Just Admit It, You’re Fat

21 07 2011
For Each Day That Passes a New Beginning is Possible

Many of you will go through your day and not give a second thought to the calories you consume, and for others this is all you think about.  And as the days pass, so do the weeks, months and eventually years as pounds are gained.  At some point you’ll have to “just admit it and say, I’m fat.”  But not without first going through denial and “likely” causing “other” ill-health problems along the weight loss venture.  To complicate the scenario, you now have also focused on losing the weight at all costs.

 And understandably so, it is the reality for many have become a product of their environment.  It seems reasonable to assume someone other than the consumer should have some responsibility for America’s obesity problems, “don’t you think?”  Especially the fast and processed food industries and educational-health institutions.  But I wouldn’t hold my breath on this occurring anytime soon and neither should you.  Only you can lead your destiny in life and weight loss and lean body maintenance is something “most” of us have control over.

 Unfortunately, the majority of you will first go through a sequence of denials prior to the “admission of your fatness,” and before discovery to solve the underlying problems of your weight problems.  And for overweight American, bad behaviors and habits; including dependence upon quick weight loss solutions contribute greatly to our national obesity and health cost dilemma that our nation faces.  Yes, you heard me right; many of America’s weight loss solutions are making us fatter!   You ask, “How could this be?”  Continue reading and you’ll soon understand.  And for others, I know you’ve got a good idea where I’m going with this.

 To determine if you’re overweight or fat is first hard to admit.

 It may be apparent that you are spending much more of your income on new, but larger sizes of clothing.  As far as the clothing selection is concerned, it is noticeable your style of wear has become a variety of stretch type pants, shirts and/or dresses with overlaying materials.  Ever so slightly as time goes by you notice your getting heavier on the scale and the clothe you wore a few months ago are getting much more tight.  But this is of no concern to you; for your husband/wife, friends and other colleagues tell you, you look great.

 Even though the feedback you receive about your appearance is generally positive, this reinforces the fact you are not carrying excess baggage on your body…  However, you see that the mirror and scale don’t lie and you avoid them!

 Can you accept the truth in order to resolve the underlying fat problem?

 Inherently you know your appetite always seems voracious and the extra calories are going somewhere.  You now consider you’ve been receiving mixed messages and begin to question whether or not you’re fat.  You begin a process of discovery to find the truth ever so carefully; because you fear it and know you’ll have to make drastic changes with your addictive food choice habits.

You are now more focused on the facts, i.e., during the evening your aware of snacking late at night and continue this practice just before bedtime.  Your mind also continues to question your judgment through your eyes about the body fat you see in the mirror and it is getting harder to ignore.  You know your fat and simultaneously disgusted with the fact you don’t know how to change your course.  For now you decide it’s easier to ignore the weight and not deal with it.

 You then finally begin to ask point black questions of your friends, family and significant other because you can’t help but know the truth through another set of eyes.  Even though you’re sure you’re not going to like the answer.  For example, you ask the question, “Be honest, do you think I’m fat?”  Keep in mind, only a close relationship, or friendship knows you and you know them to a point where they really can’t lie regardless of how the question is posed or answered.  You can read it in their body language and speech posture.

 Whether or not they give you an honest answer, you have your answer.  Now you have to learn to be honest with yourself.  And remember, if you allow a really good friend or significant other to be open and honest without chewing their head off, you’ll receive an honest forthcoming truth and maybe some good helpful insight.

 Other addictive food habits, signs and symptoms of becoming fat,

 When you go out for dinner you notice supersizing your portions.  You also cannot help yourself from ordering more appetizers and desserts before and after the main course.  Before bed, your popping ant-acids like their after dinner mints for upset stomach and heartburn.

 In the morning you now feel somewhat bloated, have irritable bowel-like symptoms; such as constipation, diarrhea and/or irregular bowel movements.  You sit on the toilet for what seems like hours.  It takes you longer to feel good throughout the day.  Over consumption of poor food choices cause digestive, bowel and stomach problems.  You see the doctor more often than not, and receive other “band aide” medications to mask the symptoms.

Even worse upon awakening, you feel extremely hungry to a point that is too painful to bear (over eating and poor food choice is also the cause of this effect).  And to kill the hunger, you select baked, fried, or processed convenience foods as a quick cure.  For the crowd on the go, you have a craving for a large coffee nudge, or energy drink and large muffin, or fast food instant breakfasts that adds instantly 1000+ calories of high octane fuel to start the day.  If you’re not fat or have ill-health problems now, you’re well on your way if these bad daily eating habits are not stopped.

And in-between your main meals you drink sodas, consume more energy drinks and snack until days end; only to begin this habitual consumption practice all over day after day.  Poor eating habits and bad quality food selection from the marketers of addictive food products has got you right where they want you.  You are hooked! 

 You know you’re fat, but can you “now” accept the truth and move forward?

 Once again you look at yourself in the mirror and begin to wonder if you’d be considered fat by some standard outside of your subjective thought process.  You bite, and in comparison to larger people in your area and most noticeably on many TV reality shows you are satisfied your body weight is average for your age.  So you continue on with the daily habits and behaviors for some undefined time while you ponder upon this new discovery… 

 Fortunately for some with weight problems correct their behaviors and food choice habits before permanently destroying their metabolism and ability to lose weight naturally.  They have learned and understand Americans have an obesity problem mostly caused by poor food choice addiction and lack of daily exercise.  And with this knowledge understand excess body fat is not healthy.

 Once one learns through discovery about the “am I fat” truth, it is easy to come out of denial and acknowledge having a body fat and weight problem.   At this point of reckoning it is also true, to lose the weight seems to be a daunting task.

 A daunting task it is.  Shortcuts to weight loss will make you fat permanently!

 And how does one find the least painful and affordable solution in the most expeditious manner?  To accomplish this task most will resort and fall prey to one of the hundreds of quick weight loss gimmicks to assist in quick weight loss reduction.  Only in time and almost always too late; one realizes after using quick result solutions for years understand they are temporary.  But at the time of use, they are grateful for these products because they seem to magically work when needed.  Conversely, what many don’t realize is the need to focus on long-term natural weight loss and “safe ill-health preventative practices” for permanent results so the metabolic mechanisms that “lean you out” don’t break!

 Weight loss gimmick solutions always stop working at some point during the aging process.  Why?  Because the body’s metabolism is a “complicated fine-tuned organic instrument” that requires natural organic means of fueling, exercising and safe weight sustaining practices throughout the aging process.  And man-made “non-organic” weight loss solutions will break this fine-tuned instrument through time if these practices are not stopped!  The quick results weight loss solutions adds more body fat and contributes to other ill-health effects on the mind, body and spirit of being.

 It is far better to self admit and be honest about your weight gain and do something about it then deny a known truth for your health’s sake.  And now you know, or have always known [but didn’t want to admit it] to use unsafe weight loss diet solutions for long periods of time can also cause other ill-health problems on top of the obesity problem, i.e., high blood cholesterol and pressure, congenital heart disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal and postural pain, cancer, immune problems, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Candida, the list goes on.

 The sooner you realize these truths, the sooner you can self-heal and begin to apply ill-health prevention practices and natural weight loss solutions that will last a lifetime.  And in learning how to have the will power to control your eating habits and feel good about yourself is priceless!  See how to customize a natural weight loss program that’s right for you and stay lean for life by reading the following Mirror Athlete eBook “Exposed Hard to Find Natural Weight Loss and Centurion Secrets” referenced link below.

 Reference Mirror Athlete Articles/eBook:

 Woodard, Marc T.  Mirror Athlete’s, Exposed Hard to Find Natural Weight Loss and Centurion Secrets, eBook.  World Wide Internet: http://mirrorathlete.com/Books.html: Portland, OR: Mirror Athlete.com. 2011.

 Woodard, Marc T.  This Year’s Fitness Weight Loss Goals, World Wide Internet: http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2010/12/22/this-years-fitness-weight-loss-goals/.  Portland, OR: Mirror Athlete’s Fitness Secrets!  Mirror Athlete.com Blog, 2010.

 Woodard, Marc T.  The Silver Bullet Natural Solution to Wt Loss, Depression and ADD.  World Wide Internet: http://hubpages.com/hub/SilverBulletWtLossADDandAnti-DepressantSolution, Portland, OR: HubPages.com.  2010.

 Woodard, Marc T.  Weight Gain Cause “Over Looked Conditions.  World Wide Internet:  http://hubpages.com/hub/Unexplained-Weight-Gain, Portland, OR: HubPages.com. 2008.

 Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2011 Copyright, All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.

Medical Marijuana & Pain Relief, Scientific Support Data

19 05 2009

    Below are citations with appropriate references to give credit to those that have provided medical marijuana research data information with unique supporting and correlated data.  It appears obvious, or apparent within these controlled studies and citations, cannabis shows a unique medicinal composition with unique pain blocking properties that could replace in part, or whole other pain management prescriptions without the additional pharmaceutical health risks.  Standard prescription medications or outpatient services that ease pain, spasms and inflammation may be accomplished through medical marijuana use at a fraction of the cost.  The Compassionate Use Act, 1996 was established to provide physicians the ability to recommend chronic pain patients medical marijuana at first for cancer patients.  Through years of research science is seeing a whole range of potential use for cannabis as an alternative treatment for many types of chronic pain disease.

“Persistent and disabling pain can have numerous and sometimes multiple causes, including cancer; AIDS; sickle cell anemia; glaucoma, cancer, shingles, multiple sclerosis; defects or injuries to the back, neck and spinal cord; arthritis and other rheumatic and degenerative hip, joint and connective tissue disorders; and severe burns.  Pain is not a primary condition or injury, but rather a severe, frequently intolerable symptom that varies in frequency, duration, and severity according to the individual (Chronic Pain and Medical Marijuana, ASA PDF Brochure# 888-929-436.  See end of article for brochure details).

“A recent study conducted at University of California at Davis, 17 April 2008, 38 patients experiencing neuropathic pain from varying diseases; diabetes, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic pain, HIV/AIDS-related neuropathy, etc., were given marijuana cigarettes, some patients with zero% THC, 3.5% and 7%.  Students through each session took the same number of puffs to ensure uniformity.  Thereafter, it was determined marijuana reduced pain intensity significantly over a 5 hour period/per trial.  It should also be noted, memory tests and cognitive skills appeared to decline, but not more, or less significantly than narcotic pain killers (Complete Study, Contact MPP “Marijuana Policy Project Director of communications Bruce Mirken, 202-215-4205, or visit http://MarijuanaPolicy.org).”

“The smoking of cannabis, even long term, is not harmful to health….”  So began a 1995 editorial statement of Great Britain’s leading medical journal, The Lancet.  The long history of human use of cannabis also attests to its safety—nearly 5,000 years of documented use without a single death.”

“Substances similar to or derived from marijuana could benefit more than 97 million Americans who experience some form of pain each year (U.S. Society for Neuroscience, 1997).”

“The role that cannabis can play in treating chronic pain.  After nausea and vomiting, chronic pain was the condition cited most often to the IOM (Institute of Medicine) study team as a medicinal use for marijuana.”The study found that “basic biology indicates a role for cannabinoids [a group of compounds found in cannabis] in pain and control of movement, which is consistent with a possible therapeutic role in these areas. The evidence is relatively strong for the treatment of pain and intriguingly, although less well established, for movement disorder (Commissioned Study by the White House, by the Institute of Medicine, 1999).”

“Inhaled cannabis provides almost immediate relief with significantly fewer adverse effects than orally ingested Marinol (the only legal THC hemp extract pharmaceutical, DEA Class III authorized drug schedule prescription).  Inhalation allows the active compounds in cannabis to be absorbed into the blood stream with greater speed and efficiency. It is for this reason that inhalation is an increasingly common, and often preferable, route of administration for many medications.

“One problem with cannabinoids is that they are very fat-soluble, so that makes them very difficult to formulate the drugs into pills or injections.  One way that’s being looked at by some pharmaceutical companies is using the kind of inhaler that asthma sufferers use.” Smoking is obviously a big health hazard and scientists are looking at ways of delivering the drug to the body (ASA Americans for Safe Access, www.AmericansForSafeAccess.org).”

“Cannabis may also be more effective than Marinol because it contains many more cannabinoids than just the THC that is Marinol’s active ingredient. The additional cannabinoids may well have additional and complementary antiemetic (effective against vomiting and nausea) qualities. They have been conclusively shown to have better pain-control properties when taken in combination than THC alone (U.S. Society for Neuroscience Conclusion).”

    “The Compassionate Use Act passed in 1996 expressly provides that “chronic pain” is a condition for which physicians are authorized to recommend marijuana without threat or fear of punishment for providing a full range of treatment modalities to care for patients in pain.  However, Federal policy on medical cannabis is filled with contradictions.  Cannabis is a Schedule I drug, classified as having no medicinal value and a high potential for abuse, yet its most psychoactive component, THC, is legally available as Marinol and is listed in DEA Drug Schedule III Classification for physician prescriptions.  For those that don’t know, Class III prescriptions fall under the same legal prescribed DEA classification, such as Tylenol.  To add insult to injury an average month supply of Marinol will cost you ~$500.00.  A medical marijuana script-license provides you the right to produce and self medicate without the outrageous cost to alleviate chronic pain but has a double jeopardy possibility of imprisonment at the federal government’s discretion!  Is the government trying to figure out a way to make money by controlling a multi-billion dollar industry at the expense of suffering people in pain?  How much lower could we stoop as a nation?

    Currently, laws that effectively remove state-level criminal penalties for growing and/or possessing medical cannabis are in place in Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.  Thirty-six states have symbolic medical cannabis laws (laws that support medical cannabis but do not provide patients with legal protection under state law).  Reference,  Compassionate Use Act, 1996 – Key organizations; Drug Enforcement Administration, (DEA) Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Americans For Safe Access (ASA).

“By comparison, the side effects associated with cannabis are typically mild and are classified as “low risk.” Euphoric mood changes are among the most frequent side effects. Cannabinoids can exacerbate schizophrenic psychosis in predisposed persons. Cannabinoids impede cognitive and psychomotor performance, resulting in temporary impairment. Chronic use can lead to the development of tolerance. Tachycardia and hypotension are frequently documented as adverse events in the cardiovascular system. A few cases of myocardial ischemia have been reported in young and previously healthy patients. Inhaling the smoke of cannabis cigarettes induces side effects on the respiratory system. Cannabinoids are contraindicated for patients with a history of Cardiac ischemia.  In summary, a low risk profile is evident from the literature available. Serious complications are very rare and are not usually reported during the use of cannabinoids for medical indications (Chronic Pain and Medical Marijuana, ASA PDF Brochure# 888-929-4367).”

“Institute of Medicine, “Nausea, appetite loss, pain and anxiety… All can be mitigated by marijuana… For patients, such as those with AIDS or undergoing chemotherapy, who suffer simultaneously from severe pain, nausea, and appetite loss, cannabinoid drugs might offer broad spectrum relief not found in any other single medication (Marijuana and Medicine; Assessing the Science Base, 1999).”

“Where morphine fails, marijuana may work. That’s the major finding of British research into the pain caused by nerve injuries, a pain known to be somewhat resistant to morphine and similar drugs that are the gold standard for treating just about any other kind of serious pain.  It’s known that if you injure a nerve, the morphine receptors in the spinal cord disappear and that’s probably why morphine isn’t a very effective pain killer for such conditions as shingles, people who have had an amputation or perhaps if cancer has invaded the spinal cord (Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience Report & London’s Imperial College, Andrew Rice).”

“One of marijuana’s greatest advantages as a medicine is its remarkable safety. It has little effect on major physiological functions.  There is no known case of a lethal overdose; on the basis of Animal models, the ratio of lethal to effective dose is estimated as 40,000 to 1. By comparison, the ratio is between 3 and 50 to 1 for Secobarbital and between 4 and 10 to 1 for ethanol. Marijuana is also far less addictive and far less subject to abuse than many drugs now used as muscle relaxants, hypnotics, and analgesics.

The Chief legitimate concern is the effect of smoking on the lungs. Cannabis smoke carries even more tars and other particulate matter than tobacco smoke. But the amount smoked is much less, especially in medical use.  The technology Dr. Grinspoon imagined in 1995 now exists in the form of “vaporizers,” which are widely available through stores and by mail order.   (Journal of the American Medical Association, Lancet editorial, Dr. Lester Grinspoon, 1995).”

“There is indeed great concern in the medical community about the need to find better pain relief for damaged nerves, but that progress is being made (Dr. Kenneth Mackie, an associate professor in anesthesiology and physiology at the University of Washington in Seattle).”

“The use of medical cannabis has been endorsed by numerous professional organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Public Health Association, and the American Nurses Association. Its use is supported by such leading medical publications as The New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet.”

    Although I’ve cited main points on pain relief through cannabis use, there is much more information with regard to the legality, use, risk and benefits of such use.  I found this brochure (referenced below) very informative where I decided it and other scientific references would be best to highlight cannabis information in a citation format.  I highly recommend you read this report in its entirety if you believe cannabis use would benefit your chronic pain problem.  Below I’ve left references for you to further your research on the topic.

Most of the citations I listed above can be found in (Chronic Pain and Medical Marijuana Brochure#888-929-4367) put out by ASA (Americans for Safe Access), Free PDF report file: http://www.safeaccessnow.org/downloads/pain_brochure.pdf.  Brochure# 888-929-4367, ASA).

You can also make inquiries by mail to: Americans for Safe Access (ASA), 1322 Webster Street, Suite 402, Oakland, California 94612.  Visit their home page for much more information on current medical marijuana use, advocacy, dispensaries, legislation, etc., at www.AmericansForSafeAccess.org, or call ASA @ 1-888-929-4367.

    Be sure to check with your state public health division laws to find out more about medical marijuana use, grow site & use rights… e.g., possible zoning grow site, use, geography restrictions, limitations, etc.   State reciprocity, card issue and federal- state law use conflicts, etc.

 Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2009 Copyright, All rights reserved.  Mirror Athlete Enterprises Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free eNewsletter.

Medical Marijuana & Pain Relief, Pain Benefit

23 04 2009

I’ve been asked this question many times “what do I think about the use of medical marijuana to relieve pain?”   I believe that chronic pain patients have a unique physical and mental pain challenge regardless of pain disorder that most don’t understand, or could relate to unless they experience something similar.  Relating to a chronic pain patients problem daily is difficult for those that have never walked in their shoes.  It is also common for loved ones to pass judgment and become frustrated with decisions that are made, “or not” by those that are trying to find pain relief.  The best example to make a comparison… Most would begin to understand, or relate to a pain patients dilemma if you’d ever experienced an acute and severe low back pain episode.  For those that have been fortunate enough not to have experienced a low back strain let me provide a different analogy.

Imagine if you could never get pain relief from a cough or head ache.  Instead the cough or headache became more chronic and would not go away for days, weeks, or even months!  How would you feel if you couldn’t get relief?  Can you imagine going to work each day, taking care of your family, let alone yourself?  I know you’ve had this experience and can imagine if you could not get rid of this bug, what would you do, how would this change your life?  Most of you have experienced a terrible bout of the common cold or flu.  So there is some common ground in relating to what would you do if you had to learn to live with these symptoms on a daily basis.  You’d look for all options that are legally available to you to remove, or alleviate this pain.  If you can’t find relief your quality of life suffers and so does all around you.

Let’s continue on with this example, when the symptoms are really bad, what do you do?  You go to the doctor, they give you antibiotics, you then might also go to the local drug store, load up on cough syrup-drops, AM/PM relief medications, Tylenol, aspirin.  Some do all of this while hitting the local sauna in hopes of sweating out the bug, then take a couple of days off of work.  Others may do all of this while suppressing the cough by sipping on brandy until they fall asleep.  Okay, now you get the ideal.  You search out pain alleviation modalities that are legal and available to you that suppress any number of pain type flue, or cold symptoms.  When pain exceeds physical and mental tolerances, humans will always look for the best way to customize a pain alleviation program that works best for them.  All legal choices should be available for consideration and use within a pain management program.  In many cases, chronic pain patients suffer far worse than those that have infrequent bouts with the flu, or common cold. Chronic pain for a pain patient does not go away and varies with frequency- severity dependant on pain disorder and daily work load (activity, exercise, daily tasks, etc.).   Those that don’t experience chronic pain daily are typically not able to understand why a person would choose to smoke medical marijuana.

It must be noted I don’t, or would never advocate a 100% use of any pain modality application, but instead advocate combinations, or a balance of holistic approaches for chronic pain relief and customized differently within each pain management program.  As such, a chronic pain patient requires all the information possible, understanding benefits and risks in order to make an informed decision to live the “best” quality of life style possible.  Pain management programs may consist of any treatment modality combination(s) that may, or may not include pharmaceuticals, herbal, alternative modality treatments, supplemental, exercise; activity program(s) that will provide pain relief.  Medical marijuana choices to treat chronic pain are now “legal” (dependant on state).

Medical marijuana has been better than a “quasi” legal pain alleviation alternative since the birth of the “Compassionate Use Act,” passed in 1996.  I’d say better then quasi-legal because, although 13 states authorized medical marijuana cards, this does not mean there aren’t conflicting federal laws with regard to each state “use” authorization.  Currently, laws that effectively remove state-level criminal penalties for growing and/or possessing medical cannabis:   Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.  Let’s dig up some facts first by providing some scientific data, testimonials, risk to benefit and finally legal aspects of medical marijuana use.  Without going into the physiological depth of how pain receptors work, or doesn’t work, depending on your pain injuries, or diagnosis, let me break this down for you the best way I know how.

People that suffer with chronic pain either have severed, or damaged pain receptor nerve endings.  Scientifically proven, if an opiate nerve receiver is not available to block pain because of nerve damage, or severed nerves, opiates such as morphine, or codeine would have little to no effect on the pain area. Scientific studies further point out, although an opiate nerve ending receiver may be  severed, or damaged, the THC (marijuana nerve receivers) are intact  and do benefit the pain patient by alleviating pain.  This is because the nerve cannabinoid receptors appear to maintain functional pain blocking receivers regardless of damage at a pain trigger point which also benefits neuropathic radial pain (radiating pain to distal portions of the body through neural conduit highways).  Continued…

Be sure to look for Medical Marijuana and Pain Relief, Part II which focuses more on the science through medical journal citations as medical Marijuana studies strongly support the pain patients benefits through daily cannabis use.

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2009 Copyright, All rights reserved.  Mirror Athlete Enterprises Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free eNewsletter.

Is Bottled Water Safer Than Tap Water?

18 07 2008

I decided to do a little research regarding bottled water to determine if it was safer, or better for your health.   Not only does my family drink bottled water but also many of my friends and family feel that bottled water is better than their own tap water.  I on the other hand am always under argument that our tap water is safe and most likely better quality than what’s purchased in the bottles.  I also can’t see spending an additional cost for bottled water when our municipality provides safe drinking water at our residential tap.  As a Californian I understand that regardless of what impression others may have about our water municipalities… California’s EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is one of the most stringent in the country when it pertains to tap water supply purity guidelines.  

    “Bottled Water Statistics: 1) More than one-fifth of tested brands contained levels of bacteria or cancer-causing compounds that exceeded the California limit.  2)  Seventeen percent of tested brands contained more bacteria than allowed under purity guidelines.  3)  Thirteen states have dedicated no staff or resources to regulating bottled water.  4)  In a four-year study of 103 brands of bottled water, one-third contained levels of bacteria or carcinogens and exceeded purity guidelines according to NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) reports.  While many people believe that bottled water contains no chlorine or harmful chemicals, the study found that fluoride, phthalate [recall I wrote an article “Are Leaching Plastics Killing Us?  Phthalates a known carcinogenic in poly plastics from the plastic bottle leaches into consumable liquids.  See Mirror Athlete Enterprises health repository for review of this article”], trihalomethanes and arsenic, a known carcinogen, can be found in some bottled waters.  5)  25 and 40 percent of bottled waters are re-packaged municipal tap water which may or may not have been subject to additional treatment.  6)  Bottled water is required to be tested less frequently than city tap water for bacteria and chemical contaminants.  Just because you buy your water in a bottle doesn’t mean it is any safer, purer or better than water that comes out of your tap.”  7) Some “designer” waters may even pose a health threat to vulnerable people, according to the national study from an environmental watchdog group (http://www.drblank.com/hnbottle.htm).” 

There are basically two reasons one should consider bottled water 1) Your tap water has contaminants that are greater than the EPA – tap water supply) and FDA (Federal Drug Administration – bottled water) accepted MCL (Maximum Contaminant Level) standards.  2)  Your water has a strange taste or smell “(http://extoxnet.orst.edu/faqs/safedrink/bottled.htm).” 

 -Buy filters certified by NSF International, change filters per manufacturer recommendations.
-Check the bottle label – If it says municipal or community source, it comes from tap water.
-Save money by drinking and bottling your tap water if it meets MCL standards.
-Due to bacteria possibilities, bottled water should not be consumed by infants and elderly.
-For FDA Standards on bottled water:  http://www.fda.gov (FederalDrugAdministration).
-For more information about bottled water: http://www.wqu.org (WaterQualityAssociation).
-For more information write to Standards and Practices of bottled water companies: International Bottled Water Association, 113 N. Henry St. Alexandria, VA 22314-2973.

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2008 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing, www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for FREE Monthly eNewsletter.    

Are Leaching Plastics Killing Us?

20 06 2008

I know just about everyone out there has experienced a funky taste when drinking out of a new plastic bottle, or container.  Not only do we need to be aware of the chemical preservatives in our foods, but also with containers holding the foods we consume.  Throughout the food chain process; from crop grown, manufacturer processed and packaged… Man has contaminated what we put in our bodies many times over!  But let’s focus on plastic containers. Virtually all plastics have a leaching effect.  The two key leaching chemical compounds: “Phthalates” (pronounced “thalates”) and “bisphenol A” (BPA).  These chemicals leach from our plastic containers, some cosmetics and lining of almost every canned item.  The problem with these types of chemicals, they tend to store in our adipose (fat) tissue and at some point “can” act as an endocrine disrupter.  The endocrine system is critical to overall good health because it is responsible for the bodies (1) Total body metabolism (2) Growth, and (3) Reproduction!

“Studies in 1999 by government researchers found phthalates in the blood or urine of every one of 1,000 adults tested.  A study in 2004 by Silent Spring Institute, Newton, Mass., and Harvard University’s School of Public Health found phthalates in the dust and air of every 120 homes they tested (www.jobwerx.com).”   The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have concluded that this form of leaching could pose some risk to the brains of fetuses, babies and children.  The chemical industry claims BPA poses “no threat” to humans!  Not too long ago, recall on your local news, “leaching of BPA into infant formulae from plastic baby bottles becoming worse after microwave heating.

Many studies on BPA risks to the human body “discount” trace amounts of leaching and harm to the body by special interest groups.  It is noteworthy to point out a few major toy manufactures understood these risks to children:  “In response to a 1998 Consumer Product Safety Commission request, retailers including Kmart, Sears, Target, Toys “R” Us, and Wal-Mart stopped selling heavily mouthed baby products with phthalates and 7 manufacturers removed the harmful plastic compounds from production. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention “show BPA is present in humans at levels found harmful in laboratory studies!” See our Wellness Company Safe Home Products.

-Baby bottles – Select bottles made from glass or a safer non-polycarbonate plastic.
-Avoid washing plastic dishware with harsh dish soap and hot water. See our products.
-Find “PVC-free” on the labels of soft plastic toys and teethers. Choose wooden toys.
-Do not purchase plastic containers with “PC” stamp. Or plastics numbered, #3, #7.
-Choose plastics, #1, 2, or #5 in the recycle triangle. “Do not heat beverages in them.”
-BPA can leach from metal can lining.  Buy all baby food products in bottled glass.
-Choose metal utensils, enamel, or ceramic plates for feeding and microwave safe.
-Avoid foods wrapped in plastics, such as meats and cheeses.  Buy deli products wrapped in paper. Use stainless steel drinking containers, glass and paper products.

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2008 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing’ www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for FREE Monthly eNewsletter.

Can You Prevent Cancer?

1 05 2008

It is a fact that cancer initiates cell mutation, and/or cell death.  Cancerous tumors develop by growth and division (metastasis) of healthy cells.  Environmental, absorbed and ingested toxins enter the lymph and blood system spreading disease through the body (Genetics will not be discussed, but is a factor).  Our body is a filter and capable of removing toxins through our lymphatic system.  This system has 3 basic functions.  1)  Transport tissue fluid, which was originally filtered blood.  2)  Serves as a route from the intestines where fat was absorbed and transported to the blood.  3) The lymph node cells called lymphocytes provide immunological defenses against disease-causing agents.  If you continue to process toxins in your body for long periods of time, “It will eventually become toxic & break!”   If this system breaks, it is “very likely” cell mutation will occur and you will be fighting cancer into remission at some point in your life!

There are numerous malignant classified diseases the American Cancer Society defines as cancer.  Cancer is a disease which differs widely in cause and biology.  These classifications of cancer have a few things in common.  “A group of cells have traits of uncontrolled growth & division beyond normal limits.”  There are approximately 9 risk factors leading to cancer:  Tobacco smoking, alcohol, diets low in fruit and vegetables, limited physical exercise, unsafe sex, urban air pollution, domestic use of solid fuels, and contaminated injections (Hep B & C).   Cancer cells can take many years to accumulate changing normal cells to cancer-like properties.  During this period of time cellular metabolism grows in a disorderly fashion leading to cell death.   7.6 million People died of cancer in the world during 2007.  13% of all deaths are due to cancer (American Cancer Society).  

I believe science would voice out stronger objections to the chemical additives in our food & home products to the Air-water we breathe-drink (ingestion/absorption-disease relationship).  This voice is stifled by special interest groups and lobbyists’.  Deep pockets rule America’s consumables production.  “It’s all about the money!”  Concern for our family’s health “should” come first.  Unfortunately, too many of us believe our government has our family’s best interest at heart.  Instead, money & greed run behavior in America’s politics & business.  More consumer and environmental scientists would promote safe non-toxic home consumables for our families if it were not for risk of losing funds from special interest & lobbyist groups.  Only a collective body outrage from the American people can make change against the collective body “status quo” in Washington! 

Reduce Cancer Risk Recommendations:

– Obesity increases risk of developing cancer, reduce weight through diet and exercise.
– Reduce refined sugars and other simple carbohydrates to lower other forms of cancer risks.
– Plant based diets and reduced dietary fats decrease risk of prostate and breast cancer (men/women).
– Colon Cancer is caused by bad diet (high in the US); reduce red meat consumption-processed foods.
– Studies have linked stomach cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer and pancreatic cancer with grilled meats (carcinogens released by aromatic hydrocarbon) present in foods cooked at high temperatures.
– Cancer trials suggest that vitamin supplementation, consumption of plenty of fruits and vegetables and weight management will reduce cancer risks.

– Remove toxic home use products and replace with natural products.  Eat out 1/week if you must as fast foods are processed with many toxic chemicals.  Give up artificial sweeteners (tumor growth risk).

 Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2008 Copyright, All rights reserved.  Mirror Athlete Enterprises Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free eNewsletter.

Aspartame the Silent Killer?

25 03 2008

In our March 08 monthly health newsletter, “Looking at yourself.  Got Health?”  You read our editorial “Aspartame and Shocking Health Risks,” exposed by Dr. H. J. Roberts.”   If you would like to receive our free monthly health newsletter, visit www.mirrorathlete.com, enter your email address in the subscriber’s box and then you’ll be on our monthly distribution list. 

Within the March08 newsletter we learned some key points:  1) Chemical changes within sodas containing Aspartame are poisoning our families.  2) Related symptoms stopped once the patient is off of diet sodas.  3) Aspartame is a common denominator in our diet making us sick!  4)  There is a significant weight gain connection!  5)  Aspartame is extremely bad for diabetics.  6)  There is a direct connection between children with ADD and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).  7)  Children are specifically at risk and susceptible to Aspartame poisoning.  8)  Monsanto’s patent on Aspartame has expired, now there are over 5,000 products on the shelves containing aspartame; marketed as NutraSweet, Equal and Spoonful.  Uninformed parents are unknowingly poisoning their loved ones.  The American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association and the Conference of the American College of Physicians know about this connection, also endorsed by the U.S. FDA!  “It’s all about the money and corporate greed!” 

There is much information to further substantiate this outrageous chemical food additive practice, but we only have room to scratch the surface.  E.g., Victoria Inness-Brown’s family was addicted to diet sodas… “Concerned aspartame would one day lead to her family’s illness or even early death, she performed an aspartame experiment.  Starting with 108 rats for 2 years and 8 months, daily, she feed a controlled group of rats two-thirds the aspartame contained in an 8-oz diet soda.  Results:  Thirty seven percent of the female rats developed tumors, some of massive size.  Folks this a study where doses per rat weight is adjusted, using under Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI), set by the FDA! “The fact that aspartame is endorsed by the U.S. FDA as a safe product, and is recommended by many doctors as a sweet alternative in lieu of sugar is enough to make you go mad.”  Also, consider these facts, 1) “Does it make sense that what was once listed by the Pentagon as a biochemical warfare agent is now an integral part of your modern diet?” 2)  “Aspartame is profitable… E.g., Maryland-based biotech company Genex Corp., went from reporting $14.3m in 1985 revenues to $2.8m in 1986 after they lost their aspartame business.”  3)  “One 12 oz diet soda contains about 180mg of aspartame/15mg per oz, which equals approximately 4.5 packets of NutraSweet.”  4) The propaganda industry-machine tells consumers the ADI, set by the FDA equates to about 20, 12oz-diet soda for adults, or 6 for children is safe and acceptable (www.mercola.com).”    If the rats get sick consuming far under ADI, why wouldn’t we?”  Friends, it’s simple, “It’s all about the money!” 

Recommendations:  Do not consume aspartame, or products marketed under the following brands:  NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, Equal-Measure and Canderel. Aspartame can be found in more than 5,000 products including, but not limited to:  Diet sodas, juice drinks, flavored waters, chewing gum, table-top sweeteners, diet and diabetic foods, breakfast cereals, such as Fiber One, fiber supplements, such as orange flavored Metamucil, jams, and sweets.

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.
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