Some of the biggest critics of new lesson plans aligned with the national Common Core standards are the people charged with teaching them.
A growing number of teachers say the national standards, adopted by some 45 states, have combined with pressure to “teach to the test” to take all individuality out of their craft. Some teachers told FoxNews.com the new education approach is turning their lessons into little more than data-dispensing sessions, and they fear their jobs are being marginalized.
“Now teachers aren’t as unique,” said Michael Warren, a public school history teacher in New Jersey. “It means anyone can do it. It’s like taking something done by humans and having it done by a machine.” More Details
This article proves that we are attempting to bring young people down to a common standard of “leaving no child behind,” not expecting great results and teaching to high expectations. This will further dumb down our young people. (See past article)
We must teach our young people to think philosophically in whole complex thoughts.
The McCarthy Project has developed and partnered with thought leaders in the world of natural movement training and the outdoors as our gymnasium. The sessions are intended to develop the mind, as well as, the body.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. When are your sessions? Open Sessions are Tuesday at 10am and Friday at 12pm.
2. Who and what ages workout together? The McCarthy Project has two types of groups: open and invite only. The open sessions are available to whoever would like to complete the session. It is not age specific or advanced in difficulty. The “invite only” groups are scheduled on an as needed basis. The “invite only” groups may be athletes looking to get ready for the season, a specific age group or a small group or organization with specific, individualized goals.
3. Can adults participate in the session? Absolutely, all parents of participants are encouraged to attend and complete sessions. We feel that parents are integral to each young person and our goal is to create a path that leads back into creating strong families, not one more thing to separate. Adults with participants are free of charge.
4. How long is each session? Each session is up to 2 hours in length and it determined prior to starting. For the most part, each session is 90 minutes in length.
5. What activities do you do during the session? Each session is broken down in 3 parts; Natural movement training, strategy games or project-based learning, and walking or running.
6. What is natural movement training? Erwan Le Corre of MovNat coined the term natural movement to mean “training the whole, not the parts.” Erwan states, “Natural movement fitness is different. We don’t isolate muscles. We don’t obsess over burnt calories. We train our whole bodies in an integrated, practical way. Our practice is about movement. It’s about life.”
7. What types of movements do you perform? The following are a list of movements performed; leaping, running, throwing, balancing, and lifting. We use the natural surroundings to work the complete body in outdoor environment all in a logical, scientific format.
8. What is project-based learning? John Taylor Gatto, former national teacher of the year from New York City, created a list of cognitive development action steps. Our goal is to include as many of these concepts in our training sessions. More Details.
9. Who influenced your thinking in developing the program? Stephen McCarthy has completed deep research into the history of fitness and cognitive development. He has been influenced by several philosophers from the 18th century to current thought leaders. More details.
Natural Movement Training at Crow River-Hassan Trail Park
By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project
Natural movement for the young and old should be pursued. Society has told us to sit at a computer or school for 6-8 hours per day. Well, The McCarthy Project has developed a training system that uses the great outdoors. Our goal is to build complex, creative thoughts in our clients by allowing their bodies to enjoy the outside and the freedom that comes from just enjoying the outdoors.
The location for our sessions: The Crow River-Hassan Horse Trail Park is located on Hwy 116, south of Hwy 241. Parking is on the east side of 116 across from the entrance. The park is 2600 acres of prairie, trails and wildlife. For a detailed map, click here.
One of the biggest misnomers about training is that you need to be in a totally, controlled environment at all times. And when you lift big weight, that is true. But the last time I checked the only sport that does that while competing is power lifting. Secondly, one of the biggest points of discussion is the concept of “dynamic correspondence” or what is the best way to translate in the weight room or training performance to the event or field. So why do we primarily use power lifting or weight room lifts for all sports? Who told us that the facility has to have music blaring, plastic floors, a million treadmills and 75 degrees?
Well, power lifters and coaches who only learned to train athletes in the weight room the way power lifters train, of course.
Check out the view from my squat platform: 25 Degrees, Snowing, but I was sweating could hear the birds chirping while working out. One 40 pound, 6 foot log, a little creativity and you are good to go.
The Recent Uproar over Lebron James’ Toes Shows the Body Does Not Need to Be Perfect
By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project
The recent sighting of Lebron James’ toes proves the body does not have to in perfect position to be a great athlete. (Bleacher Report) For the last 10 years the craze has been for strength coaches and trainers use corrective exercise to solve an athletes problems with performance. If this was the case, why can Lebron be who he is with toes like the ones he has?
I would argue that great athletes are made with their DNA, lifestyle, and the mind. While not everyone can be 6’8″ with a 35-50 inch vertical, you can do the work in your mind to compete are your highest level, no matter if a certain body part is in perfect position.
On the contrary, don’t assume that you are not able to manipulate your body to reduce pain, prevent injuries, rehab, etc. The proper use of training can produce improvement, but it is not the silver bullet to success in sports. That is up to the athlete.
By David Gutierrez, Natural News A practice being promoted on YouTube as a fad diet is actually a form of disordered eating that can pose serious health risks, health professionals are warning.
In videos promoting “the cotton ball diet,” young girls soak cotton balls in lemonade or orange juice and then swallow them. The girls claim that the cotton balls expand in the stomach, producing a feeling of fullness and thereby making them eat less during the day. In this, the cotton ball diet may seem at first to resemble appetite-suppressing drugs such as Lipozene.
But everything about the diet is dangerous, experts warn, from the specifics of the practice to the attitude behind it. More Details
Watch out for all that animal fat—the butter, the cream, and the red meat. We’ve been warned about the effects of saturated fats on our health for years. We’ve been told they can increase our risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes. But not everyone agrees that these fats are dangerous. UK cardiologist Aseem Malhotra recently made waves when he said the entire saturated fat scare is a farce.
Published in the British Medical Journal, Malhotra, who is an interventional cardiology specialist registrar at Croydon University Hospital in London, says the issue isn’t as simple as we’ve been led to believe, and that the saturated fat scare has led to millions being over-medicated with dangerous statins. More Details
A new study published in Clinical Neurophysiologysuggests it doesn’t take years or even months of exposure for cell phone radiation to (negatively) alter our brains—it only takes minutes. The phones used in this double-blind, crossover, randomized study emitted LTE radiation, or the LTE technology so popular in “fourth generation” (4G) phones, the phones everyone clamors for.
The researchers exposed the right ears of 18 study participants to LTE radio frequency radiation. In just 30 minutes, they observed changes in brain activity. The radiation levels were within legal limits and the phone was always kept 1 cm from the ear. More Details
By Jeffery Smith, Institute of Responsible Technology
Gluten sensitivity is currently estimated to affect as many as 18 million Americans. Reactions to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, are becoming increasingly common. Gluten sensitivity can range in severity from mild discomfort, such as gas and bloating, to celiac disease, a serious autoimmune condition that can, if undiagnosed, result in a 4-fold increase in death. Genetics alone cannot explain the rapid rise in gluten-related disorders, and experts believe that there must be an environmental trigger. There continues to be much debate about what that environmental trigger may be.
Some assert that a higher gluten content of modern wheat is to blame for the rising prevalence of gluten-related disorders. But a 2013 review of data commissioned by the United States Department of Agriculture found no evidence to support this. Others blame increased consumption of wheat overall, age of wheat introduction, cesarean birth, breastfeeding duration, or alterations in intestinal microflora. All of these do offer some explanation, but they cannot completely account for the drastic increase in gluten sensitivities that we have seen in recent years.
Another possible environmental trigger may be the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to the American food supply, which occurred in the mid-1990s. GMOs are created by a laboratory process that transfers genetic material into the DNA of an organism. There are nine genetically modified (GM) food crops currently on the market: soy, corn, cotton (oil), canola (oil), sugar from sugar beets, zucchini, yellow squash, Hawaiian papaya, and alfalfa. Notice that wheat is not one of these. Although wheat has been hybridized through natural breeding techniques over the years, it is not in fact a GMO.
Most GM crops are engineered to tolerate a weed killer called Roundup®, whose active ingredient is glyphosate. These crops, known as Roundup-Ready crops, accumulate high levels of glyphosate that remain in the food. Corn and cotton varieties are also engineered to produce an insecticide called Bt-toxin. The Bt-toxin is produced in every cell of genetically engineered corn and ends up in corn chips, corn tortillas, and other ingredients derived from corn. A recent analysis of research suggests that Bt-toxin, glyphosate, and other components of GMOs, are linked to five conditions that may either initiate or exacerbate gluten-related disorders:
Erwan Le Corre of MovNat posted this quote on twitter this morning.
“To modern men, the next frontier has become the recovery of their health, the retrieve of their freedom, and the reclamation of their soul.”
The McCarthy Project can not agree more. We must, as a people, slow down and look past the positive thinking, fast-paced, scientific world to find out who we really are, not just to rip off all the positive thinking words and thoughts. Way down deep at a soul level, we must reclaim our soul and then we can have true success.
Lindsey Berg Just Announced Special Guest for Cuore Volleyball Camp
Stacy Sykora, 3x Olympian, will be a guest and coach this weekend in Minneapolis,MN this weekend. Stacy will be sharing her story of success, hardship and ultimately, overcoming obstacles.
The McCarthy Project recommends that athletes of all ages attend the camp. Over the last year, Lindsey Berg has impressed me with her understanding of elite performance and her willingness to share her philosophy of success. If you are looking to become a leader on and off the court, you need to be there this weekend.
About the Coure Volleyball Camp:
Cuore Camp is designed to not only teach the fundamentals of volleyball, but to also teach the fundamentals of life. You will learn how to play from some of the volleyball greats, and will gain important life skills including how to be a leader and a better teammate. In addition, you will receive instruction on how to train and fuel your body for elite level competition. Cuore camp teaches life lessons through volleyball and promises to be an experience you won’t soon forget. More Details
Tragedy and Hope’s Richard Grove Interviews Charlotte Iserbyt on CommonCore Standards and Proper Development of the Mind
The following is an interview completed by Richard Grove from Tragedy and Hope with Charlotte Iserbyt, former Senior Policy Advisor for the U.S. Department of Education . They cover the history of compulsory schooling, challenges facing a society raised under its influence, and ways we can undo the damage to our cognitive development.
We are excited to announce that Lindsey Napela Berg’s Cuore Volleyball Camp is coming to Minnesota in December. Her upcoming All Skills and Setter Camps will be the 6-8th located at the Champions Hall in Eden Prairie, MN.
Here is a quick overview:
Lindsey Napela Berg’s Cuore Volleyball Camp:All Skills and Setter Camps at Champions Hall in Eden Prairie, MN December 6-8, 2013.
Cuore Camp is designed to not only teach the fundamentals of volleyball, but to also teach the fundamentals of life. You will learn how to play from some of the volleyball greats, and will gain important life skills including how to be a leader and a better teammate. In addition, you will receive instruction on how to train and fuel your body for elite level competition. Cuore camp teaches life lessons through volleyball and promises to be an experience you won’t soon forget. www.motionvolley.com/cuore
John Taylor Gatto Elite Boarding School Model for Cognitive Development
Excellence in Thought (Creative Imagination and Freedom of The Individual)
1. Complete understanding of God and the arrival at a personal code of standards (in production, behavior, and morality.)
2. Working theory of human nature by studying history, philosophy, theology, literature, and law
3. Skill in active literacy’s, speaking and writing
4. Responsibility as an utterly essential part of the curriculum; always to grab responsibility when it is offered and always to deliver more than asked for.
5. To have familiarity with and to be at ease with, the fine arts (cultural capital)
6. The power of accurate observation and recording. For example sharpen the perception by being able to draw accurately.
7. A complete theory of access to any place and any person
8. Insight into major institutional forms (courts, corporations, military, education)
9. Repeated exercises in the forms of good manners and politeness; based on the truth that politeness and civility are the foundation of all future relationships, all future alliances and access to places that you may want to go
10. Independent work
11. Energetic physical sports are not a luxury; they are absolutely the only way to confer grace on the human presence, and that that grace translates into power and money later on. Also, sports teach you practice handling pain, and in dealing with emergencies.
12. The ability to deal with challenges of all sorts.
13. A habit of caution in reasoning to conclusions.
14. The constant development and testing of prior judgments: you make judgments, you discriminate value, and then you follow-up and “keep your eye” on your predictions to see how far skewed, or how consistent your predictions were.
On top of the aforementioned principles, The McCarthy Project has been influenced by the following philosophers:
1. Jean-Jacque Rousseau, 18th century philosopher and educator known for his work Emile. His political philosophy influenced the French Revolution as well as the overall development of modern political, sociological, and educational thought.
2. Johann Christoph Friedrich Guts Muths, 19th century educator, the father of physical education. A teacher and educator in Germany, and is especially known for his role in the development of physical education.
3. Pehr Henrik Ling, 19th century educator and coach, the father of medical based training and massage therapy. A Swedish physical therapist, developer and teacher of medical-gymnastics.
4. Erwan Lecorre, 21st century educator and developer of the training curriculum called MovNat or Moving naturally.
5. Rex Russell, 21st century medical doctor who focused on prevention of disease and creating elite performance with nutrition and wellness.
What Does it Take to Be Great In Life and Learning?
“The great, and men of learning by profession, have hirtherto been too frequently brought up to have minds stuffed with knowledge in frail bodies, to be helpless creatures in human form. Massy pallaces have been erected on sandy foundations; and in a few years the edifice has tumbled down, or become incapable of the service expected from it. Had not intellectual labor been placed to their account, which nature, the bible, and sound sense inculcate; had they been corporally, as well as mentally, improved; men of great learning would have been more healthy and vigorous, of more general talents, of ample practical knowledge, more happy in their domestic lives, more enterprizing, and more attached to their duties as men.”
Johann Christoph Friedrich Guts Muths, Gymnastics of Youth, 1803, pg. 55.
“our whole political constitution opposes this, by confining us, even in the years when we are more gay than nature herself, to the mechanic’s work-bench, or the students desk. This, however, should excite us to more to employ the early childhood, and the hours of youthful liberty, in improving the corporal faculties, and steeling both the bodies and minds of youth.”
Johann Christoph Friedrich Guts Muths, Gymnastics of Youth, 1803, pg. 59.
What is the true and proper outlook towards weakness leaving the body?
Nature therefore forms all creatures with the same power, and after the same standard, in the present day, as in ages past; and we must not ascribe our physical degeneracy in the least to any alteration in her laws, and her energy, but to contingent causes: that is to a defective development of the germe, through the fault of our parents, and of circumstances; to deteriorating education; to a debilitating way of life; and sometimes to disadvantages of climates.
Thus all the weakness of the present refined race of men is only individual weakness: and even that we may term hereditary, when the weaknesses and defects of parents are entailed upon their children, is nothing but the continued operation of the accidental impression.
Consequently, in proportion as these contingent causes, and their operation, are removed, nature will proceed to fashion men after her original rule.
-Johann Christoph Friedrich Guts Muths, Gymnastics for Youth, 1803, pg. 26-27.
Over the last couple months, I have completed a informal survey of about 200 high schools students. I asked them one question:
Are you challenged in school or the majority of the time are you bored? Almost 80-90% of them say that they are bored.
John Taylor Gatto, a New York City school teacher for over 30 years and twice named New York City Teacher of the Year, had this to say about his time within the compulsory school system. “I taught for thirty years in some of the worst schools in Manhattan, and in some of the best, and during that time I became an expert in boredom.”
So school reform is good, right?
Yes, but not with more rules on standardized test results. We must get back to challenging our young people to think in complete, whole thoughts, not be concerned about meeting some minimum standard of education. In other words, Common Core will force the teachers to lower the standard of teaching even further to the match the lowest common denominator in order to make sure no one is left behind. (Compounding the failed George Bush attempt at school reform)
Young people must research and educate themselves to see the possibilities in life and to accept the responsibility of success and failure, right and wrong, as well as, the understand the difference between reality and illusion.
If they don’t, we will continue to see more young people playing video games or watching television while sitting on the couch unable to think without their phone.
Here are a couple additional posts around the internet on the Common Core Standards:
Jon Rappoport on the Vaccine Industry and the Future
Concealing the corrupt and failed and harmful and dangerous practice of vaccination, propagandists and media idiots and government spokespeople have drowned the American population, for more than a century, with assurances and demands about “public health.”
Exactly. That’s the game they’re playing. They build it (reality), and you come. Because in their absence and the absence of what they have built, there would be nothing. Unless you…built something yourself. Unless we build something different.
Unless we fight and maintain the right to claim exemptions and opt out of vaccination. Unless millions of people wake up and opt out, and opt for health.
-Jon Rappoport, No More Fake News
The world of vaccines is built on a utopian view of health and wellness. Jon’s post on the reality of vaccines and fighting the side effects from the use of flu shots, vaccines, and any other chemical based medicine is timely.
Zack Kaldveer of Organic Consumers Association on GMO Labeling and Organic Choices
Zack is on the front lines of the gmo and organic debate. He is the Assistant Media Director of Public Relations for Organic Consumers Association, one of the largest special interest groups fighting for non-genetically modified organisms in the food supply, as well as, the use of organic farmer techniques. He joined Stephen McCarthy to talk about recent GMO labeling laws in California and the upcoming vote in Washington state on the same subject. We will also be covering the recent suicides by farmers in India and other current events around the globe.
For Zach’s thoughts on the how to live a organic lifestyle and how to locate the proper food sources, click here. On the current hot topics in the world of gmo’s and organic foods, click here.
In the second half of the show, University of North Carolina Head Women’s Basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell will join Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project to discuss passion, distractions, technology and relationships in the world of women’ s basketball.
Zack is the Assistant Media Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), an online and grassroots public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. Formerly, Zack was the Assistant Media Director for California’s Prop 37 campaign to label genetically modified foods. Zack has also served as Communications Director for the Consumer Federation of California and Editor of the California Progress Report. Zack received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of California San Diego, and his Master’s, also in Communications, from San Diego State University.
The Genetic Story: Rugged Individualism or Scientific Management
The scientific management of sports has taken over almost every area of its existence; the analyzation of almost every conceivable scenario ad nauseum, the study of the human genome to locate and develop the certain gene that will bring immediate success to the athlete who has number 23 and if you do this drill or lift, you will produce an incremental gain strength or speed gain over all competitors and lastly, use scientific, chemically-based nutrition to obtain elite performance. All of these action steps are based on the human body, scientific truths and the athlete’s DNA or human genome. Untold numbers of studies have proven that if athletes complete all of these tasks and memorize all of the numbers you will be prepared for success, right?
One question.. What happens if the foundational concepts of these scientific managed truths were incorrect or manipulated based on a fallacy?
Well, you say… That is not possible.. I hate to burst your bubble, but it may be true. Research the following statements and what narrative do you create?
1. Science is being held by centuries, old assumptions that have been hardened into dogma. Here are a couple examples; Science or scientific management knows the answer, all reality is material reality or physical, there is no reality but material reality, but only 4% of all energy is known, and that the remaining part of nature, the 96% of reality, is unknown or non-physical. (Science Set Free, Sheldrake, 2012) For additional information click here and here
2. “The displacement of proteins by DNA as the genetic determinants certainly stands out as a paradigm shift, a principal discontinuity in biological theory and practice. Yet the lines of continuity are also striking. The eugenic goals, which had informed the design of the molecular biology program and had been attenuated by the lessons of the Holocaust, revived by the late 1950’s. Dredged from the linguistic quagmire of social control, a new eugenics, empowered by representations of life supplied by the new biology, came to rest in safely on the high ground of medical discourse and latter-day rhetoric of population control. (Molecular Vision of Life, Kay, 1996, pg. 277) For additional commentary, visit here and here.
3. The Human Genome Project, to the shock of nearly all materialists, ultimately proved exactly the opposite of what scientists had hoped. It proved that genes alone do not explain inheritance. ”The big lie of genetics exposed human DNA incapable of storing complete blueprint of the human form.” (Mike Adams, Natural News)
4. Propaganda, as defined by the father of Public Relations Edward Bernays in his 1928 book called Propaganda, is “the conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses…Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” (Propaganda, Bernays, 1928, pg. 9)
After meditating and researching on these concepts, you come to the conclusion that you are an individual who’s future has not been planned and mapped based on your genetic code. You are an individual athlete with God-given talents that you use for the development of your life on this earth, not controlled by some hidden gene in your body. The next question has to become how do we find the other 96% of the physical or non-physical reality in order to continue our development of elite consciousness?
1. “We need to realize what our fingerprints and our intuition actually proclaimed long before DNA: no two people are alike, all “averages” are lies, and nobody can be accurately contained by numbers and graphs.” (Weapons of Mass Instruction, John Taylor Gatto, pg. 69)
2. Develop the ability to have intellectual self-defense and how to develop the tools of independent thought. Richard Grove, Tragedyandhope.com. For additional information, visit here.
3. “I concluded that in many sports elite athletes are either systematically taller or shorter than the general population and these differences in height were virtually completely determined by genetic factors. In most of my subsequent publications I have simply referred to this review, and in doing so the importance I place on it may have been overlooked by others. My recent reviews have focused on the rich body of evidence that virtually every other aspect of the human body and nervous system can be modified by intense training, sustained for months and years, and that the degree of modifiability interacted with the childhood and adolescence developmental phase of athletes.” (Dr. K. Anders Ericsson: Florida State University Professor, Father of the Deliberate Practice Framework, British Sports Journal of Medicine)
4. Stop the Insanity of Circular Creativity, Invest time in the Spiritual, Creative, and Imaginative: As stated by Jon Rappoport, “People in this world believe in what they create, except they’re not aware of what they’re creating. They think, instead, they’re seeing what’s already there. This missing link explains a great deal. People are playing a shell game with themselves. They’re placing the pea inside a particular shell, and then they’re turning over the shell and finding the pea. Then they exclaim, “Look what I found!” NO. They didn’t find it. They put it there to begin with. They created a reality and then denied they created it.” Spiritual Fascism Jon Rappoport. For additional information, click here.
6. Learn about the soul of life, not just the facts: In materialist science, free will of choice is an illusion, everything is predictable. Long ago, plants and human minds were souls and that the universe was alive, mechanist science rejected these laws and expelled all souls from nature. The material world became inanimate, a soulless machine. Elite Performance with Nate Ruch
7. “People may laugh and tell you it is not true: This idea that your body as a whole, as well as each cell in your body, can tap into a field of information which encodes the “memory” of what a human form is supposed to be threatens the very pillars of materialistic science, upon which nearly the entire pharmaceutical industry is based, by the way. This is why materialist scientists are desperately attempting to defend the human genomes as the single source of all the information needed to develop a human body, even thought. The human genome clearly doesn’t have the storage to represent an entire body (not to mention inherited physiological functions of behavior inheritance.)” Mike Adams, Natural News
8. Growth and self-mastery are reserved for those who vigorously self-direct, like Stanley; planning, doing, creating, reflecting, freely associating, taking chances, punching the lights out on your tormentors. (Weapons of Mass Instruction, John Taylor Gatto, pg 64)
Flu Season and Flu Vaccines: Do the Risks Outweigh the Gains?
You get a cold or the flu. You don’t feel so well. What should you do? Rest and allow your body to naturally fight it off or next year get the flu shot, so you don’t get it ever again.
David Augenstein of the Journal of Natural Food and Health joined Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project to discuss the history and current research of vaccines. For the complete interview, click here.
1. I know everybody else is doing it, but why are you? A television ad told me that they have a product to prevent the flu?
3. Do you want to risk the side effects to stop the flu that potentially lasts two days?
4. If I want to prevent the flu from coming, what action steps could I take? Doesn’t seem wise to use natural solutions without the potential side effects?
If we are honest with ourselves, take the flu, as bad as it is, get better, and stop putting chemicals into your body that may have adverse effects and decrease your long term performance. Secondly, plan ahead with natural prevention strategies to eliminate the worry of the side effects.
Steve St. Clair, manufacturer of natural food supplements, posted the following essay, I would encourage you to review and contemplate his argument before your take your next shot. A second post on boosting your immune system.
David Augenstein, Journal of Natural Foods and Health, history of the flu shot and related research. David (aka Mr. Augie) is a chemical and environmental engineer, educator, entrepreneur, author and publisher. He is Founder and co-director of the Foundations for Health Education, a non-profit professional association engaged in several projects. He has had a forty-year career as a licensed engineer and an environmental specialist in industry and public health. In the past ten years, he has conducted many seminars in natural food and health topics and is publisher of the Journal of Natural Food and Health (internet) and the paper Living Food and various paper bulletins and internet campaigns on vaccination choice, fluoride and raw milk.
Vegans may have had it right all along; while raw, organic raw milk offers numerous health benefits, a Harvard researcher and pediatrician argues that conventional milk and dairy products alike are a detriment to your health – thanks to added health-compromising sweeteners.
As David Ludwig mentioned in his research, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, there have been countless pieces of research concluding the ill effects of sugar-sweetened beverages. The over-consumption of sugar has been tied to obesity, diabetes, inflammatory-related pain, and much more. And because of sugar’s negative effects on our health, even the United States Department of Agriculture, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and other organizations are recommending against consuming calories from sugary drinks.
The Case Against Low-Fat Dairy, and Other Dangers of Milk
Harvard researcher David Ludwig certainly has a point in analyzing and ultimately criticizing the USDA’s recommendations, but there is much more to the full-fat vs reduced-fat argument for milk and dairy products.
There are plenty of reasons to avoid certain fats such as trans-fats and refined polyunsaturated fats in vegetable oils (like corn, soy, sunflower, and canola), but the evidence for moderate consumption of saturated fat, which is found in milk, coconut oil, and grass-fed land animals, is coming to the surface. While saturated fat was villainized for decades, a 2010 analysis published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that “there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of [coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease].”
Further, there are numerous benefits to drinking full-fat dairy products. In it’s most pure state (raw, organic, and coming from grass-fed cows), full-fat dairy has been found in research to potentially promote heart health, control diabetes, aid in vitamin absorption, lower bowel cancer risk, and even aid in weight loss. But while pure dairy could promote your health, conventional dairy may prove damaging.
For the complete article, visit here.
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Great Herbs, Supplements, and Ideas To Support Your Immune System
Steve St. Clair, Enerhealth Botanicals
In the midst of the Government shutting down I feel this is a good opportunity to remind everyone not to allow our bodies to do the same. This time of year can be very stressful with the holidays approaching, world events (that never end), and just emerging from summer.
Personally, this last few weeks have been crazy. I have been extremely busy running all over the place with work and family and I can feel my body weakening. Getting run down can happen to the best of us as it is real easy to forget to take care of yourself when you are busy and stressed out. However, it is in these times that taking care of ourselves is absolutely crucial.
The easiest way to achieve shut down is to run yourself into the ground. Stress, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, and burning the candle at both ends, all have detrimental effects on your immune system and once your immune system is compromised you are more susceptible to getting sick.
So for those of you in the same boat, here are some suggestions (some of which we offer, some just home remedies) to help you through the busy stressful times:
Daily Immune Support
This is a great product of mushroom extracts that will help maintain a healthy immune system. Mushrooms are adaptogens and are great stress combatant and immune system supporter.
Relax & De-Stress
This herbal blend has been my best friend over the last week. I like to take it throughout the day as needed. The great thing about this blend is that you can take it anytime because it does not cause drowsiness.
This product is great but especially now as the days are getting shorter and our exposure to the Sun is becoming less. Make sure you are taking adequate doses, as Vitamin D has a tremendously positive effect on your immune system.
This is a powerful immune support blend and one of our most popular products during the winter months. This blend is great if you are feeling like you are about to get sick or to help speed up the recovery process.
Lack of sleep, poor nutrition, and too much stress are some of the exact reasons we created Enerfood. Darren and I designed the product to combat all these things. Make sure you are taking this product daily!
You know that feeling when you get that first hint of a sore throat? Which then leads to dread as to not if but when you will get sick. Well at the first sign of a sore throat I immediately cut up some Garlic and suck on it. Garlic is an extremely powerful antibiotic and usually nips any sore throat. Sure your significant other might be turned off but its better than being sick.
Turn off your WiFi
Darren actually suggested this to me this morning. He has had some trouble sleeping recently and last night turned off his WiFi Connection and said he slept great. We tend to forget all the energy constantly surrounding us and this is important I think regardless of whether you are sleeping well or not.
Those are just some suggestions, as I don’ want to take up too much of your time on the beautiful weekend, but I feel this is an important reminder. So please take care of yourself.
I have been wrong. And not just a little bit wrong, but apparently, a lot wrong. You see I have until recently felt that kettlebells have been wildly overrated as far as athletic development, or more specifically, strength development goes. Outside of kettlebell swings (which for the record I have always loved), I have for the most part thought that any exercise you could do with a kettlebell you could do just as well, if not better with a dumbbell or a barbell.
However, recent experiences have taught me that this just isn’t the case. Let me explain. It all started with my love hate relationship to squats. I loved doing them, and have achieved some pretty good relative squat strength based results, but the fact is that I have never really been a great squatter. Every improvement in squat strength has taken a lot of dedicated effort and persistence and the most I have ever squatted without using chains or bands is 355lb (160kg @ 74kg, good for 2.16X BW. Also coincided with when I was jumping my highest).
So last year when I moved to Nashville, between the stress of the move, the displacement from my previously fully equipped gym to a cramped and only moderately well equipped gym in my basement, and my body just feeling being beat up all the time, I decided to stop squatting for a few months. Those few months pretty quickly turned into a year.
So what got me back into squatting? Well a number of things happened. Firstly I read an interesting article on T-Nation that stated:
“With kettlebells, you can decrease the training load by up to 75% and still make significant progress in strength, power, and body composition goals. While some may argue that kettlebells put you at a mechanical disadvantage (which is what forces you to use less weight), it really all boils down to tension.
The Central Nervous System (CNS) doesn’t know the difference between 300 pounds on your shoulders and 120-pound kettlebells in hand. The CNS does understand tension though, and if kettlebell training offers any benefit, it’s learning how to develop and use full-body tension.”
Pastor Nate Ruch of Emmanuel Christian Center joined Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project to discuss sports, on and off the field of battle, and debunking the myths surrounding elite performance in Christ.
Some of the subjects covered:
1. Tim Tebow and his role as a Christian in today’s NFL.
2. On the field, do you compete or do you just serve other people?
3. Off the field, what is the proper role of sex in relationships?
4. Should Christians take sponsorship money from organizations that do not stand for biblical principles?
5. What is a double-standard and the proper viewpoint of pro athletes who may act differently than Christians think they should.
The complete interview will air November 13th at 9:00am cst.
A loving husband of wife Jodi and proud father of four, Pastor Nate Ruch gives voice and direction to the ministry of Emmanuel. As lead pastor, he sets the tone for the Emmanuel family and helps guide the church through the seasons of life. He also preaches on Sundays and facilitates a Wednesday night prayer service.
A native of Michigan, Nate relocated to the Twin Cities to study at North Central University. There, he met Jodi and graduated with a license to pastor. Nate also holds a MA from Bethel University.
Nate’s resume highlights over twenty years of faithful public service. As a former Emmanuel youth pastor, he led one of the largest youth groups in the state of Minnesota. Nate also mentored dozens of leaders, who have since gone on to their own ministry ventures.
Following his pastorate, Nate served as a professor and later a VP-level administrator at North Central. In 2013, Nate accepted Emmanuel’s offer to become the third senior pastor in the fifty-plus-year history of the church.
Nate’s passions include family, travel, leadership development, coaching his sons’ youth sports teams, Starbucks coffee, and the University of Michigan Wolverines’ football program.
Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project put together a special report on the coaches and athletes who will be participating in Kona Ironman.
1. Kris Swarthout, USA Triathlon Coach for Cindy Blackstock, on the history and the importance of helping athletes on the journey of life. To listen click here.
2. Cindy Blackstock, cancer survivor and Kona Ironman participant, has been chosen to be one of the featured athletes in this years race. She will share her story of victory over breast cancer less than a year ago to compete in this years race. To listen click here.
3. Winter Vinecki, 14 year old triathlete, on her father’s untimely death from prostate cancer and how she turns the negatives in life into positives. To listen click here.
Brian Tuohy, Author of Larceny Games and The Fix Is In, on Corruption in the Major Sport Leagues
Author Brian Tuohy joined Stephen to talk about his new book, Larceny Games. It is based on over 400 FBI files and numerous interviews with FBI Agents, sports gamblers and bookmakers. Brian will be discussing the world of sports entertainment and how it is not a pure as most fans envision. Professional leagues have argued in court that they are entertainment, not a sport and if they are entertainment, the pro leagues must make sure the product is entertaining with the right actors in the show, right? Sport is the purest form of competition and elite performance, right?
Brian will break it all down and share his thoughts on events that have taken place in recent times that will challenge your viewpoints on the role of sport in our society.
Brian Tuohy is America’s leading expert in game fixing in sports, having written about the subject for more than a decade. He is best known as the author of The Fix Is In: The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR which was published by Feral House in 2010. The book gained national and international attention as it was reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, the nationally syndicated The Bookworm Sez, the Independent in the United Kingdom, and Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express among others.
Forensic Historian and Filmmaker Richard Grove on Breaking The Chains of Institutionalized Thought to Create a Better Athlete
Richard Grove of TragedyandHope.com will be joining Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project to discuss to ways to break institutionalized thoughts and replace them with self-reliant, self-confident, clear thoughts from your own creative imagination.
On the show, Richard and Stephen will be discussing creative thought with the purpose of addressing the following areas:
1. Why do we need to change our institutionalized thoughts?
2. How do we change our current thoughts?
3. What should you expect while changing how you think?
4. What are the potential results if you put in the time and effort?
In 2003, Richard Grove filed for federal whistleblower protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.In 2006, he released on mp3 a 2-hour public disclosure “Project Constellation: A Message to the Future of America”.
What may have sounded like conspiracy “theories” in 2006 (Data-Mining and Spying on Citizens, The Planning of Financial Catastrophes, NSA/Google, and Corporate Media partaking in the demolition of our civil liberties), proves today to be relevant and verifiable historical facts related by Richard during his public disclosure via Project Constellation, and evident in his continued productions ever since.
Since then, Richard has created more than 500 hours of educational and informative media productions, including a comprehensive conscious curriculum to teach individuals methods for learning anything and everything for themselves (a.k.a. “The Peace Revolution Podcast”).
Some of his more powerful publications include: State of Mind: The Psychology of Control (2013 co-production), History… So It Doesn’t Repeat (2013 series), The Ultimate History Lesson with John Taylor Gatto (2012), The Peace Revolution Podcast (2009-Present), What You’ve Been Missing: Exposing the Noble Lie (2010), 20/20 Hindsight CENSORSHIP on the Frontline (2010), and Project Constellation (2006).
In 2013, ten years after blowing the whistle, Richard was nominated by author G. Edward Griffin to be listed in the Freedom Force International Hall of Honor.
For additional research, listen to the following podcasts or interviews:
1. Peace Revolution Podcast: Hundreds of hours of additional research around cognitive liberty and peace through clear, ordered thoughts.
2. Lindsey Berg: Lindsey broke down how you can apply these concepts to become a professional athlete and Olympian.
3. Jon Rappoport: Rappoport developed ways to use your creative imagination with straight thoughts and how to apply it in real life.
University of Michigan Strength Coach Bo Sandoval on the Balance of Specialized Strength Training by Sport with the Concept of Individualized Training
Coach Sandoval will be joining Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project to develop out how a structured training program works in both at a team and a individual level.
Coach has worked with athletes for over 10 years with an extensive background in multiple sports. We will be covering ways to look at training for lacrosse, basketball and volleyball. The differences between each sport and how young athletes can apply the training information to their current programs.
Tune in October 30, 2013 at 9am CST for the complete show.
Bo Sandoval is in his fourth year at U-M. Prior to being named Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning in summer of 2012, he served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for Olympic Sports at the University of Michigan. Sandoval designs and implements supplemental performance programs for men’s lacrosse and women’s basketball. He specializes in providing comprehensive training programs focused on multi-year development. Sandoval’s individualized training programs are influenced by the requirements of each athlete’s specific competition needs and are based on each team’s competition calendar. Sandoval’s other responsibilities include directing the strength and conditioning department’s intern education program.
North Carolina Swim Coach DeSelm on Maintaining the Joy of the Sport
Coach DeSelm joined Stephen McCarthy to talk about raising up the next generation of young athletes and more specifically the next generation of swimmers.
For over 35 years, Coach DeSelm has either participated or coached swimmers. Coach mentioned that winning and losing does not bring joy to sport. While he feels the winning and losing do play a part, it is not the most important part. He maintains that the joy of the activity or participating in sports and becoming your best is the key to long-term success in life and sport.
Coming off his most successful season to date, Rich DeSelm is now in his sixth year as the head swimming coach at the University of North Carolina after serving for one year as the chief assistant and head coach designate under former mentor Frank Comfort.
The program has made great strides under DeSelm’s tutelage in the past five years. DeSelm had been a highly successful head coach at Davidson College and a long-time assistant at perennial Top 10 program Florida before he assumed the full-time head coaching duties at Carolina on July 1, 2007.
Caroline Buchanan, 4-Time BMX and Mountain Bike World Champion, on How She Views Competing and Love of Sport
Caroline Buchanan joined Stephen McCarthy to talk about her success as a bike racer, as well as, the 2012 Olympic experience. She is a true professional on and off the track. We taped the interview earlier this morning with almost 90 minutes of technical problems and she was gracious enough to wait them out and be flexible. It was amazing. If you are looking for truth on elite performance, you need to listen to Caroline. It will start you on your journey of elite performance.
Here are a couple of the topics we covered during the 30 minute interview. (1) Clear thoughts lead to success (2) Have high expectations and goals. (3) Focus on the love of the sport, not getting sponsors (4) What happens next when you don’t do your best (5) Thoughts on why so many elite bike racers are coming out of Australia.
You can connect with Caroline on Facebook, her website or follow her @CBuchanan68.
Fall is upon us and the bombardment of “get your flu shot” hype has begun. Only this year it’s worse as there is a plethora of new twists designed to give you a nice false sense of security.
First, there is a new shot that will offer “more protection”. It is called the quadrivalent vaccine and it “protects” from 4 strains of the flu rather than the normal 3. The CDC is recommending this new 4-strain vaccine for children because they are at the highest risk and they are saying get it right away because there is a limited supply. So hurry to get your children “protected”.
Second, they have an extra strength shot for seniors. This obviously is in response to the fact that last year’s shot was a complete failure in protecting the elderly. In fact it was less than 50% effective in test groups and in other cases offered no protection at all. That’s not an opinion it’s a fact…look it up. Apparently “Extra-Strength” is supposed to calm the fears of those asking any questions.
Finally, it seems like Big Pharma has gotten privy to the fact that people have been using the “I’m allergic to eggs” excuse to get out of their shots because they now have an “egg-free” version. Not to mention they now have inhalable vaccines, finger pricks for those afraid of needles and I’m sure a million more reasons “why” there is no reason not to get a flu shot. Obviously they are trying to eliminate any excuse possible that people might have.
Of course, every year they tell us to get our flu shots because the flu strains change from year to year but somehow they already have the shots prepared without knowing what strains are present. I know they are making “educated” assumptions into how the strains have mutated this year but really this whole thing is a total scam.
I encourage you to do your own research as I am here to just help ignite the fire of further exploration. Part of being a health freedom activist means advocating everyone to make their own decisions about their health. We are just here to offer the alternative perspective and to create conversation. I know many people who get the flu shot and still get the flu just like I know many people who get it and don’t get the flu. I can also say the exact same thing for people who don’t get the flu shot. That is the point. Flu shot or no flu shot, you might get the flu. But in my opinion, getting the flu shot offers no more “protection”. It is just another highly profitable control channel for Big Pharma.
You want REAL protection? Then take care of yourself with proper nourishment…mind, body, and soul. Get plenty of sleep, manage/limit your stress, and support your immune system through diet and supplementation.
I can not underestimate the importance of taking care of yourself. You could get all the shots in the world and if you are unhealthy and run yourself into the ground, you will get sick one way or another.
So please take care of your body. Take care of your mind, and as your friend my advice is steer clear of the flu shot.
The Story Behind BizNasty and Sauce Hockey with CEO Eric Kleineck
CEO of Sauce Hockey Eric Kleineck will sharing the story of Sauce Hockey, “the sauce life” and Paul Bissonnette aka Biznasty2point0. He will tell the story of how the company got to know Paul and how the BizNasty line of clothing got started.
To listen to The McCarthy Project Show and the complete interview visit “Sauce Hockey and BizNasty” on Friday, September 13th at 8:00am CST.
Eric took the time to talk about the world of art, music, hockey, as well as, the world of social media. He has built a brand around what he calls “the hockey language” and how the sauce life is translated into his brand of apparel. Secondly, he will talk about how their relationship with Paul has developed over the years to take on a life on of its own.
Sauce Hockey’s vision is to be the industry leader in the lifestyle apparel category. We create design-driven clothing that offers a superior consumer experience. Inspired by hockey, art, fashion, and music, our products tell a story that takes you to a familiar place as a fan and/or player. It’s simple, genuine, honest, and often times showcases the lighter side of the game.
Founded in 2009, by Eric Kleineck and friends over some tall beers and hockey war stories, the brand has grown from 6 t-shirts and 2 hats to a head-to-toe brand sold in over 200 retail stores in the US, Canada, Finland, and Sweden. Sauce Hockey clothing has appeared at events such as the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, Wayne Gretzky’s Fantasy Camp, been spotted in print and web publications such as ESPN The Magazine, The Hockey News, The Fourth Period, Chill Magazine, Arizona Rubber Magazine, Cedar Rapids Gazette, Le Journal de Montreal, and CBS Sports Online among others and worn by tons of big name professional athletes, actors, actresses, musicians and tv personalities.
In my previous article about how to squat deeper I talked about longer term solutions such as regular stretching and mobility work (which you should be doing anyway), reducing the training loads, gradual reduction of box heights for box squats, and ‘greasing the groove’ of the movement through a high volume of daily bodyweight squats.
In this article I am going to provide a more immediate solution that you can implement TODAY. That solution is to simply change the way in which you are squatting. You see most people when they think of squatting think of the traditional barbell back squat.
Unfortunately this is also the version of the squat that relies most heavily on good mobility and flexibility, particularly in the upper back and shoulder region (see picture below). Now that might not be a problem except for the widespread postural issues that sitting so much has caused, meaning lots of folks these days don’t have the necessary range of motion in those (and other) areas to perform a deep back squat freely.