60,000-79,999 SparkPoints
WOLFSPIRITMOM's Recent Blog Entries

Weighty Consequences

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Source: http://www.extraordinaryhealth.com/Article

Weighty Consequences

There are plenty of reasons why people want to lose excess weight, including feeling better and looking better. Hereís a reason that might tip the scales in favor of shedding those pounds for good, though. Fat tissue doesnít just sit around minding its own business. In fact, it gets into the ďbusinessĒ of other areas of the body and can wreak havoc.

Scientists, whose findings were published in the Journal of Proteome Research, have discovered 20 new hormones and other previously unknown substances that are secreted into the blood by human fat cells. This realization confirms that fat is far from being inactive. Itís actually an active organ that sends chemical signals to other parts of the body, which can increase a personís risk for cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other diseases. Thatís pretty sobering, too, especially when you take into account that there are billions of fat cells in the body.

Excess fat tissue also promotes increased and unhealthy levels of inflammation compounds in the bloodstream. Additionally, it adds to oxidative stress on the body, which can lead to DNA mutation and lessened immune function. Put together, these ďfat tissue forcesĒ can lead to the formation and multiplication of unhealthy cells.

Perhaps thatís why more than 100,000 cancers in the United States each yearómost of them preventableóare linked to excess body fat, according to data from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). The AICR highlights that over-the-top body fat is linked to 49 percent of endometrial cancers, 35 percent of esophageal cancers, 28 percent of pancreatic cancers, 24 percent of kidney cancers, 21 percent of gallbladder cancers, 17 percent of breast cancers and 9 percent of colorectal cancers.

So, why does being overweight increase a personís risk of cancer? Laurence N. Kolonel, M.D., Ph.D., Deputy Director of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii and member of the expert panel who came up with these cancer figures, says that several mechanisms seem to be at work. For example, excess body fat increases hormones like estrogen circulating in the body and can disrupt insulin processes, both of which can increase cancer risk. Kolonel adds, ďBeing overweight creates low-grade inflammation in the body, and thereís a lot of research going on right now that links chronic inflammation to cancer.Ē Kolonel concludes, ďThe evidence is clear. If people sustain a normal body weight and remain physically active throughout life, it will have a major impact on cancer incidence.Ē Poor diet, of course, is linked to cancer as well, according to the AICR and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).

The American Cancer Society (ACS) weighs in, too. A 2003 ACS study of more than 900,000 men and women indicated that death rates from all cancers were 53 percent higher for the heaviest men and 62 percent higher for the heaviest women in the study, compared to those who were of normal weight. Itís bad enough that carrying around too much weight can feed cancer and other unhealthy outcomes, but about half of all Americans donít even know that being overweight is a cancer risk, says the AICR.

If you want to support a healthy weight, then stick to a healthy diet which includes plenty of servings of fresh vegetables and fruits as well as whole grains and other good-for-you foods, including those that can support healthy inflammation levels. Additionally, be sure to include at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity five days a week or more.

It could just help you avoid excess fatís weighty consequences.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

STARSAPPHIRE57 10/16/2011 2:55PM

    emoticon Great info; but, now I'm really depressed!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUICENUT 10/15/2011 11:32PM

    Good info; thanks!

Report Inappropriate Comment


Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 10/15/2011 2:39PM

    great blog!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Non-Stick Cooking Oil

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Dr. Fifeís Non-Stick Cooking Oil

Oils are added to foods to improve taste and texture. Another very important reason for using oil is for its non-stick properties. Oil keeps food from sticking to cookware. Whether youíre baking or frying, oil helps prevent food from burning onto the pans and helps make cleanup easier.

The primary drawback with using coconut oil in cooking is that it is not as good a lubricant as most other oils. Foods cooked in coconut oil often have a tendency to stick somewhat. If youíve ever fried an egg in coconut oil you know what I mean. You have to scrub the pan afterwards to remove all the egg. The same is true with baking. Baked goods like to cling to the sides of the pan even when coconut oil is used.

This caused me a lot of frustration when I was developing recipes for my cookbooks because I didnít want to use other, less healthy oils to coat my pans. I, however, found a solution to this problem. As I was developing recipes for my book Cooking with Coconut Flour, I discovered how to make coconut oil become a completely non-stick cooking oil and improve its nutritional content at the same time.

I am totally amazed at how well it works. With this oil, you have all the health benefits of coconut oil combined with the anti-sticking properties of the best non-stick cooking sprays. In my opinion, it is absolutely the best cooking oil available. It can be used for baking or frying. Foods donít stick at all. They easily slide out of the pan. Even breads seem to slide out of the pans with ease.

Since Iíve been using this new oil Iíve never had to scrub another pan. Because foods donít stick, pans are incredibly easy to clean. With a little soap and water you simply wipe them clean in a matter of seconds. Iíve never used an oil that makes clean up so easy.

This non-stick cooking oil is made from a combination of organic coconut oil and unbleached liquid lecithin. Unbleached lecithin has a dark amber color and when combined with coconut oil produces a rich buttery color. In fact, it looks just like butter. It could appropriately be called coconut butter.

Lecithin is a common food ingredient used as an emulsifier. Lecithin, also known as phosphatidylcholine, is gaining much recognition as a valuable dietary supplement. Because of lecithinís potential as a dietary supplement it has been extensively studied. Even in relatively large amounts it has shown to have no harmful side effects. All commercial sources of lecithin are derived from soy. Soy lecithin, however, does not contain the phytoestrogens or goitrogens associated with soy that have been scrutinized in recent years. It is completely harmless with many healthy benefits.

Lecithin is a source of choline, which is one of the B vitamins important to human health, particularly brain health. It has gained a reputation as a natural means of preserving and improving mental function. Choline is one of the few substances able to penetrate the blood-brain barrier. It goes directly into the brain cells to produce a chemical, acetylcholine, that aids memory. A number of studies have shown a positive effect of phosphocholine on preventing dementia and improving cognitive function. Dietary supplements of phosphatidylcholine (lecithin) are sold specifically for this purpose. Evidence shows that it may be of help with patients with advanced Alzheimerís disease by improving orientation, learning, and memory. For these reasons, it is finding use among Alzheimerís patients and those who are concerned about preserving their mental function as they go older.

Studies have shown that lecithin provides many additional benefits.

Improves fat digestion.

Increases absorption of fat-soluble nutrients (e.g., vitamins A, D, E, K, and beta-carotene, etc.).

May help to slow the deterioration of the myelin (nerve covering), which is depleted in multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers.

May help prevent the development of hypertension.

Aids the liver and helps protect it from toxins, such as alcohol.

Increases the capacity of bile to dissolve and remove cholesterol and prevent gallstones.

The combination of the numerous health benefits of coconut oil with those of lecithin makes this one of the healthiest cooking oils you could use.

However, unless you were in my home you could not enjoy the benefits of this remarkable oil. But itís far too good to be kept a secret. So Iím going to give you the recipe here. Itís very simple. All you need to do is mix ľ cup of melted coconut oil with Ĺ teaspoon of liquid lecithin. Use what you need and store the rest in the refrigerator. It will last for months. In fact, I made a large batch two years ago that I am still using. ■

Source: www.coconutresearchcenter.com/hwnl_2

I hate using non-stick pans. I found this and plan on using it, would be great to be able to be non-stick and healthy too!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NEW-CAZ 10/15/2011 2:36PM

    Great info thanks

Report Inappropriate Comment
WOLFSPIRITMOM 10/15/2011 1:38PM

    Hi, I can find lecithin in my health food store, or try swansonvitamins.com I buy a lot of things there. And thank, I love to pass out information.

Report Inappropriate Comment
-STARRYEYED- 10/15/2011 1:23PM

    You always give such good information. Do you know where to buy lecithin?

Report Inappropriate Comment

The Wisdom of Fear

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Honoring Life Changes
The Wisdom of Fear

Anything really worth doing in our lives will always have some fear attached to it.

Anything worth doing will always have some fear attached to it. For example, having a baby, getting married, changing careersóall of these life changes can bring up deep fears. It helps to remember that this type of fear is good. It is your way of questioning whether you really want the new life these changes will bring. It is also a potent reminder that releasing and grieving the past is a necessary part of moving into the new.

Fear has a way of throwing us off balance, making us feel uncertain and insecure, but it is not meant to discourage us. Its purpose is to notify us that we are at the edge of our comfort zone, poised in between the old life and a new one. Whenever we face our fear, we overcome an inner obstacle and move into new and life-enhancing territory, both inside and out. The more we learn to respect and even welcome fear, the more we will be able to hear its wisdom, wisdom that will let us know that the time has come to move forward, or not. While comfort with fear is a contradiction in terms, we can learn to honor our fear, recognizing its arrival, listening to its intelligence, and respecting it as a harbinger of transformation. Indeed, it informs us that the change we are contemplating is significant, enabling us to approach it with the proper reverence.

You might wish to converse with your fear, plumbing its depths for a greater understanding of the change you are making. You could do this by sitting quietly in meditation and listening or by journaling. Writing down whatever comes upóyour worries, your sadness, your excitement, your hopesóis a great way to learn about yourself through the vehicle of fear and to remember that fear almost always comes alongside anything worth doing in your life.

Source: Daily OM email.

Hope you have a super Saturday!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GREENTHUMB70 10/15/2011 3:47PM

    I always enjoy your blogs. Thanks for giving such wonderful information.

Report Inappropriate Comment
METTA4ME 10/15/2011 12:06PM

    Oh so true! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 10/15/2011 10:56AM

    Excellent blog and one I needed to hear today emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DEBBIEOLMOS57 10/15/2011 10:19AM

    so true i am at all these crossroad at 55

Report Inappropriate Comment

Watch for the Open Door

Friday, October 14, 2011

"Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open."
-- Alexander Graham Bell, Inventor

Love this quote, so true.

So glad it's Friday and hope to leave an hour early today. Have a good one!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    Great quote...thanks

Report Inappropriate Comment
RESULTS361AP09 10/14/2011 7:01PM

    Great quote & a good reminder to me!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FORME551 10/14/2011 3:17PM

    I think it all comes back to living life with acceptance and non resistance. We are free to enjoy what is in our lives now knowing there are no guarantees for tomorrow. Enjoy the journey! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MORTICIAADDAMS 10/14/2011 11:05AM

    I love it too!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FLORIDAGHOST 10/14/2011 9:29AM

    I like this quote. I've been thinking about it not realizing it was a quote. I think I missed a door, but at the same time, I can see another opening and I'm going to go through it. I think fear will keep us back, too.

Eventually, we'll get past the fear and take the open door way.

Have a great one and thanks for sharing this quote.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOHUSKERS2 10/14/2011 8:24AM

    Amen to that....I think we all sadly do that and miss opportunities that might seem obvious to someone else.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 10/14/2011 6:53AM

    lovely quote

Report Inappropriate Comment

Stupid Studies

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hi everyone, sorry I have to rant but read something this morning that ticked me off. Basically it said that women who take supplements get more diseases than those that don't. What a crock. First of all, you can swing studies to whatever you want. Who funded the study? What type of vitamins are we talking about - synthetic or natural source. What levels of vitamins. What type of diet are the women eating. They panic the public for no reason.

I take supplements and I research which I think are going to be good for me. I was just at the doctor the other day and he said I have the blood pressure of a teenager and I am 52. I exercise, I eat a low carb diet and have lowered my LDL cholesterol, raised my HDL.

Thanks for listening, have a great day!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

WOLFSPIRITMOM 10/16/2011 9:17AM

    Here's a link that explains and says it all!


Report Inappropriate Comment
JUSTBIRDY 10/14/2011 2:36AM

    just wanted to add that the report listed a number of supplements researched, but the differences were barely statistically significant. Researchers gave participants a food intake questionnaire three times since 1986, just based on recollection. Who knows what brands and types of supplements the women took.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUSTBIRDY 10/13/2011 6:20PM

    People need to look at the details. The small changes were barely significant. Iron and copper seemed to be the most problem, and we knew that these should be either in very small amounts on not at all suitable for older women.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MINDHORIZON 10/13/2011 5:20PM

    I suspect that the real truth is that women who begin to take supplements have more diseases to begin with. And those that do may be taking inadequate supplements, and thus are not helped by them. I don't think that supplements that max out at 100% of RDA are sufficient to do any good. It would be interesting to take a closer look to see what the results were for women who began taking supplements when they were healthy.

As for me and my experience with supplements, I have only good things to say about them. I take several of them. My test results are excellent. I do have a preexisting condition, but it is helped by the supplements I take. Before I began taking supplements, one of my medications was giving me serious side effects of the type that those on cholesterol medication get. I started taking CoQ10, and those side effects went away. If I did not take supplements, I would likely have to reevaluate my medications. Being unmedicated is ill-advised when one needs to treat a mental illness, so that is not an option. Fortunately, medication is working great, and I am symptom-free.

Report Inappropriate Comment

    People have the right to be stupid. HOWEVER, we also have the right to IGNORE them. emoticon


Report Inappropriate Comment
MRS_EVA_K 10/13/2011 2:37PM

    I saw that too and i wrote it off as hog wash. Statistics can be skewed. It's like saying the consumption of vegetables are up. Number one veg consumed is the potato. can you guess in what form it is most often consumed? I can write that out any way i like it and put it in a good or bad light.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MORTICIAADDAMS 10/13/2011 12:51PM

    I saw that too. It was a big study of 40,000 women. Maybe it's because sometimes people wait until they are ill to take supplements so it might skew the results.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 10/13/2011 12:48PM

    Studies are hardly worth the paper they're written on they are usually biased and often too small, not done over a long enough period and next month you'll some other study totally overtuning the first one you read.

Hope your rant has released the pressure value. Makes my blood boil too! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 Last Page