April 1st, 2016 at 12:34 PM
Hello from Reston,
Today I want to write to you about how GMOs crops are actually good for your body. A recent study has shown the main ingredient in the GMO weed killer Roundup, glyphosate, actually kills harmful bacteria, promotes hair re-growth in balding men and melts inches off your waistline.
OK, you didn’t really buy any of that did you? Happy April Fool’s Day.
Sticking with the GMO theme for a moment, earlier in March, the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” (DARK) Act failed to garner enough votes to advance in the U.S. Senate, effectively defeating the bill. The final vote was 48 against it, 49 for it – and the resolution needed 60 votes to advance. The bill would have preempted the genetically engineered food labeling laws in Vermont, Connecticut, Maine and Alaska - and dealt a devastating blow to the movement for mandatory GMO labeling in the United States. The defeat of the DARK Act is a major victory for the food movement and our right to know.
Today I want to tell you about a very insightful book I recently read, “The Calcium Lie II”. It was authored by Dr. Robert Thompson and Kathleen Barnes. When I bought the book, I was looking to try and explain why we seem to suffer so many broken bones in the US. We drink more milk than any other country, yet 50% of women and 25% of men are expected to have osteoprosis (brittle bone disease).
According to the authors, almost all of us are minerally deficient. They actually trace one of the roots causes of our mineral deficiency to the invention of the refridgerator. You see before we had fridges, we preserved our food using real sea salt. Natural unrefined sea salt is loaded with many minerals that our bodies require. The iodized table salt most of us grew up with it is virtually void of anything but sodium and iodine.
Did you know that our bones are made up of 12 minerals and a host of other trace minerals? If you watch the many TV commericals about how “milk does a body good”, you probably think it just takes calcium to achieve strong bones. Hence the Calcium Lie. Calcium is not only added to dairy products, but it is now often found being fortified in orange juice. It is all a big marketing scam.
There are several reasons that we tend to have such poor bone structure today. Here are just a few:
- We don’t get enough of all minerals. I’ve mentioned this, but in addition to calcium and sodium we need copper, zinc, phosphorous and a host of others.
- We think we are getting calcium from pasteurized milk and other diary products. The pasteurization process denatures the calcium so our bodies cannot use it. We have only been drinking pasteurized milk for about 150 years. Before this, people drank raw milk for thousands of years.
- We supplement with calcium. Yes you read that right. Taking calcium supplements, without getting all of the other minerals needed for healthy bones, will not only not make your bones stronger, studies have shown that the exact opposite will occur.
- We eat grains (wheat, corn, etc.) and legumes (beans, peanuts, soy) than contain phytates. Phytates bind to calcium and other minerals and vitamins, which prevents our bodies from absorbing the key nutrients.
- We don’t strength train enough (or at all). One of the advantages of resistance/strength training is that the load we bear increases bone strength.
You can pick up a copy of “The Calcium Lie II” on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Calcium-Lie-II-Imbalances-Damaging/dp/0988386658/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1459530798&sr=1-1&keywords=the+calcium+lie . Dr. Thompson advises people to have their mineral levels tested and to supplement with specific brands of a trace minerals complex. Hear is a brand Dr. Thompson recommended: http://www.amazon.com/Trace-Minerals-Research-Mineral-Tablets/dp/B000AMU0LW?ie=UTF8&refRID=KVE968CBJ3FM7QSMDNWM&ref_=pd_bia_yo_t_2 . I am using these tablets right now and I find them a bit difficult to swallow. They are pretty large, so I break them in half to make it easier. When I run out, I will not be buying tablets again, as they have a liquid form that will be much easier to take.
Fitness tip of the month: Squats
Other than deadlifts, the squat is probably the best exercise you can do when strength training. The link below talks about several varieties of squats, including bodyweight, goblet, dumbbell, back and front squats. The article also covers several common mistakes that people make when starting to perform squats. If you are not already squatting, read up and add this amazing exercise to your workout regimen.
Recipe of the month: Paleo Spring Rolls
Easter came so early this year, as it has already come and gone before my April 1 newsletter. So I figured that in honor of spring, I’d share this great recipe for Spring Rolls from Sarah Fragoso. Enjoy the recipe and the start of spring.