4. They are real food, not pesticide factories. Eighteen percent of all genetically-modified seeds (and therefore foods that grow from them) are engineered to produce their own pesticides. Research shows that these seeds may continue producing pesticides inside your body once you’ve eaten the food grown from them! Foods that are actually pesticide factories…no thanks.
5. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that pesticides pollute the primary drinking source for half the American population. Organic farming is the best solution to the problem. Buying organic helps reduce pollution in our drinking water.
6. Organic food is earth-supportive (when big business keeps their hands out of it). Organic food production has been around for thousands of years and is the sustainable choice for the future. Compare that to modern agricultural practices that are destructive of the environment through widespread use of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and fertilizers and have resulted in drastic environmental damage in many parts of the world.
7. Organic food choices grown on small-scale organic farms help ensure independent family farmers can create a livelihood. Consider it the domestic version of fair trade.
8. Most organic food simply tastes better than the pesticide-grown counterparts.
9. Organic food is not exposed to gas-ripening like some non-organic fruits and vegetables (like bananas).
10. Organic farms are safer for farm workers. Research at the Harvard School of Public Health found a 70 percent increase in Parkinson’s disease among people exposed to pesticides. Choosing organic foods means that more people will be able to work on farms without incurring the higher potential health risk of Parkinson’s or other illnesses.
11. Organic food supports wildlife habitats. Even with commonly used amounts of pesticides, wildlife is being harmed by exposure to pesticides.
12. Eating organic may reduce your cancer risk. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers 60% of herbicides, 90% of fungicides, and 30 percent of insecticides potentially cancer-causing. It is reasonable to think that the rapidly increasing rates of cancer are at least partly linked to the use of these carcinogenic pesticides.
13. Choosing organic meat lessens your exposure to antibiotics, synthetic hormones, and drugs that find their way into the animals and ultimately into you.
14. Organic food is tried and tested. By some estimates genetically-modified food makes up 80% of the average person’s food consumption. Genetic modification of food is still experimental. Avoid being part of this wide scale and uncontrolled experiment.
15. Organic food supports greater biodiversity. Diversity is fundamental to life on this planet. Genetically-modified and non-organic food is focused on high yield monoculture and is destroying biodiversity.
Michelle Schoffro Cook, RNCP, ROHP, DAc, DNM, is a best-selling and six-time book author and doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, and The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan. Learn more at:
During the Paleolithic period, many thousands of years ago, people ate
primarily vegetables, fruit, nuts, roots and meat - and a wide variety of it.
Today, these staples have been largely replaced with refined sugar, high
fructose corn syrup, cereal, bread, potatoes and pasteurized milk products...
and a much narrower selection of fruits, vegetables, roots and nuts.
While we may consider ourselves to be at the pinnacle of human development,
our modern food manufacturing processes have not created a race of
super-humans in possession of great health and longevity.
Quite the contrary...
Humans today suffer more chronic and debilitating diseases than ever before.
And there can be little doubt that our food choices play a major role in this
Can a Stone Age Diet Make You Healthier?
recently ran an excellent series of reports about the Paleolithic
diet movement. Of the mainstream press, Dr. Kim Mulvihill was the sole member
present at the recent Ancestral Health Symposium in Los Angeles. She ended up
taking part in Dr. Lynda Frassetto's scientific study on the Paleo diet
"You can eat anything that would be able to be eaten without being
processed," explained Dr. Lynda Frassetto. That means no grains, no
bread, and no [pasteurized] dairy but does include lots of fruits and
vegetables, some nuts and oils and lots of fish, poultry and lean meats.
... Dr. Frassetto and her team at the University of California in San
Francisco tested the Paleo-diet on out-of-shape volunteers. The group ate
lots of food without losing any weight or exercising. "In two weeks,
everybody's blood pressure went down and everybody's cholesterol and
triglyceride levels got better. The average drop was 30 points, which was
pretty amazing. It's the type of drop you get by taking statins for six
months," said Dr. Frassetto.
Dr. Frassetto says Paleo foods, also known as the caveman diet, works by
keeping your body's chemistry in better balance. The goal of the caveman
diet is to reduce excess body fat, aid in the normalization of blood sugar
levels and reduce toxins and anti-nutrients."
"Normalizing" your system is the true strength of the so-called
caveman diet. By eating foods that are concordant with your genetic ancestry,
you can avoid many of the diseases associated with our modern diet. As Dr.
Loren Cordain, author of The
and one of the world's leading experts on Paleolithic
"The nutritional qualities of modern processed foods and foods
introduced during the Neolithic period are discordant with our ancient and
conservative genome. This genetic discordance ultimately manifests itself as
various chronic illnesses, which have been dubbed "diseases of
civilization." By severely reducing or eliminating these foods and
replacing them with a more healthful cuisine, possessing nutrient qualities
more in line with the foods our ancestors consumed, it is possible to
improve health and reduce the risk of chronic disease."
Why the Paleo Diet Works for Weight Loss
A common "side effect" of rebalancing your body's chemistry is
weight loss, as the two tend to go hand-in-hand. One explanation for this is
that you don't really get fat from eating too much and exercising too little.
Nor do you get fat from eating fat.
So what does cause your fat tissue to accumulate and
hold on to fat?
In a word: carbohydrates
In essence, overeating and excess weight could be viewed as a symptom of an
improper diet, because when you consume too many sugars and carbs, you set off
a cascade of chemical reactions in your body that makes you hungry and craving
- First, fructose is metabolized differently from glucose, with the
majority being turned directly into fat because stimulates a powerful
- This rapidly leads to weight gain and abdominal obesity ("beer
belly"), decreased HDL, increased LDL, elevated triglycerides,
elevated blood sugar, and high blood pressure - i.e., classic metabolic
- Dietary carbohydrates, especially fructose, are also the primary source
of a substance called glycerol-3-phosphate (g-3-p), which causes fat to
become fixed in fat tissue.
- At the same time, high carb intake raises your insulin levels, which
prevents fat from being released
- Fructose further tricks your body into gaining weight by turning off
your body's appetite-control system. Fructose does not suppress ghrelin
(the "hunger hormone") and doesn't stimulate leptin (the
"satiety hormone"), which together result in feeling hungry all
the time, even though you've eaten. As a result, you overeat and develop
insulin resistance, which is not only an underlying factor of type 2
diabetes and heart disease, but also many cancers
The resulting equation is simple: fructose and dietary carbohydrates (grains,
which break down into sugar) lead to excess body fat, obesity and related
health issues. Furthermore, no amount of exercise can compensate for this
damage because if you eat excessive
and grains - the primary ingredients NOT found in the Paleo diet
- it will activate programming to cause your body to become, and remain, fat.
Fructose and High Blood Pressure
As mentioned earlier, the Paleo diet can be very effective for reducing blood
pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels - more effective, in fact, than
a statin drug. According to Dr. Frassetto, people can see a 30 point drop in
cholesterol in just two weeks!
That really is quite remarkable.
It is, however, also quite understandable once you realize that fructose is a major
promoter of hypertension
- far more so than salt. The connecting link
between fructose consumption and hypertension lies in the uric acid produced.
Uric acid is a byproduct of fructose metabolism
, and increased uric acid
levels drive up your blood pressure.
Excess sugars (including grains) also promote unhealthy cholesterol levels and
raise triglyceride levels.
How does it do this?
explained this in some detail in a previous interview. In
summary, when you eat a diet high in fructose and other sugars, it over-taxes
your liver as it cannot properly make cholesterol while simultaneously
processing fructose (which it turns into fat). As a result, you end up with
impaired cholesterol formation, which can eventually lead to a cholesterol-
and cholesterol sulfate deficiency. At that point, your body begins to form
arterial plaque to compensate for this deficiency, because your platelets can
produce the cholesterol sulfate your heart and brain needs within that plaque.
It's a sort of backup mechanism to maintain proper heart- and brain function.
Unfortunately, it's not an ideal backup mechanism because arterial plaque also
increases your risk for heart- and vascular disease. So truly, you'll want to
avoid forcing your body to resort to these measures in the first place, and
the way you do that is by feeding it correctly... This is yet another
important detail that explains how and why excessive fructose consumption is
so detrimental to your health.
As you can see, simply cutting out fructose and grains from your diet
effectively eliminates one of the underlying causes of a number of health
- Insulin resistance
- High cholesterol
- High triglycerides
... and that's one of the primary reasons the Paleo and other low-carb diets
work so well.
The Diet that May Beat All Others...
While you wouldn't be able to find many of the wild varieties of plant foods
eaten by cavemen even if you wanted to, you can certainly mold your diet
around the principles of Paleo eating rather easily by following my nutrition
I believe it to be one of the most profound interventions for the 21st
century. Quite simply, we've strayed too far from the foods we are designed to
eat, so going back to basics and refocusing your diet on fresh, whole,
unprocessed, "real" food can improve just about anyone's health. The
full details are outlined in my nutrition plan, but generally speaking a
"healthy diet" is qualified by the following key factors:
The Case for Moving Like a Hunter-Gatherer Too...
- Unprocessed whole foods
- Often raw or only lightly cooked (ideally, try to eat at least one-third
of your food raw, or as much as you can manage)
- Organic or grass-fed, and free from additives and genetically modified
- Come from high-quality, local sources
- Carbohydrates primarily come from vegetables (except corn and potatoes,
which should typically be avoided)
Going back to our roots in terms of what we eat is about 80 percent of the
battle and subsequent reward in terms of improved health. But there's a lot to
be said about moving
like a hunter-gatherer
too. Instead of being sedentary for much of the day
and then running for an hour on a treadmill, our ancient ancestors combined
lots of walking with regular lifting and short bursts of high-intensity
activities, and health experts agree that this may be a healthier way to live
because this is what your body is "wired" for.
My Peak Fitness program incorporates this essential factor, which is, I
believe, why so many people have achieved such great results with it. For
detailed instructions, please see this previous
. A summary of what researchers believe might be an ideal exercise
prescription would include the following aspects of normal hunger-gatherer
variety of exercises performed regularly (weight training, cardio,
difficult days with easier days
outdoors, which helps maintain
vitamin D levels and improve mood
training sessions performed three times a week
training at least twice a week
and run on softer, uneven terrain, such as grass and dirt, possibly
barefoot or using "simpler shoes that do not drastically
restrict foot motion or alter natural foot strike dynamics"
with a friend to receive social stimulation as well
time for rest after physical exertion
activities, including dancing and sex
Whenever discussing the importance of buying organic, there is one objection
that is stated 100% of the time. That objection is: I can't afford it; I don't
have the money.
I'm here to tell you that you can't afford NOT to eat organic.
The specifics will be covered below, but here is why you should absolutely buy
organic and ditch what you've probably been eating.
Health is the Most Important Aspect of Life
Some people, for some reason or another, may not feel this way. But when it
comes down to it, your health affects every aspect of your life.
It should be your top priority.
In today's society, if you aren't eating organic, you are seriously
compromising your health.
- Substances in conventional food such as high
fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and aspartame
slows down your brain and reduces cognitive ability. They also cause a
whole host of other problems discussed in-depth on other pages of this
- Pesticides used on conventional food are a hazard to your health.
- Growth hormones and antibiotics, in addition to the genetically
modified feed fed to livestock, cause various health problems.
- Nutritional value of the food is compromised, leaving you with less
vitamins and minerals your body thrives on. This is caused partly by
synthetic fertilizer which is used for conventionally grown foods.
- Many foods are genetically modified. These foods with altered DNA are
unsafe for consumption. This is covered extensively on the Genetically
Modified Foods page.
It is hard to measure how much money you save buying organic in terms of your
health. But one thing is for sure, you DO save money. By buying organic, you
won't be subjecting your body to all the negative aspects of conventional
food. Thinking will be enhanced, and you'll notice your health problems
disappear one by one, assuming you are eating a nutrient-rich diet full of
organic superfoods and fresh produce. I think you'll find this very
enlightening - the money you actually save by making less visits to the drug
store and feeling better.
You'll save money because:
- Prescription drug use will lessen.
- Drugs you buy at the drug store to "fix" headaches, stomach
aches, and pains may no longer be needed.
- You'll feel better and could find yourself turning to alcohol or
- Organic and whole foods fill you faster, and therefore you will not need
as much food to satisfy your physical hunger.
So what is the difference in cost?
The Difference in Costs
It is true, SOMETIMES organic food costs more directly than conventional food,
which is often bought from large food manufacturers. However, there is a a
reason for the price difference, and it often has to do with quality.
Certified organic foods with the United States Department of Agriculture
(USDA) seal will often be the foods that cost more than conventional products
and even other organic foods that do not qualify for the seal.
Certified organic foods may cost more for these reasons:
- Synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are prohibited. This leaves organic
farmers with more expensive methods for controlling pests, diseases,
weeds, and providing more nutrients for crops to grow.
- Organic farming is more labor intensive and takes more time.
- Yields for organic farmers are typically lower than those of
conventional farmers. They end up with less crops while putting out more
time and using more expensive means of growing.
- Ultimately, organic farmers make less money than conventional farmers,
and must increase price to make some profit and survive. The organic farms
are usually smaller and don't benefit from the economies of scale that
larger growers get.
- Organic farmers don't receive federal subsidies like conventional
Not all foods qualify for the organic seal, however. The reason I'm mentioning
this is that some organic foods don't have to follow such strict rules. So,
many times organic food may only cost a little bit more, the same, or even
It is often just a matter of good, better, and best. At least TRY to buy
organic and see how much more you're spending. Prices vary based on the food
and the area you buy in, so the only real way to know is to do the experiment
If you find you're spending too much in your eyes, don't buy all organic.
Another great way to consume high quality organic foods on a budget is home
gardening. Purchase some 100% organic non-GMO
seeds, and get to work!
Other Articles of Interest....
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Top 10 Scariest Food Additives. Even if you're not convinced of their danger, you have to admit this: The more filler ingredients you cut from your diet, the more space you have for wholesome, nutritious foods.
Get Saturated: Four Reasons Saturated Fat is Healthy. Your brain is fat. And that's a good thing. Your brain consists mainly of fat and cholesterol, and it needs saturated fat more than any other kind. It's the opposite of what the medical industry tells you, but it's true: eating a diet rich in saturated fats protects your heart.
President's Panel: 'Eat Organic, Ward Off Cancer'. The risk of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated.
From garlic to bananas, don't bin the skin: Eating fruit and vegetable peel could combat cancer. Drop the peeler — eating the skins of fruit and vegetables could boost your nutritional intake of vitamins, combat cancer and increase your energy levels.
Eggs' Antioxidant Properties May Help Prevent Heart Disease and Cancer, Study Suggests. While eggs are well known to be an excellent source of proteins, lipids, vitamins and minerals, researchers at the University of Alberta recently discovered they also contain antioxidant properties, which helps in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Diet for Cancer Patients.Before viewing my diet suggestions, please understand that health begins with what you eliminate from your diet, not with what you add. The first step in recovery and healing is to remove the problem foods from your diet. Then you can replace them with the healthy food you should have been eating from the beginning.
Why You Should Eat More (not less) Cholesterol. Choline has a variety of functions in the body, including the synthesis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, cell-membrane signaling, lipid transport, and methylgroup metabolism. (4) In addition, it is an essential component of the many phospholipids that make up cell membranes, regulates several metabolic pathways, and aids detoxification in the body.
Celiac Disease on the Rise in U.S. If left undiagnosed, a person eating gluten in breads, processed foods and some dairy products may become increasingly malnourished. Even more, these areas can become permanently damaged and unable to absorb nutrients well after a person stops consuming gluten. In some cases, celiac can be deadly if left unnoticed, but the vast majority of cases are manageable.
Chlorella One of Nature's Most Powerful Detoxification Tools. Chlorella is one of the most widely studied food supplements in the world. Aside from being the subject of medical research in the USA, USSR, Germany, Japan, France, England and Israel, chlorella has been extensively studied as a food source since it is made up of a whopping 50 percent protein and is considered a complete amino acid-based food.
Benefits of Cinnamon Capsules or Tablets. Diets containing cinnamon naturally or in supplement form may prove beneficial in regulating blood sugar. Essential oils found in cinnamon have been demonstrated to possess anti-microbial properties, protecting against growth of bacteria and fungi.
A Headline You Will Never See: 60-year old Man Dies of High Cholesterol. Cholesterol doesn't harm, maim, or kill. It is simply used as a crude - very crude - marker. It is, in reality, a component of the body, of the cell wall, of lipoproteins (lipid-carrying proteins) in the bloodstream. It is used a an indirect gauge, a "dipstick," for lipoproteins in the blood to those who don't understand how to identify, characterize, and quantify actual lipoproteins in the blood.
Which Fruits and Vegetables Are Most Effective Against Cancer? Cancer is not a disease whose origin is principally genetic, as many people continue to believe. It is a pathology that is closely linked to a range of lifestyle factors, particularly smoking and obesity (which stems from our sedentary habits and our dietary choices). Several studies have shown a direct link between the regular consumption of certain fruits and vegetables and a reduction in risk of developing various types of cancer.
15 Reasons to Eat Organic Food. Eating organic reduces your cancer risk. The rapidly increasing rates of cancer are at least partly linked to the use of these carcinogenic pesticides.
20 Practical uses for Cola Drinks. Proof that Coke does not belong in the human body.
Five Reasons You Need More Water. When you have enough water, your lymphatic system operates at peak, removing wastes and toxins from your body at a healthy rate. Water comprises 80% of your body and is the most important element to your well-being and health, outdistancing all others.
18 Foods That Should Never Be Eaten. We indeed are what we eat and what we are eating in many ‘first world nations’ is quite scary. The chemicals added to these ‘foods’ are disrupting our hormones, causing cancer and leading to a variety of health issues.
How Wheat (and Gluten) Triggers Weight Gain, Prediabetes, Diabetes and More. Hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disease in 90% of cases. In this article we discuss the connection between autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD) and gluten intolerance.
Why 80 Percent of People Worldwide Will Soon Stop Eating Wheat. Why is there such a strong emphasis on the development of wheat products all over the world when there are so many adverse and crippling effects such as neurological impairment, dementia, heart disease, cataracts, diabetes, arthritis and visceral fat accumulation, not to mention the full range of intolerances and bloating now experienced by millions of people?
Healthful Foods You should Never Ever Eat. Soy, corn, GMO, Sugar from sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya, Cottonseed, Some varieties of zucchini, Canola (canola oil), Crookneck squash, etc.
The Key to Long Life is 'Avoiding Junk Food'. When asked for her secrets to a long life, the great-great-grandmother told local newspapers: 'I mind my own business,' and 'I don't eat junk food.'
Milk: It's Not All White. A cocktail of up to 20 chemicals in a glass of milk.
Kellogg’s, Corn Syrup, and Cancer. Tumor cells thrive on sugar but they used the fructose to proliferate, states Dr. Anthony Heaney of UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center.
MSG: Drug, Poison, Or Flavor-Enhancer? MSG (Ajino Moto) makes food that is bad for us taste really, really, really good, in essence compromising our health by tricking our taste buds and intuition into eating things that are intrinsically harmful, or harmful when eaten excessively. MSG is a toxic chemical that directly damages neurological tissue, as well as inducing a generalized endocrine disruption throughout the body known as "metabolic syndrome," the symptoms of which include hypertension, insulin resistance, elevated blood lipids and/or elevated blood sugar.
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