After Holiday Weight Gain Blues

22 01 2019

Travel and Food Go Together – Pacing oneself is the challenge.

Last updated 22 Jan 19, by Marc Woodard

Another year has gone by with all the Holiday decor and cheer with it. I understand some of you had a tough time with the food choices and amount that you consumed; and last year’s weight loss resolution didn’t work out so well.

With that being said, should I dare say some of you are not only bummed out after you stepped on the scale, you have the weight gain blues.

There are many reasons weight gain occurs. I would never tell you I know exactly what you are going through. However I do know, out-of-control weight gain is often attached to an emotional lifestyle change. And those changes often trigger over consumption of food and drink – especially during and after the Holiday season, or vacations. And this can lead to acute-to-chronic depression for many.

There is also an illness-disease relationship associated with unhealthy body weight – especially once we become obese. At this point the mind-body becomes susceptible to greater health risk. For example, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), congenital heart disease, fibromyalgia-phantom pain, etc. A daily habit of over eating may also increase other bad habits, i.e., smoking, drinking, illicit drug or unnecessary pharmaceutical use.

In general, stressful life events cannot be avoided. But can be stress-minimized through understanding the environmental triggers causing them. Regardless of season, or any day for that matter… you must learn how to target and identify the physical, mental and/or social triggers causing the emotional stress keeping you overweight and unfit and do something about it.

Unfortunately for some – the over weight condition may be the result of a genetic or metabolic factor, Which may have less to do with lifestyle habits and behavior – but more to do with an inefficient calorie burning furnace. Any long-term weight gain that threatens health should seek medical attention immediately from a physician.

Recreational Activity Does a Body Good.

Below I’ve listed a few behavioral habit forming relationships that can be changed before and after any holiday season or vacation to help reduce body fat weight gain and achieve the weight loss goal.

8 Lifestyle Changes You can Make to Achieve Your New Years Resolution Weight Loss Goal.

  1. Holiday Cheer Weight Gain – What can I say about Holiday Cheer that I haven’t mentioned in my previous writings.  Have a Holiday battle meal plan before you set down at the table.  Read the following article, “10 Step Basic Weight Loss Tips.”
  2.  Last Year’s Resolution to Lose Weight Failed – You know why you failed your weight loss program from previous years. You did not resolve, or change your eating, drinking, or exercise habits. To do so is still too painful for whatever the reason. Until you resolve and/or get serious about your weight loss goal, or seek professional help, regardless of who provides you weight loss tips, services or program… you’ll likely continue to struggle with body weight.
  3.  Pain factor – All pain is directly related to illness, disease and/or injury. And with pain comes more sedentary habits. It is for this reason, it is more important than ever you work with your primary physician and pain management specialists to find treatment and activity that’s right for you. If you have mental and physical pain that’s not been diagnosed – seek advisement and referrals from your primary care physician.
  4.  Stressful life events cause excess calorie consumption– For many the habit of eating more calories than needed may come from everyday stresses caused by work or home environment, or bad relationship with spouse, friend or family member. Or the stress could be caused by some other non-diagnosed physical and mental pain from childhood. Stress events can culminate and increase a depression mood that causes one to eat more in an attempt to feel better. Once you target the cause of your stress induced bad habit and/or behavior and remove it… it’s more likely you’ll succeed in a safe weight program over a set period of time.
  5.  Carry the party into New Year – Some carry the end of year festivities into the new year. This behavior can last for months, or the entire year. This continued habit will not help you lose weight or remove the depression umbrella. “First and foremost, you must understand this is occurring and must break this unhealthy habit.” As one ages and the habit continues – health risk increases.
  6.  Fast foods after the Holiday’s. Too many Americans consume fast foods especially during the Holidays. Here lies a crux for much of the American obesity problem. During this time of year there is a huge spike in fast foods and alcohol sales. Yes, business booms almost in every sector of the economy. Fast foods are convenient, chemically addictive and bad for health in the long run. I know you’re thinking, what if I just give up the fast food places and eat out at restaurants? While this is a better concept, you don’t know how much of those meals are processed with unhealthy garbage causing your weight gain. Also when you eat out – most tend to eat more. Instead develop a healthy whole foods shopping habit and limit yourself to 1 fast food meal a week. I highly recommend you read, “Restaurant and Grocery Foods Healthy?
  7.  Love of Baking – I know, some of you carry your new found baking habits into the new year. Although there is nothing wrong with cooking your own food, the pitfall is when you love everything you bake just a little too much. I know the kids love your home made cookies, cakes and pies. Remember moderation with deserts. Too much sugar, fat and salt is not good for anyone, even children with fast metabolisms. If you’re having a tough time changing up your baking habit – try becoming a little more creative by offering different types of deserts… fresh fruits, jello, pudding, etc. Mix it up and break away from the continuous high fat baking habit.
  8.  Empty Nester’s Bake for an Army – Regardless of season, there are many who continue to cook for an entire family after the children have left home. There are many things tied into this habit. This is a tough habit to change – especially if the spouse demands traditional family recipes. If you continue to cook this way, you’ll not reduce food portions – it will be more challenging to meet your weight loss goal.

Once you target the cause of your weight gain nemesis and make healthier lifestyle choices that include daily exercise activities – your fitness levels and health will improve dramatically, while achieving your weight loss resolution once and for all.

Good health to you and your family!

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET2019 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





Walking is a Superior Fat Burning Activity

17 07 2017

What many people don’t know is during low-intensity aerobic exercise like walking the muscles prefer to burn fat fuel.

That’s right the metabolic energy needed to walk prefers stored body fat to move the large muscles in the legs and buttocks.

But those same muscles used during high-intensity aerobics exercise like running, sprinting or high intensity aerobic dance or boot camp training prefer mostly blood glucose [sugar] and stored liver and muscle glycogen fuel from carbohydrate conversion.

When intense exercise is performed the priority of fuel need by the metabolism is blood sugar and stored carbohydrate energy… and less body fat fuel. Thereafter the body needs to replenish the quick energy storage tank. That’s one reason why high intensity exercise cause carbohydrate food cravings… thereafter many become famished, overeat and gain weight. The point here is – “you don’t have to train hard to lose body fat weight and experience extreme carbohydrate food cravings that add undesired body weight.”

City trail pathways are a great for daily walking activity.

It will take approximately 1-2 weeks to become addicted to a daily walk habit to lose more body fat and body weight. However everyone differs slightly in metabolism, exercise and activity interest, intensity, frequency and duration where fitness results and weight loss do vary. But in the end, daily low-impact aerobics exercise will help moderate food cravings and increase will power to continue the exercise and natural weight loss course

Join a walking group and stay motivated to repeat the daily activity..

To improve the odds of sticking to a daily  exercise habit, 10 lifestyle changes will help sustain daily exercise activity and weight loss goals 1) Stop substance abuse and unhealthy over indulgences.  2) Get 6-8 hours of sleep. 3) Remove yourself from unhealthy and stressful environments. 4) Make the time for “daily” low impact exercise activity. 5) Eat more fresh whole foods like fruits and vegetables and less processed and high sugar foods. 6) Invest in a good pair of walking shoes with insole inserts if needed. 7) Don’t quit after 1 or 2 days of walking activity, be consistent and exercise on a daily basis. 8) Give up artificial sweeteners, they cause weight gain and acute and chronic disease. 9) Drink more water daily – up to 8 glasses will help with weight loss and reduce weight bearing joint pain. 10)  Find a walk group, or walking partner.  This will provide more will power to stay the course.

When beginning a daily walk program it doesn’t’ require much will power to get started. But it does require commitment. The excuse I often hear people use to avoid any form of exercise, “I don’t have the time.” But if you can make time you’ll lose weight and feel better almost immediately. If you haven’t exercised for awhile it may feel uncomfortable and you may experience a little soreness. But if you can walk or bike at least 15-30 minutes or more each day you’ll notice results and feel better in no time.  Remember, “Rome was not built in a day.”  Slow down and let your body adjust to the weight bearing exercise activity.  Then increase duration and intensity over a period of days.

Low Impact Aerobic Dance is a great fat burning activity.

I’ve had plenty of overweight clients walk or ride a stationary bike for a year before they achieved successful weight loss. Thereafter participated in a long distance walk, hike, jog or ran or biked a marathon. They never imagined being capable of doing anything like it. They simply believed it possible because they could relate to the low-impact aerobics and fat burning engine truths.  Truths that got them pointed in the right direction to achieve greater fitness goals.

Now go get addicted to the natural feel good chemicals and fat burning metabolism produced by your own body through low aerobic exercise.  Dance, walk, jog or ride a bike but don’t overdue it.  Then reap the ideal body weight, healthy longevity and increased mobility and energy benefits you need, want and deserve!

Good Health to You and Your Family.

Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2017 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., http://www.mirrorathlete.com





Scientific Studies Show Exercise Causes Weight Gain

20 08 2014

 

Aerobic workouts good for the cardio Muscular endurance

Aerobic workouts good for the cardio Muscular endurance

Original Publication:  Oct 24 2009.  Revised 20 Aug 2014

Although your favorite fitness guru or celebrity may be the picture of health and you want to look just like them…  Keep this in mind, they make a lot of money selling fitness products and services that may actually cause you to gain weight rather than lose it.  Which may be just the opposite of the fitness results you hope to achieve.

Regardless of exercise equipment and dietary products that guarantees weight loss… The odds are not in your favor for long term weight loss success and you may actually gain weight.  Unless you have a customized fitness program developed specifically for you, or you use a program designed for someone else, weight gain may be the result as opposed to loss.

Relative and customized fitness program development should include and address individual lifestyle and environmental factors:  e.g., culture, behaviors and habits, medical condition(s), genetics, motivation, energy levels, body type and fitness goals.  For example, body fat, lean muscle mass, strength, cardio and muscular endurance and flexibility.

If your not sure how to custom design a fitness program might I suggest securing a professional fitness trainer or consultant for 1:1 fitness sessions that include assessments and development of a relative exercise program to get you on track.  The encompassing being requires task specific exercise and diet relative to individual mind, body and spirit needs and wants.   In the long run this strategy will pay off because you can optimize your efforts and results.

Now science supports the fact that exercise can add on the pounds if other considerations are not modified within lifestyle and environment as we age. Let’s look at a significant study that specifically addresses the compensation effect on body after exercise and what this really means for your weight management program.

“45 million Americans now belong to health clubs, up from 23 million in 1993. We spend some $19 billion a year on gym memberships. One major study illustrates – The Minnesota Heart Survey found more of us say we exercise. From 1980 to 2000, 47% of respondents exercised regularly and then these figures increased to 57%, ending the 20 year survey. Even with 45 million people today using fitness centers obesity figures increased during this period. The Federal government’s definition of obesity classifies 1/3 of all Americans as obese. Those that participated in the survey admitted after they exercise, their hungrier and eat more. This is not to discount the notion that those who may not participate in gym activities may weigh more otherwise.”

“In general, for weight loss, exercise is pretty useless,” says Eric Ravussin, chair in diabetes and metabolism at Louisiana State University, a prominent exercise researcher. Although exercise does burn calories, it also makes us hungrier. “Exercise, in other words, isn’t necessarily helping us lose weight. It may even be making it harder.” “The compensation Problem – The PLoS (Public Library of Science) published a remarkable study supervised by a colleague of Ravussin’s Dr. Timothy Church. Four groups totaling 464 overweight women who didn’t regularly exercise were selected for this study. Women in 3 of the groups worked with a personal trainer for 6 months; Group 1 exercised – 72 minutes/wk, Group 2 exercised- 136 minutes/wk and Group 3 exercised – 194 minutes/week. Although the study did not specify the exercise routines, one gets the notion exercises were balanced between aerobic and anaerobic activity with a personal assigned trainer.”

“The women in the 4th cluster did not change their lifestyle activities, but did fill out a monthly health questionnaire. The results were surprising. All groups of women lost weight, even the control group. It is most likely the control group through the use of monthly questionnaires learned more about their health and thereby modified their diets by eating fewer donuts, muffins, Starbucks coffee, for example. Some of the women in each group actually gained weight, some up to 10 pounds. Church calls this the compensation effect. Whether exercise made them hungry, or they wanted to reward themselves… Most of the women who exercised ate more than they did before they started the experiment!”

“This is an important study because our government’s medical organizations since the 60’s tell us to exercise if we want weight loss. Including in 2007, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association issued new guidelines stating that “to lose weight…60 to 90 minutes of physical activity may be necessary. That recommendation covers most days of the week.”

“It’s true that within the study most participants were able to trim their waistline by only about an inch. The other interesting aspect, even so, they lost no more overall body fat than the control group. Church asks the control group other questions to further understand this phenomenon. He finds within each group the women are rewarding themselves with Starbucks coffee and muffins for example. Well, after you add these calories to calories burnt, you get a wash in weight loss benefits.” Another good example, a bottle of Gatorade electrolyte drink, 20oz bottle has 130 calories. You can drink this in a matter of seconds if you’re really thirsty. If your aerobics activity is treadmill walking for 15 minutes this is probably a wash from net calorie expenditure.”

“Steven Gortmaker, heads Harvard’s Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity, he studies child obesity. Since its proven exercise makes you hungry, one must ask a question regarding our kids and fast food places. He is suspicious of playgrounds at fast-food restaurants. The contention is, if a kid plays 30 minutes, it may be enough to stimulate hunger where the child instead of consuming 500 calories, instead consumes 1000.”  ‘In 30 minutes of play, for example, the child may have only expended 200 calories to play, creating a net 800 calorie gain!”

“Church states, we all need to move toward proper weight control, but stressing and depleting the body’s muscles in short bursts using stressful exercise is not necessarily the best way to loss body weight. Also the brain may feel greater entitlement to eat fast foods after we’ve exerted most of our high intensity energy at the gym. Instead, energy would have been better served by increasing daily activities like walking, healthy food shopping, preparing wholesome meals, gardening, a balanced mix using gym activities, walking, biking, etc.”

[Quote excerpts posted above, Published by Time Magazine, August 17, 2009, “Why Exercise Won’t Make you Thin,” by John Cloud. Posts have been modified by the author within quotes to quickly make points in support of this article.]

Science tells us anaerobic activity typical during strenuous weight lifting activities increases muscle mass which is heavier by volume than fat. Muscle mass increases will tip the scales heavier when muscle bulking and anaerobic out pace aerobic exercise and you’ll burn less body fat.

Optimizing weight loss and toning the body requires a customized fitness training program with a focus on aerobic activity.  Where low-medium intensity aerobic activities such as walking, jogging, biking and hiking burn more body fat as the preferred fuel.

Regardless of the exercise program,

Any muscle groups worked daily at any intensity of effort will tell the mind the body is hungry. The will power to ignore the brains signal to over nourish the working muscles after glucose and muscle glycogen are used, or depleted is a great mind over matter challenge at any age before and during meal times.  Having a preplanned and balanced diet in place prior to starting an exercise program is important when looking to increase muscle mass and/or decreasing body fat.  Otherwise food rewards and convenience snake foods may become your weight gain nemesis.

One thing I can assure you… To not remain active with some form of activity exercise as you age, opposed to becoming a couch potato is a grave mistake!  Regardless of how many calories you burn/don’t burn or weight you gain/lose during exercise… to not move the body enough throughout the day can only cause the body circulatory problems, weight bearing injuries and pain and additional unhealthy body weight and other illness and disease.

If you’d like to dial in on the weight loss or muscle development potential contact a certified fitness trainer to help you optimize your results and meet expectations.  Especially if your not satisfied with your current fitness program and results.

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2014 Copyright, All rights reserved.  MirrorAthlete Corp. Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free eNewsletter.

 

 





Foods and Drugs that Don’t Mix Well

7 04 2013
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Many natural foods don’t mix well with medications

Many don’t realize some foods can interact badly with prescription drugs when consumed together.  Those that fail to read the dietary warning’s listed on specific pharmaceutical labels, or disregard the prescription use instructions can cause health risk to the body.

Listed below are 7 common prescription drugs and foods that when consumed together can increase health risk and/or cause severe ill-health side effects.  There are many chemical reactions that occur within our bodies to keep the metabolism and overall physiology balanced.  And when using pharmaceuticals it is important to understand, even the most benign appearing foods can cause an unhealthy chemical reaction within our bodies.

    The prescription drugs, incompatible foods, side effects and treatment use for various medications listed below are not fully disclosed.  The point is, one only needs to understand everything we put into our bodies causes some kind of chemical reaction.  Therefore, it is important if you take any pharmaceutical, ask your pharmacist if there is any food that would cause an ill-health effect, or risk to overall health when taken together.

Listed are commonly prescribed medications & foods that don’t interact well.

1.  Anti-depressants – SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) – Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, etc.  MAOI’s (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors) – Isocarboxazid, Phenelzine, Selegiline, Tranylcypromine, etc. Their relative generic counterparts are: Marplan, Nardil, (Emsam, Eldepryl, Zelapar) and Parnate.

Drug treatment purpose:  Anti-depressants are effective in treating depression, panic and other anxiety disorders.  They also require special considerations with regard to diet restrictions.  MAOI’s are normally used when other anti-depressants fail.  When used as prescribed they will boost mood by improving brain cell communication.

Side effectsDiarrhea, dry mouth, sleepiness, lightheadedness, dizziness, low blood pressure, nervousness, muscle aches, insomnia, weight gain, sense of taste, hampered sexual drive, erectile dysfunction, difficult urinating, tingling, or prickling sensation on skin.  If removed from anti-depressants too fast the following withdrawal effects are likely: insomnia, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, irritability and anxiety may follow.

Non-compatible foods:  Aged cheeses, pickled, or fermented sausages (pepperoni, salami), luncheon meats, beef liver, chicken liver, yeast-containing foods and beverages that have the compound tyramine in them.  This compound has an effect on blood pressure.  If the bodies MAO (Monoamine Oxidase) enzyme is inhibited by MAOI medication, it is necessary to avoid the foods that contain this compound.  If this diet restriction is not followed, then blood pressure can increase towards critically unhealthy levels.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherHigh levels of tyramine in the body can lead to high blood pressure, heart arrhythmia and brain hemorrhage.

2.   Anti-anxiety – Benzodiazepines are the most common anti-anxiety drugs, e.g., Ativan, Klonopin, Valium, Xanax, etc., and Generic: lorazepam, clonazepam, diazepam and alprazolam are all sedatives and bind with the brains natural sedatives to calm you down.

Drug treatment purpose:  To help relax and reduce anxiety.  Anti-anxiety drugs are also known as tranquilizers.  Anti-anxiety medications work by slowing down the central nervous system [reduced brain activity] and have a relaxing effect on the mind and body.  They are also prescribed for sleeping and muscle spasm disorders.  Often antidepressants will be prescribed to relieve symptoms of anxiety.

Known side effects:  Addiction, inability to focus-learn, uncoordinated, clumsiness, confusion, disorientation, blurred vision, upset stomach, lightheadedness, sleepy, impaired judgment, nausea, memory loss.  Long term users of these medications also experience depression.  High dosages and long term use will likely increase suicidal thoughts and feelings.  Benzodiazepines can also cause the opposite of a calming effect like mania, aggressive behavior, or hostility, rage and even hallucinations.

Non-compatible foods:  Alcohol.  When these drugs are mixed with alcohol the sedative properties on the brain and body is amplified.  Not only do you feel more drunk, but more tired and forgetful.  Coffee and drinks with caffeine in them affects anti-anxiety and asthma medications.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherYour breathing rate is significantly slowed down and risk of respiratory failure increases.

3.  Antibiotics – Monodox, Dynacin, Sumycin, Cipro, Levaquin, etc. Generics: minocycline, tetracycline and doxycycline, etc.  This listing represents a few of many antibiotics that could be prescribed.

Drug treatment purpose:   Antibiotics are used to kill bacterial infections.  They are not effective against fungal (ringworm or vaginal yeast infection), flu, or the common cold.

Side effects – Antibiotics are relatively safe when used appropriately.  However, like any medication unwanted side effects do occur.  If you experience any skin rash, hives, wheezing, anaphylaxis (shortage of breath), swelling of lips, tongue or face seek medical attention immediately.

Non-compatible foods:  Dairy products have calcium in them.  Calcium tends to bind with the antibiotics if a dairy product is consumed within a two hour window after taking the medication.  Vitamins and Antacids can also decrease the efficiency of antibiotics.  For example, ciprofloxacin an antibiotic used to treat urinary tract and abdominal infections among other things; when mixed with antacids becomes less effective when it binds to magnesium and calcium.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherThis binding prevents the antibiotic from absorbing into the body to fight an infection rendering various antibiotics useless.  When this happens the medication stays in the intestine and leaves the body at the next bowel movement.  Yet there are other antibiotics used for strep throat and ear infections where dairy products have no impact on those medications.

4.  High blood pressure, or anti-hypertension medications – Univasc, Zestril and Monopril can raise your potassium levels.  Common generics: Hygroton, Lozol, Mykrox, Diuril, Lasix, Esidrix, etc.  There are many specialized medications that are designed to treat both diuretic and high blood pressure cases.

Drug treatment purpose:  To lower blood pressure and reduce blood clotting risk.  Many classes of blood pressure medications include a diuretic treatment component.   These medications help to rid the body of excess water and sodium and help to control blood pressure.  Diuretics are often used in combination with other medications like anti-clotting prevention treatment that use aspirin and Plavix.  When patients are at high risk of stroke or heart attack, doctors often prescribe Plavix as an anti-platelet drug for blood clotting prevention.  The first line of attack is aspirin.  Both anti-clotting and blood pressure medications may likely be prescribed together, but not always.

Known side effects:  Gout,increase in blood sugar level, leg cramps, weakness, impotence may occur.

Non-compatible foods:  Limit foods high in potassium like bananas, salt substitutes with potassium, spinach, leafy greens and sweet potatoes.  Eating a banana one day, or leafy green the next should be ok.  But you’ll want to confirm diet and frequency of consumption with your prescribing physician.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherToo much potassium in the body can cause your heart to beat irregularly and in severe cases can cause cardiac arrest.  Also, two foods that can keep blood clotting medications from working are garlic and ginger.  They can cause excessive bleeding as they both have high doses of blood thinning agents in them.

5.  High cholesterolStatin drugs (blood cholesterol lowering medications) include: Lipex, Mevacor, Zocor, Crestor, Vytorin or Lipitor, to include generics like simvastatin, lovastatin, or atorvastatin, etc.

Drug treatment purpose:  Lower High Blood Cholesterol.

Known side effects and health risk:  As of recent studies, the following health risks are possible; memory loss, diabetes and muscle pain.  The food and drug administration has officially linked statin drugs with forgetfulness, confusion and increased blood sugar levels that would be of concern for diabetics.  Liver injury is also possible and is rare.

Non-compatible foods:  Some cholesterol medications can be affected by grape fruit juice or the fruit.  It is the inhibiting properties of this fruit that keeps the intestine and/or liver from breaking down the drug and increases the risk that the drug will accumulate in the body and become toxic.  It is the citrus that blocks the enzyme in the intestines and prevents the metabolism of these drugs.  The active component in this fruit is not yet known.  Check with your prescribing doctor about grapefruit products in the diet.  There are some statin medications that are not influenced by this fruit.  It is also true some immune drugs and allergy drugs like Allegra are affected by grapefruit.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherGrapefruit and its juice should be avoided using heart medicines and a number of other prescriptive drugs for cardio and immunological health related problems.  Be sure to consult with the prescribing physician with foods you should consume when on these medications.

6. Blood thinner – Coumadin (generic: warfarin) Aggrenox, Aspirin, Jantoven, Heparin, Lovenox, Plavix, etc.

Drug treatment purpose:  The job of blood thinners is to thin the blood for patients that are high risk of heart attack, or developing blood clots.

Known side effects:  Each medication listed can cause a combination of the following side effects; Nausea, irritated stomach, abdominal pain, diarrhea, headache, dizziness and indigestion.  Coumadin and Heparin can cause serious bleeding inside the eye and intestine, or cause bruising, blood in the urine, nose bleeds.  Other problems include kidney function, difficulty breathing and muscle aches.

Non-compatible foods:  Since Vitamin K (thickens blood) is found abundantly in leafy greens, they can block the effects of the blood thinners.  Leafy greens that can effect of blood thinners are Brussels sprouts, collard greens, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, parsley, kale, Swiss chard and Green tea.  Other foods that may impact blood thinner medications include:  cranberries, as well as the juice, garlic and ginger.  They can actually increase the blood thinning properties of the blood thinners that could amplify their effect.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken together:   Increased risk of stroke and heart attack.

7.  Thyroid – Synthroid, Armour thyroid, Levoxyl, Cytomel, etc.  Generic: Levothyroxin, thyroid desiccated, levothyroxine, liothyronine, etc.

Drug treatment purpose:  Used to regulate the thyroid glands to normalize hormone functions throughout the body when they fail to produce enough thyroid hormone.  Effective treatment can increase energy, mood disposition and body weight regulation.  To include supports male and female characteristic traits.

Known side effects:  Thyroid medications do not cause side effects if taken in the correct dose.

Non-compatible foods:  Tofu, soymilk (soy products) and walnuts can prevent your body from absorbing the thyroid medication.  It may not be necessary to give up these foods, but let your physician know about your dietary preferences.  It is very possible your soy diet preference can be resolved with a modification of dose.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherWeight gain, obesity and other ill-health and disease complications.

References,

American Heart Association.  Types of Blood Pressure Medications.  http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/PreventionTreatmentofHighBloodPressure/Types-of-Blood-Pressure-Medications_UCM_303247_Article.jsp

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Woodard, Marc.  Defeat Anxiety and Panic Attacks.  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  24 November 2010.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/?p=966

Woodard, Marc.  How to Deal with Depression.  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  25 August 2008.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/?p=38

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Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, CPT, MSC ARNG Retired.  2013 Copyright, All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





Incompatible Food and Drug Mixes

7 04 2013
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Many natural foods don’t mix well with medications

Many don’t realize some foods can interact badly with prescription drugs when consumed together.  Those that fail to read the dietary warning’s listed on specific pharmaceutical labels, or disregard the prescription use instructions can cause risk to the body.

Listed below are 7 common prescription drugs and foods that when consumed together can increase health risk and/or cause severe ill-health side effects.  There are many chemical reactions that occur within our bodies to keep the metabolism and overall physiology balanced.  And when using pharmaceuticals it is important to understand, even the most benign appearing foods can cause an unhealthy chemical reaction within our bodies.

    The point is, one only needs to understand everything we put into our bodies causes some kind of chemical reaction.  Therefore it is important to understand, if you take any pharmaceutical, ask your pharmacist if there is any food that would cause an ill-health effect or risk to overall health when taken together.

Listed are commonly prescribed medications & foods that don’t interact well.

1.  Anti-depressants – SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) – Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, etc.  MAOI’s (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors) – Isocarboxazid, Phenelzine, Selegiline, Tranylcypromine, etc. Their relative generic counterparts are: Marplan, Nardil, (Emsam, Eldepryl, Zelapar) and Parnate.

Drug treatment purpose:  Anti-depressants are effective in treating depression, panic and other anxiety disorders.  They also require special considerations with regard to diet.  MAOI’s are normally used when other anti-depressants fail.  When used as prescribed they will boost mood by improving brain cell communication.

Side effectsDiarrhea, dry mouth, sleepiness, lightheadedness, dizziness, low blood pressure, nervousness, muscle aches, insomnia, weight gain, sense of taste, hampered sexual drive, erectile dysfunction, difficult urinating, tingling, or prickling sensation on skin.  If removed from anti-depressants too fast the following withdrawal effects are likely: insomnia, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, irritability and anxiety may follow.

Non-compatible foods:  Aged cheeses, pickled, or fermented sausages (pepperoni, salami), luncheon meats, beef liver, chicken liver, yeast-containing foods and beverages that have the compound tyramine [protein containing foods] in them.  This compound has an effect on blood pressure.  If the bodies MAO (Monoamine Oxidase) enzyme is inhibited by MAOI medication, it is necessary to avoid the foods that contain this compound.  If this diet restriction is not followed, then blood pressure can increase towards critically unhealthy levels.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherHigh levels of tyramine in the body can lead to high blood pressure, heart arrhythmia and brain hemorrhage.

2.   Anti-anxiety – Benzodiazepines are the most common anti-anxiety drugs, e.g., Ativan, Klonopin, Valium, Xanax, etc., and Generic: lorazepam, clonazepam, diazepam and alprazolam are all sedatives and bind with the brains natural sedatives to calm you down.

Drug treatment purpose:  To help relax and reduce anxiety.  Anti-anxiety drugs are also known as tranquilizers.  Anti-anxiety medications work by slowing down the central nervous system [reduced brain activity] and have a relaxing effect on the mind and body.  They are also prescribed for sleeping and muscle spasm disorders.  Often antidepressants will be prescribed to relieve symptoms of anxiety.

Known side effects:  Addiction, inability to focus-learn, uncoordinated, clumsiness, confusion, disorientation, blurred vision, upset stomach, lightheadedness, sleepy, impaired judgment, nausea, memory loss.  Long term users of these medications also experience depression.  High dosages and long term use will likely increase suicidal thoughts and feelings.  Benzodiazepines can also cause the opposite of a calming effect like mania, aggressive behavior, or hostility, rage and even hallucinations.

Non-compatible foods:  Alcohol.  When these drugs are mixed with alcohol the sedative properties on the brain and body is amplified.  Not only do you feel more drunk, but more tired and forgetful.  Coffee and drinks with caffeine in them affects anti-anxiety and asthma medications.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherYour breathing rate is significantly slowed down and risk of respiratory failure increases.

3.  Antibiotics – Monodox, Dynacin, Sumycin, Cipro, Levaquin, etc. Generics: minocycline, tetracycline and doxycycline, etc.  This listing represents a few of many antibiotics that could be prescribed.

Drug treatment purpose:   Antibiotics are used to kill bacterial infections.  They are not effective against fungal (ringworm or vaginal yeast infection), flu, or the common cold.

Side effects – Antibiotics are relatively safe when used appropriately.  However, like any medication unwanted side effects do occur.  If you experience any skin rash, hives, wheezing, anaphylaxis (shortage of breath), swelling of lips, tongue or face seek medical attention immediately.

Non-compatible foods:  Dairy products have calcium in them.  Calcium tends to bind with the antibiotics if a dairy product is consumed within a two hour window after taking the medication.  Vitamins and Antacids can also decrease the efficiency of antibiotics.  For example, ciprofloxacin an antibiotic used to treat urinary tract and abdominal infections among other things; when mixed with antacids becomes less effective when it binds to magnesium and calcium.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherThis binding prevents the antibiotic from absorbing into the body to fight an infection rendering various antibiotics useless.  When this happens the medication stays in the intestine and leaves the body at the next bowel movement.  Yet there are other antibiotics used for strep throat and ear infections where dairy products have no impact on those medications.

4.  High blood pressure, or anti-hypertension medications – Univasc, Zestril and Monopril can raise your potassium levels.  Common generics: Hygroton, Lozol, Mykrox, Diuril, Lasix, Esidrix, etc.  There are many specialized medications that are designed to treat both diuretic and high blood pressure cases.

Drug treatment purpose:  To lower blood pressure and reduce blood clotting risk.  Many classes of blood pressure medications include a diuretic treatment component.   These medications help to rid the body of excess water and sodium and help to control blood pressure.  Diuretics are often used in combination with other medications like anti-clotting prevention treatment that use aspirin and Plavix.  When patients are at high risk of stroke or heart attack, doctors often prescribe Plavix as an anti-platelet drug for blood clotting prevention.  The first line of attack is aspirin.  Both anti-clotting and blood pressure medications may likely be prescribed together, but not always.

Known side effects:  Gout, increased blood sugar levels, leg cramps, weakness, impotence may occur.

Non-compatible foods:  Limit foods high in potassium like bananas, salt substitutes with potassium, spinach, leafy greens and sweet potatoes.  Eating a banana once a day, or leafy green the next should be ok.  But you’ll want to confirm diet and frequency of consumption with your prescribing physician.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherToo much potassium in the body can cause your heart to beat irregularly and in severe cases can cause cardiac arrest.  Also, two foods that can keep blood clotting medications from working are garlic and ginger.  They can cause excessive bleeding as they both have high doses of blood thinning agents in them.

5.  High cholesterolStatin drugs (blood cholesterol lowering medications) include: Lipex, Mevacor, Zocor, Crestor, Vytorin or Lipitor, to include generics like simvastatin, lovastatin, or atorvastatin, etc.

Drug treatment purpose:  Lower High Blood Cholesterol.

Known side effects and health risk:  As of recent studies, the following health risks are possible; memory loss, diabetes and muscle pain.  The food and drug administration has officially linked statin drugs with forgetfulness, confusion and increased blood sugar levels that would be of concern for diabetics.  Liver injury is also possible and is rare.

Non-compatible foods:  Some cholesterol medications can be affected by grape fruit juice or the fruit.  It is the inhibiting properties of this fruit that keeps the intestine and/or liver from breaking down the drug and increases the risk that the drug will accumulate in the body and become toxic.  It is the citrus that blocks the enzyme in the intestines and prevents the metabolism of these drugs.  The active component in this fruit is not yet known.  Check with your prescribing doctor about grapefruit products in the diet.  There are some statin medications that are not influenced by this fruit.  It is also true some immune drugs and allergy drugs like Allegra are affected by grapefruit.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherGrapefruit and its juice should be avoided when using heart medicines and a number of other prescriptive drugs for cardio and immunological health related problems.  Be sure to consult with the prescribing physician with foods you should consume when on these medications.

6. Blood thinner – Coumadin (generic: warfarin) Aggrenox, Aspirin, Jantoven, Heparin, Lovenox, Plavix, etc.

Drug treatment purpose:  The job of blood thinners is to thin the blood for patients that are high risk of heart attack, or developing blood clots.

Known side effects:  Each medication listed can cause a combination of the following side effects; Nausea, irritated stomach, abdominal pain, diarrhea, headache, dizziness and indigestion.  Coumadin and Heparin can cause serious bleeding inside the eye and intestine, or cause bruising, blood in the urine, nose bleeds.  Other problems include kidney function, difficulty breathing and muscle aches.

Non-compatible foods:  Since Vitamin K (thickens blood) is found abundantly in leafy greens, they can block the effects of the blood thinners.  Leafy greens that can effect of blood thinners are Brussels sprouts, collard greens, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, parsley, kale, Swiss chard and Green tea.  Other foods that may impact blood thinner medications include:  cranberries, as well as the juice, garlic and ginger.  They can actually increase the blood thinning properties of the blood thinners that could amplify their effect.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken together:   Increased risk of stroke and heart attack.

7.  Thyroid – Synthroid, Armour thyroid, Levoxyl, Cytomel, etc.  Generic: Levothyroxin, thyroid desiccated, levothyroxine, liothyronine, etc.

Drug treatment purpose:  Used to regulate the thyroid glands to normalize hormone functions throughout the body when they fail to produce enough thyroid hormone.  Effective treatment can increase energy, mood disposition and body weight regulation.  To include supports male and female characteristic traits.

Known side effects:  Thyroid medications do not cause side effects if taken in the correct dose.

Non-compatible foods:  Tofu, soymilk (soy products) and walnuts can prevent your body from absorbing the thyroid medication.  It may not be necessary to give up these foods, but let your physician know about your dietary preferences.  It is very possible your soy diet preference can be resolved with a modification of dose.

Health risk when prescription and non-compatible foods are taken togetherWeight gain, obesity and other ill-health and disease complications.

References,

American Heart Association.  Types of Blood Pressure Medications.  http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/PreventionTreatmentofHighBloodPressure/Types-of-Blood-Pressure-Medications_UCM_303247_Article.jsp

Ankrom, Sheryl.  Dietary Precautions While Taking MAOIs.  Former About.com Guide, updated June 17, 2009.  http://panicdisorder.about.com/od/treatments/tp/MAOIDiet.htm

Club Red.  Some Foods and Medications Just Don’t Mix.  January 2012.  http://www.clubreduva.com/food/food-articles/food-for-thought/january-2012-food

Drugs.com.  Common Side Effects, Allergies and Reactions to Antibiotics.  http://www.drugs.com/article/antibiotic-sideeffects-allergies-reactions.html

Drugs.com.  Underactive Thyroid (Hypothyroidism) Medications.  http://www.drugs.com/condition/hypothyroidism.html

Harris, Gardiner.  Safety Alerts Cite Cholesterol Drugs’ Side Effects.  The New York Times.  February 28, 2012.  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/29/health/fda-warns-of-cholesterol-drugs-side-effects.html?_r=0

Helpguide.org.  Anxiety Medication.  http://www.helpguide.org/mental/anxiety_medication_drugs_treatment.htm

Rodgers, Linda.  Foods and Medications that Don’t Mix.  Grand Parents.com http://www.grandparents.com/health-and-wellbeing/health/food-drug-interactions

Mayo Clinic Staff.  Depression (major depression).  Monomine Oxidase Inhibitores (MAOIs).  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/maois/MH00072

NBCNews.com. Foods to Avoid When You’re Taking Meds.  26 October 2006.  http://www.today.com/id/14785552/ns/today-today_health/t/foods-avoid-when-youre-taking-meds/#.UUeuPBesjTo

Vega, Jose M.D., Ph.D.  Side Effects of Coumadin, Plavix and Other Blood Thinners.  About.com.  http://stroke.about.com/od/caregiverresources/a/blood_thinners.htm

WebMD.com.  Hypothryroidism.  http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/hypothyroidism-medications

Woodard, Marc.  41 Drugs to Die For.  Mirror Athlete’s Fitness Secrets.  24 October 2010.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/?p=909

Woodard, Marc.  Defeat Anxiety and Panic Attacks.  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  24 November 2010.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/?p=966

Woodard, Marc.  How to Deal with Depression.  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  25 August 2008.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/?p=38

Woodard, Marc.  The Thyroid is a Powerful Weight Regulating Gland.  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  21 May 2012.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/?p=1341

Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, CPT, MSC ARNG Retired.  2013 Copyright, All rights reserved, MirrorAthlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





Top 10 Weight Loss Articles

3 12 2012

1.  Foods that Will Reduce Stubborn Body Fat  Many believe the only way to remove stubborn belly fat is through intense daily exercise.  Although exercise can help with weight loss, it can also cause weight gain through increased appetite.  By knowing which foods increase the fat burning metabolism you can lose significant weight without exercise.  Enjoy trying this tasty ~20 food substitute listing and in 30 days lose significant weight without feeling calorie restricted or physically spent!

 2.  This Year’s Fitness Weight Loss Goals  For me, weight management is the toughest.  This is because I can flex in weight by 5 lbs on any given day.  And I can hold these higher end weights for days.  But I understand my physiologies metabolism based on a bunch of factors.  And I will tell you, my weight is in decline even though I see these hiccups in weight gain sporadically.  This is what causes many to give up on healthy weight loss before they get started.

 3.  Trans Fats Dangerous for Your Health?  Deceitfully Yes!  In order to understand why Trans Fats are bad for you, first we must define what a Tran’s fat is and how to identify it in products.  A Trans Fat is simply the process of “man” adding more hydrogen atoms (hydrogenation) to a vegetable oil(s) mono-poly unsaturated fat carbon molecule chains. Unlike other dietary fats, Trans fats are not essential to the diet and don’t promote good health.

 4.  Successful Weight Loss Based in Blood Chemistry Fuel  It appears the body chemistry requires a certain amount of saturated fats (not manmade Tran’s fats).  Complete avoidance of animal fats does not seem to be a good ideal as far as the body chemistry is concerned.  Science can not accurately tell us the perfect diet.  But it is overwhelmingly apparent you are better off with a “low carbohydrate diet as opposed from one where you avoid animal products in the diet.

 5.  After Holiday Weight Gain Blues  Another year has gone by with all the Holiday décor and cheer with it.  I understand some of you had a tough time with the food choices and amount that you consumed.  And with this being said, should I dare say some of you are not only bummed out after you stepped on the scales, you are blue with depression.

 6.  Science Proves Exercise Alone May Promote Weight Gain  Regardless of exercise equipment product(s) that guarantees weight loss benefits… The odds are stacked against significant weight loss results. This is because exercises alone will most likely result in weight gain! Now science supports the fact that exercise can add on the pounds if other considerations are not modified within healthy living as we age.

 7.  10 Step Basic Weight Loss Tips  For me the following tips keep my body weight stable.  I could lose more weight through moderate calorie reduction or increased activities.  I choose not to.  Instead, I’ve set my weight where I’m comfortable and wake up every day energized and excited about my daily activities and never worry about my food choices.

 8.  Lose Weight With Super Foods!  Super foods are great antioxidants.  They are proven to minimize oxidization within the body.  Accelerated oxidization due to free radicals in the body causes the body to age and break down internal cellular structure at an increased rate.  And this is dependent on the amount of free radicals versus antioxidants one incorporates into the daily diet.

 9.  New Year’s Resolution, “Activate Addictive Healthy Chemicals”  The secret to living a long healthy and happy lifestyle is to learn how to apply enjoyable and healthy activities within a day.  When you do this you also release the body’s addictive healthy and natural producing weight loss chemicals.  In this way you’ll ensure you stay the fit-healthy course where the body stays lean and mean!  Instead of worrying about weight gain, you’ll be more interested in planning for your next days activity!

 10.  Holiday Weight Management Tips  I can’t believe how fast these end year Holiday festivities roll upon us.  I’m here today to help gear you toward weight management during these tough times.  For some, it’s almost as if we have to harden our bodies for the rigors of war.  I know overwhelming food selections, smells and tastes are enough to drive you crazy.  I have a food plan that will allow you to maintain your weight while enjoying all of those great tasting foods.  And after the Holiday’s pass, you can then continue on with your weight loss goals with no additional gains to worry about.

 Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2012 Copyright, All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





Disease is Scientifically Linked to Genetic Engineering of Food Crops

22 08 2012

No Matter Where You go the food’s consumed likely contain artificial chemical sweeteners and GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms)processed ingredients!

I remember as a kid our family would plant 100’s of vegetable seeds in mid May on the family farm.  And this annual planting would produce a multitude of organic healthy vegetables for our family meals.

One of our main crops would be sold at the local market.  What we didn’t sell or consume would then be canned as a provisional food source for our family and would mostly last until the next crops were harvested.  But times have definitely changed from when I grew up.

For as long as I can remember the foods farmed by American families were the most nutritious and healthiest throughout the world.  However, that distinguished honor is no longer the case.  A lot of what’s responsible for this decay of our food source has to do with corporate and institutional greed.  There are a few corporate giants and billionaire moguls that are greatly responsible for this changing global food bank and contributing effect on health risk dynamic.

Let’s begin this informational session by defining a few major players manipulating our food banks and how this manipulation is slowly destroying our health.  And as most may not know the foods industry is made up of 8-10 major food chain monopolies.  But for the sake of simplicity I’m just going to provide examples of one chemical and food manufacturer.  In this way you’ll be able to better understand the economic complexity of why it is so hard to unravel and remove harmful food ingredients from our national and now global food supply.

Monsanto has been producing man made GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) crop seeds and chemical food sweeteners (e.g., Aspartame brands: NutraSweet, Spoonful and Equal-Measure) for some time now.  Many food products you consume from your local grocery store now contain these engineered foods.  The likes of Procter & Gamble (P&G) foods corporation is one of the largest producers of products that are petroleum based and comprised of Genetically Modified (GM) crops produced from GMO’s seeds resistant to herbicides and pesticides as was found to be the case in the popular Pringles potato chip product.

P&G has made much news and reaped much criticism of late with regard to house hold products that are now known to have potentially carcinogenic ingredients [i.e., household cleaners, pet foods, cosmetics and personal care products].   To date they have failed to remove these harmful ingredients within products from our grocery stores.  Also the corporation has been criticized for funding an organization to prevent GMO disclosure laws from becoming public knowledge, while also working to weaken Europe’s laws regarding toxins in household products.

Not so long ago, some 800,000 cans of Pringles potato chips had been recalled in Japan because the potatoes used to make the chips had the “gene-altered NewLeafPlus and NewLeaf Y components developed by Monsanto in the vegetables DNA!  This gene altered potato is approved for consumption in the United States but not in Japan!  So one has to wonder, why is the gene altered potato still sold within American markets and not the Japanese markets?  And should this ban mean something to the American people?  I think it should and the proof is in what P&G did next.  The company decided to focus more on its house hold cleaners and beauty products.

They sold its Pringles business to the Diamond Foods Snack Company for $2.35b in 2011.  Then in 2012 the Diamond deal fell apart and the Kellogg Company bought Pringles for $2.7b in cash.

Could it be that P&G and Diamond Foods Snack Company’s didn’t want the consumer backlash?  Could it be that the new shareholder coalition “Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility” and GMO health risk connection is getting through to 40 plus food companies [i.e., Safeway, Sysco, Whole Foods, Kellogg, Kraft, Heinz, Hershey’s, Starbucks, etc.    The shareholder coalition message to these companies reports how Monsanto and GE foods are bad for Investors, consumer health and carries too much financial risk..

And now this message has spread to the 8th largest economy in the world!

California now supports mandatory GMO labeling as consumers have supported a Ballot initiative in 2012.  Over 80% of those polls support GMO labeling for consumers.  Since California is the 8th largest economy in the world this initiative if passed will have a dramatic effect on changing consumer packaging and ingredient decisions nation-wide.

Also in connecting these consumer dots it is interesting to note Monsanto and Procter & Gamble have the same institutional corporate owners.  The top institutional owner of P&G foods is “Warren Buffett’s” Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., holdings, which owns ~$4.9b in P&G stock (NYSE: PG).  Proctor and Gamble current revenues (ttm) are $83.68b.  Also as of recent, Bill Gates invested and purchased 500,000 shares of Monsanto Stock (NYSE: MON) and supports the use of GM crop technology.

Warren Buffet also pledged to give away his wealth by donating most of his $44.1 billion to charity, where he recently gave away $1.52 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  So now you can see how these mogul investors keep these man made consumer wheels and profits churning.  It’s very difficult to make change to consumer product laws when windfall profits for investors, employee jobs, market economies and corporate holdings are at stake.  These companies have billions of dollars that continue to put up defenses against consumer safety coalitions.

No matter how much money these corporate and institutional moguls have and/or control, animal studies can’t hide the truths they’ve been hiding for decades.

Animal studies now show that Monsanto’s GMO corn is likely linked to organ damage for which the opposition will continue to pay billions in stating it’s not harmful to us through bias research.  The controversy is there are no human studies to prove there is a significant health risk to consumers.  These defensive positions will continue until our consumers state laws change in forcing corporations to do the right thing; mandated full food label disclosure.

There is reported toxicity reactions divided by the estimated reporting rate and where scientific studies correlate that chronic aspartame ingestion and health damage has affected well over one million consumers in the U.S.   This is not so hard to fathom especially when you think of all the sodas and processed foods consumed on an annual basis.  And these artificially sweetened products is the primary cause of our diabetes and “near” obesity epidemic in this country.

It is also not well known by consumers Aspartame “Monsanto’s artificial sweetener” is 200 times sweeter than sugar per equivalent volume.  And is also one of the most taste altering addictions that stimulaties consumers taste preference for rich high fat calorie foods.  Science has shown us Aspartame products is also responsible for Formaldehyde poisoning!  How’s that?  Aspartame is an unstable chemical when stored (warehousing) too long in warm temperatures, the chemical properties of the artificial sweetener within soda cans for example, converts to another type of dangerous chemical.

Monsanto has contributed greatly to changing our entire food chain by genetically altering many of our food crops DNA molecular structure through GMO technology.

“These GM crops have never before been an integral part of the human or animal diet prior to the mid-latter 20th century.  The health consequences for those who consume GM crop products are currently unknown.  Various scientific animal studies reveal to us that GM livestock feed and processed food ingredients correlate a clear negative impact on the function of the kidneys and liver.  It is more important than ever that more research focuses on the toxicity and mutation these GM crop varieties may have on our vital organs and DNA.

Okay, so then again one must wonder… What does Japan and European countries know that the American people don’t?

The arguments of the opposition are becoming rather thin and transparent to all and won’t be hid for too much longer as was realized in Japan.  No matter how often a company’s merged and/or sells food brands and/or food businesses…  Once GMO labeling becomes law, then there will be no place for these companies to sell their toxic GM and other chemical ingredients!

Looking at Genetically Modified Crops a Little Closer.

GM is an engineered process where a recombinant (genetic recombination) technology uses DNA molecules from different sources to combine and create a new set of genes within our crop seeds.  This is done in order to make our crops more resistant to decay, insects, chemical fertilizers, etc.  In this way farmers can mass produce volumes of what appears to be healthy food for consumer markets.

It’s not just the GMO corn and potatoes that the consumers should be aware of when purchasing product within the local marketplace.  For example, corn is not only available off the husk, but also comes canned, it’s in our cooking oil, processed as corn starch, etc., and products such as cereals and baked snacks (as in seen in our Pringles example) are processed from the same crops which likely have artificial sweetener additives as well!  Let’s not forget about the livestock being fattened up by GM corn feed.  Now you can see how our food and personal use products have been concentrated within our food chain.  And to what degree will it cause us health problems down the road.

Is it any wonder “Corporate controlled and protected artificial sweetener testing continues at Monsanto, torturing the ethics of academic medicine?” [Prevailing Winds, Issue 1, 1995].   They do so without fear of retribution because the FDA, “our consumer protection agency” turns a blind eye by accepting these manipulated corporate studies as safe consumer products.  [US Congressional Record, Volume 131, No. 106, August 1, 1985, pages S10826-S10827]

Why is this happening?  Faster, cheaper, better right?  Wrong!  It’s all about corporate, institutional and governmental greed, power and control.  We the consumers are being hit on two fronts:  we are paying the price by slowly losing our good health and paying higher health care costs in the process which is a major contributor and overburden on our health care resources and national debt problems!

I’ve listed the Top GM Food Crops sold in our non-organic food markets that may contain GM foods.  If you want to know more about artificial sweeteners and GMO crops, simply see the referenced links below.

Corn – Monsanto revealed 50% of American sweet farm growers now use GMO seeds that have been modified to create its own insecticide.  Mice studies show when fed with GMO corn, offspring are smaller and there were fertility problems.

Tomatoes – GM tomato seeds prevent the vegetable from easily rotting and have been specifically engineered for longer shelf life.  Some mice fed these tomatoes after a couple of weeks died.

Dairy Products – Monsanto has created a recombinant (genetically modified) bovine growth hormone that’s injected into 22% of our U.S. dairy cows to increase insulin growth factor (IGF-1).  It is warned by scientists that increase in IGF-1 in humans have been associated with colon and breast cancer.

Potatoes – Mice fed potatoes with Bacillus thuringiensis var. Kurstaki Cry 1 had toxins in their bodies.  Although studies show stability of the Cry1 toxin in the mouse gut, there have been studies that show just the opposite results.

Peas – A gene from kidney beans was inserted into the DNA of peas to create a protein that functions as a pesticide.  This GM crop has been found to cause immune responses in mice.  However, it is not known the impacts on human consumption.

Rice – South East Asia’s rice is now GM to contain high levels of vitamin A.  It is not known if rice production in the U.S. in now GM rice varieties with human protein genes to help thwart infant diarrhea in 3rd world countries.  Unknown allergic reactions and other mutated gene transfers are now of a serious public health and environmental concerned as reported by an online journal, China Daily.

Soy – Products that are manufactured from the soy bean now have the GE resistive herbicide DNA structure within various foods (Soy products: flour, tofu, beverages, oil, pastries and baked products).  Hamsters that were fed GE soy products resulted in infertility and a high mortality rate.

Cotton – Cotton has been GM to resist pesticides like corn and soy.  Cotton is considered food because cooking oil can be extracted from the seeds and consumed.  Thousands of Indian farmers suffered severe rashes upon exposure to Chinese agricultural methods in order to kill the cotton bollworm.

Rapeseed – Canola is made from the edible Canadian Rapeseed crop; which most are familiar as a popular processed cooking oil and margarine.  Honey can also be produced from GM rapeseed.  As much as 1/3 of all pollen present in Canadian honey may likely be GM pollen.  For lack of animal studies it is unclear how these GM food sources will impact our health.

Papaya – Papaya crops produced in Hawaii was modified in 1999 to be virus-resistant.  Also, Monsanto provided Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, India the GM technology to further develop a resistant ring spot virus papaya for India.  For lack of animal studies it is unclear how these GM food sources will impact health.

Now as if consumers need more to worry about.  Research is also beginning to show links to Morgellon’s Disease correlated with GM recombinant foods.

This disease a few years back was a mystery, or something one conjured up in the head.  But the opposite is being shown to be the case.  Patients have presented strange skin irritations, skin anomalies and most specifically a mysterious tiny blue, red and black fiber growth that protrudes from an itchy skin lesion on areas of the body and where GM foods are concentrated, sold and consumed.  There appears to be a direct correlation with these fiber samples that are not of human DNA origins, but in fact when comparing these fiber samples, Ahmed Kilani (researcher) found they belonged to a fungus.  Then it was found by Vitaly Citovsky (biochemist) and determined that these fibers contained a substance called “Agro bacterium.”  This substance is used commercially to produce genetically-modified plant foods!

For now, the lack of national labeling requirements makes it hard to know which foods have GM ingredients.  You’re also now aware ~10 of our major farmed food staples may be partially or fully produced from GM seeds.  And other products such as dairy, fish, meats and processed snack foods could have GM ingredients.

Recommendation – If you currently have immune, or other health, illness or disease issues, or are concerned about GM foods consume more organic foods.  The best prevention to mitigate possible health risks from GM foods is to shop as organic as possible and purchase more foods labeled “certified organic.”  Be sure to vote for GM food labeling laws when it gets on your states ballots!

References:

Adams, Mike.  New Chapter Sells out to Procter & Gamble, Part of the Global Corporate Elite. Natural News.com. 21 March 2012. http://www.naturalnews.com/035312_New_Chapter_Proctor_and_Gamble_Monsanto.html

Benbrook, Charles, Phd.  Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use.  The First Thirteen Years.  The Organic Center.  Nov 2009.  http://www.organic-center.org/science.pest.php?action=view&report_id=159

Brownstein, Michael. Monsanto Products to Avoid and Boycott Monsanto Products to Wear, Use.  Food Freedom News.  28 April 2012. http://foodfreedomgroup.com/2012/04/28/428/

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Dealbook.  Kellogg Wins Pringles After Diamon Deal Falls Apart.  15 Feb 2012. http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/02/15/kellogg-wins-pringles-after-diamond-deal-falls-apart/

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Murray, Ronald.  Hormones in our Milk Healthy?  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets!  24 October 2010.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2010/10/24/hormones-in-our-milk-healthy/

Stunsinski, Melissa.  Monsanto’s GMO Corn Linked to Organ Failure, Study Shows.  The Inquisitr.  9 July 2012.  http://www.inquisitr.com/272568/monsantos-gmo-corn-linked-to-organ-failure-study-shows/

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Woodard, Marc.  Our Food is making us Fat and Causing Disease.  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets!  15 April 2012.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2012/04/15/our-food-is-making-us-fat-and-causing-disease/

Woodard, Marc.  Popular Sugar Substitute Healthy?  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets!  20 August 2010.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2010/08/20/popular-sugar-substitute-healthy/

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