Archive for November, 2012

November 10, 2012

What You May Not Know About Tuna, Generic Brands of Fish Oil, & More

by healthybydesignblog

Everyday companies dump tons of pollution into our oceans. You may think, as I used to, “The oceans are so large, I’m sure it’s so diluted that it doesn’t make THAT big a difference.” I was wrong. Did you know that the Polar Bear is suffering from the contamination in our oceans? Even though he’s way out in the middle of nowhere, few if any factories, few if any cars, scientists tell us that polar bears are one of the animals suffering the most due to pollution. And it’s because of his diet of ocean fish, who are swimming around in toxic waters.

Chemicals like PCBs don’t just dilute and go away:

“PCB’s have been used since 1929 as insulating fluids in transformers and capacitors, as hydraulic oils, lubricants, softeners, heat exchange fluids, additives in plastics, casting oils etc.,and are still in use today. Most of the PCB’s were produced during the period 1950 to 1983. Total world production has been estimated to be more than 1 million metric tonnes.

PCB’s were first detected in environmental samples in 1966 (S.Jensen,1966). Subsequent research has shown PCB’s to be ubiquitously present, both in human beings and the environment. This is due to their persistence in the environment, their ability to be distributed over large distances (even to areas where they have never been produced or used), their potential for bioaccumulation in organisms and biomagnification in the foodchain.Their harmful effects to man and the environment are well documented in a number of reviews (WHO,1976; IARC,1978; OECD,1982; Lorenz & Neumeier,1983; Kimbrough,1987; IARC,1987; DFG,1988; ATSDR,1989;WHO,1989; WHO,1993; ATSDR,1996;).”  http://www.chem.unep.ch/pops/POPs_Inc/proceedings/slovenia/neumeier2.html

How my lunch inspired this post

Since my daughter’s diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), we have made numerous changes in our diets for the better. Because of the training I am now receiving through Shaklee, I know there’s mercury in tuna, but I had a craving so I bought one pack while grocery shopping yesterday, and as a single mom, it’s a budget friendly item. Today in a pinch for a quick meal, wanting a quick source of protein (I was out of my protein shakes –EGAD!), I reached for the tuna.

So, I’m looking at the packaging and it says in a red heart on the top right, “Natural Source of Omega-3”. Well this is true, but it’s also an unnatural source of MERCURY. Tuna are swimming around in these polluted oceans as well. I have now permanently lost my taste for tuna, until I can find out how to get it without the toxins – how about you?

So here’s my soapbox: People are TRYING TO MAKE GOOD CHOICES FOR THEIR HEALTH, but lack on information makes them vulnerable. In fact, children are especially at risk for mercury poisoning from eating tuna.  I guess that could be more frightening if it was something more kids were begging for, like macaroni n’ cheese. The fact remains, however, that a mother who is just learning that nutrition can make a big difference in her child’s health might be encouraging him / her  to eat tuna, thinking it’s full of Omega-3s and better for him / her  than baloney. Now baloney has it’s own issues, that’s a story for another post. My point is that the mothers is trying to give her child what advertising has told her is a good source of Omega-3s, but advertising left out the mercury and PCB contamination. Moms, you cannot believe the adveritising you see on TV!! It’s usually only half truths.

So What About The Fish Oil You’re Taking For Your Heart or Arthritis?

The same reason the polar bear is suffering, the same reason your tuna is contaminated, is the same reason you should be concerned about what brand of fish oil you consume. In fact, a handful of companies have been sued because of the contamination of the fish oil they were selling the unassuming public. Again, people trying to make good decisions and good choices about what they put in their bodies, trying to do things the natural way, but because they only know half the story, they end of doing as much harm as good. This makes me CRAZY!

This is also one of the reasons I’m so passionate about Shaklee. Their distillation process takes longer and costs more, but when they’re through, they have pharmaceutical grade fish oil, with no lead, mercury, arsenic, or PCBs in it – GUARANTEED. In fact, as far as I know as a lay person, it’s the only company that can say that AND back it up with scientific documentation to prove it. Shaklee’s standards are higher than the FDA’s, which I have mentioned in other articles.

So, A Few Extra Chemicals Won’t Hurt Me That Much Will It?

As a culture, as a nation, we are swimming in a cess pool of toxins and don’t even know it. In fact, most people I know are not only oblivious to it, but apathetic about it. To be honest, until every member of my own family was diagnosed with life-changing and life-threatening illnesses, I was the same way. Recently, I read the following paragraph in a book entitled The Toxic Sandbox,  by Libby McDonald, who became interested in all this information herself when her son was diagnosed with lead poisoning:

“In 2004 the Red Cross decided to take a look at umbilical cord blood and figure out what chemicals were pumped across the placenta to our children in the womb, the most vulnerable time of their development. By analyzing the cord blood of ten newborns, the researchers learned that the babies in utero had an average of two hundred industrial chemicals and pollutants running through their veins. In total 287 toxins were identified in the ten babies tested, pollutants that are found in pesticides, stain repellents, flame retardents, waste from coal-burning power plants, gasoline and garbage. Of these chemicals 180 are known to cause cancer, 217 are poisonous to the brain and nervous system, and 208 have been linked to birth defects in animal studies.”

If a baby, supposedly and hopefully safe in it’s mother’s womb has been exposed to this many toxins, how about the rest of us? I can’t remember where I read this, so remember you’re reading an article by a lay person and concerned mother, but I read if we were only exposed to one toxic chemical at a time, that’s really not so bad, as our bodies have been so amazingly designed by God, we can handle one relatively okay. However, by adding just ONE MORE TOXIN to the mix in our environment, the negative effects are multiplied exponentially. It makes me think of a friend of mine who was cleaning her bathroom. As long as she was using only one type of cleaner at the time and had the fan on or a window open, she might have difficulty breathing, but in a few moments seemed to recover. The minute she used a 2nd cleaning product containing bleach, and the chemicals from the two products combined, she was breathing a toxic gas that sent her to the emergency room. 90% of the carcinogenic chemicals we are exposing our families to everyday are in our cleaning baskets. (You might want to check out Shaklee’s non-toxic cleaners, but again, that’s a story for another post.)

Still not alarmed yet?

Well, consider this. Today’s generation of children are expected to live a lifespan 17 YEARS shorter than their parents, and researchers believe it has everything to do with their diets. See an earlier article I wrote on this recently. Our children are suffering from ADD/ADHD, Autism, Type 2 Diabetes, Asthma and Cancer at alarming rates. Just because you don’t realize the more immediate effects of these toxins on your body as they occur, you need to know that over time, the long-term exposure to toxins in our environment has a devastating effect on our long-term health, and even shortens lives.

Will you remain oblivious or apathetic after reading this? Determine to make one small change in your diet every few weeks. Over time, these small changes for the better will have very big results, even disease-preventing results. Need a suggestion as to where to start? Eliminate soda from your diet, both regular and diet sodas. Drink water instead! Don’t think that I don’t know that you just gasped in amazement! It took me and my daughter six months to stop craving the stuff, but once we broke our addiction to it, we have never looked back. You can do it!

I will write another article soon about detoxification. Your liver is filtering much of this stuff for you, and there are ways to help clean your liver and eliminate some of these toxins from your system. Keep in mind that when your body doesn’t know what to do with a toxin, it will stuff it in a fat cell. More to come!

Stay tuned.

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November 2, 2012

8 Out of 10 American Kids’ Lives Expected To Be 17 Years Shorter Than Their Parents

by healthybydesignblog

Boo! This Is Frightening!!

When I heard this statistic, I only heard the first part, “8 out of 10 kids today will live shorter lives than their parents.” I thought that was shocking enough, in America? Today? But even so, I assumed maybe they meant by a shorter life span, they meant shorter by six months, maybe two to five years at the most. Then while listening to a recent Shaklee audio file from Jude Peskuski, the originator of Shaklee’s Project MAHMA (Mom’s At Home Making A Difference), I was informed for the first time that our kids’ life spans are expected to be 17 YEARS SHORTER THAN THEIR PARENTS. My jaw just dropped and I stared at my computer in disbelief. (If you would like a copy of that audio file, email me and I will forward it to you.)

Their Daily Diet Is Killing Our Kids Slowly, But Surely

I used the bucket of Halloween candy as a visual, because of the time of year, not because candy is the primary culprit. The culprit is their daily diet! Things like processed chicken patties and “nuggets”, sandwich meats, microwave and toaster oven meals. Processed meats, genetically modified (GMO) wheat and corn products, preservatives, food additives, food colorings, antibiotics, steroids, growth hormones, high fructose corn syrup, and the list goes on and on.

Many kids start their day with things like cereal or pop tarts, toaster pastries, etc. If it’s not labelled as non-GMO, then what you’re feeding them is genetically modified wheat or corn. Not to mention the food colorings, sugar, and preservatives. Food allergies are a main concern in everything from ADD/ADHD to bed wetting.

Everyday we put stuff in front of our kids that may look like food, but has little or no nutritional value. And our kids are overfed and overweight, but under-nourished. The closest some kids get to vegetables are french fries and tatertots with ketchup. I took a couple of my daughter’s friends to a restaurant once, and one of them had NEVER HAD A SALAD IN HER LIFE. Oh-my-Lord!

Starting Early Is Best! But It’s Never Too Late To Get Started!

It’s just too easy to start kids out with the pre-packaged, cutesy boxed kid food when they’re babies and toddlers. We’re too tired to cook after working all day! Busy working moms have a challenge in front of them. I’m a single working mom, so I know first hand. But if you start them out eating veggies, rather than crackers and Ramen noodles, they will learn to eat that way. If you didn’t get off to such a good start, your kids won’t be thrilled about it, but you can begin introducing new things into their diet, and start taking some things out. Start with soda. Get the stuff outta your house!!! It’s the number one contributor to obesity, contributes to a fertile environment for cancer growth, and weakens teeth and bones. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Diet sodas are EVEN WORSE! The artificial sweeteners in diet soda are carcinogenic! They can cause symptoms similar to Multiple Sclerosis (MS)! And as I am learning more all the time from friends who are hooked on them, they are extremely addicting.  When I was growing up, I thought the only people who drank water were the ones who couldn’t afford soda. Boy did I have a lot to learn!

Before my daughter’s diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which makes her pre-diabetic, I was tremendously overweight and figured I’d be that way the rest of my life. Skinny people made me sick. I thought I had just lost the skinny lottery, you know, and my poor kid, well she’d just inherited my bad genes. I have since learned that only between 10-20% of our health has to do with inherited traits, and that a whopping 60% is directly related to diet and lifestyle. Whoa! I had to take some responsibility for my daughter’s future health! Not only could our unhealthy lifestyle cause her to struggle with weight as I had most of my life, but she could end up with a long list of health problems if she were to ever develop full blown Type 2 diabetes. By the way, Type 2 Diabetes used to be called Adult Onset Diabetes, but they can’t call it that any longer, because so many of our kids who were not born  with Type 1, are getting Type 2 because of their diets. Most people born with Type 1 never reach the age of 50. I wonder if the increase of Type 2 diabetes is a big chunk of that shortened lifespan?

Also, with my daughter’s condition, her diet could impact whether she could have kids later in life or not. How I feed her today may determine whether I ever have any grandchildren! But even in general, scientists are learning more all the time that even what the grandparents have eaten can affect the health of their grandchildren. The drugs and pharmaceuticals that the grandparents took when they were younger, can impact the health and development of their grandchildren. You may say, “Well, I turned out alright!” But your children’s generation is different. Our food supply has never been so contaminated and tainted and processed. Fast food consumption has increased over 2000% since your childhood. Just think about it. How often did you get to go to McDonalds as a kid? How often do you take your kids today? If you’re like me, there’s a huge difference in how many hamburgers and chicken mcnuggets I consumed, and how many my daughter has. Less than 2% of people get the nutrients they need for basic good health today.

What Can We Do?

Buy food in it’s simplest, most unprocessed form. For example, don’t buy instant potatoes, buy a bag of potatoes and peel the darned things. Although, I don’t really recommend potatoes that much anyway. Buy frozen veggies instead of canned veggies. Make a pot of soup instead of buying canned soup. Want to make a turkey sandwich, buy a free-range turkey breast, bake it and slice it for sandwiches rather than buy processed turkey loaf. Avoid fast food as much as you can! My friend Lynn has a hamburger she bought over ten years ago from a fast food restaurant, and she just put it on a plate and left it out. The bugs haven’t eaten it. The mice haven’t eaten it. Mold and fungus won’t grow on it. You know why? Preservatives. Yep, that’s what we’re giving our kids.

One Step At A Time

You are not going to change every bad habit over night. I didn’t either. Start with adding one good thing and taking away one bad thing. One good thing I’d like to suggest to add, as a passionate Shaklee mom, is the Shaklee Incredivites and the Mighty Smarts. The Incredivites are a basic chewable children’s multi-vitamin, and the Might Smarts are Omega-3s in a citrus chew that kids love. However, I give my daughter the regular OmegaGuard, which is the adult Omega-3 fish oil capsules and the adult multi-vitamin Vita Lea. The OmegaGuard costs half what the Mighty Smarts cost and she gets a larger dose of the Omegas. It’s the same issue with the Vita Lea, she gets more for less, and due to her PCOS diagnosis, her endocrinologist wanted her to have more of the nutrients than the children’s vitamins contained. However, as a friend of mine was just telling me yesterday, some kids have trouble swallowing pills, so the kid friendly versions are a good choice.