Around 237,000 people now have Dr. Dwight Lundell’s confession on their Facebook walls. His essay, headlined “Heart Surgeon Declares On [sic] What Really Causes Heart Illness,” was published on a website called Tuned Body in December. Over the past week it has taken off across social media with phenomenal force.
In the essay, Lundell describes his purportedly newfound understanding that a diet of natural, unprocessed food can prevent and reverse heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. He recalls two and a half misguided decades as a cardiac surgeon prescribing cholesterol-lowering medications and recommending a low-fat diet. He says that he recently realized the error of his ways, stopped practicing, and dedicated his career to heart disease prevention.
The recent article, below, purports that 1 in 5 Americans suffer from Mental Illness as diagnosed by a physician. This would mean that the diagnosing doctor issued some form of psycho tropic medication to combat the symptoms of said ‘disease’. I wonder if the statistic is based upon diagnosis or the prescription?
It really doesn’t matter what the statistic is based upon at one level of understanding. That docs prescribe medication for people that have problems coping with life is disturbing. Since when did psychotropic drugs make an impact on reality? As evidenced by recent studies, diet can have a major impact on mental well being….junk food can destroy your mood and ability to function normally. Of course, your doctor won’t tell you this information.
To me this is just another way for folks to avoid the reality of thier choices in life. If your mind leads you down a path of denial you will have problems, in my opinion. Drugs will not help. They can in fact contribute further to a whole host of additional problems including suicide, violent behavior, senseless violence among common side affectss!
One in five American adults mentally ill in past year
NEW YORK | Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:19am EST
(Reuters) – One in five adults in the United States, or nearly 50 million people, suffered mental illnesses in 2010, with women and young adults suffering disproportionately, a government report released on Thursday found.
The survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found women were more likely than men (23 percent versus 16.8 percent) to have experienced a mental illness, while the rate of mental illness among people aged 18 to 25 was twice that of those aged 50 and older.
The administration defined mental illness among adults as diagnosable mental, behavioral or emotional disorders, excluding developmental disorders and substance use.
The survey found that 5 percent of American adults, or 11.4 million people, surveyed in 2010 had suffered a serious mental illness in the past year that substantially interfered with their lives.
According to the report, about 8.7 million American adults had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year, with 2.5 million making suicide plans and 1.1 million attempting to take their own lives.
Americans suffering mental illnesses were three times more likely to have developed substance dependence or substance abuse disorders than adults who had not experienced mental illness.
Among youths aged 12 to 17, 8 percent — or 1.9 million teenagers — experienced a major depressive episode in the past year, defined as a period of at least 2 weeks when a person experienced a depressed mood or loss of interest.
Those teenagers who experienced a depressive episode also had twice the rate of illicit drug use than teenagers who had not experienced depression.
The administration surveyed 67,500 people aged 12 and older in person around the United States.
The report is available here: 1.usa.gov/zUrdpz.
(This storyclarifies the headline and first and fourth paragraphs to reflect that data is from 2010 and changes wording in parentheses in paragraph two in story posted Jan 19, 2012 as 20120119elin007)
We need to stop the madness and begin to take control over our lives in a very real way. Hopefully we haven’t lost our rudder to guide us!
In this interesting article below by Mike Barrett featured on Infowars, we see some things you may not have thought of that will promote weight gain and even obesity. We know that diet and exercise play a major role but many who take care of these factors are still challenged when it comes to keeping their weight in line. Here is the article which offers some good food for thought. Of course the role of detoxing the body with greens and cleanses and giving it optimal nutrition must never come in to question. These things are and will always be essential components of a healthy life.
There is no doubt that the Western diet holds most of the weight regarding the escalating obesity epidemic we are facing today.
While these obesity contributors are widely known, there are actually some other very surprising factors to consider when analyzing the reason for the nation’s continued growth.
Antibiotics Could be to Blame for Excess Weight
As surprising as it may seem, antibiotics have actually be pinpointed as being a promoter for obesity as well as diabetes and metabolic syndrome. While antibiotics succeed in destroying bad bacteria, which is their intended use, they also destroy good bacteria in the gut known as friendly flora.
This lack of bacterial discrimination leads to a shortage in friendly gut bacteria which are responsible for regulating overall health, including weight management.
Pollution has been Connected with Weight Gain
Not many people would point their finger at pollution when searching for a cause for obesity. And while poor air quality certainly isn’t a primary reason for extra weight, it does indeed have a link to extra weight. Research has shown that ingesting toxic chemicals found in both food and the air leads to increased fat storage in babies. A defense mechanism is triggered in unborn babies when mother’s take in these toxic chemicals which is supposed to protect the baby. It just so happens that this defense mechanism is the formation of fat.
Shampoo, Plastic, and Pesticides
There is growing concern regarding various chemicals used in products today and their impact on our health. Chemicals like bisphenol-A, phthalates, PCB’s, POP’s, and pesticides, which are all endocrine disruptors, have been tied to many health ailments such as infertility, asthma, diabetes, and obesity. Paula Baillie-Hamilton, an expert on metabolism and environmental toxins at Stirling University in Scotland, was one of the first to point out the connection between environmental toxins and obesity. She noted that:
Overlooked in the obesity debate is that the earth’s environment has changed significantly during the last few decades because of the exponential production and usage of synthetic organic and inorganic chemicals
Environmental toxins are lesser known evils when it comes to health complications, but it may be time people started seriously considering these toxins when evaluating their health.
The new info out is of a dramatic increase in strokes in young people under 45, especially those under 34. No reason given in the media.
I have a few opinions about this and it is mostly common sense: GMO products, JUNK FOOD DIET, little exercise-too much computer, lots of debt-no jobs,polluted air & water are among those reasons I would list as primary causes of this issue.
What do you think?
Strokes up among younger US population: study
Feb 9 03:51 PM US/Eastern
Stroke hospitalizations among Americans under 45, particularly teenage boys and men under 34, rose dramatically between 1994 and 2007 but fell among older people, said a study on Wednesday.
Researchers said they could not speculate on the cause, since the study only examined the number of hospitalizations across age and gender, but that the results merit further investigation of obesity and high blood pressure.
“I believe this is the first large study to report these findings, stratified by age and gender,” said Xin Tong, a health statistician with the US Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia.
“We cannot link anything in particular to the trend in younger patients, but I believe the role of obesity and hypertension will prompt a big discussion. Unfortunately, right now we can’t speculate on the causes.”
CDC analysts found that stroke numbers had declined by 25 percent in men and by 29 percent in women over age 45.
But the good news ended there. The number of hospitalizations for ischemic stroke — a stroke caused by a vessel blockage that interferes with blood flow to the brain — rose 51 percent in boys and men age 15 to 34.
The rate among girls and women age 15 to 34 rose 17 percent in the same period.
When it came to men age 35-44, they saw a 47 percent increase in stroke hospitalizations and a 36 percent increase among women of the same age group.
Tong said medical professionals should take note of the shift when treating stroke patients, keeping in mind that younger people could benefit from a clot-busting tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) within hours after a stroke.
“Acute ischemic stroke is currently considered something that mostly happens to older people, but awareness of rising rates in the young is important or else tPA and other important stroke treatment may be unnecessarily delayed in younger patients,” she said.
The research was presented in Los Angeles at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2011.
If you have young people at home, urge them to eat better…get out and play and/or exercise and limit TV and video games AND texting.
Well Darren and I both have been saying for many years now that diet affects everyone’s ability to think clearly. Now a recent study is saying that a junk food diet can dumb down your kid! Conversely a good, nutritious diet can increase IQ somewhat.
So what will it be, Dumb and Dumber or an individual that will be able to contribute?
If a 3-year-old eats too much processed food, it might lower his or her IQ by the age of 8, a new study suggests. Researchers in Britain tracked what 14,000 children ate and drank at the ages of 3, 4, 7, and 8.5 years of age, by asking parents to complete questionnaires detailing their child’s diet.
The study authors suggest their study found some evidence that when 3-year-old children eat a diet rich in foods that are high in fat, high in sugar and are processed, their IQ may find a small decrease in their IQ five years later. On the flip side, this new study suggests eating a healthy, nutrient rich diet may be associated with a small increase in IQ.
The study authors note that in this paper “we report weak but novel associations between dietary patterns in early childhood…with general intelligence assessed at 8.5 years of age.” Their research also suggests that what a child eats in the first three years of life is associated with a modest decrease in intelligence, but what a child ate at age 4 and 7 did not.
Dr. Sandra Hassink, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Obesity Leadership Workgroup, agrees with the study authors that “these are weak and novel associations,”
which means it doesn’t actually prove that a diet of processed food causes a lower IQ. Hassink says there are “so many variables in a child’s life,” which makes it very difficult to tease out what exactly is leading to a drop in IQ assessments. She says that for a pediatrician, what happens early in a child’s development is very important and that this study is a reminder that all the environmental influences on early childhood need further study.
Until more research is available, Hassink says, the AAP recommends giving your child a healthy diet; reading to your child, having family routines and structure and lots of physical activity all contribute to the healthy development of children.
The study appeared Monday online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
We recommend getting your kids to do a teaspoon of EnerFood every day in a fruit smoothie. Very Healthy and can boost the nutrition content of the diet!
If the statistic below is true, 1/2 of our adult population has high cholesterol, then we might be in trouble. I urge everyone to go to the www.enerfood.com site and look at the blog scroll there where you will find an article about good and bad cholesterol.
High blood pressure on the other hand is almost never any good. This is known as the ‘silent killer’ as many people walk around unaware that there BP is high.
Half of U.S. Adults Have High Cholesterol or High Blood Pressure
By MC Kelby
February 6, 2011 – 1:03pm
Nearly 100 million Americans are currently at risk for heart disease.
According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly half of U.S. adults have either unhealthy cholesterol levels or high blood pressure.
In addition, approximately one-third of Americans have a high cholesterol issue.
Also, federal health officials said very large numbers are not receiving treatment for their high cholesterol.
The CDC stated that two-thirds of adults with high cholesterol and half with high blood pressure are not being treated effectively. Health officials believe many are not doing enough to control their risks and the fragmented U.S. health care system is partly to blame.
In a telephone press conference, CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden said, “In fact, more than 80 percent of people who have out-of-control blood pressure or out-of-control cholesterol do have public or private health insurance.”
The CDC report, which is based on the most recent available survey data, found that people without health insurance are the least likely to have their cholesterol or blood pressure under control; even those with good health insurance are not doing everything they can.
Frieden also said, “Although we’re making some progress, the United States is failing to prevent the leading cause of death, cardiovascular disease, despite the existence of low-cost, highly effective treatments.”
The most common causes of heart disease are unhealthy cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. In most developed countries, heart disease is the number one killer. Heart disease can be prevented by diet and exercise and pharmaceutical drugs currently on the market.
The CDC report also found that one-third of adults have high blood pressure, a third of them do not get treated for it and half do not have it fully under control.
Also, the unhealthy cholesterol levels/figures are worse. A third of U.S. adults have poor cholesterol readings, half of them are not treated for it and two-thirds do not have their cholesterol fully controlled.
According to CDC, the health care reform law can help by requiring health insurers to cover and full pay blood pressure and cholesterol screenings. Also, the CDC encouraged the use of electronic medical records.
During the press conference, Frieden praised Wal-Mart’s initiative to promote and cut prices on healthier food at its stores.
In the U.S., The American Heart Association (AHA) projected the costs of heart disease could triple to more than $800 billion a year between now and 2030. The AHA believes treating high blood pressure could be the most expensive part of a rising cost of approximately $389 billion by 2030.
Recent study indicates that the cost of heart disease set to soar. Given the current state of health in general here this forecast is more likely to be correct. As a country we have fallen behind most of the rest of the world in many of the ‘health’ categories.
Rather than develop a heart condition wouldn’t it be wise to do whatever you can to prevent it? If overweight, lose the pounds. If you aren’t exercising, get some. If you are eating poorly (junk foods, processed foods) then change your diet.
U.S. cardiovascular disease costs will triple by 2030, study says
There’s a new forecast of the cost to treat heart disease in the U.S. over the next 20 years — and it isn’t pretty.
According to a study published Monday in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Assn., the annual cost to treat heart disease — including high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke and other conditions — will triple by 2030, from $273 billion to $818 billion (in 2008 dollars).
U.S. medical expenditures are already the highest in the world, hitting 15% of gross domestic product in 2008, the authors reported.
To generate the forecast, researchers took current disease rates and applied them to population estimates suggested by census data. They assumed no major changes in treatment.
Today, 36.9% of Americans have some form of heart disease. By 2030, 40.5% — about 116 million people — will, according to the Circulation study. Cases of both stroke and heart failure were projected to rise about 25%.
The most expensive condition to treat will remain hypertension, because of its prevalence. Hypertension is a risk factor for stroke, coronary heart disease and heart failure.
Shortages of doctors or nurses could push costs even higher, the study authors wrote. Continued rises in rates of diabetes and obesity could too, they said. The researchers estimated that more than half of the increase in hypertension cases would be caused, at least in part, by Americans’ increasing body mass. The ill effects of the obesity epidemic are poised, they wrote, to reverse the progress made when many Americans quit smoking.
The good news? Heart disease is preventable. Reducing obesity would help keep the numbers of affected Americans down, the authors noted. Simple lifestyle changes, like cutting the sodium in our diets, could also have a significant impact, they said.
“The U.S. healthcare system often rewards practices that treat disease and injury rather than those that prevent them,” they wrote, calling on policymakers to move that focus toward prevention.
Copyright © 2011, Los Angeles Times
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So here are 10 of the top foods that make you feel good from the scientific community. I for one find many of the foods identified to hold true to their judgement.
10 foods that make people happier
While food gives people energy, it can also make people happier. Usually when people are feeling depressed, they go see a psychologist, but food can also lift people’s spirits. Scientific studies show that foods such as deep sea fish, bananas, grapefruits, all wheat bread, spinach, cherries, garlic, pumpkins, low fat milk and chicken can help fight against depression. Read on to find out more.
1 Deep sea fish
Studies show that people living by the sea appear much happier than those living inland, partly because the fresh sea air helps them clear their minds and partly because people by the sea eat a lot of deep sea fish. A study by Harvard University points out that the Omega-3 fatty acid contained in deep sea fish functions the same as anti-depression drugs in that helps calm nerves and increases the secretion of serotonin.
Banana contains a natural chemical compound called alkaloid, which gives people a boost increases their confidence. Bananas are also a source of tryptophan and vitamin B6, both help the brain to manufacture serotonin.
Grapefruit is rich in vitamin C, which improves the body’s resistance by maintaining the density of red blood cells and is also a good combatant against stress. What’s more important is that vitamin C is an indispensable element in making dopamine and adrenalin, both chemicals that can stimulate excitement.
4 All-wheat bread
Carbohydrates increase the secretion of serotonin. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers say it makes good sense that some people eat desserts and food made with flour as anti-depression drugs.
Researchers find that lack of folic acid leads directly to a decrease in serotonin which could lead to depression. Spinach is well known for its abundance in folic acid.
Western doctors call cherry a natural aspirin because this fruit contains a material called anthocyanin which can make people happy. Researchers at the University of Michigan point out that eating 20 cherries is more effective than medicines that relieve depression.
Garlic gives people a bad smell yet a good mood. German researchers conducted a study on garlic and found out that when people who are highly strung eat garlic, they show less of a tendency to be anxious and angry.
Eating pumpkin can help get people into a good mood because it is rich in vitamin B6 and Iron, which both transform the sugar stored in the body to glucose, which fuels the brain.
9 Low fat milk
Studies find that after taking calcium pills for three months, those women with pre-menstrual syndrome have a less stressful time and are less likely to feel nervous or anxious. Milk, yogurt and cheese are a major source of calcium. Low fat or skim milk contain the most calcium.
After some British psychologists feed their subjects 100mg of selenium, they found that their subjects all felt happier. Chicken is a major source of selenium.
As always, it pays to eat a balanced diet. Not too high in Carbs, not too low in protein but just right! Listen to your body and it will tell you the correct balance for you.
Organic farming can make a huge difference in not only our country but the world...
By Anne Engllish, IFOAM
The Financial Times, Oct 14, 2010
So far, the world has always managed to meet the challenge of food productivity. In fact, today we have 25% oversupply measured in calories after losses. The challenge is to provide access to food for the poor. The strategy of ecological intensification using organic principles and practices is a new paradigm to feed the world while empowering the poor and mitigating climate change and biodiversity loss.
Why is it that we have abundant food yet there are one billion hungry or starving people in the world, most of them living in rural areas? And the world is expected to produce 70% more food by 2050. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations estimates that 80% of this has to come from productivity increases and only 20% from new land. Production has to consider the loss of biodiversity, degeneration of soil, water scarcity and of course climate change.
Hungry people first
It is widely accepted that organic agriculture contributes to the alleviation of poverty, but there are still mis-conceptions that organic agriculture cannot feed the world. According to Markus Arbenz, who is Executive Director of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), “It can! Organic agriculture currently has similar yields to conventional agriculture and often much higher yields in regions of the world where production environments are tough.” And he adds, “Conventional practices deplete soils and thereby undermine long term food security. The reality is that conventional, green revolution-based or industrial agriculture fails to feed 15% of the world’s population – so it’s clear that focussing on production alone is an ill-advised strategy. Sadly, smallholder farmers are pushed-out through international investments, through land-grabbing and through bad governance. This reflects the prioritisation of profit opportunities by businesses and the international community over food security for the poor and the livelihoods of local people.”
According to Arbenz, “We need a paradigm shift – a new strategy based on affordable production systems for the poor through the smart use of biodiversity and the solutions that nature offers while acknowledging the diversity of cultures and leveraging the knowledge and practices they bring.” Eco-intensification is the alternative that the organic movement suggests. It sees immense potential to achieve greater productivity and resilience by enhancing the biological activity of farming systems rather than outsourcing performance to costly, toxic inputs with wide-ranging adverse effects.
Robert Jordan, Advocacy Manager at IFOAM explains, “Practices such as composting improve the biological activity of the soil which in turn accelerates nutrient cycling and healthy plant growth. Nitrogen which is the most important nutrient for plant growth is obtained by integrating plants that naturally fix nitrogen in the soil from the air. Other ecological functions that are stimulated by organic farming practices include pest and disease regulation, soil building, water cycling and pollination.”
Best practice in food security
Small farmers already produce 70% of the world’s food and form the backbone of food security throughout the developing world. Arbenz says, “We need to recognise the world’s small farms as the most appropriate means in which to secure food supply for all, including the poor and to cool the planet.”
Ethiopia and Egypt are two countries already adopting strategic elements advocated by the organic movement. In both countries, land has been regenerated with organic agriculture and peoplecentred approaches that have resulted in thousands of people finding confidence in their ability to feed their families. The Ethiopian government has since put organic practices at the heart of their national agriculture development policies and in Egypt agricultural pesticide use has been dramatically reduced after consultation with local organic farmers.
Arbenz says, “Supporting small farmers worldwide would strengthen the livelihoods of the poor and assure access to food for all. To make this a reality, we need the right policies at international, national and local levels, we need corporate social responsibility and we need to support the capacity of the poor, with relevant research and advisory services in ecological intensification.”
Support your local farmers especially the ones that adhere to organic growing practices!
In a previous article posted here the cost of obesity to the country were estimated at 76 billion, now this research is saying 170 billion is the cost! Which is correct or does it really matter? Either way the cost is way too high and sadly it is the obese person that has the power to change their ways and lose weight.
Urge your fat friends to lose weight, it is good for the country perhaps? It is definitely a positive health benefit for that individual.
While 170 billion is just a drop in the bucket when compared to the Fed printing 100s of billions of dollars in the blink of an eye….it all adds up.
Obesity costs U.S. $168 billion, study finds
ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly 17% of U.S. medical costs can be blamed on obesity, according to new research that suggests the nation’s weight problem may be having close to twice the impact on medical spending as previously estimated.
One expert acknowledged that past estimates likely underestimated the costs and said the new study — which places obesity-related medical costs at around $168 billion — probably is closer to the truth.
“I think these are the most recent and perhaps statistically sound estimates that have come out to date,” said Kenneth Thorpe, a health policy researcher at Emory University who has focused on the cost of health care.
The new research was done by John Cawley of Cornell University and Chad Meyerhoefer of Lehigh University. It was released this week by the National Bureau of Economic Research, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization.
An influential recent study released last year — which has been cited by federal health officials — estimated that obesity-related medical costs have reached $147 billion, or about 9% of total medical costs.
The earlier study also estimated that obesity adds about $1,400 to a person’s annual medical bills. The new study suggests the added cost is double that, exceeding $2,800.
Cawley and Meyerhoefer used a database that other obesity researchers have used — a federal survey of U.S. citizens and their doctors and other medical providers, which is considered the most complete information on the cost and use of health care in the country.
The new study looked at the data base’s information on nearly 24,000 non-elderly adult patients from the years 2000 through 2005. Results were reported in 2005 dollars.
Why did Cawley and Meyerhoefer come up with larger estimates?
— Past studies have relied just on self-reported weight, and many people understate their actual weight. The new research made statistical adjustments to come up with what are believed to be truer figures.
— The authors tried to better establish that excess weight was a cause for the medical costs. Previous studies stopped short of saying obesity caused the costs because there was too great a chance other factors could be responsible. Cawley and Meyerhoefer tried to overcome that problem by also looking at the weight of study subjects’ relatives to determine if obesity ran in the family. If so, they labeled the medical costs of a fat person in that family to be caused by obesity.
The two researchers at first were a bit surprised by how large their estimates were, but obesity is clearly a major burden on society, said Cawley, an associate professor of policy analysis and management.
“It’s hard to find conditions that aren’t worsened or made more expensive by obesity,” he said.
Thorpe said the new estimates highlight a need to invest more in obesity-fighting programs.
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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