Top Foods to Avoid: Aspartame

Top Foods to Avoid: Aspartame

Aspartame (the full name is aspartylphenylalanine) is a synthetic sweeter that is marketed as a low calorie product and is often used ostensibly in conjunction with diabetes management and weight loss. The controversial sugar substitute is sold as NutriSweet, Equal and Aminosweet and is an ingredient in thousands of food and beverage products worldwide.

Aspartame contains only 4 calories per gram and is 180 to 200 times sweeter than sucrose (common table sugar). The artificial sweetener is highly touted by big food as ‘safe for human consumption’ and is commonly found in foods and drinks like diet sodas, chewing gum, sugar-free ice cream, reduced-calorie fruit juice (like Tropicana), yogurt, and sugarless candy.

The sweetener was discovered by chance when two substances were mixed together and inadvertently ingested. It is a synthetic compound of phenylalanine and aspartic acid and 10 percent of its molecular structure is methanol (methyl alcohol or wood … Read the rest

How and Why I Protect Myself from Glyphosate

How and Why I Protect Myself from Glyphosate

Glyphosate is one of the active ingredients in Roundup® – the most commonly used herbicide in the world.  Most of us are exposed to glyphosate every day, often without realizing it.  In fact, an estimated 93% of Americans have glyphosate in their bodies, with children having the highest level, according to a 2015 study by the University of California at San Francisco.  Glyphosate can be found in breast milk, drinking water, rain samples, and the food we feed our families.  It’s sprayed on food crops, playgrounds, parks, school grounds, and yards.   So, how can you escape it?

It’s nearly impossible to completely avoid glyphosate, but there are steps you can take to dramatically reduce your exposure.  Here’s how and why I protect myself from glyphosate.

Why I Protect Myself from Glyphosate:

  1. Glyphosate is a patented antibiotic, which means it kills “good” microbes in your gastrointestinal tract, as well
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Healing the Gut–will new AI technology make your MD obsolete?

Healing the Gut–will new AI technology make your MD obsolete?

“So, I want to give you a sense of the
amount of data that you can get from a single sample, right? If I get stool
sample and go through the lab process and generate the data that corresponds to
that one sample, it’s several gigabytes of data. In fact, if you think about it
as the number of books that you might want to read or something, in one sample
there’s the equivalent of a public library’s worth of books.” Guru Banavar from
the Interconnected series

Imagine a world where
everything you need to know about yourself was as close as your bathroom.  Years ago, stool specimens were mostly used
for detecting occult blood, bacteria or parasites.  Artificial Intelligence data can now give you
an entire library of information about your gut microbiome from one stool
specimen—the deficiencies in nutrients, and toxicities that are causing

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Cigars vs Cigarettes: The lesser of two cancer causing evils

Cigars vs Cigarettes: The lesser of two cancer causing evils

While both cigars and cigarettes contain tobacco, there are
some differences between these two forms of smoking. The obvious, visible
difference is that a cigar is wrapped in leaf tobacco, while a cigarette is
wrapped in paper that does not contain tobacco. In general, cigars are bigger,
more expensive, last longer and thicker, and have more tobacco.

Regardless, both types can cause cancer.

One cigar can contain as much tobacco as one pack of cigarettes,
which is close to 200 mg of nicotine. Cigarettes contain about 10 mg of
nicotine. Therefore, cigars are typically saved for special occasions and
events. Cigar smoking is often considered more sophisticated. They’re more
popular in the U.S. then other places in the world, and more popular among men
than women. Cigars have a masculine appeal and are associated with capitalism. Statistics
show that 21% of adults smoke cigarettes, while 2.2% of adults smoke cigars.… Read the rest