Sleep

Insomnia, the bane of my existence.  I know what curse I would use for enemies.

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Fat

Twenty years or so ago, it was the low-fat craze — they demonized fat.  Then we discovered the body needs fat, and was especially low in Omega 3 fats, so the mantra was eat the right fats.  But now the pendulum has swung all the way over to the over consumption of fat — the Keto diet recommends that 70% of what you eat should be fat.  The Keto people are even now apologists for how “healthy” saturated fat is.  Crazy.

But don’t let it upset you.  Just wait another 20 years and fats will be all bad again.

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Sugar Addicts

I’m on vacation in Charleston, and every morning I go to a bakery selling “gourmet donuts.”  I buy a cup of coffee there, not a donut.  But every morning, without fail, I see a parent come in with their children, and they excitedly buy these donuts that have an incredible amount of sugar and unhealthy fat — just way over the top, yet the parents feed their kids this stuff without a thought in the world, no hesitation at all.

I just have to think that the parents are really just completely clueless about nutrition and food to be doing this, for clearly they would not intentionally harm their own children, would they?  They simply must have no idea at all how really bad refined sugar is for health, for each one of these donuts is like a sugar nuke — the sugary frosting is so incredibly thick (that’s the “gourmet” part, I guess), and so must be an intense explosion for the taste buds as well as an incredible surge of dopamine.  All this a strong reinforcement for a food that could not be worse for health.  Makes one wonder about how reprehensible these parents really are — or does ignorance excuse them?

I also see the same people show up every morning at the donut shop — sugar addicts, whether they know it or not.

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Leaky Gut

I keep coming across references to problems developing when there are breaks in the lining of the small intestines, which leads to inflammation.  Apparently that wall that separates the small intestines from the blood vessels is only one cell thick.  It seems that that problem, a leaky gut, can lead to all kinds of problems. 

The last one I read about had to do with plaque in the blood vessel.  The author asserted that with a leaky gut, proteins that shouldn’t have gotten into the blood vessel, do get in.  This causes a white blood cell attack on them but also, indiscriminately, on LDL as well (the white blood cells go crazy attacking all proteins), which can lead to a break down in the cholesterol molecule, which creates the smaller version of the cholesterol that tends to stick to the blood vessel walls.  So if this is true, a break in the lining is a prime cause of plaque build up in the blood vessel. 

But if there is a break in the lining, a huge range of baddies, like toxins, can get into the blood vessels and cause havoc.  I suspect a lot of the autoimmune problems today stem from breaks in the lining of the small intestines, as the white blood cells go on a tear and attack everything.  Anyway, here’s a very good reason not to juice, as you toss out that precious fiber, which ultimately keeps that lining intact.

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Oils

Everyone knows how much sugar in various forms the food industry puts into processed foods — even bread has added sugar now. What is perhaps less well known is how much oil they add to everything as well. So many processed foods that you wouldn’t think require any added oil have oil added to them. Again, just manipulation of the taste to get people to crave the item. Yet the oil adds a ton of empty calories. Doesn’t seem that our food industry cares very much about your health and well being.

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