1. Like Eating Margarine!
If margarine was good for you, you could buy it at the health food store! People are eating margarine instead of butter because butter is high in saturated fat, which has become synonymous with death! The fallacy of this sacred principle–that butter is bad and margarine is safe–is finally coming to light!
Margarine is made from vegetable oil. The extraction process, whereby the oil is extracted from the vegetables or seeds, involves a tremendous amount of heat, breaking apart the carbon bonds of the polyunsaturated oils, leading to rancidity and the formation of free radicals. Free radicals are like St. Patricks Day revelers on a Saturday night, falling and crashing into everything! (It happens to be St. Patrick’s Day as I’m sitting here.) Free radicals bump into everything they encounter, stealing electrons as they go, such as from cell walls. The loss of electrons causes the cells to oxidize, making them unstable and, ultimately, die.
So, we begin with our rancid oil, to which we add the preservatives BHA and BHT–both suspected of causing cancer and brain damage–and now the oil has to be turned into a solid; so, bring in the hydrogen and nickel as a catalyst, and turn up the heat!!!! Next we need emulsifiers and starch for consistency. Then it has to be “steam-cleaned”. (Don’t ask! Sounds really “natural” doesn’t it?) The “steam-cleaning” is for the purpose of removing the really awful smell. Oy vey!
Chemical changes occur during the hydrogenation process: Due to the high temperature and the nickel catalyst, the hydrogen atoms change position on the fatty acid chain, one atom moves to the other side in a way not found in nature. This is called the “trans formation”, hence the term, “Trans Fats”! These are the things to stay away from, people, not saturated fats, Trans Fats! Read your food labels! If you see the words “partially hydrogenated oil”, this is what you’re getting!
Trans fats make their way into cell membranes and interfere with cell metabolism. They block utilization of essential fatty acids, increase serum cholesterol and depress your immune system. Hydrogenated fats are associated with cancer, atherosclerosis which leads to heart disease and stroke, arthritis, diabetes, obesity, nearly all chronic disease; and yet, margarine is presumed to be a “health food”!
What foods contain trans fats? Well, for one thing, fast-food French fries, donuts, candy bars, potato chips, cookies, fried chicken, other fried foods, crackers, pastries, cake…. Are you eating margarine for your health? Can you see what a mistake that is? Bring back the butter! Here’s the butter I eat, from grass-fed cows:
2. Using Sun Block!
There is nothing wrong with the sun. There’s plenty wrong with sun block!
This is another myth like “butter is bad”! Of course, if you’re as pale as I am, you can’t go out on the beach for 2 hours on a tropical island at noon and lie out in the sun — trust me, I know! You have to work up gradually to such exposure! But is the sun bad for you? No! You need sun just like your plants do! Why should you avoid sun block? Do you know what’s in it? Well maybe you should read the label! Remember, whatever you put on your skin goes through your pores and into your bloodstream! Here’s what’s in sun block:
Oxybenzone–Acts like estrogen in the body, alters sperm production in animals, associated with endometriosis in women, high rates of skin allergy.
Octinoxate–Hormone-like activity; affects the reproductive system, causes thyroid problems and behavioral alterations in animal studies.
Homosalate–Hormone disruptor — estrogen, androgen and progesterone.
Avobenzone–Chlorine from swimming pools transforms Avobenzone into acetyl benzenes and phenols, two highly toxic chemicals linked to cancer and infertility among other things. High rates of skin allergy.
Parabens–Preservatives: allergic reactions and hormonal disruption.
What can you put on your skin instead to protect yourself from sun burn without causing harm? The answer is so obvious:
Do you know that Aloe Vera is an unmatched healer for burns? You should have aloe in your kitchen like I do, just pour it on your hand every time you burn yourself and in seconds or minutes, that whole burn incident will be a thing of the past! Of course, a leaf of the real plant is the best thing–slice it open and smear on the sap. But Aloe Juice in a bottle works as well!
Use this instead of sun block:
3. Getting Tattoos
Speaking of putting things on your skin and having them go right into your blood stream…. whose idea was this anyway? Do you have any idea what’s in tattoo ink? Many of the chemicals were intended for use in writing, printer ink and automobile paint! The FDA doesn’t regulate tattoo ink and doesn’t demand disclosure of what’s being used; in fact, they’re considered trade secrets; meaning, they could contain any chemical at all and they don’t have to tell you! According to Wikipedia, a wide range of dyes and colors are used “…from inorganic materials like titanium dioxide and iron oxides to carbon black, azo dyes, and acridine, quinoline, phthalocyanine and naphthol derivates, dyes made from ash, and other mixtures. Currently popular is Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS plastic), used in Intenze, Millenium and other ABS pigmented brands.”
Sounds really safe!
What have tattoos been known to cause? Skin infections, psoriasis, dermatitis, other skin conditions and tumors. Some hospitals won’t do MRI’s on people with tattoos because of the metal particles in the ink. No long-term studies have ever been done on tattooing, the ingredients, or the effect on the human body. There’s a saying, “If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin!” I learned this the hard way! Many years ago, I was taking an antibiotic that I was warned not to mix with alcohol, that drinking alcoholic beverages was totally disallowed or one could get very sick. So, one day, as I’m taking this antibiotic, called Flagyl, I was experiencing an itchy spot on my leg so I innocently applied some rubbing alcohol to it to stop the itching. OMG! Big mistake! I got so sick, I was sick the whole day; and I didn’t even drink the alcohol, I just put it on my skin; but, the effect was the same! So, yes, what you put on your skin goes right into your body as if you had eaten it, think about that the next time you go to be tattooed.
4. Taking Tylenol (Acetaminophen)
Tylenol has long been considered a benign pain killer and fever-reducer; in other words, no problem! I hear about people giving it to their children all the time! According to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2004, acetaminophen, 4 times a week over a period of four years, resulted in twice the number of blood cancers than in those not taking the drug.)
There’s already an FDA warning that Tylenol is toxic to the liver. Here’s a headline from www.FDA.gov:
Advisory Committee Meeting – Liver injury related to the use of acetaminophen ()
and there are studies that link it to kidney disease:
“New research shows that long-term use of acetaminophen — sold under the brand name Tylenol — harms kidneys. This research was conducted on 1,700 women, and spanned 11 years. Overall, it showed that 10% of the women experienced a decline in their kidney function, indicating that their kidneys were being harmed by this over-the-counter painkiller. Women who took between 1,500 and 9,000 tablets over their lifetimes raised their risk of kidney impairment by 64%, and women who took more than 9,000 tablets increased their risk even further. This is yet more evidence of the dangers of consuming over-the-counter painkillers on a frequent basis. As a whole, over-the-counter painkillers are responsible for killing over 40,000 Americans each year — that includes aspirin, acetaminophen, and other painkillers.” )
According to a 2009 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, acetaminophen is the main cause of drug overdose visits to the ER among children, more than 7,000 children per year. )
A report in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine states that adolescents who take acetaminophen just once a month have a doubled risk of developing asthma! ) That’s astounding!
You’re probably wondering what you can possibly give to your kids now? The answer is: Homeopathy! This is what homeopathy is for! It’s natural and safe when used as instructed. All you need is an acute prescribing book like this:
A 30C Emergency Kit, like this:
which I see is on sale now for $119. I know, I know, but it will last a lifetime, I promise you! There are 50 remedies in this kit, that’s only a little over $2 a remedy!
5. Drinking Milk
You’re probably thinking, “Is nothing safe?” And so to answer your question, no. What’s wrong with milk? If it’s from the usual supermarket, plenty! They’re getting their milk from cows kept in CAFO’s, do you know what they are? Here’s one now:
Nice “farm”! These cows do not graze, do not eat grass. That would require a pasture, which would necessitate land, which would cost money. Do you see the problem? So these cows do not eat their real food. They’re given grains to fatten them up, they’re given female hormones for the same reason and antibiotics. How nutritious do you suppose their milk is? Plus, do you really want to perpetuate this unbelievably cruel living situation with your dollars? Then there must be some place you can go to buy milk besides Walmart, Target and your local supermarket. At the very least, buy organic milk. Best case scenario, you buy raw milk from the health food store or the farmer’s market, or try almond milk or flax milk or coconut milk (make sure there’s no added sugar–read labels!) This is what a raw milk dairy looks like:
Oh look! It’s a farm!!!!! I remember those!!!!
We have to support these places with our shopping dollars or we’re not going to have them anymore!
6. Buying Juice
People, I don’t know what you think juice is; but, this ain’t it!
Real juice goes bad! It has a short shelf-life. It separates. Have you noticed that when you open a carton or bottle of juice, it’s all uniform? It doesn’t separate and it keeps indefinitely? How have they achieved this miracle of science? First by boiling it. (Can you possibly conceive of freshly squeezing orange juice, and then pouring it into a pot and boiling it? I can’t either!) but that’s what “pasteurization” means, and all juices are pasteurized. But that’s not all! There’s so much more! I had to look it up. I found this explanation by googling, “How do they make orange juice?” See below:
“How do you make orange juice? … Complicated! Squeeze oranges, remove oxygen, re-flavor the now-flavorless orange juice with artificially orange “flavor packs” and…drink.
I never thought about it but it makes incredible sense now. Orange juice from Tropicana, Simply Orange, Minute Maid, Florida’s Natural, etc.—they’re all ridiculously consistent in their flavor. And the trick isn’t to get the most delicious tasting oranges but rather to create their own unique artificial flavor.
It all starts with stripping the oxygen. Once the juice is squeezed and stored in gigantic vats, they start removing oxygen. Why? Because removing oxygen from the juice allows the liquid to keep for up to a year without spoiling. But! Removing that oxygen also removes the natural flavors of oranges. … So in order to have OJ actually taste like oranges, companies hire flavor and fragrance companies, the same ones that make perfumes for Dior, to create “flavor packs” to make juice taste like…juice again.” ()
Hopefully you now know that “juice” bought from the supermarket is not real juice! This is how you make real juice:
or, like this with a juicer:
No more fake juice, OK?
Now, for the rest, I’m only going to say this once, so, listen carefully!
1. Cooking in aluminum and teflon pots? They’re toxic! Buy stainless steel!
2. Silver dental fillings? They’re half mercury! Tell the dentist you want “composites”.
3. Fluoride treatments at the dentist? Fluoride is toxic! Just say no!
4. Soda? There is absolutely nothing in it that supports life! Make your own soda, buy some seltzer water. Squeeze some oranges in it and, voila! Orange soda! Make “Sprite” with seltzer water, lemons and limes, add some raw sugar and stir.
5. Make-up? Hair dye? Lotions? Deodorant and other commercial products you put on your skin? They’re toxic! Buy them at the health food store!
6. Boxed commercial cereals? Read the labels and just say no! Go to the granola bins at the health food store.
Take a cereal like “Honey Bunches of Oats”. Sounds nutritious, doesn’t it? Did you know there’s more corn in this cereal than oats? So why isn’t it called “Honey Kernels of Corn”? I don’t know! And it’s GM corn too, you can be sure of that! Let’s look at the ingredients list on the box of Honey Bunches of Oats:
Corn, Whole Grain Wheat, Sugar, Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Brown Sugar, Rice, Vegetable Oil (Canola Or Sunflower Oil), Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Salt, Corn Syrup, Whey (From Milk), Wildflower Honey, Malted Corn And Barley Syrup, Caramel Color, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Annatto Extract (Color). Bht Added To Packaging Material To Preserve Product Freshness.
What comes after corn on this list? Wheat, then comes sugar; but, wait! How much sugar is in this cereal, really? Let’s add it up: We’ve got sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, honey…good lord! Do you see what they’ve done? They’ve added the sugar in by different names so that “sugar” won’t be, in fact, THE NUMBER-ONE INGREDIENT in this cereal!!!! Not to mention the artificial flavors and preservatives.
If you want to buy cereal, go to the health food store and look for the granola bins:
OK, that does it for me! I hope you’re going to change your buying habits for the better now! See you back here again next time for another exciting edition of “Tidbits”!
Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
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