Saturday, February 27, 2016

Breaking the Fast

This is more dangerous than the fast since you have to ease into eating if you have not for awhile. Dr Fuhrman suggests breaking long fasts with juicy fruits. On first day, fist sized watermelon or half an orange every 2 hours. Eat slowly. Fresh squeezed juice can be added. On 2nd day, a medium sized piece of fruit or melon every 3 hours. On 3rd day, 4 meals of above. On 4th day, 3 small meals of fruit, salad and cooked vegetable like a potato. With short 5 day fasts, after eating fruit and waiting 15 minutes you can eat a salad with raw vegetables. This will help to clean out the colon. You can then, on the next day, eat some healthy cooked food like greens.
People can take an enema before beginning the fast so they won't have all that sitting in there during the fast. But it is not necessary since after a 5 day or longer fast your colon is working much better. My e-mail address is on home page.

Dental Problems


I had drilling near the root of tooth to repair it. About 6 months later, the tooth was hurting a lot. The root was dying and it got infected even though there was no decay in the tooth. I had a root canal and it got infected. The first antibiotic did not work and my face was swollen and they say the infection can enter the brain. The other antibiotic he prescribed was giving me bad headaches so I stopped taking it. I called a fasting expert and paid him $100 to talk to him for an hour. He told me to just fast and that maybe if I had done that before the root canal it may have saved the tooth. So after fasting 4 or 5 days it had totally cleared up. Then I had drilling near the root of another tooth and around 6 months later it was hurting, was infected and dying. So I had it pulled (extracted).
The same exact thing happened with another tooth months after there was drilling near a root. This time I did not even go to the dentist. I fasted 4 or 5 days and it was better. Then a year later, the same tooth was doing that again and I was in a lot of pain. I fasted 4 or 5 days and all the pain went away. That was a few years ago. So if you have a tooth dying but no decay, then fasting may help with it. The dentist said that they do not know why teeth like the above die but it seems to be associated with drilling a cavity close to the root.

The Inner Intelligence of the Body


When it comes to evolution the 2 most powerful desires of animals are eating and sex. This is to make sure that the animal survives and that the species survives. But unlike other animals humans have a divine soul. The existence of these 2 opposing forces creates a third thing that is the human mind and is what causes the problems. As you fast more, the inner intelligence of the of the body becomes more awakened and it can help you with your health. Also you learn things that are more certain than the different opinions or conflicting research results. Remember that an FDA approved study costing millions of dollars and that is more conclusive than all these other studies showed that Vioxx was a safe drug before taking it off the market since it was killing many people.
As I fast more I see how the body's intelligence cares only about the health of my body but my mind is more interested in enjoying the tastes of foods. Americans eat much more food than they need. They are then concerned about having a metabolism that is too slow. But if they had the inner peace, happiness and satisfaction they would not be needing the enjoyment of eating so much and then could eat only what they need. Then a slow metabolism is like having a car that gets 200 miles per hour. They could then eat a lot less and therefore have more time and money to do other things.
Personally I can spend less time feeding my belly and spend more time doing altruistic acts (helping other people). The page Prescription for Happiness tells how Positive Psychology learned that this makes people much happier. During a 22 day fast I spent most of the time on forums answering questions from people who needed help with different things. I have spent a great deal of time in the past reading about self improvement including health, psychology and religion. This is something that I love doing.
In the 70s many health experts had different opinions but there was one thing they agreed on-- the less you ate, the longer you lived. It is like the real age of your body is based on how much you have ever eaten. Then there was a study done with rats that showed that the rats that ate less, lived much longer. That was the only thing that a study ever proved to extend life or cause anti-aging. There is a new study that was just concluded. The rhesus monkeys that ate 30% less than the other monkeys lived longer. Also a Psychology Today Magazine had an article about a group that tries to extend life by consuming minimum calories.
Now with all the above I suggest that when people eat to lose weight, they should not limit calories. This is because forcing yourself to eat less than you want creates stress. This stress is worse for your health than anything else and it diminishes your peace of mind and happiness which are more important than anything else. So my suggestion is to work on your peace of mind, mental health and your satisfaction. Then you will have less of a need for food. Another reason I do not recommend forcing yourself to eat less is because most of the food people eat is for their emotions not for their body.
So I consume a lot less food than others because I am busy doing things that I love and I am not bored. I have a great deal of inner satisfaction. Now you can try the following and learn something for yourself. Take a kid at that age where he knows that fun is the most important thing. Have him do something that he loves doing for all day like going on rides at an amusement park. You can ask him all throughout the day if he is hungry and he will say "no." He is not lying. Then take him on an errand that is very boring. You will not have to ask him if he is hungry. Every few hours he will be asking to eat something to relieve the boredom.
I have learned about mankind from fasting. Say tomorrow that humans no longer needed to eat food and they lost the ability to eat or taste food. In 6 months most of the people on the planet will have committed suicide. Our society it is built around food. Jesus had his last supper. Thanksgiving is based around food. What would wedding and funeral receptions be without food? It was only after Jesus fasted for 40 days did he go out and start healing people and preaching to people. When the devil tried to get him to stop his fast, do you think it was a red man with horns and a tail. No, it was his own mind wanting him to eat some delicious tasting food. An MD I know has noticed the connection between depression and being overweight.

Food for Thought for Even Fasting Experts


All the fasting experts talk about how the need for food is all psychological like fear, boredom, unhappiness and misery causing hunger. This is known as false hunger. Then after fasting around 40 days, they experience true hunger, when the body then actually physically needs food. Their tongue clears and the hunger is different. All of them leave out the physical side of false hunger. If it were all psychological, then why does it end after eating?
When someone is almost full, there is a pain (discomfort) that begins. If they ignore it totally, they can eat enough to burst open the stomach. So as they eat more and more when they are full, the pain gets worse and worse. When it is bad enough, then the person feels satisfied that he has had enough. At that point the pain is not worth the enjoyment of eating. Romans were said to vomit up the food so they could enjoy eating more. So people associate the pain with being satisfied. Then when their stomach is empty, they associate that with being very hungry.

Since I eat only one meal a day, people have asked me for years if I am hungry and the answer is no. I am totally comfortable with an empty stomach, while others are driven mad by an empty stomach. Of course for many if they go too long without eating, they get healing symptoms of fasting (accelerated release of toxins) which can cause fatigue, dizziness, sick feeling or feeling like you were poisoned. So they imagine their blood sugar is too low. I used to get that all the time if I went hours past the time of my one meal a day. Now I never get those feelings no matter how long I go without eating.

Here is something that fasting experts never talk about. If someone were to only eat what he needs, here is how you do it. You fast until true hunger even if it takes 50 days. Then break the fast. But at this point people can eat all they want to. But to only eat the minimum after you break the fast, then you do another fast. But for how long. Nobody knows. You do it until true hunger returns. Then when you break that fast you start another one until until true hunger begins. You then keep doing that if you wanted to really eat what the body needs. But no one wants to just eat the minimum.

The Biggest Nutrition Myth Ever

This article is about a nutrition myth from over 20 years ago that is still confusing nutrition experts. This webpage with nutrition articles was created November 1, 2008. Mark Hyman, MD, editor in chief of the medical journal Alternatives in Health and Medicine says (page 66 Bottom Line Yearbook 2008), "Eat the complex carbohydrates-- vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains. These tend to have low glycemic loads, which means they are absorbed slowly and don't raise blood sugar quickly, so you feel full longer. Refined carbs, such as white flour, rice and pasta, along with sugary foods, make your blood sugar spike so you will feel hungry sooner."

Andrew L Rubman, N.D., is associate professor of clinical medicine. Richard A Anderson, PhD, is a research scientist at Human Nutrition Research Center. Their article in the Bottom Line Health News (2008) says "Curb your simple carbs. Cut back on high sugar and refined foods which include bread, pasta, bagels, crackers, white rice, cookies, candy and soda."
Webmd.com says (October 2008) "Get energy by eating complex carbohydrates (whole wheat pasta, brown or wild rice, whole-grain breads) and limit simple carbohydrates (regular soft drinks, sugar, sweets)."
Are you confused by the above? It is like saying that the president of the United States in October 2008 is George W Bush and the vice president is Donald Duck (a cartoon character). Is this true or not? In the first paragraph, fruit is not a complex carbohydrate, but is a simple carbohydrate. Then this medical doctor says to avoid rice and pasta, but they are complex carbohydrates. He says refined carbs but there are refined grains, not refined carbs (see below). Note that this nutritionist/MD, Dr. Hyman, is one of the most brilliant MDs around and I am a fan of his. He is sometimes on PBS TV.
In the second paragraph this naturopathic physician and nutrition research scientist say that bread, pasta and rice [by default this means white rice] are simple carbs. They are complex carbs. But they are right about soda being a simple carb.
Webmd.com gets a million visitors a day! They say to limit the junk food simple carbohydrates, but fruit is a simple carbohydrate and they do not mention it. So do they want you to limit it, since it is a simple carbohydrate? Under the complex carbohydrates they do not mention the unhealthy ones like pasta, rice and bread. So should you eat them since they are complex carbohydrates?
This is like saying that you should associate with black people since they are good like Rev. Martin Luther King and avoid white people since they are bad like Adolf Hitler. The above is nonsense. They should say that you should associate with good people and avoid bad people. The fact is that simple or complex does not matter, just like the color of one's skin does not matter.
Do you see the analogy [resemblance (similarity) in some particulars between things other-wise unlike]? There are good and bad black people, and good and bad white people. There is no reason to mention skin color or simple or complex. Please note that all the college textbooks on nutrition that I have seen, have this right about simple and complex carbohydrates.


The following has made this much more complex and confusing for people. Besides having complex carbohydrates (starches) or carbs and simple carbohydrates (sugars), you also have whole grains like brown rice and whole wheat (not whole rice and brown wheat) and the refined grains like wheat and rice. The whole grains are better for health since they still have the bran and germ that contains most of the nutrition and fiber. The refined grains do not have the above parts of the grain, but is left with one part (of the 3 parts) called the endosperm. Health food stores sell wheat bran and wheat germ.
They also divide the sugars into monosaccharides and disaccharides. This is like a single (mono) and a double (di) sugar. Now what if you were not familiar with these animals? There are men and women, roosters and chickens, and lions and lionesses. Then you may get them confused and say that the men mate (have sex) with the lionesses, the roosters mate with the women, and the lions mate with the chickens.
This has happened with the above. Search the internet now and look at all the references to simple sugars and complex sugars even though they do not exist. If they did exist then a simple sugar would be a simple simple carbohydrate since a sugar is a simple carbohydrate. Also a complex sugar would be a complex simple carbohydrate. Then instead of whole and refined grains, you get refined carbohydrates or refined carbs and whole carbs. You can also then invent single carbs and double grains.
Here is where the confusion originated from. By the way, the reason people say "God bless you" when you sneeze is because people used to think that a sneeze was evil spirits trying to occupy your body. Back in the 1980s they were still just discovering the glycemic index where they could measure how fast the sugar went into you blood from certain foods.
So at that time almost every health expert was saying to eat complex carbohydrates and not eat simple carbohydrates. Let me clear up these terms. Complex carbohydrates are also called starches. Simple carbohydrates are also called sugars. This has nothing to do with if it is a refined food or a natural one. Grains are mostly starch, while fruits are mostly sugar. So fruit is a simple carbohydrate (sugar).
Vegetables are a mix of starch and sugar.  For example sweet vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers are actually fruits. But then there are the real starchy vegetables like potatoes that people do not eat raw.

Pasta and bread (wheat) are a refined grain and not a whole grain. They are starches. Candies are sugars. Whole wheat is a whole grain and a starch. Fruits are sugars. The theory was that since the body must break down starches into sugar before they can enter the blood, they must enter the blood more slowly. This means it is healthier for you and not fattening when it enters the blood at a slower rate.
But the glycemic index discovery showed that this theory was all wrong. The sugar in fruit, fructose, enters the blood slowly. So there is no difference if the food is a sugar or starch when it comes to health and losing weight. But it is like the sneeze. They are still holding on to the myth.
What does matter is natural foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains are good for health and help keep you thin. Man made foods like refined grains (bread, pasta, and donuts), candy and soda are fattening and wreak havoc with your health.
Man made foods have added salt. Salt is fattening even though it has no calories (see home page on losing weight for explanation). Potatoes are healthy especially with added olive oil. They are one of the highest sources of potassium. Sweet potatoes have only half as much potassium. Put blackstrap molasses on top of sweet potatoes. A tablespoon of organic blackstrap molasses has 720 mg of potassium (non-organic has 360 mg).
But potato chips are unhealthy since the potatoes are fried and salted. It is now known that vegetable oils that are heated to high temperatures cause blindness in old age, called macular degeneration.

So all these experts and groups, like Weight Watchers and government groups were telling everyone a myth. But they never announced that they were completely wrong. So there should be no mention if something is a simple carb (sugar) or a complex carb (starch), unless you are in biology or nutrition class. It has nothing to do with anything practical. It is merely academic [having no practical or useful significance].
Now I knew that this was all wrong before they discovered the glycemic index. Here is how I knew. The body has to break down starches into sugars before it can enter the blood. But people have trouble eating the starch foods like rice, wheat flour or potatoes. They have to cook it first which changes it into a sugar. People do not eat uncooked rice, potatoes or wheat flour. I have a rule. All rules have exceptions, except some.
Here is an example of this myth in action. If this theory were correct then it would be better to eat an unripe fruit than a ripe fruit. So you should eat an unripe banana, while it is still a starch, instead of waiting for it to ripen and become a sugar. You can cook the unripe banana to make it into a sugar so that you can digest it. So you know that you should eat ripe fruit that are sweet and not unripe fruit.
Some fruits do not ripen so you can eat them anytime like apples, grapes and watermelon. Right after cantaloupe and honeydew ripen, they go bad. So the stores sell them weeks before they are ripe. You can wait for them to ripen. But they put them into fruit salads and they taste bad since they are not ripe. Then kids and adults say they do not like fruit.
So do not buy fruit salads with them. When honeydew is ripe, it tastes as sweet as honey. My grandfather would always say that. He owned a wholesale produce business and retired wealthy. He also would say that when the banana was extremely ripe, a little baby could eat it.

Thank you for reading this article, The Biggest Nutrition Myth Ever, on Nutrition Articles. May God Bless You even if you are not sneezing and do not have evil spirits trying to possess you.

Here is USA federal government information about the above from the National Library of Medicine (in exact quote). It is in Bethesda, Maryland and is the biggest library of medicine in the world. It is one of the National Institutes of Health which receives billions of dollars annually in federal funds. See www.nlm.nih.gov/MEDLINEPLUS/ency/article/002469.htm
Carbohydrates are classified as simple or complex. The classification depends on the chemical structure of the particular food source and reflects how quickly the sugar is digested and absorbed. Simple carbohydrates have one (single) or two (double) sugars while complex carbohydrates have three or more. [Note that the above has the myth after the word "reflects." At one time black people in the U.S. were property that could be bought and sold. The above is like saying that there are black and white people and the classification depends on the color of their skin (race) and reflects on whether they are good people or bad people.]

Examples of single sugars from foods include fructose (found in fruits) and galactose (found in milk products). Double sugars include lactose (found in dairy), maltose (found in certain vegetables and in beer), and sucrose (table sugar). Honey is also a double sugar, but unlike table sugar, contains a small amount of vitamins and minerals. (NOTE: Honey should not be given to children younger than 1 year old.)

Complex carbohydrates, often referred to as "starchy" foods, include:

Whole grain breads and cereals
Starchy vegetables
Legumes

Simple carbohydrates that contain vitamins and minerals occur naturally in:
Fruits
Milk and milk products
Vegetables 

Simple carbohydrates are also found in processed and refined sugars such as:
Candy
Table sugar
Syrups (not including natural syrups such as maple)
Regular (non-diet) carbonated beverages, such as soda
Refined sugars provide calories, but lack vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Such simple sugars are often called "empty calories" and can lead to weight gain. Also, many refined foods, such as white flour, sugar, and polished rice, lack B vitamins and other important nutrients unless they are marked "enriched." It is healthiest to obtain carbohydrates, vitamins, and other nutrients in as natural a form as possible -- for example, from fruit instead of table sugar.

About the Author

Chuck Bluestein was a chemist for the federal government. He worked at the Defense Personnel Support Center in Philadelphia testing materials for military use. Philadelphia is home to the 2008 Baseball World Series winners, the Phillies. He has been learning about health, nutrition, herbology, fitness, chemistry, fasting and psychology since he was 9 years old. At age 12 he was doing yoga, martial arts (like kenpo karate) and tai chi.

Epilogue or Post-Article Information

This is where I add more information for those who want to read it, without making the article any longer. I am usually not this smart, but I wrote the above on the 13th day of a fast of pure water (no minerals in it). I am writing this on the 15th day of that fast. Note that my webpage on Fasting says that a long fast like this should be done under a doctor's supervision trained for this to make sure your potassium levels (and for other reasons) do not drop too low. But I cannot afford that now. They do take health insurance (at least the MD in Philadelphia and the MD in New Jersey do).
Instead of cooking beans, you can sprout them. Cooking destroys some vitamins. Sprouting the beans increases the vitamin content dramatically. Heath food stores even sell Crunchy Sprouts. They are peas, cow (black-eyed) peas, chick peas (garbanzo beans), lentils and adzuki beans that have been sprouted for a few days.

They are crunchy like a snack and great to add to salads. This is the point in the plant's life that it is growing the fastest. I feel that these are the among the healthiest things that you can eat. I like the taste of them with added olive oil. Minerals cannot be destroyed by cooking. They are indestructible. You can burn the food to an ash and all the minerals are left. Minerals can never be destroyed, but can be changed into another mineral with nuclear fusion.
Seed sprouts are not crunchy, but broccoli sprouts have over 20 times the cancer fighting ability as broccoli. The John Hopkins University School of Medicine has bred a broccoli that is extra high in the phytochemicals that fight cancer. They patented it. It is sold in stores and is called Brocco Sprouts®. For more on this, see cancer under Natural Cures.
I saw that the Arizona company has a green tea drink with pomegranate. They are trying to make it appear healthy. But the main ingredient is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). An internet search shows you that this is one of the worst things that you can put in your body. It is addictive and makes you fatter and crave food more. It destroys your health. But this is good business for the food companies. 
They want you to buy massive amounts of food and drink, even if you are having trouble paying for other things. Also when your health is ruined, then you need to buy drugs which helps the drug companies to make money. The only way to stop this is for consumers to become informed and stop buying these things.
There are healthy sweeteners that they can use like agave (a syrup from a cactus that enters the blood very slowly), honey, maple syrup, stevia and others. The Health Related Articles page has an article about this. The last thing that the food and drug companies want you to do is fast, since then they make no money at all. You then gain money. Ben Franklin said that a penny saved is a penny earned. He lived in Philadelphia. 

Health Benefits of Acai

This describes the many health benefits of this unique fruit and berry. The acai berry or fruit grows on palm trees in the Amazon rainforest. A 1999 study of three Amazonian populations found that acai made up as much as 42% (by weight) of the people's diet. The health benefits of the acai berry include increased energy levels, improved sexual performance, improved digestion, high fiber content, improved skin appearance, detoxification, improved heart health, improved sleep, and reduction of cholesterol levels. These are opinions about acai.
Here are the facts about health benefits of acai. Protein is made up of a combination of amino acid in different ratios. The most ideal amino acid profile is in eggs. They used to have ads that say "the incredible edible egg." But each egg contains 250 mg of cholesterol. By dry weight (fruit contains a lot of water) the acai fruit has the same amount of protein as eggs. Also the amino acid profile of acai berries is almost identical to eggs. Plant foods contain no cholesterol.
You have probably heard about how healthy olive oil is. The olive oil is made up of different essential fatty acids. It is mostly omega-9, with a good amount of omega-6 essential fatty acids. It only has trace amounts of omega-3 so you still need to get omega-3 fatty acids from great sources like chia seeds, flaxseed or blue-green algae. The oil in acai has an almost identical essential fatty acid profile to the oil in olives so it has the same health benefits.
Oleic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid, and linoleic acid, a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid, help lower LDL, and maintain healthy HDL levels. They also increase the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, E, D, and K, which are essential to good health. Research has even suggested that oleic acid may prevent against cancer and hypertension.
The acai fruit contains polyphenols (that are phytochemicals) such as procyanidin oligomers and vanillic acid, syringic acid, p-hydroxybenzoic acid, protocatechuic acid, and ferulic acid. For more information on why berries like acai are the best food group for cardiovascular health, see my other webpage-- The Best Food Group for Cardiovascular Health.
Mayoclinic.com says "Acai berries are a good source of antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats." Webmd.com says "Anthocyanins are responsible for the red, purple, and blue hues [colors] in many fruits, vegetables, and flowers." Acai berries are a dark purple color from the anthocyanins in them. They also say "Some studies show that acai fruit pulp has a very high antioxidant capacity with even more antioxidant content than cranberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, or blueberry."
Also webmd.com says "Anthocyanins and flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that help defend the body against life's stressors. They also play a role in the body's cell protection system. Free radicals are harmful byproducts produced by the body. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants may interfere with aging and the disease process by neutralizing free radicals. By lessening the destructive power of free radicals, antioxidants may help reduce the risk of some diseases, such as heart disease and cancer." 
I am a distributor in a company that has an all organic blend of juices from foods from the Amazon rainforest like acai, camu camu fruit, cacao and dragons blood (sangre de drago). The dragons blood is the sap of a tree that looks just like blood. It is 95% OPCs that they also get from pine bark and grape seeds. OPCs (oligomeric proanthocyanidins) are phytochemicals that strengthen the walls of blood vessels like cappilaries and also make the walls of the blood vessels more flexible. So this makes it great for cardiovascular health.
Plant foods contain thousands of phytochemicals that have different health benefits. Some famous examples of them are lycopene in tomatoes, resveratrol in grapes, curcumin in tumeric and sulfurophane in broccoli sprouts. Over 900 different phytochemicals have been identified. John Hopkins Medical School has broccoli sprouts that are sold in supermarkets. They have a patent for being bred to be very high in sulfurophane.

Camu camu fruit is a nutritional powerhouse that has 30 times the vitamin C content of oranges plus lots of phytochemicals with health benefits. See this webpage for more information on this all Amazon rainforest, all organic delicious juice blend. The name of this product is not allowed to be mentioned on a distributor's websites but it is the reverse of 'umaz'. Just 2 fluid ounces of this drink have 100% RDA of vitamin C from these juices (no added vitamin C). Also this website has the name of this and the very famous celebrity that is half owner of this company (female star of Grease) that is helping to save the rainforest. The owners have talked about this drink on TV talk shows.         

Friday, February 26, 2016

Fasting: The Ultimate Diet

The above heading is the name of a best-selling book by Allan Cott, M.D. (©1975). So this page will have info about using the fasting diet, lemonade detox diet, lemonade diet, master cleanse, fasting to lose weight the fastest way, but will also have info on using it for health, cleansing and detoxification. This webpage has quotes from 23 different MDs (3 of them are psychiatrists-- Cott, Cousins and Nikolayev). On the cover of the above book it has a quote from The New England Journal of Medicine-- "Fasting is a valid experience. It can benefit any otherwise healthy person whose calories now have the upper hand in his/her life."

Here is how fasting works. The body takes in toxins (pesticides, pollutants etc.) and produces metabolic waste everyday. Most of this comes from the food we eat. Everyday the body is also cleansing itself of toxins and metabolic wastes. If the body is taking in more than it is getting rid of, then it gets backed up with these toxins and waste. At this point many health problems and diseases can develop. With fasting your body has a chance to cleanse more than it takes in and get rid of this backlog of toxins.

This book says "most people can fast safely for a whole month or longer. Our body gives the signal when it is time to end the fast." Dr Cott says "When anyone abstains totally from food, profound changes take place. These changes revise attitudes about food and put appetite into alignment with the body's real need for energy." The lemonade diet is also good for this.
The body is brilliant. It knows what it is doing and how to heal itself. It is your choice of foods and how much you eat that makes you fat. Your body is trying its best to make your body healthy and thin. That is its only purpose, while you have many other purposes like money, entertainment, enjoyment and other people. Fasting makes the brain work better, making you smarter (see Dr Cousins below). Some of this website was put up during fasting. This is the miracle of fasting.
Some people are concerned about their metabolism slowing down when they are fasting. But this makes it so that thin people can fast a long time. Also the fatter you are, the less it slows down. The body is slowing down the use of your extra calories so that you have enough to finish the fast. Again, the body is not against you but is out to help you. When you fast, you are placing all of your trust in your body's intelligence which has billions of years of evolutionary experience. When doing a religious fast, people place their faith in God to take care of them, instead of their own eating habits.
Also for this reason of conserving calories, it is more comfortable to fast in warm weather than in cold weather. The body is not looking to make you more uncomfortable in cold weather but to make sure that you have enough calories to finish the fast. With fat people it knows it does not have to conserve calories, so it does not slow down. As soon as people start eating again, it speeds back up to normal. After a couple of days of fasting, your body produces ketones which is the most powerful appetite suppressant there is. Since the body is brilliant, if it finds that you have lots of diseased and poorly formed muscle, it will eat that first. It knows that it is stupid to make you thin and beautiful and then just let you die. Fasting is God's or nature's bloodless operating table.

Why Fast

Gabriel Cousins, M.D., (psychiatrist) says "I often observe in the fasting participants that by four days of fasting, concentration seems to improve, creative thinking expands, depression lifts, insomnia stops, anxieties fade, the mind becomes more tranquil and a natural joy begins to appear. It is my hypothesis that when the physical toxins are cleared from the brain cells, mind-brain function automatically and significantly improves and spiritual capacities expands." Sleeping while on a fast is very rejuvenating.
Here are a few reasons given by Dr Cott: "To lose weight the quickest and fastest way, to save money, to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, to sleep better, to digest food better, to save time, to regulate bowels, to learn better eating habits, to get more out of sex and to call attention to social issues." There are many more benefits. Fasting is the most effective way to kill unwanted parasites, bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Dr Cott says "the rate at which you lose weight is generally in proportion to the degree you are overweight. Most people who fast for a week can expect to lose up to 20 pounds." "But when you fast, it is not unusual to lose 4 or 5 pounds the first day and up to 10 pounds in 2 days." The general rule is that fat people lose weight at a faster rate than thin people during a fast. Dr Cott says (page 57) "But Dr. George F. Cahill, Jr., of the Harvard Medical School, has noted that 'man's survival [of long abstention from food] is predicated upon a remarkable ability to conserve the relatively limited body protein stores while utilizing fat as the primary energy-producing food.' "
Most of this weight you lose, at first, is water so it is safe, unlike losing weight that is body fat.  During the first 5 days of the fast, the body dumps all its excess salt that caused you to retain tons of water. See "water weight" on home page for full story on this and  on how you can avoid gaining back that water weight. But the body's intelligence determines what it should consume first, when fasting. It may determine that it should eat diseased tissue or muscle before eating fat. Also since the body is eating itself, it is the best thing for the immune system. It can eat or consume infected tissue or muscle.


Prescription for Natural Healing by James Balch M.D. and Phyllis Balch CNC says "Fasting is an effective and safe method of detoxifying the body...A technique that wise men have used for centuries to heal the sick. Fast regularly and help the body heal itself and stay well. Give all of your organs a rest. Fasting can help reverse the aging process, and if we use it correctly we will live longer, happier lives.
Each time you complete a fast, you will feel better. Your body will have a chance to heal and rebuild its immune system by regularly fasting [a major benefit]. You can fight off illness and the degenerative diseases so common in this chemically polluted environment we live in. When you feel a cold or illness coming on or are just depressed-- fast!" That is why you lose your appetite-- your body is telling you to stop eating.
Alex Carrel, M.D. (famous scientist) says "The elimination of waste products by fasting increases longevity." Patricia Bragg says "Fasting is not starving. It's nature's cure that God has given us.... I fast every Monday and the first 3 days of each month; it's a precious time of body-mind-soul cleansing and renewal."

Dangers of Fasting

If your fast is sepervised by an expert, he will make sure that you are aware of these dangers. The most common danger with fasting comes from the blood pressure going down during a fast. It is easy to get up too fast from lying down and pass out or faint and break your head open. So you must always get up slowly. About 1 out of 100 people get potassium levels that are too low after 14 days of fasting. This can result in death so when the supervisor sees this, he stops the fast immediately. Then there is also a danger in breaking the long fast with the wrong food.

Health Benefits of Fasting

Elson M Haas M.D. says on his website "Fasting is the single greatest healing therapy.... When I first discovered fasting, 15 years ago, I felt as if it had saved my life and transformed my illness into health.... I believe fasting is the 'missing link' in the western diet." Andrew Weil, M.D. says "I can tell you that your digestive system will benefit from even one day of a total fast (when you consume only water or herbal tea). At one time, I experimented with fasting one day a week as a useful physical and psychological discipline. Many people experience a clearer mental state and increased energy after a short-term fast."
According to a guy who has fasted 40,000 people, Herbert M. Shelton (DC, ND) says in his 400 page book, The Science and Fine Art of Fasting (©1978), "Fasting must be recognized as a fundamental and radical process that is older than any other mode of caring for the sick organism, for it is employed on the plane of instinct and has been employed since life was first introduced upon the earth. Fasting is nature's own method of ridding the body of 'diseased tissues,' excess nutriment and accumulations of waste and toxins.
Nothing else will increase elimination through every channel of excretion as will fasting." "Fasting enables the processes of renewal to outdistance the processes of degeneration and the result is a higher standard of health....By fasting we may actually tear down much of the body and rebuild it." President Lincoln declared "Therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do appoint the last Thursday in September next, as a day of humiliation, prayer and fasting for all the people of the nation." Apparently at that time "humiliation" meant to have more humility or be more humble.
Joel Fuhrman, M.D. (has fasting center in NJ) says (in his book shown at the bottom of this page) "In my practice I have seen fasting eliminate lupus and arthritis, remove chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, heal the digestive tract in patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, and quickly eliminate cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure and angina. In these cases the recoveries were permanent." His amazing book on fasting is the best to learn about healing serious chronic health problems including migraine headaches. John Tilden, M.D., who fasted thousands of people in his Denver center, said "I must say in all seriousness that fasting when combined with a properly selected diet is the nearest approach to a 'cure-all' that is possible to conceive-- profoundly simple and simply profound!"
Hereward Carrington, M.D. wrote a book called Vitality, Fasting and Nutrition. He says "fasting is a scientific method of ridding the system of diseased tissues, and morbid matter, and is invariably accompanied by beneficial results....The whole secret is this: fasting commences with the omission of the first meal and ends with the return of natural hunger, while starvation only begins with the return of natural hunger and terminates in death." Natural hunger is the body saying that it is time to stop the fast.
Charles Page, M.D. says "The fasting cure universally and rationally applied, would save thousands of lives every year." A prominent German physician, Adolph Mayer, M.D. says, in a book entitled Fast Cures--Wondercures: "I assert that fasting is the most efficient means for correcting any disease." Von Seeland, M.D., a Russian physician, says "As a result of experiments, I have come to the conclusion that fasting is not only a therapeutic agent of the highest degree possible but also deserves consideration educationally."
Ron Kennedy, M.D. says "Fasting creates a condition of low concentration of toxic wastes in the circulatory system. This is sensed by the plasma membrane of each cell and each cell will then let go of its load of toxic wastes. When this happens suddenly, as it does with fasting, the result can be a sudden case of mild systemic toxemia as the system cleanses itself. Those who fast must be prepared for a phase of headache, irritability, insomnia and fatigue. This is a natural part of the healing process and should be welcomed." Also he says "The purpose of the religious fast is the purification of the soul and the preparation to receive atonement of sins."
Dr. Charles Goodrich of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, who has fasted many times said "People don't realize that the chief obstacle to fasting is overcoming the cultural, social and psychological fears of going without food. These fears are ingrained. . . .However, fasting is not starving, not even in a medical sense or the natural sense." Evarts Loomis MD says "For some it can be a time of self-discovery, a time to stop playing a role and to begin living the real person. Thus, it can be a time for releasing the ego and discovering the Transpersonal Self." "Surely one of the most overlooked and yet most valuable modes of healing that will be rediscovered in the future of the new medicine is the fast.
Michael R. Eades, M.D. says "Like caloric restriction, intermittent fasting reduces oxidative stress, makes the animals more resistant to acute stress in general, reduces blood pressure, reduces blood sugar, improves insulin sensitivity, reduces the incidence of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, and improves cognitive ability." From this website. Michael M. Segal, MD, PhD says "The pre-fast meal doesn't have be bland. Spices such as lemon or herbs are fine for fasting, but salt and monosodium glutamate should be reduced as much as possible." "People with medical conditions such as diabetes should consult their doctors and rabbis before fasting." From this website. Donald E Colbert MD says "Fasting is another method of detoxification that I recommend frequently. Fasting allows the body to heal by giving it a rest. Fasting gives the digestive tract a much-needed rest, which in turn allows the overburdened liver to 'catch up' on its detoxification work." From this website.

Dr. Yuri Nikolayev, director of the fasting unit of the Moscow Psychiatric Institute, reported on the use of scientific, therapeutic fasting to successfully treat over 10,000 patients, all suffering from neuropsychiatric disorders like schizophrenia and various neuroses, concluding: "The hunger treatment [as Soviet psychiatrists term fasting] gives the entire nervous system and the brain a rest. The body is also cleansed of poisons, and the tissues and the various glands are renovated." Joel Fuhrman, M.D. says in his book "There are hundreds of journal articles in the medical literature documenting the value of fasting in improving the function of the entire body including brain [cites studies]. Fasting has been repeatedly observed to alleviate neurosis, anxiety and depression." 
"I had a medical practice for 20 years in NYC, supervised hundreds of long fasts, and I found that the physical healing or weight loss was but a pleasant side effect. What really happened is that the person got in touch with their higher self, their true self, and came to the experience that healing can take place at every level, simply by letting go and allowing Mother Nature to do her work"-- Dr. Rai Casey
The book What is a Jew by Rabbi Morris N. Kertzer (© 1993) says that fasting has 4 purposes: mourning, self-denial, petition and penitence. The 2 most famous Jews did fasting and prayer for 40 days-- Jesus and Moses. The movie, Exodus (1960) with Paul Newman, is about a true story of Jews in a detention camp in Cyprus in 1947 who had just gotten out of a concentration camp. They got on a ship so they could go to Palestine right before it became Israel.
But there was a blockade keeping them from leaving. It was a major world news event. So the Jews decided to fast until they would let them through. They got rid of all food on the ship. A woman with a baby was told that she should leave the ship, since it is not safe for a baby to fast. She said that she would rather have her and her baby die, instead of going back to Cypress so she stayed on the ship. After a few days of fasting, they let them through. The mother and baby started a new life in Israel.
Socrates and Plato fasted regularly for 10 days at a time. Pythagoras fasted 40 days before taking an examination at the University of Alexandria. Hippocrates used fasting on patients. Philippus Paracelsus, a Swiss physician and one of the 3 fathers of Western Medicine (including also Hippocrates and Galen), said "Fasting is the greatest remedy-- the physician within." The bible has 74 references to fasting. When someone fasts for religious reasons, he still gets the physical benefits. When someone fasts for physical benefits, he still gets the spiritual benefits. Dr Jordan Rubin (NMD) calls fasting "a miracle of God."
Mohammed, Mahatma Gandhi and Mark Twain were avid fasters. Mark Twain says "A little starvation can really do more for the average sick man than can the best medicines and the best doctors. I do not mean a restricted diet; I mean total abstinence from food for one or two days. I speak from experience; starvation has been my cold and fever doctor for 15 years, and has accomplished a cure in all instances." Animals also fast when sick or injured. When you have a cold or flu, that is a great time to fast since you already feel bad and you lack a sense of taste and smell. See the page on colds and flus. Dr Cott's book says "Another very obese man, who wanted to be ' a human being again,' fasted for 14 consecutive weekends. Then he fasted one day a week for 9 months. Over the year's time he cut his weight exactly in half, going from 360 to 180 pounds."
Also this book says "A posthospitalization questionnaire was sent to 709 obese individuals who had fasted at the University of Pennsylvania hospital [currently one of the top 10 hospitals in the country], whose pioneer fasting program was supervised by Dr. Garfield G. Duncan. Of the 50 percent who responded, approximately 46 percent had continued to lose weight, and 21 percent had remained at the reduced level at which they had completed their fast." People think that they need to eat regularly to keep their blood sugar constant. But a healthy body does that even when you are not eating at all.
A woman I was talking to said that she could not fast because she had hypoglycemia (fasting blood sugar level too low). I told her that it was rare and when the body goes into a fasting mode it is common to have the same symptoms like headaches etc. Similar to how when a smoker stops smoking or an alcoholic stops drinking. In the fasting mode the body is getting rid of toxins at an accelerated rate and some of them have to go back into the blood before the body gets rid of it. With different people it takes different amounts of time for the body to go into the fasting mode. I told her the way to tell when your body goes into a fasting mode, the mouth becomes like an organ of elimination and your tongue gets coated, like when you get sick.
Later she wrote me and said that I sure knew my stuff. She had gone most of the day without eating and got those symptoms. She looked in the mirror and saw that her tongue was coated. I used to get those same symptoms if I went too long without eating. But after I started fasting that stopped happening. Fasting is nature's bloodless operating table. It gives the entire digestive system a vacation or rest.
 

Lemonade Diet

Also called Master Cleanse Lemonade Diet or Lemonade Fast


The fasts talked about in this are therapeutic fasts with only pure water. Many trying a fast prefer to try the Master Cleanse Lemonade Diet created by Stanley Burroughs (not spelled Borroughs). His book from 1976 is at the bottom of this page. Elson M Haas, M.D. says "Ever since I did my 10 day Master Cleanser back in 1975, I do it every spring with a group of 20 or 30 people at my office. It is such a profound experience."

On the Oprah Winfrey Show, Beyonce Knowles announced that she lost 20 pounds in 10 days for the movie, Dream Girls from the lemonade detox diet. Also Robin Quivers, Howard Stern's assistant, lost 73 pounds from doing the master cleanse lemonade diet 3 times (218 down to 145). She said after losing that weight "I never felt this good about my body before" according to People Magazine. She heard about it from the famous magician, David Blaine.
You can drink lemonade, instead of water, throughout the entire day (6 to 10 glasses). It has almost all the benefits as water fasting except for the benefits for serious health problems like cardiovascular disease. Only water fasting can reduce hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), which causes high blood pressure according to Dr Fuhrman who has studied the recent medical research on fasting. For some people, just losing weight will lower blood pressure and the master cleanse is great for weight loss, like for the prom.
Peter Glickman has coached more than 500 people on the lemonade diet. He says the following: "I would estimate it [lemonade fast] to be nearly as powerful as water fasting." "It is probably the second most powerful (read that as the fastest) way to detoxify the body. Only a water fast is more powerful." "The most current, visible American MD who is a major proponent of fasting is Dr Joel Fuhrman. He has numerous successes curing diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease." Peter says that pregnant and nursing women should not do the master cleanser since the toxins could make their way to the baby.
With the lemonade diet recipe, you add 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup (preferably grade B) and one tenth tablespoon (or to your taste) of cayenne pepper to a glass of water. To modify the lemonade diet recipe ingredients some people take cayenne capsules or put it in a shot glass of water so it is not in their lemonade. Some who do not like maple syrup have had the same results using 2 tablespoons of raw agave nectar (see Health Food Store link below). Make sure that it is pure water, not tap water. See the webpage about that. To make a half gallon of it, just multiply the ingredients by 8.
I saw on a site where a guy did this Master Cleanse for 12 days. But before that the doctor said his blood pressure was 200/120. He fasted 21 days on pure water and it dropped down to 130/80. Since this webpage shows that you can fast on pure water, then if you get sick of drinking the lemonade (like some do), you can just consume pure water.
Avoid the salt water flush (SWF) where you are supposed to drink salt water which will then come out a half hour later where solid waste comes out. This is very unhealthy for you. The reason that it passes right through you, without you digesting it, is because it is toxic for you to digest it. (The same thing would happen if you put dishwashing liquid in a quart of water and drank it.) This is why many complain that it tastes terrible and makes them feel sick and want to vomit. See home page under Losing Water Weight for more info on why salt is bad for you. This is a bad thing about the lemonade diet. Instead you can do nothing or take an enema. 
Newspaper articles say that the lemonade diet is bad since you have to stay near the bathroom. Skip the SWF and you only need to be near the bathroom when you break the fast and your colon will work great. When I did the SWF it worked but I felt sick so my body did digest some of it. Some say that it did not work for them, meaning that their body digested all of it. I am constantly seeing many complaints about this on forums. Some have said that they vomit up the SWF when they drink it. Some, who it did not work for, say that they gained 5 pounds that day. Even if it does work, some of the salt may get digested.
A fast gives the colon a vacation helping it more than anything else ever can, since it is always the body that heals itself. Dr Herbert Shelton fasted 40,000 people. The first 6,000 were given enemas. Then he realized that there was no need to do anything about the colon. The enema does not hurt the person but it disturbs the vacation of the large intestine (colon) during the fast. The rest were not given enemas. Note that it did take him 6,000 people to realize he and many of the other master fasters before him were mistaken. So maybe with a little more experience, Mr Burroughs would have learned that with his lemonade diet. Modern medicine teaches that the colon is outside the body proper. For something to get from the normal digestive tract into the body proper, it must pass through the liver first.
A woman with a blog read about this lemonade diet on my website. She did it for 3 days and lost 5 pounds. Rudolph Ballentine M.D. says not to do juice fasts for more than 3 days without supervision but many people do the above fast 21 days and sometimes 40 days without supervision. One guy gave a testimonial about how he fasted with only water and had a tough time from lots of cleansing symptoms. Then he tried the lemonade diet and had no problems so he says that it is much better than the water fast.
This information about the lemonade diet shows the cause of so much confusion. The difference was in him, not the fast. He must have been eating healthier foods since that water fast, which caused him to have an easier time with the lemonade diet. Under his testimonial was another one where a woman said that her first 3 days on the master cleanse lemonade diet were HORRIBLE but after that is was fine. This is also the hardest time of a water fast due to the rapid detoxification of the body. Peter says that you could have headaches, rashes, tiredness, irritability and vomiting from the lemonade fast. The fast (includes water fast) gives your intestines a vacation or rest. When you start eating, they then work better than ever. You could do an enema on the first day or not do one. It cleans out all that stuff. This works fine with the lemonade diet.
Here is an actual story that took place August 2008. A 39 year old woman was on medication for high blood pressure. She got on the lemonade diet or lemonade fast after seeing my webpage on it. She monitored her blood pressure and reduced her medication until she was off of it completely. By the 15th day of the fast, her blood pressure was 106/79. That is a pulse pressure of 27! See page on high blood pressure for what pulse pressure is.

Concerns


With either fast you do, you should use pure water like distilled or purified water, not tap, filtered or spring water. See pure water page for more on this. Joel Fuhrman, M.D. says not to fast if you are on any medications. Dr Cott and Dr Fuhrman says that you should consult a doctor before beginning a short fast and long fasts must be done under the supervision and guidance of a doctor, where they may let you use a medication if you need it. Here is the list of professional fasters that supervise fasts (www.iahp.net).
These people are skilled with different problems that can come up during a fast. Dr Fuhrman says that the most common problem is getting up too fast while lying down and passing out which can cause injury. This never happens with his patience since he warns them of it. Second most common problem is 1 out of 100 have too little potassium after 14 days or more of fasting and he ends the fast since this is a serious condition.
You are forced to fast everyday when you sleep so it is a natural thing. I did short fasts and built up to an 11 day fast. Then I did a 22 day fast on my own. Before getting into fasting, I ate nothing but grapes (conventional not organic, even though organic is better) for 11 days and got a lot of benefits from that due to a lot of detoxification. The webpage on depression has more information on fasting helping depression. Master Cleanser  Whole Raw Food Snacks

Detoxifying With Fruit and Juice Fasting

I know someone who fasts on water for a week before the change of the season following an ancient Egyptian practice. He also will eat only fruit and nothing else for a month. So this is a good way to detoxify your but you choose how long you want to do it for. You can also do it with one kind of fruit like grapes. You eat as much grapes as you want but nothing else. I have a whole book about this called The Grape Cure which has been used to treat cancer successfully. This should be used for cancer instead of fasting. There is a group that does juice fasting. Here are testimonials from that. New York oncologist Kathryn MacKenzie, M.D. said "I feel perfect, with lots of energy every day. I'm very grateful for your help. You are terrific! God bless you for your wonderful Fasting Program. I feel like a new person again! Thank you so much!" Chicago orthopedic surgeon David Bracken, M.D. said "I found incredible energy and focus, while on the fast. Now, even off the fast, I do more in a day than I used to do in a week! That's no exaggeration. I lost 56 lbs. on the fast, and presently weigh what I weighed in high school while on the wrestling team."
This group uses a mixture of fruit and vegetable juices for their juice fast that are nutritionally balanced for juice fasts up to 4 months long. People can continue working their jobs and they can safely do it without in-house supervision with this juice fast. I would call this a very healthy liquid diet but by calling it a juice fast, they can use quotes from people talking about a water fast. The Master Cleanse people do the same thing but then they both say bad things about the water fast which was done by Moses and Jesus.
When they throw in a quote from someone talking about a water fast it sounds like they are talking about their kind of fast. I am not fond of deception (trickery). They can still claim that they did not lie. If I were talking about water fasts and threw in the 2 above quotes you would not know that they were talking about juice fasts. No information is available on what they use in their juice diets since to do it you must pay them and buy a juice mix from them. That is good business. 
"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends and the most patient of teachers." --Charles W. Eliot "The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." --Mark Twain
Click on the following to learn more about how to break the fast, fasting for dental problems and more about Fasting, Eating and the Body's Inner Intelligence .

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Superior Nutrition for Optimum Health

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See our privacy policy. For many years I and others have consumed flaxseeds since it is high in omega-3 fatty acids. This helps lubricate the brain and arteries helping to prevent depression, heart attacks and strokes. Chia seeds have more omega-3 fatty acids than flaxseeds. Flaxseeds cannot be digested unless they are milled. But once this is done then they are subject to going rancid soon. This is not the case with chia seeds.
You can add chia seeds to foods (like you do with flaxseed meal) or you can put 2 teaspoons of chia seeds in a glass of water and let sit for 20 minutes. Literature says that it helps slow the aging of the brain and arteries, prevents long term memory loss, and increases cardiovascular health. It has 5 times the calcium in whole milk, 3 times the antioxidants in blueberries, 15 times the magnesium in broccoli, more potassium than bananas and more iron than spinach.

 Very Latest News- January, 22, 2009
They have just done a huge amount of studies on ecklonia cava extract (ECE). It is an extract of a brown seaweed by that name. It dissolves blood clots and lowers blood pressure better than drugs. In a controlled scientific study, it cut blood pressure levels by 40 points in 12 days-- from 200 mmHg to 160.
It improves memory by increasing the activity of neurotransmitters responsible for learning and memory. It scours out amyloid plaques linked to Alzheimer's. It reduces cholesterol better than green tea. In one study it scored higher than Viagra® in improving orgasmic function. It improves circulation by regenerating cells that make up the critical inner lining of your blood vessels keeping the arterial wall dilated and relaxed. It helps people get off diabetic meds.
It stimulates your body to burn more fat by increasing muscle mass. Dr. Haengwoo Lee and his team of M.D.'s and Ph.D.'s have spent over thirty million dollars on research, from in vitro to animal and human studies on ECE (ecklonia cava extract). Much of the work was done in Korea, and some at the University of Washington. See this site for more on this.
In the Swanson website below they now have their own brand of ecklonia cava extract with high quality and lowest price. They also sell other brands of it at below retail cost. They have a great deal of buying power since they sell a lot of supplements. They have been in business since 1969 (42 years).
I am not a big fan of vitamin/mineral supplements. It has been shown that most tablets pass through your digestive tract undigested. I told someone, who was a distributor for a company that sold vitamin/mineral supplements, that taking too many can cause a toxic overdose, that is if it is digested. She said that it is because of the fillers and preservatives. I then told her that the vitamins were the most dangerous things in supplements.
The number one cause of child poisonings in the U.S.A. is iron supplements. They make them as brightly colored pills which cause children to eat them. Frederic Vagnini, MD, assistant clinical professor at Weill Cornell Medical College says (page 41 in Bottom Line Yearbook 2008), "Never take a supplement for iron without consulting your physician-- excess iron can accumulate in your major organs and cause severe damage."
Vitamin A and D are not water soluble so they cannot be urinated out. Too much of either one can cause death by liver failure (called hypervitaminosa A and hypervitaminosa D). The liver tries to filter out the toxic things from what you eat. Vitamins and minerals are not foods. People are designed to eat foods.
The FDA does not allow a supplement to contain more than 99 mg of potassium, a mineral. If you go to a nutritionist doctor, they will never give you more than 200 mg of potassium since they know that you may need to be rushed to a hospital. Yet it is okay to eat 2 avocadoes which contain 2,400 mg of potassium, 3 potatoes that have 2,100 mg of potassium or 3 bananas that contain 1,200 mg of potassium. The FDA (see Home Page under water weight for link to this) says to eat more potassium and less sodium.
So it is better to get your vitamins and minerals from foods. You are not what you eat, but what you assimilate. This is easy with stores that sell lots of foods. Vitamins and minerals are chemicals that cost pennies to make. Even ones extracted from foods are extracted with chemical reactions. Plant foods contain thousands of phytochemicals that are great for health. One of these phytochemicals is lycopene which is good for your arteries and preventing cancer. It is the red color in watermelon, tomatoes and red grapefruit.

Greens Drinks Powders

There are many different greens powder drinks and I highly recommend them. This is the fastest growing area of nutrition. Most health enthusiasts use these green drinks instead of vitamin/mineral supplements WHICH ARE NOT FOODS. The Kevin Trudeau weight loss cure protocol from The Weight Loss Cure They Don't Want You to Know About  requires you to use one. You mix them in diluted juice and drink them. For more on this protocol see the Home Page. A vitamin pill may contain about half a gram whereas with these drinks, you drink at least 20 times that amount of the powder (10 grams). Unlike vitamin/mineral supplements, most people can feel a difference from using them. 
The New York Times Bestseller, Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You to Know About by Kevin Trudeau (© 2004) says
"Do not take vitamins....It is true that you are most assuredly deficient in vitamins and minerals. The best way to correct this deficiency is by juicing. The second best way is to take whole food supplements. These are not vitamin and mineral pills. Whole food supplements simply take organically produced vegetables and fruits and concentrate them into a convenient tablet [the powder is much cheaper] that you can take."
I just came across a testimonial in a magazine. It is by a woman who lost 90 pounds in 90 days. It has before and after pictures and she looked great in the after picture. She said "A lifetime of poor choices left me tipping the scales at 240 pounds. I was sick and bedridden with a variety of symptoms for 2 months. I began drinking 5 to 6 greens drinks a day. [That sounds excessive to me but I guess being 90 pounds overweight is excessive.] The more greens I drank, the stronger I felt and my health challenges, including migraines and vertigo, disappeared. Four years later I've kept all the weight off." A main ingredient in greens drinks is spirulina. It is an appetite suppressant. But I feel that it is really an appetite satisfier due to its very high nutrient profile.
These green drinks contain superfoods. Spirulina is a fresh water sea plant (phytoplankton or algae). Some will say that spirulina is the most nutrient dense superfood since it contains more calcium than milk, more protein than meat or soybeans, more beta-carotene than carrots, more vitamin E than wheat germ, more iron than spinach, more omega-3 fatty acids than fish and more vitamin B-12 than liver. Others argue that barley grass, wheat grass or chlorella are the best superfoods. So they put all of them in the greens drinks and more things, like some have pro-biotics (beneficial bacteria), herbs, and healthy vegetables like broccoli-- all whole foods.
The spirulina and chlorella in the greens drinks contain omega-3 essential fatty acids (see below) since they are algae. Nicholas Perricone, MD wrote The Wrinkle Cure. In his most recent book (a # 1 NY Times bestseller), The Perricone Promise: Look Younger, Live Longer in Three Easy Steps (© 2004), he recommends consuming spirulina, chlorella, wheat grass and barley grass. It also recommends consuming herbs, which are whole foods, but he does not recommend a multi-vitamin or any vitamins.
Some of these taste great mixed with diluted juice. Many times after someone tries it for the first time, they have a strong craving for another glass of it. That means that your body really needs it, so drink another one. This is fine since they are foods, not vitamins or minerals which cost pennies to make. Most of them avoid adding any vitamins or minerals for people who know that they are not foods. You can add carrot juice powder to the above (like I do) to make it taste better and more balanced and get that extra nutrition. Montel Williams has multiple sclerosis and depression but takes no medication. He does drink greens drinks. Mehmet Oz, M.D., author of YOU: the Owners Manual, had Oprah Winfrey try his greens drink.
I also add to mine a powder with fruits and vegetables. It has strawberries, apple flakes, carrot, raspberry, tomato, red bell pepper, okra, kale, blueberry, cranberry, grape, cherry, bilberry, beet and more. Berries are very healthy but they are expensive. Many greens drinks have lecithin as the main ingredient. It is very cheap so they can charge less for it. Even though it is cheap, it is great for the cardiovascular system. You can buy a greens drink with lecithin or get one without it and buy it separately. It costs about $20 for a pound. Only buy the lecithin that says on it non-GMO (not genetically modified). Adding a half of banana to the greens drink makes it taste better plus they are a great source of potassium.
Lecithin has been promoted for cardiovascular health for decades. It comes from soybeans but is also in cabbage, cauliflower, green beans, chickpeas, lentils, corn, split peas and grains. I just came across this. A guy had high blood pressure. The doctor said that he needed surgery to have the plaque stripped from the arteries in his neck. It would cost $10,000 but the machine was down and he had to wait. At a health food store they told him to try lecithin. He took 2 tablespoons a day. When he returned to the doctor, the nurse re-examined him and said that he did not need the surgery since the plaque in his arteries was gone.
What causes heart attacks and strokes is plaque on your artery walls. They make the walls hard and can block the blood flow. The plaque contains oxidized cholesterol. Reducing cholesterol does not remove the plaque. Cholesterol contains lecithin. The good cholesterol (HDL) contains more lecithin than the bad cholesterol (LDL). The more good cholesterol, the better. When enough lecithin is in the cholesterol, it becomes soluble and it dissolves back into your blood and washes away. Although the plaque forms to protect the artery walls. Things that attack the artery walls are the chlorine and fluoride in tap water and homogenized milk. See the web page on pure water to learn how to purify your tap water.
Here is what one company says about their greens drink:
"Vitamineral Green is an organic, whole food superfood combination. Unlike traditional multi-vitamin/mineral products, it is totally non-toxic, exceptionally absorbable (not excreted as expensive yellow urine, does not settle out as toxic deposits in the body), and is truly effective. It also contains thousands of phytonutrients [phytochemicals] and a plethora of other complex, synergistically bound, organic nutrients. This product is "manufactured" by Mother Nature herself; not a chemist in an isolation factory. There are absolutely no synthetics or isolated nutrients whatsoever in Vitamineral Green. Unlike incomplete, regular multi-vitamin/mineral products, these nutrients are exactly as they occur naturally in whole plant foods, because they are still in whole plant foods! They are fully recognizable and absorbable with NO toxicity [like vitamins and minerals]!"

Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids

 Here are other nutrients you should make sure to get especially if you are a vegetarian or vegan that eats no animal products. One important nutrient that people do not get enough of is omega-3 essential fatty acid. These healthy fats lubricate the brain, arteries and skin. It helps people with depression, prevents heart attacks and strokes and helps with skin problems. The President of the U.S.A. (George W Bush) takes it. Low levels of it increase your chance of getting heart attacks or strokes.
People eating plenty of fish like salmon, tuna and sardines get enough omega-3s but are also consuming a lot of mercury since the ocean is so polluted. Fish get them from eating algae. Due to heavy mercury pollution, limit fish and try to avoid the most toxic bigger fish, like tuna (0.35 ppm), and eat smaller fish like sardines (0.016 ppm), salmon (0.014), whitefish (0.069 ppm), trout (freshwater)(0.072 ppm) and flounder (overfished)(0.045 ppm). For more on this see http://gotmercury.org. Fish get their omega-3s from eating algae. Farmed fish that are not fed algae have no omega-3s.
You can get these fish oils but it requires the killing of animals. If you do then make sure that the bottle says "pharmaceutical grade" which is where the pollution has been taken out. You can get omega-3s from flaxseed oil also. I use the milled flaxseeds. These contain lignans which help prevent cancer and the flaxseeds contain a really good fiber for the colon, but the oil is a more concentrated source of omega-3s. I mix them in the above drink but they taste good and you can put them in soup or any dish with a sauce. Flaxseeds are whole foods and cost very little. People used to get plenty of omega-3s from eating a green leaf vegetable called purslane.
The book, More Natural Cures Revealed (© 2006) by Kevin Trudeau says that a magazine about health and healthy lifestyle was being given out to all NBC employees in the Chicago studio. It was telling how flaxseed (linseed) oil was curing breast cancer. Canadian researchers gave muffins with flaxseed oil to women with breast cancer. It was more effective in killing breast cancer cells than any type of radiation or chemotherapy, with no side effects or expensive costs.

Vitamin B-12

This vitamin is not in plant foods as a rule. I say that all rules have exceptions except some. It is in animal foods but eating animal foods causes a greater need for B-12. So many meat eaters and vegetarians have a shortage of this. Spirulina and barley grass  do contain B-12, but it has been found that some people eating these foods still have a shortage of it. So to be sure it is good to take this as a supplement. The best for vitamin B-12 is one that dissolves in your mouth.
The best food source of it may be rotten tea with moldy fungus in it. They sell it in some health food stores. Some call it kombucha mushroom. It is not a mushroom but it is a beneficial bacteria. It produces vitamin B-12, vitamins and other beneficial substances like some beneficial acids. Due to the acids, carbon dioxide and a tiny bit of alcohol, it has a strong taste. It is made in different flavors and the company that makes it is Millennium Products, Inc. The bottle says on the front "Synergy or GTS." The acids in it have a cleansing effect on the body. It comes with healthy juices mixed in like mango, blueberry and lemon. One has spirulina (and another blue-green algae) and chlorella in it. Spirulina contains some omega-3s and vitamin B-12.
The book, Nutrition Almanac (4th edition 1996-- over 2.5 million sold) says "If a person is tired, irritable, nervous, depressed, or even suicidal, suspect a vitamin B deficiency." The greens drinks contain an abundance of B vitamins except for vitamin B-12. This supplement is made differently than the others. Vitamin B-12 is grown on bacteria or mold unlike other vitamins and minerals that are made with (or extracted with) chemicals.
People used to get more vitamin B-12 when they had more bacteria in their diet. There are different forms (analogues) of B-12 and some are inactive. They have not yet tested if the B-12 in the above foods are active or not. A lack of active B-12 can cause too high levels of homocysteine and make the artery walls too thin. This leads to strokes, heart attacks and aneurysms. Meat is not a good source since it causes you to need more. I say "All rules have exceptions except some." That is my rule. Take a supplement of the B-12 that dissolves under the tongue (called sub-lingual). The amount of B-12 that you need is so small that you need about 10 thousand times more of the other vitamins. It is non-toxic so you can take 3 years worth of it in one day. It costs about $5 for a year's supply.

Vitamin D and Sunlight

People do not get enough vitamin D. Without it, the body cannot use the calcium it has. There are no good food sources. For more on this and vitamin B-12 see this site about nutrition for vegetarians and vegans. The best source of it is sunlight. See that previous mentioned website for more on this and osteoporosis. If you think sunlight is bad for you, see that previous site and also see this article about 5 ways to get cancer. The New York Times Bestseller, Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You to Know About by Kevin Trudeau (© 2004) says "Get natural sunlight. Go for a walk in the sun! Your body needs sunlight. Do not use sunglasses or sun screens. Thirty minutes a day, minimum, promotes incredible health benefits....The solar energy from the sun can be very alkalizing to the body; it reduces depression and strengthens your immune....The sun is good for you and its absolutely needed."
Kevin Trudeau says (in Natural Cures) that lack of sunshine and sleep causes people to become overweight. Many who sunbathe a lot have very smooth skin even at an old age. In the movie Something About Mary, an older woman who sunbathes a lot, has very dry and wrinkled skin. But she also smokes a lot. Smoking causes cross linking in the skin which causes skin to age and wrinkle. Research in England shows the highest rates of skin cancer are among those who are under fluorescent lights a lot and spend no time in sunlight. People in Africa do not get skin cancer and the sunlight is much brighter there. African Americans have the highest rate of skin cancer. I know a couple. The husband is a construction worker who is out in the sun a lot, without a shirt on. His wife is a paralegal who spends time in the office. She, not him, got skin cancer. Both of them smoke. See this webpage with Articles including one about sunlight and why they say it is bad for you.
Kevin Trudeau says in Natural Cures,
 "In the Natural Cures book I talk about the fact that the sun does not cause skin cancer. The sun is needed for life. If you do not spend time in the sun you will be sick. The sun is vital for health, longevity and to be disease free....Without sunlight you develop diseases including depression, lack of energy, poor sleep, poor digestion, weight gain, arthritis, constipation, bad breath, body odor, cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, ADD, stress, headaches, susceptibility to colds, flus and viral infections, PMS, male erectile dysfunction, loss of sexual desire in women, infertility anxiety and more." 

Calcium, Vitamin D and Vitamin K

People think that osteoporosis is from too little calcium but it is now known that you need a trace mineral like boron, vitamin D, magnesium, vitamin K and other things to bring the calcium into the bones. Whereas most Americans die from stroke or heart attacks and the main mineral involved in the clogging of the arteries is calcium. Vitamin K helps to bring the calcium out of the arteries and into the bones. Vitamin K1 comes from seaweed and dark green leafy vegetables. Vitamin K2 is even better at this and the bacteria in your digestive tract is supposed to create this. But for many people, that system is not working right especially if you have taken anti-biotics. The pro-biotics in some of the greens drinks should help with this. Vitamin K2 is found in butter, chicken egg yolk, cow liver, certain cheeses and fermented soybean products such as natto, but natto has much more of it than the other foods.
There is a good chance ninjas ate this since this comes from the time of feudal Japan. It is fermented soybeans and also contains the enzymes pyrazine and nattokinase which are also good for cardiovascular health. Some people like the taste and some do not but the taste can be acquired. Also there are different brands that taste different and it tastes better mixed with things like rice. The internet says that if you like blue cheese that you will love natto. Maybe soon it will be a popular dish in America like sushi which also comes from Japan. There are now vitamin K2 supplements available.
There are alkaline foods and acid foods. This is based on the effect it has on the body. Fruits high in acids like grapefruits are alkaline. Most people eat lots of acid foods and then the body has to take calcium out of the bones to neutralize this acid. Generally the acid forming foods are animal foods and processed foods made by man. Alkaline foods are plant foods made by nature. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and fungus (mushrooms) are made by nature. Bread, ice cream and cheese and not made by nature. Salt is made by nature but is not a food.
The clogging of the arteries could be caused by a substance in homogenized milk called XO. So it is better to avoid this and get dairy (if you have to have it) from other sources where the milk is not homogenized. Also the hormones in milk is fattening. So you can get organic milk products or even better goat's milk products. Also raw is better so you can get raw goat's milk cheese from Whole Foods. They also have goat's milk yogurt where the milk is not homogenized. It is not raw but has the good bacteria in it.

Trace Minerals

Foods grown on depleted soil are very low in trace minerals. Foods grown on good soil are low in trace minerals. Sea plants (seaweeds) are high in trace minerals since the sea is loaded with trace minerals. Spirulina has a lot more trace minerals than land plants but they may be low in some trace minerals. So it is good to eat a sea plant (seaweed) from the ocean like kelp. They sell granulated kelp in shaker bottles and you shake it on food like salt. It contains salt naturally and you can use it in place of salt since it is a food. It is very high in trace minerals including iodine. Salt and sea salt are not foods. They are not plant or animal, but they are rocks. For more on why salt is bad for you, see the home page under water weight.
Vegetarian/Vegan Concerns plus Sunlight and Osteoporosis tells more about vitamin D,  B-12 and Omega-3s.
See this site for more information on specific greens drinks powders including a delicious chocolate bar that contains one of them, called Greens Plus (also see bottom of this page).

Ingredients in Greens Drinks

In addition to spirulina, the greens drinks contain barley grass. This was created when a scientist searched for the most nutritious and most nutrient dense land plant. He found that people drinking this would get many benefits. Others think that wheat grass is the most nutritious superfood and it is juiced in many fresh juice shops around the country. Then others think that alfalfa grass is the best superfood. Alfalfa leaves are herbs that have many medicinal benefits like helping the liver. So all the above are put in the greens drinks.
Many people have heard that is important to eat your greens. I love the taste of cooked greens. I eat spinach, kale, collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, chard and escarole. They taste better with black eye peas are added to them. Five bowls of raw greens make 1 bowl of cooked greens, but the raw greens are healthier since they contain the enzymes that are destroyed (killed) by cooking. But the cooked ones are a more concentrated source of nutrients. These grasses are more nutritious than the above greens. They juice them and dry them into a powder so they are a concentrated source of greens nutrients and they have lots of enzymes since they are not heated. 
They have a lot of chlorophyll in them which have a cleansing effect on the body. The chlorophyll is the blood of the plant and makes it green. A molecule of plant blood is just like your blood except the chlorophyll has an iron atom in the center whereas your blood has a copper atom at the center of the molecule. Some people think that they need to eat meat, since they are made of meat. But all a young cow needs to become a 1,000 pound cow is to eat grass. So when you eat beef, you get the second hand grass. This is the healthier beef but most beef is from cows that are fed grains since it is cheaper.
Some people think that chlorella is the best superfood. It is similar to spirulina. Spirulina is a blue-green phytoplankton or algae whereas chlorella is a green algae. Because of this, chlorella has more chlorophyll than spirulina which itself has more chlorophyll than any land plant. Also spirulina doubles its size in 3 or 4 days but chlorella doubles its size every 2 days. This is due to the chlorella growth factor (CGF) which has a great effect on the health of people. It is very high in nutrients like spirulina so it is also in the greens drinks.
So why do some people think that spirulina is the best? The blue pigment that it is in it, has a very beneficial effect on humans and animals. Spirulina has been used by people and their pets for decades with great results. Millions of people died for us to learn about spirulina. At the end of World War II, the U.S. dropped 2 atom bombs on Japan. The bombs had the code names "Fat Man" and "Little Boy." Both worked and all the people around them were instantly dead. Those that were farther way were dying slowly due to radiation poisoning.
So the Japanese did research to find something that could help and they found spirulina. They found the sodium alginate in the spirulina could help the body deal with the radiation. The Japanese have been using spirulina for decades and they are the country with 2nd longest living people in the world according to written recorded birth records. Okinawa is an island off of Japan and they have the longest living people in the world. I am not saying that the spirulina is the only reason for this. They are health oriented and also use chlorella. They eat a lot of soybeans and they eat less food than Americans.
Some greens drinks contain soy lecithin. It is cheap ingredient so adding it can bring down the cost of the drink. But some do not add it since it is not as healthy as the expensive ingredients like spirulina. The lecithin does help you to have a better memory and it helps cleanse the arteries. If you buy a greens drink without it, you could always buy it separately for very little cost and add it. Each greens drink add other whole foods that they feel are the healthiest to consume.
Spirulina is blue green algae. Blue green algae is technically neither a plant nor an animal. It is cyano-bacteria. It existed before plants and animals. Billions of years ago the only life that existed on the earth was blue green algae and there was no oxygen in the air. The blue green algae put the oxygen in the air. There is blue green algae living in freezing waters where it is too cold for other life to exist and also in volcanic water where it is too hot for any other life to exist. In a movie about Mars, they shoot nuclear warheads into the ice to melt it and then ship blue green algae there to put oxygen into the atmosphere of mars. It is the simplest form of life and you are the most complex form of life.