Food & Nutrition

Family sitting down to eat breakfast

"There are few things in life that you have control over, but the one thing you can control is what you put in and on your body. The most important thing you do every day is feed yourself and those you love. Eat your food as close to the way God made it as you can get it, and you will be well" JVW

Feeding yourself and your family, including pets, is the single most important thing you do every day.

With today's hectic schedules, the first thing that gets cut back is taking the time to eat properly. It is not only what we heat, but also how we eat that is important. This is a process that begins with a choice and ends with a swallow. What happens in between is essential to the optimal health and quality of life we all desire. Health is a highly respected and valuable possession. No one can afford to make mistakes with their health, which could potentially put their body at risk. Prolonged or permanent illnesses are both expensive and life altering, but are also easily avoidable.

There are few things in life that we have control over, so why not take control over the one thing you can control - what you put in and on your body.

When food enters the body, it begins a journey to provide energy and nutrients to build cells that contain the genetic material which will reproduce and replace aged cells. If defective or unhealthy cells are formed, they only created more of the same. So, you are not just providing nourishment for yourself, your children and your pet today, but for years and generations to come. However, you can stop the process of disease in your pet, starting today.

What we eat directly effects the chemistry and function of our cells, and either promotes health or disease. Food is either medicine or poison to the body. The use of whole foods and herbs as natural remedies is infinitely older than modern medical practices. It holds the status of being the most thoroughly proven of all types of treatment, and is still the only source of medicine in many parts of the world today. Only in recent generations food has become poison, as a result of processing. The use of synthetic drugs as medicine has been in practice a mere 100 years, and yet in that short time, new "diseases", digestive illness, infertility and birth defects have ravage this country. I have also noticed that pets are suffering with and dying from many of the same illnesses and diseases as humans. I believe it is not coincidence. There is a connection - it is diet.

When health problems cause eating challenges, it is difficult to know what to do, or where to go for good information. I have learned, through trial and error, that there is a great deal of misinformation in the field of nutrition. Experts seem to change their views constantly. When it comes to diet and health, the only other option many individuals have is to trust popular opinion, even when it is inconsistent with common sense. A well informed consumer is able to make better decisions about their health. I believe the first step to reaching this goal is education.

I can help you to identify some ingredients and chemicals that cause you to want to eat more, explain why you may have cravings, and point out how the marketing of foods can be so deceptive, that you may be unaware of what you are getting in return for your hard earned money.

But, for now, let's take a closer look at what is really in the food, behind the label, and what those ingredients do. It is my desire to create awareness and point out some things you may be missing as you prepare your grocery shopping list. So many couples these days are having difficulty with infertility and more children are born with disabling conditions than ever before in human history. Children are developing neurological problems and having problems with learning. People are developing cancers at a younger age, even children, and dying at a younger age from heart attack, and other conditions that used to only inflict older people. Why?

What you consume and put on your body, even three months before conception, during pregnancy and what you feed your new born through to adult hood, is critical to the future health of the next generation and the next, and the next. Labels do not list everything that is contained in the product, and the chemicals used to clean food processing machines and manufacturing plants leave residues that end up in the food.

If you or anyone you know has had difficulty with infertility or lost a baby, you know the profound sadness and endless emptiness of that experience. Also, the heartbreak of having a child with developmental problems is life changing. What you may not know is that sometimes the cause of infertility, pregnancy complications and birth defects may be linked to the products we use. Here are some ingredients in processed food and personal hygiene products that may cause such side effects.

The source of these items does not matter; nor does it matter what brands or who the manufactures are. What matters is that you and your spouse are very aware of what you both put in and on your body. (Note: The numbers correspond with the "uses - found in" list at the bottom of this post.)

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Reproductive problems:

Artificial or imitation flavoring - not adequately tested (Unsafe, allergen - artificial flavor - may cause reproductive disorders, developmental problems; not adequately tested).
Aspartame - aka Nutrasweet (Unsafe - artificial sweetener - exitotoxin, may cause brain damage, learning problems, central nervous system damage, menstrual difficulties, affect brain development in unborn fetus, sudden unexplained heart attack).
BHA - aka Butylated hydroxyanisole or hydroxytoluene Unsafe - antioxidant, preservative - can cause liver and kidney damage, behavior problems, infertility, weakened immune system, birth defects, cancer; should be avoided. Banned in the UK, EU and Japan.
Caffeine - (Caution - stimulant - psychoactive, addictive drug, may cause fertility problems, birth defects, behavioral changes, insomnia, contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes).
Carrageenan - Unsafe - emulsifier, stabilizer, thickener - may cause ulcerative colitis, suspected carcinogen
Caramel color - Unsafe - flavoring agent, natural food color - suspected carcinogen; may cause inflammation of the tongue and gastrointestinal tract, scalp lesions, dandruff, hair loss.
Castor oil - may induce abortion 9 (Caution - allergen - artificial flavoring - large amounts may cause pelvic congestion and induce abortion).
Cedar leaf oil - aka Camphor oil (Unsafe - allergen - flavoring agent- toxic; has caused deaths in women, may cause reproductive failure, sensitivity to light).
Leavening - may contain aluminum, BHA/BHT or chemical preservatives.
Modified food starch - 4, 32, 51 processed with chemicals of questionable safety; not adequately tested.
MSG -  aka "Natural Flavor" or Monosodium Glutamate (Unsafe - flavor enhancer - an exitotoxin; toxic, may cause headaches, itching, nausea, brain damage, nervous system disorders, reproductive disorders, learning disabilities, high blood pressure, allergic reactions are common. AVOID!)
Natural flavors - ( may be chemically extracted from natural sources and processed or may be combined with other food additives not required to be listed on the label; may also be MSG, but you have no way of knowing the difference. AVOID, unless it says “organic” on the label. Then use caution.)
Phenyl-methyl cyclosiloxane (Unsafe - anti caking agent - has caused liver, kidney and reproductive damage in lab animals).
Propylene glycol - 24, 32, 50 (Unsafe - dough conditioner - skin irritant, has caused nervous system and kidney damage in lab animals).
Sodium alginate - 17, 46, 51 (Unsafe - buffer, preservative - may cause blood pressure problems, kidney disturbances, water retention).
TBHQ - 7 questionable safety; not adequately tested

Pregnancy complications:

Alginates - 17, 28, 46, 50

Developmental problems:

Artificial color - 10; not adequately tested
Artificial or imitation flavoring - not adequately tested
Aspartame - aka Nutrasweet - 11
Benzaldehyde - 9
Benzoate of soda - 40
BHA - 7, 49
Brominated vegetable oil - 19, 24 Considered unsafe by FDA, but still used.
Butylene glycol - 24, 32
Caffeine - 47
Calcium propionate - 6
Formaldehyde - 40; used in animal feed, causes DNA damage.
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein - 22, 26
Leavening - may contain aluminum, BHA/BHT or chemical preservatives.
MSG - 26 aka "Natural Flavor" or Monosodium Glutamate
Potassium bromate - 34
Propylene glycol - 24, 32, 50

Uses - chemical additives are found in:

4 anti-caking agent - used in baking powder, non-dairy creamer, salt, soft drink powders.
6 antimycotic agent - used in baked goods, cheese, dried fruit, jelly, processed meat, syrup.
7 antioxidant - used in baked goods, bacon, breakfast bars, candy, canned fruit & vegetables , cream, fried foods, gelatin desserts, margarine, peanut butter, oil, salad dressing, shortening, spices, whipped toppings, foods containing artificial flavor or color.
9 artificial flavoring - used in processed foods.
10 artificial color - used in baked goods, butter, cereals, candy, cheese, gelatin desserts, icing, maraschino cherries, margarine, meat, oranges, pasta, pudding, soft-drinks.
11 artificial sweetener - used in processed foods.
17 crystallization inhibitor - used in oil and sugar products.
19 emulsifier - used in baked goods, cake mixes, candy, chocolate, dairy products, ice cream, margarine, non-dairy creamer, peanut butter, pickles, processed meats, shortening, toppings.
22 filler - used in processed foods.
24 flavor carrier - used in candy, soft drinks and syrups.
26 flavor enhancer - used in canned veg., fruit drinks, gelatin desserts, gravy, ice cream, jelly, meat products, non-dairy creamer, sauces, soft drinks, soups and soup mixes.
27 flavoring agent - used in processed foods.
28 foaming agent - used in frozen desserts.
32 humectant - used in baked goods, candy, diet food, ice cream, jelly and soft drinks.
34 maturing agent - used in baked goods.
40 preservative - used in processed foods.
46 stabilizer - used in baked goods, cocoa, fruit drinks, ice cream, pudding.
47 stimulant - in chocolate, cocoa, coffee, soft drinks.
49 sweetener - used in processed foods.
50 texturizer - used in canned goods, frozen desserts, ice cream.