Archive for October, 2009

Is the Swine Flu Really a National Emergency?

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Swine Flu National EmergencyAs you most likely already know, on October 24th, President Obama declared the swine flu a national emergency. Despite how frightening this sounds, the reasoning behind the declaration is not what most people are likely to think.

Swine flu has been a hot topic since last spring and was predicted to spread during this year’s flu season. Although the prediction is holding true and it seems that more people than normal are sick right now, the swine flu is still not the deadly pandemic that the media warned us about over the summer, and this is not what President Obama’s emergency declaration was meant to suggest.

(more…)

Is this Invisible Product of Technology Harming You?

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Electromagnetic Fields and Electromagnetic RadiationAlthough many people don’t realize it, a significant amount of human function depends on very subtle electrical currents and electromagnetic fields that are naturally generated by the earth and our own bodies. Electromagnetic fields have a significant influence on our cells, and in turn, the function of critical organs and glands. Unfortunately, many of our modern technological innovations are bombarding us with an alarming amount of unnatural electromagnetic fields that can interfere with these functions and have a significant impact on our health without us even realizing it.

(more…)

How to Make Dessert a Nutritious Part of Healthy Living

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Healthy Ice CreamMost people automatically associate a healthy diet with having to forbid themselves from enjoying their favorite desserts. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case.

Popular desserts like ice cream, pie, and cake tend to be what people enjoy most, and although the unhealthy reputation that these foods have earned is well deserved, it’s quite possible to enjoy them in healthy and nutritious forms that still taste great.

A Healthy Perspective on Dessert

Although they can come close, even the healthiest of desserts are still not meant to be more than a pleasing side dish. The foundation of your diet should always be healthy meals that are prepared from natural whole foods and should never be replaced with desserts.

(more…)

A Great Source of Natural Probiotics

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Sauerkraut - Probiotics - Fermented FoodProbiotics have become a popular health topic, and although a lot of people are taking probiotic supplements, many of them don’t know what probiotics actually are, why they’re beneficial, and what the best sources of them are.

The term probiotic, meaning “for life” in Greek, was originally intended to identify the microorganisms that support good intestinal health. Probiotic supplements have become so common that they have now become the more dominant definition, but this doesn’t mean that they’re the best or only source.

(more…)

7 Ways We’ve Failed Miserably at Trying to Outsmart Nature

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Failed Attempts at Outsmarting NatureWith our high level of intelligence and the vast amount of technological innovation that we enjoy today, it’s ironic that excellent health is so elusive to so many people. Without any of the modern technology that we rely on today, our primitive ancestors were able to enjoy exceptional health and rarely encountered the many chronic and debilitating conditions that are so common today. These people had an intimate knowledge of nature and a tremendous appreciation for it which is something that we’ve lost without reliance on technology.

While our primitive ancestors were forced to live in agreement with nature, we seem to do everything we can to outsmart it, and we almost always fail. The following are some of the more notable and devastating mistakes that we’re still making.

(more…)

How to Judge Food Quality and Identify Processed Foods

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Identifying Unhealthy Processed FoodDespite the fact that processed food is becoming widely recognized as unhealthy, many people still have a flawed understanding of food quality and don’t know how to differentiate the good from the bad.

Unfortunately, many people allow their perception of healthy food to be influenced by the tremendous presence of the food industry. Like any other type of industry, food manufacturers are most concerned with making money and taking advantage of rising trends. As such, even foods that are marketed as healthy are often not.

(more…)

12 Reasons Why Saturated Fat is Good for You

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Bacon - Saturated FatFor more than half a century, saturated fat has been regarded as a deadly nutrient that clogs your arteries and causes heart disease. However, when you consider the fact that we’ve been eating saturated fat for millions of years, it just doesn’t make sense that it could be so unhealthy.

Modern science often neglects the importance of nature and this is one of the more prominent examples. Many reputable sources of information are now revealing that we’ve been misled and saturated fat does not cause heart disease. In fact, the “heart healthy” vegetable oils that we’ve been told to use instead of saturated fat pose a much more significant risk.

(more…)

Could Tanning Beds Be a Safe Source of Vitamin D?

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Tanning BedAs more people begin to realize the importance of vitamin D, natural sun exposure is becoming more widely accepted as a critical aspect of a healthy lifestyle. This raises a question that many tanning enthusiasts are likely to ask. Could tanning beds be a healthy source of vitamin D as well?

What About Skin Cancer?

The primary reason why people avoid tanning, whether it be in the natural sunlight or in a tanning bed, is because of it’s association with skin cancer. However, this doesn’t make much sense when you consider that melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is most prevalent among indoor workers and is most commonly found on the areas of the body that are exposed to sun the least.

(more…)

Big Pharma: Marketing Disease and Pushing Drugs

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Big Bucks, Big Pharma - The Truth About the Drug IndustryThe truth about how the drug industry operates is not nearly as innocent and noble as it’s bright and cheery drug commercials might lead you to believe. The drug industry accounts for more than a half trillion dollars of revenue per year and has grown to be so powerful and influential that it might as well be a branch of government.

Because of this tremendous influence, millions of Americans are taking potentially dangerous medications that they don’t need. To avoid being one of them, it’s important that you understand how this powerful industry operates.

(more…)

Why the P90X Exercise Program is Overrated

Friday, October 9th, 2009

P90X Exercise ProgramEveryone is talking about the P90X exercise program and ads for it are taking the internet by storm. In fact, I’ve even been seeing ads for it on websites like Miriam Webster. Is all of this hype justified? Not if you ask me.

Despite its gimmicky marketing, I was intrigued by the P90X program based on a number of people’s opinions and decided to check it out. Although my primary intention was only to learn more about P90X, I was actually planning to give it a try. That was until I watched it. Although this program may be well suited for some, which I’ll discuss later, it’s definitely not for me. I prefer fitness programs that are motivated by excellent physical function, high resistance to injury, and above all else, optimal health. Even though the P90X program can certainly bring the average person closer to these ideals, I think it does so in a manner that’s compromised by the program’s undeniable priority of burning calories and getting “ripped.”

(more…)