Wednesday, November 13, 2019

High Fat Diets and Heart Disease

I believe that fats have an important value in a balanced diet, but it's important to remember moderation is valuable as well. Too much of a good thing can be bad, and I think this is true regarding high fat foods. While avocados, free range eggs, olives, nuts, seeds and other high-fat whole foods definitely have health benefits, it's also important to maintain balance in one's diet.

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warn that a diet high in fat and cholesterol may raise the risk of heart disease and cardiovascular illnesses, such as atherosclerosis — a disorder in which arteries can lose their elasticity" (LINK).

Also, "when Dr. Hazen did a study comparing 51 habitual meat eaters with 26 vegetarians or vegans (Nat Med. 2013;19:576-585), he found that the vegetarians and vegans had much lower concentrations of plasma TMAO than did the meat eaters." High levels of TMAO tend to be predictors of future heart disease (LINK).

For these reasons, limiting oils, eggs, high fat dairy and high fat meats is probably a smart idea. This doesn't necessarily mean removing all of these foods from your diet, but creating a balanced diet that is rich in whole foods, healthy proteins and healthy starches.

But what to eat instead of all of the butter, bacon and grease? Consider these foods instead: healthy stir fries with lots of veggies, beans, lentils, smoothies with protein powder, almonds, brown rice, tofu, organic potatoes, salads with a bit less olive oil, one or two free range eggs instead of three or four, etc.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Simple Things Most People Can Do Every Day to Improve Health

These are more flexible suggestions instead of concrete rules. However, most people will see health improvements if they follow the below simple guidelines.

1) Intermittent Fasting. - A typical  16/8 intermittent fasting schedule means you're fasting every day for 16 hours and eating during the remaining 8 hours. A common eating block is noon until 8 pm, for example.

2) Eat a green smoothie or a salad every day. - If you're intermittent fasting, a green smoothie or a salad every day makes a great first meal. If you can't handle raw foods, sticking to stir fries is a good idea.

3) Eat raw garlic daily. - Raw garlic has tons of health benefits including cancer prevention, improved blood pressure, antibacterial, anti-parasitic, etc. Eating 2-4 raw cloves of garlic daily is almost guaranteed to help improve your health in some way.

4) Drink carrot juice or eat carrots. - Carrots are loaded with beta carotene and they are helpful at cancer prevention and parasite cleansing as well.

5) Stop with the processed foods. - Foods such as pop, candy, chips, deep fried foods, etc. can be cut out for amazing health benefits.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Why Did Matt Monarch Fail on a Raw Vegan Diet?

Today, one of the most popular and influential raw food icons, Matt Monarch, released a video of how he recently weighed 98 pounds and developed colitis on a raw vegan diet. He was on his death bed and was rushed to an emergency room, where they helped nurse him back to health.

This was personally quite heart-breaking, since I've been following Monarch's videos for about a decade now. He's one the raw food pioneers that transformed his health and helped many others along the way over the past 15 years or so. So to see him in such a debilitating condition - not looking like his old self at all - is really quite hard to come to grips with.

My personal theory about Matt Monarch is that his extreme brand of veganism has some deficiencies. Monarch was following a fully raw diet, which avoids healthy vegan foods like beans, tofu, brown rice, quinoa, olives, legumes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, Ezekiel bread, healthy oils and many nuts and seeds. It must be said that some people do thrive on long-term raw vegan diet, yet those numbers seem quite small.

While I do feel that a half raw or a high raw diet can be very healthy, I also think that intuitive eating is important. For this reason, I try not to judge people if they incorporate free range eggs, grass fed dairy or other animal products into their diet. That being said, I do feel like a supplemented and balanced vegan diet can be very healthy, especially if the focus is not on being 100% raw.

In conclusion, by ignoring and demonizing entire healthy vegan food groups, I feel that Monarch has probably developed some deficiencies and food sensitivities. There is probably more going on than just this, but I really feel that a long-term, strictly raw vegan diet is setting most people up for failure.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Anti Parasite Diet

Diet is an often overlooked part of a parasite cleanse. Many people want to simply take the herbs and feel better, without cutting out the junk foods. If only it were this easy. But it's a consistently healthy diet that keeps us healthy, mores than any pill or supplement.

As a disclaimer, talk to your doctor for medical advice. However, just one tiny piece of information you can gather might mean a world of difference, and that information may be just around the corner!

1) Change Your Overall Diet

  • Parasites usually feed on sugars, especially the processed kind. Cutting out processed sugars, breads, pastas, pork, raw fish, fried foods, and processed foods in general is essential for any success at becoming healthy again. Since parasites can feed on healthier sugars, it's also important to limit fruit during a parasite cleanse.
  • Alcohol also tends to contain a lot of sugar as well as overload the liver, especially for those with a history of digestive issues or parasite problems. The doctors from Microbe Formulas say, "Alcohol is an especially poor 'investment' if you struggle with digestive issues. This is because alcohol can contribute to increased intestinal permeability or leaky gut. When you pair an alcohol habit with drugs of any kind, it’s a double whammy to your health" (Link).
  • Eating a diet that consists of about 80% cooked vegetables is what Dr. Lawrence Wilson recommends. "A diet that is very high in cooked vegetables (not salads) is the basis for every nutritional balancing program that we set up.  It is critical for success with nutritional balancing" (Link). While Dr. Wilson recommends meat as part of his program, he also says, "Many clients who continue to be vegetarians improve their health greatly with a development program.  It works almost as well with them as with anyone else. The diet won’t be quite as varied [compared to meat eaters]. This will slow progress, a little. However, they can do very well" (Link).
  • The doctors at Microbe Formulas have had great success at treating parasites in people. They recommend a whole foods, protein rich diet. "On average, an adult needs at least 50 grams of protein a day... Protein is abundant in meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products. Plant-based foods — such as beans, peas, quinoa, nuts, and seeds — also supply some protein... If you choose a vegan diet, make sure to include a variety of different plant protein sources." (Link
  • Dr. Eric Bakker, author of the popular "Candida Crusher" book, has also had success treating parasites in his patients. He recommends a high protein, high vegetable diet as well. In this video, Dr. Bakker says that vegans and vegetarians can also succeed on this plan, as long as they incorporate plenty of high protein foods such as quinoa, chickpeas, nuts, seeds, lentils, beans, tofu, tempeh, seitan, etc.
  • Regarding zinc and magnesium, the doctors at Microbe Formulas say, "Zinc can also be absorbed from oatmeal, tofu, legumes, and nuts...Magnesium can be found in foods like almonds, spinach, black beans, tofu, and [sugar free] dark chocolate" (Link).
  • Incorporate foods like vegetable stir fries, beans, tofu, salads with apple cider vinegar and olive oil, avocados, free range eggs, coconut yogurt, carrots, oatmeal, quinoa, nuts, seeds, green smoothies with lots of greens and 1-2 servings of fruit (usually pineapple, papaya and / or berries). 
  • Dr. Axe says, "When you’re going to do a parasite cleanse, I even recommend that you limit your fruit intake or eat no fruit whatsoever. So rather than a berry smoothie, you just drink a coconut smoothie with coconut milk, chia seeds and protein powder; for lunch, do a big salad; and for dinner, prepare organic meat and double the vegetables, staying completely away from any form of grains or sugar, including fruit" (Link). While Dr. Axe does promote a very low or zero fruit diet for parasites, he makes exceptions for foods such as papayas, pineapple, carrots and lemons (Link).
  • For some everyday foods that kill parasites, check out "the Raw Food Rebel's" informative post HERE. She promotes a green smoothie for breakfast with pastured eggs on the side, a salad for lunch and a cooked paleo dinner, usually with some sort of free range animal protein.
2) Fasting (Intermittent or Prolonged)
  • Dr. Jockers says: "A regular life cycle that inhibits parasitic development includes doing regular intermittent fasting for periods of 16-24 hours every day.  It is important to drink lots of clean water to push out feces and not allow it to become a breeding ground for parasitic organisms" (Link).
  • Brenda the "Real Food Rebel" beat lyme disease and a terrible parasite infection using natural means. In her blog, she promotes intermittent fasting. "My diet is primarily Wahl’s Paleo. I still eat about 9 cups of vegetables each day. After 5 years of morning smoothies, I have switched to a big salad with some type of animal protein for breakfast. I have almost quit fruit altogether and only eat it occasionally. I just feel stronger and have better blood sugar balance without much fruit. This is my 5th year with intermittent fasting. My first meal is at 11 am and dinner is usually around 5 pm. I still have my morning black coffee and drink water the rest of the day" (Link).
  • Markus Rothkranz says that intermittent fasting "helps everything from digestive issues to energy, depression and mental clarity. This is one of the keys to the fountain of youth! This is what Cara and I do... Put simply, you eat for 8 hours a day and eat absolutely nothing for 16. A typical time to eat is 12 noon to 8 pm or 11 am to 7 pm" (Link).
  • Dr. Pompa uses fasting in his parasite cleanse. "After addressing food, the last aspect of a parasite healing diet involved intermittent fasting as well as prolonged water fasting. Intermittent fasting is the period you go without eating, from your last meal of the day before bed until your first bite the following morning. Start out with a 12 hour fasting window, and increase it to 16-18 hours of daily fasting. With time, you should include 24 hour fasts (ideally once a week), and incorporate longer block fasts (5+ days) at least once a year." (LINK)
  • Paul Nison says, "One thing I learned a long time ago at the Hippocrates Health Institute from Brian Clement was,  it's very beneficial to give the body as much rest as possible when it comes to our diet. We have to get used to missing a meal. If you're used to eating three times a day, work up to doing a fast. Maybe cut down to twice a day. And then a week later cut down to once a day. And then after you get used to that maybe you can cut down to just doing a liquid [fast]" (LINK).
    • Dr. Mercola says that intermittent fasting "helps suppress inflammation and fight free radical damage" (Link).
    • John Rose says, "Just by not eating breakfast, you're going to see tremendous benefits...How can we help people understand the benefits of just not eating breakfast so they can realize that what they're eating has so much effect on them?" In the same video, he says, "We are so far removed from the killing of the animal that we don't realize the cruel thing we do when we eat an animal" (LINK).
    • Dr. Robert Cassar doesn't eat meat, and he practices intermittent fasting daily. He recommends avoiding all alcohol and processed foods. Most of his diet is raw foods, with some cooked beans, avocados, olive oil, free range eggs and many other organic vegetarian foods. Having successfully treated parasites in his clients, he tends to recommend higher fat foods over higher sugar foods.

    • Some recent studies provide evidence that intermittent fasting can delay the onset of tumors in animals. While more research is needed for humans, it has been proven that intermittent fasting helps humans reduce inflammation and achieve optimal insulin levels. Both of these factors are linked with cancer in humans.

    Sunday, September 22, 2019

    Incredible Benefits of Intermittent Fasting


    • According to one large peer review study, there is "evidence that nightly fasting for more than 13 hours supports a lower risk of cancer recurrence" (Link).
    • Some recent studies provide evidence that intermittent fasting can delay the onset of tumors in animals. While more research is needed for humans, it has been proven that intermittent fasting helps humans reduce inflammation and achieve optimal insulin levels. Both of these factors are linked with cancer in humans.
    • Dr. Mercola says that intermittent fasting "helps suppress inflammation and fight free radical damage" (Link).
    • Paul Nison says, "One thing I learned a long time ago at the Hippocrates Health Institute from Brian Clement was,  it's very beneficial to give the body as much rest as possible when it comes to our diet. We have to get used to missing a meal. If you're used to eating three times a day, work up to doing a fast. Maybe cut down to twice a day. And then a week later cut down to once a day. And then after you get used to that maybe you can cut down to just doing a liquid [fast]" (LINK).
    • Markus Rothkranz says that intermittent fasting "helps everything from digestive issues to energy, depression and mental clarity. This is one of the keys to the fountain of youth! This is what Cara and I do... Put simply, you eat for 8 hours a day and eat absolutely nothing for 16. A typical time to eat is 12 noon to 8 pm or 11 am to 7 pm" (Link).
    • Brenda the "Real Food Rebel" beat lyme disease and a terrible parasite infection using natural means. In her blog, she promotes intermittent fasting. "My diet is primarily Wahl’s Paleo. I still eat about 9 cups of vegetables each day. After 5 years of morning smoothies, I have switched to a big salad with some type of animal protein for breakfast. I have almost quit fruit altogether and only eat it occasionally. I just feel stronger and have better blood sugar balance without much fruit. This is my 5th year with intermittent fasting. My first meal is at 11 am and dinner is usually around 5 pm. I still have my morning black coffee and drink water the rest of the day" (Link).
    • John Rose says, "Just by not eating breakfast, you're going to see tremendous benefits...How can we help people understand the benefits of just not eating breakfast so they can realize that what they're eating has so much effect on them?" In the same video, he says, "We are so far removed from the killing of the animal that we don't realize the cruel thing we do when we eat an animal" (LINK).
    • Dr. Pompa uses fasting in his parasite cleanse. "After addressing food, the last aspect of a parasite healing diet involved intermittent fasting as well as prolonged water fasting. Intermittent fasting is the period you go without eating, from your last meal of the day before bed until your first bite the following morning. Start out with a 12 hour fasting window, and increase it to 16-18 hours of daily fasting. With time, you should include 24 hour fasts (ideally once a week), and incorporate longer block fasts (5+ days) at least once a year." (LINK)
    • Dr. Axe says: "Another study in 2015 found that a longer duration of nighttime fasting was associated with a decrease in markers of inflammation" (Link). 
    • Dr. Robert Cassar doesn't eat meat, and he practices intermittent fasting daily. He recommends avoiding all alcohol and processed foods. Most of his diet is raw foods, with some cooked beans, avocados, olive oil, free range eggs and many other organic vegetarian foods. Having successfully treated parasites in his clients, he tends to recommend higher fat foods over higher sugar foods.

    • According To Dr. Eric Berg, Intermittent Fasting has several benefits.
    "1. It can cause neurogenesis, which is the formation of new nerve cells by increasing brain-derived neurotrophic factors.
    2. Improvement of the hippocampus – the GPS of the body
    3. Protects against plaque formation
    4. Increase insulin responsiveness thus correcting insulin resistance.
    5. Decrease blood pressure and cholesterol
    6. Reversing depression" (LINK)
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