Where GMOs Hide in Your Food

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You may be surprised to know that the federal government has not mandated that genetically modified organisms be proved safe before they’re used in your food. But safety assessments are mandatory in other major developed countries, including China, Japan, and the countries of the European Union.

For more on Genetically Modified Organisms, check out:Vote with your pocketbook on GMO foods, Spending Millions To Prevent GMO Labeling, Unwitting Public Consuming More GMO Foods While Evidence Of Harm Continues To Mount.

Tony

Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

New Consumer Reports’ tests find genetically modified organisms in many packaged foods—including those labeled ‘natural’

More than 70 percent of Americans say they don’t want genetically modified organisms in their food, according to a recent Consumer Reports National Research Center survey of 1,000 adults. The trouble is, it’s hard to avoid them. Consumer Reports’ tests of breakfast cereals, chips, soy infant formulas, and other popular products found that GMOs lurk in many packaged foods—including some that carry labels suggesting that they don’t have these controversial ingredients.

In more than 60 countries, manufacturers must label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. But GMO labeling isn’t required in the U.S. Yet our survey found that 92 percent of Americans want genetically modified foods to be labeled. And concerns about the potential health and environmental risks of GMOs coupled with an unwillingness on the part of the federal government to mandate labeling are…

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The Answer to Yesterday’s Puzzle

In yesterday’s post on the How the Right Perspective can Jump Start Weight Loss I included a puzzle from a Hong Kong elementary school exam with a series of numbers missing one.

The correct answer is 87.

The key to the solution is to look at the numbers from the opposite perspective thus making it clear that the numbers were simply the 80’s in sequence.

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Physical Exercise in Old Age Can Stimulate Brain Fitness, But Effect Decreases with Advancing Age

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The study included extensive tests of the volunteers’ physical condition and memory. Furthermore, the study participants were examined by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This technique enables detailed insights into the interior of the brain.

For more, check out my Page Important Facts About Your Brain (and Exercise).

Tony

Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

Neuroscientists studied older adults exercising on the treadmill

Physical exercise in old age can improve brain perfusion as well as certain memory skills. This is the finding of Magdeburg neuroscientists who studied men and women aged between 60 and 77. In younger individuals regular training on a treadmill tended to improve cerebral blood flow and visual memory. However, trial participants who were older than 70 years of age tended to show no benefit of exercise. Thus, the study also indicates that the benefits of exercise may be limited by advancing age.

The 40 test volunteers were healthy for their age, sedentary when the study commenced and divided into two groups. About half of the study participants exercised regularly on a treadmill for 3 months. The other individuals merely performed muscle relaxation sessions. In 7 out of 9 members of the exercise group who were not more than 70 years old…

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How the Right Perspective can Jump Start Weight Loss

I fought the battle of the bulge for decades with only small sporadic successes that were always followed by further weight gains. I like to eat and I really enjoy pizza, potato chips as well as ice cream and other fattening sweets. That’s why my problem wouldn’t go away. If it tasted good then I wanted to eat more and I often didn’t stop till the food ran out. Not a healthy practice!

Then I was lucky enough to get involved in writing this blog on diet, exercise and good health. What happened next was almost like magic. At the time, 2010, I had pared my weight down to 165 pounds from a high several years earlier of over 220. So, I considered myself to be a success, although probably only temporarily. But, writing the blog changed my perspective. I no longer thought of food as something just wonderful to consume with no further consequences. I became aware of portion control and serving size. I started paying attention to them. Previously, I had considered a serving of pasta, another of my favorites, to be a heaping plateful. Wrong. A cup of pasta amounts to 220 calories. And, that is without tomato or meat sauce.

This is one cup of pasta - 200 calories

This is one cup of pasta – 200 calories

When I say the change in perspective worked like magic, I mean just that. After several months of writing the blog, I found that my pants were sliding down around my diminishing waistline! I actually went to the doctor because I thought I must have cancer because the first thing they always ask is, “Have you experienced recent weight loss?”

It turned out that I was perfectly healthy. My body was just responding to my changed perspective of paying attention to what I ate and not simply overindulging because it tasted good.

That has been my actual experience. Today in late 2014, I weigh in the low 150 pound range where I have been for several years.

I truly believe it was the changed perspective toward food that accomplished in months what I had failed at for decades.

A friend recently emailed me a fun example of perspective that I want to share with you. It is a test for admission to an elementary school in Hong Kong. There is a series of numbers in a parking lot. You need to fill in the missing one. I confess I didn’t pass it. And, I hasten to add that I am good at math.

See how you do.

You are to answer in 20 seconds. I took way longer and still missed it. I will publish the answer tomorrow.

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Good luck!

Tony

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14 Great Sources Of Clean Protein

Originally posted on Our Better Health:

BY NADYA ANDREEVA     DECEMBER 21, 2013 

Clean protein is harder to come by than you might think. Pesticides, heavy metals, and antibiotics are abundant in almost all factory-produced nonorganic meat, poultry, fish, dairy, and eggs. Fast food joints pump almost all of their items with food flavorings and chemicals to increase shelf life. To avoid all the negative health effects, go for the following foods whenever possible. Make friends with farmers at the closest farmers’ market, read food labels at the stores, and ask questions at the restaurants. You deserve to know where your food is coming from.

Almonds

Almonds are strongly anti-inflammatory, and are a good source for healthy fats, fiber, and protein. To make almonds easier to digest, soak them overnight and peel the skins. Nuts aren’t a complete protein since they don’t have a full range of amino acids, but they serve as a great…

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Headache Causes and Natural Treatments

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The cause of the headache should always be sought. A doctor will therefore inquire about your lifestyle to try to discover any factors which may aggravate the problem. Diet can also be a trigger, especially in cases of migraine. Cheese, chocolate, alcohol or coffee can all be causes, but each case will be assessed on its merits.

Originally posted on Dr. John Falkenberg Medical Blog:

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Almost everyone experiences headaches at times. Most are caused by tension in the muscles of the scalp and neck after periods of stress. Some result from eating problems or alcohol abuse. Others are the forerunners of cold or influenza. Menstruation can be another common cause in women.

Contrary to popular belief, eyestrain only rarely produces a headache, and if it does, it usually arises from astigmatism.

Migraines can cause severe headaches, often on one side of the head and sometimes they are associated with numbness or weakness down one side of the face or body.

Headaches are common after a head injury (concussion), and it can also be caused by sinus problems or problems involving the lower jaw muscles that may result from teeth grinding.

A sudden, severe headache, like a blow to the back of the head, often followed by unconsciousness, may indicate internal bleeding underneath the brain known…

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Add Pears To Your Season Menu This Fall

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One medium pear is 100 calories, has 5.5 grams of fiber, 10% of the daily value of vitamin C, and 5% of the daily value of potassium! The high pectin in pears makes them ideal for jams and spreads.

A member of the rose family, pears are delicious in both sweet and savory dishes and can be enjoyed raw, stewed, sauteed, baked, roasted, poached and grilled!

If you enjoy pears, here is a wonderful salad to share with family and friends during the Fall season!

Pear waldrof salad:

Ingredients;

4 large crisp, green pears, unpeeled, chopped into chunks

5 stalks of celery trimmed, coarsely sliced

1/2 cup golden raisins

1/2 cup walnuts

1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

1 cup low fat cottage cheese

1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon honey

Directions:

Place chopped pears, celery, raisins, walnuts and lemon rind into a large bowl and…

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Obesity May Speed Aging of the Liver

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The goal of the new study was to “understand why we age,” Horvath said. “One way of tackling this question it to understand which factors relate to the epigenetic age of different human tissues. Although many people probably suspected that excessive weight ages the body, there was no objective way of demonstrating such an effect,” he said.

Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

Heavier people might be more prone to liver cancer, insulin problems, researchers say

Extra pounds cause the liver to age faster, potentially explaining why obesity is linked to diseases like liver cancer and insulin resistance, new research suggests.

It’s not clear if this aging directly translates to higher risks of certain diseases. Still, it’s possible that “people whose liver is much older than expected need to be screened more carefully for various diseases even if they managed to lose a lot of weight,” said study author Steve Horvath, a professor of human genetics and biostatistics at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health.

Epigenetic aging is the aging rates of various tissues in the body. “According to the epigenetic aging clock, the vast majority of tissues, cell types and organs age at the same rate,” Horvath said. But these aging rates may differ from person to person.

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5 Ways to Make Yourself Believe in Yourself

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A positive attitude is the quickest way to believing in yourself. It bypasses everything else and gets right to the end goal – happiness, love, success and belief in yourself.

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Originally posted on Our Better Health:

To do well in life, you must believe in yourself. You are the one person you can truly rely on. Your belief about yourself, and your abilities, reflects in your personal success and happiness.  When you lack confidence in yourself, others pick up on that, and don’t take you seriously, and in turn your confidence can shrink even more.

Belief in yourself opens the doors of opportunity to your dreams and aspirations. It allows you to live your truth and be your best self.  You are an important and integral part of life as much as anyone and anything else. You have a purpose!  When you believe in yourself, the ability to follow your passions and live your purpose is available. You are allowing good things to come to you, and your belief in yourself allows you to act on those opportunities.

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Positive Thoughts To Dwell On

Tony:

There is so much in life I can’t control. But this is my life and I’ve decided to be happy. I can choose to be happy regardless of my other circumstances. It’s not “when I get a promotion, I’ll be happy…..” or “when I can speak in front of a small group of people, I’ll be happy…..” The focus should be on learning to be happy now. Tap into your inner peace and contentment in the way that works best for you.

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To read further on being happy, check out: Harvard Study on a Happy Life, 12 Things Happy People Do Differently, Positive, Happy People Suffer Less Pain, Why Should I Be Happy? Happy People Live Longer – Time Magazine.

Tony

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by Thomas A. Richards, Ph.D., Psychologist

We spend hours and hours dwelling and ruminating on the negative and fearful things in our lives. We worry about what could go wrong, instead of focusing and paying attention to the rational, the positive and the good.  We should train ourselves to focus on thoughts that will move us forward in the right direction.  Read one of these statements to yourself every day — and dwell on it.  It’s about time we started paying attention to what is rational and right.

If you pay attention to the darkness, you will never find the light.

If you study and relive your past experiences, analyzing them, and “getting in touch with your feelings”, you will only reinforce those feelings.  If you want to get away from a problem, you should not focus on it.  Focus on what is rational, the positive, the beautiful, and the…

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