The Bad

Air Fresheners 

Did you know that the chemicals used in air fresheners have not been tested for their impact on the health of humans.

I visited a client’s house (I’m an Architect) a while back where every room in the house had an air freshener in it. I quickly became faint headed and eventually developed a headache that stayed with me for the rest of the day. The house was rented and the tenants were very overweight, pale to the point of grey, and looked seriously miserable.

If you want to add fragrance to the air use essential oils in a burner and open windows for fresh air.

Caffeine

Caffeine is a highly addictive chemical that interferes with the brains ability to know when to relax, hence it gives you the “sensation” of having energy and alertness. One of its problems is that as with most drugs the body gets used to it and needs progressively more caffeine to get the desired effect.

Caffeine causes dehydration - this deprives the body of necessary water needed to move nutrients throughout the body, eliminate waste and digest food. It also obstructs the absorption of magnesium which is necessary for healthy bowels movements (i.e. causes constipation). Lack of magnesium is also associated with muscle cramping and restless legs syndrome.

If it is the taste and smell of real coffee you like, as I do, try Water Decaffeinated Certified Organic Fairtrade Coffee. I make it in a plunger and give it to all my friends - no one yet has guessed that it is decaffeinated. Available at most large supermarkets.

Regular decaffeinated coffee is BAD STUFF. Chemical solvents are used to extract the caffeine. If it is a choice between regular caffeinated coffee and chemically decaffeinated coffee I would go for the regular stuff. By the way benzene is no longer used to extract caffeine from coffee - that info dates back to a 1905 process.

Caffeine & Pregnancy

    by    Dr William Campbell Douglass II

    According to a study that's just been released, pregnant women who consume over 200 mg of caffeine per day have TWICE the risk of miscarriage than women who consume no caffeine at all. Two hundred milligrams of caffeine is roughly the amount that's found in just two cups of coffee.

    The problem with caffeine is that it can be easily absorbed into the placenta and transferred to the still-developing foetus, which can't metabolise the substance. Throw in the potential for caffeine to influence foetal cell development and decrease critical blood flow to the nourishing placenta and … well, if more pregnant women knew about these facts, they'd probably stay as far away from caffeine as they would from rat poison.

    The fact that only 200 mgs can have such a devastating effect on a pregnancy is big — and scary — news. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists doesn't yet have a recommended caffeine limit for pregnant women.

    The study also found that the source of the caffeine DID NOT MATTER. Those potentially damaging 200 mg can come from coffee, tea, soft drinks, hot chocolate, candy bars … any place where caffeine is found. Unfortunately, most people have the misconception that most caffeine comes from beverages — but that's incredibly far from the truth. Any man who's seen his pregnant wife indulge in a couple of helpings of chocolate ice cream during a first-trimester craving is sure to shudder at this.

    When so little caffeine has been found to increase the potential risks of a pregnancy so significantly, it makes you wonder why any expecting mother would play around with consuming any caffeine at all. I was surprised to read that one obstetrician reviewed the findings of the study and concurred that there's "a definitive correlation between caffeine consumption and miscarriage"—and yet stated only that pregnant women should "significantly decrease" the intake of caffeine.

    "Cutting down" doesn't cut it. If I were you, I'd tell my daughter or granddaughter to lay off the caffeine altogether while she's pregnant. Better safe than sorry.

Constipation

The biggest problem is foods that are slow or difficult to digest. These are also foods that are naturally low in fibre. Most of these are best avoided all the time but especially if you are constipated.

   - Meat,

   - Dairy,

   - Wheat, especially and grains generally,

   - Anti-inflammatory drugs, iron supplements, anti-depressants, etc.,

   - Potatoes,

   - Processed foods,

   - Fried Foods,

   - Caffeine.

While the problem is severe also avoid naturally binding foods.

   - Bananas,

   - Rice,

   - Fruit juices (have the whole fruit in a smoothie).

Dairy

Are you still breast feeding?

if you are drinking milk, then you are.

It’s called “Cross-species adult breast feeding”

I remember at school we were given milk to drink every day - I did not like it much then but most of the time I drank it because, well that is what you do when you are a kid.

By my teens I had already started to question my relationship to milk - I just didn’t feel good drinking the stuff. Cheese on the other hand tasted really nice. I met other people who felt the same and we learnt that there was quite a body of study that was clearly suggesting that cows milk and humans were not a good mix.

My first eye opening exposure to the potential risks associated with drinking milk was on the Phil Donahue Show maybe 15-20 years ago. On that show was a young boy who had spent his entire life in a home for severely physically and mentally handicapped children. At the age of 8 or 9 (I can not remember) while living in the home he one-day became “normal”. No one could believe what had happened. After careful study of any changes that had occurred it was found that that week the menu had been changed and it included absolutely no dairy.

To confirm what was a suspicion the child was given a glass of milk to drink - this was filmed - within minutes the child reverted back the to his previous severely physically and mentally handicapped condition, curling up on the floor in a foetal position - the position he had already spent most of his life in.

Clearly this child’s reaction to milk was extreme, but it left me thinking - if this person can be this effected by milk, surely we must all be at least potentially effected by it - what was it that we were feeding ourselves!

(I will write more latter - I can assure you that I have not finished with milk yet)

Fluorescent Light

According to the British Association of Dermatologists: Fluorescent light bulbs can exacerbate symptoms in people with a variety of diseases and conditions including dermatitis, eczema, lupus, photosensitivity, porphyria, Xeroderma Pigmentosum, migraines and even seizures in epileptics.

Laxatives

Like most things that have good uses, laxatives can be abused.

I have heard of people (especially young girls) who mistakenly think that they can loose weight by taking laxatives. This is shortsighted at best insane at worst.

Laxatives will cause you to empty the content of your bowels rather quickly. In doing that you will only loose the weight of the waste that is in there. You will not loose body mass - not initially anyway. If you keep on taking laxatives you will interfere with your digestive system - you will cause your body to eliminate the food you have eaten before it has a chance to take the nutrients it needs from it. Because this will eventually bring about malnutrition the body will go into defensive mode and depending on your diet may mean that your body will try and hold onto anything it can just to survive, including holding onto toxins and excess fats. You will unquestionably be getting messages from your body telling you that it is hungry - you will want to eat more.

If you really want to loose weight to within the healthy BMI range eat nutrient dense, organic, fresh, raw fruits, vegetables nuts and seeds. It is so easy - it tastes great - and you can eat as much as you want - you won’t eat too much though - the body will thank you when it has had what it needs and you will not feel hungry.

My wife and I both lost 9 kg in three months and over that time we ate all we wanted - it was all raw and all vegan and almost no grains. We were just above the healthy BMI range and now are comfortably within it.

Meat

I know I am going to get many people disagreeing with me. That is OK. I am only expressing what I have found to be true for me through my experience and what resonates with me in what I have read.

I have learnt to assess the food I eat via how it makes me feel rather than how most people assess their food, which it how it tastes.

I noticed that the morning after eating meat:

  • my stomach felt like a rock was sitting in it,
  • my eyes were heavy and I felt more tied then if I had not eaten meat.

I my research I have found out some interesting bits of information about humans and eating meat.

  • meat is one of the most acid forming foods you can eat. The human body needs to be alkaline, one of the things it will do to get there is to take calcium from your bones to reduce the acidity. An acidic blood system is cancer conducive.
  • the stomach acid of meat eating animals is twenty as strong a human stomach acid.
  • humans do not instinctively eat meat. We do not salivate at the sight of an animal. If you were walking your dog and saw a dead animal on the side of the road, your dog would go straight to the animal looking for a snack. You on the other hand are likely to walk as far around it as possible.
  • the intestinal tract of meat eating animals is relatively short compared to the human intestinal tract which means that food can pass quite quickly through their system. This is important because flesh decays rapidly forming toxic compounds that poison the bloodstream if they remain in the body too long. Bowel cancer is very prevalent in meat eaters. 
  • the intestinal tract of meat eating animals is smooth/straight unlike that of humans, where the intestinal tract is ribbed. The ribbed form of the human intestinal tract requires regular cleaning so as to not accumulate waste. This done by the fibre we get from fruits, vegetables, grains and seeds - meat does not have fibre and so contributes to congestion in the colon.

So why do we eat meat. Humans are capable of choices that enable us to override instinct. This enables us to do many wonderful things - transport, communication, technology -  but some self destructive things too - chemicals in food - weapons - man-made poverty.

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