Why Do We Sleep?

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English: University of Rochester, NY, Meliora statues outside of Rush Rhees. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sleeping is so necessary for us. We fall asleep watching TV, in the park as well as in bed. If we don’t get enough we get cranky. Why is it so important. Scientists don’t know everything about sleep but at the University of Rochester, they have found one reason we sleep. It is to clear out the junk in our brains. This clean up is important for a fresh start each day.

We also know that lack of sleep can lead to health disorders, mood disorders and depression. Are you getting enough sleep?



10 Ways to keep your Brain Fit

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Human brain NIH (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

FitLife.tv says there are ten things we can do to help improve our brain function and keep it fit:

  1. Exercise your body
  2. Exercise your mind
  3. Eat Health (no saturated fats, white bleached flour or sugars) This BLOG would also recommend minimizing oe illuminating animal protein. They also recommend eating lots of colorful fruits and vegetables.
  4. Manage or avoid stress
  5. Sleep more
  6. Eat plants that give you antioxidants
  7. Eat omega-3 fatty acids
  8. Interact with other people be social
  9. Stay away from unhealthy habits like smoking
  10. If you drink do it in moderation

My book, “Food for Thought” covers all of these topics as does this BLOG. We all have a choice. It can be bought in Hard Cover, Paperback or eBook from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Choose wisely!

Why do we get Addicted?

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Americans seem to be addicted on everything. People still smoke, they are also addicted to sugars, fast food, fried foods, fats, etc. All of which are bad for us and we know it. So why do we still do it? I think our brains have an incredible ability to stay alive. We typically don’t think we are going to die until we have a disease. Young people never think about mortality, nor should they. We all believe we are immortal at least for the near future. This is why people smoke or eat poorly. We don’t really believe it will affect us. If it does down the road, science will have a cure for it. I have news for you … THERE ARE NO CURES BEING DEVELOPED! A cure to cancer, heart disease, Parkinson, Alzheimer’s, etc. would mean a loss of billions to the drug industry. So it is very unlikely any cures will be discovered soon. They would love a pill that will keep you alive but not cure the disease.

It would seem we don’t really care about our health or at least don’t think about it until it is too late. It is sad since so much suffering and death could be avoided with simple life-style changes.

Coconut Oil – Good or Bad?

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English: Coconut oil in solid state (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Greger says it may help Alzheimer’s but it is one of the rare plant foods with saturated fats. Beef and coconut oil have high fat levels and can raise your LDL levels. If you have someone with Alzheimer’s then try using it and see if it helps.  If it doesn’t don’t stay on it as it can increase cholesterol levels. Unlike animal fats coconut oil does NOT spike inflammations after consumption.

Ignore your Veggies and Live with Cancer


3-d model of IGF-1

3-d model of IGF-1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday Dr. Greger spoke about IGF1 and IGF1 Binding protein. Today he speaks about measuring these two substances in our blood. What they found is that eating lower levels of plant based diet allows IGF1 (Insulin-Like Growth Factor) to increase in our bodies. Higher levels of IGF1 relate directly to cancer growth. The body tries to flush out this IGF1 by using a protein called IGF1 Binding protein. At high IGF1 levels, there is only so much our body can do. Changing your diet to more of a plant based diet, causes IGF1 levels to drastically lower. This eliminates the chance of cancer drastically. Your choice! Eat your veggies and fight cancer or ignore your veggies and live with cancer.

Fertilizer is good for growing Grass and diseases in Humans

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Illustration of the Parkinson disease by Sir William Richard Gowers from A Manual of Diseases of the Nervous System in 1886 showing the characteristic posture of PD patients (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A new research study shows Nitrates and Nitrites May Cause Alzheimer’s, Diabetes and Parkinson’s Disease. The Kevin Trudeau radio show quotes Suzanne de la Monte, MD, MPH, of Rhode Island Hospital, who did a study that links fertilizers in food to the above diseases. I hear people all the time saying “I don’t like organic foods”. It is so strange for me since organic simply imply no fertilizers. Regular foods have fertilizers and pesticides added. I once told someone who was complaining about organic foods to take them into the garage and sprinkle some fertilizer on it. Your choice!

We Americans lead a S.A.D. life!

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Yesterday we looked at an article by Russ Curran. Today we will look at another one titled “What You Should Know about Nutrigenomics and How It Relates to Epigenetics and Wellness”. He discusses S.A.D. (The Standard American Diet). Americans eat poorly, don’t exercise enough and are too stressed. This combination is like playing Russian Roulette with all chambers loaded. You are dead! S.A.D leads to diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, arthritis and many more common diseases. It is not old age that is making us sick and die pre-maturely, it’s S.A.D.

Are You Sending Your Body Healthy Signals?

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The National Institute of Health says Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is caused by epigenetics and stress. They also say it may start early in life but not show up until old age. If this is true, you must ask yourself, “What epigenetic processes are going on in my body now that shouldn’t be?” Are you doing everything you can to lower the risk of disease?
a) Eat a healthy diet & eliminate or lower the consumption of animal protein
b) Lower the stress in your life
c) Exercise each day with stretching and walking
d) Think positive act like a placebo not a Nocebo

Alzheimer’s Disease May start early in Our Lives


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My brother-in-law Ray, brought me another interesting story on our genetics and epigenetics. NIH Public Access suggests epigenetics and environmental conditions play a role in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). They say the disease may start early in life and may increase with oxidation and environmental conditions. Being epigenetic related, we should be able to change it but we don’t yet have a lot of information on this relationship.

More Studies on Power of Plant-Based Diet


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The Canadian Globe and Mail posted an article titled “Eat your Broccoli and Ward of Cancer” states:

  • Vitamin E-rich diet is key to Alzheimer’s protection
  • Magnesium-rich foods could reduce cancer risk
  • Arugula, red grape and toasted walnut salad
  • Eat lots of Broccoli, cauliflower, Green Tea and Soy

Once again we see the power of plant-based foods over our health. Eat more plant-based foods and raise the probability you will be healthier.

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