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I know – that sounds a bit odd – but I just ran across an article with research that shows that according to census data HALF of the people in the United States of America live in 146 of the 3,000 counties in the states.

Their map shows the blue areas where people live and it sure seems that people prefer to live in more populated areas.

Do you?

List of COUNTIES at:

Half of the United States Live In These Counties

Is Sugar A Grain?

I really want to be accurate so I can say that SUGAR is a GRAIN but I am finding conflicting info on sugar being a grain.

According to wikipedia it is in the same family as wheat which is definitely a grain…

“Sugarcane belongs to the grass family (Poaceae), an economically important seed plant family that includes maize, wheat, rice, and sorghum and many forage crops. “

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugarcane

Accoding to Doug Kaufmann – his Phase One Diet page says sugar is a grain:

“While on the Phase one Diet, we avoid all grains – including corn, and sugar, both of which are grains. Seeds are different than grains and sometimes seeds are called false grains, or “pseudo-grains.” Seeds such as sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, and chia seeds are permitted on our Phase one diet. On Phase two, moderate use of certain grains like oatmeal or flour tortillas is allowed while continuing to eat pseudo-grains like buckwheat, amaranth and quinoa-again, in moderation.”

http://www.knowthecause.com/index.php/get-started

More on grains at Grain Belly

Me, personally, I still drink coffee every morning when I get up.

A coffee habit can be unhealthy in a lot of ways. Not necessarily the coffee itself, but more so it’s all the junk we put in coffee. Yes – I know – a lot of respected people say don’t drink it – or drink it in moderation, but there are health benefits to coffee and after all there are those of us who like it.

I’ll save the detailed conversation about coffee itself for another time, but I would like to point out that if you are going to drink coffee, you should consider using it without sugar and instead use heavy cream (aka whipping cream) to make it taste good.

Personally I have managed to consume coffee without sugar for at least 5 years. That was one of the hardest health transitions I ever had to make. I loved my coffee with sugar.

Worse than consuming just bad old sugar in my coffee I was also one of those using fake creamers and even worse those flavored cream concoctions that tasted so good (like candy).

That was back when I though drinking diet sodas was being healthy.

But as I learned more about nutrition and especially how sugar in particlular was causing a lot of health problems I started making an effort to eliminate it from my diet.

Around the time I learned about the Phase One Diet and Know The Cause I gave up drinking sodas completely (even Ginger Ale) and I began substituting honey for sugar in my coffee.

I didn’t think honey was exactly “Phase One Diet” friendly, but I thought it was better than using sugar.

I also tried agave nectar in my coffee, although I didn’t really connect with that.

Thanks to Doug Kaufman and some information I have learned from him and the guests on his show and elsewhere, I have found that coffee tastes good without any sweetener if you use cinnamon or unsweetened chocolate (pure cocoa powder) along with a heavy unsweetened cream (at Trader Joes it is called Whipping Cream).

Cinnamon by the way is anti-fungal as are a lot of the foods and vitamins that are good for us :’>

Is cream healthy? It certainly is healthier than artificial creamers and flavored garbage for coffee.

I am curious because from time to time I have noticed that cream (yet more often milk and dairy) gets slammed in articles and diet instructions.

Since unsweetened whipping cream is considered OK in moderation on the Phase One and Phase Two diets and used in many Phase 1 friendly recipes by Doug Kaufmann himself, I thought it would be interesting to research if there are any health benefits to cream.

Heavy Cream or Whipping Cream is basically the stuff that rises to the top when milk is made. IT must not be very heavy or it’d sink… but it is heavier in fat – saturated fat, which by the way does have health benefits.

I am pretty sure that cream is generally not pasteurized, which in itself is considered by many to be healthier than drinking milk which is pasteurized.

I know – there has been a big campaign to tell Americans that fat is bad for us – but now in 2014 and beyond a lot of doctors are changing their opinions about good fats and bad fats and are realizing that our bodies and especially our brains need some good saturated fat to operate at our peak.

Heavy Cream by the way can be consumed by a lot of people who are otherwise “lactose intolerant” without any digestive issues.

Cream has practically no carbs. That’s good, right?

It is also said that heavy cream because of the high saturated fat can suppress your appetite. That can be helpful.

Heavy cream is certainly healthier than polyunsaturated fats in vegetable oils. That’s good.

It has a good amount of calcium and phsopherous which our bodies need. That’s good.

Cream is also good for people who are active and need energy (kids especially).

And perhaps the best thing about cream – especially in coffee – is that it has a sweet taste that can help us stay away from sugar. That’s good!

Now – having pointed out those things – there still is a faction of people who would rather have you drink skim milk than consume cream. But those people still think saturated fat is all bad and harmful. In my opinion and many high profile doctors and nutritionists who believe we need to eliminate as much saturated fat as possible are flat out giving BAD ADVICE.

Who do you believe??? I’ve puts some good links at the bottom of this – read them for yourself and decide.

Me – I think grandma had it right with a lot of the foods they ate. Butter, cream and such was not conisdered unhealthy back in the days. Maybe they had it right and all these high tech processed food companies have it wrong.

In any event – follow some of the links below and do a little research yourself before you write off cream and saturated fats in your diet.

The intention of the Phase One Diet by Doug Kaufmann is to starve fungus out of our bodies by NOT giving it what it wants and that is why there is a list of acceptable foods to consume while on the diet.

In general it’s sugar and carbs that are universally not allowed however dairy also has limitation. Here are the suggested dairy foods that are allowed on Phase One:

Organic Butter, Organic Yogurt, (use the following very sparingly) cream cheese, unsweetened whipping cream, real sour cream.

Getting Started On the Phase One Diet - explains the foods that are allowed and includes a section on milk and dairy where it says “milk is not what it was 50 years ago”.

Foods High In Saturated Fats are Not The Enemy - hey – this is a must read!

The Surprising Nutritional Benefits of Heavy Cream - this article asks if you should use cream for coffee or cooking.

Real Milk vs. Pasteurized Milk – which is better?

Who do you believe about saturated fats and cholesterol? – Read and decide for yourself!

Heavy Whipping Cream Forum Post - get involved in the discussion!

That’s all for now!

I’ve dug up some relevant articles that discuss the importance of Magnesium in our diets and reveal the symptoms that may show we are deficient in this all important mineral.

It’s really quite common to be deficient in magnesium. In fact – if you have a yeast imbalance it’s almost certain it is affecting your magnesium levels.

I’ve included a few excerpts, but you should try to read these articles if you can!

“The typical American diet, which is rich in fat, sugar, salt, synthetic vitamin D, phosphates, protein, and supplemented calcium, not only is deficient in magnesium but actually increases the need for magnesium in the body.”

http://www.ancient-minerals.com/magnesium-deficiency/causes-depletion/

“Most doctors and laboratories don’t even include magnesium status in routine blood tests. Thus, most doctors don’t know when their patients are deficient in magnesium, even though studies show that the majority of Americans are deficient in magnesium.”

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/magnesium-deficiency-symptoms-and-diagnosis

“Various data sources, including the US government, suggest that the number of Americans now deficient in magnesium is approximately 90%, with some data suggesting the number is even higher. The mineral, responsible for all the electrical impulses of the body, is critically needed for normal muscle and nerve functions, healthy heart rhythms, strong bones, a healthy immune system, normal blood sugar, normal blood pressure, normal brain function and a healthy GI tract. In short, while we can live with minimal amounts of this mineral, we cannot live well or in a state of optimum health and happiness without it.”

http://rense.com/general83/fount.htm

“The master mineral magnesium is missing from most of our topsoil, leaving the vast majority, perhaps 80%, with a failure to meet even the USDA’s recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of 240 to 420 millgrams (based on age). It’s important to note that government RDAs are known to be well below optimum levels. Many experts think our magnesium levels should be twice the amount.”

http://naturalsociety.com/16-magnesium-deficiency-symptoms-signs-low-levels/

“An often ignored but really just as common surprise on the list of top magnesium deficiency causes is an overgrowth of candida. A prolific fungus among us that occurs naturally in the body but can get too comfortable and interfere with body processes, one of those being the way the digestive system uses and processes magnesium. You may find that many symptoms of candida overgrowth are similar to those of magnesium deficiency, such as constipation, and dietary changes can also remedy this interesting entry on the list of most common yet ignored magnesium deficiency causes.”

http://www.enaturalhealing.com/2-most-common-yet-ignored-magnesium-deficiency-causes/

“Candida sufferers are often deficient in magnesium. This is because the Candida yeast interferes with the way that magnesium is taken up in your intestine. A deficiency in magnesium can result in fatigue, immune disorders, leg cramps, headaches, low energy and fibromyalgia.”

http://www.thecandidadiet.com/candida-support/

Is there a safe level of toxins in foods sold commercially that you’d feel comfortable with?

OH boy… reading this excerpt from an article on “crop management” does not make me feel very confident that a lot of food is safe to eat.

Mold damage or more appropraitely CONTAMINATION is common. It is not the exception. But just how much contamination should be allowed?

You should read this article for farmers – it proclaims: “If the grain is sold, there may be a reduced price due to mold damage.”

Uhhhh…. ok. Sell it for less if i is contaminated.

Read this excerpt:

“The best option for moldy grain is to feed it or sell it instead of storing it. However, it should be tested for toxins before feeding. Testing for mycotoxins can be done before putting the grain in storage. The best sampling method is to take a composite sample of at least 10 pounds from a moving grain stream, or to take multiple probes in a grain cart or truck for a composite 10-pound sample. If toxins are present, it is possible that the grain can be fed to a less sensitive livestock species, such as beef cattle, depending on the specific toxin and its concentration. A veterinarian or extension specialist can help with these decisions. If the grain is sold, there may be a reduced price due to mold damage.”

http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/icm/2002/10-21-2002/molds.html

The mycotoxin aflatoxin is a serious problem and while an effort may be made to NOT distribute grains like corn that are contaminated to humans – it seems it is a common practice to sell moldy corn and grains to feed animals.

I wonder if that is why the animals need so many antibiotics to keep them from dying before they are slaughtered.

Perhaps even more alarming is that the government recognizes mold and in particular aflatoxin as a carcinogenic substance that can cause death and illness – the fact is they allow it in foods – up to a ceratin level is permitted. So they allow grains and food to be sold that contain the mycotoxin aflatoxin as long as it it is less than the limit.

This is cause for alarm.

In any event – be aware that grains are particularly subject to being contaminated as well as certain nuts like pistachios and peanuts.

More articles to read:

Food fungus worsening

“An estimated 4.5 billion people worldwide are exposed to aflatoxin at unsafe levels, with persistent exposure linked to liver damage and related cancers. ”

Aflatoxin

“Aflatoxin-producing members of Aspergillus are common and widespread in nature. They can colonize and contaminate grain before harvest or during storage. Host crops are particularly susceptible to infection byAspergillus following prolonged exposure to a high-humidity environment, or damage from stressful conditions such as drought, a condition that lowers the barrier to entry.

International sources of commercial peanut butter, cooking oils (e.g. olive, peanut and sesame oil), andcosmetics have been identified as contaminated with aflatoxin.[3][4][5] In some instances, liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), and other analytical methods, revealed anywhere from 48–80% of selected product samples as containing detectable quantities of aflatoxin. In many of these contaminated food products, the aflatoxin exceeded U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA), or other regulatory agency, safe limits.[4][5][6][7]

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established action levels for aflatoxin present in food or feed to protect human and animal health which range between 20 and 300 ppb.[8]”

Aflatoxin in Corn

“In the United States, aflatoxin production occurs when Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus attack peanuts, cottonseed, white and yellow corn and certain nuts. Most of the aflatoxin problems on corn in the United States are caused by Aspergillus flavus, and the most potent toxin produced by this mold is called aflatoxin B1 . Drought, extreme heat and corn ear injury from insect feeding stress the corn and create an environment favorable to these molds and to aflatoxin production.”

Also read my previous article on Grain Awareness

Oh no it’s Grain Fever!

Sinus problems and fungus

Do you have sinus problems? Sinus problems that have been with you a long time? I do…  A lot of people I know do.

I’ve long believed that my sinus problems are related to a fungal imbalance in my body and the presence of mycotoxins triggering immune responses that wreak havoc from time to time.

If you have heard of Doug Kaufman and Know the Cause you most likely have been made aware of all the connections that our medical conditions and lifestyle may have with yeast and mold and fungus.

Me personally, I have had a lot of anti-biotics prescribed for problems I’ve had ranging from sinus, to acne to colds and pneumonia to name a few.

Doug Kauffman suggests that when the good bacteria is out of balance it allows for fungi to get out of balance and take over and get into your system. Sinuses are one of the places the fungi like to live.

This theory goes beyond just one guy spreading the word about the connection between sinus infections and fungus and mycotoxins. In fact even the Mayo Clinic has a study that supports the position that more often than not, sinus infections involve mold and fungus in our bodies.

So I was trying to dig up some info to support this theory and found a ton of interesting stuff to share with you.

I found a lot of research that is eye opening! I also found a lot of weird traditional medicine stuff that ignores this possibility and even goes so far as to suggest solutions that are known to aggravate fungal infections. Bad advice as the oft prescribed antibiotics may actually help a sinus infection stay with you longer.

A lot of the articles indicate that many, if not most sinus problems involve mold, fungus and mycotoxins.

One study by the Mayo Clinic is often cited that indicates a high percentage of sinus problems involves “allergic fungal sinusitis”.

That sounds like fungus is involved with the sinuses, right?

I’ll drop a few quotes and then the links so you can read up on this yourself. If you are interested in finding out more info about fungus and sinus problems and want solutions other than traditional medicine offer, you’ll be very happy at the possible solutions proposed.

Mayo Clinic – they know about fungus – so should doctors.

Read this and tell me if you still think fungus is not involved in a lot of the sinus problems that people have.

Mayo Clinic researchers have proposed that most chronic sinus infections may be caused by an immune system response to fungi.

Article in Mayo Clinic Proceedings

“Many studies at Mayo Clinic have added evidence to the thinking that chronic rhinosinusitis is caused by an immune reaction to fungi in the nose. Our original study linking chronic rhinosinusitis to fungi in the nose, which was published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings in September 1999, has been reproduced and confirmed by a sinus center in Europe (ENT University Hospital in Graz, Austria). There are currently 16 studies at Mayo Clinic Rochester to further investigate the role of fungi in inflammatory diseases of the respiratory tract. - Antibiotics do not help chronic sinusitis in the long run because they target bacteria, which are not usually the cause of chronic sinusitis.”

Read the Complete Article “Research on Chronic Sinusitus” at MayoClinic.org

“Fungus allergy was thought to be involved in less than ten percent of cases,” says Dr. Sherris. “Our studies indicate that, in fact, fungus is likely the cause of nearly all of these problems. And it is not an allergic reaction, but an immune reaction.”

> Read full article Mayo Clinic Study Implicates Fungus As Cause Of Chronic Sinusitis

Allergic Fungal Sinusitis (AFS) is now believed to be an allergic reaction to environmental fungi that is finely dispersed into the air. This condition usually occurs in patients with an immunocompetent host (possessing the ability to mount a normal immune response). Patients diagnosed with AFS have a history of allergic rhinitis, and the onset of AFS development is difficult to determine. Thick fungal debris and mucin (a secretion containing carbohydrate-rich glycoproteins) are developed in the sinus cavities and must be surgically removed so that the inciting allergen is no longer present. Recurrence is not uncommon once the disease is removed. Anti-inflammatory medical therapy and immunotherapy are typically prescribed to prevent AFS recurrence. - A 1999 study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings asserts that allergic fungal sinusitis is present in a significant majority of patients diagnosed with chronic rhinosinusitis. The study found 96 percent of the study subjects with chronic rhinosinusitis to have a fungus in cultures of their nasal secretions. In sensitive individuals, the presence of fungus results in a disease process in which the body’s immune system sends eosinophils (white blood cells distinguished by their lobulated nuclei and the presence of large granules that attract the reddish-orange eosin stain) to attack fungi, and the eosinophils irritate the membranes in the nose. As long as fungi remain, so will the irritation.”

> Read complete article on Fungal Sinusitis

Mayo Clinic Study Implicates Fungus As Cause Of Chronic Sinusiti

“It is wise to work “with” your doctor when using alternative therapies. But, there may be a much less invasive and less expensive way to approach your sinus problems. The Mayo Clinic often prescribes “anti-fungal” medications to sinus patients because they’ve found that those who suffer from sinustitis have a fungal overgrowth in their sinus cavities.”

> Read the complete article Sinus is Fungus

Mold and our Respiratory System

“Recall that in 1999, one year before my book came out, The Mayo Clinic published that 96% of all chronic sinusitis was due to fungus. I first made that discovery when I was working in the office of G. Howard Gottschalk, MD in Los Angeles after returning home from Vietnam. I began asking the pharmacist if he would crush up 2 Nystatin anti-fungal pills to a fine pulp and mix them with salt water, thereby creating a nasal spray. For patients with allergies, this seemed to work great, although we were all confused as to why it was working. Surely fungus couldn’t be causing allergies… could it? A mere 28 years later, we had our answer! Just so you understand, there is no hurry to discovery “the cause” of anything in medicine when it is so profitable to hush the symptoms for 4-12 hours daily.”

> Read more about Doug Kauffman’s take on The Human Respiratory System

And last but not least – here is a n article from Dr. Mercola who points out that fungus may be the cause of our sinus problems

“And despite constant treatment with antibiotics, many people’s sinusitis continues to return. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, not only is sinusitis one of the most expensive disorders in the United States, but also its prevalence is on the rise, indicating that the common treatment methods are not getting to the root of the problem. So what is the root of the problem? Researchers have found that most cases of chronic sinusitis are not caused by infection but are actually an immune disorder caused by fungus.”

> read the full article Fungus May be Causing Your Sinus Infections

Well – that should be enough to open your mind to support the theories that sinus infections are somehow related to fungus. While we don’t have very specific answers – it makes sense that something that is often improved by treatments involving anti-fungals may in some way be related to fungus getting into our bodies.

Even though we know that the solutions are often anti-fungal in nature – there is no one easy button to push to solve problems like sinus and respiratory issues, but it does seem that a long term committment to a change in lifestyle is required.

Careful attention to what you eat and don’t eat is helpful, especially reducing and/or eliminating sugar and grains and carbs, as well as avoiding high risk foods commonly contaminated with fungal mycotoxins.

I hope if nothing else this discussion will open up the dialogue and help people try some anti-fungal foods and herbs as well as vitamins. It can only help!

Yes – it is true – soy beans and almost all kinds of soy related products have toxins in then that can cause all kinds of health problems.

I personally have been avoiding soy as much as I can for a few years now.

I know it’s hard to believe that soy can be bad for you – there are so many loud claims of the health benefits of soy, even by the FDA, that surely it must be good for you.

Sorry to burst any bubbles, but there is too much evidence that soy is bad for you.

Don’t take my word for it – go to Google and search for soy toxins and just look at all the information presented about the health concerns about soy. It’s toxic stuff that causes big trouble in a lot of people!

Here is one article in particular I think everyone should read. Read this and decide for yourself – or do more research. It’s important!

9 Steps To Perfect Health – #1: Don’t Eat Toxins

The most important part is near the end of the article is about soy. This article covers grains and other sources of toxins too – all imnportant info – but the soy discussion at the end is mind blowing.

Make sure you read that far!

If you find this soy toxin thing interesting and want to know more – simply type in SOY TOXINS in your favorite search engine and look at all the articles and info presented about this. Tons of convincing info.

See also:

Newest Research On Why You Should Avoid Soy

I will always take butter over margarine. I prefer whole real food to some other kind of fake food manufactured spread. The butter is healthier than margarine.

But how many times have you heard people tell you that you should NOT eat butter and that fat is bad for you?

Ummm… the body needs fat. It doesn’t need trans fat.

Sorry – but facts show that some fat is better than other fats. In fact some processed factory manufactured fats are downright dangerous and it’s not the pure kind of fat but rather heavily processed trans-fats.

Is butter really bad for you?

Will a little butter on a slice of bread or a dab of butter melted on a bowl of vegetables harm you?

Doesn’t pure natural unsalted butter have some health benefits?

Now – I do understand some people do not like dairy foods or have tolerance issues – that’s different. I’m not trying to force butter or sour cream on you.

I am just trying to make a point that some fats are healthier and safer to consume than others. The fat in butter is much better than the fat in margarine!

Are nuts too fatty and going to cause you harm by eating them? They do have fat you know…

Are all saturated fats going to to help kill you or cause a heart attack?

The answers you’ll get from these questions depends largely on WHO is answering those questions.

If it is a lobby group for a fast food related industry – they’ll try to make all fats seem bad which only confuses the issue in which trans fats are proven to be unhealthy.

Sure – they’d like for you to believe that margarine is healthier than butter – but they chemically treat the fat and then bleach it to make it look more like butter. At least butter is pure and whole food like gramma used to make.

Speaking of Grandma, the fact is that heart disease was not a major problem 100 years ago. Could it be because they ate whole foods and didn’t consume all kinds of foods created in the lab and manufactured en masses in the factory?

Well – if you want to know more about saturated fats and poly unsatured fats and trans-fats and whether it is ok to eat foods that have fat – you’ll definitely want to watch this 53 minute presentation by an acclaimed professor of surgery who says we should enjoy eating saturated fats. He says they’re good for us.

I agree. I think you will too after you watch the video!

Enjoy Eating Saturated Fats: They’re Good for You. Donald W. Miller, Jr.

 

I have been including a heaping tablespoon of diatomaceous earth (food grade) in my morning smoothies for almost 2 years now! It really does a body good!

I think it has done a lot to help make sure there aren’t any parasites in me, but also plays a part in improving my nutritional profile and keeping me healthy.

Diatomaceous earth has many health benefits (the human grade – not the kind you use in a swimming pool filter!).

Diatomaceous earth gets absorbed into the blood stream as silica.  One of the benefits of silica is that it helps to destroy bad fats. Another benefit is it can lower cholesterol levels.

According to Earthworks Health these are some of the health benefits:

  1. Sore joints and ligaments feel better
  2. Skin clears up (acne-age spots-psoriasis)
  3. Hair and nails are stronger and grow faster
  4. Stronger teeth and gums
  5. Healthier respiratory tract–less coughing
  6. Menopause has less symptoms
  7. Healthier urinary tract

See more of the Health Benefits for yourself.

More at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatomaceous_earth

With all the talk of gluten free diets and food allergy testing you would think that the problems a lot of people are facing would be easy to solve.

The reality is it’s far deeper than a sensitivity to a food. If you follow Doug Kaufmann you already know all about mycotoxins which are found in foods such as corn, wheat and peanuts to name a few.

There are all kinds of attempts to sterilize and radiate the dangerous stuff out of our foods but the reality is that the mycotixins are “heat stable” and can’t be eliminated.

So food gets moldy and even though they try to kill the mold the mycotoxins are in our diets.

This is a true dilema.

If you want to know more about mycotoxins I suggest reading an article by Kristin Kons that goes into more details about this very real problem.

I suggest reading “What are Mycotoxins”

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