Thursday, December 15, 2011
Lest this seem like deja vu, all over again (with apologies to Yoga Berry), this blog is a re-post from another Sparker's blog. (It's also a bit outdated, perhaps, because they are ripping into President George W Bush, but it would be interesting to see if President Obama is helping the situation any at all, especially as it would appear to be directly conflicting his wife the First Lady Michelle Obama's anti-obesity initiatives with children etc....).
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I wondered if there could be an actual chemical causing the massive obesity epidemic, so did a friend of mine, John Erb. He was a research assistant at the University of Waterloo, and spent years working for the government.
He made an amazing discovery while going through scientific journals for a book he was writing called The Slow Poisoning of America. In hundreds of studies around the world, scientists were creating obese mice and rats to use in diet or diabetes test studies.
No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so the scientists have to create them. They make these morbidly obese creatures by injecting them with a chemical when they are first born. The MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates, causing rats (and humans?) to become obese They even have a title for the race of fat rodents they create: "MSG-Treated Rats" .
I was shocked too. I went to my kitchen, checking the cupboards and the fridge.
MSG was in everything! The Campbell's soups, the Hostess Doritos, the Lays flavored potato chips, Top Ramen, Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper, Heinz canned gravy, Swanson frozen prepared meals, Kraft salad dressings, especially the 'healthy low fat' ones. The items that didn't have MSG had something called Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, which is just another name for Monosodium Glutamate. It was shocking to see just how many of the foods we feed our children everyday are filled with this stuff. They hide MSG under many different names in order to fool those who catch on.
But it didn't stop there. When our family went out to eat, we started asking at the restaurants what menu items had MSG. Many employees, even the managers, swore they didn't use MSG. But when we ask for the ingredient list, which they grudgingly provided, sure enough MSG and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein were everywhere. Burger King, McDonalds, Wendy's, Taco Bell, every restaurant, even the sit down ones like TGIF, Chilis', Applebees and Denny's use MSG in abundance. Kentucky Fried Chicken seemed to be the WORST offender: MSG was in every chicken dish, salad dressing and gravy. No wonder I loved to eat that coating on the skin, their secret spice was MSG!
So why is MSG in so may of the foods we eat? Is it a preservative or a vitamin?
Not according to my friend John. In the book he wrote, an expose of the food additive industry called The Slow Poisoning of America, (www.spofamerica.com ), he said that MSG is added to food for the addictive effect it has on the human body.
Even the propaganda website sponsored by the food manufacturers lobby group supporting MSG at
explains that the reason they add it to food is to make people eat more. A study of elderly people showed that people eat more of the foods that it is added to. The Glutamate Association lobby group says eating more benefits the elderly, but what does it do to the rest of us?
'Betcha can't eat just one', takes on a whole new meaning where MSG is concerned!
And we wonder why the nation is overweight? The MSG manufacturers themselves admit that it addicts people to their products. It makes people choose their product over others, and makes people eat more of it than they would if MSG wasn't added.
Not only is MSG scientifically proven to cause obesity, it is an addictive substance: NICOTINE for FOOD!
Since its introduction into the American food supply fifty years ago, MSG has been added in larger and larger doses to the prepackaged meals, soups, snacks and fast foods we are tempted to eat everyday.
The FDA has set no limits on how much of it can be added to food. They claim it's safe to eat in any amount.
How can they claim it is safe when there are hundreds of scientific studies with titles like these?
The monosodium glutamate (MSG) obese rat as a model for the study of exercise in obesity. Gobatto CA, Mello MA, Souza CT, Ribeiro IA. Res Commun Mol Pathol Pharmacol. 2002
Adrenalectomy abolishes the food-induced hypothalamic serotonin release in both normal and monosodium glutamate-obese rats. Guimaraes RB, Telles MM, Coelho VB, Mori RC, Nascimento CM, Ribeiro Brain Res Bull. 2002 Aug
Obesity induced by neonatal monosodium glutamate treatment in spontaneously hypertensive rats: an animal model of multiple risk factors. Iwase M, Yamamoto M, Iino K, Ichikawa K, Shinohara N, Yoshinari Fujishima
Hypertens Res. 1998 Mar
Hypothalamic lesion induced by injection of monosodium glutamate in suckling period and subsequent development of obesity. Tanaka K, Shimada M, Nakao K, Kusunoki Exp Neurol. 1978 Oct
Yes, that last study was not a typo, it WAS written in 1978. Both the medical research community and food "manufaturers" have known MSG's side effects for decades!
Many more studies mentioned in John Erb's book link MSG to Diabetes,
Migraines and headaches, Autism, ADHD and even Alzheimer's.
But what can we do to stop the food manufactures from dumping fattening and addictive MSG into our food supply and causing the obesity epidemic we now see?
Even as you read this, George W. Bush and his corporate supporters are pushing a Bill through Congress. Called the "Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act" also known as the "Cheeseburger Bill", this sweeping law bans anyone from suing food manufacturers, sellers and distributors. Even if it comes out that they purposely added an addictive chemical to their foods. Read about it for yourself at: http://www.yahoo.com. http://st
n_go_co/obesity_lawsuits_4 (I couldn't get this link to work either, but I did some googling and found this link, which I believe to be the same info. It's dated 2005. http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/chris/2005
The Bill has already been rushed through the House of Representatives, and is due for the same rubber stamp at Senate level. It is important that Bush and his corporate supporters get it through before the media lets everyone know about MSG, the intentional Nicotine for food.
Several months ago, John Erb took his book and his concerns to one of the highest government health officials in Canada. While sitting in the Government office, the official told him "Sure I know how bad MSG is, I wouldn't touch the stuff!" But this top level government official refused to tell the public what he knew.
The big media doesn't want to tell the public either, fearing legal issues with their advertisers. It seems that the fallout on the fast food industry may hurt their profit margin.
So what do we do?
The food producers and restaurants have been addicting us to their products for years, and now we are paying the price for it.
Our children should not be cursed with obesity caused by an addictive food additive.
But what can I do about it? I'm just one voice, what can I do to stop the poisoning of our children, while guys like Bush are insuring financial protection for the industry that is poisoning us.
I for one am doing something about it.
I am sending this email out to everyone I know in an attempt to show you the truth that the corporate owned politicians and media won't tell you.
The best way you can help save yourself and your children from this drug-induced epidemic, is to forward this email to everyone. With any luck, it will circle the globe before Bush can pass the Bill protecting those who poisoned us.
The food industry learned a lot from the tobacco industry. Imagine if big tobacco had a bill like this in place before someone blew the whistle on Nicotine?
Blow the whistle on MSG.
If you are one of the few who can still believe that MSG is good for us, and you don't believe what John Erb has to say, see for yourself. Go to the National Library of Medicine, at www.pubmed.com* http://www.pubmed.com . Type in the words "MSG Obese", and read a few of the 115 medical studies that appear. (* my note: this link now becomes:
We do not want to be rats in one giant experiment, and we do not approve of food that makes us into a nation of obese, lethargic, addicted sheep, waiting for the slaughter.
With your help we can put an end to this, and stop the Slow Poisoning of America. Let's save our children
And soooo I thought it would be interesting to find anything more recent ...
I see a lot of people have posted this information over the years here on SparkPeople, but interesting that I'm not finding any "official position" articles from the leadership. Hmmm
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
When somebody drinks a Coke (or DrPepper, or any other soda!!) watch what happens…
In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately (hurl) from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.
20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)
*** but that's not entirely true, as other websites below have pointed out, as the problem has more to do with overeating. If a person had only eaten the number of calories in that day and had allowed in for the calories in a particular soda pop, it won't necessarily be turned into fat. But it won't necessarily yield any nutritional benefit, either!!
40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down, you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.
So there you have it, an avalanche of destruction in a single can. Imagine drinking this day after day, week after week. Stick to water, real juice from fresh squeezed fruit, and tea without sweetener.
Primary Source: by Wade Meredith
This above scenario has been reprinted in gobs of places around on the Internet... and I've tweaked in with my own observations and experiences.
-to-your-body-when-you-drink-coke/ includes links on what happens when you drink sodas containing artificial sweeteners.
OOOOOKAY - and here's a news flash! (I know, I'm probably preaching to the choir for some of us...) But here's additional information as to what happens to a person who drinks a soda EVERY DAY or MOST DAYS OF THE WEEK:
* You'll be fatter
* You'll probably have diabetes
* You'll be at higher risk for heart disease
* You're probably less healthy in other ways...
I believe it. I have a good 15-20 years of DrPepper still riding around on my belly, even though I haven't drunk it every day in years (at the present, I probably average 2-4 DrPeppers a year.).
And here's a horrifying article - what happens to our kidneys when we drink Diet Coke and not water!! Many who are diabetics or hoping to lose weight are attracted to the diet pop because "it has no calories." Right. But really?
Water is balanced at pH 7.0 but Diet Coke is like 2.51 on the acid side - it's one of the most acidic foods one can eat, and can interrupt the digestion process!!
Sooo anyway, just a reminder to myself why I can't afford to drink soda - and I need to pass this info on to my son who can't understand why I'm being "mean" and not wanting him to drink soda pop!! I saw the basic info elsewhere on another Sparker's blog and wanted to repeat the message with my own input. It's too important a message and needs to get out.
Drink More Water!!!
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
I received a link to this story on "Superbrain Yoga" from a neighbor in my community who was just thrilled to learn about Superbrain Yoga and the impacts on children with autism and other issues (even adults, from the sound of it?). It's supposed to help with concentration, memory, Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, learning difficulties, emotional instability, clumsiness, lack of concentration, etc.
She sent me this link - which I've watched and not really understood all the words yet, but I've been finding other links to help flush out the information:
(When I look at this YouTube link in edit mode, all of this link is on one line, no other text around it - the Ss is all on one line, but in actual reading mode the way this sSP is wrapping this around for some reason, splitting it up into two lines when I go out of edit mode and back into visual mode. So just copy the entire thing KSwhpF9iJSs as part of the rest of the link. I don't know why SP does that. Maybe because they don't want to pay the referral click-thru fee?? need to see if the other links are also messed up??).
It's not clear to me if the one exercise shown in the video is the ONLY one implicated in this Superbrain connection (connecting the right brain to the pineal gland and the left gland to the pineal gland etc.)? or if the other forms of yoga demonstrated elsewhere in the video in what looks to be a standard downward dog type pose in a gym class - if those versions also work and/or have a similar way to "connect" the left and right sides together with their brain counterpart (left side of body connected to right brain and right side of body connected to left brain - something that most of us have known for a long time, if not all our lives.).
This website seems to indicate that it's only just the one exercise initially demonstrated in the above video -
I've looked at some other websites too and am thinking of getting the book...
Supposedly it's been scientifically proven.
OHHHH here's a website that answers a question I posed earlier today to the lady who originally started me looking at this... I asked her if the metal in my earrings would "short circuit" if I tried to do the arm positions connecting with the ear, since the technique involves grasping the right ear lobe with the thumb and forefinger of the left hand first, and then wrapping right arm over left arm to grasp the left earlobe with thumb and forefinger. I'll have to pass that one along.
it specifically says as first instruction - to remove all jewelry!
I'm going to put just SOME of this site here:
=======================(Partial Quote of Article)===========================
How to Practice Super Brain Yoga: Step-by-Step Instructions
Ideally, this exercise should be done in the morning. Follow these seven steps:
1. Remove all jewelry and stand up straight.
2. Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth right behind your teeth (as if you were about to say “La”). Leave it there throughout the exercise.
3. Take your left hand and grab hold of your right earlobe. Make sure that the thumb is in front.
4. Now take your right hand and grab hold of your left earlobe. Again, make sure that the thumb is in front. At this point you’re pressing both earlobes simultaneously. Make sure your left arm is close to your chest and inside your right arm.
5. Inhale through your nose and slowly squat down to the ground.
6. Hold your breath and do not exhale until you start making your way back up to a standing position.
7. Repeat this squatting action between 15 and 21 times.Remember to keep a hold of your earlobes and to keep your tongue touching the roof of your mouth throughout the entire exercise.
You can watch how this is done in the video below (and if you want more information you can get the “SuperBrain Yoga” book). Please note that the woman in the video makes a mistake when she says when to breathe in and when to breathe out. As the text instructions above explain, you breathe in on the way down and you breathe out on the way up:
===(end of article)================
Kinda hard for me to do with short fat arms, but I'm gonna be doing it anyway. For awhile.
Another article site:
and it mentions that one must face "the right direction" but doesn't elaborate? are we talking compass direction? or are we talking straight ahead, bent towards the floor, or are they somehow confusing "direction" with " the right sequence " ie left hand on right ear, right hand over left arm on left ear etc? I'm not sure. Guess I'll have to break down and obtain a copy of the book.
Several websites, including this one immediately above this paragraph, say to "Exhale as you squat, inhale as you stand" but then one websites I mentioned earlier says that the lady in a video describing it has it backward, and it should be inhale as you squat and exhale as you come back up.
Would the practice of Superbrain Yoga help some of us with visualization issues? with mindful eating? with Positive outlook on life?
Have YOU tried Superbrain Yoga? Any helpful information you can share??
(the reason I was having problems with the links above is because I hadn't looked ABOVE the Blog Entry form and noticed that there is a nice, handy dandy "add link" button to click on, and it adds the HTML code needed to keep it all together as a cool link. I'm such a dunce!!!! Duuuuh!!
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
So I went to bed an hour or two ago, but woke up about half hour ago with a sinus fit. Thought I'd sit up a bit and let stuff settle down, and while doing so, check some email...
One friend sent this video link - its not the usual suicidal stupid sport tricks. This is pure AWESOMENESS!!
Check it out!
Sunday, December 04, 2011
Just reading this Health article on SparkPeople:
And my immediate reactions?
First, did the study use SparkPeople participants?
And secondly, the theme song for this research should be "Lean On Me" by Ben E King, I believe - "I just might have a problem,
That you'd understand...
We all need
To lean on..."
So on and so forth...(I don't remember all the lyrics and am whacking this out on my iPhone while trying to go to sleep....)...
Now I gotta an earworm to go to sleep on!
"Say goodnight, Gracie!"
"Good night, Irene, good night...
Good night, Irene, good night,
Good night, Irene. Irene, good night...
I'll see you in my dreams!"
PS: I lied. It turns out Bill Withers sang the "Lean On Me" song, at least on the version of the song I actually have on my old iPhone (which is now serving as my "faux iPod Touch 3g"). I have no idea if Ben E. King ever sang "Lean On Me" or wished that he did, nor am I really even sure why I thought of his name last night and wrote it without even looking at the soundtracks on my "iPod" now called "Ichabod iPod". Must be a manifestation of sleep deprivation. Or just discombobulation ?
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