Monthly Archives: August 2009

Protein Powders/Drinks Rob Your Health

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist August 24, 2009
I was planning to blog about the dangers of protein powders/drinks today, but saw this email from Sally Fallon-Morell, President of the Weston A. Price Foundation to all the WAPF Chapter Leaders. I couldn’t have said it any better …. consuming these high protein foods is a huge risk to your health. It is best to completely bypass the high protein aisle at the healthfood store. If you need some protein, do what traditional peoples did: eat MEAT.
Why protein drinks are bad (WAPF 101):

1. High-protein, low fat results in the depletion of fat-soluble
vitamins, particularly vitamin A. Ask Randy Roach, a body builder who became blind
using protein drinks. Filed as top secret in U.S. government files:
People in Guatemala became blind when given skim milk powder as food aide.Also
cause autoimmune problems, fatigue, thyroid problems, cancer, etc. The most
fundamental lesson of traditional cultures: they never ate lean meat.

2. Proteins are very fragile–high temperature processing denatures the
proteins, the body must mount an immune response.

3. Lots of additives, carcinogens formed during processing (nitrates,
etc.) Others added to these powdered mixtures. Tend to be high in MSG (also
formed during processing)

4. Where does the whey come from?? It is the waste product of
conventional cheese making, confinement cows, etc.

These protein powders are not REAL FOOD!!

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Agave Nectar is The Latest Health Food Scam

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist August 15, 2009

agave nectarAs a Health Coach, I tell folks all the time that just because something is promoted by the healthfood industry and can be purchased in a healthfood store does not, in fact, make it healthy.

Recall the major scam about soy and how it was promoted (and still is) as healthy back in the early 90′s. Consumption of soy is linked to all manner of ill health, in particular, hypothyroidism. Menopausal women who buy into the ploy of soy typically end up overweight, losing their hair, and depressed (are you listening, Oprah?). The effects on younger folks are no better, and for those unfortunate infants who were fed soy infant formula – well, they have a lifetime of hormonal issues to deal with once puberty hits (if it hits at all for the boys). Israel and New Zealand have banned the use of soy infant formula, by the way. Still think it’s the best thing for your baby?

Another healthfood scam that is only now coming unwound is canola oil. Proponents of canola oil generally have no idea that the name itself is short for “Canadian Oil” after the country where it was developed. It is a genetically modified version of rapeseed oil and is about as far from healthy as you can get where vegetable oil is concerned. Rapeseed oil, from which canola is made, is poisonous and serves as a very effective insect repellent. Truth be told, canola oil is nothing more than an industrial oil, produced by very violent and toxic methods. It cannot be classified as a traditional oil in any way, although clever and misleading marketing puts it in the class of olive oil. Beware of those labels where some canola oil is classified as “cold pressed and organic”. What the heck does that mean? I don’t actually know how companies get away with misleading labels like this, but don’t let them fool you. Canola oil is no good and should be avoided in all products and in all circumstances.

The latest healthfood scam is agave nectar. The alarming obesity epidemic in this country and the millions of prediabetic people have caused the term “low glycemic” to suddenly become a very appealing and marketable term. When a food is “low glycemic”, this means that it does not spike the blood sugar as rapidly as a food that has a higher glycemic index. As a result, folks with blood sugar issues (about 80% of folks over 25) who are avoiding sugar have been scammed into thinking agave is a healthy sweetener for them. While it is true that agave is low in sugar, agave is very very high in fructose. The concentration of fructose in agave is actually higher than in high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)! And, though it is true that agave won’t spike your blood sugar like white sugar will, this fact does not make it healthy. Using a concentrated fructose product like agave may spare your pancreas, but it does a number on your liver. Metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, fatty liver, very dangerous belly fat .. all these are attributed to consumption of agave nectar and other similar products like HFCS.
Here are a couple of links to give you more information on how dangerous agave nectar can be to your body. One final word of warning: skip those free magazines that are given out at the healthfood store. Those things are nothing more than marketing pieces disguised as “objective science” about health. These magazines are a big tool for promoting the healthfood scams that are perpetrated on an unsuspecting public.
For more information on truly healthy alternatives to agave nectar, click here.
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Public Servant Who Actually SERVES is Fired

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist August 13, 2009

I think many of us these days are disallusioned with the red tape laden bureaucracy we call “government”. It is rare to find a public servant who actually takes his/her job seriously and does an excellent job at the same time. Dr. Jason Newsom is one of those public servants who was actually trying to make a difference in people’s lives. Unfortunately, he was fired from his job running the Bay County, FL Health Department for his “out of the box” strategy for reducing obesity in his jurisdiction. He posted anti-obesity messages on an electronic sign outside the Health Department such as “America Dies on Dunkin” and “French Fries Thunder Thighs”. A county commissioner who owns a donut shop and a couple of lawyers who own a Dunkin Donut franchise in the area forced him to remove his sign by threatening a lawsuit. Feeling the pressure from such local high flyers, the County Health Department asked him to resign or be fired.

You can read about Dr. Jason’s predicament at the following link. If, after reading this article, you feel that Dr. Jason was wrongly fired, please call the Florida Surgeon General, Ana Viamonte Ros, MD and complain at 850-245-4444
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
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What Gives with the High Fructose Corn Syrup?

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist August 10, 2009

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been traveling up and down the East Coast. The relative inability to procure quality food while on the road gave me an excellent opportunity to check out how “regular American fare” has changed over the past couple of years (or in this case, hasn’t changed at all!). Despite the growing number of people who recognize that high fructose corn syrup is 100% bad for you and causes all manner of deadly inflammation throughout the body, I was shocked at how regular processed foods still contain large quantities of this deadly, cheap sweetener. High fructose corn syrup is literally everywhere! It’s in basically all nonorganic condiments, breakfast bars, cookies, crackers etc. It’s also in fruit juices geared toward children and babies! Given that high fructose corn syrup is the single biggest reason for the large, protruding American belly that plagues over 80% of our over age 25 adult population and the exploding levels of childhood obesity, it is shocking that more people are not shunning this ingredient and falling all over themselves to get to the healthfood store where quality products can be found without corn syrup of any kind in the ingredients list. Forget the crunches, sit ups, and Pilates core work. It is extremely difficult to get rid of that belly if one consumes this ingredient with any regularity.

Maybe on next year’s vacation I will finally see this ingredient start to disappear from the ingredients list of processed foods. In the meantime, make sure you protect yourself and your family and clean out your pantry of any food that contains high fructose corn syrup. There is simply no excuse for this ingredient to EVER be included in a processed food and the amount of extra money you spend at the healthfood store to buy healthy alternative products will be returned to you many times over with much reduced inflammation and insulin resistance that is the calling card of high fructose corn syrup.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
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