MirrorAthlete Reveals Fitness Consulting Trade Secrets

20 03 2018

Updated: 20 March 2018

Marc beginning a 10mile walk in Central CA.

A former client Sid asked specific questions regarding information I posted on MirrorAthlete’s first web site back in 2007. His queries provided an opportunity to share more of the company’s history with readers and reflect on how we got into publishing our first book.

[Sid’s Questions] … I can’t seem to locate your MirrorAthlete pain chronicles I read back in the early years.

“I remember it as a unique informational pain management and personalized chronicles website. Have your memoirs been moved?  ‘Where can I find them?”

“And do you still take on clients for fit healthy lifestyle consultation and customized fitness and assessment programming?  ‘I’m also interested to learn more on how you improved your fitness levels after injuries and chronic pain story.” 

A friend of mine coincidentally lives in your neck of the woods. She also recalled like I did, “you produced and sold nutritional supplements under the name of Dynamic Dimensions in Tigard and surrounding cities, while offering 1:1 services in fitness assessments in the 90’s for a consulting fee.”

I’m looking to become more fit and increase muscle mass and lose weight naturally.  But now feel I’m losing ground because of lower body joint pain.  Although I’m working with my doctor and yet another fitness trainer, ‘they don’t have that unique fitness trainer – pain management perspective I understand you’ve mastered.  I see you’re on LinkedIn, FaceBook, and Twitter and now a City councilor in your home town since 2011. ‘You’ve not slowed down a bit – especially after what I remember of your 5-year mobility challenge.” 

I do walk miles daily. Best aerobic activity one could perform daily

Marc walks on ave 50-60 miles walking per week.

I also hear you walk on average 7-10 miles daily on a regular basis and no longer take on clients.  ‘would you consider taking on a former client?”

Sincerely,

Sid.

From the Desk of Marc Woodard,

Sid, thank you for considering to put your trust in me once again. You and your friends memory of what I was doing years ago is impressive.

Unfortunately I no longer take on clients.  I found it more productive to put that knowledge and energy into a soon to be released ‘Very Unique’ fit healthy lifestyle book – A fitness and health book like no other… sorry I can’t be a personal coach for you at this time in your life. However once published, the book will be like me being right there with you. Once you begin reading it – some parts of the consulting logic will be very familiar to you – and a comfort for others looking for similar information.

I’ve included the personalized fitness and healthy lifestyle programming processes and practices I used during past client consultations; including industry secrets, client cases and stories; and my personal physical adversity challenge not published anywhere else.

‘Once I became my own client’ – I also became ‘forever MirrorAthlete’ with a renewed life purpose. ‘My job now is to manage personal health and maintain sustainable mobility so I can be there for my family and community for years to come.

To answer your question directly, the pain chronicle link at the old web site contained memoirs throughout 2007-08; I ran that journal for just over a year as I was rehabbing my way back to good health and walk-ability after disease and injury took it away for awhile.

And through that rehab process, I also contemplated sharing that knowledge and much more through a unique fit healthy lifestyle book… useful for just about anyone at any age.

I jotted down those ideals initially in a notepad during a 1999 Mexican Rivera cruise – Four years before injury and disease came knocking at my door.  Little did I know ‘those notes’ would be useful 10 years later to begin writing an impossible book concept.  It was larger than any project I’ve ever undertaken, even in graduate school… and harder to put into words than ever imaged.  I began chipping away at it in 2011.  But really got serious about the ideal of publishing a book in 2012-14.

Now 2018 – “God willing, it will be published this year.”

In early 2008 I decided to pull the MirrorAthlete Pain Chronicles from the original site and placed some of that context into the original manuscript.  But the original manuscript outlined in 1999 read more like a bunch of short stories. At that time I was not well versed in story telling and integration of factual information with personal stories. The project at first was a writers nightmare… “one I dreaded chipping away at most days.”

“I wrote many manuscript versions after the first one, but still lacked an interesting story line that would capture the heart, mind and spirit of anyone looking to self-improve themselves physically, mentally and spiritually – And ‘would want to refer back to the chapters content time and time again as lifestyle changes occurred.”

Unfortunately for me I was more or less a skilled technical writer… not a creative story teller. Two very different and distinct writing styles and skill sets. Learning how to integrate the two, including narration is not something I learned in any school.

So there you have it. It took years of failed manuscripts and grammatically incorrect article writings to learn how to develop an interesting story telling and factual writing style that ‘I NOW know from editorial and publishing experts – the manuscript is near ready for book publication. There are just a few more minor tweaks: editorial, book cover design and reference and citation details to refine.

I look back at those Chronicle posts and early article publications from 2007-2012; my writing style and grammar wasn’t good.  I’m still slowly but surely updating the article archives within our current website. I’ve rarely as of late written any new MirrorAthlete articles.  The latest articles I’ve written is strictly City related and published within our community newspaper once per month. After it is published and released through Tigard Life Community Paper, a week later I publish it at MirrorAthlete for the archives.

My focus is to update older MirrorAthlete articles, write for the community paper [city recreation, fitness and health related topics]; and complete the 10-year book project.

Initially I didn’t plan to start a fitness and health information and articles publication web site based business…  And still wasn’t sure I wanted to write a book since I didn’t consider myself a good writer. Even today it’s still a challenge to write well… the passion that drives me – “I want to reach out to help others that need help losing weight, want to get more fit healthy ‘NATURALLY;’ and are going through a physical or mental adversity challenge and need help with those things.” Including to provide solutions to reverse childhood obesity within K-12 schools. The book is something I know peopled need and want now; and will benefit future generations – It’s really about customized fitness and healthy lifestyle programming for all walks of life.

Marketplaces are globally connected.

Living Life to the Fullest in Portland OR

In 2012 I nearly quit writing after my first manuscript submission to a publishing company.

The publisher liked the content and unique fit healthy lifestyle concept; but recommended I make ~550 changes. At that time the book was a 25 chapter manuscript.

Well hell, “I might as well have just thrown it in the garbage.” The whole thing was marked up in red – “What an Ego-Defeating blow!”

I almost quit writing at that point because the task of learning to write well – “quite frankly was ‘intimidating and overwhelming.” It literally SUCKED if I can say that… guess I just did – “Senior editor has its perks.”

Like many new authors doubting their ability to write well, I was no exception. Eventually I put my pride aside. I had to make a decision, “Quit or press on, ‘thankfully I pressed on.”

Jefferson Library within Congressional Library Washington DC

Jefferson Library within Congressional Library Washington DC

“Oh well 18 years later is better than never.”

… Once I incorporated the principled fit healthy lifestyle philosophy into the umpteenth revised manuscript… “I don’t know – I lost count…”  Everything began to fall in place. I knew I had something special and different than anything else out there in the marketplace.

A book so unique and timely for those desperate to change their lives and live it agelessly to the fullest – even for THE mobility challenged; ANY literary agent would want a stake in marketing it and now I know it.

“This is when the real work began – polishing and revising and modifying it to perfection before publication.”

I chose a specific publishing company to help me through minor book editing, styling and grammatical polishing process. I was finally ready to submit a new and improved manuscript unlike the one marked up in red. This manuscript was markedly and significantly improved from it’s 25 Chapter to a lean 18 Chapter version; with a whole lot more bang for the consumer buck.

The new and improved manuscript fully incorporates MirrorAthlete 18 principled fit healthy lifestyle philosophy based on unique lifetime experiences, client cases, industry knowledge, fitness consulting trade secrets revealed and lifetime education and client case lessons learned, etc..  Now I’m providing this information so it can be applied by anyone. Even those going through a tough physical or mental adversity or mobility challenge that need help in achieving a state of well-being.

MirrorAthlete® Principled Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Philosophy is based on 18 principled fit healthy lifestyle beliefs [Some of these Principles have been Revised within the 2018 Editorial Process and manuscript soon to be published].

1   “Optimize fitness results by defining and relating to applied fitness practices”

2   “Ill-health prevention through health literacy education can save a nation in pain”

3   “Working muscle metabolism prefers specific fuel mixtures to optimize fitness results”

4   “Due diligence relative to unnatural consumer product use reduces health risk”

5   “Balanced food nutrients support optimum health and fitness levels”

6   “Consumer needs and wants determine marketplace supply and demand”

7   “Removing a bad habit may require a substitute practice to achieve the goal”

8   “Man adds hyper-palatable ingredients to foods that addict and harm health”

9   “Relating to lab results can influence lifestyle change and consumer choice”

10 “Successful Weight Loss does not Require Abstinence from the Foods you Love to eat”

11  “Select Cooking Fats that Benefit Weight Loss, Health and Fitness Goals”

12  “Childhood experiences influence adult habits and behavior”

13  “Commit to healthy habit change & achieve Weight loss goals”

14  “Chemically and genetically engineered foods increase health risk”

15  “Physical activity releases natural body chemicals that support fitness and health goals”

16  “Oxygenate the body, burn more fat and reduce illness and disease risk”

17  “Nature provides what we need to live happy, healthy and productive long lives”

18  “Relative exercise programming optimizes fitness & healthy lifestyle goals”

In ending each chapter I’ve included my Personalized Fitness Challenge Story relative to each chapters content, including client stories and the programming processes and practices I used for years. Which are backed by hundreds of professional referred citations throughout the book.

And to make it even more appealing for visual readers [like me] – there are ~50 unpublished and unique satirical cartoons, including useful tables and forms similar to what I used during my 1:1 client consults. Our Cartoonist John Fiedler does not disappoint. Please feel free to learn more about John and his lifetime work by clicking on Ole Fuzz Cartoons.

Sid, “you won’t have a long wait to hear the rest of the story… and get the consulting information you need and want now!”

Marc at the capital.

Marc as a City Delegate at the capital.

My wife often asks when the book will be released.

I simply reply, “It’ll be ready when it’s ready and not before.”

I’ve also had other writer’s say, “You know Marc it will never be good enough in your eyes.  ‘Just submit it, let the publishers tweak it through the editorial process and get it published… and consider a ghost writer if you need to.

But if I let anyone write any part of it… well it wouldn’t be written by MirrorAthlete.

I’ll admit I’ve become a much better writer and editor now than those early years.  I know the book quality and competitive writing style and consumer value is there. At least the last editorial review I received from the current publisher was more than positive… They inspired me to get it published this year.

It seems I’ve read each chapter a hundred times.  And to tell you the truth the content is captivating to a point where I look forward to a reading it again and again… as I know others will. Often as I read, I still don’t believe I’m the creative and technical writer and author – It’s almost as if someone else wrote it “I have to pinch myself… ‘Yep it’s me.”

I guarantee – The reader will often refer back to it as I have; a lifetime reference to receive timeless professional fit healthy lifestyle advise, guidance and behavioral-habit directional change when its needed to sustain a state of well-being.

And for those struggling with physical, mental and spiritual adversity… I believe the “Personal fitness Challenge Stories” at the end of each chapter will resonate on a personal level; and of great comfort; especially those struggling with mobility challenges, disease, injury, the aging process, body weight, self-image, anxiety and depression, etc.

Now thousands of consumers like you [Sid] will have my 1:1 consulting services without paying a consulting fee and continue to live life to the fullest regardless of fitness or health condition, or age.

By having access to my ‘timeless’ best-in-class principled fit healthy lifestyle insider consumer and fit healthy lifestyle programming truths – “especially the ones the mega-industries hope you never discover, ‘you will experience greater well-being and body image satisfaction never thought possible without paying hundreds of dollars to find these hard-to-find insider consulting truths.”

Sid,

Thanks so much for the memories and opportunity to share MirrorAthlete history and update our readers in search of this hard to find fit healthy lifestyle consumer information – ALL available in our first book publication soon to be released.

I assure you… “I know when the book is published, everything you and others looking for NATURAL diet, weight loss, health, well-being, physical performance, increased fitness and activity levels, and anti-aging information, etc., you’ll not be disappointed.”

“Good health to you and your family!” And thank you for thinking and believing in me throughout the years.

Sincerely,

Marc.

Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2018 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., http://www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free monthly newsletter.





Back Pain Relief Wisdom

24 01 2016
Don't let back pain prevent you from places you want to be.

Don’t let back pain prevent you from exploration and activities you enjoy.

Last Updated:  24 Jan 2016

The most common muscular skeletal weight bearing pain typically occur within the lower back for many.  Whereas soft tissue and bone, or musculoskeletal tissue becomes compromised.  Which include nerves, cartilage, disc, ligaments and tendons where localized swelling, soreness and aggravating and radiating pain occur.

Human studies and statistics have shown low back pain will account for more sick leave and disability time than any other single medical condition.  Nearly 80% of all adults will experience back pain some time in their lives.  It is for this reason it is important to understand how to take preventative and corrective measures to avoid, alleviate and timely treat weight bearing joint pain.  Also recognize the difference between common causes of back pain, severity of condition and treatment course options.

Weight bearing and repetitive physical work pain is often medically defined as an acute or chronic pain condition that may be caused by injury, postural imbalance, repeated physical activity and diagnosed as a strain or sprain, or compression injury, or Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).  A Repetitive Strain Injury is also known as Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD).  Which has a compromised muscle-tendon relationship.  Some cause examples of these pain disorders may be a result of the following activities: administrative work, gardening, biking, walking, jogging, running, sports, commercial painting, plumbing, electrical and other laborious work etc.

“There are also chronic nerve compression injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, radial tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome. In these cases, the spaces through which the nerves run are narrowed due to inflammation or fluids putting pressure on the nerves (Kriskarr 2012).”

Of course there are many pathological musculoskeletal compromise possibilities which could cause weight bearing or low back pain in vertebra joints.  Some of the more familiar diseases of the back are: degenerative discs [wear & tear on between vertebra space], herniated discs, [swollen, and irritated “overblown” discs], spinal stenosis [narrowing of vertebrae canal presenting sciatica radiating numbness and pain down the leg].

Off Road Trail Hiking Exercise.

Remove back pain and experience off road trail hikes, enjoy nature and get more daily exercise.

Regardless, our focus is not to play doctor or learn all the possible causes of back pain.  But instead to understand how to recognize and prevent unnecessary pain through prevention and seek corrective medical treatment when needed.

Poor ergonomic posture or laborious repetitive work or sedentary lifestyle combined with weight gain almost always put undue stress immediately on the low back.  And when poor work and activity posture, footwear and overweight conditions are not addressed, it’s just a matter of time before weight bearing joints begin to ache, strain and become painful.  If left uncorrected that pain will worsen, slow you down and increase risk of injury and put you out of commission.

The biggest difference between strains vs. “sprain” is the severity of injury and healing time.  For instance sprains are typically long-term injuries which may or may not require surgery and almost always require physical therapy and rest to alleviate the compromised soft tissue condition.

Most of us are familiar, or have experienced a strained [overstretched] or sprained tendon, ligament or muscle.  Sprains are often verified and substantiated using MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) equipment to determine exact locality, severity and corrective treatment for tissue damage.  The technology can see the degree of partial or full tear of soft tissue sprain often associated with significant swelling and bruising of injury site.  Whereas x-ray typically cannot and is mostly used to confirm broken and fractured bone and observe bone density health.

Many who experience weight bearing pain of the foot, ankle, knee, hip, back or neck don’t make the pain origin or cause connection.  That pain cause is often the result of musculoskeletal postural misalignment.  Whereas misalignment of musculoskeletal weighted posture starting at the feet cause imbalance and joint instability while walking, working and during exercise activity.  And this condition often results in multiple radiating joint pain areas up the body’s trunk and can cause a painful limp.

Like pain free body posture, A tree is only as healthy as the foundation.

Like pain free body posture without compromised food mechanics… a tree is only as healthy as the root foundation system.

The sole of the foot is like a tree root system.  For instance, when the soil erodes from one side of a soil bank, the tree may begin to lean due to a breach of ground foundation stability.  Then the roots on the opposite side grow and strengthen and absorb the stress to keep the tree growing upright.

Through time the trunk grows slightly offset to relieve stress on the compromised root system, but may cause the mid-line tree trunk to crack or snap during a heavy wind storm.  Similar to upright walking posture, if walking with a painful lower back caused by a compromised foot foundation, if left uncorrected this condition will have an effect on an number of distal weight bearing joints [foot-to-knee-hip-back pain].      Whereas poor foot mechanics like the compromised tree root system make it likely to cause multiple joint pain and injury possibilities.

However it is possible with corrective insoles and supportive footwear to realign and balance body posture and completely alleviate stress and pain of other affected joints, even the neck and shoulders.  In this case the corrective lift at the insole, or bottom of foot may realign the low back and neck vertebrae simultaneously while removing a painful limp caused by sciatica for example.

If any type of acute joint pain condition appears more frequent and severe…. “Pay Attention!”  It is important to remember weight bearing pain is often a result of unconditioned physical body, sedentary lifestyle, overweight condition and improper footwear, or disease.  The good news is it can be corrected if timely action is taken.  Like a tire realignment, corrected foot mechanics can achieve the pain free goal.

Recommendations to treat weight bearing pain before it becomes chronic

  1. If experiencing acute weight bearing pain:  a) “Apply Ice right away.  Ice reduces inflammation and pain.  Be careful not to use ice for more than 15-20 minutes, every 2 hours.  Even though heat is used to ease tension & soreness, heat might cause more swelling in the first 2-3 days.  b) “Place the ice on the painful area in a fanny pack while you are up and moving around.  Apply ice consistently as long as you have swelling and pain.”  c) “If you have diabetes or circulatory problems, limit applying ice and heat to 8-10 minutes.”  d) “Take medication as directed.  Common medications are acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen (such as Motrin) and naproxen sodium (such as Aleve).  In some cases, prescription pain medications may help.  It may take 10 to 14 days of taking it as prescribed to be fully effective.” 

Reference:  (Kaiser Permanente Brochure Recommendations, Items 1, a-d) 

Note: If you experience any abnormal pain seek medical advisement, diagnosis and treatment from your doctor immediately.

  1. Maintain Ideal Body Weight.  Simply enter into any Internet search engine, BMI (Body Mass Index) use free calculator, enter your height and weight.  This will give you an ideal of whether or not you’re underweight, normal or overweight for your current body mass stature.  If too heavy over normal body weight for height, you’re at increased risk for weight bearing pain.  Most specifically:  foot, ankle, knee, hip, back.

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    Exercise comes in all fun forms and exciting playtime activities.

  2. Perform daily aerobic exercise to burn fat (e.g., bike, walk, aerobic dance exercise not less than 3/week @ 20-30min/day).  When heart rate is increased for extended periods of exercise, the body’s metabolism during aerobic activity burns more of the preferred fuel source from body fat.
  3. Balanced nutrition:  consume more fiber, drink more water and decrease total calorie intake daily.  Remove high processed fat and sugar foods and drinks.  Focus more on shopping and consuming fresh whole foods more in line with Mediterranean diet which contains plenty of fish, fruits and vegetables.  Avoid fried foods if possible.

    Catch it yourself it does a body good.

  4. If your feet are in pain, the likelihood of sustaining daily aerobic exercise activity is greatly reduced.  Seek a referral from your Primary Physician to get a diagnosis and treatment from podiatrist (foot specialist).  See if your foot posture is the cause of your weight bearing pain.
  5. Realize:  a) In order to perform daily aerobic exercise activity will likely require good insoles and footwear to offset pain and lose weight.  b) Don’t pay $300-$1500/year for custom molded insoles out-of-pocket from your podiatrist if you don’t have to.  First try inexpensive insoles at a local pharmacy center if your health care situation is limited in services, deductions and co-pays are high.  Simply stand on a free foot analysis machine and receive corrective insole inventory selection based on the postural hot spot(s) imbalance foot imprint.  And if the insoles remove pain it is well worth the effort and cost.  However, do see your doctor to positively determine pain cause and origin.  If you do get a referral to podiatrist, decide if you want to try the inexpensive insoles before paying the cost of customized insoles, especially if you have to pay over $50.00.
  6. Do you need surgery or other treatment? Ask your doctor about Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS).  “Electrical nerve stimulation is a procedure that uses an electrical current to treat chronic pain. Peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) and spinal cord stimulation (SCS) are two types of electrical nerve stimulation. In either case a small pulse generator sends electrical stimuli that interfere nerve impulses to alleviate the pain (WebMD 2014). Reports show SCS use results in: 84% reported that their quality of life was improved or greatly improved, 77% had good or excellent pain relief, and 82% decreased their use of pain medications (St. Jude Medical 2016).

    Seek adventure, explore, get excited about life and move the body.

    Seek adventure, explore, get excited about life while moving and exercising the body.

  7. “Tens Therapy” electro muscular-stimulation can provide significant relief.  Ask your doctor about obtaining a Tens unit through health care coverage, or if covered to receive electro muscular-stimulation physical therapy sessions.  “Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a therapy sometimes used to treat localized or regional pain. During TENS therapy, electrodes deliver electrical impulses to nearby nerve pathways — which can help control or relieve some types of pain. TENS is often used to treat osteoarthritis and chronic and postoperative pain (Thompson 2014).”
  8. Tens units can also be purchased on-line, or provided by HMO.
  9. Acupuncture – “May also reduce chances of chronic back pain from occurring.  “One of the largest studies to date on acupuncture and chronic pain — a meta-analysis of 29 well-conducted studies involving nearly 18,000 patients and published in October 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine — found that acupuncture is effective for treating chronic pain and therefore is a reasonable referral option (Palermo 2015).”

If acute back, or any joint pain seems abnormal or Intolerable, or you’ve recently experienced an injury consult your physician immediately for diagnosis and treatment.

Citations:

Kriskarr. “What Is a Compression Injury?” VACUPRACTOR. Vacupractor, 23 Oct. 2012. Web. 22 Jan. 2016.

Thompson, Jeffrey, M.D. “TENS Therapy: An Option for Fibromyalgia Treatment?” – Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2016.

Palermo, By Elizabeth. “What Is Acupuncture?” LiveScience. TechMedia Network, 05 Mar. 2015. Web. 22 Jan. 2016.

St. Jude Medical. “Power Over Your Pain.” Spinal Cord Stimulation: A Proven Therapy for Pain. St. Jude Medical, Inc., 2016. Web. 22 Jan. 2016.

WebMD. “Electrical Nerve Stimulation for Chronic Pain.” WebMD. WebMD, 12 Mar. 2014. Web. 22 Jan. 2016.

Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2016 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., http://www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.

 





Net Weight Loss and Zero Gain Plan

24 06 2015
Low intensity aerobic exercise burns body fat calories

Low intensity aerobic exercise burns body fat calories

Updated: June 25, 2015

A weight management program often includes counting calories which helps record, or target a net zero weight gain or weight loss approach. Food nutrition data and calorie handbooks are easily found on the Internet and within bookstores and libraries.

Understanding how total calories increase, decrease or sustain healthy body weight can also lead to achieving other fitness goals. Such as increased cardio-muscular endurance capacity, flexibility, and strength and reduced body fat. Once you see the example I lay out below you’ll understand why so many depend on the use of calorie counting to achieve weight loss goals. And how marketers apply this knowledge to sell fast weight loss services and products that work short term, but cause weight gain in the long run.

To make my point I’m going to kill 3 birds with one stone. 1) Show how to count calories of a favorite food. 2) Why balanced food macro and micronutrients are important. 3) How improper use of this knowledge can break metabolism and cause illness and disease.

Now for our imbalanced diet plan approach. If a weight loss plan is composed mostly of protein and lacks essential fats and carbohydrates the metabolism will be starved one way or the other of macronutrients and the person will revert back to old dietary habits at some point in time. If this pattern continues, then obsessive diet practices become cyclical and so does body weight. This yo-yo effect on the metabolism after a period of time has proven to cause illness and disease [cardiovascular, diabetes, mental and immune disorders, etc.].

Next I illustrate the worst way you could plan weight loss using calorie count by creating, or buying into a restrictive or favorite food plan to lose weight in 30 days. And why this practice is bad for health.

Since I love cheese burgers, I’m creating a favorite cheese burger diet and calculating the calories to see how many burgers I can eat in a day and still lose weight. Whereas the beverage of choice is water and plan is set for a 30 day window. Now let’s calculate calories and effect on body weight.

Oaked Fired Burgers are a Family Favorite

Oaked Fired Burgers are a Family Favorite

For those that don’t recall 3500 calories equal approximately 1 pound.

The total calories in a Quarter Pounder with cheese…“I know you hate the math, but here it is…”

[30g fat (9cals/gram) =270cal, 28g Carbohydrate (4cals/g) =152cal, and 27g Protein (4 cals/g) =108cal]  = ~530cals/ Total Quarter Pounder Calories

If a weight loss plan is designed around any dietary food strategy then you also need to know how many calories a day the average man and woman require to sustain life and get work done. For the sake of argument and more calculations, I’ve already averaged out the BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) + RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate) x EER (Estimated Energy Requirement) factor = TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure) and spared the tedious calculations.

I calculate the daily calorie requirement for men and women of aver BMR, weight, age, rest, work and exercise:  Women require ~1700 cal/day and men require ~2500 cal/day.

If these caloric estimates were accurate and you ate 3 or 4 quarter pounders with cheese at 530cal each, this would limit the average woman and man’s daily burger intake to ~3 and 4 cheeseburgers/day. However, the reality of caloric intake and caloric burn metabolism is not that simple as there’s other metabolic variables at play. As noted there are varying metabolic requirements to sustain life and get work done, i.e., BMR (EER) +RMR = TDEE. There are also differences in individual daily exercise activities [intensity of effort, duration and frequency of tasks], sleep cycle,

8 hours of sleep is a habit that revitalizes, recharges and keeps us healthy

8 hours of sleep is a habit that revitalizes, recharges and keeps us healthy.

daily rest cycles, genetics, environment, medical history, etc. I’ve simply made the math easy to make multiple dietary teaching points. Mostly to show how a favorite or restrictive food strategy to lose weight serves as a disadvantage to health long term.

Now back to the favorite food plan. The total calories found in our favorite food less the Total Daily Energy Expenditure if followed for 30 days will cause a daily net caloric loss and decreased body weight.

Whereas: 530calories per cheese burger x 4 = 2120 total calories. 2120 burger calories/day – 2500 caloric daily requirement (male) presents less then net zero sustained body weight by (380) calories/day. This represents (11,400) calorie loss in 30 days, or 3.25lbs solid weight loss in 1 month. Although this may not see like a lot, it’s a working weight loss concept that can provide 5 to 10 times that loss dependent on individual multiple factor differences.

Sounds great eh!  You could lose weight this way right!  Actually you could. But the thing you first notice is the lack of macronutrient food group variety and balanced micronutrients. This nutrient imbalance wouldn’t keep the brain, body and spirit satisfied for long. When calorie nutrient imbalances limit or restrict metabolic energy exchange needed to get work done; and cellular health maintenance, then the body and mind begin to feel sick and depressed.

Although the combined protein intake looks okay at 20% [~15% protein is the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Macronutrient recommended daily average]; the other two macronutrients don’t fare so well.

Macronutrient Protein develops and repairs muscle.

Macronutrient Protein develops and repairs muscle.

Dietary fats in this favorite foods plan is around 51% [~30% fats is the USDA Macronutrient recommended daily average with a mix of saturated and mono/poly unsaturated fats].

Carbohydrate percentage in this favorite food plan is approximately 29% [~55% carbohydrates is the USDA Macronutrient recommended daily average]. At face value, you see there’s little macronutrient and also micronutrient balance in vitamin, mineral and fiber [not calculated in this example].

“I know some of you are thinking perfect,” I’ll just eat 2-4 burgers, pizza, cake, hotdogs, etc., a day to lose weight because Marc showed me how to eat my favorite foods to lose weight. Although the information presented may help you lose weight in the short term I didn’t say it would be healthy, sustainable or advisable. I merely painted one example out of many marketers and individuals have used to sell and create weight loss plans that ultimately put consumers in a hurt locker. It doesn’t matter how you limit or restrict calories to lose weight. When it’s not a natural and balanced approach the diet plan fails at the expense of short term weight loss and almost always causes long term weight gain.

Every diet plan offered in the marketplace no matter how good it looks or appears to work for others, if it doesn’t involve changing habits and behaviors then the weight will come back. This favorite food strategy is no different than eating fresh sandwiches at every meal, every day. Even this seemingly healthy diet strategy fails in the long run on multiple cultural, social, environment and nutrient fronts. Again, if you’ve not learned to change habits and behaviors that incorporate a variety of balanced eating and daily exercise habits then the body’s rejection of these imbalances let you know one way or the other. And when applied long term has insidious effect on metabolism, other bodily and cellular function and brain health.

There is nothing manmade including weight loss plans and services that improve upon God’s natural worldly order.

Balance in perfect harmony cannot be improved upon by man.

Balance in perfect harmony cannot be improved upon by man.

Where our holistic being is dependent upon balanced organic diet, exercise activity, and work in stress free environment. These balances per God’s design when applied as intended supports healthy body weight, fitness levels and living life to the fullest while mitigating illness and disease.

Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2007-15 Copyright, All rights reserved.  Mirror Athlete Enterprises Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free eNewsletter.





Is Fluoride in Our City Water Necessary or Safe?

24 05 2014

How much is too much prevention of our most precious consumable resource?

Updated:  24 May 2014

In order to determine whether adding chemical fluoride to our public drinking water is safe, necessary or even beneficial for dental health it is wise to first understand its origins and industrial use history.  Yes, I did say chemical, as it is not well known to most that the fluoride added to 90% of many public’s drinking water sources is hydrofluoric acid and once used to manufacture uranium and plutonium bomb-grade nuclear weapons.  Today it is used within multiple manufacturing firms and known to be one of the most caustic industrial chemicals on planet earth.

     Fluoride is also the active toxin in rat and cockroach poisons.  What other industries are dependent on fluoride in manufacturing you ask?  Semiconductors, refining high octane gas, fluorocarbons and chlorofluorocarbons in refrigerants to cool our foods and to keep us cool; fluorescent light bulbs, herbicides, plastics and of course, it’s added to many toothpaste brands.

     It was the same A-bomb scientist of the day that produced the evidence against fluoride injuries to civilians through litigation; which also happens to be the same person that showed low doses of this chemical consumed by humans to be safe.  This fact in itself should cause one to further think the benefits of water fluorination.

        Fifty years ago the government introduced fluoride into our public water facilities claiming it would reduce cavities in our children’s teeth.  Of course in the same breath, one must understand with the dawn of the nuclear age, then came the age of nuclear downsizing and excess chemical reserves.  Chemical companies were hungry to continue generating revenues by finding other uses for fluoride.  Tthe excess chemical surplus no longer useful for nuclear enrichment found its way into our drinking water; much like Monsanto’s Aspartame, first an experimental chemical was redeveloped for something other than its intended use.

      Also click on links below to see how this artificial sweetener is greatly responsible for childhood obesity and cancer and why the FDA protects and promotes these chemical products within our consumer marketplaces.

     Dental organizations, special interests groups, governmental and other advocates sell communities on the ideal, that when fluoride is adjusted and controlled in our drinking water it is safe and good for us.  I’ve found much positive data on fluorinated water and children’s dental health care to support this argument.  However, I’ve also found just as much data showing when fluoride is added to public drinking water it is not healthy for the entire population.  And even when looking at the child’s dental benefits, controlling levels of daily fluoride intake is very challenging, if not impossible.

     There is also much research data of fluorinated water that shows no chemical difference between natural occurring fluorides found in nature’s consumables vs. public drinking water with added fluoride.  Since our bodies need this trace mineral in minuet amounts, maybe our governments feels an obligation to ensure we receive this very beneficial trace mineral requirement in greater amounts, and at tax payer’s expense.

     However, if that concern was the only reason, then why wouldn’t they also add, adjust and control other minerals our bodies need to ensure good teeth and bone health?  Keeping it short, why not add calcium, magnesium, phosphorus minerals also necessary for good dental and bone health… And why not vitamins A, B’s and C why we’re at it.  Or could the motivation to provide one trace mineral over another depend on which political or stakeholder fence you stand?

     So what makes fluoride such a critical nutrient and why are the other essential nutrients needed for good teeth, bone and “overall” general health disregarded?  You’ll soon understand the method to the madness here.

     Some selling points used to sway voters this type of policy is good for public health:  That by putting fluoride into the public water supply, it will promote “among other things,” less sick days, greater productivity and less dental care in the long run.  Of course when you cherry pick health benefits, or bias scientific data in support of a dental-health benefit(s) you can choose to promote the good ones over the health risks.  However, stay mindful “any” manmade or manipulated change to our daily diets has the potential to benefit some at the expense of intolerant immune, skeletal and metabolic systems and function.

     So one has to ask, why fluorinate public water at all if you can simply absorb it through the foods, supplements, drinks and proper dental hygiene as opposed to subjugating a populace to a questionable and unnecessary chemical additive?  What would motivate our government and dental industry to promote a seemingly unnecessary chemical proven to cause health risks for adults?  And if nature provides the trace mineral fluoride in organic and processed foods, and in the bottled drinks why the continued push to add it to our public water supply?  And thinking further on topic, how could any agency accurately determine the necessary and proper amount of hydrofluoric acid to be added to a water source and make it safe for everyone?

     If dental prevention is paramount why won’t parents take the responsibility to ensure their children are brushing their teeth with proper dental products if that’s what they need?  And don’t we as parents, health organizations and our schools have some responsibility to educate on good dental hygiene and promote good eating habits throughout the day.  Or is it our government’s responsibility to use our tax dollars for our preventative dental care?  Here’s a better ideal, why not subsidize low income families with a preventative dental care plan that includes fluoride if necessary?  Wouldn’t that be less costly to the tax payer and better for those intolerant of this added chemicals in our diet?

     Although proponents of fluorinated public drinking water say they are simply adding and adjusting the fluoride levels in our drinking water “safely” as prevention against childhood cavities, others have questionable arguments and concerns; what are safe levels for a medically diverse and aging population?

    Again, if it’s not a water quality issue, then what’s the overriding reason to add this chemical to our public drinking water?  Proponents further argue, since fluoride is a mineral and found within our soils and plants and is naturally occurring within our tooth enamel and bone and helps the body to resist disease.  Than it is reasonable to assume fluorinated water would be healthy for everyone.  After all there are many studies that say this is so.  So that makes it healthy and safe for everyone’s use right?

     As you further study this topic it is easy to make a positive, or negative health argument  for proponents or opponents regarding public water fluorination.  However, the sum of the whole arguments fall apart rather rapidly once you begin to dissect the entire cause and effect case studies connected to fluorinated water [the “other 50% of the story”].  I’ve published many articles where I state, “Man has yet to create a product that is better for us than God’s natural occurring elements.”  The natural occurring trace mineral fluoride “without manipulation” from mother earth is no exception.

     In the early stages of childhood development, fluoride additives may hold greater dental benefits vs. health risk, but not so for aging adults and those with intolerant immune systems.  And especially for those susceptible to ill-health risk triggered by added fluoride to the diet.

    Even though municipal water experts tell us they can control the levels of fluoride injection into our drinking water at safe levels, you are beginning to understand this is not the whole picture of concern.  This is because they cannot control the cause and effect this chemical may have on adult sensitive bodies to manmade “chemical” fluoride!

     The health problems caused by absorbing too much fluoride tend to be more problematic as the body ages, and/or in combination with immune or other ill-health problems.  Our children are also not immune to over fluorination health problems.  They are simply least likely to experience health problems because of their younger metabolisms and stronger immune systems.

     Why do I continue to use the word chemical instead of fluoride?  Because when looking at how fluoride got into our drinking water, we need to look back 70 years to see a pattern of consumer deceit.  Most don’t understand in today’s chemical markets that fluoride like many other chemicals where designed for military warfare.  And then when those chemicals didn’t meet military expectations or went through their lifecycles, R&D (Research and Development) found another industrial use within our consumer markets.  Fluoride is no exception.  And now powerful lobbyists and market makers support these interests regardless of effects on health.

     Even though numerous professionals within hundreds of organizations speak out against public water fluorination:  e.g., biochemists, oral medicine, gemology, physiology, orthopedic, podiatrist, toxicologists, EPA, nutritionists, medical associates, Nobel laureates, oncologists, epidemiologists, etc., it has been stated “Fluoridation is the greatest case of scientific fraud of this century, if not of all time.”  And that more people have died in the last 30 years from cancer connected with fluoridation than all the military deaths in the entire history of the United States [EPA scientist Dr. Robert Carton (Downey, 2 May 99) and Dean Burk, PhD National Cancer Institute, “Fluoridation a Burning Controversy].

     Most don’t understand not only should we be concerned about the water we drink and toothpaste we use, but also environmental pollutants derived from major industries where fluoride is a critical chemical ingredient in the production of aluminum to pesticides.  Within the last 15-20 years a dental revolution against public water fluorination occurred through the discovery of dental fluorosis.   Dental fluorosis is a sign of excessive exposure to too much fluoride.

     Although the proponents for public water fluorinations key talking point is tooth decay prevention, there is just as much evidence to support the undeniable health risks to children (Brunelle 1987; Heller 1997; Khan 2005).  One of the greatest concerns is the risk of bone cancer (osteosarcoma) and impacts on the thyroid function and lowered IQ’s (NRC 2006).  And the American Dental Association (ADA 2006) recommends if you can’t avoid fluorinated public water consider using fluoride-free bottled water for infant formulas!

     Signs of dental fluorosis include whitish flecks, spots mainly on the front teeth, or dark spots and stripes (most severe case).  If you display these signs then it would be wise to remove this chemical from your diet.  Your teeth are a sure sign that your protein enzymes have become mutated to a point that causes one to age at an accelerated rate.  If enough enzyme proteins change, or become foreign to the body the body begins to die exponentially!  And many other ill-health effects can become problematic within the body, such as:  immune, respiratory, digestive systems; thyroid, brain, liver and kidney functions and blood circulation.  Other autoimmune problems that occur due to over exposure of fluorides on health:  arteriosclerosis, asthma, lupus and arthritis.

     The National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research recommends that if children between the ages of 6 months to 16 years of age should need fluoride dental prevention and it is not supplied within a public drinking water source, parents should seek dental services that include a fluoride supplement if a child is in need.

     Dr. Alesen (Former president of the California Medical Association) cites “without a shadow of doubt” dozens of International studies show us how Fluoride disrupts the bone building process by creating a “calcium out of solution” situation has caused thousands of relational cases of  skeletal thinning fractures, “rubber bones,” osteoporosis, anemia, rickets, calcium stones and crystal buildup in organs and joints.

     Although I wanted to find a positive reason to be a proponent of fluorination of public drinking water, I could find no good reason to support a public program that I was not 95% confident it was beneficial to all.  If you do some research over the Internet you’ll likely come up to the same conclusions unless your special interest and livelihood revolves around this chemical industry.  In this case, you’re already sold on the fact it’s a good investment for your communities health and personal wealth.

     So who should consumers believe?  I’ll leave you with references cited below.  Don’t take my word on it, I highly recommend you go through the process of discovery and pay close attention to the historical development of this chemical and government and corporate money trail.

     Even though the proponents claim the return on investment is dental prevention and good bone health, including less time lost from school and work as a result of fluorinated water’s preventative properties while reducing dental bills and tooth decay by 20-40%; I don’t see the balance to be a positive return on investment.  As far as I can determine, the positive aspects are dwarfed by the negative ill-health cost effect(s) that would predominately occur within the adult population.   One could make a good argument there would be a negative return on investment greater than 50%.

     Also consider when you hear a pro-rally cry for public water fluorination…  Be sure to recall that almost every form of processed foods and drinks consumed has been most assuredly manufactured with fluorinated water.  There is no way to know exactly how much fluoride each one of us is receiving daily and more so if it’s added to our public water supply [hence, “the summation of the whole chemical effect on health”].

    Be sure to also remind them to take a look at their tooth paste labels.  Some sample label ingredients read:  “Active ingredient Sodium Fluoride – Warning – Keep out of reach of children.  If accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.”  And the reason this label warning is on the toothpaste is because if a 20lb child happened to swallow a tube of this toothpaste it could kill that child!  So it is no wonder why an overwhelming portion of the populace is concerned about a chemical so poisonous that the FDA requires a product warning label to consumers.

     In summarizing, I stand by what I said in many past publishing’s, if we’re talking about a man made chemical introduced into our daily diet be very skeptical about its motivations and benefits to your overall health.

     Parents should work with their dental specialists in supplementing their children the necessary fluoride if needed for dental and bone health.  And our government should only ensure they provide quality drinking water to the public without chemical fluorination because the benefit for the “sum of the whole” does not benefit the majority of a populaces health.  Also there is no way to guarantee fluorinating municipal water supplies wouldn’t create other unforeseen, or unintentional consequences that would further complicate our national health care costs, policies, resources and national debt!

 References,

 Acu-Cell Nutrition.  Fluoride, Fluorine and Chloride, Chlorine. http://www.acu-cell.com/fcl.html

 Delta Dental.  Vitamins and Minerals Play Important Roles in Bone Health.  http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/22,HD8

 Environmental Working Group.  Fluoride and Dental Health.  http://www.ewg.org/pethealth/report/fluoride-in-dog-food/healtheffects

 Glaros, William P., D.D.S., INC.  Better Health through Fine Dentistry.  Is Fluoride Really Good for Your Teeth?  1 September 2011.  http://www.biologicaldentist.com/623/is-fluoride-really-good-for-your-teeth/

 Healthvermont.gov. Department of Health, Agency of Human Services.  Fluoride. http://healthvermont.gov/family/dental/fluoride/index.aspx

 Murray, Rich.  How Aspartame Became Legal – The Timeline.  24 December 2002.  http://rense.com/general33/legal.htm]

 NIDCR.gov.  National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.  http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/

 Prevent Disease.Com.  How dangerous is Fluoride to your Health?http://preventdisease.com/home/tips79.shtml

 Woodard, Marc.  Can You Prevent Cancer?  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  1 May 2008.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2008/05/01/mirror-athlete-enterprises-health-blog-can-you-prevent-cancer/

 Woodard, Marc.  Aspartame the silent Killer.  Mirrorathlete Fitness Secrets.  25 March 2008.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2008/03/25/mirror-athlete-enterprises-health-blog-aspartame-the-silent-killer/

 Woodard, Marc.  Toxins in Every House Hold Consumer Product, What!  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  5 December 2007.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2007/12/05/mirror-athlete-enterprises-healthblog-is-cancer-in-your-tub/

 Woodard, Marc.  Popular Sugar Substitute Healthy.  20 August 2010. http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2010/08/20/popular-sugar-substitute-healthy/

Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2014 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., http://www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.





Top 10 Weight Loss Articles

2 12 2012

New Year’s Is a Great Time to Begin That Weight Loss Effort!

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.





Is Fluoride in Our City Water Necessary or Safe?

21 10 2012

How we change nature’s good resources into unintended health consequences

In order to determine whether adding fluoride to our public drinking water is safe, necessary or even beneficial for dental health it is wise to first understand its origins and industrial use history.  Especially since man had manipulated this naturally occurring trace element found within mother earth to produce a necessary caustic manufacturing product.  Yes, I did say chemical, as it is not well known to most that the fluoride added to 90% of many public’s drinking water sources is hydrofluoric acid that was once used to manufacture uranium and plutonium bomb-grade nuclear weapons.  Today it is also used within multiple manufacturing firms and known to be one of the most caustic industrial chemicals on planet earth.

     Fluoride is also the active toxin in rat and cockroach poisons.  What other industries are dependent on fluoride in manufacturing you ask?  Semiconductors, refining high octane gas, fluorocarbons and chlorofluorocarbons in refrigerants to cool our foods and to keep us cool; fluorescent light bulbs, herbicides, plastics and of course added to many toothpaste brands.

     It was the same A-bomb scientist of the day that produced the evidence against fluoride injuries to civilians through litigation; which also happens to be the same person that showed low doses of this chemical consumed by humans to be safe.  This fact in itself should cause one to further think the benefits of water fluorination.

        Fifty years ago the government introduced fluoride to our public water systems claiming it would reduce cavities in our children’s teeth.  Of course in the same breath, one must understand with the dawn of the nuclear age came the age of nuclear downsizing and excess chemical reserves.  Chemical companies were hungry to continue generating revenues by finding other uses for fluoride as the nuclear age went bust.  Dumping the excess chemical surplus no longer useful for nuclear enrichment found its way into our drinking water; much like aspartame first an experimental chemical was redeveloped for something other than its intended use.

 [Read about Monsanto’s Aspartame troublesome history, and “How Aspartame Became Legal, the – Time Line,” http://rense.com/general33/legal.htm].

     Also click on links below to see how this artificial sweetener is greatly responsible for childhood obesity and cancer and why the FDA protects and promotes these chemical products within our consumer markets. 

     Dental organizations, special interests groups, governmental and other advocates sell to communities that when fluoride is adjusted and controlled in our drinking water it is safe and good for us.  I’ve found much positive data on fluorinated water and children’s dental health care to support this application.  However, I’ve also found just as much data showing when fluoride is added to public drinking water it is not healthy for the entire adult population.  And even when looking at the child’s dental benefits, controlling levels of daily fluoride intake is challenging.  This is because we all consume processed foods and drink products that already contain fluoride in them.

     There is also much research data of fluorinated water that shows no chemical difference between natural occurring fluorides found in nature’s consumables vs. public drinking water with added fluoride.  Since our bodies need this trace mineral in minuet amounts, maybe our governments feels it is their responsibility to control safe levels for our dental and overall health sake, based on the benefits of specific research.

     However, if that concern was the only reason, then why wouldn’t they also adjust and control the other minerals our bodies need to ensure good teeth and bone health?  Keeping it short, why not add calcium, magnesium, phosphorus minerals also necessary for good dental and bone health… And why we’re at it vitamins A, B’s and C, etc.  Or could the motivation to provide one mineral over another depend on which political and/or economic fence you stand?

     So what makes fluoride such a critical nutrient and why are the other essential nutrients to good teeth, bone and “overall” general health disregarded?  Patience, you’ll soon be able to understand the method to the madness here.

     Another governmental selling point in getting fluoride into the public water supply is it has a great return on our general health which promotes less sick days and greater productivity, less need for medical services, etc.  Of course when you cherry pick scientific data in support of a health benefit(s), we must learn to understand “any” manmade or manipulated change to our daily diets has the potential to benefit some at the expense of others intolerant of additional [in this case fluoride] chemicals in the diet.

     So one has to ask, why fluorinate public water at all if you can simply absorb it through the foods, supplements, drinks and dental hygiene as opposed to subjugating a populace to a questionable and unnecessary chemical additive?  What would motivate our government to promote a seemingly unnecessary chemical proven to cause health risks for adults?  And if nature provides the trace mineral fluoride in its natural form within organic and processed foods and in the bottled drinks we consume, why the continued push to add it to our public water supply?  And in further thought, how could any agency accurately determine the necessary and proper amount of hydrofluoric acid to be added to a water source that would be healthy for everyone?

     If dental prevention is paramount why won’t parents take the responsibility to ensure their children are brushing their teeth with proper dental products if that’s what they want as an enamel tooth care preventative program?  And don’t we as parents, health organizations and our schools have some responsibility to educate on good dental hygiene and promote good eating habits throughout the day.  Or is it our government’s responsibility to use our tax dollars on a preventative dental issue that is not a water quality problem? 

     Although proponents of fluorinated public drinking water say they are simply adjusting the fluoride in our drinking water as prevention against childhood cavities they have questionable arguments on what are safe levels for a medically diverse and aging population.

    Again, if it’s not a water quality issue, then what’s the overriding reason to add this chemical to our public drinking water?  Proponents further argue, since fluoride is a mineral and found within our soils and plants and is naturally occurring within our tooth enamel and bone and helps the body to resist disease, than it is reasonable to assume fluorinated water would be healthier for everyone.  After all there are many studies that say this is so.  So that makes it healthy and safe for everyone’s use right?

     As you further study this topic it would be easy to make a positive health benefit for any community as a whole because most only get half the picture.  However, the sum of the whole argument falls apart rather rapidly once you begin to dissect the entire cause and effect health case studies connected to fluorinated water [the other 50% of the story].  I’ve published many articles where I state, “Man has yet to create a product that is better for us than God’s natural occurring elements.”  The natural occurring trace mineral fluoride “without manipulation” from mother earth is no exception.

     In the early stages of childhood manmade fluoride additives may hold greater dental benefits and lower health risk to a point; but it is not convincing when held up to an adult litmus test.  In fact I found the opposite to be true.  Especially for those susceptible to ill-health risk triggered by added fluoride to the diet outside of the natural occurring trace minerals found within organic food and water.  Even though municipal water experts tell us they can control the levels of fluoride injection into our drinking water at safe levels, you are beginning to understand this is not the whole picture of concern.  This is because they cannot control the cause and effect metabolically this chemical may have for adults sensitive to a manipulated “chemical” fluoride!  And this line of reasoning becomes even more apparent and important once it is understood there is fluoride in many of the processed foods and drinks we consume daily.

     The health problems caused by absorbing too much fluoride tend to be more problematic as the body ages, and/or in combination with immune or other ill-health problems.  Our children are also not immune to over fluorination health problems.  They are simply least likely to acquire health problems because of their young metabolisms.  But this façade can change rapidly as young bodies change into adult bodies.

     And why do I continue to use the word chemical?  Because when looking at how fluoride got into our drinking water, we need to look back 70 years to see a pattern of consumer deceit.  Most don’t understand in today’s chemical markets that fluoride like many other chemicals where designed and evolved for military warfare.  And then when those chemicals didn’t meet military expectations or went through their lifecycles, R&D (Research and Development) found another industrial use within our consumer product markets.  Fluoride is no exception.  And now powerful lobbyists and market makers in support of lucrative positions support these interests regardless of impact on our public health.

     Even though numerous professionals within hundreds of organizations speak out against public water fluorination:  e.g., biochemists, oral medicine, gemology, physiology, orthopedic, podiatrist, toxicologists, EPA, nutritionists, medical associates, Nobel laureates, oncologists, epidemiologists, etc., it will be written “Fluoridation is the greatest case of scientific fraud of this century, if not of all time.”  And that more people have died in the last 30 years from cancer connected with fluoridation than all the military deaths in the entire history of the United States [EPA scientist Dr. Robert Carton (Downey, 2 May 99) and Dean Burk, PhD National Cancer Institute, “Fluoridation a Burning Controversy]. 

     Most don’t understand not only should we be concerned about the water we drink and toothpaste we use, but also environmental pollutants derived from major industries where fluoride is a critical chemical ingredient in the production of aluminum to pesticides.  Within the last 15-20 years a dental revolution against public water fluorination occurred through the discovery of cause of dental fluorosis.   Dental fluorosis is a sign of excessive exposure to too much fluoride.

     Although the proponents for public water fluorinations key talking point is tooth decay prevention, there is just as much evidence to support the undeniable health risks to children (Brunelle 1987; Heller 1997; Khan 2005).  One of the greatest concerns is the risk of bone cancer (osteosarcoma) and impacts on the thyroid function and lowered IQ’s (NRC 2006).  And the American Dental Association (ADA 2006) recommends if you can’t avoid fluorinated public water consider using fluoride-free bottled water for infant formulas!

     Signs of dental fluorosis include whitish flecks, spots mainly on the front teeth, or dark spots and stripes (most severe case).  If you display these signs then it would be wise to remove this chemical from your diet.  Your teeth are a sure sign that your protein enzymes have become mutated to a point that causes one to age at an accelerated rate.  If enough enzyme proteins change, or become foreign to the body the body begins to die exponentially!  And many other ill-health effects can become problematic within the body, such as:  immune, respiratory, digestive systems; thyroid, brain, liver and kidney functions and blood circulation.  Other autoimmune problems that occur due to over exposure of fluorides on health:  arteriosclerosis, asthma, lupus and arthritis.

     The National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research recommends that if children between the ages of 6 months to 16 years of age should need fluoride dental prevention and it is not supplied within a public drinking water source, parents should seek dental recommendation that may include a fluoride supplement if a child is in need.

     Dr. Alesen (Former president of the California Medical Association) cites “without a shadow of doubt” dozens of International studies showing us how Fluoride disrupts the bone building process by creating a “calcium out of solution” situation has caused thousands of relational cases of  skeletal thinning fractures, “rubber bones,” osteoporosis, anemia, rickets, calcium stones and crystal buildup in organs and joints.

     Although I wanted to find a positive reason to be a proponent of fluorination of public drinking water, I could find no good reason to support a public program that I was not 95% confident it was beneficial to all.  If you do some research over the Internet you’ll likely come up to the same conclusions unless your special interest and livelihood revolves around this chemical industry.  In this case, you’re already sold on the fact it’s a good investment for your communities health and personal wealth.

     So who should consumers believe?  I’ll leave you with references cited below.  Don’t take my word on it, I highly recommend you go through the process of discovery and pay close attention to the historical development of this chemical and government and corporate money trail.

     Even though the proponents proclaim the return on investment is dental prevention and good bone health, to include less time lost from school and work as a result of fluorinated water’s preventative properties while reducing dental bills and tooth decay by 20-40%; I don’t see the balance to be a positive return on investment.  As far as I can determine, this figure is off-set by a negative ill-health cost effect(s) that would predominately occur within the adult population.   One could instead make a good argument there would be a negative return on investment greater than 50%.

     Also consider when you hear a pro-rally public water fluorination pitch…  Be sure to recall that almost every form of processed foods and drinks consumed has been most assuredly manufactured with fluorinated water.  There is no way to know exactly how much fluoride each one of us is receiving daily and no way to know how varying levels of fluoride impacts each of our overall health.  Be sure to also remind them to take a look at their tooth paste labels.  Some sample label ingredients read:  “Active ingredient Sodium Fluoride – Warning – Keep out of reach of children.  If accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.”  And the reason this label warning is on the toothpaste is because if a 20lb child happened to swallow a tube of this toothpaste it could kill that child!  So it is no wonder why an overwhelming portion of the populace is concerned about a chemical so poisonous that the FDA requires a product warning label to consumers.

     In summarizing, I stand by what I said in many past publishing’s, if we’re talking about a man made chemical introduced into our daily diet be very skeptical about its motivations and benefits to your overall health.  To help you with your skepticism, also tuck this away in the back of your mind.  As humans we are fundamentally flawed with wanting control, power and greed.  And with that said, unfortunately for some, doing the right thing for the majority is not wired into their moral value system!

     Parents should work with their dental specialists in supplementing their children the necessary fluoride if they lack the proper natural occurring fluoride for good preventative dental and bone health.  And our government should only ensure they provide quality drinking water to the public without chemical fluorination because the benefit for the “sum of the whole” does not apply to the majority of a populace.  Also there is no way to guarantee by fluorinating municipal water supplies wouldn’t create other unforeseen, or unintentional consequences that would further complicate our national health care costs, policies, resources and national debt!

 References,

 Acu-Cell Nutrition.  Fluoride, Fluorine and Chloride, Chlorine. http://www.acu-cell.com/fcl.html

 Delta Dental.  Vitamins and Minerals Play Important Roles in Bone Health.  http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/22,HD8

 Environmental Working Group.  Fluoride and Dental Health.  http://www.ewg.org/pethealth/report/fluoride-in-dog-food/healtheffects

 Glaros, William P., D.D.S., INC.  Better Health through Fine Dentistry.  Is Fluoride Really Good for Your Teeth?  1 September 2011.  http://www.biologicaldentist.com/623/is-fluoride-really-good-for-your-teeth/

 Healthvermont.gov. Department of Health, Agency of Human Services.  Fluoride. http://healthvermont.gov/family/dental/fluoride/index.aspx

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 NIDCR.gov.  National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.  http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/

 Prevent Disease.Com.  How dangerous is Fluoride to your Health?http://preventdisease.com/home/tips79.shtml

 Woodard, Marc.  Can You Prevent Cancer?  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  1 May 2008.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2008/05/01/mirror-athlete-enterprises-health-blog-can-you-prevent-cancer/

 Woodard, Marc.  Aspartame the silent Killer.  Mirrorathlete Fitness Secrets.  25 March 2008.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2008/03/25/mirror-athlete-enterprises-health-blog-aspartame-the-silent-killer/

 Woodard, Marc.  Toxins in Every House Hold Consumer Product, What!  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets.  5 December 2007.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2007/12/05/mirror-athlete-enterprises-healthblog-is-cancer-in-your-tub/

 Woodard, Marc.  Popular Sugar Substitute Healthy.  20 August 2010. http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/2010/08/20/popular-sugar-substitute-healthy/

 

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.





Our Food is Making Us Fat and Causing Disease

15 04 2012

As I walk down the aisles of supermarkets today, I note the ever increasing beautifully packaged products. I’m also aware the consumer has greater choice in canned, bottled and packaged products. Then I reflect to when I was a kid going through the grocery stores of the times. I instantly recall the processed food selections were few in comparison. And the canned foods I enjoyed during my youth compared to the similar products today has changed dramatically.

45 years ago, I was old enough to recall these experiences and understand there was nowhere near the selection of manufactured canned products I see today. Many of the canned foods my mother stored in the garage had a shelf life that was not even half the life of today’s equivalent product. I remembered this well because there were a few canned foods I loved as a kid. One was a spaghetti product and the other was ravioli, and believe it or not, canned spinach [I know, I was a rare kid].

I do remember my mother rotating her canned inventory.  I also remember opening a can that sat “less than a year” and had spoiled. Back in the day, canned food products had short shelf lives for lack of chemical preservatives.

Today, there are dozens of competing canned goods. One would think at least a few of them today would have the quality of freshness I recalled during my childhood. I recently tried the most popular and expensive canned brand foods I loved as a kid, most today are absolutely disgusting. Had my taste preferences changed that much from when I was a kid, or did something else happen within our food chain?  Could it be we’ve become a nation addicted to food chemicals and don’t recognize what occurred within our food industries in the last 40 years?

A week ago I recalled another favorite canned food I enjoyed as a kid. It was a popular brand fruit cocktail mix. I still recall the flavors which were akin to taking fresh fruits, chopping them up in the kitchen and adding a sprinkle of sugar, stir and served in a bowl. This particular canned mixed fruit of the time was fantastic and served typically as a quick dessert. This product would also go bad in a year if not used

I believe the canning practices of the times by manufacturers were much like my mother’s seasonal canning practices. If you didn’t eat these foods in a year, they likely go bad.

I went over to my mother’s house the other day. She basically buys the same canned brand named products I recall as a kid, stores them on the same shelves and on the same shelf space. I found the same canned cocktail fruit mix and opened it. The product looked good, but the smell was different. I could smell the sweetened liquid, but couldn’t smell the fruit in the liquid like I recalled as a kid. I thought, strange. Then I launched into the fruit and quickly noted, there was very little flavor for anyone of the individual diced fruits. Even though I could distinguish by site a pineapple, peach, pear, cherry, the only thing distinguishable about eating a few bites of the mixed fruit was the texture. It was absolutely disgusting, so I tossed it. Much like the spaghetti and ravioli’s I tried not to long ago. Absolutely gross!

I know, you’re thinking my palate has changed because I’ve become more refined with age, or have become too sophisticated. Well, my wife would differ with you in knowing that my meal preferences are anything but high society. I’m more likely to be described by many that know me as a retired military man that still would enjoy eating an MRE (Meal Ready to eat), or cold chili or spinach out of a can.

I know, my wife still doesn’t understand it, laughs at me and says, “You really can’t be enjoying that.” But I do, I’ve been eating out of cans since I was a kid raiding my mom’s cellar. This does not mean my mother was a horrible cook. Not at all, she was one of the best cooks in the neighborhood. I have many childhood friends that showed up to eat at my house because of my mother’s fantastic home style cooking. In many of her recipes there were no canned foods added.

Although I don’t eat out of cans often today, or purchase many at all, I still will go to the cabinet, grab a can, open it and eat it on the fly when compelled. But the difference today, it’s getting harder to find a canned selection that still tastes good enough to consume cold. There are very few manufacturers today that produce foods with little preservative and additives. When there are too many of these chemical additives in any food, the taste is not their and often upsets your stomach and digestive system. There you have it, the decline of my out-of-the can meal habit has changed because of cheapened additive ingredients, manipulation of agricultural and food processing practices.

Much has changed within our agriculture, processing, packaging, storage and transportation of food to market. And the younger generations don’t know, or understand the differences of food quality changes.

I’ve even noted my mother stopped rotating the hundreds of canned food products in her cellar. I think this is because any can that she has opened in the last 15 years hadn’t spoiled to remind her to keep pace with her rotation practices. I wonder if she realizes her canned products have not spoiled. In some cases, I know some of these items have been sitting on those shelves a long time. I can say this, because I opened a few of these old timers to help with a family meal.  The cans I opened were dated “best to consume five years ago!”  I was shocked, there was no blackened, or spoilage smell to the product. Gads! I picked around these foods, ate very little as I enjoyed the more organic portions of the meal.

Of course, during my early experiences with food and now thinking about today’s farming and food processing practices leads me to wonder about our national food bank. If the quality and purity of our food in cans had deteriorated in quality and nutrient value, then it was reasonable to assume other foods to market had experienced the same fate. What does this mean for our overall health?

In doing a little research, I soon realized and as suspected, it wasn’t just my pallet, or imagination. As a matter of fact, it’s a good thing I had the experience as a kid to know what organic food should look, smell and taste like. In the long run, I’m better off relating to these experiences, because I can identify and more likely relate to a canned products  quality, that may only be slightly tainted with additives and preservatives [somehow this makes me feel a little better about eating certain canned foods]. In understanding the reality of the food bank situation, I know I need to stay knowledgeable about how much and how often I consume certain types of processed foods that won’t make me feel sick. Let alone acquire some insidious disease should I become addicted to a food chemical like aspartame  [an artificial sweeteners in thousands of food products.  Per scientific studies: could cause disease in humans including cancer].

Let’s face it. We still must eat. And many of our foods are processed with chemicals. But we still do have choice in the marketplace over the foods we purchase and consume.  There are still processed foods that are better for us than others. To identify better to worse food choices makes a big difference on your weight, appearance, energy and the way you feel; and quality living experiences as we age.

Reflecting back to your childhood, if you spent it during the 60 and 70’s then I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to the food you ate then and what you eat today. Today, not only does food taste different, it has very different packaging features that are eye appealing to kids. Why, because if the kids get addicted to the chemicals in them, they make your life hell in the store by screaming for the product. So you continue purchasing it for them to appease their wants [childhood obesity is on the rise and partially caused by artificial sweeteners and other chemical food additives].

I’ve found other underlying safety concerns you should be aware. There have been many changes within our farming, food, storage, decontamination of foods and transportation of them to market. Here are a few tidbits of information if not aware could put your family’s health at risk.

I did a little research and here’s what I came up with. Even if you didn’t eat food out of the can’s like I did, and don’t relate with my quality food relationships; I’m sure you’ll find interest and relate with what has occurred within the crop farming and food processing industries.

In large part, the later 20th and early 21st Century farming practices changed to produce the volume necessary to meet a fast food global food demand. As the demand changed to meet consumer expectation in distant markets, so too did the farming and processed food industries. Further organic erosion of our food bank occurred as many farming and food industry operations were outsourced. These large corporate agricultural and processing facilities were relocated where volume production was more cost effective and also lacked federal regulation. Some would argue the quality of the food has further deteriorated for lack of U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) crack down on GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms). And that genetically engineered foods should be labeled as a consumer right to know. Well that hasn’t happened.

That’s right; many consumers don’t know that 70% of our processed foods are “now” genetically engineered. Ingredients that are genetically modified can be found in such common household baking and convenience food products: corn syrup, soy lecithin, sugar, vegetable and cottonseed oil, etc. You wonder, what’s GMO? These are genetically modified seeds that are Herbicide-tolerant (HT) crops and can survive a deluge of chemicals that would otherwise kill, or severely stunt a crop. There are also other types of crops engineered to produce toxins, which kill certain insect pests.

The next thing you want to understand, are GMO crops safe for consumption? Here’s your bellwether… 30 other countries around the world, including Japan, and Australia and all countries within the European Union have significant restrictions or outright bans on the production of GMO foods. Why is this? Because they are not proven to be safe for human consumption! And yet, here in the United States, depending where you get your information from, ~86% of corn and 93% of soybeans here are genetically modified. Since agricultural, farming and food processing locations very greatly geographically, the only way to ensure the foods on your dinner table is organic is to purchase whole foods labeled “certified organic.”

Other than this, I’m not sure how you’d know in the long run if the whole foods you consume don’t have some adverse impact on your health. What further compromises GMO produced foods is the heavy use of antibiotics to eradicate the rise of a drug-resistant super germ(s) within these agricultural practices. These bugs now reside within a “super weed” colony growing alongside these crops that have built up tolerances to these chemicals. It is now necessary to use more herbicide and pesticides to keep them under control, then ever before. Can you see the problem here?

One important statistic that’s worth mentioning here: According to the research conducted by The Organic Center, Genetically Engineered (GE) crops have increased herbicide use in the United States over the last 13 years (1996-2008) by 383 million pounds! And although much of the GE crops are used to feed livestock in wealthier countries as opposed to people in poorer countries the metabolized product in livestock is still being consumed within the worlds food markets.

Genetically engineered foods are one thing and processing of the foods and getting them to market is another. I don’t believe you could notice the taste difference in a GE raw crop food, like corn, or soy bean. But once all the additives for taste and preservative are added during the processing of the food, you should understand you now have a “man made complex chemically produced product” that is capable of causing illness and disease.

This is because the more man manipulates our food source through crop seed DNA engineering, chemical additives and preservatives; the more likely it is we’ll get sick from these products and unable to prove what’s making us sick. Hows that? Because targeting foods that make us sick is an epidemiologist’s and medical professionals worse nightmare. This task would be very difficult since we eat so many different types or processed and engineered foods throughout the world. Targeting the many potential types of GE foods and chemical culprits would be difficult to prove medically and in any court of law. Many of the processed food chemicals we consume are now known to cause cancer, diabetes, hypertension, congenital heart, liver and kidney failure and obesity.

Would you like to know a good test to determine if the processed foods you eat on a regular basis are safe for consumption? Simply pick an ingredient off a product label you can’t pronounce. Then go to your favorite Internet search engine and type in the “ingredient chemical name” and health risk.” You’ll be shocked what you read! If you can’t pronounce it, or understand it’s meaning, it’s likely a chemical added by man to improve taste, kill microorganisms, improve appearance, or increase the shelf life of the product.

In thinking about GE crop foods like corn; yes, I was notorious for eating corn out of the can as well. Why? Because it had the natural sweetened taste, with the snappy starch texture of corn I remembered from our garden. It was fantastic! But the same is “not” true of the same brand corn in the can today. Like the canned spinach I loved as a kid, I don’t eat these canned products anymore. Why? Because it doesn’t resemble the taste, texture or smell of what these foods should be. I know, many of you reading this will think there are no canned foods that ever tasted good. To your pallet this may be true. But as I’m one that experienced a shift in quality of particular products in cans starting at a very young age, I can tell you, there is a big difference in the canned products today.

It appears as we became a global fast food market, where high volume and processed food technology evolved throughout the 80’s, so too did the quality of the foods in our kitchens and local restaurants.

If you go on-line and simply search under GMO, GE farming and agricultural-farming, herbicide/pesticide, canning, warehousing and transportation practices; you’ll then begin to understand why our kids are getting sick and obese, why cancer is on the rise in our nation and why our health care costs are out of control.

If you want to provide safer and more organic foods on your table, simply read your food labels and prepare more whole foods. If you can’t eat a canned product cold, chances are it’s loaded with stuff you don’t want to be putting in your body. The big tip here… The fewer times man has handled and processed the foods you consume the better it will taste and healthier it will be for you and your family.

References,

Whitman, Deborah B. Genetically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful? April 2000. http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/gmfood/overview.php

Organic It’s Worth It Home Site. GMO’s 101.  http://www.organicitsworthit.org/quick/gmos-101?gclid=CJK8ocvBta8CFYSh4godA3vTjA

Genomics.energy.gov Home Site.  Human Genome Project Information http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/elsi/gmfood.shtml

True Organic Products Home Site.  True Organic Fertilizer. http://www.trueorganicproducts.net/?gclid=CNaxuJDDta8CFcek4godJzR9iQ

USDA Farm Bill Forum Comment Summary and Background.  Organic Farming. http://www.usda.gov/documents/ORGANIC_FARMING.pdf

Jeanroy, Amy.  Definition of Oganic Pesticides.  eHow Home. http://www.ehow.com/facts_7553058_definition-organic-pesticides.html

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.