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What’s in a Burger?

The world of meat-eaters got a rude awakening earlier this year when it was found that meat passed off as beef in the U.K. was actually horse meat. But, if you thought meat in the U.S. was safe from secret ingredients, the bliss of your ignorance may soon be shattered. A recent analysis into several different fast food hamburgers found relatively little meat, and a whole host of other “stuff”.   According to GreenMedInfo, the study was to determine what exactly Americans are eating when they consume their 5 billion hamburgers annually. The burgers, from 8 different fast food establishments, were analyzed by weight and then microscopically for tissue types.   Their analysis found that water constituted about half of the weight of the burgers, with water content ranging...

Sugar Doubles Mortality in Mice

(NaturalNews) In what is arguably the most shocking food study conducted since the Seralini "GMO rats" study released last year, researchers at the University of Utah have found that even a small amount of refined sugar consumption resulted in a doubling of the death rate of female mice.   Fed merely the equivalent of three cans of soda a day, females experienced a 100% increase in death rates, and males experienced a sharp drop in fertility. Males were also found to have impaired ability to hold territory, according to the study authors.   "Our results provide evidence that added sugar consumed at concentrations currently considered safe exerts dramatic adverse impacts on mammalian health," the researchers explain. (SOURCE)   One of the study authors, James Ruff, explained that even though the mice...

Cutting Calories, Your Own Way

For many people, eating a 1500 calorie diet (instead of 2000) every day would lead to weight loss. Easy to want to do, but hard to achieve. But a recent study has shown that you could instead eat 500 calories a day for 2 days out of the week and eat your typical diet the other 5 days and lose the same amount of weight. Each group of premenopausal women cut their calories by 25%. In the study the 500 calorie day consisted of 4 cups of low fat milk, 4 half cup servings of vegetable, on serving of fruit, a salty low calorie drink and a vitamin. It supplied 50 grams of protein. After 6 months, each group lost about 13 pounds. The levels of LDL...

The Benefits of Sea Vegetables

(NaturalNews) Compared to land vegetables like broccoli and carrots, sea vegetables (edible seaweeds) receive relatively little attention in health food circles. This is unfortunate, while sea vegetables are more difficult to purchase and incorporate into meals than land vegetables, they do boast one outstanding characteristic - their nutritional value has remained unchanged for centuries. Indeed, while the nutritiousness of regular fruits and vegetables continues to suffer due to ongoing soil erosion and environmental pollution, the average seaweed still contains over 70 minerals and phytonutrients.   Despite their consistent nutritional profiles; however, not all sea vegetables are equal. The best of them rival the greatest soil-based superfoods, whereas others are less impressive and, in select cases, might even be detrimental for certain individuals to consume. Below is a...

My Favorite Healthy Processed Foods

[caption id="attachment_1419" align="alignleft" width="169"] Mary's Gone Crackers are a healthy crunchy gluten free snack. The only ingredients are: brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds, and sesame seeds. Other flavors add herbs like caraway, black pepper and other herbs.[/caption]       [caption id="attachment_1429" align="alignleft" width="169"] Mochi by Grainaissance. I have enjoyed this snack for over 20 years. Just score it with a knife in 1 inch squares and break. Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes, until puffs up. I like adding almond butter and fruit sweetened jelly. Ingredients are: organic sweet brown rice, filtered water, raisins, cinnamon, sea salt.[/caption]       [caption id="attachment_1403" align="alignleft" width="169"] Great veggie chip without canola or other bad oils. Grain free. Is not organic but is still healthy. Made in England. The ingredients are: beets, parsnips,...

Gut Microbes and Your Health

The Wide-Ranging Influence of Gut Microbes on Your Mental and Physical Health Story at-a-glance • Ninety percent of the genetic material in your body is NOT yours. It is from the nearly 100 trillion bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms that compose your microflora • Your microflora influence your genetic expression, your immune system, weight, mental health, memory, and your risk of numerous chronic and acute diseases, from diabetes to cancer • It is becoming increasingly clear that destroying your gut flora with antibiotics and poor diet is a primary factor in rising disease rates. Recent research suggests intestinal inflammation may play a crucial role in the development of certain cancers Avoiding these two things: antibiotics (including those from conventionally-raised meats and rBGH-laced milk), and sugar by adhering to a...

Blood Type Diet – Type O

Blood Type Diet - Type O Michael Lam, MD, MPH www.DrLam.com Comments Most Beneficial Food allowed Food not allowed   Protein The more stressful your job or demanding your exercise program, the higher the grade of protein you should eat Beef, Lam, Mutton, Veal, Venison Type Os can efficiently digest and metabolize meats Any meat except for those listed not allowed Bacon, Ham, Goose, Pork Cold-water fish are excellent for Type Os. Many seafoods are also excellent sources of iodine, which regulates the thyroid function. Cod, herring, Mackerel Any fish or seafood except for those listed not allowed Barracuda, Pickled herring, Catfish, Smoked salmon, Caviar, Octopus, Conch Dairy Type Os need to severely restrict the use of dairy products and eggs Butter, Farmer, Feta, Mozzarella, Goat cheese, Soy Milk All other dairy...

Blood Type Diet – Type B

Blood Type Diet - Type B Michael Lam, MD, MPH www.DrLam.com Characteristics of Type B - Best on Balanced Omnivores Diet Comments Most Beneficial Food allowed Food not allowed Meat and Poultry These meats contains a Type B blood agglutinating lectin. Chicken, Cornish hens, Duck, Goose, Patridge, Quail, Pork These meats help to boost the immune system lamb, mutton, Venison, Rabbit Give up chicken, but use these meats instead Beef, Pheasant, Turkey, Veal Seafood Deep-ocean fish and white fish are great for Type Bs Cod, Salmon, Flounder, Halibut, Sole, Trout All kinds except those listed not allowed These seafood are poorly digested by Type Bs. They are disruptive to the...

Blood Type Diet – Type AB

Blood Type Diet - Type AB Michael Lam, MD, MPH www.DrLam.com   Characteristics of Type AB - Best on Mixed Diet in moderation Comments Most Beneficial Food allowed Food not allowed Meat and Poultry Type AB do not produce enough stomach acid to effectively digest too much animal protein. So the key is portion size and frequency. Lamb, mutton, rabbit, turkey All kinds except those listed not allowed Beef, Chicken, Cornish Hens, Duck, Goose, Pork, Patridge, Veal, Venison, Quail Cured meats can cause stomach cancer Type ABs with low levels of stomach acid Seafood If you have family history of breast cancer, introduce snails (Helix pomatia) into your diet Tuna, Cod, ...