Friday, August 14, 2009

It's Just Not Natural

Reading another blog where wingnuts were going ballistic screaming about how poisonous common comestible oils such as safflower, corn and canola are, made me wonder how the human race managed to survive and prosper for 2 million years if so much of what we eat is, according to these bored crusaders, "toxic".

The word NATURAL on a food package or ad means NOTHING. Interesting how we allowed this word to escape the dictionary and take on a whole new Madison Ave.-created definition.

Salmonella is natural, as is x-coli. Want some for dinner? All human disease, from malaria to cancer is natural.

A food advertised as natural could be loaded with any of thousands of harmful substances that nature produces naturally. Skippy's "natural" peanut butter has had all the peanut oil removed, and the controversial substance palm oil has been added in it's place...because Skippy can make a lot of money selling the more valued, expensive, and healthy peanut oil. They just pour in another very cheap "natural" oil that tastes nothing like peanut oil, and sell their less-tasty product for the same price as real peanut butter, while making a nice profit on the sideline.

Read your labels, especially if the word "Natural!" appears on it.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Men Should Be Tested Beforehand Too

From The Los Angeles Times:

"It still is shocking to me how many (female)patients I see that are placed on hormone replacement (especially estrogen) without ever being tested by their doctor first. I would recommend if you are thinking about hormone replacement, have your doctor check your levels, and especially the ratio of estrogen to progesterone. Many of the symptoms experienced during peri-menopause can be due to having too much estrogen (estrogen dominance) rather than too little. Supplementing without testing can make matters worse rather than better. Doctors should not prescribe blindly."

Lakeshore Wellness Center: Natural Medicine, Bioidentical Hormones and Acupuncture in Chicago.

Friday, August 7, 2009

The Magic Pill

What's the first thing that people think of when things go wrong for them physically? A pill that will solve the problem.

But when it comes to aging, or fixing yourself, there is no such thing. There is no Fountain Of Youth or Magic Pill... but there is a way for everyone to turn back the clock.

Strength Training is the one and only way to recreate lost muscle mass and renew weakened bone. After the age of 30, we automatically lose 7% of our total muscle mass every decade thereafter, unless we are actively strength training. Diminished muscle mass means we're weaker, less attractive, have a diminished fat-burning capacity, and a diminished immune system. Take control of your own destiny by taking control of your body.

It's ironic that older people are the least fit and most obese age group, because they are by far the most vulnerable. Get off the slippery slope of aging: fight back by getting strong.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Owner's Manual

People who engage in activities and hobbies —whether it be fly-fishing, cabinet-making, cooking— subscribe to magazines on their subject, watch TV programs devoted to it, buy books and DVDs that give them hints and tricks, and do research online to become better and more proficient.

So why do so many who go to the gym or workout at home NOT do these things? People perform exercises at the gym without knowing what they are even for. Their form is terrible, and it doesn't even occur to them to observe someone at the gym who is doing the same exercise correctly and displays the physical proof that they know what they are doing. They don't subscribe to fitness magazines, or buy books or DVDs. They dutifully come to the gym week after week and just spin their wheels in place, so to speak, when they could be making amazing progress.

If you are going to devote time to your workout, begin online and research exercise videos to see how others are performing the same exercises you are, and compare. Start there, resolvong to re-learn the exercise in order to get the most out of it. When done correctly, you should see results in mere weeeks. And once you taste success, you will be hungry for more.