Here Comes the Sun – Getting Vitamin D Safely

 

Dr. Mercola says:

Safe sun exposure is essential for optimal health, but incorrect exposure can raise your risk of skin cancer while not providing any health benefits. Sunburn should be avoided at all cost. Detailed guidelines are provided for safely increasing your vitamin D stores through proper sun exposure are included.

While sunlight is composed of about 1,500 wavelengths, UVB is the only wavelength that will produce vitamin D when hitting unexposed skin. UVA’s increase your risk of skin cancer and causes photoaging of your skin. Therefore, it’s important to determine the ideal times of year for safe and effective sun exposure, and avoid exposure during times that UVB rays are not present. Instructions are included.

Vitamin D3 is an oil soluble steroid hormone that forms when your skin is exposed to UVB radiation from the sun (or a safe tanning bed). When UVB strikes the surface of your skin, your skin converts a cholesterol derivative into vitamin D3. It takes up to 48 hours for this vitamin D3 to be absorbed into your bloodstream to elevate your vitamin D levels. Therefore, it’s important to avoid washing your skin with soap after sun exposure.

In case you do develop a sun burn, immediately apply raw aloe vera. It’s one of the best remedies to help accelerate skin healing.

From a health perspective it doesn't make much sense to expose your skin to the sun when it is lower than 50 degrees above the horizon because you will not receive any valuable UVB rays, but you will expose yourself to the more dangerous and potentially deadly UVA rays. UVA's have a longer wavelength than UVB and can more easily penetrate the ozone layer and other obstacles (like clouds and pollution) on their way from the sun to the earth. UVA is what radically increases your risk of skin cancer and photoaging of your skin. So while it will give you a tan, unless the companion UVB rays are available you're likely doing more harm than good and should probably stay out of the sun to protect your skin.

Eating to Starve Cancer and Obesity

 

Dr. William Li's list of antiangiogenic foods

 

William Li heads the Angiogenesis Foundation, a nonprofit that is re-conceptualizing global disease fighting.

Why you should listen to him:

Many of society’s most devastating diseases — cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, to name a few — share a common denominator: faulty angiogenesis, the body’s growth of new capillary blood vessels. Given excessive or insufficient blood vessel growth, serious health issues arise. While researching under Harvard surgeon Judah Folkman, who pioneered the study of angiogenesis, Li learned how angiogenesis-based medicine helps patients overcome numerous diseases by restoring the balance of blood-vessel growth. 

Li co-founded the Angiogenesis Foundation in 1994. The foundation’s Project ENABLE — a global system that integrates patients, medical experts and healthcare professionals — democratizes the spread and implementation of knowledge about angiogenesis-based medicines, diet and lifestyle. Some 40,000 physicians have been educated on new treatments, ranging from cancer care to wound care, by the foundation’s faculty of medical experts, and they are bringing new, lifesaving and disease-preventing techniques to people around the world.

"Imagine that one medical advancement held the promise to conquer cancer, perhaps within your lifetime … the potential to also end more than 70 of life's most threatening conditions, affecting one billion people worldwide. This is the promise of angiogenesis, the first medical revolution of the 21st century."

William Li
http://www.ted.com/speakers/william_li.html 

Eating Potatoes – It’s Not As Simple As You Think

Once upon a time, everyone peeled potatoes before cooking.

Then, a new idea started circulating: most of the nutrients in potatoes are in the skin. So I began eating potatoes cooked in the skins.

Recently, I have learned that some really unhealthy chemicals are used in potato fields. So if you are eating the skins, you may be consuming small amounts of these chemicals.

That's when we switched to organic potatoes, so we can eat the skins and get the nutrients, without the chemicals. (Ann grows organic potatoes in her garden.)

In my opinion, If you can't get organic potatoes, you should peel your potatoes.

Here's a link to my wife's blog InspiredGardening.com that will show you how to peel potatoes easily.

Eat smart and stay healthy.

There are 37 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program in potatoes. Source: http://www.whatsonmyfood.org/food.jsp?food=PO

My Four Food Groups

www.InspiredGardening.com

In my world, there are four food groups:

  1. Food that tastes bad and is bad for you.
  2. Food that tastes good and is bad for you.
  3. Food that tastes bad and is good for you.
  4. Food that tastes good and is good for you.

Food that tastes bad and is bad for you must be avoided. Often, it's the spoiled stuff that gives you the "stomach flu." It's fairly easy to avoid if you pay attention to the smell and taste. No one eats it knowingly.

 

Food that tastes good and is bad for you is the most dangerous food. It's addictive and fun to eat. Most food ads on TV feature this kind of fare. It keeps the hospitals filled and the pharmacies busy. Fast food is the perfect example; it you want to see the effects, watch the movie Super Size Me. It's very hard to stop eating this food once you start because it is engineered to use salt, sugar, and/or fat to stroke your pleasure centers in the brain.

Food that tastes bad and is good for you is what is available at many "hippie" health food stores. Fresh tofu, bean sprouts, and wheatgrass juice are examples. Most Americans are so accustomed to commercial food that tastes "good" that they can't eat it. Many of the people who eat from this food group are skinny. They are rarely seen and may become extinct.

www.InspiredGardening.com

Food that tastes good and is good for youis the holy grail for healthy eaters. Whole Foods and Trader Joes are making big profits selling this kind of fare. We have a garden, which is the best place to get food that is good for you because you know how it was grown (one of the great advantages of locally grown food). Some of it doesn't taste good to the people who eat only processed and packaged food. Fortunately for me, my wife Ann can take food that doesn't taste good and is good for you and convert it into food that tastes good in her kitchen.

Photos from Ann's garden at www.InspiredGardening.com 

The Food Lobby Provides Dietary Advice

BusinessWeek summarizes how food and drink companies responded to a federal advisory panel's recommendations on new dietary guidelines.

Perhaps we don't need to watch our diet with medical insurance for everyone guaranteed by the government. By the way, who pays those premiums?

Link: BusinessWeek Magazine

Salt Institute
A recommendation to limit sodium to 1,500 mg a day would make Americans eat more "to satisfy their sodium appetite and their hunger for taste satisfaction."

American Meat Institute
Advising consumers to eat "moderate" amounts of meat and poultry may result in nutritional deficiencies.

American Beverage Assn.
Telling Americans to avoid sugar-sweetened beverages "overstates the role" of these drinks "in the rising rates of obesity in America."

The Sugar Assn.
Says "no causal link can be established between the intake of sugars and lifestyle diseases, including obesity."

National Confectioners Assn.
Says federal agencies need "to pursue guidelines that are realistic and accommodate all foods, including occasional treats in moderation."

International Dairy Foods Assn.
Agrees low-fat dairy products are healthier but is pushing for "moderate amounts of added sugar" to "help increase the palatability" of dairy foods.

Stay Away from Canola Oil (Rapeseed Oil)

Rapeseed field

Kellene Bishop at PreparednessPro.com unearths the dirt on Canola Oil. This product is a great example of brilliant marketing overriding the ugly truth. Excerpts below – click on the link to read the whole article.

Apparently farmers are using weed killer Round Up on fields producing canola oil for human consumption. If Round Up kills weeds on contact, what does it do in our bodies?

The bottom line is: Stay away from Canola Oil. Read the labels of your food. Minimize your healthcare expenses by preventing illness.

Link: Canola Oil—A Well Crafted Scheme by Kellene Bishop

Canola oil was one of the pioneers of the genetically modified food team. It was a way for them to test the waters, so to speak. “Could we convert Americans to using this engineered chemical with the right amount of commercial influence? The answer was a resound “YES!” for the interested parties. And it’s created a litany of monsters ready to ride the coattails of the path to success which canola oil has forged.

The mechanical industry has long used this industrial-grade oil which comes from “Rapeseed.” Of course the name had to be changed to “canola.” Who in their right mind would use an oil called “Rape?”–although it’s quite appropriate once you understand the adulterated process in creating it. Rapeseed is a part of the mustard seed family.  Rapeseed oil has also long been used in insecticides (great for roses, actually), pesticides, colored dyes, detergents, synthetic rubbers, and even in the creation of biological weapons. To engineer canola oil from Rapeseed oil it must go through a heat and refining process. This process ENSURES that the canola oil contains trans fatty acids. In fact, this process is called by a name you may be familiar with “hydrogenation.” As an interesting side note, some numbskull in England promoted it all throughout the country (and Europe) as an animal feed additive. He was even successful for a number of years (’86-’91) until it was BANNED as a harmful chemical to animals and humans. (It’s amazing how much more health minded those governments are in some aspects, compared to the U.S. when they are actually footing the bill for all of the medical care). Rapeseed was actually blamed for being the cause of “Mad Cow” disease entering the human food chain—through cattle consuming the poisonous feed. This is because it is poisonous to both animals and humans—period.

… it is subsidized by both the U.S. government and the Canadian government.  They are in hot financial water if the canola industry goes bust, which is exactly why the canola propaganda machine has created websites, prime time commercials, and endless amounts of “reliable literature” to convince you that “all is well.”

In lab testing, even the rats died off quickly. Even when a lab rat was saved from the canola diet, it still had scars to manifest the danger already done to the body. Ironically, though, canola oil is touted as being a better fat option, the testing showed horrible fat deposits which lead to kidney, liver, thyroid and adrenal gland failures. But hey, it’s perfectly safe.

P.S. From Wikipedia:

The Monsanto Company has genetically engineered new cultivars of rapeseed that are resistant to the effects of its herbicide Roundup. They have sought compensation from farmers found to have the Roundup Ready gene in Canola in their fields without paying a license fee. These farmers have claimed the Roundup Ready gene was blown into their fields and crossed with unaltered Canola. Other farmers[which?] claim that after spraying Roundup in non-Canola fields to kill weeds before planting, Roundup Ready volunteers are left behind, causing extra expense to rid their fields of the weeds.

In a closely followed legal battle, the Supreme Court of Canada found in favor of Monsanto's patent infringement claim for unlicensed growing of Roundup Ready in its 2004 ruling on Monsanto Canada Inc. v. Schmeiser. The case garnered international controversy as a court-sanctioned legitimation for the global patent protection of genetically modified crops. However, Schmeiser was not required to pay damages, as he did not benefit financially from the GMO crop in his field.

Who Is Really Responsible for our Health Care?

I read this and thought I would share. It suggests that we are responsible for our own health care – not our doctor, not our insurance provider, and not our government.

Simply stated – doing all you can to stay healthy is your best protection against disease and getting full enjoyment from life. Wellness is your best option. This is accomplished everyday through your choices regarding nutrition, exercise and lifestyle. Even most doctors will agree that the body (when functioning properly) has the extraordinary ability to heal itself.  The fact is that our immune systems are continuously destroying viruses, bacteria, fungi and even cancer cells, to keep us disease-free. When we fail to supply that system with vital nutrients, it fails to protect us, not only from disease, but from premature aging as well.

Too much health emphasis today is on the magic bullets advertised on television to fix sickness. Although you may have been fooled into thinking so – Drugs Don't Cure Disease. Even with drugs – the body does the healing. Drugs are designed to offer symptom relief by blocking or intercepting natural biological activity until the body fixes itself. The medical profession will openly admit they have no cure for any autoimmune and other diseases, and only treat to offer relief to its victims.

Make no mistake; western medicine may be the best in the world at handling emergencies and prolonging life. Drugs and antibiotics can be life saving tools in our medical arsenal when used properly, but they should not be used for health maintenance and disease prevention.

Fortunately many people are also turning to non-drug alternatives such as exercise, improved diets and nutritional supplements. JAMA reports that 50% of Americans have gone to alternative care physicians and that 50-70% of Americans are taking nutritional supplements. Even when disease does strike, quite possibly the best solution would be medical intervention with extra nutritional support.

Both health and disease begin at the cellular level. Our bodies are simply an agglomeration of cells that must work together in harmony. Each has its own structure, function, and duty to perform. There are many factors we do not totally understand that lead to disease. But one thing we do know: if our cells, the basic building blocks of life, do not receive the right mix of nutrients, they do not stay healthy. This leads to a cascade effect, which ultimately ends in some disease condition.

Healthy Cells = Healthy Tissues = Healthy Organs = Healthy Bodies

Excerpted from the Golden Keys Mentoring Group.

More Big Government: McCain Bill S.3002 To Limit Access to Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements

The bill that threatens our freedom to have continued access to supplements is bill S.3002, the Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010 (DSSA). Senator John McCain is the primary sponsor. And it would give the FDA more powers to limit your access to nutritional supplements.

Here's some of what the McCain bill would do:

Require everyone associated with supplements to register with the FDA and provide validation for every ingredient they sell. This includes manufacturers, distributors, labelers, licensors, stores, and even people selling products through MLMs (multi-level marketing). Penalties for failing to keep these documents could put companies and stores out of business. Current regulations already require that supplement companies provide proof of ingredients and quality.

Give the FDA the power to decide which supplements would remain on the market and in what strengths.

Give the FDA the authority to ban all other supplements and turn them over to drug companies so they can be developed into drugs and sold for much higher prices.

Give the FDA the authority to immediately recall any supplement that has even minor adverse effects, like an allergic reaction, while at the same time permitting the sale of aspirin and other "safe" drugs with known side effects. About 10,000 people in the U.S. alone die each year from bleeding caused by aspirin or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs. Yet, the FDA is not taking aspirin off the market or turning it into a prescription drug.

There's much more…. The FDA already regulates many aspects of nutritional supplement safety. We don't want them telling us which nutrients we can buy or in what quantities. We want the ability to choose for ourselves like we have.

Its creators designed bill S.3002 to prevent athletes from using steroids and other illegal substances. Let's see a bill that says that, plain and simple. Not one that robs us of our freedoms.

Tell your senators not to co-sponsor or vote for this bill, and to do everything possible to defeat it. Phone calls carry more weight than e-mails. Hand-written letters are more powerful than phone calls. But do something. Anything. You can find your senators' contact information at www.senate.gov. Click on the tab at the top that says "Senators."

Permaculture: A Guide to Sustainable Living

Holmgren's 12 design principles of permaculture

These restatements of the principles of permaculture appear in David Holmgren's Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability:

  1. Observe and interact – By taking the time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.
  2. Catch and store energy – By developing systems that collect resources when they are abundant, we can use them in times of need.
  3. Obtain a yield – Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.
  4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback – We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.
  5. Use and value renewable resources and services – Make the best use of nature's abundance to reduce our consumptive behaviour and dependence on non-renewable resources.
  6. Produce no waste – By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.
  7. Design from patterns to details – By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.
  8. Integrate rather than segregate – By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.
  9. Use small and slow solutions – Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes.
  10. Use and value diversity – Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.
  11. Use edges and value the marginal – The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.
  12. Creatively use and respond to change – We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time.