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Mainstream media has launched an all-out assault on coconut oil and the gluten-free movement this week, with articles such as:

1. Everything you knew about coconut oil is wrong.

My comment: How do you know what I know about coconut oil and what makes you the sole expert on the subject?

2. The debate over coconut oil can finally be put to rest.

My comment: Oh good! Finally, a supreme, all-knowing, non-biased source declares their own victory in this “debate!” (Sarcasm intended)

3. Coconut oil isn’t healthy. It’s never been healthy.

My comment: Tell that to all the tropical populations of the world, who eat more coconut oil than anyone, yet are among the healthiest populations on the planet (or until recently anyway, thanks to the introduction of processed foods into their culture).

4. You shouldn’t go gluten-free unless you have celiac disease, according to a study.

My comment: It is well-established now that modern humans have no business eating modern grains. The ancient grains that had health benefits are now extinct on our planet. We have bred them out of existence in order to produce the sweet, starchy (and largely genetically modified) grains we have now. It’s sad, but modern wheat and gluten are downright toxic. I’d eat wheat if I could, but I don’t because the wheat Jesus and his disciples ate over 2000 years ago no longer exists. Also: “A study?” Really? One? And then print an article about it to the world? C’mon guys. Good science never does that. Besides, the study they cite is horroble and the one that started the “Whole wheat is healthy” movement simply compared white, refined flour bread to whole-wheat bread and only found that it was LESS BAD, but certainly not healthy. It caused LESS weight gain and heart disease, but still MORE than people who refrained completely from wheat. And besides, that too was just one study. C’mon guys!

This latest assault is brought to you by USA Today, the New York magazine, and the American Heart Association, which are three of the largest mainstream organizations in the world. These three are also responsible for bringing you the low-fat diet, which is the biggest reason for our modern obesity pandemic and all the health problems and diseases that go along with it.

Anytime I hear “health advice” from mainstream media, it’s a signal to research the opposite of what they’re telling me to do because that’s probably the direction I should go in order to get healthier. I’m not the only one saying this either. Here’s a great post on it: http://sustainabledish.com/coconut-oil-wont-kill-listening-american-heart-association-might/

The recent popularity of coconut oil and the gluten-free movement is certainly getting people healthier and the mainstream, along with the starchy carb/grain industry, Monsanto, and the pharmaceutical industry hate that. They can’t make any money off you if you’re healthy, so now they’re fighting back, trying to suck you back into their deception and profits with horrible advice like this.

If you want to continue believing mainstream, conventional “wisdom” and not research anything for yourself, then it will cost you your life. Quite literally.

If you want to research things for yourself and try healthy, sound recommendations from holistic sources, on the other hand, you will get healthier and not only live longer, but will enjoy that life more, without the need for drugs to keep you alive while your feeling miserable.

It’s your choice. Do a little “work” and research things, try new things, and experience your own results, or be lazy and blindly follow the advice of the mainstream responsible for the current health state of our modern, civilized world.

Speaking of the civilized world, with your research (if you choose to go that direction) start with the strict hunter-gatherer societies who cling fully to their ancient traditions and check out how healthy they are. It’s astonishing. No cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, etc. And no TV, internet or mainstream advice either…

Things that make you go:

The war on coconut oil and saturated fat is more urgent and important than you ever imagined. Please research this for yourself because your life and the life of your loved ones depends on it! Here’s a good starting point:

Heart of the Matter Part 1 Dietary Villains - YouTube

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People know about my low-carb lifestyle and they occasionally try to explain to me that the human body needs carbohydrates for energy.

Or that the brain has to have carbs in order to run properly.

Or that carbs are somehow necessary for optimal health.

And I have yet to hear this “advice” coming from someone who is healthier than me.

Things that make you go, “hmmmm…”

I realize their “advice” is also the current mainstream message, but if you do your own research and find out the facts for yourself, you will discover that the mainstream is wrong.

The mainstream happens to be wrong on lots of other stuff too. You should look into that. I have, and I don’t believe anyone anymore without researching it for myself, especially on the important stuff, like things that have to do with health.

Blindly following what the mainstream or even the “experts” tell you (including me), no matter how “qualified” or “credentialed” you think they are, without doing your own research, can get you in trouble (or sick, fat and even dead).

Here is an undisputed fact: Dietary carbohydrates are not necessary building blocks for any molecules or cells in the human body. This means carbohydrate is not an essential nutrient for humans.

Dietary carbohydrates aren’t necessary for human energy needs either (also contrary to what you might have heard). The body can obtain all the energy it needs from protein and fat, even in the case of long distance athletes!

Even if your body did need the type of fuel carbohydrates provide, the best sources are the slowly absorbed, complex forms found in green vegetables, which also happen to be the most nutrient-rich sources of food. They are also among the lowest net carb foods (among the foods that have carbs) because of their high fiber content. Is nature trying to tell us something? I think so.

I also get people telling me that the brain needs glucose (a type of sugar) for fuel. It is true that a small number of brain cells do prefer to run on glucose, but most of the brain’s preferred energy source is actually ketones, which can only be produced from fat metabolism. 

For that small percentage of brain cells who do prefer to run on glucose, guess what? The liver knows exactly how much to make for those cells and it does it with ease. Or, if you think you need to spare the liver the trouble (which you don’t because it’s designed for it), then those green veggies mentioned above will supply more than enough glucose for those brain cells.

What human science has found and what thousands of generations have taught us, is that there are certain essential nutrients necessary to sustain life. These nutrients are called “essential” because they cannot be produced by the body at all, or in large enough quantities, to sustain life. We must get these nutrients from the food we eat. Without adequate amounts of these essential nutrients, humans develop deficiencies which can result in less than optimal health, or even death.

These essential nutrients are:

  • Water
  • Energy (calories)
  • Amino acids (histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine)
  • Fatty acids (linoleic and α-linolenic acids)
  • Vitamins (ascorbic acid, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, pantothenic acid, folic acid, biotin, and vitamin B-12)
  • Minerals (calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, iodine, selenium, molybdenum, and chromium)
  • Electrolytes (sodium, potassium, and chloride)

Did you see carbohydrates anywhere on this list?

The way science and human experience has concluded the essentiality of nutrients is through the identification of specific deficiency syndromes: 

  • When people don’t get enough protein, it leads to kwashiorkormarasmus, and/or cachexia, any of which can result in death.
  • When people don’t get enough fat, they are lacking certain essential fatty acids, which blocks their ability to absorb certain vitamins, which can result in death.
  • When people don’t get enough calories, they starve to death.
  • When people don’t get enough water, they die of dehydration.

There has never been a single case or example of a “carbohydrate deficiency syndrome” in humans. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. When humans reduce their intake of carbs, they get healthier, leaner, fitter and happier.

Few modern human cultures eat low-carbohydrate diets anymore, but that’s how we used to eat (up until several hundred years ago) and it’s how we are still designed to eat. 

There are several extremely healthy societies who still eat the way we all used to and we can learn from them. The traditional Eskimo diet, for example, is very low (-50 g/day) in carbohydrate (J Biol Chem 1921;47:463–73.). Other hunter-gatherer societies have very low-carb diets too, so do you think it’s a coincidence that those societies also happen to produce the healthiest, leanest and fittest people on the planet? I think not.

So what about fiber? Is that an essential nutrient? Nope. It’s a carb and we already went over that. Is it good to have? Yep, and you can get all you need from green veggies. We went over that too.

But here’s another fun fact: By weight, the human body is made up of about 2-5% carbs. The rest is water, protein, minerals and fat. If someone stopped eating all carbs, but continued to consume adequate amounts of water, protein, minerals and fat, their liver would manufacture all the carbs their body needs. In fact, a healthy liver always makes the exact amount of carbs needed. No more, no less. It’s really good at that. But it’s easy to get more carbs than we need by eating them.

Am I recommending that we eat zero carbs? Of course not. I’m just saying they aren’t ESSENTIAL and that we are eating WAY too many carbs, especially in the Standard American Diet (SAD). This is the primary reason we are getting so fat and unhealthy in this country (and most other parts of the world now).

By weight, my diet is about 5% carbs, mostly in the form of green veggies (and that’s a ton, by the way). The remaining 95% is fat and protein.

By calories, my diet is about 10% carbs, 75% fat and 15% protein.

I’m getting all the nutrients I need, not to just survive, but to THRIVE and I’m the healthiest, leanest, fittest and happiest I’ve ever been.

Bottom line: To get all your essential nutrients, eat lots of fat, then green veggies and then protein, to reach optimum health.

Further reading and additional citations:

What is Fat Adapted?”

Eat What You Are

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PJ's Fitness Blog by Pj Glassey - 1y ago

I’m sure you have heard it said, “You are what you eat.” And it’s true, to an extent, because people who eat crap, certainly end up feeling, and looking, like crap.

But what if we switched those words around a bit and followed the advice, “Eat WHAT you are?”

By this I mean, wouldn’t it make sense to eat the calorie composition of our own body makeup?

A healthy body has the following nutritional composition, meaning if you ate a person, this is what you would be eating, based on percent calories (not by weight):

  • 23% Protein
  • 64% Fat
  • 13% Carbohydrate

So if you ate what you are, what would that look like? It would look drastically different from the standard American diet, which is:

  • 21% Protein
  • 64% Carbohydrate
  • 15% Fat

Can you see the main difference? It’s the fat to carbs ratio that is killing us and making us so fat.

We should be eating what we are and then when we do, we can feel good about becoming what we eat – the way we really should be!

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The “Coke Is a Joke” infographic exposes the false weight loss and wellness claims of Coke in its diet soda line, which uses aspartame and other artificial sweeteners. Use the embed code to share it on your website.

<img src="http://media.mercola.com/assets/images/infographic/coke-is-a-joke.jpg" alt="aspartame side effects"  ><p >The "<a href="http://www.mercola.com/infographics/coke-is-a-joke.htm"><strong>Coke is a Joke</strong></a>" infographic exposes the false weight loss and wellness claims of Coke in its diet soda line, which uses aspartame and other artificial sweeteners. Use the embed code to share it on your website.</p>
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PJ's Fitness Blog by Pj Glassey - 1y ago

“Text Neck” is a specific posture pandemic problem that has popped up since “smart phones” have come on the scene. These modern, first-world  gizmos are even more powerful than the computers of 5 years ago in many ways.  They’re drastically more convenient too, so people end up surfing the web on their smart phone even more than on their computer nowadays.

Because of this convenience, we can’t seem to spend more than a few seconds standing around anymore, without pulling out our smart phone to check emails, Facebook status updates, Instagram, other social media, and the list goes on.

The video below shows a couple tips on preventing and reversing this modern day posture syndrome, so enjoy and pass the information forward to your friends, family and loved ones!

Reversing "Text Neck" and related modern posture problems - YouTube

Source: http://www.king5.com/entertainment/television/programs/new-day-northwest/perfect-your-posture/286700574

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