Alzheimer’s Disease – Your Multivitamin May Be to Blame

Many people take multivitamins that are widely advertised and are well known. Many of my patients believe that these products are good and will make them healthy. But they are wrong. At best, they are completely useless. At worst, they may even be harmful.

To begin with, most popular multivitamins are made by drug companies that are mostly interested in making money, not in providing you with the best nutrition. After all, they want you to eventually become the user of their other products.

The “vitamins” in these products are not real. They do not come from food. Instead, they are made in a factory from coal tar, petroleum, or genetically modified corn syrup. A dictionary defines a vitamin as “any of various organic substances that are essential in minute quantities for human nutrition and development as coenzymes that regulate metabolic processes.” The key word here is “organic” which means alive or coming from live source, like plants (fruits and vegetables) or animal source (meat, fish, etc.)

We cannot make vitamins (or minerals), so we have to get them from food. And this is a very important point – only food contains vitamins. The vitamins in food are very different from those in a vitamin supplement – they are real, not synthetic. A real vitamin is a combination of dozens, sometimes hundreds of components that are all present in small amounts.

A vitamin is like a watch, which contains dozens of different parts plus 2 hands. The hands show time, but not by themselves. They are able to do it because they work together with all the other parts. A vitamin, like a watch, has many ingredients, which can only be found in real food.

For example, most people think that vitamin C is ascorbic acid. But that is wrong. Actually, ascorbic acid is only a small part of vitamin C. There are many other parts, such as ascorbigen, an enzyme called tyrosinase, copper, many other trace minerals, bioflavonoids of which there are literally hundreds, J factor, and many other components. When you eat an apple or an orange or strawberries, you get all of these substances. If you take an ascorbic acid supplement, you only get ascorbic acid and nothing else. It is very easy to make ascorbic acid in a laboratory. But it is impossible to make real vitamin C.

There are a few companies that make nutritional supplements from food. If you look at their ingredients, you will find things like carrots, wheat germ, nutritional yeast, peas, etc., which are real foods. If you look at the ingredients of most popular multivitamin products (a typical list of ingredients is at the bottom of this article), you will notice that they contain synthetic ascorbic acid. Similarly, all the other “vitamins” are not real, but synthetic. And when it comes to minerals, it is even worse.

The first ingredient in most products is Calcium Carbonate. It is also known by another name – limestone. That’s right, it is made from a rock, which was powdered and added to this “multivitamin.” Do you think you are going to benefit from eating rocks? Not very likely. Your body needs organic (alive) calcium from plants or animal sources, not dead rocks. Magnesium oxide is another example of a rock. It is dirt cheap, which is why pharmaceutical companies use it. But don’t count on it making you healthy.

That is why these supplements useless. They cannot and will not make you healthier. But can they be harmful? The answer is a definite YES! If you study the list of ingredients, you will find: BHT (linked to cancer), Crospovidone (linked to lung arterial damage), FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake (a dye), Gelatin, Hypromellose, Polyethylene Glycol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Sucrose, Talc, and Sodium Aluminosilicate (Aluminum). Are these vitamins? No. Are you going to become healthier from taking BHT or FD&C Yellow No. 6? Of course not, these things just pollute your body. But there is one ingredient that is outright dangerous – aluminum.

Aluminum is a toxic metal that has no role in normal human physiology. It is like lead, mercury, and arsenic, all which are toxic for humans. It accumulates in various tissues and organs, including muscles, heart, spleen, liver, bone and especially the brain. Aluminum suppresses the production of red cells, which can produce anemia. It also interferes with normal bone metabolism, producing weak bones. It can lead to growth retardation and bone deformity in children. Aluminum increases the production of free radicals, which are harmful substances that increase the risk of inflammation, accelerated ageing, and even cancer. But the worst effect of aluminum is on your brain. It has a direct neurotoxic effect. This means that it directly damages brains cells, which leads to decreased memory, reduced ability to concentrate and even impaired intellect. Other symptoms may include nervousness, emotional instability and headache.

There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that aluminum in your brain increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The higher the aluminum exposure, the greater the risk. Studies show that Alzheimer’s patients have higher levels in their brains.

So if you want to save your brain, stay away from all aluminum sources. Other potential sources are buffered aspirins, antacids, medications for diarrhea and hemorrhoids, some toothpastes, antiperspirants, aluminum pots, aluminum foil, aluminum cans, cake and pancake mixes, self-rising flours, processed cheese foods (processed American cheese), and many other products, so check the label before using or eating.

Ingredients (from a bestselling multivitamin’s website accessed July 9, 2009):

Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Dibasic Calcium Phosphate, Magnesium Oxide, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Ascorbic Acid (Vit. C), Ferrous Fumarate, Pregelatinized Corn Starch, dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit. E). Contains 3), Chromium Picolinate, Citric Acid, Corn Starch, Crospovidone, Cupric Sulfate, Cyanocobalamin (Vit. B12), FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake, Folic Acid, Gelatin, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Hypromellose, Manganese Sulfate, Medium-Chain Triglycerides, Modified Food Starch, Niacinamide, Nickelous Sulfate, Phytonadione (Vit. K), Polyethylene Glycol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vit. B6), Riboflavin (Vit. B2), Silicon Dioxide, Sodium Ascorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Metavanadate, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenate, Sorbic Acid, Stannous Chloride, Sucrose, Talc, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vit. B1), Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherols, Tribasic Calcium Phosphate, Vitamin A Acetate (Vit. A), Zinc Oxide. May also contain



Source by Michael Teplitsky

Debunking the Food Pyramid

The traditional food pyramid has been revised and updated in 2005 by the USDA and do you know who modified the food pyramid? The USDA paid $2.5 million to a PR/marketing group to help design this new food guide pyramid, and that group is best know for doing work for the dairy industry. In fact, historically, the food guide pyramids that the USDA has created have always been about eating more food, drinking more milk and basically consuming larger and larger quantities of everything that the American food industry has produced.

Since the food pyramid was published, the rates of obesity have only continued to climb in the United States. The traditional food pyramid suggests that the “healthy” diet consists of a liberal amount of grains in the form or breads, rice, and pasta. Then you should eat a healthy amount of vegetables(3 servings) and fruits (2 servings) Third tier,lean meats,eggs and beans (3 servings) and dairy (3 servings). Eat sparingly, fats, oils and sweets.

This model is extremely misleading to the general American population as generally eating a diet high in grains and carbohydrates, is not the best for maintaining a lean, healthy mind and body.

Myth of Fat

The biggest mistake that many of us are making in our diets is we have cut out all fat, and substituted it with “low” fat substitutes. We have sacrificed many of the “good” fats, such as olive oil, buts, avocados, flax seed and fish oils, that our bodies and brain need for healthy functioning and have replaced them with “low” fat processed substitutes.

Wheat and Gluten

The standard diet is full of wheat and gluten. A typical American diet consists of toast, pancakes, a muffin, scone for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and pizza and pasta for dinner. Today, wheat is not what it was a hundred years ago. What has been genetically modified which has increased its gluten content to 90 percent. In their book Dangerous Grains, James Brady and Ron Hoggan, describe gluten as a protein that the immune system reacts to pathologically, producing inflammation. Their assertion is that gluten destroys healthy tissue through molecular cross reaction.

Empty Calories

We live in the land of plenty, we have plenty of food and plenty of calories, but what we have are foods that are nutrient deficient and full of empty calories. If you take corn or wheat out of the field and refine it, you strip away all the good nutrition. You’re left with this empty carbohydrate, and it still fits the food guide pyramid to say, “Eat more grains.”

The science of food is big business, and many companies have invested millions if not billions of dollars to create foods that #1 filled with preservatives so have a longer shelf life so they don’t need to be replaced as often, #2 are filled with additives to entice the taste buds and actually create an addictive quality. Companies are figuring out how to rearrange the molecular structure of food to make you the consumer what to buy it over and over again. They are pouring extra salt, refined sugar, and chemical taste enhancers into food as to give it an enhanced addictive flavor.

We need to stop buying into the notion that our government is taking good care of us. It is time to become aware of what you are putting into your body on a daily basis.

The Caveman Diet

I also recommend going back to the cave man days. When you think about eating something, ask yourself, “did this come directly from nature?” None of us are perfect and change happens slowly over time. Be gentle with yourself and start making small changes in your diet. Do you eat scones and coffee for breakfast? Try eggs and turkey bacon instead. Rather than have a sandwich for lunch try the salad, or have them take off the bread. I still have my moments, but in general I try to be good 80% of the time. Good health is about making good choices, but not feel like you are depriving yourself. Start where you are at and just become aware of what you are eating.

Resources:

The Anti-Inflammation Diet and Recipe Book, by Jessica Black

The Honest Food Guide: Honestfoodguide.org



Source by Sharon Hwang

How to Buy Products From Liquidators to Sell Them Off on eBay

Liquidators are a good source of products that we can sell at eBay as long as we know what we are doing. They are different from wholesalers and they have different terms and agreements. These are the variables that we need to check into so as to make Liquidated items selling a profitable one.

A liquidator normally buys their inventory from retail store chains and manufacturers especially the businesses that have shut down and still have inventory in stock. There are big Liquidation Companies that sell directly to the public. Burlington Coat Factory, Overstock.com and Big Lots are some of them. They have the financial backing and are well capitalized that makes them successful.

Liquidators buy returned items, odd lots, over runs, overstock, shelf pulls, imperfect items, bankruptcy and store closing sales. We will differentiate this type of items that they buy.

Odd lots – These are the items that are the last ones from a manufactured lot. They are small enough in quantity that the manufacturer cannot deliver to their retail stores. Most items on this category have little to no problems with them and some will still be on their original packaging.

Returns – These are items that were returned by the customer either they didn’t like it or there is something wrong with the item. These can comprise of open boxes, incomplete packages, parts that are missing, damaged goods and some non-working gadgets. If the returned items are any type of electronics, there is a big possibility and they are not working.

Shelf Pulls – These are the items that were pulled out from the shelves and clothing racks that are already out of season. They might have been on sale for a while but still nobody buys them. They can also be “display items” “test it before you buy ” items.

Over Stock / Over Runs – These are items that were purchased but in large quantities than expected. One specific example of this are merchandise that were being sold whenever a hit movie comes up. Most items on this category will still be in boxes and they can easily be sold.

Bankruptcy and Store Closings – These items are from the store that have been recently shut down or have voluntarily closed due to financial problems. With this category, you will expect high quality merchandise.. You just need to know what you are looking for.

Liquidator Shopping are good for adding stuff for you to sell on eBay. You just need to know the tips and techniques and get a thorough inspection of the items that you buy so as to prevent problems along the way.



Source by Bob A Hall

Maintenance of the Kitchen’s Most Versatile Equipment – Tilting Pan

Versatility of the Equipment

The tilting pan can be used for almost any task that has to be done in the kitchen. Foodservice operators use it for cooking, pan-frying, browning, roasting and much more. One has to name the cooking style needed and the tilting skillet is all ready for use. Whether it is cooking stews, soups, pasta, rice or sauces or pan frying food-dishes like fish fillets, donuts, fried chicken or French fries, the skillet does it all. Browning foods or simmering foods in large quantities in it becomes very easy. It can be used as an oven too to roast or bake several poultry or meat varieties of menu items. Steaming, thawing or using it as a griddle to prepare grilled vegetables, burgers, bacon, sausages, pancakes and many more items is another aspect of its functionality.

The tilting skillet comes in several capacities and several finishes. Though normally, it is made of stainless steel, other materials can be used for the cabinet components. One can go in for the countertop models or choose from the ones that rest on the floor. Floor units come with crank or electric tilting mechanisms while those of the countertop models are manual. However, when the tilting skillet is present in the kitchen it is very necessary to have an adequate number of kitchen storage bins and industrial storage bins so that you have ample space for its placement and functioning. Considering its versatility, it is but quite natural to ensure that this workhorse of the kitchen is kept in top shape all through its working life.

Maintenance Tips

Simple tips that will help to extend the working life of this equipment are given below:

• Never use high heat on the skillet when it is empty. Repeated use of high heat will compromise the heating surface or cause warping to occur.

• New tilting skillets have to be seasoned with oil before regular use. The bottom of the skillet has to be covered with oil and heated at few minute intervals as this will help to avoid sticking issues and make for easier cleaning.

• The food debris should be cleaned off from the bottom of the skillet by warming water in it using residual heat.

• Cleaning can be done effectively by using a nylon brush and warm, soapy water. At no times, harsh cleaners or rough materials to be used as this can damage the pan.

• During the cleaning, care has to be taken to ensure that water does not get sprayed on the mechanical components of the equipment.

• It is better to use the appropriate shaped utensils that go with the pan so as to avoid the pitting on the skillet.

The tilting pan is a very important piece of equipment of every commercial kitchen and has to be given the appropriate care and consideration it deserves.



Source by Varun Shah