Category: nutrition

Clay, Heavy Metals and Performance

RedmondClay_webA couple weeks ago.. I came across some information related to bentonite clay and the Redmond Clay company.. After a couple hours of research, you would be in your best interest to locate a can of this interesting product. Clay will detox your body of heavy metals within your body and in the long run, assist your body in running at it best and clearing your mind of a thing called “brain fog.”

Here is a great short clip by Dr. Mark Sircus of the International Medical Veritas Association on the benefits of clay.

Here is an infographic put out by the Redmond clay guys.


Vitamin D and The Sun

landscape-503925__180Over the last couple years, the importance of vitamin D has been made very clear.  We have athletes who have had blood work completed and found that they are very deficient in vitamin D.  We must increase our intake of this essential vitamin to maintain elite performance and boost our immune system.

Dont just take my word for it.  Check out the following youtube clip by Dr. Sircus of International Medical Veritas Association as a start in your research on the subject of how your performance can be increased by getting more natural vitamin D.

Limit Milk Intake to Improve Health and Performance, True or False?

drip-175551__180We have all seen the athlete commercials talking about drinking your milk.  Oh, also the studies that show that chocolate milk is a great for its anti-oxidant properties.  Well, I hate the break the bad news, both statements are at best half-truths.  A new study publishes the notion that 3 glasses of milk a day does not improve bone he, it actually destroys it. Here is the pdf of the study.  Then, check out the book Suicide by Sugar by Nancy Appleton.  Look for the story on Chocolate Goodness.

These are all at best half truths to the entire story. Raw milk firstly from the cow can be the solution that is true for increase bone health, not pasteurizated and homogenized fake milk that was probably used for this study.  The current milk is the store might be more likened to colored water with some vitamins and minerals added.   But don’t just think this is only correlated to bone health and antioxidants. Type into google “milk auto immune disease,” you will find all the information you need to see.  Milk is not the same as all the athletes saying, “Got Milk” with their milk mustaches.

In the end….. Drink less of grocery store milk, perform at a higher level, and decrease the risk of injury, but do drink raw milk for increased performance.

Gut Problems and GMO Food Potentially Tied, Decrease Performance

By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project

For the last 5 years, we have been on the non-gmo, organic diet and lifestyle bandwagon and how it will improve performance of young athletes. Here ia a short youtube clip that explains the hard core truth about the role of gmo in causing health problems in young people. So not only does a non-gmo diet improve performance, it will also keep you away from inflammation and potentially, health challenges. For additional information and links to clinical information, click here.

A little background information, Ales states,
“There has been a 65% increase in IBD hospital discharges from 2000 to 2009. The number increased from 11,928 discharges in 2000 to 19,568 discharges in 2009.”

“IBD refers to the inflammatory conditions associated with irritation of the colon and small intestine. As you may recall, Danish farmers noticed the same problem in their pigs who were fed GMO feed – they were affected so badly that their guts were bleeding in many cases, and they also suffered increased fertility issues.”

How is That Hamburger Working Now?

By Ryan Beville, GMO Inside

Salley1.Here is an excerpt from a interview with former NBA player and current Fox Sports Host, John Salley.

I know you were not always a wellness advocate or conscious consumer. When and how did you start thinking about the foods you were putting in your body?

When I was a rookie in the NBA, there was a veteran guy named Adrian Dantley -I sometimes call him AD or Teacher – who was my roommate. Back then you had roommates, and they had rookies rooming with the vets so you could learn from them, but really they just had you carry all of their bags and stuff.

We were in Milwaukee for an exhibition game, and AD offers to buy me lunch one day. I ordered a cheeseburger with fries and a chocolate shake. This was at 1:30 in the afternoon and we have a game at 6. He orders a sandwich, and he eats half of it, and then saved the other half of the sandwich to eat at 4:30.

When we get our food, I immediately gobble it all down! Well, after I eat all of that so fast, I am dead tired and want to take a nap before our game.

I take this nap and wander into the gym like 10 minutes before 6. AD had been there since 5:30. He had been stretching, getting heat packs to loosen up, and taping his fingers. So he has just been focusing, stretching, and breathing and I get there still sleepy, and my body is still trying to digest all of that nastiness.

Now I am in the game playing against this guy named Jack Sikma, and he was a methodical, and tall, and slow guy… he was like Herman Munster with blonde hair. That night though, he was beating me up and down the court, making me chase him around. So as this is happening, I get an attitude problem, I am making faces, I am arguing with the referee, and I am getting my ass handed to me. My coach, Chuck Daley, takes me out of the game, and I will never forget this, AD looks at me and just says “How is that hamburger helping you now?”

I’ll never forget it! That is because the answer to that question is; It is not! I had red meat, fried potatoes, sugar, oil, and dairy products in me, and AD looks at me and says, “Your stomach is this big (makes a fist), and you put a plate of food in it that is bigger than that and you barely chewed it! Your body is going to need two days to digest that! You are never going to have enough energy to play this game while dealing with that.”

I changed the way I ate from that point on.

It was not all at once though. It took me until 1991 to get into microbiotics, and I transitioned from vegetarianism, and then veganism, and now I am going more raw. It has taken me 21 years to transition, but I imagine that if I would have been eating what my body could have used as energy as opposed what was stopping my body in its tracks as it was trying to break things down, I would have been a way better ball player, and a way healthier person.

Now I talk to ball players, and they have no idea I am almost 49. This is because I don’t use my body as a storage bin.

I am constantly putting the right gas in the Ferrari. Full article

Steve Nash on Broken Bones and Nerve Damage

By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project

Steve Nash, Image By

Here is an excerpt from a post on Steve Nash, Dr. Cate Shanahan (Author of Deep Nutrition) and the benefits of eating a properly balanced, non-gmo, organic diet with less sugar and less other harmful  toxins.  Nash feels that the same diet helped him recover faster from a broken leg and as a follow-up, the repair of the nerves damaged during the injury.

But his dietary transformation, and that of the Lakers, didn’t stop there. At Shanahan’s behest, they avoid sugar, processed foods and unhealthy oils – vegetable, canola, corn and other chemically engineered cocktails. It’s more nuanced than that, and Shanahan has sold the Lakers on the science to back it up.

“She’s not pushing supplements on us,” Lakers point guard Steve Nash said. “It’s all natural foods. There’s nothing processed; nothing unnatural. … Although it is a bit of an extreme diet compared to the traditional diet, what works in its favor as far as a safeguard is that it is a natural diet.”

Nash believes the infusion of healthy fats and oils helped him recover from a broken leg last season, and he’s holding out hope for any edge he can find as he tries to overcome residual nerve damage from that injury this season. Full article

Additional Reading:

Natural News on healing broken bones

Natural News on healing nerves

For more information on how The McCarthy Project can help you or your organization make the same improvements, contact Stephen at 612-741-0982.

Blake Griffin on Balanced Eating

By Ken Berger,

Blake Griffin, Image by

The biggest takeaway for me has been that there isn’t one particular diet that’s right while everything else is wrong. There are certain core concepts you have to be aware of if you want to be healthy — step away from the sugar and toxic oils being the biggest. The point is to be aware of what you’re eating. If you stop looking to food for satisfaction and enjoyment, chances are you will begin to enjoy it more. If you follow certain concepts like avoiding sugar and processed foods, you will enjoy life more, too.

Roy Hibbert has gained 35 pounds of muscle in two years eating more carbs than fat — and, during the offseason, consuming 6,000 calories a day. The Lakers have had success eating more fat than carbs. In the end, these ratios aren’t crucial. What’s important is to understand what you’re eating and why. Don’t go for the quick fix.

The other lesson is, don’t take my word for it. Don’t take Dwight Howard’s word or Blake Griffin’s or Ray Allen’s. Don’t take what Dr. Cate or Dr. Mike or Robb Wolf say as gospel. Educate yourself, try different things, take foods out and put them back in and see what the results are. Then, adjust.  Full article

For more information on how The McCarthy Project can help you or your team make the same improvements, contact Stephen at 612-741-0982.

Dwight Howard and The “Sugar Habit”

By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project

Dwight Howard, Image by

The world of sports nutrition has been abused, insulted, over analyzed and has far too many performance based products to make even a logical and qualified decision on what is best for elite performance. Well, eliminating boat load of sugar from your daily intake is the great start.

‘I can’t live this way because it’s not healthy to have this high level of sugar in me,’ ” Dwight Howard said. “I just made a commitment.”

Over the last 14 years, we have pursued the best possible ways to eat without confusion and have food elicit the needed energy for athletes to be able to perform at their best under pressure.

This article posted by on Dwight Howard is a perfect example of the ways a non-gmo, organic lifestyle and properly cleansing your body can lead to improved performance.

For more information on how The McCarthy Project can help you make the same improvements, contact Stephen at 612-741-0982.

Nutrition in the NBA; Part I: Lessons learned in L.A. help Howard’s career

Why You Should Stop Counting Calories and Start Counting Chemicals

By Christina Sarich, Natural Society, July 14, 2014

biohazard_radiation_toxic_danger_contam_hamburger_logo-263x164Most of us have been conditioned to look at the calories we eat as the primary reason why we might be getting a little thick around the middle, and while it is true that too many calories aren’t good for maintaining a healthy weight, far too many individuals have overlooked an important aspect to keeping fit and vital – toxic chemical overload.

A chemically burdened body is more likely to harness fat than a ‘clean’ body. Practitioners of ancient natural medicine have known for a long time that detoxing is vital to keep diseases of obesity at bay. But just last January, the government’s National Toxicology Program met to review the science on environmental chemicals and obesity and diabetes. The panelists published their review in an issue of Environmental Health Perspectives.

In brief, the study showed that environmental chemicals are changing how our brains regulate our feeding behavior. Heavy metals in drinking water and even apple juice, BPAs in the plastics made from petroleum, Dioxin, Atrazine, Aspartame, Phthalates, Perchlorate, substances like DDT, Monsanto’s glyphosate, and other pesticides are turning our endocrine systems into a mosh pit at a car crash competition.  Full article

EWG’s Skin Deep Database of Skin Care and Cosmetics

10 years ago, most people didn’t give the chemicals in their personal care products a second thought, believing the government was policing their safety. But as EWG’s reports over the past decade have made clear, that’s not true. The government does not require long-term safety studies or pre-market testing for most of the ingredients in cosmetics or other personal care products.

Since Skin Deep was launched, more chemicals used in cosmetics have been assessed for safety, but it’s still not enough. Dangerous ingredients continue to lurk in everyday products with little to no government regulation. That’s why EWG is here – to continue to fight for cosmetics policy reform at the federal level and to provide you with practical solutions to protect yourself and your family from everyday exposures to hazardous substances.

Link to Skin Deep Database

How Fast Food Providers Beat Inflation – Add Wood Pulp To Burgers

Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog

On Monday, Quartz published an article by Devin Cohen titled, There is a Secret Ingredient in Your Burgers: Wood Pulp. Given the headline and people’s already present suspicion regarding all of the shady and potentially dangerous ingredients hidden in food items, the article gained a lot of traction. In subsequent days, most journalists and bloggers have focused on the dangers of this additive (unclear) and whether or not it is pervasive throughout the food chain as opposed to just fast food (it appears to be). The one angle that has not been explored as much is the overall trend. Let’s go ahead and assume that wood pulp is a safe thing to consume, it certainly seems to have no nutritional value whatsoever.

So why are companies inserting it into food items? To mask inflation and earn more profits most likely. This was a major theme I focused on last year in a series of pieces on stealth inflation and food fraud, a couple of which can be read below:

New Study Shows 59% of “Tuna” Sold in the U.S. Isn’t Tuna

This is the part that really interests me. When did these companies first introduce this substance into their products and what is the growth trend? My guess is that as food costs have risen, the proportion of non-nutritonal fillers has increased substantially. That said, I’d like to see some data and I haven’t yet. My big takeaway here is the same as last year’s when I first started writing about the trend. As the cost of food continues to rise, the cost of not paying attention to what you are eating rises exponentially. Companies will continue to try to mask inflation by shrinking package sizes, and when that is no longer possible, increasingly inserting empty fillers (or worse) into their products. Full Article

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Switches to Non-GMO, and Fair Trade Means BIG Changes

By Elizabeth  Rentor, Natural Society

gmo_ben_jerrysIf you indulge in ice cream from time to time or on a daily basis, you likely have a favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavor. Whether it’s Chunky Monkey or Cherry Garcia, this company, known for its out-there and abundantly-packed ice cream cartons, has a flavor for everyone. A recent decision by the company to phase out all GMOs and only source fair trade ingredients means many of these flavors will be changing, but where food transparency and integrity are concerned, these changes will be all positive.

Last year, I reported on Ben & Jerry’s statement that the company would be going GMO-free by 2014. The company already offers food that is 80% GMO-free, though it wants to go the whole 9 yards and build that number up to 100%. Full Article

What is aspartame? Five surprising facts you never know about this chemical sweetener

Monday, June 23, 2014 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer

Sugar-Sweetener-Packets(NaturalNews) The controversy surrounding one of the world’s most popular artificial sweeteners, aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), continues some 30 years after the chemical was rammed through the regulatory process by pharmaceutical interests, despite its well-documented dangers. And yet to this very day, many people are still unaware of the chemical sweetener’s sordid history, not to mention what aspartame is actually made from and how it affects the body and brain. Learn more: click here

How to Hack Your Immune System

Excerpt from and Dr. Tim Jackson

photoToday, a variety of factors contribute to weakened immunity in the majority of the population

1)      Heavy metals/toxic metals: Mercury, aluminum, lead, etc.

2)      Pesticides, herbicides and other contaminants

3)      Low body temperature

4)      Hormonal imbalances: high cortisol/low DHEA, low cortisol/low DHEA, low thyroid function

5)      Poor digestive health: imbalances in good:bad flora, mal-absorption, etc.

6)      Epigenetic polymorphisms that are expressing: MTHFR, which is related to the production of certain types of immune cells known as T cells and GSTM/GSTP, which affects our levels of glutathione, an anti-oxidant important for immune function.

Addressing #1 and #2 involves optimizing Phase I and Phase II detoxification in the liver, as well as reducing exposure to these harmful compounds. Correcting #3 and #4 must involve a thorough examination of adrenal and thyroid health. An adrenal test known as an adrenal stress index should be performed to measure cortisol 4 times throughout the day, along with 2 measurements of DHEA. This is important for optimal body temperature because cortisol that is too high OR too low will negatively affect thyroid function. The following thyroid markers should be measured: free T3, free T4, TSH, reverse T3, anti-TPO antibodies, and anti-thyroglobulin antibodies. Optimizing digestion (#5) should include a baseline analysis, such as the Metametrix GI Effects Profile, to determine what abnormalities may exist in the beginning. These may include insufficient “good” bacteria, the presence of pathogenic microbes(yeast, bacteria, or parasites), low levels of stomach acid, or poor pancreatic enzyme output. Without optimizing gut health, it is difficult, if not impossible, to have a robust immune system. Lastly, testing for epigenetic polymorphisms can be done through 23andme( and putting your raw data through a program such as Genetic Genie, Prometheus, etc. can help you determine if you have any copies of immune-related polymorphisms such as MTHFR, GSTM, etc. Bypassing the MTHFR polymorphism is as simple as taking methylfolate, B12, and co-factors, such as the other B vitamins, magnesium, zinc, etc. full article

Organic Trade Groups Finding Pesticides On Over 45 Percent of Organic Produce

Organic fresh fruits and vegetables tested in the past two years contained pesticide residue

By April McCarthy,

peppers-99627_640The most common recommendation made by health experts in the area of produce selection is to choose “organic” varieties for maximum health benefits. We trust organic label certifications because they are supposed to comply with organic standards set by national governments and international organizations. Synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers are not allowed in organic practices, but that’s not always the case. Research by a Food Inspection Agency in Canada has found that nearly half the organic fresh fruits and vegetables tested in the past two years contained pesticide residue, violating maximum allowable limits for the presence of pesticides, the data shows. Full article

Basketball, Yoga and Nutrition

Former WNBA player Carolyn Moos on the value of yoga in basketball

caroly_moos_2Carolyn Moos of joined Stephen to talk about basketball, yoga and nutrition. Recently, Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves made some noise about his off-season yoga workouts and how they improved his game. Carolyn will be talking about her career and the benefits of using yoga.

Carolyn shared her story growing up in Minnesota and the start of her love of yoga. Secondly, Carolyn developed out her training theory and how young athletes could benefit from the use of yoga and proper nutrition.  For the entire show, click here.

Bio Information on Carolyn Moos:
She works with elite and pro athletes, student-athletes, general public, mothers to be and those with goals to change their overall lifestyle choices. Contact Carolyn or visit her website.

Is Food What They Say It is?

Kate Miller of Weathertop Farm
Kate Miller of Weathertop Farm

Stephen and Kate Miller talk about the concept of nutrient dense foods and attempt to answer the question, “Is food what they say it is?”

In today’s world, you choose to eat healthy and you show up at the grocery store to pick-up fruits and vegetables.  But are items really food? Is the genetically modified tomato as good as the non-gmo, organic, locally grown tomato?  This and other questions around the concept of nutrient dense foods and the quality of food sources are covered.  For the complete interview, visit here.

Bio on Kate Miller: Food has long been a focus in Kate’s life, and she has worked in numerous kitchens and dining rooms in the US and Europe. Concerns about the quality of factory farmed food and social justice issues inherent in modern agriculture led to deeper involvement in the production end of our food supply. In 2010, after completing her M.A. and spending 6 months in India under the tutelage of organic food activist Dr. Vandana Shiva, Kate took a leap and began growing vegetables and herbs organically at Weathertop Farm. Every season is an adventure, and since that time we have added pork, chicken, and fruit production as well as a line of foraged foods through our business Wild Foraged. Foraging has been the natural progression in this journey to produce and share local, healthy foods with our community. Kate believes that wild foods, including wild medicinals, should play a distinct role in every person’s quest for a healthy and happy balanced lifestyle.

Slow Food vs Fast Food with Kate Miller

What is the Slow Food Movement?

Kate Miller of Weathertop Farm
Kate Miller of Weathertop Farm

I was joined by Kate Miller of Weathertop Farm and to talk about the Slow Food Movement. The Slow Food Movement started in Rome, Italy in response to a McDonald’s invading the marketplace with there cheap, over-processed, fast food.

Kate and Stephen discuss the lifestyle and food choices that make the Slow Food movement one of the best concepts for athletes and families to implement into their daily living.  For the interview, click here.

For more information on the Slow Food Movement in the USA, visit their website.

Bio on Kate Miller: Food has long been a focus in Kate’s life, and she has worked in numerous kitchens and dining rooms in the US and Europe. Concerns about the quality of factory farmed food and social justice issues inherent in modern agriculture led to deeper involvement in the production end of our food supply. In 2010, after completing her M.A. and spending 6 months in India under the tutelage of organic food activist Dr. Vandana Shiva, Kate took a leap and began growing vegetables and herbs organically at Weathertop Farm. Every season is an adventure, and since that time we have added pork, chicken, and fruit production as well as a line of foraged foods through our business Wild Foraged. Foraging has been the natural progression in this journey to produce and share local, healthy foods with our community. Kate believes that wild foods, including wild medicinals, should play a distinct role in every person’s quest for a healthy and happy balanced lifestyle.

Investigation: Breakfast cereal “fruits” and “berries” are faked; made from crazy chemicals

Mike Adams
Mike Adams

By Mike Adams, Natural News

Call it consumer fraud! Many of the “fruits” used in popular breakfast cereals are really just fake fruits made out of refined factory ingredients like:

• Artificial coloring chemicals
• GMO corn starch
• GMO soybean oil
• Corn syrup solids

So which breakfast cereals can you really trust to deliver REAL fruits versus FAKE fruits?

In this investigation, we examine nine popular cereals. In each picture below, you’ll see the cereal box image, a microscopy photo of the “fruit” in the cereal, and a snapshot of the ingredients label.

Frosted Mini Wheats Strawberry Delight Cereal
Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Cheats
Don’t trust the cereal box to tell the truth! As you can see on this box of Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats, the front of the box shows a picture of fresh strawberries. But the cereal doesn’t contain any strawberries.

Instead, it contains petrochemical-derived food coloring chemicals and soybean oil almost certainly derived from GMOs.

The box claims the cereal is made from “100% Whole Grain” but never mentions the artificial chemical colors, corn syrup, soybean oil or questionable ingredients.

The box imagery also falsely implies that you’re buying and eating real strawberries, and this same deception is repeated across nearly all popular cereals.

In fact, this microscope image shows that the “strawberries” in Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats are really just artificially colored bits containing no real fruit at all!

As you can see from the ingredients label shown on the right, the real ingredients used to fake the strawberries in Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats are:

• Corn syrup
• Artificial flavor
• Soybean oil (most likely from GMOs)
• Gelatin
• Citric acid (most likely from GMOs)
• Red #40 (artificial coloring chemical)
• Blue #2 (artificial coloring chemical)
• Blue #1 (artificial coloring chemical)

That’s not fruit! When you eat Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats, you’re eating a mouth full of chemicals!

That’s why I think the product name should be changed to Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-CHEATS!  More details

Number of chemicals linked to autism and other disorders doubled in past 7 years, study shows

By Amanda Woerner, Fox,

The number of industrial chemicals with known links to neurodevelopmental disabilities like autism has more than doubled in the past seven years, according to new research published in The Lancet Neurology.

As rates of autism and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) increase worldwide, researchers believe widespread exposure to these chemicals among children may be contributing to a “silent epidemic” of people with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Fluoride in everyday toothpaste
Fluoride in everyday toothpaste

Based on an analysis of previous studies, researchers added six new toxins to a list of chemicals believed to pose a threat to the brains of fetuses and young children: manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT), tetrachloroethylene, and the polybrominated diphenyl ethers.

While chemicals like manganese and fluoride, common in drinking water, are rarely found in high enough concentrations in the U.S. to pose a health threat, other chemicals on the list are much more pervasive. More details

False Argument of “Naturally Occurring” Exposed

California-grown Lundberg rice shows near-zero heavy metals; case closed on ‘naturally occurring’ excuse for lead in rice products

By Mike Adams,  Natural News

Handful-Of-RiceImmediately after Natural News shocked the natural products industry by revealing significant levels of heavy metals in rice protein products, several of the smaller manufacturers got together to try to figure out how to counter scientific facts with public relations spin.

Three nights ago, a secret phone meeting was held among several of these smaller companies, and in that meeting they decided to counter my scientific research and laboratory results with a public relations campaign. The tactic of the campaign would be to convince customers that all heavy metals in rice protein products were “naturally occurring” and therefore don’t count. If it’s “natural,” after all, what could be bad about it? (Monsanto, of course, makes the same claim about GMOs.)

So I decided to put that claim to the test. Does all rice show high heavy metals concentrations because these metals are “naturally occurring” in all soils? More details.

The Value of A Clean Water Source

Detoxify Your Body and Change Your Life with Dr. Group

I have found this concept to be of utmost importance in pursuit of elite performance in life and sport. Dr. Group lays out the benefits, challenges and why it is important to have a clean water source.

Stephen McCarthy

Additional Sources of Information

1.  The importance of water with Daniel Vitalis

2.  Water and peformance with Stephen McCarthy

3. Non-flouridated water and increase in IQ, says Harvard

4. A clean water source defined by Stephen McCarthy


Is this Real Pizza? Should we eat it?

Military nears holy grail: Pizza that lasts years

By Rodrique Ngowi, FoxNY

pepporoniNATICK, Mass. (AP) — They call it the holy grail of ready-to-eat meals for soldiers: a pizza that can stay on the shelf for up to three years and still remain good to eat.

Soldiers have been asking for pizza since lightweight individual field rations — known as meals ready to eat, or MREs — replaced canned food in 1981 for soldiers in combat zones or areas where field kitchens cannot be set up.

Researchers at a U.S. military lab in Massachusetts are closing in on a recipe that doesn’t require any refrigeration or freezing.

“You can basically take the pizza, leave it on the counter, packaged, for three years and it’d still be edible,” said Michelle Richardson, a food scientist at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.

Scientists at the Natick labs also are responsible for developing equipment and clothing that improves soldiers’ combat effectiveness and their survival, but the quest for good pizza has become known as the holy grail there.  More information


Brazilian Study Finds that Coconut Oil can Help You Lose Belly Fat

By Christina Sarich, Natural Society

coconut-60391_640Men and women alike have excess ‘belly-fat,’ usually an anthropomorphized representation of a lack of healthy fats in our bodies- like the ones in coconut oil. A peer-reviewed study from Brazil shows how eating just two tablespoons of coconut oil a day can help whittle our middle faster than spending months on the dreaded treadmill.

Coconut oil is full of medium chain triglycerides. (MCTs) The good thing about this type of fat is that it is more likely to be burned as energy than turned into extra blubber. Additionally extra virgin, organic coconut oil is full of lauric acid and caprylic acid, two important fatty acids that contain anti-viral and anti-microbial properties, so while your body can more easily utilize these fats as easy energy, coconut oil also helps to boost immunity and keep you from getting sick. More information

Guts Muths on Development of Character

Johan Guts Muths
Johan Guts Muths

We have every considered our feebleness and bodily infirmity as the gifts of nature, our diseases as innate evils, and our vices as the shoots of original sin;  instead of deeming them, what they almost always are, the consequences of our corrupt mode of life and education.  It is but too true, that we are much more fond of having recourse to the shop of the apothecary, the magnetizing quack, or the panaceas of empirics, for preserving our lives, and dispelling disease, than drawing nearer to nature, or at least suffering our innocent children, whom a similar fate awaits, to draw more near to her, and imbibe health, strength, and longevity, from her breast: it is but too true, that many slaves of luxury, effeminacy, and fashion, consider affected sentimentality as a mark of refined understanding; delicate health and bodily debility, as indications of a mind highly cultivated; womanish softness, as a token of noble descent, and superior education; and in short, all these, as no less certain proofs of high birth, than the long nails of the Chinese.

It is but too true, that in many men of letters cannot conceive of solid learning, unless built on the ruin of the body;  that even enlightened parents and tutors think they do enough for the physical department of education, and follow completely the modern mode of education, as it is called, and the directions of the wisest physicians, if the child be not suckled by a stranger, eat non pap, be neither swathed, rocked, put into leading strings, injured by stays, nor crammed with food; if he breathe pure air, get the small pox by inoculation, drink water, wear short hair, be accustomed to moderation in eating, once now and then take a little walk, and be exempted from swallowing preservative medicines, and from the application of the rod.

The erroneousness of these opinions is sufficiently obvious.  The good included in the last I prize: but a child may be brought up very effeminately with cropped hair, under this philanthrophical education, as it is usually styled;  which assuredly is far from sufficient, to carry a youth up to that degree of bodily perfection, where health is combined with strength and activity, with endurance, courage, and presence of mind, in the true manly character.

-Johan Guts Muths, Gymnastics for Youth, 1803, pg 99-100.

Report: Most Common Coloring in Foods/Drinks Could Cause Cancer

Image: Coca Cola (Wikimedia Commons).
Image: Coca Cola (Wikimedia Commons).

By Elizabeth Renter, February 11, 2014

It’s the most widely used food color in the world, though few know enough about caramel color to know it should be avoided. Aside from being brown, it bears no similarities to the sweet candy flavor it’s named after. As a matter of fact, not appetizing at all, it contains a potentially cancer-causing ingredient. A recent Consumer Reports study found that you may be receiving more of it than what’s generally assumed to be safe.

According to Consumer Reports, 4-methylimidazole (4-Mel) has been shown to cause cancer in mice. The International Agency for Research on Cancer found it to be similarly “possibly carcinogenic to humans” in 2011. Though there is no federal limit for caramel color or it’s dangerous ingredient 4-Mel in foods and beverages, there is a limit in California. More Information

More people ignoring government propaganda, choosing raw milk over pasteurized

By Jonathan Benson, Natural News

drip-175551_640There is a raw milk renaissance sweeping America that is marked by swelling disregard for all the government fear-mongering over this all-natural, living “superfood.” Writing for The Washington Post (WP), freelance journalist Whitney Pipkin highlights just a few of the many families throughout the Northeast and elsewhere that are embracing raw milk with open arms, despite oppressive restrictions on its sale and endless warnings by health authorities about its alleged dangers.

Raw milk is considerably hard to come by in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, for instance, as the District, Virginia and Maryland all currently prohibit the retail sale of raw milk. For families like the Jacksons, who recently moved out to the country to raise their own milk-producing animals and avoid the hassle, this used to mean having to cross state lines to access the whole food for their family of 13. More information

Natural product industry’s first ever agreement to limiting heavy metals levels

By Mike Adams, Natural News

mike_adamsWe made history today with the natural product industry’s first ever agreement to limiting heavy metals levels in popular products. Garden of Life, SunWarrior and Natural News agreed to the terms described here:

I want to be clear that Garden of Life and SunWarrior are not the only companies that need to be on board with this. In truth, many brown rice proteins we’ve tested has been found to contain significant levels of heavy metals including tungsten. The entire industry needs to commit to these improved composition goals, and I expect we will soon hear from other companies who join this commitment to clean food! More information

Subway to Remove Shoe Rubber Chemical from Bread After Protest

Bruce Horovitz, USA Today via

eatfrSubway, one of the world’s biggest bread bakers, is about to remove a chemical from its breads that raised the ire of an influential health activist and food blogger.

The world’s biggest sandwich chain says it’s in the process of removing the chemical known as Azodiacarbonamide from its sandwich breads — a chemical that Vani Hari, who runs the site, says is commonly used to increase elasticity in everything from yoga mats to shoe rubber to synthetic leather. It’s used for the same reason in bread, she says, as a dough conditioner.

“We are already in the process of removing Azodiacarbonamide as part of our bread improvement efforts despite the fact that it is USDA and FDA approved ingredient,” the company says in a statement. “The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon.”

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Days before Subway announced its change of heart, “Food Babe” Vani Hari appeared on the Alex Jones Show to discuss her new initiative, after discovering that Subway makes bread with an ingredient called azodicarbonamide – a chemical also used to make yoga mats and shoe rubber.

297 scientists, experts sign statement: GMOs not proven safe

Jon Rappoport,, February 6, 2014

The statement was drawn up by the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility. It was released on October 21, 2013.

Image: GMO Maize (Wikimedia Commons).
Image: GMO Maize (Wikimedia Commons).

Since then, 297 scientists and experts have signed it.

Thus exploding the myth that “the science is settled.”

Exploding the claim that a consensus about GMOs has been reached.

You can read the statement and the signatories at

Here are two excerpts from the statement:

“As scientists, physicians, academics, and experts from disciplines relevant to the scientific, legal, social and safety assessment aspects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), we strongly reject claims by GM seed developers and some scientists, commentators, and journalists that there is a ‘scientific consensus’ on GMO safety and that the debate on this topic is ‘over’.”

“We feel compelled to issue this statement because the claimed consensus on GMO safety does not exist. The claim that it does exist is misleading and misrepresents the currently available scientific evidence and the broad diversity of opinion among scientists on this issue. Moreover, the claim encourages a climate of complacency that could lead to a lack of regulatory and scientific rigour and appropriate caution, potentially endangering the health of humans, animals, and the environment.”

The number of scientists on either side of a question does not, alone, imply a final answer. But it does indicate whether the question is closed or still open. It does indicate that those who claim the question is closed are wrong.

Completely wrong.

Monsanto PR and government PR and media PR are so many tongues wagging in the wind.

In previous articles, I’ve highlighted dangers and lies re GMOs. Here I’m simply reporting that a consensus about GMO safety is a delusion.

In other words, anybody can say “everybody knows…” And if those people have access to, or control, major media, they can make a persuasive case.

But the persuasion is nothing more than one voice drowning out other voices.

Other voices who, for example, make this declaration:

(Signatory, Dr. Margarida Silva, biologist and professor at the Portugese Catholic University)—“…research has been mostly financed by the very companies that depend on positive outcomes for their business, and we now know that where money flows, influence grows. The few independent academics left must work double shift to address the vast array of unanswered questions and red flags that keep piling up.”

Or this voice: Signatory, Dr. Raul Montenegro, biologist, University of Cordoba, Argentina—“As things stand, the governments of these countries [Argentina, Brazil] deny that there is a [GMO] problem even in the face of numerous reports from the people who are affected and the doctors who must treat them.”

So far, there are 297 such voices.

Will CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, FOX report this story in full and overturn the false consensus? Will they make room for the 297 voices?

Of course not. Their job is to invent consensus by consulting “reliable sources.” Meaning: liars who also want to invent false consensus.

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In US, ‘Natural’ Food Label Means Nothing

By Business Insider via

In US, ‘Natural’ Food Label Means Nothing
In US, ‘Natural’ Food Label Means Nothing

In the United States, pre-packaged foods loaded with artificial ingredients and chemicals can make it onto grocery store shelves boasting the label “natural.”

Why? Because in America, there is no definition of “natural.”

This gray area has led consumer advocates to threaten lawsuit after lawsuit against big food giants, alleging that their claims are misleading and illegal.

“There are just too damn many ‘natural’ lawsuits,” said lawyer Stephen Gardner of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), estimating there have been around 50 in the past decade. Read more

A non-browning apple: Is it really food?

Caution: GMO Non-Browning ‘Arctic Apple’ Coming Soon – Would you eat it?

By Christina Sarich, Natural Society

A non-browning apple: Is it really food?
A non-browning apple: Is it really food?

Like the decrepit hand of a wicked witch offering us all a shiny red apple, the latest GMO project puts a new poison in one of our favorite fruits.  This time, it is Neal Carter, inventor of Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) offering the latest genetically modified atrocity, named the Arctic Apple. The company will offer its first non-browning apple through the ‘wonders of modern science,’ but I’m not sure its safe to take a bite.

Carter is the inventor of this GMO freak show – and this time it isn’t Eve that will give man his apple – it’s the biotech industry at it again with a way to reduce a genetic ‘issue’ in apples – the oxidation of the fruit which causes it to brown when it has been exposed to air. The British Columbia based company says this is a serious problem which causes a loss for the industry at every level of the supply chain on their website.  More Details

Total ban on GM food production mulled in Russia

Russia Today

Photo By AFP Photo/Robyn Beck
Photo By AFP Photo/Robyn Beck

A group of Russian MPs have prepared a bill severely restricting imports of genetically modified agricultural produce, and completely banning its domestic production.

The initiative is backed by Evgeny Fyodorov of the parliamentary majority United Russia and a group called Russian Sovereignty, which unites MPs from various parties and parliamentary factions.

The politicians want to amend the existing law On Safety and Quality of Alimentary Products with a norm set for the maximum allowed content of transgenic and genetically modified components. The powers to establish that norm go to the government and products with excessive content of GMO components should be banned for turnover and imports. More Details

What’s Really in Vaccines?

By Mike Adams, Natural News

What's Really in Vaccines?Have you ever wondered what’s really in vaccines? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s vaccine additives page, all the following ingredients are routinely used as vaccine additives:

Aluminum – A light metal that causes dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. You should never inject yourself with aluminum.

Antibiotics – Chemicals that promote superbugs, which are deadly antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria that are killing tens of thousands of Americans every year.

Formaldehyde – A “pickling” chemical used to preserve cadavers. It’s highly toxic to the nervous system, causing blindness, brain damage and seizures. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services openly admits that formaldehyde causes cancer. You can see this yourself on the National Toxicology Program website, featuring its 12th Report on Carcinogens.

There, the formaldehyde Fact Sheet completely neglects to mention formaldehyde in vaccines. This is the “dirty little secret” of government and the vaccine industry. It does state, however, that “…formaldehyde causes myeloid leukemia, and rare cancers including sinonasal and nasopharyngeal cancer.”

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) – A neurotoxic chemical called an “excitotoxin.” It causes brain neurons to be overexcited to the point of death. MSG is toxic even when consumed in foods, where it causes migraine headaches and endocrine system damage. You should NEVER inject MSG into your body. But that’s what health workers do when they inject you with vaccines.

Thimerosal – A methyl mercury compound that causes severe, permanent nervous system damage. Mercury is highly toxic to the brain. You should never touch, swallow or inject mercury at any dose. There is no safe dose of mercury! Doctors and vaccine pushers LIE to you and say there is no mercury in vaccines. Even the CDC readily admits vaccine still contain mercury (thimerosal).

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Importance of Understanding Heavy Metals in Our Food Supply

By Mike Adams, Natural News

I’ve just posted an informative new video which explains why heavy metals are so toxic to human health, with details on how each heavy metal impacts particular organs in the body.

The video covers the toxicity of:

• Aluminum
• Arsenic
• Cadmium
• Copper
• Lead
• Mercury

In this video, you’ll learn many astonishing facts about where toxic heavy metals come from, which organs they tend to target, and even how heavy metals can cause personality changes in humans. More details


Nutrient Timing for Proper Recovery

By Matthew Van Dyke, Blog Post

Muscle glycogen is needed for rapid energy usage, and becomes depleted after a high intensity training session. Rapid glycogen re-synthesis and protein synthesis are crucial for proper recovery in athletes of all types, particularly for those with practice and lifting sessions within the same day. If an athlete does not take proper actions within the first few hours, particularly in the area of nutrition, optimal gains due to training adaptations cannot be expected. The best examples I have seen to this date have come from the book “Nutrient Timing” by John Ivy in which the recovery phases are broken into three phases. These phases include the energy, anabolic, and growth phases, and all serve a different purpose in the recovery process.

The “energy phase” begins ten minutes prior to the start of training and continues through the end of the session. Nutrients taken during this phase are used to spare any unnecessary use of stored glycogen or branch-chain amino acid (BCAA) degradation during the training session as well as extend endurance. Consuming a high-glycemic carbohydrate, such as glucose or sucrose just prior to, as well as throughout a workout will raise blood glucose and insulin levels as well as decrease blood cortisol levels. A 6% glucose solution, about the same percentage as Gatorade, decreases cortisol levels by 80%. This increase in blood glucose will lead to less use the glycogen stored within the body. Sodium can be supplemented at this time to promote hydration and keep the body within its normal levels. Vitamin C use has been shown to reduce free radical levels within the body. However, it is important to note the body will not experience the same stress levels when Vitamin C is used as a supplement, thus less adaptations will be seen due to training. The “energy phase” is a necessity for setting the stage for a proper, rapid recovery.

The second phase is known as the “anabolic stage” and begins promptly at the termination of training and continues for around forty-five minutes post-training. Proper nutrition in this phase causes the biggest impact in terms of recovery and growth. Once this phase ends, the greatest window of opportunity for rapid glycogen replenishment has been lost. After a training session your body is still in the process of breaking down glycogen so one of the purposes of this stage is to turn this catabolic state into an anabolic state, or a “building” state. This is achieved by stimulating the release of insulin, which is one of, if not the most important anabolic hormone involved in the muscle-building process. During this stage of recovery muscles are more sensitive to insulin and its anabolic effects than any other time during the recovery process. High-glycemic carbohydrates, such as glucose or a glucose/fructose mix sports drink are optimal for promoting the greatest insulin response. The greater the insulin response post-training the higher the rate of glycogen re-synthesis will be. Nitric oxide, a strong stimulator of vasodilation, will remain elevated post-exercise for some time. This increase in blood flow will assist in the removal of metabolic wastes within the muscle. Protein is the other major nutrient source needed within the body at this time. The protein in this phase is used to assist with any muscle tissue damage that may have occurred during the training session as well as begin the protein synthesis process. It is important to use either a 3:1 or 4:1 ratio of high-glycemic carbohydrate to protein intake, which are optimal for glycogen and protein synthesis.

The final stage of the recovery process is the “growth phase” and is actually split into two categories with the “rapid segment” coming first and the “sustained segment” being second. The “rapid segment” phase occurs once the “anabolic phase” has ended and can, if proper nutrition is used, to continue for up to four hours after the training session has ended. The goal of this phase is to extend the insulin sensitivity of the muscle cells for as long as possible. Note the difference of wording here in our goal. It is no longer in your best interest to keep your insulin levels as elevated as possible, but rather keep your cells as sensitive as possible. That being said the main nutrient used within this phase is protein. Only a small amount of high-glycemic carbohydrate is needed to maintain insulin sensitivity. The “sustained segment” phase begins when insulin sensitivity is no longer apparent and continues until the “energy phase” is activated just before the next training session. The goals of this final phase are to continue to replenish glycogen stores, maintain a positive nitrogen balance, promote protein turnover and continue muscle development. These goals can be accomplished by supplementing low-glycemic carbohydrates, because insulin sensitivity is no longer a factor, continual intake of protein which will keep the nitrogen balance of the body in the positive as well as continue to promote protein synthesis. These intakes will vary depending on the intensity of the specific athletic event, or the training style that is being used, with higher intensities needing a higher percentage of carbohydrate to sustain activity.

nutrient-timing-profile2Clearly the timing of the nutrients, as well as the actual nutrients taken, is highly important for proper recovery post-training. In order to achieve your maximal gains your goals as an athlete must be to spare glycogen and protein break down as much as possible during training, shift the body from a catabolic to an anabolic stage as rapidly as possible, and then continue to promote protein synthesis throughout the remainder of the day until your next training session. These goals can be accomplished by supplementing carbohydrate and protein contained within whole foods throughout your training session. Utilizing a high-glycemic carbohydrate as well as protein in a 3:1 or 4:1 ratio respectively immediately after training, and then continuing to supplement your body with a proper diet throughout the day will allow for maximal adaptations and performances.

Reference: Ivy, John, and Robert Portman. Nutrient Timing: The Future of Sports Nutrition. Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Publications, 2004. Print.

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The Importance of Water in Our Life

Daniel Vitalis on Water, Its Importance and The Future

By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project

Daniel Vitalis
Daniel Vitalis

Here is a link to an interview completed by Mike Adams of Natural News with Daniel Vitalis. Subjects covered: The history and science of water, how we as humans can begin to create balance through water, and much more.

Mike states, “This is one of the most fascinating interviews you’ll ever hear about water, wild foods and cutting-edge health concepts. Daniel Vitalis is well known for his Deer Antler Velvet and colostrum products, and he’s extremely well-informed about many cutting-edge topics.”

For the complete interview, click here.

Metal fragments found in Wheaties cereal

By Mike Adams, Natural News

Wheaties-magnetic-metal-fragmentsShocking video! During my scientific investigations of foods, I recently discovered tiny fragments of metal embedded in Wheaties cereal flakes. Curious about how much metal was in the cereal, I used a neodymium magnet and discovered — to my great astonishment — that Wheaties flakes can be lifted with magnets.

This isn’t voodoo or woo woo or anything mystical; it’s just straight physics and the laws of magnetism. Yep, magnets work on metal fragments in cereal! Full Story

For the video story, click here.