Archive for February, 2008

Colony Collapse – Humanity Next?

Posted by myhealthexperts on February 22, 2008

These guys should be your best friends! lolWe’re not sure exactly why huge numbers of honey bee colonies are dying out.  But its not a good sign in this era of increasing collapse of the very fabric of life, that grand web of complexity that we humans depend on for survival.

Bees are responsible for about 40% of our food since they pollinate all the plants that we depend on to eat, and to feed the livestock we eat as well. so they are an important part of the food chain.  Feral, or wild honey bees have been declining since the 1970’s and are now practically non-existent. Colonies kept by beekeepers are now following the same course, in massive numbers.

Comedian Bill Maher sums it up quite well: “Here’s a quote from Albert Einstein: “if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” Well, guess what? The bees are disappearing. In massive numbers. All around the world. And if you think I’m being alarmist and that, “Oh, they’ll figure out some way to pollinate the plants…” No, they’ve tried. For a lot of what we eat, only bees work. And they’re not working. They’re gone. It’s called Colony Collapse Disorder, when the hive’s inhabitants suddenly disappear, and all that’s left are a few queens and some immature workers — like when a party winds down at Elton John’s house. Also, if your stinger stays up more than 48 hours, call your doctor.”
 

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Apocollapse Now!

Posted by myhealthexperts on February 17, 2008

Step right up folks, get your front row seats to the greatest show on earth: The collapse of the next Empire: Pax Americana.   This section will cover the weekly news items detailing the world as it collapses all around you (all while you are busy busy like a beaver scurrying around with all the important goals of your life).

Life is not as simple as we thought. Nothing exists except in relationship with something else. Everything exists, and has an identity only because of the relationships that define it.  This includes those things that are the exact opposite of things, for they more than anything serve to define that which they stand in stark contrast with!

Life, your life, is all about relationships. And the more of them you weave into your web, the more you’ll understand life. Because after all, this entire expereince is happening in YOUR mind!  Its all about you.

Apocollapse Now will help you see all the hidden but beautiful things that were keeping you alive, such as bees (now dying in massive numbers due to CCD), the oceans (now polluted and ruined beyond what we thought), air (heating up with Global Warming) etc.

As Martin Said, it seems this web (the jungle) wants us dead:

 Even the jungle wanted him dead, and that’s who he really took his orders from anyway.” Martin Sheen, Apocalypse Now

The Planet has had enough of humans it seems! The laws of physics ensure that unless humans rise about the human nature created by these laws, and embrace a truly ‘enLightened” existence, then we are doomed.

I’ll cloak it in whatever language you like: Biblical or scientific, so all can see clearly!

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Clinton or Obama? How Politics Affects Your Health!

Posted by myhealthexperts on February 7, 2008

In order to understand and see what a really healthy and whole life is, you need to take a “systems approach”.  It will not work as well using the typical scientific reductionistic method of compartmentalizing the individual threads that together make the vast web called your life.  Just look at modern health care for one of many examples of how the science reductionism (the best process we have to understand the world vs. say religion) has fallen short.

This is, after all, YOUR world. Not mine, or the Presidents, yours. We are all a cast of characters inside this enormous video game you found yourself in called “Life”.  And its your game (“please insert another quarter to continue playing“).  So the more pieces of the puzzle you connect, the more threads in the web of your life you weave together, the better you will be in the game of life.

My clients know I can be very political. My party is the Truth Party and it has very few members. I even lost one client over my political discourse. I am not for or against any party, I am simply for the Truth. But that is a very difficult and uncomfortable position to have in this modern world. Because not only does absolute power corrupt absolutely**, but corruption involves lies, deceit and a host of other things that all affect your life in unseen and often dangerous ways!

There is no one to blame in your game, the cast of characters and their software was set up a long time ago, so get over trying to blame others. I used to blame the drug industry (I worked in it so its a qulaified blame) for what Burton Goldberg calls the “Medical Holocaust” but realize they are set up the way they are because we, collectively as a society, are the way we are. We don’t want to take full responsability for our lives, and wait until its too late so we have to reach out to an industry set up to give us ‘happy pills’ (pills or a surgery to remove what bothers us). But this never really works, the cause has never been found and so we go on (if we live) until the cause rears its ugly head once more. (“…and what rough beast, its hour come around at last, slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?“)

How does politics affect your life & health? In countless ways, starting with the PAC’s who control legislation that allows more toxins to spew into your food, your air, your water, basically all over the place.  The outright bias of the FDA in stopping natural, non-toxic treatments to be used because of the financial threat to the medical industry. The paltry amount of money spent on prevention by our government.  The lies, such as when the EPA under Christine Todd Whitman and under pressure from the Bush Administration, told residents of Manhattan that the air quality after 911 was safe and they could return to their homes. The list goes on and on.

Wake up. Start to gain a deeper understanding of this game and see how you can make better, more informed choices! You can’t save the world but you can Save yourself!

 ** Even more revealing was that Lord Acton also said:  Great men are almost always bad men.

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Primal Fitness

Posted by myhealthexperts on February 4, 2008

Me and bro hiking NY

Yesterday I went out for a hike instead of the gym,  as I often do on weekends. I find the outdoors a much healthier place to exercise, the negative ions from the air, the sun, the elements, all serve to connect us to the deepest parts of our existence: as part of the vast complex web of life from which we came from and depart to after our demise.

Hiking can take on all levels of intensity – and can be made into an amazing workout.  Want functional fitness? Try scrambling up a steep cliff where you need to pull yourself up on the trees to make it up. Thats an all body workout you will not forget.

Hiking up through a river bed is another very technical, intense activity. You need to be fully present to choose each step; one wrong move can land you in the cold water, or worse, with a broken ankle.  The amount of brain activation for such activities is immense and I beleive that ADD people like myself need experiences like this to balance our brains.

NY and CT have so many awesome places to hike, our favorites are up along the Hudson River in NY, from Bear Mtn. to Breakneck Ridge.

My brother and I have had some interesting experiences hiking:
– Several years ago as we were hiking down Bear Mtn we heard calls for ‘Help!’ We scrambled across the rocks (it was treacherous) to find a man and his son. His son had fallen and hurt his leg, so he couldn’t walk. I ended up putting him on my back (he wasnt that big) and carrying him down the mountain. Talk about a workout!!
– Once my brother and 2 friends were hiking up the steep Breakneck Ridge and his friend (who was out of shape) suffered a massive heart attack. They tried to revive him and called for help, but to no avail.

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Sushi is Toxic!

Posted by myhealthexperts on February 3, 2008

Yet another piece of the puzzle showing as the planet goes, so do we.  Here we see once again a common food (sushi) loaded with heavy metals. This was taken from the respected Dr. Eades blog:

“The International Herald Tribune published an article story showing that even sushi-grade tuna is crawling with mercury, which makes fish eating now a Faustian bargain. We can get the omega-3s, but at the expense of a ton of mercury.

Recent laboratory tests found so much mercury in tuna sushi from 20 Manhattan stores and restaurants that at most of them, a regular diet of six pieces a week would exceed the levels considered acceptable by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Sushi from 5 of the 20 places had mercury levels so high that the Food and Drug Administration could take legal action to remove the fish from the market. The sushi was bought by The New York Times in October.

But maybe this is just a freaky sample. I’m not so sure. And the article goes on to state that the more expensive the tuna, the greater the contamination.

These findings reinforce results in other studies showing that more expensive tuna usually contains more mercury because it is more likely to come from a larger species, which accumulates mercury from the fish it eats. Mercury enters the environment as an industrial pollutant.”

Avoid sushi! Eat lower on the food chain, take flax oil and krill oil for Omega-3 fatty acids!

Source:http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/

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Drowning in Poisons

Posted by myhealthexperts on February 2, 2008

Another of countless studies showing just how SEVERELY polluted our planet, and our bodies are. The true depth and breath of this problem is being kept hidden from the public.  Children are our “Canary in a coal mine” in that they are much more sensitive to exposures than adults. And children are increasingly developing neurological, immunological andf behavioral problems due largely to the toxic loads their bodies are subjected to. We might literally poison ourselves into extinction if current trends persist.

WASHINGTON – A recent study by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that three quarters of 285 commonly consumed foods and beverages are contaminated with perchlorate, a toxic rocket fuel ingredient. According to the study, every day, the average two-year-old is exposed to more than half of the EPA “safe” dose (RfD) of perchlorate from food alone. This is bad news for children in communities in 28 states who also are exposed to perchlorate through contaminated tap water. Very low levels of perchlorate in tap water will cause the average two year old to exceed EPA’s safe exposure level.

Two-year-olds are particularly vulnerable because they eat and drink substantial amounts of food and water relative to their small size. An Environmental Working Group analysis of FDA data found that perchlorate levels as low as 4 parts per billion (ppb) in tap water could expose the average two-year-old to an unsafe dose of the rocket fuel contaminant every single day.

FDA’s finding of high food exposures for small children makes clean up of perchlorate-contaminated water imperative. Perchlorate in tap water can be controlled through filtration and clean up. Perchlorate in food is harder to manage because the source of contamination is not clear, although contaminated irrigation water is one known source where levels could be reduced.

read more here: http://www.ewg.org/node/25877

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Most Dangerous Foods to Eat?

Posted by myhealthexperts on February 2, 2008

Forget about industrialized meats and processed foods which are typically very unhealthy on their own. With regards to fruits, this study shows the most poisonous:

  • Peaches and apples topped the Dirty Dozen list. Almost 97 percent of peaches tested positive for pesticides, and almost 87 percent had two or more pesticide residues. About 92 percent of apples tested positive, and 79 percent had two or more pesticides. The rest of the Dirty Dozen include sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, imported grapes, spinach, lettuce, and potatoes.
  • Onions, avocados, and sweet corn headed the Consistently Clean list. For all three foods, more than 90 percent of the samples tested had no detectable pesticide residues. Others on the Consistently Clean list include pineapples, mango, asparagus, sweet peas, kiwi, bananas, cabbage, broccoli, and papaya.

There is growing scientific consensus that small doses of pesticides can adversely affect people, especially during vulnerable periods of fetal development and childhood when exposures can have long lasting effects. Because the toxic effects of pesticides are worrisome, not well understood, or in some cases completely unstudied, shoppers are wise to minimize exposure to pesticides whenever possible.

While washing and rinsing fresh produce can reduce levels of some pesticides, it does not eliminate them. Peeling also reduces exposures, but valuable nutrients often go down the drain with the peel. The best option is to eat a varied diet, wash all produce, and choose organic when possible to reduce exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.

Although the Shopper’s Guide only measures pesticide residues on produce, buying organic also makes sense if you’re concerned about bacterial contamination. Organic farmers meet all the sanitation standards required of conventional growers and, on, top of that, meet tight restrictions on the use of compost and other organic material that do not apply to conventional fruit and vegetable growers.

source: http://www.ewg.org/sites/foodnews/release.php

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More Evidence that Human Nature is Shallow: Looks Matter Most

Posted by myhealthexperts on February 1, 2008

We all know that studies show better looking people do better in life, and that for every inch taller a man is it ends up about $5000 extra income per year. Much as we all like to think we can, we DON’T escape human nature, and when revealed its often an uncommfortable truth in just how inhumane our nature is! (Unless your gorgeous of course! lol)

Again, Free will and the idea of self are illusions, realize this and you are on your way to true Freedom (with real Free Will). Free Willy! lol

Haircuts, Shined Shoes Matter Most in Business” (link)

 Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) — There has long been an adage that it isn’t what you know that’s important for getting ahead in the business world, it’s who you know. Now it appears that what really counts is what you look like. According to research by U.S. economists, the more time you spend combing your hair and polishing your shoes in the morning, the more money you are likely to earn once you finally make it into the office. And, perhaps surprisingly, the effect is more pronounced for men than it is for women.That backs up a growing body of economic literature that tells us that the better looking you are, the more likely you are to do well in life.

And yet, what that says about the way modern business works is rather worrying: People are shallow in their judgments, they value showmanship over ability, and they are creating a culture of narcissism, in which the vain triumph over the worthy.

“There is a general understanding that people are judged on their appearance,” said Fiona Line, diversity adviser to the U.K.’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. “What is important is that companies should be recruiting based on talent, not on what people look like, however strong an instinct that might be.”

Leaving aside the rather obvious counter-example of Bill Gates, who didn’t exactly forsake a career in Hollywood to get into the computer industry, there is no disputing the basic data.

Jayoti Das and Stephen DeLoach of the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business at Elon University in North Carolina took the 2005 American Time Use Survey, which studied how 13,000 individuals filled up their day. They then compared that with earnings data.

Importance of Grooming

“Extra time spent grooming has a positive and significant effect on both men’s and women’s earnings, but the effect is considerably larger for men,” they said in a paper called “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The Effect of Time Spent Grooming on Wages.” “For men, every extra 10 minutes daily grooming increases their weekly wages by 6 percent. However, women would have to nearly quadruple their daily grooming time to receive that much in additional wages.”

In countries from the U.S. to the U.K., Australia and China, research has shown that those of us who might be mistaken for the back end of a bus are likely to earn much less than people who regularly find themselves mistaken for George Clooney.

And yet, aside from pepping up our portfolios with some shares in the cosmetics maker L’Oreal SA, what does this obsession with how people look tell us about the business world?

Sign of Commitment

Of course, nobody wants staff turning up in the office if they look like they spent the night sleeping on the streets. Their co-workers won’t appreciate it. Neither will the customers.

Likewise, putting some effort into your appearance might well be taken as a sign of commitment to your work and organization. It’s certainly reasonable for employers to reward the people who try hard over those who can’t really be bothered about their appearance or their work.

More importantly, “don’t judge a book by its cover” contains a healthy element of truth. By and large, people can’t do very much about how they look. Shouldn’t companies find a fairer way of assessing their workers?

Within most large corporations, showmanship is now rated more highly than ability or intrinsic worth. Presumably, businesses are assessing staff according to their looks because appearance rather than substance is what they are mostly about.

Out of Hand

While there may be some justification for that — salesmanship is an important part of the success of any organization — it can get out of hand. In reality, concentrating only on appearances was how we ended up with companies such as Enron Corp. — it looked great, but there was nothing inside.

Lastly, all those men spending extra time on their personal grooming every morning, and being rewarded with extra pay, are likely to be self-obsessed not just in getting ready for the office, but when they get there as well.

We all know the type. They spend the whole day boasting about their achievements (often non-existent), taking credit for other people’s work, and schmoozing with the directors. They may be the ones who are getting the promotions. That doesn’t mean they are the best people to be running the business.

In short, fakery rules. If you want a pay increase, invest in a better haircut. That’s how things work in a business culture dominated by vanity and pretense.

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Your Brain Starts in your Stomach!

Posted by myhealthexperts on February 1, 2008

Yet another realization of the complexity of life, that NOTHING is what you think it is but part of a system more complex than itself – research shows more and more that our GI tract is intimately involved in many aspects of brain chemistry. For example we produce most of our serotonin in our gut. Food produces a cascade of reactions in the gut that results in signals such as leptin and ghrelin being sent to the brain. This makes us feel good, full, energized or at times sleepy. Sharing a meal with someone also releases oxytocin, the bonding hormone.

A seed is nothing without the sun and oxygen to move it into action. Its all about relationships

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Honey for Post-Workout Insulin Boost

Posted by myhealthexperts on February 1, 2008

Post workout its important to get insulin up as it acts to facilitate recovery and muscle growth. This is the only time of the day we want elevated insulin. To do this we use a protein carb drink – whey isolate combined with some type of high glycemic index (GI) sugar. My top choice is honey because it has so many other nutritional benefits that other sugar sources do not. Honey is a wholefood  and as such the best source versus refined sugar sources.  For example, honey has the sugar trehelose, which positively affects our brain and central nervous system. Honey also has potent anti-bacterial activity, trace minerals, and other nutrients.

 Here is one study supporting the use of honey: over time it appears to help shift weight gain away from fat and towards muscle (providing you are exercising hard enough)

The Effect of Honey Compared to Sucrose, Mixed Sugars, and a Sugar-Free Diet on Weight Gain in Young Rats
L.M. Chepulis11Author is with Honey Research Unit, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Waikato Univ., Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand. Direct inquiries to author Chepulis (E-mail:
lynnec@waikato.ac.nz).1Author is with Honey Research Unit, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Waikato Univ., Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand. Direct inquiries to author Chepulis (E-mail: lynnec@waikato.ac.nz).
Abstract
ABSTRACT: To determine whether honey, sucrose, and mixed sugars as in honey have different effects on weight gain, 40 6-wk-old Sprague-Dawley rats were fed a powdered diet that was either sugar free or contained 8% sucrose, 8% mixed sugars as in honey, or 10% honey freely for 6 wk. Weight gain and food intake were assessed weekly, and at completion of the study blood samples were removed for measurement of blood sugar (HbA1c) and a fasting lipid profile. The animals were then minced and total percentage body fat and protein measured.
Overall percentage weight gain was significantly lower in honey-fed rats than those fed sucrose or mixed sugars, despite a similar food intake. Weight gains were comparable for rats fed honey and a sugar free diet although food intake was significantly higher in honey-fed rats.

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