10 Reasons to keep kids off soda!!!

It’s no secret that soda is a major contributor to childhood obesity. Here are 10 very strong reasons to get our grandchildren off the bubbly.

1. Soda contains no nutrients, and is high in calories and sugar. Studies show a strong link between soda consumption and childhood obesity. For example: Each 12-ounce soda may contain up to 160 calories or more. On average, a pound is equal to 3,500 calories. Therefore, every 30 cans of soda are equal to one pound of straight sugar. Do the math. A child drinking 2 or 3 cans per day (an unfortunately this is not uncommon today) will consume an additional pound of sugar every 10-15 days, equaling a whopping 30 pounds per year!

2. Soda suppresses the appetite so kids are less likely to eat nourishing foods. Soda drinkers are less likely to get the recommended levels of vitamin A, calcium, and magnesium. Not to mention that sugar consumption robs the body of necessary B-Vitamins as well, that is vital to a properly functioning nervous system.

3. Phosphorus, a common ingredient in soda, can deplete bones of calcium. Girls who drink more soda are more prone to broken bones. Doctors are becoming concerned about the health impact of carbonated beverage consumption on teenage girls.

4. Studies show a direct link between tooth decay and soda. Not only does the sugar cause cavities, the acids in soda erode tooth enamel, which begins in only 20 minutes! Dentists are reporting complete loss of the enamel on the front teeth in teenage boys and girls who habitually drink sodas. In fact, the British Dental Association sent out a warning that over one-third of Britain’s 14 year olds are destroying the enamel on their teeth by consuming excessive amounts of carbonated drinks!

5. Caffeine is known to create physical dependence and upsets the normal balance of neurochemistry in the developing brains of children. Caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands without providing the nourishment it needs. In large amounts, caffeine can lead to adrenal exhaustion, especially in children. Colas contain 35 to 38 milligrams of caffeine per 12-ounce can. Diet colas often contain a lot more. A can of Pepsi One has about 56 milligrams of caffeine. Mountain Dew, Mello Yellow, Sun Drop, Jolt, Barq’s Root Beer, and Sunkist Orange soda all contain caffeine. Sprite, 7-up, ginger ale, and many brands of root beer are caffeine-free.

6. Drinking a lot of soda every day can lead to blood sugar disorders, including diabetes. This simple statement carries a huge consequence to our children today. The onset of type II diabetes, almost unheard of in children only a few decades ago, is reaching epidemic proportions.

7. Aspartame, used in diet soda, is a potent brain toxin and endocrine disrupter. The list of side effects from Aspartame consumption is very long, ranging from creating neurological disorders, endocrine imbalances, memory changes (such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s) to name a few.

8. Citric acid, often found in soda, may contain traces of monosodium glutamate (MSG) MSG is another potent brain toxin. To add to it, artificial flavors found in soda may also contain traces of MSG.

9. Drinking sodas regularly can upset the fragile, acid-alkaline balance of the stomach, creating a continuous acid environment. This prolonged acid environment can lead to inflammation of the stomach and duodenal lining, which in addition to being quite painful; can lead to malabsorption syndrome (or the improper absorption of nutrients from our gastrointestinal tract.)

10. Sodas act as dehydrating diuretics, much like tea, coffee, and alcohol, and can inhibit proper digestive function. Again, the problem here is that soda consumption alters the ability of the body to absorb nutrients properly.

Ten reasons to take soda out of your house. Need more? Visit http://www.mercola.com and look up the keyword sugar. There you’ll find a list of 124 dangers of sugar. There simply is nothing better we can do as grandparents than to help our grandchildren kick the soda habit!

Thanx for visiting my blog,

Healthy Life Dr.

The Secret About Apricots

 This delectable yellow-orange drupe is a source of glee to its avid fans. Whether you like it straight from your hand or in a sweet dessert, this pubescent-surfaced fruit surely delivers lots of benefits to the body. As tasty as it is, an apricot is as well helpful to boosting your youthfulness.

A healthier life and younger-looking skin is found among those who include this fruit in their daily diet with obvious evidence of what it can bring. Now let us take a closer look at how this wonderful fruit can be very useful to you.

The Secret…is known as Vitamin B17.

 Vitamin B17 was the subject of great controversy over 20 years ago when some of the world’s top scientists claimed that when consumed; the components of certain raw fruit seeds make it 100% impossible to develop cancer and will kill existing cancer in most cases.

The pharmaceutical companies pounced on this claim immediately and demanded that FDA studies be conducted. The results of these studies are found in a book called “World Without Cancer”, by G. Edward Griffin.

Vitamin B17, also known as Laetrile and Amygdalin is found in most fruit seeds, namely apricot seeds. The apricot seed was claimed as the cure for all cancers over 35 years ago.

It was even more strongly claimed that when one eats about 7 apricot seeds per day they can never develop cancer, just as one can never get scurvy if they have an orange everyday or pellagra if they have some B vitamins every day.

The pharmaceuticals companies together with the medical establishment pushed the FDA into making it illegal to sell “raw” apricot seeds or vitamin B17 with information about its effects on cancer. Even to this day, you can’t get raw apricot seeds in your health food store, only the sun dried ones which have all the important enzymes killed off. This reduces the effectiveness but still is very beneficial to the body.

Pharmaceutical companies only conduct studies on patented chemicals they invent so that at the end of their study, if the drug gets approved, they have sole rights on its sale. (They make back tons more than the mere 250 million that they invested) They never do studies on foods that can’t be patented and that can be sold by any supermarket.

Let’s turn our focus to the ingredients that are present within Apricots that are found to be so beneficial to the human body:

The secret of apricot’s power lies in its high-level of a mighty antioxidant called carotenoids. The oxygen-free forms of carotenoids such as lycopene, alpha-carotene, and beta-carotene are the organic pigments helpful to men.

Beta-carotene is being converted by the body to Vitamin A which is beneficial to the eyes- it protects the eyes from functional deterioration, lessens the risk of acquiring cataracts, and prevents the eyes from xerophthalmia – a disease that dries the conjunctival epithelium.

Apricots also protect the heart through its famous bright red carotenoid called lycopene. Lycopene protects the heart by reducing the blood levels of Low-Density Lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) which causes formation of plaque in the blood vessels, which in turn, precipitate a number of heart diseases. The Department of Agriculture of the United States says that Lycopene is the most potent antioxidant among other carotenoids as this extinguishes peroxyl radicals that damage the DNA that initiates cancer. Lycopene helps in fighting breast cancer and prostate cancer.

Dried apricots are good sources of lycopene. People susceptible to these diseases should include apricots in their diet.

Other properties and benefits

Velvety apricots are also high in fiber. Apricots are used to prevent and allay constipation and can even induce diarrhea. Three apricots are enough to take effect. This means also that it can help you slash your weight, have a normal digestion, and control high blood levels of sugar. Fiber also keeps the blood vessels from being congested.

Apricots are also high in potassium that helps in regulating the blood pressure and the contraction of the heart.

The kernels of apricots are equally nutritious. Each kernel has several helpful properties that are proven to assuage cough and helps the respirator system to be toned. But before eating a kernel, the tip of the seeds should be cut off as this contains high levels of laetrile that can upset the stomach.

Apricots are also rich in Vitamin C and iron.

Apricots also help the body fight Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss, and an eye-disease called Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

 Around the World and Beyond

Apricot is a traditional Chinese medicine that helps in restoring lost body fluids (which also prevents dehydration) and in detoxifying the body. Without knowing why they did, the Chinese also ate apricots to improve their fertility. Now we know that this fruit is abundant in minerals that boost the production of sex hormones. 

In the Hunza Valley in Himalayas, people used apricots as staple food. Many centenarians live in this area.

Because of that benefit, Europeans have long thought of apricots to be aphrodisiacs.  In fact, William Shakespeare depicted apricot in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as such. In The Duchess of Malfi, apricots were depicted as an inducer of childbirth

Three centuries ago, the English used apricot oil to fight tumors and ulcers.

Officials of National Aeronautics and Space Administration said that astronauts (in flight) included apricot on their menu for a number of occasions already. In fact, apricots have been on the menu of the Apollo 15 trip.

So, with all this said, most of you are wondering who can be trusted to provide you with a great high quality product of apricots…the company that I have found that has the best quality is found at: http://www.apricotpower.com. Now, I don’t usually recommend a specific company, however this is a trusted source used by myself, with twenty five years of clinical experience, and many of my patients. Check this site out and evaluate it for yourself.

Thanx for visiting,

The Healthy Life Dr.

How Somebody’s Medicines May Be Making You Sicker…

      (Originally posted on the Alliance for Natural Health’s blog:)  June 22, 2010

This week we discuss several ways prescription drugs may be making us all sicker—whether through illnesses brought on because these medicines deplete critical nutrients in our body, or because we’re unwittingly consuming pharmaceuticals in the municipal water we drink.

Drug-induced nutrient depletions

The number of dollars spent on prescribed medications in the US is at all time high. Seniors are expected to use an average of 38.5 different medications this year. The number of prescriptions written, drugs dispensed, and dollars spent are carefully recorded each year, particularly for those over the age of 65, but we’re doing a lousy job of quantifying the toll our prescription drug use has on our health because of nutrient depletions.

Now comes a study from a Netherlands university linking vitamin B12 deficiency with the use of metformin, a commonly-used diabetic medication. Given that 10% of Americans are now diagnosed as type II diabetic—with up to 40% being pre-diabetic—the number of cases of metformin-induced vitamin B12 deficiency may be immense. Vitamin B12 deficiency is commonly manifested by memory loss, though it is also linked to fatigue, anemia, nerve damage (including neuropathy), and other mental changes.

Coenzyme Q10—a substance found in our mitochondria—is an essential element in the creation of 90% of the human body’s energy. Statin drugs deplete CoQ10. While some cardiologists advise their patients on statin drugs to take supplemental CoQ10, most doctors are poorly educated on the subject, and consumers don’t know to ask what nutrients a particular drug will affect.

Ironically the first patent on statins included a patent combining them with supplemental CoQ10. So Merck, the manufacturer, knew about the damage to CoQ10 from statins but chose to say nothing and do nothing about it.

Dirty showers?

Another way our medications are making us sick is through our morning baths and showers. According to the American Chemical Society (ACS), showers and baths are sending hormones, antibiotics, and other medicines down the drain—and right into our drinking water.

It has long been known that toilets are a source of environmental pollution from active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) being excreted in urine and feces. But the ACS’s new study links bathing, showering, and laundering with API water pollution.

“These routes may be important for certain APIs found in medications that are applied topically. They include creams, lotions, ointments, gels, and skin patches,” according to Dr. Ilene Ruhoy, director of the Institute for Environmental Medicine at Touro University in Nevada. And topical APIs can have a greater impact on the environment than APIs released in feces and urine, because the latter have been broken down to some extent by the liver and kidneys.

“We need to be more aware of how our use of pharmaceuticals can have unwanted environmental effects,” Ruhoy continued.

Direct from the source

Perhaps worst of all, researchers have now found that the pharmaceuticals which have been turning up in streams and rivers may come directly from the drug plants that manufacture them. Researchers from the US Geological Survey (USGS) looked at the effluent from two New York state treatment plants serving drug manufacturers, and compared it to plants not receiving pharmaceutical waste.

Effluent samples from across the country showed evidence of the drugs, but concentrations were all very minor. By contrast, the New York plants that serve drugmakers released seven painkillers in massive concentrations—the highest was the muscle relaxant metaxalone.

So, how can you safeguard yourself from this toxic destruction of our bodies? Well first of all you really need to start out with cleansing of both the colon as well as the liver. This will be used to detoxify, cleanse, and purify the digestive tract and liver by mildly purging the body of potential or accumulated toxins. These toxins enter our bodies in many different ways but once they have gained access it is the job of our liver to filter and purify our entire system. Think of our liver as the oil filter of our blood system…You wouldn’t change the oil in your car without changing the oil filter would you? We can’t realistically change our liver but we can do the next best thing and cleanse it out.  Over time the liver and digestive systems become exhausted due the continued bombardment of poisons and therefore become compromised and allow these toxins the cause system breakdowns and lead to serious health challenges. I highly recommend that this cleansing process be used twice a year for optimal digestive, liver, and colon health.

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Dr. Barry… the Healthy Life Dr.

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