TAXPAYER FUNDED JUNK FOOD
GOOD IDEA OR BAD IDEA?
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“There’s a basic question of dignity and freedom here. Poverty is undignified. It’s not that SNAP beneficiaries are eating a lot more chips than the rest of us. We all eat too many chips in this country.” The Yale-educated David Beckmann (Rev.), president of the Washington DC-based Bread for the World. Taken from the December 2, 2012 issue of Bloomberg News.
| |America has always been about community --- much more so in the past than now. When people fell on hard times, someone was there to help pick them up and get them back on their feet again. Historically, much of this job fell to the Church. Over time, the church's failure to do her job created a vacuum; the void of which has been filled by big government. It's difficult to argue that our government has not gone far beyond merely helping people get back on their feet again. It is also quite debatable how much good long term subsidies of anything do --- including food (HERE is a simple example).
For most taxpaying Americans, the answer to the question raised in the title seems like a no-brainer.
It's a question that I addressed SEVERAL MONTHS AGO
, as this issue keeps coming up for debate in congress. Part of the problem though is with OBESITY
being such a health catastrophe here in the US; funding any kind of junk food with taxpayer dollars is the equivalent of another subsidy for the Junk Food Industry ---- not to mention both Big Pharma and the medical community. This is a situation where if it really wanted to, the Federal Government could step in and solve this problem with little fanfare. But they won't. In similar fashion to the WIC Program (Women, Infants, and Children), there needs to be some strict limits on what folks can buy on another's dime.
How about vegetables? Whole chickens would be a good choice as well? Beans and eggs would also fall into this category. These are what my generation or older would refer to as "dietary staples
". Candy, junk food, and heavily processed foods? I fail to see the logic. In fact, I think that keeping any and all forms of junk food in SNAP is an impossible position to defend. But that's exactly what Dr. Beckmann and numerous other have attempted to do.
I have heard of poor arguments before, but Beckmann's argument --- an argument widely held by many other governmental decision-makers --- takes the cake (literally). It is ridiculous for taxpayers to end up footing the bill for other people's JUNK FOOD HABITS
simply because it would create a 'stigma
' for those who use SNAP (S
rogram ---- the new name for the old "Food Stamp
" program). Sorry, but being able to put absolutely anything one wishes into a shopping cart and then whip out their government-authorized "Credit Card
" to pay for it all is not a constitutionally-protected right. Our country is not only broke, we are approaching 20 trillion in the hole. Furthermore, medical costs are at an all-time high, with BLOOD SUGAR / OBESITY-DRIVEN DISEASES leading the charge.
Should we be surprised that the same politicians who have been cuddling up with lobbyists from the junk food, processed food, and soda industries, have been on the receiving end of 10 million lobbying dollars this year alone? That is how desperately these industries are at keeping their products in the SNAP Program.
Must be why the USDA (they administer SNAP) recently blocked
attempts by both Minnesota and New York to prevent those on SNAP from purchasing soda or candy. The USDA's official response to their blocking the block? Doing so would, "perpetuate the myth that participants do not make wise food purchasing choices.
" That's it? Are you joking me? This is political correctness and cronyism run amok!
But hey, what can you expect from politicians who have created programs to buy people cell phones and computers? The cold truth is that WASTE
is easy when it's other people's money. This is why socialism / communism never work. Dr. Beckmann is correct about one thing --- this is not simply a SNAP issue. As a nation, we are
making terrible food choices
. But this cycle has to stop somewhere. Email your congressman about this issue. HERE
is an example of how a ban on certain food(s) looks.
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THE MYTH OF
"FAT BUT FIT"
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"Kramer and colleagues conclude that being metabolically unhealthy at any weight confers health risks, and that normal weight does not necessarily indicate cardio-metabolic health. These findings cast doubt on the existence of metabolically healthy obesity..... Our results do not support this concept of 'benign obesity' and demonstrate that there is no 'healthy' pattern of obesity" From an editorial and study that were both published in the December 3 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, "Are Metabolically Healthy Overweight and Obesity Benign Conditions?: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis"
I'll never forget it. A number of years ago, I had a terribly obese patient who was going in for a major surgery. This person told me that after their pre-surgery physical, their doctor had said that, "Sure you're a bit overweight, but you are as healthy as a horse. In fact there are now studies showing how carrying extra weight is actually good for you.
" Within a year or two, this person was dead ---- of a heart attack. It kind of reminds me of Chris Christie (the very overweight governor of New Jersey) telling the media to "shut up
" because he believed himself to be "remarkably healthy
" in spite of his undeniable weight problem.
If you Google, "Fat but Fit" you'll get over 27,000,000 (that's 27 million) hits. Many, if not most of these articles talk about research that shows, "it's not how much you weigh, but how healthy you are". And believe it or not, there are even those who, like I showed you above, say that carrying excess pounds is actually healthier than being normal weight. New research is throwing water on this crazy idea. But before we delve deeper into this topic, I think we need to address what large numbers of people in the medical community have been referring to as Metabolically Healthy Obesity or MHO for short (not to be confused with Metabolically Obese, Normal Weight --- MONW --- aka "Skinny Fat").
Brand new scientific research from The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
, and The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
shed some light on this particular topic. Although no one has come up with any sort of "official" designation, some of the factors that seemed to best characterize MHO are.....
- INSULIN RESISTANCE or lack thereof (people in the MHO category had four times the rate of Diabetes of those of normal weight.)
Despite what many experts have told us for the past number of years, it looks like the jig is up. Some of this may be due to the NEW GUIDELINES ON OBESITY
. However, most of it is likely due to a recent spate of studies showing that excess non-lean body mass is a risk factor for early death, no matter the circumstances. In fact, Salynn Boyles wrote earlier this week in MedPage Today
that, "Metabolically healthy, obese people were found to have a long-term increased risk for death and cardiovascular events compared with their normal-weight counterparts, suggesting there is no such thing as benign obesity. Metabolically healthy obese people have a long-term increased risk for death and cardiovascular events compared with their normal-weight counterparts, suggesting there is no such thing as benign obesity.
Dr Caroline Kramer (M.D. / Ph.D) of Mount Siani Hospital in Toronto Canada is the person who actually performed the above-mentioned research. Mind you, she did not do any new research. She simply re-analyzed 8 of the biggest studies ever done on this topic, this time accounting for several variables (her
systematic review and meta-analysis involved over 60,000 people). A same-issue editorial from researchers at the University of Colorado carried an identical message. "Obesity is taking a toll on the health and well-being of Americans. Accepting that no level of obesity is healthy is an important step toward deciding how best to use our resources and our political will to develop and implement strategies to combat the obesity epidemic.
" Just understand that none of these "POLITICAL RESOURCES
also) have been shown to be worth a flip at reversing, or for that matter, even preventing OBESITY
JUST A FEW OF THE MANY HEALTH PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH OBESITY
- Nearly 400,000 Americans per year die as the direct result of complications associated with being overweight.
If you want to get serious about WEIGHT LOSS, just click on the link and start reading.
- Obesity is associated with all sorts of Cardiovascular Risks including CHOLESTEROL ISSUES and TYPE II DIABETES. "In 1990 about 11 million Americans had type-2 (adult onset) diabetes, a disease of insulin resistance that commonly coexists with obesity. Just nine years later the number was 16 million, or about 6 percent of all Americans. Then, from 1999 to 2003, we saw a 41-percent increase in diagnosed diabetes" Jeff Schweitzer from his Huffington Post article called The Dangerous Myth of 'Fat but Fit'.
- Obesity causes CANCER.
- SLEEP APNEA is more common in obese people.
- HORMONAL PROBLEMS are more common in the obese as well
- Each increase two pound increase in weight, increases your chances of developing DEGENERATIVE ARTHRITIS by about 10 percent.
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THE SUGAR / CANCER / OBESITY LINK
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"Endometrial cancers are the most common gynecologic cancers in developed countries." Dr. CS Oldenberg from April 2013's issue of Gynecologic Oncology ("The Relationship of Body Mass Index with Quality of Life Among Endometrial Cancer Survivors")
If you happened to catch my recent post on SUGAR CAUSES CANCER
, you already know that mainstream medicine all but completely denies any existence of a link between the two. This brand new study might provide a wake up call.
The study, done at
the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health in Minneapolis, and published in the latest issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention
, showed that the rate of estrogen-dependent Endometrial Cancer (cancer that forms in the tissue lining the uterus) nearly doubled (a whopping 78% increase
) in women drinking four or more sweetened drinks a week (that would be one every other day). Listen to what Charles Bankhead wrote on this subject in Friday's issue of MedPage Today.
"Consumption of sugar-containing drinks has risen in parallel to the prevalence of obesity in the U. S., offering one potential explanation for sugar's association with endometrial cancer, which occurs disproportionately in obese women. In developed nations, obesity is associated with at least half of type I [estrogen-dependant] endometrial cancers. Epidemiologic studies have linked higher intake of sugar-sweetened drinks to higher risks of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Collectively, available evidence provides biologic plausibility for sugar-sweetened drink consumption as a contributing factor in endometrial cancer..... The finding that sugar-sweetened drinks might contribute to the most common type of endometrial cancer is not particularly surprising, given the cancer's association with obesity"
Listen folks; nearly ALL DISEASES start the same way. Once you begin to understand this, you can begin to understand why OBESITY is so intimately linked to so many different chronic illnesses, and why dietary changes are so critical to your regaining your health. What diet do I recommend? That's easy. For the vast majority of you; the PALEO DIET is the way to go. Don't simply shrug it off. Click on the link, do a little bit of research, and learn why going Paleo might not simply solve your weight issues, but your INFLAMMATORY HEALTH ISSUES as well.
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WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY
IS IT WORTH IT?
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An annual $190 billion is spent on obesity-related medical costs, according to a Reuters report, citing data from the Mayo Clinic. There are even obesity-associated costs to the overall economy. The report says job absenteeism among the obese is higher, airlines need an extra $5 billion in jet fuel to fly heavy passengers compared to 1960 weight data, and we spend an additional $4 billion annually on extra gas for heavy passengers and drivers. Bruce Kennedy from MSN's MONEY "Is weight-loss surgery worth the cost?" (Feb 25, 2013).
There is no one in this country who would not readily admit that OBESITY
is a huge (no pun intended) problem here in America. Enter Dr. David Cummings of the University of Washington in Seattle --- a world renowned Endocrinologist, whose specialty is Bariatric (weight loss) Surgery (for those of you who are not sure what the body's Endocrine System is, take a moment and visit ENDOGUT
). According to the University's website, one of Dr. Cumming's three prime areas of research includes, "clarifying hormonal mechanisms that contribute to weight loss and diabetes resolution after bariatric surgery
". A popular online encyclopedia defines it thusly, "A variety of procedures performed on people who are obese. Weight loss is achieved by reducing the size of the stomach with a gastric band or through removal of a portion of the stomach or by resecting and re-routing the small intestines to a small stomach pouch.
" Although it varies for different procedures, the cost for Bariatric Surgery runs between $15
,000 and $45,000.
What do the studies say about surgical weight loss? Although several recent studies of Bariatric Surgery (a couple from just last week) show health benefits that could only be described as "astounding", we might not be getting the whole story. And as is all too often the case, the story we are getting might be bought and paid for.
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Research suggests that over several years, many bariatric patients regain some of the weight they lose in the first two years -- a fact that has raised doubts about the cost-effectiveness of the surgery, which can cost $20,000 to $25,000 for the initial procedure, plus a wide range of costs to treat complications after surgery. Melissa Healy from a November 13, 2013 article in the "Science Now" portion of the LA Times.
"In contrast, the surgical group lost almost one-third of their lean body mass [muscle mass]. This is kind of a dirty secret that's not very well advertised for bariatric surgery, that you can lose a lot of lean mass and I don't think we fully understand the long-term consequences of that." Dr. David Cummings being quoted by Nancy Walsh in Tuesday's issue of MedPage Today concerning whether a "Diabetes Cure" via surgery is more effective than by medication.
Complications from weight loss surgery are frequent. A study of insurance claims of 2522 who had undergone bariatric surgery showed 22% complications during the initial hospital stay and a total of 40% risk of complications in the subsequent six months. This was more common in those over 40 and led to an increased health care expenditure..... Nutritional derangements due to deficiencies of micronutrients like iron, vitamin B12, fat soluble vitamins (A, E, D, & K), thiamine, and folate are especially common after malabsorptive bariatric procedures...... A study in Veterans Affairs (VA) patients has found no survival benefit associated with bariatric surgery among older, severely obese people when compared with usual care, at least out to seven years. Wikipedia
| |When I read quotes like those above, it raises a number of questions. The first of which is, "how often do people have 'complications' after surgery?
I would also like to know what the most common of these side effects are. This needs to be discussed because some of these are not only fairly serious (RHABDOMYOLYSYS
), but could be rather embarrassing as well (Gastric Dumping Syndrome --- yes, it is what you think it is ---- for a whopping 20% of those who have had the surgery). Ask famous weatherman Al Roker about this one.
The point is, although everyone seems to be singing the praises of
of Bariatric Surgery these days, it's not all peaches and cream. Just visit some of the weight loss surgery message boards. Although most people will still say, "I've tried everything and nothing works --- it's time for the surgery
", this is rarely the case. As a last resort, see a doctor who specializes in "Functional Medicine
". Lastly; can we really trust the research? As you should have noticed from my post THE OTHER DAY
, I have serious doubts.
One of the latest studies (presented recently at Atlanta during the "Obesity Week
" meetings) touting the benefits of Bariatric Surgery was headed by Dr. Cummings, who just happens to be on the payroll (he "received the financial support
") of Johnson & Johnson ---- the maker of the "Realize" gastric band
. The meetings themselves were sponsored by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery --- an organization whose mission statement reads, "The purpose of the society is to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases"
WHAT DO I RECOMMEND FOR LOSING WEIGHT?
Although you will repeatedly hear me say that there are no shortcuts to WEIGHT LOSS
, there are several tricks to streamline the process and make it more effective. As long as you are hormonally / metabolically intact (HERE
) and have no underlying food sensitivities (LIKE THIS
), these will work for the vast majority of those who would otherwise chose surgery (HERE
). Bear in mind that many people will have to fix underlying metabolic problems prior to being able to lose weight (HERE, HERE
, and HERE
are several common examples).
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BRAND NEW MEDICAL GUIDELINES
FOR TREATING OBESITY
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As BMI increases, the risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer all go up. Donna Ryan, MD, co-chair of the Guideline Committee for Cholesterol and Weight Control by the AHA, ACC, and Obesity Society.
Approximately 37% of male doctors reported being overweight, with 5.3% being obese. This was very similar to a 2004 study that found 38% of male physicians to be overweight and 8% obese, suggesting that the situation has not improved much over the past 7 years. As for women, according to the CDC, 28.6% were overweight in 2008 and 35% were obese. In the Medscape survey the percentage of women physicians who reported being overweight tended to be slightly lower (26%) than the nation's women. A 2012 survey from Medscape. As you might imagine, the numbers are lower on a survey, than the actual findings of physical examinations.
But what about doctors? As it turns out, we tend to be healthier than people on the other end of the stethoscope, but only barely. Fifty-three percent of physicians in the U.S. are heavy enough to be classified as overweight, a number only slightly lower than the general population (64 percent). Dr. Eric Van De Graff of the website LivewellNebraska from a 2013 blog post.
This study suggests that providers perceived to be overweight or obese may be vulnerable to biased attitudes from patients, and that providers’ excess weight may negatively affect patients’ perceptions of their credibility, level of trust and inclination to follow medical advice. The conclusions of a study published in the March issue of the International Journal of Obesity ("Behavior and Psychology The effect of physicians’ body weight on patient attitudes: implications for physician selection, trust and adherence to medical advice")
Obesity is running hog wild in this country. As you can see from the quotes above, not only is the general population overweight, but so are our doctors. If you count the people who are SKINNY FAT
, our government's own statistics would put nearly 75% of our population into the overweight or OBESE
category. Re-read that last sentence and think about the wide range of implications for a moment. And, like Dr. Ryan said in her quote from the top of the page, obesity is being tied to almost every class and type of illness under the sun. I would never argue that weight is not a serious issue that needs to be dealt with in our country. I would argue that most doctors are simply not trained or equipped for it (HERE and HERE). They've had lots of opportunity, and unfortunately, it has not panned out.
Dr. Ryan mentions BMI (Body Mass Index) as being the best and most cost-effective way to evaluate whether or not a person is overweight. Although far from perfect, I would have to agree. It is a simple chart that shows you whether or not you fall into a "normal" weight, overweight, and if overweight, just how overweight you really are. Most adults (unless you are a well-trained strength athlete) that have a BMI of 30 or more are obese. Extreme obesity, also called "severe", "morbid", or "gross" obesity, occurs when you have a BMI of 40 or more. Although definitions will be somewhat different for different organizations, if you are 30% over your ideal weight, you are obese. 50% or more over your ideal weight is usually considered “Grossly Obese
” ("Morbidly Obese
"). In other words, if you should weigh 150 and you weigh 225; you would fall into this category.
"Obesity Guidance" is one of the four parts of the NEW CARDIOVASCULAR GUIDELINES I dealt with the other day. Dr. Ryan wants obesity to be dealt with on every single doctor visit and wants insurance to pay for it all. Not to say that obesity should not be dealt with in the doctor's office, but let's be honest with each other for a moment. With approximately half of all doctors being either overweight or obese, how's that whole thing working out so far? Click on the previous link to find out.
After reading a recent article on the numbers of weight loss drugs currently in development, I am more convinced than ever that the new emphasis on WEIGHT LOSS will really be looked at as a way to sell more drugs (HERE). Argue with me all you want, but take a hard look at the financial conflicts of interest on the last link, and you will come to the same conclusion. In fact, let's just look at the conflicts personally reported by Dr. Ryan regarding the publication of her Guidelines
For this study, Dr. Ryan reported relationships with
- Alere Alere is a company who, among other things, manufactures tests for both cholesterol levels and blood chemistry related to the heart. Dr. Ryan helped write the newest guidelines concerning both of these.
- Amylin According to Wikipedia, "Amylin Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical company based in San Diego, CA, that was founded in 1987. The company is engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of drug candidates for the treatment of diabetes, obesity and other diseases."
- Arena Pharmaceuticals Again, according to Wikipedia, "Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company located in San Diego, California that manufactures the drug lorcaserin (Beliviq). Lorcaserin is approved for use in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, and who have at least one weight-related health condition, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol."
- Eisai Eisai is a Japanese pharmaceutical company that is ranked in the top 25 in the world according to its revenue (approximately 10 billion a year). You would recognize many of their drugs, including Acotnel (OSTEOPOROSIS), and Asiphex (REFLUX).
- Novo Nordisk Novo is a Danish company which has been around for almost a century. Novo is famous for its "Insulin Pens". The company has been in the news lately for problems with its Diabetes drug Tresiba. From what I can gather, Novo makes about half of the world's supply of anti-diabetes drugs.
- Nutrisystem Nutrisystem advertises a great deal on TV using celebrities or ex-athletes who have lost weight on their products and with their "weight loss counseling". Webmd states that Nutrisystem is a problematic way of addressing eating issues because, "dieters may only experience success while they are ordering the prepackaged foods because once they are on their own, they are faced with the real world of cooking, meal preparation, and issues they are not prepared to handle because they were not addressed on the plan". I have a number of issues with the Nutrisystem Diet that time constraints will not allow me to cover.
- Orexigen The company Orexigen Therapeutics does very similar things that Arena (above) does. It is a company based in San Diego and Osaka (Japan) whose chief purpose is creating drugs for weight loss.
- Takeda As you might imagine, this company (it's been around since 1781) is Japanese. It is in to just about everything, with a strong emphasis on drugs for TYPE II DIABETES (Actos and Basen)
- Vivus Vivus is a smaller California company whose website says, "Developing innovative, next generation therapies to address unmet needs in obesity, diabetes, and sexual health [they have their own version of Viagra]". I have written previously about the widespread problems of drugs used for DEPRESSION / Weight Loss (HERE). Vivus also happens to be the company about which the documentary movie ORGASM, INC was created.
- Scientific Intake SI makes a creature called "The SMART Device". This is a custom mouthpiece that fits against the upper palate, forcing a person to take smaller bites and chew more in order to be able to swallow. Kind of a cool, non-invasive idea.
Although Dr. Ryan has some serious conflicts (there were others I did not list), t
he other members of the committee reported "numerous relationships with industry
" as well. This probably means that for the number of people on the committee, listing all of the "relationships" would have taken up far too much valuable journal space. For those who are not aware, this is status quo. After reading the list above, do you think that Dr. Ryan can be trusted to do what is in your best interest as far as things like diabetes and weight are concerned?
Am I saying that Dr. Ryan or the individuals on her committee are corrupt? No. A financial "conflict-of-interest
" does not necessarily mean that these people have done anything devious or underhanded. It is, however, at the very least, the appearance
of such. She and the other members who have their hands in more cookies jars than we can keep track of, simply need to recuse themselves from having anything to do with these guidelines. By the way, there are several Physicians Organizations that do not support the guidelines put forth by Dr. Ryan's committee.
And as far as other recommendations (which diet or exercise programs to use), there was a great deal of disagreement within the committee. They looked at 17 different diets and could not come to a consensus other than to say that, "clinicians should prescribe a diet based on patients' other risk factors
". This sounds well and good, but where are these clinicians being trained to do this?
Oh, and the other recommendation for dealing with obesity....? BARIATRIC SURGERY
. At best I am leery of turning weight loss over the medical community. At worst, the overweight will become (as if they haven't already) another commodity to be looked at by those who control healthcare as walking, breathing dollar signs.
THE BEST WAY(S) TO LOSE WEIGHT
I hate to break it to people, but there are no viable shortcuts to weight loss. As long as you do not have a fouled up THYROID GLAND
, or other ENDOCRINE PROBLEM
; and as long as you understand GUT HEALTH
, you can lose weight. HERE
are the links to posts on what I consider (according to the scientific research) the best ways to going about this. If you feel you are too addicted to sugar or carbs to follow through, read THIS
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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA TOUTS ITS SUCCESS AT REDUCING CHILDHOOD OBESITY
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San Diego's Childhood Obesity Initiative launched after two county supervisors recognized and sought to tackle the problem of childhood obesity in San Diego. The group organizes community leaders in schools, after-school programs, healthcare, local government, business, and the media to encourage strategies that recognize and help prevent childhood obesity. From an article by David Pittman from the Sept. 30 issue of MedPage Today
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I'm not here to rain on anyone's parade, but this story is not that impressive. It's no secret that American children are not only the fattest kids on the planet, they are the fattest children in the history of the world. Several years ago, a couple of social workers in San Diego, California recognized this and decided to do something about it. It's a noble effort, but to tell the truth, I'm not quite sure that this is the sort of information I would be shouting from the rooftops as an example of a successful government program.
It was reported recently by UCLA's Center for Health Policy Research that over a period of five years (2005 - 2010), the obesity rate in San Diego's 5th, 7th, and 9th graders dropped from 35.8% to 34.5%. Put a calculator to this and it means that after spending a boatload of dollars (much of it, as you might imagine, straight out of the pockets of the taxpaying public) over a period of 1,825 days, the childhood obesity rate dropped by roughly 3.7%. I am no statistician, but I wonder if this is even statistically relevant? And even it it is, I personally would not be calling attention to it if it were my program. But that's how governmental spending works. Look for any
success --- no matter how small --- and run with it. Just make sure that you put out enough propaganda to convince the public of just how wonderful a job you are really doing. It all sort of reminds me of MEDICARE'S WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM
.If you want to see an example of children
making real dietary changes, watch the movie SUPER-SIZE ME
. In the movie, a Wisconsin public school bid out it's food service to a local organic farmer / cook, and the results were truly amazing. We don't need more governmental programs telling us what to eat and what not to eat. I mean, who could ever forget the FOOD PYRAMID
debacle of the past quarter century? We need action, and action starts with knowledge. Learn everything
you can about WHOLE FOODS
and move forward from there.
SLEEP APNEA AND OBESITY
MORE COMMON-SENSE MEDICINE
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The first line of defense against obstructive sleep apnea should be weight loss, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians. Drug therapy has been tried, using a range of medications, but evidence was insufficient to conclude that any of them worked. Cherry picked from a recent issue of MedPage Today, as reported in the October 1 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine
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In an age of pills, potions, lotions, and enough surgical procedures to make your head swim, it is refreshing to hear the faint voice of common sense coming through the haze (see the quote above). The ACP's "About Us" page says that, "Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness." But does it really take a 'specialist' to make us understand that being overweight or obese will seriously affect our sleep? Of course not. Unfortunately, the more obese you are, the worse your problem is likely be. With 70% of our country's adult population categorized as overweight, and over half of those falling into the "obese" category, none of this is really a surprise. Nor is it 'new' information.
According to our government's National Institutes of Health, "Sleep Apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.
" Studies have estimated that 10% of middle aged women, and nearly one quarter of middle aged men have Sleep Apnea.
Nearly five years ago, the most prestigious medical institution on the planet (Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland) published several studies on the cause(s) of Sleep Apnea, and listed three things that are heavily associated with this common problem.
- LIVER DISEASE: The number one form of Liver Disease is "Fatty Liver". The number one cause of Fatty Liver is not alcoholism, but obesity.
- OBESITY ITSELF: It only stands to reason.
- SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE: After reading the article called, "Sitting is the New Smoking," I completely understand.
Here is the deal folks. Lack of quality sleep is one of the great destroyers of health. Combine that with THESE
amazing statistics on Sleep Disorders in America, and you'll begin to understand the magnitude of this problem. Sure; CPAP machines can be a great help to those who struggle with Sleep Apnea. But if you are truly interested in getting to the bottom of the situation and LOSING THE EXCESS WEIGHT
, I have a whole section on the topic.
The verdict is in. You
have to take charge of your health. You doctor cannot do it for you. One of our government's dirty little secrets is that Obama-Care is not the savior it was portrayed to be. Since most diseases are diseases of lifestyle, drugs and surgery are not the answer. Never were. Sooner or later you will figure this out if you desire to live a long and productive life.
DYSBIOSIS AND OBESITY
FEEDING THE BEAST
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From an article by Kira O'Day
Although this is not our first conversation on the matter, in light of a brand new study, it bears repeating: The bacteria in your gut have a great deal of control over your weight.
In a rather 'local' study, Dr Jeffery Gordon of St. Louis' Washington University --- a man whose CV reads like a scientific Who's Who (Medical Degree, Molecular Biophysics, Genetics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, etc) --- published a series of studies on the relationship between one's weight and the type of bacteria found in the
gut. We have already seen how STOOL TRANSPLANTS
are being used to help people with CHRONIC DYSBIOTIC INFECTIONS
(not to mention various AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES
and other Chronic Health Problems). Dr. Gordon's team is using Stool Transplants from humans to mice to show how it affects weight.Just one short week ago, I reported in a post called EAT DIRT, about a recent Danish study linking the type and number of bacteria in one's gut
to things like CHRONIC INFLAMMATION
, INSULIN SENSITIVITY
, as well as poor lipid profiles (HIGH CHOLESTEROL
/ high triglycerides, etc). In this study, Dr. Gordon's team of researchers found identical twin females (human), where one twin was lean and the other was obese. They then bred rats with no gut bacteria whatsoever (can anyone say GMO?). Next, they transplanted fecal material from the various humans into different rats. Amazingly enough, despite identical diets, the type of fecal material that was transplanted to the mice made them either fat or thin --- depending on the weight of the host. Furthermore, Dr. Gordon's team found that when fed a 'healthy' diet, the lean rats could confer the leaning effects of their bacteria to their fellow rats (yeah; rats are "coprophagists" --- they eat each other's feces). However, when they were fed cruddy diets, the ability to transfer weight reducing properties was negated.
Dr. Gordon went on to conclude that, "In the future, the nutritional value and the effects of food will involve significant consideration of our microbiota, and developing healthy, nutritious foods will be done from the inside-out, not just the outside-in.
" Wow! This quote sounds suspiciously similar to things that were said by some rather intelligent people of generations gone by (see quotes below). The truth is, despite Big-Pharma's stranglehold on the practice of modern medicine, a new generation is discovering (or re-discovering as the case may be) ancient truths regarding dietary habits and health. For more articles on this topic, visit our GUT HEALTH PAGE
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Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. Hippocrates
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease. Thomas Edison
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MSG, ASPARTAME, AND OBESITY
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Treatment of neonatal mice with large, repeated doses of monosodium glutamate (MSG) produces a syndrome of obesity and endocrinological dysfunction generally attributed to a hypothalamic lesion. We have used single injections of MSG, administered on day four, to explore the lower end of the dose-response curve for this toxin. Major features of the MSG syndrome including hypophagia (trouble swallowing), obesity, hypoactivity (sluggishness), reduced pituitary protein content, decreased ovarian weight, delayed puberty and elevated plasma corticosteroid levels were obtained....... From the Abstract of a September 1986 issue of Neurobehavioral Toxicology. The study was called, "Behavioral and Endocrinological Effects of Single Injections of Monosodium Glutamate in the Mouse."
MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) is an interesting compound. It is essentially used as a "flavor-enhancer". Known as an "Excitotoxin
," MSG has the ability to stimulate certain nerve pathways and specific areas of the brain. This is one of the reasons that MSG can be extremely addictive. It is also why it is known to stimulate pain pathways in many people. Unfortunately, it is found in mass quantities in virtually all processed foods. The problem is that you can never simply look for 'MSG' on a food label --- you have to know all of the different names that MSG goes by.
Some of the names that different forms of MSG are hidden under include MSG, Mono Sodium Glutamate, Mono Potassium Glutamate, Disodium Inositate, Glutamate, Guanylate, Glutamic Acid, Vegetable (legitimate "vegetables" will be listed by name), Protein (any kind of protein found on a food label “list of ingredients” is MSG), Extract, Gelatin, Hydrolyzed, Autolyzed, Sodium Casienate, Natural Flavor, Artificial Flavor, Flavoring or Flavored, Textured, Nutrient, Enzymes, Yeast (all kinds), Senomyx, Dextrin, Maltodextrin, Stock, Broth, Bullion (pure, 100% MSG), Whey, Isolate, Concentrate, Modified , Soy Sauce, Seasonings, Fermented, Starch, Cornstarch, Fructose, Lecithin, Carrageenan (sea weed / algae ---- big in Japan), Spices (legitimate spices, pepper, paprika, cloves, etc, will be labeled as such), Enzymes, Solids, Annatto, Gluten, and many others.
With MSG, things get crazier from here.
If you look at the list of "Ingredients of Vaccines
" page on the CDC's own website (HERE
), you'll see, among other fun things such as mercury (thimerosal), aluminum, and formaldehyde; MSG. Once you understand what MSG does to the brain (make absolutely sure to watch Neurosurgeon, Russell Blaylock's video at the bottom of the page), you might think twice about following governmental VACCINATION
All of this is quite troubling in light of what we know about 'MSG Obese' rats.
You see, not only have we known for decades that MSG causes behavioral problems (see quote at top of page), but we have known that it causes OBESITY
as well. How does MSG cause Obesity? By affecting certain areas of the brain (most particularly the HYPOTHALAMUS
). This is explained perfectly in the title of a 1997 study from the Department of Physiology of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil ---- "Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)-Obese Rats Develop Glucose Intolerance and Insulin Resistance...
".This is one heck of a combination. An intolerance to Glucose means that higher levels of blood sugar are going to give you fits. But resistance to insulin means that it takes more and more insulin to get glucose out of your blood and into your cells. If you want to understand this better, read THIS short article on what it means to have Uncontrolled Blood Sugar --- even when your blood sugar levels are supposedly 'normal'.
All of this is particularly interesting in light of the fact that there is no naturally occurring breed of rats. This can make things particularly difficult for scientists wishing to use rats to study OBESITY
. If you go to PubMed
, the huge governmental database of peer-reviewed scientific / medical studies, you see can something so shocking that it is hard to believe it is true.
Since rats are the test-animal of choice for doctors studying drugs; when scientists need obese rats for their study, and since there are no naturally occurring breed of rats, scientists must create their own. How do they do this? They inject them with MSG shortly after birth, scrambling their hypothalamus and areas of the brain that control satiety (the ability to sense when you are full). Thus, we now have rats that eat and eat and eat some more. If you go to PubMed and start searching terms like MSG Obese Rats
, or MSG Obesity
, you will find dozens (if not hundreds) of studies similar to the one quoted from at the top of the page.
MSGFacts.com, the official site of MSG manufacturers touts the benefits of MSG. This is what they say about its addictive qualities, "Studies have found that adding MSG to certain foods, such as soup and mashed potatoes has been successful in increasing the food intake of institutionalized elderly populations.
" Yay! Give individuals in the 'old-folks home' MSG in their food so that
they'll eat more of it. You can bet your bottom dollar that the MSG manufacturers are also aware of the evidence linking MSG to almost every neurological problem you can name (PARKINSON'S
, Alzheimer's, ADD / ADHD
, MIGRAINE HEADACHES
as well as a wide variety of GUT
problems).So, if you are not a lab rat or an elderly person trying to maintain their weight, just remember that MSG is going to cause you to gain weight in at least three different ways.
- It is going to cause an increase in insulin levels (Insulin Resistance) while leaving you less sensitive to Glucose (meaning you need more blood sugar to achieve the desired effect).
- It is going to scramble certain parts of your brain.
By the way, Glutamate is an amino acid (protein) related to the amino acid Aspartate, which Aspartame is made from. Aspartame causes the exact same brain lesions as does Glutamate. This is why current research is showing that DIET SODA WILL ACTUALLY MAKE YOU FATTER than regular soda!
- MSG and processed foods are extremely and purposefully addictive.
To read the History of Aspartame and do more research, HERE
is the best site I have found.
MISSISSIPPI NEUROSURGEON ON THE REASONS YOU WANT TO AVOID EXCITOTOXINS (MSG & ASPARTAME) LIKE THE PLAGUE
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A LITTLE EXERCISE GOES A LONG WAY
THE CHOICE IS YOURS
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"A single, short bout of high-intensity exercise three times a week led to significant health benefits in slightly overweight men.... Participants saw changes in oxygen cost, blood pressure, and fasting glucose [blood sugar]." Dr. Arnt Erik Tjonna and colleagues quoted from a recent study done by the Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging in Trondheim, Norway, and published in the May 29, 2013 issue of PLOS One (an online medical journal).
Did you catch that? What an amazing conclusion from last week's issue of PLOS One.
The thing is, it's not new information --- not by a long shot. For the past two-plus decades we have been seeing a move in the scientific literature to High Intensity / Low Duration
exercise as the superior form of exercise. Think about it for a moment. If you count those who are "SKINNY FAT
", more than 3 of every 4 Americans are either OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE
, and it is creating a national health crisis, the magnitude of which no amount of money can take care of. Folks; this study should give you hope! Use it to your advantage.
Simply dealing with this LARGELY MISUNDERSTOOD HEALTH PROBLEM
will improve your overall health (and weight) by leaps and bounds --- and the study showed that this form of exercise does just that. Listen to this sentence from the study's Abstract, and let it sink into your brain. "A growing body of evidence suggests that exercise training with low-volume but high-intensity may be a time-efficient means to achieve health benefits.
" These people were on a treadmill for a 10 minute "warmup
" at 70% of their max heart rate. They then kicked the intensity to 90% for one minute
, followed by three minutes at 70% and a five minute "cool down
". Add it up. That is 19 minutes, with only a single minute of what we would truly call "high intensity
" exercise.I get it. You don't have the time to do
do the entire hour to hour and a half of P-90X or "Insanity". You don't have the money for a gym membership. You don't have room in your house for a bunch of bulky gym equipment. The thing is that these individuals saw huge changes in only 10 weeks, exercising for less than 20 minutes three times a week --- walking / jogging / running. No one, and I do mean no one can tell me that they do not have 19 minutes, three times a week. All you have to do is crank your heart rate up. You can accomplish this in any number of ways, including some modified RESISTANCE TRAINING
(your results will be even better!). One of my favorite sucess stories of High Intensity / Low Duration exercise is TRACY REFKIND'S crazy body transformation that took place over a period of about three months.
All she did was perform Kettlebell Swings two or three times a week for an average of 20 minutes or so (in "interval" fashion, of course). Coupled with a LOW CARB DIET
, she lost 100 lbs in 100 days and now runs a Kettlebell Fitness Studio. If you are CHRONICALLY ILL or dealing with CHRONIC PAIN SYNDROMES, you will not be able to jump right in and go. But do something. The health benefits of just a little bit of exercise are too good to pass up. Not to mention, I have never one time heard a person say that they started exercising and feel worse. You can do this. Simply make a plan and stick to it.
Oh; just one more thing. If you have great results, let me know so that I can share them with everyone.