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Mycotoxins and Food Allergies

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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Uhhh…. I ran into this headline and there was a video for “Mushrooms, mold found growing in Sacramento apartment carpet”

Do you think there might be a mold problem?

http://fox40.com/2012/12/17/mushrooms-sprout-up-from-mold-in-womans-apartment/

http://www.news10.net/news/article/221532/2/Mushrooms-mold-found-growing-in-Sacramento-apartment-carpet

She should fell lucky that she at least SAW the mushrooms growing in the carpet as mold is mostly a “silent killer”!

Wow. It’s amazing how mold can really mess up your life. If you see any signs of run!

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More Alkaline?

This article is about things that can help you make your body more alkaline.

Get soda pop out of your life. Yes – you’ll have a more alkaline body ph if you stop drinking that processed drink candy they call soda. Go with water. It’s easier than you may think to start substituting water for that Can of Coke or Pepsi or Mountain Dew or any soda drink.

Elimate refined sugar from your diet.

Back off on the fried food stuff you eat.

Stay away from lunchmeat that is heavily processed and full of chemicals.

Try to eat more healthy foods like spinach, apples, kale and cucumbers to name a few good fruits and vegetables.

Whether you go so far as to be concerned with the actual ph level and start testing – well – that’s up to you – but almost everyone can benefit from doing the healthy tips I suggested to help a body become more alkaline and less acidic.

Here is an alkaline food chart you may wish to look at.

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Can you pass me that tasty Roundup TM Corn please?

Boy – in case you aren’t already sold that corn is universally contaminated with mold and mycotoxins, then you gotta do a little reading on what is called ROUNDUP READY CORN.

It’s crazy but this corn is actually RESISTANT to the ROUNDUP chemicals by Monsanto which means that farmers can spray the hell out of their corn fields with Roundup and kill every living thing nearby except the corn.

I don’t know about you – but that can’t be good for people who end up eating that corn… and it can’t be good for animals that eat the corn… and it can’t be good for the people eating the animals that ate the corn and on and on…

There are studies to support the dangers of this corn, but of course there is resistance to the studies and even accusations the data was manipulated to be against Monsanto.

I don’t know about you, but it should NOT take a scientist to tell you that eating anything that has been sprayed with roundup chemicals might have harmful effects. That seems logical that we know Roundup is made to kill things, right? That is the purpose of Roundup. Kill pests.

And since so much food out there is sprayed with it – you almost can’t escape eating food with the Roundup chemicals.

“Corn is universally contaminated by mold” – it’s already bad food.

Hey – corn in general is already dangerous because it is often contaminated with mold, which produces mycotoxins which is not good for our health (just a feeling – we need some studies on this!).

But then when you consider the chemicals are blasted at the corn to kill anything nearby that might want to mess with it – well – that’s a tipping point no one can evade… or can they?

Do me a favor before you try to run and hide from this stuff – read the articles and study linked here.

You need to at least consider that this stuff could be harmful to our health.

Read this excerpt from NPR

“Roundup Ready is a line of gene-modified seeds that inoculate plants against a herbicide, Roundup, also made by Monsanto, that kills just about everything else.

“There’s nothing like Roundup. A monkey could farm with it,” Ulrich says.

“Ever since they’ve come out with the Roundup Ready trait and that became popular and basically took over farming, we’ve seen significant increases every single year,” Ulrich says.

Ulrich says his seed costs shot up almost 50 percent last year. That’s because farmers are contractually prohibited from saving seeds and planting them the following year.

Farmers face lawsuits if they try to save and replant the genetically modified seed because they don’t own the technology. While they bristle at that, they love the Roundup Ready seed.

‘Amazing Amount Of Leverage’

More than 9 out of 10 soybean seeds carry the Roundup Ready trait. It’s about the same for cotton and just a little lower for corn.” – Exceprt from: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122498255

More on Roundup ready corn:
It’s not just corn!

 

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I’ve often thought to myself how sad the food choices are as I go shopping in the big chain supermarkets that dominate Los Angeles. There is so much unhealthy food and very little that could be considered to promote good health.

This is even true for some of the so caled health food stores and better shopping choices like Trader Joes. The majority of the food has ingredients that are harmful to our health!

Sure – we all know the American diet is SAD (Standard American Diet) to begin with, but it amazes me how it’s more than just food that isn’t optmally healthy to eat – it’s food that is harming people! Dangerous food! Chemicals, preservatives and highly processed foods that do not help us stay well.

This is well stated in an article in the December Know The Cause newsletter by Kristin Kons.

She talks about the choices we have.

“It made me a little sad that these are the options that are in our face as we grocery shop. A person really does need to make a choice to seek out good options. Then I thought, why does the majority of the grocery store contain foods that decrease our health rather than promote it? Seems a little odd, if you ask me! But we all know the answer to that. Money, money, money!”

Read We Have Choices by Kristin Kons

Read the article if you can and also be sure to sign up for Doug’s Know The Cause newsletter – it always fills my head with great info and ideas on how to keep healthy!

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Your immune system is mainly in your digestive system.

That’s why probiotics can help improve your health in so many ways as it clears the wa for your immune system to work properly.

Here is a great article I just ran across from Frank Jordan describing the Immune System called Where are My Immune Cells

“Immune cells comprise about 1/5 of your body’s 20 trillion cells”

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Change Your Breakfast! Here is the info mentioned in the previous blog post about the Gavin Newsom show on Current TV the episode with the guest Tim Ferriss had some controversial info about losing weight.

In case they take down the video I wanted the notes to be available so I quickly wrote down the major points.

The suggestions by Tim sound like they would work.

I noticed his suggestions are actually anti-fungal – yes – especially the one about cinnamon in coffee!

Funny about how it almost always comes back to FUPO

Tim Ferris notes from Gavin Newsom show

Focus on diet not exercise (one thing at a time will have better success)

1. Change your breakfast – get 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up

IDEALLY: Myoplex shake in the morning that provided 42 g of protein

OR

combination of whole eggs, lentils and spinach (takes 3 minutes to make – demonstrated it on youtube)

Very good for accelerating weight loss and muscle gain

2. Coffee

Instead of skim milk or artificial sweeteners use whole fat cream (100%) – it’s the lactose in milk that is bad (skim milk not good or artificial)

Try 1 to 2 teaspoons or tablespoons of cream in coffee instead of milk and try cinammon instead of a sweetener.

Easy to switch. That one change between 2 to 4 extra pounds of weight loss per week.

Insulin spikes otherwise last for hours.

3. Take one day off per week and go ballistic – pasta – pizza ok. Far less damage by spreading it out. Also helps with downshifting of thyroid.

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Don’t restrict or count calories but pick sources more carefully.

Wow. That makes so much sense.

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I find it very interesting that there are people who get so angry at the possibility that there are worthwhile alternatives to what standard medicine is dishing out these days.

There is no reason to be so mean in your defense of doctors and their methods.

I’d never make broad blanket statements about what works or doesn’t work and always try to look at each item specifically before making my conclusions.

I just wish people would be open and do the same when it comes to the possibility that there are solutions that are ignored by doctors. The good old doctors practicing what they learned back in school may be doing more harm than they are doing good in some cases and there is nothing wrong with making suggestions to them that may be considered as “alternative medicine”.

If what they’re prescribing is not working – it makes sense to look for alternative treatments.

Oh – and I don’t need a scientific study to confirm that eating good healthy food without pesticides and preservatives is doing me good. There may not be big multi million studies about spinach or carrots – but geez – that doesn’t mean they;re not good for you :’>

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FUPO is here again!

Man – you can apply FUPO to almost anything and it seems there is often a connection! Especially when the traditional medical explanations and prescribed drugs fail.

What is F.U.P.O.? FUNGUS UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE!

What is the cause of the problem? Well – it could be fungus!

So here I am wondering about gout.

A good friend of mine recently revealed he had issues with gout and it made me ask myself the question – could gout be caused by yeast and fungal issues???

FUPO says yes – until proven otherwise. So I searched for info to support this theory that fungus in some way could be tied to gout flareups.

What is gout? It’s a kind of arthritis with pain from inflammation.

If I had more time I’d research it better and do something more profound – but for now I will share some a few basic thoughts and some links that are worth checking out.

I’ve personally been battling systemic fungal issues myself and I’m pretty convinced that yeast and fungus and mycotoxins are the root cause of most problems.

I’m on the path towards cleaning up the stuff in my body and have learned a lot from the guy that came up with FUPO – “fungus until proven otherwise”.  That Doug Kauffman is the guy who started this FUPO thing with Kyle Drew helping spread the term.

So does FUPO apply? Is gout caused by fungus and mycotoxins? Is there a fungal origin? Is the cause fungus?

I’m pretty convinced that Arthritis and Gout are directly related to having mycotoxins in the body from fungus and systemic yeast issues.

Here are a few links I found as I was looking into the connection between yeast fungus and gout. The stufff is eye opening and could be applied to so much more than gout! Fungus has it’s hand in many common ailments.

This first article I linked is eye opening and says:

“Nearly every medical school in the country teaches its students gout is caused by uric acid… So he stated that uric acid was not the cause of pain experienced by gout patients…. They found that uric acid is more than likely of fungal origin”.

Read the full article:

http://www.yeastinfectionadvisor.com/arthritis.html

Candida Albicans and gout

“Candida Albicans is caused by overeating sugar, refined carbohydrates, and yeasty foods; by drinking alcohol; by undereating fibre (mainly found in fruit and vegetables).Candida Albicans is also caused by taking too many antibiotics and NSAIDs. Excessive yeast, which builds up over years,drives out the beneficial bacteria so that the large intestine does not work as well in digesting food. Purines therefore are not broken down efficiently into uric acid, and uric acid’s removal is impaired.”

Read the full article:

http://www.best-gout-remedies.com/candida-albicans.html

Sugar and alcohol and yeast containing foods are often the causes of gout flare ups.

“Within a few hours of ingesting sugar my big left toe feels stiff and aches, sometimes the ache goes up my leg. Sometimes my neck, my hands or my other leg hurts. I’ve noticed other symptoms that seem to be directly related to sugar…..and/or refined grains. I can’t seem to eat sugar or white flour (they are usually eaten in combination) without a yeast infection, and I can count on it disappearing in a day or two when I stop eating sugar/refined crap–100% of the time.”

Read the full article:

http://myyearwithout.blogspot.com/2011/09/sugar-gout-yeast-infections-oh-my.html

Doug Kauffman Know The Cause Newsletter – knows a thing or 2 about yeast and gout.

“Bakers and brewers yeast is commonly called Saccharomyces cerevisiae. For thousands of years this species of yeast has been used to make breads and alcohol. In the case of alcohol, during a process called fermentation, yeast and carbohydrates are slowly converted to alcohol. Mind you, not only am I the guy to bring you “Phase 1” eating, but I’m also the guy who taught you to be very careful of eating, or drinking, yeast. I told you that way back in 1963, Dr. Svlia published an incredible article that taught us how brewers yeast produces the very caustic uric acid, purportedly the cause of gout (but now you know better since you know where the uric acid comes from).”

Read the full article:

http://www.knowthecause.com/FindInformation/NewsletterArticles/tabid/84/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/877/Its-Almost-Holiday-Season-So-Bottoms-Up.aspx

Some interesting info about gout and anti-fungal supplements like Olive Leaf Extract.

“Humans have used olive leaf extract for centuries to treat such conditions as gout, malaria, fever, and hemorrhoids. And as early as the 1900s, the leaves were also recognized for their antimicrobial properties. The active ingredient in olive leaf extract, called oleuropin, breaks down in the body to become elolenic acid. Elolenic acid is particularly effective against many strong strains of fungi. Olive leaf extract can help to treat fungal-related conditions like influenza, encephalitis, shingles, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, psoriasis, and sinusitis.”

Read more:

http://www.bioactivenutrients.com/news/learn-more-fungus/110

Video on sugar cravings and mycotoxins

This dude Elliot is right on! Watch his loud and in your face advice on this youtube video on yeast and mycotoxins and sugar cravings… Thanks dude for helping to loudly spread the word about FUPO!

Watch the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0Z6VLsq6So

I hope you find this information helpful and please remember FUPO

Fungus until proven otherwise!

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The “Natural Flavor” in your processed factory made fast food might just be killing you.

I just learned that almost all processed food contains harmful additives known as exitotoxins, which ironically are allowed to be labeled as “natural flavor” or “natural flavorings” on food labels.

I’m sorry to say that until recently, I’ve been mostly blind to the ingredients I’ve been allowing to be put in my body when I buy food and beverages to eat both at home and in restaurants.

Sure, I’ve been reading ingredients labels more carefully for a few years now, but like most Americans, I have been more trusting than I should. I haven’t really paid much attention to a lot of the stuff I’ve been seeing as listed on the ingredients labels.

I’m human and I have made a lot of bad choices throughout my life as far as diet is concerned. I have blindly consumed all kinds of packaged food trusting that someone must be looking out for me and preventing me from consuming ingredients or chemicals that may be harmful.

Since “corporations are people” – right – the food companies must be concerned that I eat food with the healthiest ingredients, right??? At the very least they only allow “safe ingredients”, right?

And surely “big government” that has so much of a hand in regulating everything we do is protecting us, right?

The truth is – no one can protect you better than yourself. You can’t assume someone else is looking out for you and making sure the food you eat is 100% safe.

The fact is big food and chemical corporations exist to make money and while they certainly don’t want to kill their customers, they may on occasion, make decisions based on squeezing more profits out of the food and beverages they sell to us.

They are companies and are focused on being profitable. Also, people respond favorably to many of the things that can mask what they are really selling to us inside the container or shiny plastic wrappers.

And then consider that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) allows this problem to occur. The FDA categorizes many well documented and scientifically proven harmful ingredients as GRAS aka “Generally Recognized As Safe”.

NO ONE is really looking out for you and making sure you only eat stuff that won’t kill you or contribute to illness or disease.

So what about these excitotoxin things? what are they?

Recently I saw a show on TV that brought exitotoxins to my attention. As you might guess a word with “toxins” indicates “poison” is involved.

Excitotoxins include common food additives you almost can’t help but eat every day, including MSG, aka Monosodium Glutamate, and Aspartame (NutraSweet)

I now realize how serious of a situation it really is with the big food corporations playing dangerous games with our health and trying to fool us into a false sense of security by hiding poisons in the food.

The guest on the show was a neurosurgeon by the name of Russell L. Blaylock – the author of the book “Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills”

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

I found a lecture he did on Google Videos discussing Excitoxins which is worth watching:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2384105525501310962#

His book page on Amazon has some interesting details and of course a wide range of reviews which are interesting to read in themselves. It seems not everybody wants to believe that there could be anything harmful in our food and would rather be mad at the author for spreading the message. Weird.

http://www.amazon.com/Excitotoxins-Taste-Russell-L-Blaylock/dp/0929173252

While I will not attempt to explain in detail what he was discussing – I will say I was really affected by how common harmful toxic chemicals and poisonous ingredients are working their way into our lives.

Poison in the form of chemicals such as mercury, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, herbicides and insecticides and even foods including “natural flavorings” such as Monosodium Glutamate and NutraSweet, yeast extract, plant protein extract, natural flavors are everywhere.

The FDA even allows the corporations to rename their ingredients and hide them in healthy sounding names even such as “natural flavors” which last night I discovered was in the can of Andersons Split Pea Soup I was holding in my hand.

Here I have been eating food I thought was healthy only to add more of those harmful ingredients into my body.

I guess I now understand better why often people that are really sick will have a complete turnaround by going on a restrictive anti-fungal diet such as Doug Kauffman’s Phase 1 Diet, which does not allow any food that may contain yeast or mycotoxins (another word with toxins in it). The Phase 1 diet starves not only yeast and fungus but it makes sense that eating more wholesome natural foods will help get some of those chemicals and processed food ingredients out of our systems, allowing our bodies to heal in a more natural way.

Well, that’s enough on this – but I do hope I made you aware of some info that could be used to help protect yourself from some of the things that are surely causing many health complications as people just blindly eat what they put in those attractive packages.

If you still want more – I did find another interesting article called Excotoxins and You which is worth reading

http://www.learninggymusa.com/nutrition/excitotoxins.html

Also worth reading

The Slow Poisoning of America

http://www.rense.com/general67/msg.htm

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