Friday, January 27, 2012

How Sweet it is...

Sugar is well, something we know is not good for us. 
It causes all sorts of health problems not to mention it is fungi and cancer's main food source.  
Sugar is loaded into your soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, and hidden in almost all processed foods—from bologna to pretzels to Worcestershire Sauce. 
I often hear, "I don't eat a lot of sugar."  
 Read your labels lately?  

Sugar has been disguised now in so many ways.  If you are eating food from a box, can, wrapper, bag, freezer section, can bet it has some form of sugar in it.

You can find the obvious sources of sugar on a label but here are other names that just mean one thing.


 Agave nectar
Barley malt
Beet sugar
Brown sugar
Buttered syrup
Cane juice crystals
Cane sugar
Corn syrup
Corn syrup solids
Corn sweetener
Confectioner’s sugar
Carob syrup
Castor sugar
Crystalline fructose
Date sugar
Demerara sugar
Dehydrated Cane Juice
Diastatic malt
Ethyl maltol
Evaporated cane juice
Fruit juice
Fruit juice concentrate
Glucose solids
Golden sugar
Golden syrup
granulated sugar
Grape sugar
High-fructose corn syrup
Icing sugar
Invert sugar
Malt syrup
Maple syrup
Muscovado sugar
Raw sugar
Refiner’s syrup
Rice syrup
Sorghum syrup
Turbinado sugar
Yellow sugar


1.  1 tsp of sugar can produce a million colonies of fungi!
2.  Sugar can reduce white blood cells by 50% up to 5 hours after ingestion!

Read your labels!  Take out your favorite cereal right now and find all the sources of sugar.
You might be quite surprised at what you find.

Friday, January 6, 2012

The benefits of Grapefruit Seed Extract.....for everyone!

Nutribiotic - Maximum Strength Grapefruit Seed Extract - 60 CapsulesBenefits of Grapefruit Seed Extract

1. Broad Spectrum
Grapefruit seed extracts main advantage is it's extraordinary ability to perform both (internally and externally) against a wide variety of known or unknown infections caused by viruses, bacteria, funguses and parasites.

2. Grapefruit seed extract is alkalizing.
Grapefruit seed extract helps alkalize the body. It is considered one of the most alkaline forming foods and of all fruits it is the most alkalizing. Alkalizing the body (raising pH) is one of the single most important health regeneration benefits available.

Disease cannot live in an alkaline environment within the body. It is claimed that cancer dies in a pH of 8.0. Countless other conditions are caused by an acid environment within the body. These same conditions are effectively treated by restoring the proper pH.

Grapefruit seed extracts pH is a low 2.0. Don't let this fool you as acid foods have alkaline effects on the body. The problem comes when you eat food that is acid forming such as meat, sugar and most grains. This food creates and acid environment within the body.
Most degenerative diseases are associated with your body pH.

 Your body pH is one of the most important aspects to consider when trying to overcome a serious illness and to maintain good health. The list of diseases caused from improper pH is a mile long. Cancer and most other diseases cannot exist in an alkaline environment. The pH of the non-deficient and healthy person is in the 7.5.

3. Beneficial Bacteria
Grapefruit seed extract stimulates the immune system. (According to Doctors and Veterinarians) grapefruit seed extract (at normal doses) is gentle yet preserves the integrity of your intestinal bacteria. Without these beneficial bacteria life could not be sustained.

4. Drug Resistant Bacteria
To date there is no evidence that any type of pathogenic microorganism has ever built up a resistance to grapefruit seed extracts active ingredient. Due to the mode of its activity it is believed that this resistance is impossible as grapefruit seed extract disrupts the organisms cytoplasmic membrane.

5. It can be taken for long periods of time without toxic side effects.
There are reports that people have taken grapefruit seed extract every day for several years (as a preventive) without side effects of any kind. 

6. GSE is hypoallergenic (non-allergenic).

7. It can be used for humans and animals including pets (fish, reptiles, birds etc).
All living creatures great and small have benefited from the use of grapefruit extract.

8. Grapefruit seed extract is a multipurpose product used for countless applications.
Pet Health - Internal and external conditions and infections, skin conditions, mange, fleas, etc.
Household Uses - Vegetable wash, counter tops, cutting boards, laundry cleaner, etc.
Travel Uses - Grapefruit extract is used against water and food borne illnesses, diarrhea, dysentery, etc.
Gardening Uses - Tool cleaner to remove fungus, mold. As a bug spray, plant spray and more!

9. Wound Healing
Grapefruit seed extract is extremely good for fast healing of scar tissue associated with many types of wounds (even big ugly scars).

10. It is Very Economical to Use!

I buy the NutriBiotic brand.  I get it from the Vitamin Shoppe.  Earth Fare and Whole Foods carry it as well. 

*** The liquid concentrate is VERY bitter...I mean knock your socks off bitter!  Dilute 10-20 drops in water or fresh lemon water with stevia, hold your nose and chug!  You can also gargle with it if you have a soar throat.  Because of it's bitterness, I can't quite seem to get my kids to drink it!  (Wonder why?!)  So I also buy the tablets or capsules.  

***I but the capsules for my 5 year old daughter who can't swallow pills yet. I break them open and sprinkle the GSE in some fresh OJ every morning.  Make sure it's the Vegan Tablets and not the Defense 
Plus- as that contains other stuff. 

This stuff along with Olive Leaf Extract has kept my whole family (which includes 3 children) out of the doctors office for 18 months!(As of January 2012 when I just updated this!) 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

One of the many artificial sweeteners used in Medifast products that is not safe

Almost all Medifast products contain Acesulfame potassium. This contains a dangerous chemical that is known to cause health problems, even cancer..

How can this be healthy?

Reasons to Avoid Acesulfame Potassium

Acesulfame-K has been approved by the US FDA, but 

there are several potential problems correlated with 

consumption of this food additive. Even though there 

are many studies that attest its safety, acesulfame 

potassium is still suspected of causing benign thyroid 

tumors. In rats, the development of such tumors took 

only 3 months, a period in which the concentration of 

this additive in the consumed food was between 1 and 

5 percent. This is a very short period of time, so the 

substance is believed to have significant carcinogenic 


Methylene chloride, a solvent used in the manufacture 

of acesulfame potassium, is the substance that may 

give the food additive its potential carcinogenic 

characteristics. In addition, exposure to methylene 

chloride for long periods of time may lead to such side 

effects as:

■Breast tumors

■Chronic respiratory disease



■Kidney and liver problems


■Lung tumors

■Mental confusion


■Visual disturbances

Acesulfame potassium may also increase the appetite, 

by tricking the satiety signals of our body. When 

consuming products that contain this artificial 

sweetener, cravings for extremely sweet foods may 

develop. In these conditions, taste perception is 

changed and the taste of fruits and vegetables do not f

eel tasty anymore.

Medifast does NOT equal health!

Click here to read more

Monday, January 2, 2012

The Medifast diet decoded: Part 3

I am perplexed.

Perplexed as to how something that is toxic to the body can be called "healthy".

It doesn't make sense.

It's one thing to know you are eating something bad for you.
Many of you drink soda and you know it has negative impacts on your body.
But you don't claim that it is "healthy".
You know it's not.
You still make the choice to drink it.
That's your decision.
But you don't tell people it is healthy and you should drink more of it.

My  problem is with diet companies such as  Medifast who claim to offer a  "healthy" way to lose weight.
But they are so off the mark it's not even funny.

It's grievous, actually.

To call something healthy I would think that it would be well, good for you.


Am I way off here, folks?

As I learned from my research Medifast is anything but healthy.

It uses artificial sweeteners to sweeten.

Red flag right there.

We all know they are bad for you, right?

Just like soda.

Just like smoking.

Just like drinking alcohol.

 Medifast claims  to be "healthy"  yet almost all their packaged foods contain  toxic substances.

Another thing found in many of the Medifast products is MSG.

There is only one product that they claim to have MSG- the Cream of Tomato Soup.

But there are MANY hidden sources of MSG that most of us have no idea about. Many of these hidden sources are found right there on the labels.

MSG is known to cause serious health problems.

Am I missing the boat on something here?

The words "artificial" and "healthy" can not be used together!

They are opposites of each other.

You can not claim to be on a healthy diet and eat foods that have "artificial" 
anything and MSG.

You can't!

I find it so disheartening when people are educated about these products yet still continue to call them "healthy".

I got sucked into the Medifast lie.

I believed that it was so healthy with all those vitamins and minerals.

I believed that the soy protein used in their food was superior to any other.

I bought boxes of the stuff.

Spent hundreds of dollars on it.

Then I learned the truth.

Here are just a few things I learned.

Read along.

You need to know what you are putting in your body.

Really, you do.

1.  Soy is not healthy for you. (It's Medifast's primary source of protein.)  It's been genetically modified.  It messes with your hormones.  I have already written several posts on the dangers of soy so I will just let you read them so I don't have to repeat everything here.

If you are thinking to yourself, "I thought soy was good for you", then please look at the research.  

Click here for more info about the dangers of soy

2.  Acesulfamae potassium is not healthy for you.  (Medifast uses this in almost all it's products. ) 

Methylene chloride, a solvent used in the manufacture 

of acesulfame potassium, is the substance that may 

give the food additive its potential carcinogenic 


More info about artificial sweeteners 

3.  MSG is not healthy for you. (Medifast products contain or produce MSG.)It does not come right out and say MSG, but there are many products with hidden sources of it.
Find out what MSG does to your body:

Dangers of MSG

4.  Splenda was originally discovered while making an insecticide! (Medifast uses this to sweeten many of it's products.)
Educate yourself on Splenda since everyone seems to think it's healthier than aspartame!

Dangers of Splenda/Sucralose

5.  Corn contains fungus.  It has been universally contaminated with fungus which produces mycotoxins in your body.  There is NO corn kernel in the world that is safe to eat now.  (Medifast uses many corn derivatives in their products.)

I have spend a lot of time on this blog discussing the negative effects of corn on the body.  Here are a few previous posts in case you need to educate yourself on this.

Why you should not eat any corn products. Ever.

6.  Peanuts contain fungus and produce aflatoxins.  (Medifast uses peanut products in some of their "foods".)  

7.  Sugar is not good for you. (ok, I already knew this one but found out just how bad!) (Medifast uses sugar by many different names in all of their products.)

Doesn't matter whether it's organic, blessed, evaporated cane's all sugar. Some sugars such as fructose are even worse than others.

Dangers of fructose

Read for yourself what sugar does to your immune function.

The power of sugar

What this sweet thing can really do

Medifast uses corn, soy, peanuts, artificial sweeteners, Sucralose, MSG, sugars of every form and many other additives in their products. 

Is convenience really worth this?

Is losing weight "quickly" really worth this?

You are really just getting a glorified candy bar processed with some vitamins to call it "healthy".

What it really has is all wrapped up in a pretty package is:
more sugar
even more sugar
processed ingredients

And this is healthy?

I am perplexed.

It's breakfast time.  You are in a hurry.  Gotta get out the door with the kids, or dogs or cats...whatever you have.  

You are on the Medifast program so no problem here!

All you have to do is whip out that package of "eggs" and cook them up.

Eggs are a great source of protein and a great way to start your day.

But here is what is in the Medifast eggs:

Egg whites, whey protein concentrate, dextrin, chicory root extract (inulin), natural flavor, salt, guar gum, soy lecithin, xanthan gum, annatto (color)


Here is what my egg container says:


Here are the directions for cooking the "eggs" from Medifast:
  1. Add contents of package to a microwave safe container.
  2. Add 1/2 cup (4 oz) water and mix thoroughly.
  3. Microwave on high for 60 seconds; remove and stir.
  4. Cover and microwave again for 15-30 seconds.

So, in just a matter of 1 1/2 minutes you can have a 

bowl full of.......what was all that stuff listed? guar 

gum? xanthan gum? inulin(which is fiber from a tree 

root)? soy lecithin? annatto?  


Here are the directions for cooking the eggs in my 


Beat eggs and cook.

So, in a matter of about 1 1/2 minutes you can have a 

bowl full of.....eggs........

This is just the first meal of the day and look what you 

have put in your body already if you are on Medifast!

Convenience is killing us.

It is killing you.

Medifast is about convenience.

it is NOT about health.

Health is something that is good for you.

Processed chemicals, foods, toxins, fungus, sugar,

MSG, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, food 


all the other ingredients in Medifast.... are not good 

for you.

You can't have it both ways.

You can't eat poison and be healthy.

You just can't.