This Is Why You Should Never Eat Pork

There are many religions that specifically forbid the consumption of pork. The meat is considered “unclean” and non-kosher. Is there a reason for this? Is there more to this religious teaching that we should all be aware of?

It seems as though the religions that condemn pork consumption are on to something, in fact there are many scientific claims to back this up.

 

Thanks to www.collective-evolution.com for the original article

Pigs are scavengers by nature, which means that they will eat almost anything, including rotten food, feces, urine, carcasses and even cancerous growths. Unfortunately the digestive system of a pig is incapable of effectively removing these accumulated toxins from the body because a pig
will digest its food entirely in about 4 hours. This is simply not long enough to remove the excess toxins that were ingested, these toxins are then stored directly in the fat cells and organs of the pig itself.

“Sweating like a pig” yet? Ironically enough, that statement isn’t true -pigs do not have sweat glands which means they are unable to remove excess toxins by sweating (like we do). So naturally this means that pork meat would be a much more toxic meat than others and when you consume it you would be taking in those toxins as well. With our current environments, we really don’t need to expose our bodies to even more toxins if we don’t have to.

According to an investigation by Consumer Reports, 69% of all raw pork samples tested (of about 200 samples) were contaminated with a dangerous bacteria known as Yersinia enteroclitica. This bacteria can cause fever, gastrointestinal illness, diarrhea, vomiting and cramps.

Ground pork was more likely to be contaminated than pork chops. This pork also tested positive for other contaminants including a controversial drug called ractopamine, which is banned China and Europe. Many of the bacteria that were found in the pork were actually resistant to multiple anti-biotics, which makes treatment problematic and potentially lethal if you were to get sick.

According to the report:

“We found salmonella, staphylococcus aureus, or listeria monocytogenes, more common causes of foodborne illness, in 3 to 7 percent of samples. And 11 percent harbored enterococcus, which can indicate fecal contamination and can cause problems such as urinary tract-infections.”

Pigs are a host to a number of parasites, viruses and other organisms, many of which can be directly transmitted to humans, some include:

  • Taenia solium -an intestinal parasite that can cause tissue infection and loss of appetite.
  • Menangle virus –a virus that can cause fever, chills, rashes, headaches and sweating.
  • Trichinella –A parasitic roundworm that can cause edema, myalgia, fever and malaise.
  • Hepatitis E –A viral inflammation that can cause fatigue, nausea and jaundice. More severe cases can lead to liver fibrosis and cirrhosis.

The study does indicate that if you were to cook the pork properly you can reduce the risk of the these parasites affecting you, but there is no guaranteed temperature for safety when it comes to pork.

If you still choose to consume pork, follow the following guidelines to increase safety.

As issued by Consumer Reports:

  • When cooking pork, use a meat thermometer to ensure that it reaches the proper internal temperature, which kills potentially harmful bacteria: at least 145° F for whole pork and 160° F for ground pork.
  • Keep raw pork and its juices separate from other foods, especially those eaten raw, such as salad.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw meat.
  • Choose pork and other meat products that were raised without drugs. One way to do that is to buy certified organic pork, from pigs raised without antibiotics or ractopamine.
  • Look for a clear statement regarding antibiotic use. “No antibiotics used” claims with a USDA Process Verified shield are more reliable than those without verification. Labels such as “Animal Welfare Approved” and “Certified Humane” indicate the prudent use of antibiotics to treat illness.
  • Watch out for misleading labels. “Natural” has nothing to do with antibiotic use or how an animal was raised. We found unapproved claims, including “no antibiotic residues,” on packages of Sprouts pork sold in California and Arizona, and “no antibiotic growth promotants” on Farmland brand pork sold in several states. We reported those to the USDA in June 2012, and the agency told us it’s working with those companies to take “appropriate actions.” When we checked in early November, Sprouts had removed the claim from its packages.

What About Organic Pasture Raised Pork?

While this pork is obviously going to be much better for you to consume, it is very hard to find, and still poses certain health concerns. Pasture raised pork is very susceptible to Trichinella spiralis infection, also known as the “pork worm.” Trichinella is one of the most widespread parasites in the whole world, it has the potential to cause some very serious health concerns. Trichinella can be killed in the cooking process but one has to follow guidelines closely to make sure the meat is cooked through.

It is said that pork can be a “healthy” meat, but this entirely depends on how it was raised as well. Most if not all of the pork most of us consume is factory farmed. According to research by Dr Mercola: “So for most all industrially raised pork, I believe there is enough scientific evidence to justify the reservations or outright prohibitions in many cultures against consuming it. Nearly all pigs raised in the U.S. come from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFO’s. These inhumane environments are typically toxic breeding grounds for pathogens.

These animals spend their short, miserable lives on concrete and steel grates. Antibiotics are given liberally with their feed, making their massive waste even more toxic.

This is why you can smell a CAFO swine operation miles before you see it. At an operation like Joel Salatin’s, you couldn’t smell any sign of pigs. These pigs were raised humanely and organically, where both animal and land are managed symbiotically.

Unfortunately, raising animals in CAFO’s is the standard for Americans. For many of us, CAFO pork is the only option available.

Granted, the occasional consumption of pork might be fine, but it’s a risk, and the more you consume it the more likely it is that you will eventually acquire some type of infection.”

If The Pressing Health Concerns Aren’t Enough…

It’s a sad fact that 97 percent of all pigs in the United States today are raised in factory farms. This means that these pigs will never get to run on grass, breathe fresh air, or play in the sun. They are cramped and crowded into huge warehouses and fed a diet largely consisting of drugs and anti-biotics to keep them alive and to encourage rapid growth.

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Many people believe that pigs are highly intelligent creatures. Some say they are smarter than dogs, and others say they are smarter than your average 3 year old. Pigs can form complex social networks and they also have excellent memories.

If pigs were given the sufficient space that they need, they wouldn’t be soiling the areas where they sleep and eat, but in the factory farms the pigs have no choice but to live in their own feces, urine and vomit. Because of this, many (about 1/4) of pigs suffer from mange, an extremely itchy painful rash that doesn’t go away.

Sadly, because of the conditions the pigs are forced to live in they are inhaling toxic gas such as ammonia that comes from the urine and feces, this gas irritates the animals lungs to the point where over 80% of the pigs raised in the U.S. have pneumonia at the time of slaughter.

The horrors that these creatures have to endure on factory farms goes on and on, what was mentioned here is just the tip of what is actually going on behind closed doors.

What Can We Do?

If you insist on eating pork, do so extremely sparingly, and if you can, make sure that it is raised without the use of anti-bitoics, hormones and other chemicals, that it has been raised on a pasture and fed a healthy diet. You have a right to choose, so choose wisely. Every single day you make a choice of what you are putting onto your fork.

Sources are embedded within this article as well as below.

http://draxe.com/why-you-should-avoid-pork/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/12/eating-pork.aspx

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These Are The The Effects Of Negative Emotions On Your Health

Stay Positive! :)

 

Humans experience an array of emotions, anything from happiness, to sadness to extreme joy and depression. Each one of these emotions creates a different feeling within the body. After all, our body releases different chemicals when we experience various things that make us happy and each chemical works to create a different environment within the body. For example if your brain releases serotonin, dopamine or oxytocin, you will feel good and happy. Conversely, if your body releases cortisol while you are stressed, you will have an entirely different feeling associated more with the body kicking into survival mode.

What about when we are thinking negative thoughts all the time? Or how about when we are thinking positive thoughts? What about when we are not emotionally charged to neither positive nor negative? Let’s explore how these affect our body and life.

Positive vs. Negative

Is there duality in our world? Sure, you could say there is to a degree, but mostly we spend a lot of time defining and judging what is to be considered as positive and what we consider to be as negative. The brain is a very powerful tool and as we define what something is or should be, we begin to have that result play out in our world. Have you ever noticed, for example that someone driving can get cut off and lose their lid, get angry and suddenly they are feeling negative, down and in  bad mood? Whereas someone else can get cut off while driving and simply apply the brake slightly and move on with their day as if nothing happened. In this case, the same experience yet one sees it as negative while the other doesn’t. So are things innately positive and negative? Or do we define things as positive and negative?

Cut The Perceptions As Much As Possible

After thinking about it for a moment you might realize that there are in fact no positive or negative experiences other than what we define as such. Therefore our very perception of an experience or situation has the ultimate power as to how we will feel when it’s happening and how our bodies will be affected. While we can always work to move beyond our definitions of each experience and move into a state of mind/awareness/consciousness where we simply accept each experience for what it is and use it as a learning grounds for us, we may not be there yet and so it’s important to understand how certain emotions can affect our health.

“If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him.” ~ Hippocrates

Mind Body Connection

The connection between your mind and body is very powerful and although it cannot be visually seen, the effects your mind can have on your physical body are profound. We can have an overall positive mental attitude and deal directly with our internal challenges and in turn create a healthy lifestyle or we can be in negative, have self destructive thoughts and not deal with our internal issues, possibly even cloak those issues with affirmations and positivity without finding the route and in turn we can create an unhealthy lifestyle. Why is this?

Our emotions and experiences are essentially energy and they can be stored in the cellular memory of our bodies. Have you ever experienced something in your life that left an emotional mark or pain in a certain area of your body? Almost as if you can still feel something that may have happened to you? It is likely because in that area of your body you still hold energy released from that experience that is remaining in that area. I came across an interesting chart that explores some possible areas that various emotions might affect the body.

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When you have a pain, tightness or injuries in certain areas, it’s often related to something emotionally you are feeling within yourself. At first glance it may not seem this way because we are usually very out of touch with ourselves and our emotions in this fast paced world, but it’s often the truth. When I’ve had chronic pains in my back, knees, neck or shoulders, it wasn’t exercise, physio or anything in a physical sense that healed it, it was when I dealt with the emotions behind it. I know this because I spent the time and money going to physio and even though I wanted and believed I would get better, something wasn’t being addressed still. The more I addressed the unconscious thought pattern and emotions throughout my body, the more things loosened up and pain went away.

When you get sick or are feeling a lot of tightness and pain, often times our body is asking us to observe yourself and find peace once again within yourself and your environment. It’s all a learning and growing process we don’t have to judge nor fear.

You Have The Power

Davis Suzuki wrote in ‘The Sacred Balance’, ‘condensed molecules from breath exhaled from verbal expressions of anger, hatred, and jealousy, contain toxins. Accumulated over 1 hr, these toxins are enough to kill 80 guinea pigs!’ Can you now imagine the harm you are doing to your body when you stay within negative emotions or unprocessed emotional experience throughout the body?

Remember, you have all the power in you to get through anything life throws at you. Instead of labeling with perception the concepts of negative and positive as it relates to each experience you have in your life, try to see things from a  big picture standpoint. Ask yourself, how can this help me to see or learn something? Can I use this to shift my perception? Clear some emotion within myself? Realize something within another and accept it? Whatever it may be, instead of simply reacting, slow things down and observe. You will find you have the tools to process emotions and illness quickly when you see them for what they are and explore why they came up. If you believe you will get sick all the time, and believe you have pain because it’s all out of your control, you will continue to have it all in an uncontrollable manner until you realize the control you have over much of what we attract within the body.

Sources:
http://www.collective-evolution.com/

Man Learns If He Still Has Cancer

After months, Jake Bouma finally gets the results of how is cancer responded to the treatment.  Anybody who has been through this knows how emotionally charged a moment like this can be.  Jake had gone through four rounds of chemotherapy to treat his Hodgkin lymphoma.

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A Chemical Found In Colgate Toothpaste Is Now Linked To Cancer

Original article found at www.collective-evolution.com

A chemical found in one of North America’s most popular toothpastes, Colgate Total, has been linked to cancer and other harmful health ailments.

It’s called triclosan, it’s also used  in antiperspirants/deodorants, cleansers, and hand sanitizers as a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent. In addition to cosmetics and Colgate toothpaste, triclosan is  used as an antibacterial agent in laundry detergent, facial tissues, and antiseptics for wounds, as well as a preservative to resist bacteria, fungus, mildew and odors in other household products that are sometimes advertized as “anti-bacterial.” These products include garbage bags, toys, linens, mattresses, toilet fixtures, clothing, furniture fabric, and more.

A recent study published in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology found that the chemical encourages cancer-cell growth. Various studies over the past few years have clearly outlined the health dangers associated with this chemical.(1)

Don’t forget, the government and corporations used to tell us that asbestos, PCB’s and DDT were all deemed safe and effective, yet all of these chemicals have since been banned.

Triclosan can also pass through the skin and interfere with hormone function (endocrine disruption). (2)(3) It doesn’t stop there, a study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives from 2008 shows how scientists detected triclosan in the urine of nearly 75 percent of those tested (2,517 people age six or older). (4)

The Canadian Medical Association has even called for a ban on products that contain Triclosan. (5)

Colgate says that the chemical is safe, in doing so they cited the Food and Drug Administrations (FDA)  process that led to its approval in the first place. But according to Bloomberg:

“A closer look at that application process, however, reveals that some of the scientific findings Colgate put forward to establish triclosan’s safety in toothpaste weren’t black and white — and weren’t, until this year, available to the public.” (source)

Believe it or not, these documents were actually withheld from public viewing by the FDA. It’s also important to note that major corporations and the FDA are pretty much the same thing, and these corporations have a big influence over government policy. The only reason that the documents were recently released is because of a lawsuit that was filed over a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

The FDA report raised concerns that the chemical could cause cancer. You can view the release of the document HERE.

According to Bloomberg:

“The pages show how even with one of the U.S.’s most stringent regulatory processes — FDA approval of a new drug — the government relies on company-backed science to show products are safe and effective. The recently released pages, taken alongside new research on triclosan, raise questions about whether the agency did appropriate due diligence in approving [Colgate] Total 17 years ago, and whether its approval should stand in light of new research, said three scientists who reviewed the pages at Bloomberg News’s request.”(source)

Despite all the evidence, Colgate still maintains that everything is fine and there is nothing to worry about. Will you believe them? Will you continue to put your trust in these corporations instead of doing the research yourself? By now it’s clear that these corporations are not really concerned with safety or care, but more so about profit and making people sick, as well as contributing to the concealment of scientific data. The same shareholders that own these companies who are behind the distribution of these products are also holding major shares in various drug companies. There is profit to be had from making people sick.

Colgate has said that it has no plans to reformulate the toothpaste.

It’s remarkable how easy it is to head over to the drug-store to pick up cosmetics, household cleaning products, soap, shampoo, toothpaste and other necessities without ever thinking about how it’s made, what goes into it, the science behind it and the health hazards that are associated with doing so.

More information is coming to light, especially within the past few years. The rate at which people are waking up and starting to critically question what we choose to surround ourselves with on  a daily basis is increasing exponentially. Most importantly, people are starting to make better choices.

Sources:

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/nda/97/020231_total_toc.cfm

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-11/in-35-pages-buried-at-fda-worries-over-colgate-s-total.html

http://davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/chemicals-in-your-cosmetics—triclosan/

(1) http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/tx5000156

(2) Calafat, A. “Urinary Concentrations of Triclosan in the U.S. Population: 2003-2004.” _Environ Health Perspect _116, 3(Mar 2008):303-307

(3) Gee, RH et al. “Oestrogenic and androgenic activity of triclosan in breast cancer cells.” Appl Toxicol.28, 1 (Jan 2008):78-91

(4) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2265044/

(5)http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/experts-concerned-about-dangers-of-antibacterial-products/article4282875/

Why I Kicked My Keurig to the Curb.

This article was originally published on www.GreenMedInfo.com. Join their free GreenMedInfo.com newsletter.

What busy person doesn’t love the idea of having a personal cup of coffee instantly with the push of a button. Many people are delighted when the Keurig machines show up in the workplace or doctor’s waiting room. I loved the idea. I bought one from Costco along with the handy unit to store those awkward K Cups.  I, of course, insisted on the Newman’s Organic K Cups for my coffee choice.

We stocked our hot beverage center with a variety of flavored K Cups.

Then that little voice in my head started asking questions

I pushed those concerns away for the sake of convenience (after all, filling my own coffee filter with fresh ground coffee takes all of what … two minutes? I’m a busy person, just like you!).

I wondered:

  • How fresh is the coffee in a K Cup?
  • What toxins am I exposing myself to as the hot water forces the coffee through the little holes poked in the plastic cup?
  • What is that lid made of that is poked at the top to allow the water to enter the cup?
  • What chemicals are used in the flavored coffee selections?
  • Is there a filter inside the plastic cup? What is it made of and how is it secured inside the plastic cup?

If you own a Keurig, please continue reading this post because what I discovered is shocking and sickening. This will explain why I am kicking my Keurig to the curb.

Is Your Keurig Harboring Mold and Bacteria?

When I packed up my kitchen to move 500 miles south, I wanted to make sure that my Keurig was completely empty and dry before it went on the moving truck. IMPOSSIBLE!

Keurig.com states, “Once your Keurig home brewer has been primed, you cannot empty the water from the inside. The internal tank of the brewer cannot be drained.”

The microbiologist in me is disgusted at the thought. Back in the day when I worked in a hospital lab, we emptied all water reservoirs daily or they would grow bacteria and a biofilm could develop. You are familiar with biofilms if you ever cleaned the goo out of a flower vase after the flowers have died. Biofilms are found wherever there is water and a surface to stick to (like your shower curtain).

The rubber tubing and the internal tank of the Keurig cannot be drained. It is possible that bacteria and mold are happily living inside that hidden water tank where it is nice, dark, and warm. Another mold-magnet is that black rubber ring on the bottom of the exterior water container. Look now! Is there green or black slime? Ewwwww (biofilm!).

Donna Duberg, M.A., M.S., an assistant professor of clinical laboratory science at Saint Louis University said, “Bacteria forms a slick biofilm when grown in moist, dark places, and so do molds.”

No, your coffee bean’s antibacterial action is not enough to kill these microbes that are floating through the system. Duberg said, “There is research which shows that it is only about 50 percent effective in killing bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus mutans, and molds.”

No, your water is not getting hot enough to kill all microbes that are living in your coffee system. For that to happen, the water would need to reach boiling temperature and stay there for one minute.  And, for heaven’s sake, wash your workplace coffee mug with dish soap and water. Researchers found that half of workplace coffee mugs were contaminated with fecal bacteria.

Can you clean the Keurig? The first step is to empty out the exterior water tank and look inside the tank. Does it feel slimy? Clean and dry that tank and run a few cycles of diluted vinegar through the Keurig. Good luck with that.  One person said, “I could still smell a moldy aroma after doing quite a few vinegar cycles. There were also black, floaty things in my cup even when I just brewed hot water.”

Plastic K Cups Conundrum

The Plastic – The K Cup is a composite plastic, #7. Although this is technically BPA-free, the chemicals from the composite plastic are not safe and they still have estrogenic activity. As long as I mentioned fake estrogens coming from the plastic in your K Cup, don’t make a bad situation worse by adding soy milk to your coffee! (Men, would you like “moobs” with your mocha and soy?).

The Cups Are Non-Recyclable – This is a big problem for the environment since we have seen an explosion in the use of single cup coffee makers, like Keurig, in the last few years. MotherJones.com reported, over 8.3 billion K Cups a year are discarded, enough to circle the earth 10.5 times!

The Lid is Polyethylene Coated Foil.

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Aluminum foil. Yes, we would like to avoid aluminum because of the connection with the biggies:

Dr. Stephanie Seneff, PhD recently gave a talk, “How aluminum and glyphosate (Roundup) collaborate to cause anxiety, depression, autism and celiac disease”  you can still get MP3s and transcripts if you are interested.

The Filter – The filter is made of filter paper and ? – I don’t know but somehow it is fused or glued inside the plastic cup.

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Reusable K Cups –  Although there are reusable K Cups called My K-Cup on the market, you are still faced with the stagnant water situation and hidden water tanks and tubing that cannot be cleaned. The reusable My K Cup still needs to be filled every time you make a cup of coffee and the filter needs to be cleaned every time. There goes your convenience, but if you are willing to risk the microbes, then this is better for the environment and more economical.

The Coffee – The flavored coffee K cups are typically flavored with “natural” or artificial flavors. We know that food manufacturers use these names to hide ingredients that act like MSG, a neurotoxin. I help people get to the root cause of chronic migraines and headaches. Often these MSG flavors are causing the problem.

One Keurig K cup user complained of nausea, fatigue, dizziness and vomiting. “This all started when my work got a Keurig machine and I started drinking their tea regularly.”

Another user reported, “I have noticed when I use the K Cups on a daily basis, my lips tend to get dry and numb on the outside.”

One of my clients noticed a connection between skin rashes and the use of the Keurig K cups with flavoring.

 

Well, Do You?

Do you care about the taste and quality of your coffee?

Do you care about the environment and the workers in the coffee bean industry?

Do you care about your health?

There is nothing like a steaming hot cup of freshly brewed coffee made with quality coffee beans. Using the Keurig was easy, but the taste was marginal. I do not consider myself a coffee connoisseur, but I love a good cup of coffee. Finally, I allowed myself to consider all the issues with the Keurig and I decided to kick my Keurig to the curb.

Now That’s a Good Cup of Coffee

The coffee beans you purchase should look inky black and ideally they are Fair Tradeorganic and shade grown.

  • The coffee beans should have been grown and processed without the use of pesticides, herbicide or chemicals.  “Most people are not aware that regular coffee consumption can be a significant source of pesticides. According to the CS Monitor, conventional farmers apply up to 250 pounds of chemical fertilizers per acre!” – Mercola.com

Are you sipping pesticides with your brew?

  • We know that pesticides are contributing to the growing rate of cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and miscarriage.
  • Use non-bleached filters. White filters have been bleached with chlorinated bleach.
  • Shade grown coffee is better tasting coffee because shade-coffee beans ripen more slowly, resulting in a richer flavor. More importantly it is better for the environment and provides a healthier environment for the workers.

When shopping look for Organic, fair trade, shade grown beans. Get a grinder and grind at home. Brew using spring water.

 

French Press Coffee Raises Triglycerides

Many people consider the French Press to be the ultimate coffee brewing method. Coarse ground coffee is allowed to steep for several minutes in boiling water in the French Press. The result is a richer, fuller flavor with more aroma and a more delightful coffee experience. It is interesting to note that French Press coffee is higher in cafestol, a fraction of coffee that has been shown in studies to raise triglycerides and LDL cholesterol. Using a non-bleached coffee filter with a coffee maker will remove the cafestol. Here is a link to one of the 15 studies found on PubMed.gov.

Is Coffee Healthy?

For the general population the evidence from several large studies suggests that moderate coffee drinking is not detrimental to health and may have several health benefits. If coffee gives you the shakes, disturbs sleep, and increases stress, then cut back or eliminate coffee. It is never healthy to drink pesticides in coffee. It is never healthy to have an increased exposure to estrogenic compounds from plastic K Cups. It is never healthy to continue to make coffee with any machine that is harboring mold and bacteria.

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Java Chip Frappuccino, 460 calories, 90g carbs (22.5 tsp sugar).

Stop Drinking Froo Froo Coffee Drinks

The cafe on the corner may be serving up delicious coffee drinks, but take the time to look up the ingredients and calorie content of your favorite drink. Many contain artificial flavors (MSG), high fructose corn syrup, caramel color and preservatives. Here are some examples of Froo Froo Drinks to avoid:

  • Starbucks Frappuccino – The Java Chip Frappuccino is making you fat and sick! 460 calories for the biggie but worse than that it delivers 22.5 tsp of sugar to your blood stream (90g carbs). This amount of carbohydrate in liquid calories is a disaster for your blood sugar, and it will be too much for the body to handle effectively so the excess sugar will be sent to the liver where it is turned into F.A.T.

 

  • Dunkin Donuts Coolatta – The Frozen Caramel Coffee Coolatta is making you fat and sick! 600 calories for the large mocha with skim milk. This little darling will deliver 36 tsp of sugar to your bloodstream (144g carbs) leaving you too full for your next meal but packing on the fat from the excess sugar. Frozen Caramel Mocha Coffee Coolatta with skim milk. 600 calories, 144g carbs (36 tsp sugar).

Life is too short to drink bad coffee.

Get the good beans, grind them fresh, brew it yourself. Be good to yourself. Be good to the earth.

This Sheet Shows How Much The McDonald’s Menu Actually Costs

McDonalds is one of the largest fast food franchise in the world, the average distance from any one point (in the US) being about 115 miles away. While the price tag on any menu option or meal is relatively cheap, its food has lately become recognized as less-than-optimal for many reasons.

Being high in trans and saturated fats, toxic chemicals (such as putty and cosmetic petrochemicals), and low quality animal products, most fast food meals contribute to an increase in ‘bad’ cholesterol, a raised Diabetes risk, lowered immunity, and damaged DNA.  And for both client and corporation, the low costs are not what they seem.

A leaked sheet displaying the true food costs of McDonald’s meal may add to the discussion for others to deeply consider just what they are consuming and how much their health is worth.

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While it is normal for a company to seek profit, the list is shared in effort to raise food awareness and assist consumers in becoming more vigilant. McDonalds is not the only fast food company that operates with such low food costs and charges a much higher price. KFC, Wendy’s, and other restaurants are all selling chemically laden, poor quality, and highly refined meals to a public desperately in need of nutrient-dense, real food options.

With the obesity epidemic continuing to increase (current statistics state 1/3, or 37.5% of the population is overweight or obese in the US) and unsatisfactory results from Western medicine modalities, change is imperatively needed.

What most do not realize is that the low cost of a cheeseburger is only one reason the packaged meals are so appealing. Franken-foods born of genetically modified sources, refined sugars, hormones, and preservatives wreak havoc physiologically in the body.

An addictive cycle is born from consuming the readily available foods, and it’s one that will have disastrous effect in the future.

Studies report that from a basic economic perspective, little to no money is saved when it comes to long-term health costs. In fact, True Activist has previously covered how it is possible to break this cycle and eat healthily for only about $1 more per day.

Raising awareness of just how lacking processed foods are is one option, sharing this post is another. Being the change in the end is always the best way to positively influence others and contribute to a world vision where only healthy, life-promoting foods are available.

 

Sources:

McDonalds & Chemicals

Effect of Fast Food

Why Fast Food is Addicting, Scientific Review