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When did soap stop being soap?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Your skin is literally your largest organ, and anything you put on it is absorbed into your bloodstream where it travels to your inner organs. This makes it all the more frightening that the majority of soaps, lotions, creams, shampoos, body washes, sunscreen, deodorant, and other skincare items are loaded with cancer-causing chemicals. As with food, you should be weary of the ingredients that you can’t pronounce, let alone identify. These chemicals can cause skin issues and hormone disruptions that lead to cancer, weight gain, and a host of other problems.  Skincare products, even some that are labeled natural or organic, are loaded with chemicals.
So what can you do to protect yourself? Know your product, do your homework, and support local, like the handmade organic honey clove bar available farm fresh with your favorite grass-fed beef and raw dairy products at the local Central Florida service A rich blend of organic palm, coconut, olive and palm kernel oils along with essential oils, organic cornmeal pure Vermont honey, and organic rosemary extract, the honey clove bar pampers your skin and delights your senses. Ideal for even the most sensitive skin, this organic soap bar cleanses and moisturizes, providing a safe alternative to the harsh and dangerous chemicals in factory produced soaps and products. Also available is raw honey, which can be used to make your own shampoo and skincare products.

Infertility and the Role of farm fresh foods

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009


Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

Having trouble conceiving? Before you spend time and money on expensive tests and treatments, you may want to evaluate your diet.

A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that women eating low-fat diets had a lower chance of conceiving.

During the eight-year study, researchers documented the health and nutrition of 18,555 women: 438 were diagnosed with anovulatory infertility, a condition that accounts for a third of female fertility problems.

The women in the study who ate only low-fat or skim-milk dairy products, had an 85 percent chance of experiencing infertility. However, those who ate full-fat dairy foods were 27 percent less likely to have the condition.

The study concluded that women trying to conceive should eat up to two servings of full-fat dairy foods a day, including whole milk, cheese, ice cream and cream cheese. These suggestions are similiar to what the Weston A Price Foundation advises. Though of course WAPF speak about the benefits of grass-fed milk and pastured eggs an grass-fed beef.

Katie Singer, author of “The Garden of Fertility” and follower of the nutritional principles of Dr. Weston A. Price, advises women to eat more fat from whole grass-fed raw dairy foods, grass-fed beef, and free-range eggs and poultry, especially if they are trying to conceive.

Singer says many women in her fertility workshops have irregular or nonexistent ovulation. Because of this, she believes they are at increased risk of uterine cancer, polycystic ovarian syndrome and infertility.

After Singer’s students eliminate sugar and tofu from their diets, many of them begin ovulating immediately. However, other students need to add whole dairy and animal fats to their diets to regulate their bodies.

“I’ve seen many women’s temperatures increase significantly when they cut soy out of their diets,” Singer said. “Yet others become ovulatory after they cut back on sugar and increase their consumption of cod liver oil, butter and eggs.”

So the take home message for women is to ditch the low-fat dogma and return to real foods…foods that have nourished human pregnancies before so-called experts convinced us otherwise. Fortunately access to local farm foods are increasing in the Orlando area.

Soy…and Male infertility?

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Written by Kenda Roberstson and Steve Moreau

In the rush to embrace soy foods some inconvenient facts are becoming more apparent. In particular soy foods have are been promoted as a safe alternative protein source for men.

In 2007 , scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health concluded ” that higher intake of soy foods and soy isoflavones is associated with lower sperm concentration.”  This conclusion was reached after an experiment they conducted showed that men eating just  half cup of soy foods  per day  resulted in 41 million fewer sperm per milliliter than men not consuming soy in their study.

I’ve addressed some gross inaccuracies made by Dr. Ian Smith in the interview above:

So called natural soy foods  he claims are safer (soy milk, edamame, and tofu). In reality these are the foods that provided  high levels of the sperm-reducing isoflavones. Especially if you are a vegan or vegetarian.  The real take home message is to avoid them period!

Asian have been eating fermented soy foods in relatively small amounts.  Mostly in the form of condiments as soy sauce.  Also this was never the main source of food only in times of famine or in isolated places like their monasteries.  Soy was also eaten in the context of a traditional diet that had high levels of minerals which offsets soy’s negative impact. Take home message: Americans overeat soy foods and Asians never had the variety of fake soy foods as we have access to. Avoid them!

Soy lowers cholesterol:  This claim approved by the FDA “relied largely on a 1995 meta-analysis by Dr. James Anderson, sponsored by Soy Protein International and published in the New England Journal of Medicine”   Meta-analysis has come under fire for potentially supporting very unscientific claims . “Researchers substituting meta-analysis for more rigorous trials risk making faulty assumptions and indulging in creative accounting,” says Sir John Scott, President of the Royal Society of New Zealand.  Ronald M. Krauss, MD calls research that ties soy to lower levels of  cholesterol  “incredibly immature,” who is Senior Scientist Director, Atherosclerosis Research at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute. Take home message: Don’t believe the hype!

Dr. Smith claims that 25-50 grams of soy is considered healthy.  Well research shows that  just 30 grams of soy daily resulted in significant suppression of thyroid function as measured by the rise of thyroid stimulating hormone. Y.Ishizuki, et al, “The effects on the thyroid gland of soybeans administered experimentally in healthy subjects”Nippon Naibunpi Gakkai Zasshi 1991,767:622-629

Take home message: Keep your soy consumption to a minimum if at all.

Soy’s negative effects are not limited to sperm counts.  In a study called ” Impact of Exposure to Endocrine Disruptors in utero and in childhood on Adult Reproduction”  the authors found that high levels of the genistein ( the plant estrogen found in soy) had feminizing effects on men.  This included breast development, and reduced sex drive due to a decrease in androgen’s.

The answer to this marketing hype is a dose of real food.  Food that humans have thrived on for millennia, grass-fed beef, free range chickens, eggs, butter, raw milk and a variety of produce.

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