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One way to reduce soda consumption

Sara Bleich from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health provides an interesting insight into recognizing the partial impact of caloric intake and the amount of exercise needed to ‘burn’ those calories.  One can of coke equals 50 minutes of running.  When that information was placed before people where ordering of soft drinks took place, the amount of soft drinks ordered decreased.  Although she correctly points out that ‘a calorie is not a calorie,’ anything that changes the behavior of drinking soda pop is a good thing.  Just a reminder of the 5 things wrong with soda pop: 1) the sweetener, as bad as sugar is aspartame is worse 2) acid content (coke does make the best cleaner of chrome and grease spots) 3) phosphorus added so carbon dioxide (the fizz) does not become carbonic acid [unfortunately phosphorus is matched with calcium in the body, so the calcium is taken from the bones contributing to osteoporosis] 4) many sodas have caffeine, which is addictive, is a stimulant and is a diuretic 5) some people think drinking soda replaces the amount of water they need to drink (wrong).
For a more complete look at Sara Bleich’s insight and research, read the article by James Hamblin [The Atlantic].
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You should eat more fat

Here is another article (from mensjournal.com) with strong scientific support for what we have been saying for the last 20 years–low fat, high carb diets cause obesity and bad health.  There was none to little scientific support 50 years ago for the ‘recommendation’ (that became tradition and later law) that fat causes fat, and therefore should be avoided.  Multiple strong scientific studies (and the observational data is also strong) have gone against the ‘recommendation,’ but it still lingers on.
Because nutritionists follow the ‘party-line dogma,’ I would never hire a traditional nutritionist to counsel my patients.  They even teach the food pyramid as truth, when it is more lobbying and political than science.
Read the article and send it to your friends.
Dr. Gardner
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On Orange Juice

This is a fascinating article (from the New Atlantic)about the history of orange juice production in the U.S.  Anything in a can or box has most likely been processed, which means we have lost control of our ability to easily know how it was made, what was removed and what has been added back into the product.  If you juice your own oranges you will know exactly how it was made.  When you juice an orange, the fiber is separated from the juice, thus reducing its nutrient value.  Also, and glass of orange juice has the fructose content of several oranges, thus making it a sugar drink without fiber.  When you eat an orange you typically eat only one and eat the fiber with it.  Eating an orange is the best way to ingest oranges–orange juice is a ‘sugar drink.’

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Two Speaking Engagements Coming Up

Dear Healthy Thinkers,

Many of you have asked where to catch me speaking live about health issues, and two are coming up in the near future.  I’d love to meet you in person!

1.  On Saturday, September 27, I’ll be speaking about two topics: Energy Medicine, and Vaccines, at the Healing Energy Conference at Utah Valley University, and here’s the link:

http://www.oremenergyhealingconference.com

2.  On Thursday, October 2, I’ll be speaking for the Health and Wellness Meetup group at the ASEA production facility meeting room, 601 W 700 S in Pleasant Grove at 7:00 p.m.  Topic is: The Habits of Highly Healthy Humans.

To reserve a seat, contact Scott at swgard@gmail.com.  Seating is limited, but attendance is free :)

Hope to catch you at one or both of these events!

To your dynamic health and energy!

Dr. Stan

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The man who believes sugar is poison

Another great interview/article with Robert Lusig on why he thinks sugar is poison:  http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/aug/24/robert-lustig-sugar-poison

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Soda Pop

From Pacific Standard on new psychological research provides clues as to why consuming such drinks can actually lead to weight gain:

A body that believes it is getting an energy boost (as the sweet taste of the soda implies) and then does not may react by going into WTF mode (Where’s the Fructose?). This translates to cravings for the next high-calorie option that crosses our path.

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Antioxidants and Oxidative Stress

In the normal course of metabolism, your body produces small, high-energy particles that have a single electron in their outer shell (such molecules are unstable because electrons prefer to be paired).  These are called free radicals, and they can be very damaging in their search for another electron.  If too many of them are produced, their extremely high energy can also be damaging to normal tissues.  Free radicals disrupt the normal production of DNA, the genetic material, and alter the lipids (fats) in cell membranes.  We are also exposed to free radicals that are found in the environment or generated by exposure to environmental chemicals.  One way to protect yourself from free-radical damage is to take dietary supplements.  Specifically, vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene; the trace minerals selenium and zinc; and accessory food factors, such as bioflavonoids and coenzyme Q10.

The Vitamin Revolution in Health Care

Michael Janson, MD

Dr. Gardner’s comments:  The name given to the process of free radical damage in the body is called oxidative stress.  Oxidative stress is at the root of most degenerative disease and is part of all inflammatory and pain conditions.  Proper diet and antioxidant supplements can help reduce oxidative damage in your cells and body.  A new supplement on the market, ASEA, improves antioxidant efficiency by 5 to 8 times.  You may contact me for further science and explanation of this amazing discovery at keystohealing@gmail.com.  Please put ASEA in the subject line, and our team with get back with you immediately.

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What Got Us Into This Mess?

What Got Us Into This Mess? 

From the beginning of time, the taste of sweetness has appealed to human beings and attracted us.  We read in scripture of eating locusts and wild honey; we read of Samson killing the lion and eating the honey inside the carcass.  We read of a “land flowing with milk and honey,” and that manna had the taste of “wafers made with honey.”  So it’s obvious that sweet taste is something we desire, and something we seek to eat.  Even Eve was tempted with a fruit that was delicious and desirable.

But it’s only recently (as in the past couple of hundred years), and even more recently (since “fast food” was developed), that sweet taste–and with it, refined sugar and sugar substitutes, as well as genetically modified sugar beets and chemical sweeteners–have gained footage in the food dollar.

So how did we get into this mess?

We now know the connections between sugar consumption and Diabetes Type II.  We know that obesity has skyrocketed.  Food processors have cut back on fat content and added sweeteners to compensate.  Even school-aged children are showing signs of addiction to sugar.  What chance do the rest of us have?  And how (if it is possible) can we take the reins back into our hands and get our sugar addictions under control?

Answers in History

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At one time, sugar was a rare commodity.  Either you found a bees’ nest, or you kept the blackstrap molasses when the sugar beets or sugar cane were crushed.  Sugar in colonial times sold in small, compressed cones that looked like the picture above.

See the little “nippers” on the side of the plate?  That’s how sugar was apportioned.  A tiny nip of the sweet cone, and people could sweeten their lemonade.  Sugar was sold in pharmacies, along with other drugs.  And a cone like this would last a very long time.  People relied upon the natural, healthy sweetness of fruits to satisfy their sweet tooth.  The taffy pulls, baked cakes, and cookies were either made with honey or molasses as a rule, and they were for rare and special occasions.

Perhaps that is one factor that brought us to this point.  We have inherited from our ancestors the sense that sweetness is a rare and special treat, and in an effort to compensate for the other areas where we perceive ourselves to fall short, we make a batch of brownies, or a plate of cookies to take to a neighbor.  We take our kids out for fast food, and their meal contains a sweet dessert.  Meals out offer the inevitable dessert menu.

Sweetness bombards us.  It’s at every party, every celebration; every occasion.  It is our perceived key of kindness.

 So What Can We Do?

So what are we to do?

Somewhere, in all of this, there is an answer.  If we can look upon using sugar in small quantities, as in the little colonial cone, that can help.  If we create an expectation for ourselves, that we will only eat one sweet item–and we premeasure it–we may have the self control to get the sugar addictions under control.  For some of us, we will need to completely quit.  And it is possible to do that.

Even more possible is the ability to create healthy options that satisfy us when we are not hungry.  Our danger zone is when we are past the point of merely being hungry and are approaching ravenous.  Or we may be in trouble when we use the promise of something sweet as an emotional reward.

If you or someone you love faces this issue, you might want to consider the Sweet Freedom from Sugar Training Course.  I’ll be launching this breakthrough program in a few short days.  It has all of the information you need to become free from addiction to sugar.

You may be part of my regular list for the Health Secret. You may be a friend on Facebook.  You may be a patient of mine, or already on the list to learn about Sweet Freedom from Sugar when it comes out.

May I ask a favor of you?  I’d like to send you a quick survey (only 12 questions), to learn exactly what the concerns are that you have about sugar.  If sugar IS an issue for you, would you please take a few moments and fill out the survey?  I’ll send it out this week.  And if you already know you want to be free from sugar addiction, please feel free to indicate your interest here.  In the meantime, thank you.

To your dynamic health and energy!  Dr. Stan

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Frozen food consumption on decline

Fresh fruits and vegetables will always trump frozen. But frozen foods are healthier than ‘not-fresh’ fruits and vegetables. Freezing foods does not make them unhealthy. Foods become unhealthy when processors add preservatives, non-food ingredients, toxic additives, flavors, and colorings. The article is right on: http://www.nationaljournal.com/economy/is-the-frozen-food-industry-thawing-out-20140708

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5 ways to help you kick sugar in a week

Here are 5 ways to help you kick the sugar habit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wellness-today/diet-and-nutrition_b_5411759.html