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How Strong Is Your Health Foundation?

Hello Fellow Health Seekers:

When you build a house, you lay a foundation upon which the frame of the house sits to hold up and hold  together the structure of the house.

When you plant a seedling or tree, you secure the roots deep into the soil for stability so the roots may expand, grow deeper and withstand wind or microbes that would prevent it in  yielding its fruit.

If you have a strong health foundation, you have the strength (immune system), emotional balance and secure environment to fight and overcome any health challenge that may come your way. How solid is your health foundation? Is it the same old, same old  as it has been for years or are you proactive in improving and maintaining  good health?

Just as successful people set financial, career or personal goals, what are your health goals? What are you doing daily to add to your health capital?

You most valuable asset is your health? Your daily or  weekly goals or lack of will have  a long term effect down the road: be it arthritis, depression, diabetes, cancer, leaky gut, thyroid issues etc.

Please join me on Tuesday, January 10th at 8 PM EST as I offer strategies and ways to  change your current habits  that will lead to new empowering behavors.

What if you could wake up every morning refreshed? what if you didn’t have to suffer from digestive issues and be comfortable going out for dinner with friends? what if you could eliminate joint pain and walk up the stairs with ease? what if you could come home from work stress-free? what if you could ward off cancer (even if it has been in the family for generations), what if your favourite phrase was no longer “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired?” What would that be worth to you? How would that change your life?  Your relationships with family and friends? Your outlook on life?

How committed are you:”Achieve Any Health Goal You Set?”

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See you on the 10th of January.

Good health is a choice, so choose wisely!

Alexi Bracey

The Modern Plague

Hello Fellow Health Seekers;

Serious matters first:

Insulin resistance has been linked to diabetes, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol to name a few but not by Allopathic doctors. Insulin resistance goes undiagnosed as the culprit for the above mentioned health concerns and is not part of the routine blood screening tests.

It is todays MODERN PLAGUE!

Sugar si the cocaine of the 21st centruy. Testing with mice showed that fed cocaine over a period of time to make them addicticted to it; when given sugar, it was their preferred substance of choice over cocaine!

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo has studied insulin resistance and diabetes for over 25 years. She lost several family memebers because of undiagnosed insulin resistance or not connecting the illness with it. She recently hosted an excellent webinar. I highly recommend that at the very least, you watch  the first hour, especially if you or a family member  are suffering from any of  the above mentioned health challenges. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9ywa6lZ-cc

On a related note, it has been researched and individuals who have uncontrollable eating urges/binges or don’t have the will power to loose weight or give up sugar, here is a quiz to determine your food sensitivity score, (once more insulin related.) www.foodfreedomquiz.com. Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson who has done extensive research in this field is also in the webinar at about the 70 minute mark. Very interesting information indeed.

Another excellent link for this silent killer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhQ4KuTT648&feature=youtu.be

On a lighter note:

Individuals function differently and more effectively at different times depending on their circadian cycle in a sense; some better in the AM, some better at night. This is a fun quiz to determine which animal/mammal you most resonate with: www.powerofwhenquiz.com

On a yummy note:

They say “It is not the gift, but the though that went into it” May I suggest delicious, tasty treats and snacks that happen to be dairy/gluten/sugar free…could say they are healing.I have them available for purchase in the GTA and surrounding areas, with samples available. I can meet you at your favourite Tea Bar or we can do a “drug” exchange at your favourite shopping mall parking lot. LOL. For a description and photos, please visit my stovelesscuisine page on FaceBook. And of course”Like” it.

Good health is a choice, so choose wisely!


Five Major Poisons Inherently Found in ANimal Foods


Written by John A. McDougall, M.D.

Protein, fat, cholesterol, methionine (a sulfur-containing amino acid) and dietary acids, which are all superabundant in animal foods, are poisoning nearly everyone following the standard Western diet. Most people cannot fathom this because it takes four or more decades of consumption before disability, disfigurement and death become common from these endogenous toxins. This long latent period fools the public into thinking there is no harm done by choosing an animal-food-based diet. If the case were one of instantaneous feedback — one plate of fried eggs caused excruciating chest pains, paralysis from a stroke followed a prime rib dinner or a hard cancerous lump appeared within a week of a grilled cheese sandwich — then eating animal foods would be widely recognized as an exceedingly unwise choice. Similar failures to appreciate slow poisonings from our lifestyle choices are seen with tobacco and alcohol use. If one package of cigarettes were followed by a week on a respirator or a bottle or two of gin caused hepatic (liver) coma, then no one would indulge in these instruments of long-drawn-out death. The difference defining the failure to take long overdue actions is that the dangers from tobacco and alcohol use are universally known and accepted, whereas almost everyone considers red meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products necessary parts of a healthy diet.

The Art of Selling Slow Poisons:
Distract the Consumer Sellers of animal foods for human consumption draw in customers with the marketing strategy of “unique positioning” — each industry tries to make its merchandise stand apart from other foods by promoting a nutrient that is especially plentiful in its product. Over time, this effective advertising approach has meant that the mention of calcium brings to mind milk and cheese, iron has become synonymous with beef and eggs are well known as the “best source of high quality protein.”

Because these highly sensationalized nutrients are always plentiful in basic plant foods, illnesses from deficiencies of these nutrients are essentially unknown, as long as there is enough food to eat. Thus, there are no real nutritional advantages to choosing red meat, poultry, dairy and egg products with an especially high density of one particular nutrient. Ironically, milk and cheese are iron deficient, and red meat, poultry and eggs (unless you eat the shells) contain almost no calcium.

Focusing on the abundance of an individual nutrient accomplishes an even more insidious marketing goal; it diverts the consumer’s, and oftentimes the professional dietitian’s, attention away from the harmful impact on the human body of consuming all kinds of animal foods. In my 42 years of providing medical care, I have never seen a patient sickened by eating potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, rice, beans, fruits and/or vegetables (unspoiled and uncontaminated).

However, during my everyday practice I have witnessed (just like every other practicing medical doctor) a wide diversity of diseases, including heart attacks, strokes, type-2 diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis and cancer from eating freshly killed and/or collected, as well as processed and/or preserved, animal-derived foods.

A Simplified View of Animal-food Poisoning

Animal foods — be they from cow, pig or chicken muscles, or the ovum of a bird or the lactation fluids of a mammal — are all so similar in their nutritional makeup and their impact on human health that they should be considered as the same (see the comparison tables at the end of this article, page 57). In order to avoid the confusion created by the marketing strategy of “unique positioning,” let’s look at different kinds of animal products mixed together to make one food, and compare them to their antithesis, starches. If I were to blend together red meat, chicken, eggs and cheese, which most Americans do three or more times a day in their stomachs, the end product would be a highly acidic mixture of mostly protein, fat and water — each individual food having contributed a similar amount of each component.

A blend of various starches — beans, rice, potatoes and sweet potatoes —  would produce an opposite in composition.

The Five Overloads from Animal Foods that Poison Us Protein, fat, cholesterol, sulfur- containing amino acids (methionine, for example) and dietary acids poison us when consumed in amounts that exceed the body’s metabolic capabilities to detoxify and eliminate the excesses. Compared to the proper human diet, which is based on starches (see my February 2009 newsletter at DrMcDougall.com), animal foods burden us with three times more protein, 15 times more fat, greater than 100 times more cholesterol, four times more methionine and at least 10 times more dietary acid. Furthermore, the toxic effects of these poisons are interactive. For example, excesses of protein, methionine and dietary acids work together to destroy the bones. Excesses of dietary fat and cholesterol combine their deleterious effects to damage the arteries (atherosclerosis) and promote cancer. Let me provide some more details on how these five destructive elements from animal foods ruin your health.

Protein Overload

Once your protein needs are met then the excess must be eliminated from your body, primarily by your liver and kidneys. You can notice an overload of protein by the strong smell of urea in your body sweat and urine. The work of eliminating excess protein takes a toll even on healthy people. On average, 25% of kidney function is lost over a lifetime (70 years) from consuming the high animal-protein Western diet.1, 2 For people with already damaged livers and kidneys, consuming excess protein will speed up the processes that lead to complete organ failure.3 – 7 Excess protein damages the bones. Doubling the dietary intake of protein increases the loss of calcium into the urine by 50%, fostering the development of osteoporosis and kidney stones.8 Lipotoxicity (Fat Overload)

The most recent report (for 2007 to 2008) on the epidemic of obesity in the U.S. finds 33.8% of adults obese with 68.0% of all adults overweight.9 Dietary fats are almost effortlessly stored in your body fat.10 When consumed in excess, dietary fats also result in a surplus of fats stored in your liver, heart and muscles. From all this over-accumulation, insulin resistance develops, contributing to other health problems, including heart disease, strokes and type-2 diabetes.11 The extra pounds you carry around cause damage to the joints of your lower extremities (osteoarthritis). Excess fat in your diet and on your body alters your cellular metabolism, promoting cancers by many already discovered mechanisms.12

Cholesterol Overload

Cholesterol is only found in animal products. As an animal, you make all the cholesterol you need. Unfortunately, your capacity to eliminate it is limited to a little more than the amount you make. As a result, the cholesterol added by eating animal foods accumulates in your body parts, including your skin, tendons and arteries. Cholesterol deposited in your arteries is a major contributor to vascular diseases of your heart and brain.13 Cholesterol also facilitates cancer development.14

Sulfur Toxicity

Overconsumption of sulfur-containing amino acids (for example, methionine) will cause you many unwelcome problems.15 Most noticeably, sulfur stinks, like rotten eggs, causing halitosis, body odor and noxious flatus. Methionine is metabolized into homocysteine, a risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, peripheral vascular disease, venous thrombosis, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and depression. Sulfur feeds cancerous tumors and is known to be toxic to the tissues of the intestine. Sulfur-containing amino acids are metabolized into sulfuric acid — one of the most potent acids found in nature.

Acid Overload

After ingestion, your body must neutralize the over-abundance of endogenous dietary acids in the animal foods you eat. Your bones are the primary buffering system of your body.16 – 20 They counteract these dietary acids by releasing alkaline materials (carbonate, citrate and sodium) — thereby the bones dissolve. Acids from animal foods also raise cortisol (steroid) levels in your body.21 An excess of steroids is another mechanism for further bone loss. The net result from this chronic acid poisoning is kidney stones and osteoporosis.

Detoxifying with a Starch-based Diet

Simply by making the right food choices you will immediately relieve yourself from the burden of five dietary poisons inherently found in animal foods. At the same time, you will be reducing your intake of pesticides, antibiotics and other toxic chemicals found in high concentrations in most animal foods. You will also be adding generous amounts of complex carbohydrates, dietary fibers, alkaline substances and a healthy balance of vitamins, minerals and essential phyto-chemicals to your body. And finally, you will be avoiding exposure to animal-borne, infectious microbes (bacteria, viruses, parasites and prions) that can cause acute and deadly illnesses. Give yourself a break today: choose starches, free of the five endogenous poisons  superabundant in animal foods.

Calculations based on information found in: Pennington J. Food Values of Portions