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June 12, 2012

Diet Soda… Drink Liquid Poison

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Recently, one of the students from CSUB asked to shadow me as part of her university course requirements for nutrition. I agreed. Last week, the student shared with me her personal experiences after drinking a diet soda. I asked her to provide me with a writeup as part of her work. She shared with me the article written below and I am submitting the article under guest writer.

Guest Writer: Amanda Anderson, CSUB

Diet soda sounds like heaven on Earth for those who are trying to cut calories. What price would you be willing to pay though to cut a few calories out of your daily caloric intake, especially if you have been told that would help you lose weight when you are overweight?

 A few years ago, I was an avid diet soda drinker thinking that I was making a healthier intelligent choice.  However, when my doctor said that I was dehydrated, I started to drink water and cranberry juice on occasion. For a few years, I mostly drank water and cranberry juice.  I was very surprised to get a better feeling. I felt like I had more energy than I did when I drank all of the caffeine I had consumed with the diet soda.  I continued to drink more water with the occasional cranberry juice because I knew I had to stay hydrated and the water was doing just that. 

Recently, while I was at a friend’s house, this past weekend, she had offered me a diet soda.  Not giving much thought to it at the time,  I figured that one diet soda (12 ounce can) wouldn’t hurt and so I drank it.  As I already said, I had been drinking just water and cranberry juice so a soda might be a welcome change just to have something different.  Within a couple hours I had the worst headache imaginable and for the entire weekend I was nauseous and hungry to the point I could not get satisfied.  For some reason, despite my upset stomach, I felt like I needed to eat and I craved fatty foods.  I would imagine to a lesser degree, this is probably what an addict must go through. It seems as though in that short period of time with just one 12 ounce can, I was addicted. During the weekend, I didn’t think that it was the diet soda, but then after I analyzed what I ate, how I felt and the cravings I had never had before in addition to  all of the food and drinks I had consumed, the soda  was the only variable that had changed from my normal typical diet.  

What are millions of people putting into their bodies? If you have a diet coke bottle around you, read the ingredients. Other than carbonated water, do any of the ingredients sound natural or safe?  Do you know what the ingredients/chemicals are doing to your body? I didn’t think so.  The primary culprit for these reactions in the ingredient list is aspartame, which is linked to many detrimental health effects on the human body especially the brain.  According to certified nutritionist Dr. Janet Hull, aspartame is correlated with 100 side effects, including: confusion, slurring of speech, headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, depression, aggression, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, irritability, nausea, abdominal pain, and peptic ulcers (Livestrong). Hopefully you have lost your craving for diet soda by now. Diet soda is not safe for your body and the only fluid, in my opinion, one should be drinking is water. Water is completely natural and with a splash of lemon juice can also be quite delicious. Enjoy your summer with some ice water and leave the coca cola at the store!

REFERENCES:

Aspartame and Neurological Side Efffects

The Effects of Aspartame on Health

Aspartame – Anxiety, Depression and Suicide Among Children

Aspartame consumption Is Never Safe

Aspartame Causes Birth Defects and Mental Retardation

 

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All information in this article is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals and conduct their own independent research on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

The information and opinions expressed here are believed to be accurate, based on the best judgment and research available to the authors at this time, and readers who fail to consult with appropriate health authorities assume the risk of any injuries.

 

May 14, 2012

How to Unravel the Cause of Autism

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Autism is more correctly labeled as Autism Spectrum Disorder which by definition indicates a broad, wide range within a given category. Within the definition the cause is clearly stated as  “unknown”. However, there are many theories and speculations.  Some of the speculation are: the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine has been implicated, genetics (glitches in a gene called CNTNAP2), environmental and processed foods (preservatives).

How about since this is a spectrum disorder, all the speculations are possible; independent of one another or in various combinations. Analysis of the theories and supportive evidence supports the  possibility  that a combination of the theories is more accurate. If we were to look at all four theories with one theory having the greatest adverse affect, there would be twenty-four (24) possible causes. This number would increase as we eliminate any one, two or three possible causes.

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Let’s look at considering all four theories in combination. First, processed foods and the use of preservatives is used to kill harmful bacteria to make the consumption of foods safe, right! Well, these bacteria killing preservatives is killing LIVE organisms. An organism is defined as “n. 1. An individual form of life, such as a plant, animal, bacterium, protist, or fungus; a body made up of organs, organelles, or other parts” (www.dictionary.com). According to this and other definitions, your body an organism that is made up of organs. Therefore, the “SAFE” bacteria killing chemical preservatives “IS KILLING” your organism body! These preservatives are killing both the bad and good organisms in your body without discrimination or discernment.  The prevalence of these preservatives is in the majority of foods consumed by all of us daily and has a cumulative affect. This cumulative affect can potentially alter our genetic makeup creating gene with added or missing components (glitches in a gene called CNTNAP2).

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Keeping in mind the amount of  preservatives consumed may be responsible for altering our genetic makeup, deductive reasoning would suggest the genetic makeup of a fetus’s developing  brain would be altered if the mother was consuming preservative laded processed foods during pregnancy. Even if the mother changes her diet once she learns she is pregnant some adverse affect could have already impacted the fetus’s developing brain. This adverse impact could have already begun because the fetus’s brain begins to develop as early as three (3) weeks with the pregnant mother often not knowing she is indeed pregnant until after four (4) weeks. The father’s genes go into the creation of the developing fetus as well so his food consumption and impact should not be minimized, but taken into account as well following the same reasoning on preservative consumption.  The difference would be the mother’s continued consumption of preservatives during the remaining pregnancy term.

Another genetic factor to consider is family history. Once the genes have been altered, in this instance due to chemical preservatives, that gene is passed on to the fetus. However, the altered gene could be recessive,  waiting for something to wake it up out of dormancy. This something could be the MMR vaccine. In other words, preservatives created the environment within the body for susceptibility  and predisposition.

The fourth (4) aspect, environmental factor cannot be overlooked. Children and adults in lower socioeconomic environments and food deserts consume more foods with preservatives than those in more affluent environments because of perceived cost and ease of preparation. As a result, there seems to be more autistic children in lower socioeconomic environments.

In reviewing the four possible factors presented here, chemicals in processed foods seems to be the major contributing factor.

In conclusion, eating more fresh organic fruits and vegetables and minimally processed preservative free foods should reduce the numbers of children born with autism.

Finally, there are some foods known to be neuron transmitter enhancers that could assist with reducing and possibly reversing some if not the majority of the brain’s dysfunction. These foods have been known to work with other brain disorders including Alzheimer’s disease.

Some of these brain enhancers and neuron transmitter foods, herbs and spices are as follows:

blueberries, cranberries, oranges,  walnuts, basil, peppermint, rosemary, green tea, turmeric, ginger, curcumin, sage, garlic, cinnamon, eggs (yolk= memory and recall), vitamin-C foods, vitamin-B water, sweet potato, beets, yellow fin tuna, kidney beans,

Smart Cookie Bar Recipe:  

http://www.theavtimes.com/2012/03/12/brain-awareness-week-plus-scrumptious-smart-cookie-bar-recipe/

Additional brain enhancement things to consider: exercising to increase oxygen flowing to the brain and eliminating toxins from the body, relaxation with yoga and classical music especially Bach (try baby Bach).

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**NOTE: After working with numerous children with autism, I have noticed an overwhelming number being fed french fries and chicken nuggets. Ironically, french fries is a food that should be avoided according to the Journal of Nutrition. French fries and other fried foods that are rich in starch and sugar and low in protein that is cooked at high temperatures crate a toxic substance, acrylamide, that inhibits brain functioning.

 

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All information in this article is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals and conduct their own independent research on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

The information and opinions expressed here are believed to be accurate, based on the best judgment and research available to the authors at this time, and readers who fail to consult with appropriate health authorities assume the risk of any injuries.

 

 

April 28, 2012

The K-E Diet:Leaves you Full of $#!+

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This say yes to the dress extreme weight loss feeding tube, K-E Diet, that many brides are choosing to embrace in my opinion is not healthy for your body or your purse.

Let’s start with the two side affects they mention, bad breath and constipation. Bad breath is usually a sign that something is rotting or at the least disagreeable with the normal functioning of your body. Sinus problems are also an indicator of bad breath. given the fact that this tube is inserted into your nose for 10 days, what is the likelihood that a sinus condition develops?

Postnasal drip can cause bad breath. this particular diet simulates post nasal drip and possibly causes  inflammation in the air passages behind the nose leading to a possible sinus infection.
Bacteria on the back of the tongue are one of the commonest causes of bad breath. Food particles, postnasal drip and stagnant saliva build up in the ‘fur’ at the back of the tongue, providing a breeding ground for bacteria. There was nothing mentioned about drinking water which would help to cleanse the mouth from the negative affects of the dripping.
Anything that dries the mouth makes bad breath worse, because saliva and water cleanses the mouth. This particular diet resembles fasting well and  can cause in a dry mouth and worsen a bad breath problem.
This diet causes constipation because there is no fiber in the liquid they are feeding you with via the tube in your nose.   We are all intelligent and know that the lacking fiber which makes the “river” flow so you can go results in a dam in the river. The debris that backs up is toxic to your system and ultimately can lead to other diseases.
Try eating: apples, celery, prunes, lentils, quinoa, salmon, olive oil, Greek yogurt, egg, kiwi and sweet potatoes


So, let me get this right; putting a feeding tube down your nose that could be causing bad breath, sinus infection and constipation and a $1,500.00 bill is way more appealing than eating healthy and incorporating exercise with your normal daily activities! Not to mention you can keep   $1,500.00 in your pocket for a new wardrobe.
I will take the new wardrobe!

Also, doctors say this extreme rapid weight loss will not be permanent. Your brain cannot process the quick weight loss. What happens when you go back to eating solid foods?

Finally, the main reason many of these women have chosen to take this radical and unconventional method is because they do not feel like exercising. In other words, they do not feel like increasing oxygen flowing through their body increasing the likelihood of slowing down the aging process.  Exercising has so many health benefits that it will have to be covered in another blog post.

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All information in this recipe is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals and conduct their own independent research on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

The information and opinions expressed here are believed to be accurate, based on the best judgment and research available to the authors at this time, and readers who fail to consult with appropriate health authorities assume the risk of any injuries.

April 1, 2012

Healthy Never Tasted So Good… Weight Loss Schedule!

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Lemons and Limes Sliced

With the ever increasing diabetes and obesity epidemic, busy schedules and lack of expendable income to join paid membership fitness programs, I, Charmene “Mama” Vega, created Mama Vega*s Weight Loss Schedule using foods and how the body responds to them. Part of my schedule incorporates the eating traditional schedule of Norway. Years ago when I lived in Norway, I experienced eating the biggest and heaviest meal of the day at mid day, between 11 am and 2 pm. Dinner is a light meal and snacks are throughout the day. However, just like all countries in the word, diabetes and obesity/overweight has also hit Norway and other Scandinavian countries. However, there is a significant difference; it is maybe ten percent (10%) as compared to an excess of sixty percent (60%) in the United States according to recent reports.

Creating Mama Vega*s Weight Loss Schedule not only incorporated the Norwegian consumption amounts, but cold water and natural fibers to enhance weight loss. Merely drinking eight (8) glasses of COLD water can assist you with losing 66.6 kilo calories per day. This may not sound like much, but over the course of one year, this would be approximately 7.3 pounds for just drinking COLD water. Obviously, drinking more COLD water will increase weight loss. Adding exercise, sleep and diet (fiber, low sodium, reduced calories) to the mix and you have a perfect recipe for a Healthy Never Tasted So Good… Weight Loss Schedule.

Below is a convenient simplified chart I have created:

TIME

WHAT TO EAT

WHEN YOU SHOULD EAT

WHY YOU SHOULD EAT

6:00 am Void (bathroom)
6:05 Weigh yourself
6:10 am – 6:20 am 1-2 c COLD alkaline water with fresh lemon and lime added COLD water before exercising – generally promotes exercising 25% longer in addition to revving up the metabolism The bitter taste of the lemon and lime stimulates the release of digestive enzymes in the stomach in preparation for food consumed later
6:30 am – 7:30 am ½ c – 1 c COLD water 39 ̊F during exercise (above) every 30 minutes Stay hydrated – assists with blood circulation Get your heart rate up to 50% – 75% its normal rate for a sustained 20 minutes
7:30 2 c COLD water 39 ̊F after exercising (above) per 1 lb weight lost during exercise, gives you a feeling of fullness so you eat less, plumps cells reducing wrinkles, lubricate joints, Replenish water loss during exercise – rehydrate, removes toxins (ie lactic acid ), reduces water retention by flushing out excess sodium, promotes alkalinity which balances the pH in your body and reduces illness 60 % of your body weight is water therefore, the amount of water consumed per day must be at least 50% of your weight in ounces in order to stay hydrated

Average:

Man 191 lbs = 13 cups

Woman 164 lbs = 10 cups

Although the man consumption by calculation would be 12 cups, the Mayo Clinic recommends 13 cups

7:45 Fiber – eat 15 minutes before every meal for a sense of fullness and ease of elimination Chia or Konjac root (Asia & India) absorbs 50 times their weight in water making you feel full *Natural sources: raspberries, pear with skin, apple with skin, strawberries, banana, dried fig, raisin, barley, bran, Man 30g – 38 g per day Woman 25g – 28g per day
8:00 am -8:30 am Eat Take at least 25 minutes to consume the meal, chew slowly, if a smoothie, drink slowly Do not consume water with your meal – this dilutes the digestive enzymes in the stomach slowing down the digestive process Wait about 20 minutes after the meal before drinking more COLD water- remember you must consume 50% of your weight in ounces
10:00 am Snack *Fiber (see chart below)
10:30 am COLD water39 ̊F Use a straw when drinking water – ironically you will drink more and faster
11:45 am Snack *Fiber
12:00 DINNER This will be the largest meal and heaviest meal of the day Eating at this time allows your body to burn off the calories more efficiently Bring food from home so you have the full lunch time (average 30 minutes) to eat your food slowly allowing for digestion to take place – digestion begins in the mouth with chewing so chew well
1:00 pm COLD water 39 ̊F
2:00 pm Snack *Fiber
3:00 pm COLD water 39 ̊F
4:00 pm Snack *Fiber
5:00 pm COLD water 39 ̊F
6:00 pm Light meal Eat some fiber 15 minutes before the meal The meal should be eaten at least 3 hours before you go to bed **NOTE: every pound of carb stores holds 3 – 5 lbs of water
Afternoon times SNACK = even hours WATER = odd hours

Berries High In Fiber

Fiber chart:

SOLUBLE FIBER

INSOLUBLE FIBER

Raspberry 1 c = 8 g Flax seeds 1T = 3g
Pear with skin medium = 5.5 g 1 c carrots sliced and steamed lightly 5g 1 c barley 6g
Apple with skin medium = 4.4 g 1 c broccoli steamed lightly 4.5g ¾ c bran 5.3g
Strawberries cut in half 1 ¼ c = 3.8 g 1 medium sweet potato 4g oatmeal
Banana medium = 3.1g 1 c cauliflower steamed lightly 3g 3 c popcorn (air popped) 3.5g
Orange medium = 3.1g 2 c raw chopped spinach 3g 1 c brown rice 3.5g
Fig dried (2) = 1.0g Other fresh fruits and vegetables Whole grains
Raisin 2T = 1.0g

 

Health Disclaimer

All information in this recipe is provided for your information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals and conduct their own independent research on any matter relating to their health and well-being.

The information and opinions expressed here are believed to be accurate, based on the best judgment and research available to the authors at this time, and readers who fail to consult with appropriate health authorities assume the risk of any injuries.

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