Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Have you thought about what kind of shape you'd like to be in when you retire? If you have kids, I know you want the best for them. Learn the basics of good nutrition- for them. The doctors and health professionals I study say that approximately 97% of the adults in the U.S. still do not understand what is healthy to eat and drink, and what is not. Join the 3% who have become informed. That is the purpose of this site. It seems obvious, but here are the basics: 1) Make food and drink that includes only ingredients that promote your health the foundation of your diet. 2) Avoid food and drink that contain ingredients that destroy health. All food from animals have ingredients that destroy health. (Please read the next two entries following this one regarding the harmful dairy industry, plus go to http://greg-foodforthought.blogspot.com/) All food from plants have only ingredients that promote health, especially organic. The best advice we can give: study what is healthy to eat and drink, and what is not. To find out read The Starch Solution by John McDougall, MD. http://www.drmcdougall.com/store_starch_solution.html For the healthiest lifestyle, eat a starch based, plant based, low fat diet. The plant foods that are highest in starch include potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, beans, corn, and whole grains. These foods have the highest amount of calories, or energy, that you should center your meals around. Meat eaters center their meals around meat. Plant eaters center their meals around starches. From my friend Peter in Australia: "I've been eating a plant based diet since 1996. I never feel that I’m missing out, or deprived. Quite simply there is such a wonderful choice of plant foods available from the five following foods groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes (beans) and seeds and nuts. If you decide you would like to adopt a plant based diet, embracing it with the attitude of ‘abundance’ rather than ‘deprivation’, you are more likely to be successful. A healthy plant based lifestyle promotes positive outcomes for the health of people, the environment, and animals." Many of you who check out this information may do nothing to change what you eat and drink, but at least you will become informed of the healthiest lifestyle. I've heard people say, "I love my meat. I could never give it up." Or "I could never give up cheese", or "I could never give up ice cream." I do understand that these foods are sometimes not easy to give up. The downside is these foods have ingredients that are addictive, and destroy your health. If unhealthy, addictive foods mean more to you than the best health, that is your choice. The majority of people think in the present, with no regard for the future. Those who choose an unhealthy lifestyle have more chance for disease, more doctor visits, more medical expenses, more pain, more pills, and more chance for a shorter life. How much quality time would you like to spend with your grandchildren? Here are some common, well loved foods that have human health destroying ingredients: all meat including all fish, all dairy (even low fat), all cheese, eggs, fast food, all oils including olive oil, excess salt, all products that contain processed sugar, boxed foods, processed foods, pasteurized juices, conventional candy, pop or soda, alcohol, coffee, and many others. All raw and cooked food from organic, edible plants (not sprayed with poison/insecticides) have human health promoting ingredients. If it "comes in nature's package" it promotes health. If the plant foods are cooked in a healthy way, meaning using water/no oil, you can eat as much healthy plant food as you want and achieve your ideal weight. There is no calorie counting with this lifestyle. There is a whole new wonderful healthy world out there just waiting for you to discover. From John McDougall, MD: "There is an individual, specific diet that best supports the health, function, and longevity of each and every animal. The proper diet for human beings is based on starches- sweet potatoes, potatoes, corn, rice, whole grains, and beans. Drum roll, please... Here it is, from Dr. McDougall: "The healthiest diet for people: "The Starch Solution" http://greg-foodforthought.blogspot.com/2010/03/solution_18.html
Posted by Greg at 4:45 AM
Friday, June 22, 2012
A cow's milk is intended to help its 80 pound calf grow to 800 pounds in one year. How many pounds does a human baby gain in one year? Doesn't it then stand to reason a cow's milk is intended only for its baby and should not be consumed by humans? Cow's milk/all dairy products have human health destroying properties. It's a fact. http://www.drmcdougall.com/video/marketing_milk_and_disease.htm An excerpt from the video: "Got Milk? Got disease."
Posted by Greg at 4:55 AM
Monday, June 4, 2012
People who have been taught that cow's milk is the "perfect food" may be surprised to hear many prominent medical doctors are now saying dairy consumption is a contributing factor in nearly two dozen diseases of children and adults. Doctors say the milk from a cow and its products can lead to heart disease, diabetes, iron deficiency anemia, allergies, diarrhea, colic, cramps, gastrointestinal bleeding, sinusitis, skin rashes, acne, increased frequency of colds and flus, arthritis, ear infections, osteoporosis, asthma, autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, crohns disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and more, possibly even breast and lung cancer, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Two new studies - an Italian one published this month, and earlier Canadian research - have linked milk consumption to a significantly higher risk of prostate cancer. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1296085/How-milk-drink-For-years-weve-told-good-bones-studies-prostate-cancer-link.html For a thorough investigation on drinking the milk from another species, go to http://www.waoy.org/9.html
Posted by Greg at 5:01 AM
Thursday, May 31, 2012
http://www.drmcdougall.com/store_starch_solution.html or go to Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Starch-Solution-Regain-Health-Weight/dp/1609613937/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1329158755&sr=8-1
Posted by Greg at 4:06 AM
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
We are unknowingly bombarded by incorrect and disturbing information in our everyday lives- in TV commercials, in newspaper and magazine ads, and on billboards. What a sad thing. There are many of these misleading ads.
Here are 5:
1) On a TV commercial sponsored by the corn syrup business: To music in the background, a nice, smiling person in a beautiful corn field reports that scientists have proven that corn syrup acts exactly like sugar in the human digestive tract- that there is no difference.
And this is their selling point? They're counting on a naive public to be unaware that sugar kills (as well as corn syrup), that it is highly addictive, that it promotes diseases: cancer, heart disease, diabetes II, alzheimer's, obesity, and others. Processed white sugar has been compared by doctors to cocaine addiction as it is so hard to give up.
What a preposterous commercial. Isn't the corn syrup corporation aware of the health hazards of sugar and corn syrup? Yes they are the same. They are equally unhealthy!
2) There are several TV commercials for prescription drugs that state: "When diet and exercise aren't enough..." then they give their spiel for the need to take their drugs. What a lark. Take Lipitor for example, a drug to reduce cholesterol. If people wouldn't eat cholesterol in the first place, they would not have a cholesterol problem, plain and simple. There is cholesterol in all foods from animals. There is no cholesterol in plant foods. So, if your diet was healthy/plant based, you would not have a cholesterol problem- period. Diet and exercise would be enough.
Also be aware that all prescription drugs have harmful, unhealthy side effects, and are expensive. You are paying to be unhealthy, in more ways than one.
And if you do take prescription drugs for a diet related disease, the pills don't cure the problem. It's like putting a band-aid on a cut that never heals.
You can cure a diet related disease by turning to a low fat, plant based diet. See "The Starch Solution" in the Welcome entry of this blog.
3) In large print on a large billboard advertising a fish market along the highway in a southern state: "Fresh Farm Raised Catfish"
What a terrible, unhealthy selling point. This company obviously is hoping customers don't know the distinction between "Wild Caught" and "Farm Raised".
Maybe the company themselves don't know the distinction!?
A wild caught fish is caught in the wild- from a river, lake, or ocean. In other words, it has had a normal fish life.
A fish that is farm raised has been raised unnaturally in misery its whole life.
It is raised in a situation where it has to breathe its own sewage its entire life with many other fish in a confined area. Many people think, "so what, a fish has such a small brain, who cares?"
Fish are sentient beings that experience pain and stress. Having to inhale their own urine and excrement their entire lives makes their flesh unhealthy for human consumption. And by the way, fish is not health food. Besides containing cholesterol and saturated fat, fish are sponges for pollutants.
4) I pick on McDonalds alot, because they deserve it. Almost ALL fast food restaurants sell junk foods. I used to eat them. Now I understand what's in them. If you are what you eat, and you eat junk, what does that make you!?
I used to be a junk food junkie, until I became informed.
If we stop buying their junk, maybe fast food places would start serving healthier fast food. It is possible as there are a few individual fast food restaurants in western states that are offering healthier choices. We need to vote with our dollars folks. First, the general public needs to be educated.
On a highway McDonalds billboard, in large print by a huge burger:
"$1 buys Happiness."
It should read, "$1 buys disease and animal misery."
Educate yourself what is in that burger. Please click on the link:
McDonalds only uses factory farmed cows for their burgers. All factory farmed animals are raised in misery their whole lives.
So the next time you think about eating a McDonalds/any fast food burger, keep in mind, there's misery on the menu.
5) And my favorite commercial, (or least favorite) would be the milk mustaches. On posters in well-intentioned school cafeterias, on billboards, on TV commercials, in magazines and in newspapers, the dairy industry has plastered this unhealthy message everywhere brainwashing children and adults into thinking they need the milk from a cow to be healthy. If people were cows this would hold true. The milk from a cow is intended for its calf, not a person. I have written many blog entries on this topic. A recent one is two entries down: http://peopleforplants.blogspot.com/2011/12/i-am-sad.html
In the entry "I am sad" I list several links dispelling the dairy myth. All foods from a cow promote diseases in people: cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes II, bone disease, and more. Please check out the links in "I am sad" for the truth on dairy.
We are the only country that consumes the milk from another animal.
We have been duped folks.
(And by the way, regarding the picture at the top of this entry with the kids watching TV, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) uses only factory farmed chickens- again, misery on the menu. Boycott! Do not buy. If we do not buy, hopefully they will start using only respectfully raised chickens, called free range.
At the very least, try to decrease your consumption of food from animals.
When I see all the incorrect information advertised out there in the world, the first thing I think about are children- unsuspecting, innocent children. It is time to get to the bottom of what is healthy for our kids, and what is not. We must all educate ourselves, and spread the word. There is a small growing army of people who are becoming "in the know". Maybe not in our lifetimes, but in the future there will be only TV commercials, ads, and billboards that promote the health of our children.
Posted by Greg at 10:54 PM
Friday, December 9, 2011
Health for the Ages
Make “eat your vegetables” a timeless prescription.
Submitted by Peter
Posted by Greg at 1:14 AM
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I am a school assembly performer, on a tour across the U.S. to almost every state, presenting programs on fitness and health. At the end of one of my recent shows, a little boy, maybe a 2nd grader? came up to me and asked,
"Is milk healthy?" The question probably came to him after I explained in the show that the two healthiest drinks for people on the earth are good clean water, and freshly squeezed juice from fruit or vegetables.
On previous tours years ago, I was much more vocal and honest in front of my audiences about the unhealthy qualities of food from animals, even if it got me in trouble. I even went so far as to say, "The two most dangerous foods for people are cheese and butter, because of their high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol." You can guess that this did not go over well in Wisconsin! I did not mention that dairy foods can cause Crohn's Disease in humans, irritable bowel disease, colitis, can contribute to obesity, diabetes II, and that all foods from a cow contain cancer promoting substances called casein and estrogen. Excess estrogen is linked to prostate and breast cancer. I did end my negative dairy message years ago with a question: "What is the natural purpose of a mother cow's milk?"
(answer of course to feed its calf)
In North Dakota where the state drink is milk, after seeing my school program, some kids went home and told their parents that this guy suggested that milk is not healthy to drink. This upset parents, who may have been dairy farmers, who in turned complained to the school principals, who in turn complained to my boss, who in turn demanded I take this message out of my shows. So- from that moment on, I had to choose my job over telling the truth to students about milk.
Back to the 2nd grader who asked if milk was healthy- I was handcuffed.
As much as I wanted to tell him, I told him that he must study to find that answer, that I knew the answer but I could not tell him- that he must find the answer for himself.
Abraham Lincoln said, "The truth is your truest friend, no matter what the circumstance."
Well, Mr. Lincoln, in a perfect world, that statement would be true. Here are links that provide proof that dairy is unhealthy, unless you are a calf:
It is amazing to me, that even when people are presented the truth about the milk from a cow, they discount the information and continue to consume dairy products. If it's not broke, no need to fix it right? Well it IS broke. Did you know that cow's milk is infected with viruses such as bovine leukemia virus? http://greg-foodforthought.blogspot.com/2012/08/milkit-does-body-harm.html Maybe if someone gets sick, it'll be enough to change their minds. Maybe not. Some people resort to medication, mistakenly thinking it'll fix the problem, when in actuality the only way to heal or prevent a diet related disease is to turn to a healthy starch-based, plant-based diet- which does not include consuming the excretions/milk from another species.
In hind sight, the next time students asks me if milk is healthy, I'll give them a hint by leaving them with a question, "What is the natural purpose of a mother cow's milk?"
I could also tell them they can find the answer in the books "The Starch Solution" http://peopleforplants.blogspot.com/2012/05/from-atkins-to-dukan-fear-of-almighty.html, or "Eat To Live" http://www.drfuhrman.com/shop/ETLBook.aspx.
The titles are easy to remember.
Here in America, I cannot tell an elementary student the truth. I am sad.
Posted by Greg at 11:31 PM