1. FALSE: With 50%+ of our population obese and with childhood diabetes on the rise, processed foods lives at the heart of these illnesses. “Everyone has a predictable future, a future that would automatically occur by doing the things you do all the time. When we eat well, move our bodies, stay in tune with the natural order of things, we feel good, right? When we eat chemicalized, artificial junk foods, we create a predictable future of weight gain and health issues like low energy and sleep problems” Joshua Rosenthal, MScED Founder and Director, Institute for Integrative Nutritional.
2. TRUE: However, tofu is an overused product that often creates havoc in women especially those diagnosed with thyroidism. Soy cheese is a manipulated over processed food. Soy is one of the most genetically modified foods (like corn) that are entering our food systems. Tofu must be organic to avoid the GMO (genetically modified organism) dilemma and consumed in small amounts as the Japanese do in their miso soup.
3. FALSE: If we consumed a balanced diet with unprocessed whole grains; brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, wild rice; etc., whole plant foods; a large variety of colored vegetables (green, red, orange, yellow, brown – roots vegetables and seasonal fruit), we don’t need additional sugar. We get all the sugar our body needs from food. The first US sugar refinery was built in 1689. Initially colonists sprinkled a teaspoon on their food. Within 10 years consumption was 4 pounds a year. Currently estimates show we consume over 43 pounds a year of this refined product that lacks vitamins, minerals and fiber.
4. FALSE: Dr. Mercola’s article is just one of several written about microwaves, http://www.mercola.com/article/microwave/hazards.htm <http://www.mercola.com/article/microwave/hazards.htm. The information he covers can be generally summed up with this comment from HSI Panelist Allan Spreen, M.D., that appeared in the e-Alert “Micro Management” (1/27/03): “What studies exist are all bad news for microwaving – they universally describe some type of damage. One study showed breakdown of vitamin B-12 to inactive degradation products in microwaved foods. There’s also a problem with release of potentially toxic molecules into the food from packaging designed to help brown food during microwaving. This includes items such as pizza, French fries, waffles, popcorn and breaded fish.” There is too much controversy exists over the use of microwaving our foods. I highly recommend avoiding the microwave and returning to the old fashion way of cooking with pots and pans on the stove.
5. FALSE: Organic foods are pesticide free. Consuming clean whole unprocessed foods, free of pesticides and chemicals support our health. Eating foods the way our great grandparents did; free of chemicals.
6. FALSE: A full glass of orange juice has far too much sugar spiking the blood sugar. It is best to eat oranges in their natural form; peeling and eating the entire inner part of the orange, pulp for fiber and the right amount of vitamins and natural sugar for the body.
7. TRUE: When you make time to eat your food, away from your computer, t.v., cell phone in a pleasant environment, helps the entire digestive process. Slowly chewing your food releases the digestive enzymes needed to digest the carbohydrates that are broken down in the mouth
8. TRUE: A balance diet of whole organic foods, while supporting the acid and alkaline balance greatly impacts bone health.
9. FALSE: The USA and New Zealand are the only countries that allow advertising on television of pharmaceuticals. Every $1 spent on drug advertising yields $4 in sales. The USA’s population is 4.5% of the world but over 65% of American homes take prescription drugs. Since DTCA (Direct to Consumer Advertising) was authorized in the US in 1997, companies have massively increased television and radio advertising. Pharmaceutical sales are increasing at 12-15% per year. In a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 30% of a representative sample of 1,872 people interviewed said they had spoken to a doctor about a medicine that they had seen advertised on the television or in the press. (3) Understanding the effects of Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Advertising, November 2001, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
10.TRUE: Random acts of kindness releases positive hormones, lifting ones spirit and changing ones attitude