuggets weekly have a 10% increased risk of developing cancer regardless of if you’re overweight or not. In fact, other studies suggest that healthy women have a 27% increased chance of developing breast cancer with the constant consumption of fast food. Men ages 35-74 have a 37% increased risk of developing prostate cancer.

Another issue with fast food is their use of vegetable oil. Scientist found that heating up vegetable oil releases toxic chemicals called aldehydes which have been linked to cancer, heart disease, and dementia. Martin Grootveld, a professor of bioanalytical chemistry and chemical pathology, said that his research showed “a typical meal of fish and chips”, fried in vegetable oil, contained as much as 100 to 200 times more toxic aldehydes than the safe daily limit set by the World Health Organization.

Also, the constant use and re-use of these oils throughout the day, and the elevated temperatures increase the free radicals carcinogens in the oil. This further elevates the exposure to cancer causing chemicals.

We literally could spend all day discussing the dangers of fast food consumption. A dietitian said that she gives clients the 80:20 rule. If they are eating an 80% healthy diet then they are allowed to eat 20% unhealthy. I understand and get that you might want a cheat day and grab a double burger. I used to eat double burgers with fries. Here’s the deal with the 80:20 rule, it only applies if you’re eating healthy 80% of the time. It doesn’t mean that you can cook fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and broccoli loaded with cheese on Monday, and then grab a double burger on Friday as a cheat meal because Monday wasn’t technically “fast food”. I have several post coming up on fast food because I think it’s needed. Next I will go into these wicked food scientists that make your junk food so addictive.

 


A Crisis Looming Ahead?

For some people the talk of health might be mundane and boring. For some, it is probably the last thing that you want to hear or discuss. The conversation of your favorite reality star is more appealing. Another popular subject right now is “The Flat Earth Theory”. Maybe you’re interested in Hollywood and all of those satanic sexual deviants. Maybe you’re discussing the latest sporting event. Everything is a great conversation except for taking better care of yourself.  This attitude is exactly what these pharmaceutical companies and the medical industry are banking on.

This week is the Healthy Gut Experts Summit. Ironically there is also a Digestive Health Summit being held this weekend in Maryland/DC by Gastrointestinal specialist from across the nation. We have two dynamics at play here. We have the alternative medical world that are trying to naturally prevent and reverse something that is occuring. Then we have the modern medical world that are banking on the fact that people won’t make the necessary changes to prevent something.

So what is the “something” that they both are discussing? Though the CDC are not giving the exact numbers, there is an anticipation of an epidemic of high blood pressure, stroke, diabtetes, cancer and many other diseases. There is a health epidemic looming and the medical industry is banking that most people are not going to make the necessary dietary changes to prevent or reverse this.

Notice that both groups are focusing on the gut. I have spoke in ad nauseam in ten or more post about gut health and the significance of the gut microbiome. Regardless of if your doctor tells you this or not, the source of the majority of your diseases is the immune response that triggers chronic inflammation. The source of the immune response is your gut! Regardless of if it’s heart disease, Chron’s, eczema, or diabetes it has the same initial root cause. How many times must we bang on this topic of gut health! This is for real people regardless of if you believe it or not. I hope you do the research but until then, listen to me now and believe me later on.

We can’t continue to act as if nothing is going on. Let’s keep it 100% and realize that denial is death. You pretending that you don’t have one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel is not going to save you. Waiting until you’re on your death bed to go to the alter expecting for The Most High to save you is not the way to do it. If The Most High gave intervention every time we called upon him during an emergency that would eliminate the “miracle”. Its only a miracle because it’s a rare occurrence so we should not gamble with our lives. The words might seem harsh but these are harsh times. I hear people at work discuss conspiracy theories and the government turning old Wal Mart buildings into FEMA camps. These are fun to entertain but there is one question. Why would the government spend huge sums of money to round people up in FEMA camps when we are doing a good enough job of killing ourselves with the way that we eat.

The topic of health might be boring to some but as long as a potential threat looms of increased diseases then it’s much needed. I feel like it’s time to really go in on this health thing even more. If you still screw up then you can’t say that the information wasn’t out there. I looked at some of the coverage from the Gut Health Experts Summit on Monday and some tremendous information was being discussed. For anyone interested you can join the Gut Health Experts page on Facebook and be granted access to the material. I plan on dropping some of this information in some future posts. Hopefully the people will realize that this is not X Box were you can hit restart if you lose the game. Losing this game has one resultburial-cemetery-countryside-116909