Dr Mark Schauss with Darren on toxins and their impact on our health SURVIVE2THRIVE – February 15 2012
Wednesday: Darren Craddock
Well what can I say? We have been telling everyone for years that sugar is not a good substance to put in your bodya and now the Univ. of CA is saying it should be as highly regulated as alcohol. Perhaps a bit of a stretch on the regulation end of it, but the fact is that the stuff is toxic to your body.
If people just stopped consuming anything with sugar, aspartame, high fructose corn syrup as ingredients just imagine the changes we would see. I predict that physical maladies of all kinds would drop dramatically, thus reducing health care costs and we would then not even need a ‘National Health Care’ system….miraculous it would be!
The article below came from Yahoo news…
Sugar Should Be Regulated As Toxin, Researchers Say
LiveScience.comBy Christopher Wanjek | LiveScience.com – Wed, Feb 1, 2012
A spoonful of sugar might make the medicine go down. But it also makes blood pressure and cholesterol go up, along with your risk for liver failure, obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Sugar and other sweeteners are, in fact, so toxic to the human body that they should be regulated as strictly as alcohol by governments worldwide, according to a commentary in the current issue of the journal Nature by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
The researchers propose regulations such as taxing all foods and drinks that include added sugar, banning sales in or near schools and placing age limits on purchases.
Although the commentary might seem straight out of the Journal of Ideas That Will Never Fly, the researchers cite numerous studies and statistics to make their case that added sugar — or, more specifically, sucrose, an even mix of glucose and fructose found in high-fructose corn syrup and in table sugar made from sugar cane and sugar beets — has been as detrimental to society as alcohol and tobacco.
Sour words about sugar
The background is well-known: In the United States, more than two-thirds of the population is overweight, and half of them are obese. About 80 percent of those who are obese will have diabetes or metabolic disorders and will have shortened lives, according to the UCSF authors of the commentary, led by Robert Lustig. And about 75 percent of U.S. health-care dollars are spent on diet-related diseases, the authors said.
Worldwide, the obese now greatly outnumber the undernourished, according to the World Health Organization. Obesity is a public health problem in most countries. And chronic diseases related to diet such as heart diseases, diabetes and some cancers — for the first time in human history — kill more people than infectious diseases, according to the United Nations.
Less known, and still debated, is sugar’s role in the obesity and chronic disease pandemic. From an evolutionary perceptive, sugar in the form of fruit was available only a few months of the year, at harvest time, the UCSF researchers said. Similarly, honey was guarded by bees and therefore was a treat, not a dietary staple. [6 Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits & Veggies]
Today, added sugar, as opposed to natural sugars found in fruits, is often added in foods ranging from soup to soda. Americans consume on average more than 600 calories per day from added sugar, equivalent to a whopping 40 teaspoons. “Nature made sugar hard to get; man made it easy,” the researchers write.
Many researchers are seeing sugar as not just “empty calories,” but rather a chemical that becomes toxic in excess. At issue is the fact that glucose from complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains, is safely metabolized by cells throughout the body, but the fructose element of sugar is metabolized primarily by the liver. This is where the trouble can begin — taxing the liver, causing fatty liver disease, and ultimately leading to insulin resistance, the underlying causes of obesity and diabetes.
Added sugar, more so than the fructose in fiber-rich fruit, hits the liver more directly and can cause more damage — in laboratory rodents, anyway. Some researchers, however, remained unconvinced of the evidence of sugar’s toxic effect on the human body at current consumption levels, as high as they are.
Economists to the rescue
Lustig, a medical doctor in UCSF’s Department of Pediatrics, compares added sugar to tobacco and alcohol (coincidentally made from sugar) in that it is addictive, toxic and has a negative impact on society, thus meeting established public health criteria for regulation. Lustig advocates a consumer tax on any product with added sugar.
Among Lustig’s more radical proposals are to ban the sale of sugary drinks to children under age 17 and to tighten zoning laws for the sale of sugary beverages and snacks around schools and in low-income areas plagued by obesity, analogous to alcoholism and alcohol regulation.
Economists, however, debate as to whether a consumer tax — such as a soda tax proposed in many U.S. states — is the most effective means of curbing sugar consumption. Economists at Iowa State University led by John Beghin suggest taxing the sweetener itself at the manufacturer level, not the end product containing sugar.
This concept, published last year in the journal Contemporary Economic Policy, would give companies an incentive to add less sweetener to their products. After all, high-fructose corn syrup is ubiquitous in food in part because it is so cheap and serves as a convenient substitute for more high-quality ingredients, such as fresher vegetables in processed foods.
Some researchers argue that saturated fat, not sugar, is the root cause of obesity and chronic disease. Others argue that it is highly processed foods with simple carbohydrates. Still others argue that it is a lack of physical exercise. It could, of course, be a matter of all these issues.
Christopher Wanjek is the author of the books “Bad Medicine” and “Food At Work.” His column, Bad Medicine, appears regularly on LiveScience.
My advice is to just stop consuming anything that looks like sugar…try natural, uncooked/unfiltered honey or Coconut Palm Sugar…these should work as well and have some health benefits to boot!
Are you concerned about having clean water to drink? As you will see from the article below, we can not always rely on the EPA and others to keep our water safe. Water filtration becomes so important in the light of this information. Read this article by Brian Merchant to learn more!
Aaaaand here’s why we need good, well-upheld environmental regulations. An investigative report carried out by a small newspaper (and that’s why we need to keep those things around, too) has revealed that hexavalent chromium is spreading through the groundwater in Garfield, New Jersey, and is putting hundreds of people’s health at risk.
If that stuff sounds familiar, it might because it’s the same known carcinogen that Erin Brokovich famously brought to light when it was seeping through folks basements in the southern California town of Hinkley.
The New York Times has the details:
Three tons of the chemical leaked from a plant in 1983, but the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection allowed the cleanup by the electroplating factory responsible to stop after just 30 percent of the toxic substance had been removed. The neighborhood of 600 homes and businesses is now New Jersey’s newest Superfund site, and residents fear that the chromium, the same pollutant whose presence in groundwater was investigated by Erin Brockovich in Hinkley, Calif., may be infiltrating their basements and endangering their health.
Cases like this should serve as blunt reminders as why we really, really need the EPA to be on the job. An electroplating company, then the NJ EPA, each dropped the ball here, and now hundreds of people are potentially facing serious health woes. As in, they could end up with life-threatening cancer because a company didn’t take proper care to clean up its toxic mess and no one forced them to.
Every time I read a story like this, it a) pisses me off. The amount of leeway we allow industry in polluting and contaminating not just the natural environment, but the communities that people live in, is unacceptable. And b) perplexes me that the modern conservative movement continues to rally against protections that work to prevent cases like this.
Remember, some Tea Party congressmen and Fox News pundits want to roll back the kind of regulations that might save chemical companies a few bucks, but that protect people from irresponsible industry practices like dumping carcinogenic materials into places where it might contaminate groundwater. That’s not an exaggeration. Some of them are calling to abolish the EPA altogether, or to drastically reduce its funding.
We get reminder after reminder that we need an active agency working to curtail industrial malfeasance — and still there are people out there who want to roll back environmental protections and give corporations free reign. It’s crazy.
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 costs of ‘Industrial Agriculture’ is huge both in terms of health, human lives and the future of our species. If left unchecked I am convinced that these rascals, in the pursuit of short term profits, ruin our ecosystem. Thus making it impossible for us to grow food as nature intended.
The evidence of the destruction is found all over the world, not just here in the U.S.
The Killing Fields of Multi-National Corporations
* The killing fields of MNCs
By Vandana Shiva
The Asian Age, July 14, 2010
The Bhopal gas tragedy was the worst industrial disaster in human history. Twenty-five thousand people died, 500,000 were injured, and the injustice done to the victims of Bhopal over the past 25 years will go down as the worst case of jurisprudence ever.
The gas leak in Bhopal in December 1984 was from the Union Carbide pesticide plant which manufactured “carabaryl” (trade name “sevin”) – a pesticide used mostly in cotton plants. It was, in fact, because of the Bhopal gas tragedy and the tragedy of extremist violence in Punjab that I woke up to the fact that agriculture had become a war zone. Pesticides are war chemicals that kill – every year 220,000 people are killed by pesticides worldwide.
After research I realised that we do not need toxic pesticides that kill humans and other species which maintain the web of life. Pesticides do not control pests, they create pests by killing beneficial species. We have safer, non-violent alternatives such as neem. That is why at the time of the Bhopal disaster I started the campaign “No more Bhopals, plant a neem”. The neem campaign led to challenging the biopiracy of neem in 1994 when I found that a US multinational, W.R. Grace, had patented neem for use as pesticide and fungicide and was setting up a neem oil extraction plant in Tumkur, Karnataka. We fought the biopiracy case for 11 years and were eventually successful in striking down the biopiracy patent.
Meanwhile, the old pesticide industry was mutating into the biotechnology and genetic engineering industry. While genetic engineering was promoted as an alternative to pesticides, Bt cotton was introduced to end pesticide use. But Bt cotton has failed to control the bollworm and has instead created major new pests, leading to an increase in pesticide use.
The high costs of genetically-modified (GM) seeds and pesticides are pushing farmers into debt, and indebted farmers are committing suicide. If one adds the 200,000 farmer suicides in India to the 25,000 killed in Bhopal, we are witnessing a massive corporate genocide – the killing of people for super profits. To maintain these super profits, lies are told about how, without pesticides and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), there will be no food. In fact, the conclusions of International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development, undertaken by the United Nations, shows that ecologically organic agriculture produces more food and better food at lower cost than either chemical agriculture or GMOs.
The agrochemical industry and its new avatar, the biotechnology industry, do not merely distort and manipulate knowledge, science and public policy. They also manipulate the law and the justice system. The reason justice has been denied to the victims of Bhopal is because corporations want to escape liability. Freedom from liability is, in fact, the real meaning of “free trade”. The tragedy of Bhopal is dual. Interestingly, the Bhopal disaster happened precisely when corporations were seeking deregulation and freedom from liability through the instruments of “free trade”, “trade liberalisation” and “globalisation”, both through bilateral pressure and through the Uruguay Round of General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) which led to the creation of the World Trade Organisation.
I urge everyone to vote with your dollars…don’t buy conventionally grown industrial foods, junk foods, packaged foods, only locally grown organics.
by Darren Craddock
Natural Anti-Aging starts on the inside.
Naturally most people want to look and feel better. We also want to improve what we see in the mirror. The symptom of aging is revealed on our skin but the problems begin with what we put in our body. That is why a colon cleanse should be the first cleanse you do. To cleanse colon at home make sure you use all natural ingredients and herbs and use a cleanse that contains NO stimulants or laxatives..
If you detox your body and feed it a healthy diet then you can regain the youthful appearance that you so desire. Engaging in a monthly colon cleanse detox program is a simple, inexpensive way to feel younger and look younger without plastic surgery or prescription drugs.
It’s fine to look your age when you are twenty, but as we age the goal is often to look younger that our years. We all have all seen people at age 40, 50 and 60 look amazing. Their skin is youthful, subtle and clear. You may not even notice the wrinkles. But then there are other folks who look like ten miles of bad road even at a young age. The quality of your skin tone is a symptom of how well your body is functioning on the inside.
As you age it gets harder for your body to remove all the toxins and waste from the food you eat. Your colon, liver and kidneys become overtaxed and this waster builds up. Whenever an organ becomes stressed it attempts to pass off some of the work to the next system. When these organs become overwhelmed your skin draws these toxins to the surface. Having a colon and liver cleanse can help them function properly leaving your skin smooth and subtle.
The older you are the the more toxic build up
The older you are the more years you have had to accumulate toxic build up in your body. And if you really want to turn back the clock you got to get rid of those toxins. It does not matter who you are, if you keep feeding trash to your body over the years, keeping it deprived of water and good clean air, at some point it is going to start breaking down.
Once you have cleansed the liver and the colon then you will notice that you will start looking younger naturally. When your body is not dehydrated it takes much less effort to remove toxic waste. This waste material robs you of energy and vitality. Water helps the colon, live and kidneys move more toxins out of the body.
Our organs, colon liver, cleanse your system of undigested food and foreign toxins. If they are not functioning well your skin will look older then it should be, it will have more blemishes, more pimple, more marks, more rashes then it ever should do. The real way to get around that is to enable the body to eliminate the toxins that it is accumulating. That means keeping the colon clean, keeping the liver clean, which means colon cleansing – the colonics benefits are well worth the change in diet for a few days.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and in the diet of the beheld
Always colon cleaning first! Never cleanse anything else before you cleanse the colon! The colon is the number one organ of elimination. If your colon is not working, the toxins are going to come out somewhere else, and more then likely they will come out through your skin. When considering a colon and liver cleansing, remember to start by staying hydrated and eating properly.
Overload your system with garbage and that is what you’ll feel like
Good health depends of efficient waste removal. Your Kidneys, colon and liver are the primary organs involved in keeping your system clean. The skin also works to this waste by drawing them out topically. When the internal organs are in peak condition, like when you are younger, your skin does accumulate waste. Using a healthy colon and liver cleanser can remove this build up safely.
At a certain age people start to notice the effects of toxic build up in their system. Your skin tone or color may change. Dry or oily patches start to occur and many people suffer from digestive problems. The older you are the more years you have had to accumulate excess waste in your fatty cells, organs and joints. If you really want to turn back the clock you got to get rid of those toxins. There are many colon cleanse products that can help you clean out your internal organs and feel better.
Sugar, fat and processed foods clog your system every day
Sugary, fatty and processed foods turn to gunk in your intestines and overload your colon and liver. Engaging in a monthly colon cleanse detox program is a simple, inexpensive way to feel younger and look younger without plastic surgery or prescription drugs.