I thought this info was fascinating… perhaps you will too.
I had no idea the pineapple you pick up at the grocery store had such a fascinating “life story”.
Have a great day!!
The Simple Pineapple – MUST Read
The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family.
It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit.
The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today.
A new control study shows that Brain Integration Therapy as used by Reconnected Kidz™ eliminates ADHD symptoms in 81% of participating children after completing a 12 week program. Get details from the study below!
A new randomized control study conducted by doctors in the Medical Neurology and Neuroscience field found that a drug-free, multi-modal program is significantly effective for eliminating symptoms associated with ADHD, as well as producing significant cognitive improvement. After a 12-week intervention program, the researchers found that 81 percent of children who enrolled in the multi-modal program no longer fit the criteria for ADHD.
The persistent myth that cholesterol causes heart disease has scared many of us away from eating eggs on a regular basis. But there is absolutely no research that links egg consumption to heart disease.
A recent review of the scientific literature published in Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care clearly indicates that egg consumption has no discernible impact on blood cholesterol levels in 70% of the population. In the other 30% of the population (termed “hyperresponders”), eggs do increase both circulating LDL and HDL cholesterol. Continue reading
When it comes to food labels, manufacturers are very good at finding the loopholes in labeling laws and requirements, and subsequently very good at pulling the wool over YOUR eyes. One such loophole is the manufacturer’s ability to claim “zero” grams of fat, or zero grams of trans fat, or zero calories on the label, when in fact the product does indeed contain plenty of fat, trans fat, and/or calories.
Here’s the law, and how food manufacturers get around it:
Avocado eaters weigh seven pounds less than non-avocado eaters
Researchers looked at data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 2001 and 2008 and found that those who indulged in a daily serving of avocado weighed less than non-avocado eaters (on average, seven pounds less!).
The avocado eaters also had smaller waistlines and lower BMIs…
So, will eating more avocados have you slipping into your skinny jeans in no time? Well, not necessarily… Turns out the avocado eaters also ate better diets (more fruit and veggies, more fiber, and fewer added sugars) than those who didn’t eat the green stuff.1 Continue reading
Low cholesterol, especially in older people, correlates with an increased risk of death. People suffering from diseases like AIDS, chronic fatigue, and cancer very often have very low cholesterol readings. It is now indisputable that for those people approaching old age—75 years and older—low cholesterol is a very, very bad finding. This seems unbelievable because doctors, even at these later ages, still continue to try to lower cholesterol with drugs.
If lowered cholesterol in older ages carries a higher risk of death, doesn’t it make sense that the earlier you start on drug-therapy to lower cholesterol the higher your risk of death would be? My experience definitely shows this, but the Honolulu Heart Program study truly makes it clear. Published in the August 2001 issue of The Lancet, Vol. 358. No. 9279, this quote from the program really sums it up:
Have you noticed lately some of the medical news that is actually making the mainstream news? Stories like, Properly Prescribed Drugs Are Causing 200,000—300,000 deaths annually? And that these prescription drugs plus all medical and surgical practices combined are the number one cause of death in America.
Today everyone feels that his or her diagnosis is critical. Yet diagnoses are simply medical names put on a set of symptoms. They have nothing to do with treating the cause of the problem, because all medical treatment by definition is symptom treatment based on the diagnosis. And half the time you will get at least a partially incorrect diagnosis. Medical experts admit that you stand a 50% chance of being misdiagnosed in a hospital. 1
Today scans and screenings are part of the modern medical era of early diagnosis. And they are making a lot of news lately as a real secret—is leaking out.
In 2007, a cell biologist by the name of Bruce Blumberg from the University of California, Irvine introduced a new word into our vocabulary.
It all started with a chemical called tributyltin. Used as a fungicide in paints to keep fungus from growing on various surfaces, Dr. Blumberg discovered tributyltin was making animals fat.
After uncovering more chemicals that appeared to stimulate fat-cell activity in both animals and humans, Dr. Blumberg introduced a new villain in our war against fat.
He called these fat-triggering chemicals “obesogens”… and the rest is history.
Myth #3: Everyone with high cholesterol should take medicine to lower it.
Facts: Cholesterol is a natural substance in the human body. It is a component of every cell and a building block for many of our hormones. The “statin” drugs that are most commonly used to lower cholesterol work by disrupting normal cholesterol production. It is not surprising to learn then, that they have significant side effects including damage to muscle, the liver, and kidneys.
On the other hand, according to some of the best sources, statin drugs are only proven to help only one specific group of people live longer—men with heart disease. Researchers at the University of British Columbia concluded that “statins have not been shown to provide an overall health benefit in…prevention trials.”1 European researchers came to virtually the same conclusion, noting, “prevention with statins provides only a small and…hardly relevant improvement of cardiovascular morbidity/mortality.”2 And according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, taking medications for high cholesterol does not improve life expectancy for any group of women—even women with heart disease3
My opinion: Cholesterol-lowering medications have many side effects and should be used with caution. I believe that these medications should be reserved for people who are likely to improve their lifespan by taking them. Basically, that means men who already have heart disease. For all the others with high cholesterol, I believe that addressing the underlying causes of their problem is more important. In most such cases, identifying and treating conditions such as hypothyroidism, insulin resistance and excess body weight is a better approach.
- Int J Pharmacol Ther. 2003 Dec:41(12): 567-77.
- JAMA. 2004 May 12;291(18):2243-52.
Myth #2: Salt is bad for your health.
Facts: Salt has been widely used by many people for thousands of years without any obvious harm. On the other hand, salt is considered harmful because it contains lots of sodium which is supposed to raise blood pressure, leading to heart disease. It is true that cutting salt can lower blood pressure slightly, but we still don’t know if cutting back on salt is actually good for your health. Continue reading