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9 Ingredients to avoid in processed foods user

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I saw this on the internet and thought it deserved to be here for those who have not seen it. I think it's very helpful. I hope you do too.

9 Ingredients to avoid in processed foods user
by Brett Blumenthal

If you do have to resort to a processed food for a snack or dinner (anything canned, packaged, etc.), try to avoid those that contain the ingredients listed in the following chart. Although this isn’t an exhaustive list, these ingredients are some of the most highly processed and least healthy of all:

Ingredient Why it is Used Why it is Bad
Artificial Colors Chemical compounds made from coal-tar derivatives to enhance color.
Linked to allergic reactions, fatigue, asthma, skin rashes, hyperactivity and headaches.

Artificial Flavorings Cheap chemical mixtures that mimic natural flavors.
Linked to allergic reactions, dermatitis, eczema, hyperactivity and asthma
Can affect enzymes, RNA and thyroid.

Artificial Sweeteners
(Acesulfame-K, Aspartame, Equal®, NutraSweet®, Saccharin, Sweet’n Low®, Sucralose, Splenda® & Sorbitol) Highly-processed, chemically-derived, zero-calorie sweeteners found in diet foods and diet products to reduce calories per serving.
Can negatively impact metabolism
Some have been linked to cancer, dizziness hallucinations and headaches.

Benzoate Preservatives
Compounds that preserve fats and prevent them from becoming rancid.
May result in hyperactivity, angiodema, asthma, rhinitis, dermatitis, tumors and urticaria
Can affect estrogen balance and levels.

Brominated Vegetable Oil
Chemical that boosts flavor in many citric-based fruit and soft drinks.
Increases triglycerides and cholesterol
Can damage liver, testicles, thyroid, heart and kidneys.

High Fructose Corn Syrup
(HFCS) Cheap alternative to cane and beet sugar
Sustains freshness in baked goods
Blends easily in beverages to maintain sweetness.
May predispose the body to turn fructose into fat
Increases risk for Type-2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer
Isn’t easily metabolized by the liver.

(Monosodium Glutamate)
Flavor enhancer in restaurant food, salad dressing, chips, frozen entrees, soups and other foods.
May stimulate appetite and cause headaches, nausea, weakness, wheezing, edema, change in heart rate, burning sensations and difficulty in breathing.

Olestra An indigestible fat substitute used primarily in foods that are fried and baked.
Inhibits absorption of some nutrients
Linked to gastrointestinal disease, diarrhea, gas, cramps, bleeding and incontinence.

Shortening, Hydrogenated and Partially Hydrogenated Oils
(Palm, Soybean and others) Industrially created fats used in more than 40,000 food products in the U.S.
Cheaper than most other oils.
Contain high levels of trans fats, which raise bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol, contributing to risk of heart disease.

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DJ4HEALTH 4/17/2010 7:45PM

    Thanks for the info, most of then I already knew but one of them I did not know. (BVO)

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GERIKRAGH 4/17/2010 7:42PM

    Good blog. I also saw in the vet office that artificial sweeteners can kill dogs.

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ORACLE2010 4/17/2010 5:33PM

    Hey...Just saw this article this morning! Loved it....Thanks for posting for others who may not have the time to keep up with the news or who may have missed it. I think it's a great article! emoticon

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SUZANDALE 4/17/2010 5:31PM

    I've never seen this before. There were a lot of things I wasn't aware of!! Thanks for putting it on here!! The more knowledge I have, the better I seem to do!!!

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Waxing, A funny story to make you laugh

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My sister sent this to me this morning in an email. It's long, but so darn funny. Just wanted to bring a smile to your face. Have a good day. Enjoy.

I think I want to make everyone laugh…visualize it. It is hilarious.

Waxing . . . .

My night began as any other normal weeknight. Come home, fix
dinner, play with the kids. I then had the thought that would ring
painfully in my mind for the next few hours:

'Maybe I should pull the waxing kit out of the medicine cabinet.'

So I headed to the site of my demise: the bathroom. It was one
of those 'cold wax' kits. No melting a clump of hot wax, you just rub
the strips together in your hand, they get warm and you peel them apart and press them to your leg (or wherever else) and you pull the hair right off.

No muss, no fuss. How hard can it be? I mean, I'm not a genius,
but I am mechanically inclined enough to figure this out.


So I pull one of the thin strips out. Its two strips facing each
other stuck together. Instead of rubbing them together, my genius
kicks in so I get out the hair dryer and heat it to 1000 degrees.

('Cold wax, yeah...right!') I lay the strip across my thigh. Hold the
skin around it tight and pull. It works!

OK, so it wasn't the best feeling, but it wasn't too bad. I can do this!

Hair removal no longer eludes me! I am She-rah, fighter of all
wayward body hair and maker of smooth skin extraordinaire.

With my next wax strip I move north. After checking on the kids,
I sneak back into the bathroom, for the ultimate hair fighting
championship. I drop my panties and place one foot on the toilet.
Using the same procedure, I apply the wax strip across the right
side of my bikini line, covering the right half of my hoo-ha and
stretching down to the inside of my butt cheek (it was a long strip) I
inhale deeply and brace myself....RRRRIIIPPP!!!!

I'm blind!!! Blinded from pain!!!!.....OH MY GAW D !!!!!!!!!

Vision returning, I notice that I've only managed to pull off
half the strip. CRAP! Another deep breath and RIPP! Everything is
spinning and spotted. I think I may pass out...must stay
conscious...must stay conscious. D o I hear crashing drums??? Breathe, breathe...OK,back to normal.

I want to see my trophy - a wax covered strip, the one that has
caused me so much pain, with my hairy pelt sticking to it. I want to
revel in the glory that is my triumph over body hair. I hold up the

There's no hair on it.

Where is the hair??? WHERE IS THE WAX???

Slowly I ease my head down, foot still perched on the toilet. I
see the hair. The hair that should be on the's not! I

I am touching wax.

I run my fingers over the most sensitive part of my body, which
is now covered in cold wax and matted hair. Then I make the next BIG
mistake...remember my foot is still propped up on the toilet?

I know I need to do something. So I put my foot down.




I penguin walk around the bathroom trying to figure out what to
do and think to myself 'Please don't let me get the urge to poop. My
head may pop off!'

What can I do to melt the wax?

Hot water!! Hot water melts wax!! I'll run the hottest water I
can stand into the bathtub, get in, immerse the wax-covered bits and
the wax should melt and I can gently wipe it off, right???


I get in the tub - the water is slightly hotter than that used to torture prisoners of war or sterilize surgical equipment - I sit.

Now, the only thing worse than having your nether regions glued
together, is having them glued together and then glued to the
bottom of the scalding hot water.

Which, by the way, doesn't melt cold wax.

So, now I'm stuck to the bottom of the tub as though I had
cemented myself to the porcelain!! God bless the man who had convinced
me a few months ago to have a phone put in the bathroom!!!!!

I call my friend, thinking surely she has waxed before and has
some secret of how to get me undone. It's a very good conversation

'So, my butt and hoo-ha are glued together to the bottom of the

There is a slight pause. She doesn't know any secret tricks for
removal but she does try to hide her laughter from me. She wants to
know exactly where the wax is located, 'Are we talking cheeks or hole or

She's laughing out loud by now...I can hear her. I give her the
rundown and she suggests I call the number on the side of the box.

YEAH!!!!! Right!!

I should be the joke of someone else's night.

While we go through various solutions. I resort to trying to scrape
the wax off with a razor

Nothing feels better than to have your girliegoodies covered in hot wax, glued shut, stuck to the tub in super hot
water and then dry-shaving the sticky wax off!!

By now the brain is not working, dignity has taken a major hike and I'm pretty sure I'm going to need Post-Traumatic Stress counseling
for this event.

My friend is still talking with me when I finally see my saving
grace....the lotion they give you to remove the excess wax.

What do I really have to lose at this point? I rub some on and.

OH MY GOSH !!!!!!!

The scream probably woke the kids and scared the
dickens out of my friend. Its sooo painful, but I really don't care.

'IT WORKS!! It works!!' I get a hearty congratulation from my friend
and she hangs up.

I successfully remove the remainder of the wax and then notice
to my grief and despair....


So I recklessly shave it off. Heck, I'm numb by now. Nothing
hurts. I could have amputated my own leg at this point.

Next week I'm going to try hair color

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ANNIEONLI 11/12/2009 7:42PM

    OMG!! I SOOOOO needed that laugh!!!
My kids keep asking me why I'm crying! emoticon
Thank you for sharing!

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MKPQ51 11/12/2009 2:57PM

    I don't know how I missed your blog before; but, it certainly did give me a good laugh! Oh, let me be honest; I laughed so hard that it hurt!

Thanks, I needed that!


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    Tears of laughter are literally streaming down my face right now!!! emoticon

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BUDBABE10 8/12/2009 10:23AM

    I have seen this b4, but was so fun to read it again. Good for a morning laugh!! Thanx for sharing. emoticon

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IGGLE82MUCH 8/12/2009 10:07AM

  That's soo funny, partly because I recognise some of it from my own bad experiences with cold wax strips emoticon

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PARKERB2 8/12/2009 9:50AM

    Funny, thanks for sharing

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CHEWIEKIKI 8/12/2009 9:48AM

    OMG that is the funniest thing I've ever read!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

This came from the Sept. 2008 issue of First.

Just one cup of plums contains 248 grams of vitamin K---more than any other fruit. This nutrient reduces the appearance of spider and varicose veins by stimulation the body's production of thrombin. In a recent study, this clotting protein was shown to obstruct blood circulation to damaged veins, causing them to shrink and fade in as little as six weeks.

Eating plums prevents fat accumulation in the belly, hips and thighs. The reason: Plums are acidic and high in vitamin C, two factors that trigger bile production. This digestive fluid traps dietary fat molecules before they can be absorbed, speeding their elimination from the body. And acidic, C-rich fruit helps flush fat-packing toxins fro the lymphatic system.

Juicy plums are rich in chlorogenic acid and neochlorogenic acid. These antioxidants fight off superoxide anion radical (a toxic by-product of a normal immune response). Shutting down this free radical halts brain-cell damage, thus safeguarding memory, enhancing reasoning skills and supporting new neuronal growth.

Plums are a top source of the natural sugar alcohol sorbitol and are packed with the insoluble fiber hemicellulose. Research shows that this healthy duo improves the digestive tract's food shuttling efficiency, slashing heartburn and constipation risk by 36 percent. Bonus: Once consumed, gel-like hemicellulose fuels bloat-fighting probiotic bacteria in the large intestine, rapidly flattening the belly.

I thought this was a great article. I didn't know a lot of this. So I thought others would be interested in it too. So go out and eat a plum.

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BABYFACE26 10/28/2008 8:48PM

    Oh, is that All? (I'm kidding, I'm kidding). Sounds like Plums are the miracle cure-all ! Too bad I didn't know these things years sooner - BEFORE the fat accumulation on my belly, etc...because, trust me, I don't plan on accumulationg any more!
Thanks for the info.


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MKPQ51 9/29/2008 8:44AM

    Thanks for posting this information on Plums.

I need all the help I can get to prevent the fat from accumulating on my belly, hips, and thighs! Beside, I really like the taste of plums.

The article has just made my mouth water thinking about them; you can bet I'll be picking up some plums when I go to the grocery store!


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TRACYZABELLE 9/25/2008 3:19AM

    Hmmmmm that is interesting-- JUst so happens the plums look plum delicious now too! Time to buy them!Thanks!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes destiny.

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MKPQ51 7/29/2008 9:23AM

    Thank you for these words.

I couldn't help but be reminded of scripture from Romans 5:

...we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.


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A pastor with Guts. Sent to me on my email.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

I just liked this prayer. Just wanted to be able to see it when I wanted too. So thought this was a good place to put it. Does anyone know if this really happened? Yes or no, I still like it.

Subject: A Pastor with GUTS!!

Thought you might enjoy this interesting
prayer given in Kansas at
the opening session of their Senate. It seems
prayer still upsets some
people. When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open
the new session of the
Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual
generalities, but this is
what they heard:

'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask
your forgiveness and to seek your direction and
guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those
who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we
have done.

We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem.

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.

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LULATRAIL 10/25/2008 11:48PM

    I believe this prayer is true, Paul Harvey talked about it onhis radio program...THE REST OF THE STORY.........It is a very moving prayer, and we should have more preachrs and pastors standing up like him for our country and oue christian values

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MKPQ51 7/29/2008 9:11AM

    Wow, what a prayer; everything that was in the prayer is so true. By all means, this was a pastor with guts! Praise God that he was so bold. And, may we who read this prayer make sure that it becomes more than just words on paper, that we make it part of our confession to God, and that we also are bold to stand up and speak truth whenever the opportunity arises.

Thank you for sharing this with us!


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JERI1952 7/2/2008 9:42AM

    That prayer really says it all.

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