MILK DOES A BODY GOOD?
There is no other food that is as difficult to digest as milk. Casein, which accounts for approximately 80% of the protein found in milk, immediately clumps together once it enters the stomach, making digestion very difficult. Furthermore, that component is homogenized in the milk sold in stores. Homogenization means equalizing the fat content in milk by stirring it. The reason homogenization is bad is that when milk is stirred, air gets mixed in, turning the milk's fat component into an oxidized fatty substance - fat in an advanced state of oxidation. In other words, homogenized milk produces free radicals and exerts a very negative influence on the body. Dr. Gabriela Segura, M.D. / heart surgeon
I had a patient ask me the other day why dairy might be off limits as far as a PALEO DIET is concerned (it's definitely off limits when doing an ELIMINATION DIET). The first thing I told this person was that he needed to do an elimination diet and figure which foods (including dairy) he might be sensitive to, as not everyone is sensitive to milk / dairy --- particularly true depending on what dairy we are talking about. Here are just a few reasons that milk or dairy --- particularly the stuff off the grocery store shelf --- might not be in your best interest.
Let me reiterate that I am not an anti-milk person. The thing that you must remember, however, is that if you were able to bring your great great grandfather back and have him sample the product that we today call milk, he would undoubtedly find it all but totally unrecognizable. Furthermore; in similar fashion to MODERN GRAINS, milk continues to be altered to the point that people's immune systems are increasingly viewing it as foreign and attacking it (for instance, virtually 100% of AUTISTIC KIDS will have issues with milk along with their other immune system issues).
What this means is that every bullet point above shows a different pathway that milk / dairy can drive INFLAMMATION in your body. Solve inflammation and you've gone a long way to solving your chronic health issues, including CHRONIC PAIN, CHRONIC DEGENERATIVE ILLNESSES, and AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES. For more useful tidbits on helping you stop inflammation in its tracks, make sure to check out THIS POST.
A panel of experts convened by the government, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, says that for most vitamins and minerals, there is not enough evidence to determine whether the pills can lower risk of heart disease or cancer. From Government Experts Say Supplements Don't Prevent Heart Disease, Cancer in the latest issue of Time by Alexandra Sifferlin
According to Wikipedia, The United States Preventive Services Task Force is, "an independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention that systematically reviews the evidence of effectiveness and develops recommendations for clinical preventive services. The task force, a panel of primary care physicians and epidemiologists, is funded, staffed, and appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality". In other words, these are the folks who brought us EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE (HERE are all of my posts on the topic).
Just like back in school, the USPSTF assigns letter grades (A, B, C, D, or I) to each of its recommendations.
- Grade A: Recommended. There is high certainty that the net benefit is substantial.
- Grade B: Recommended. There is high certainty that the net benefit is moderate or there is moderate certainty that the net benefit is moderate to substantial.
- Grade C: No recommendation. Clinicians may provide the service to selected patients depending on individual circumstances. However, for most individuals without signs or symptoms there is likely to be only a small benefit.
- Grade D: The Task Force recommends against this service. There is moderate or high certainty that the service has no net benefit or that the harms outweigh the benefits.
- Grade I: The current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms.
One other thing I should mention about their grades and recommendations is that unlike virtually anything and everything done in the private sector, the cost of said treatment is not taken into account when looked at by the USPSTF. This means that you end up with ridiculous (and absurdly expensive) recommendations such as these (HERE and HERE are two of thousands). Oh, and in case you had not heard, these recommendations are bought and paid for by the highest bidder. Yep, these grades and recommendations are lobbied for just like in congress.
So, when the USPSTF comes out and says that there is no "evidence" that taking vitamin or mineral supplements can help prevent Cardiovascular Disease or CANCER, should we believe them? I believe that the answer to this question is both yes and no. The truth is, I find it difficult to trust a medically oriented organization, when there are 30 billion non-insurance dollars on the table (30 billion is the approximate amount of money spent by Americans on Nutritional Supplements). After all, we have seen governmental organizations attempt to pass legislation to totally control Nutritional Supplements numerous times over the past couple of decades. On the other hand, I do believe that the evidence for Vitamins and Minerals is slim as far as preventing Cancer and Heart Disease is concerned. There are at least a couple of reasons that come immediately to mind.
Firstly, since both of these problems are considered to be INFLAMMATORY, it would only make sense that the best supplements for dealing with both of these problems would something with the ability to squelch INFLAMMATION. This would be PFGO, which, while a Nutritional Supplement, is neither a Vitamin nor Mineral (there is a mountain of research on this particular supplement --- click on the link). Secondly, it takes about two seconds to realize that the studies the government is looking at to make their determinations, pertain to Synthetic (chemically fractionated) Vitamins. If you have not figured out that there is a difference, please take a couple of minutes to read my SYNTHETIC NUTRITION -vs- WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION page. Understanding and following this simple-to-grasp concept will change your life for the better.
In these studies, the practitioners are using Synthetic Nutrition like they would use a drug. In other words, doctors take patients with problem X, give them supplement Y, and look to see if they improve. This my friends, is not how "health" works. It is the hollow promise of medicine --- giving chemicals to control symptoms. If you want to get your health back, you have to go at it from a "Whole Body" perspective. To better understand what I mean by this, just realize that when looking at Vitamins' relationship to Cancer, the USPSTF showed that synthetic Beta Carotene actually increased people's chances of developing certain cancers ---- most particularly lung cancer. They also claimed that Fish Oil caused increases in the rates of Prostate Cancer (HERE). If you want to understand what it really takes to jump start your health, while kicking sickness and disease in the butt, you need to start by reading THESE POSTS.
THE MOST DANGEROUS FOOD IN AMERICA
ACCORDING TO THE FDA
Although the picture on the left is of HFCS-laden Mars Bars that were deep fried in Trans Fat; if that was your guess, you just failed the quiz. According to the FDA, the number one offender on their list of Top Ten Riskiest Foods is (I'm not making this up) Green Leafy Vegetables. The FDA's list of 'dangerous' Green Leafies specifically included things like iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, baby leaf lettuce, escarole, endive, spring mix, spinach, cabbage, kale, arugula, and chard ---- the picture on the top right. But mom always told me that these were good for me. This begs the question of why. Why, according to the FDA, are Green Leafy Vegetables the 'riskiest' foods we could possibly consume here in America? Here it is.
CSPI identified 363 separate outbreaks linked to leafy greens, making them the number one entry in the FDA Top Ten. Salads and other food items containing leafy greens... sickened over 13,568 people who were reported to have become ill.
On the other hand, Trans Fats are known to kill somewhere between 20,000 - 30,000 people per year in the US (according to government statistics) ----- and they did not even make the list. But while we are talking about the FDA, let's go one better. Drugs and surgical errors are said to kill well over half a million people per year here in America (HERE & HERE). I have shown you repeatedly in my blog posts that the FDA is not doing their job. Despite putting on a good show at times, they are just about as deeply in bed with Big Pharma, Big Food, and Big Tobacco as you can get. If you are one of those people who are fretting and worrying about consuming Green Leafy Vegetables, you likely need to spend a bit more time learning about what it takes to get truly healthy. HERE & HERE are great places to start.
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).
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