If you eat pork, expect sickness, disease and (especially) cancer! It’s another food addiction that will kill you prematurely.

Why you should avoid pork - Dr. Axe

Pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world, making up about 38 percent of meat production worldwide. It’s especially popular in East and Southeast Asia, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, North America, South America, and Oceania.  If you’re at all familiar with the Bible, you probably remember that in it God specifically instructed His people not to eat pork and shellfish. Many people are surprised to find this out, but in the Old Testament God warned us that the pig was an unclean animal. Why? Because the pig is a scavenger and not meant for human consumption. (Check out Leviticus 11.)

No matter how you think about it, pigs are rather dirty animals. They’re considered the garbage and waste eliminators of the farm, often eating literally anything they can find. This includes not only bugs, insects and whatever leftover scraps they find laying around, but also their own feces, as well as the dead carcasses of sick animals, including their own young. At least one farmer has gone out to feed his pigs and never returned. On that morning in 2012, he literally became the pig’s breakfast.

Just knowing what a pig’s diet is like can explain why the meat of the pig can be so dirty or at the very least not so appetizing to consume. And while being ‘”grossed out” may or may not be a valid reason not to eat something, it’s vital to understand a bit more about pork before reaching your own conclusion. Let’s talk about this popular yet seriously questionable protein source.


Problems with Pork and Why You Should Avoid Pork

1. The Pig’s Problematic Digestive System

There are reasons that the meat of the pig becomes more saturated with toxins than many of its counterpart farm animals. The first reason has to do with the digestive system of a pig. A pig digests whatever it eats rather quickly, in up to about four hours. On the other hand, a cow takes a good 24 hours to digest what it’s eaten. During the digestive process, animals (including humans) get rid of excess toxins as well as other components of the food eaten that could be dangerous to health. Since the pig’s digestive system operates rather basically, many of these toxins remain in its system to be stored in its more than adequate fatty tissues ready for our consumption.

Another issue with the pig is that it has very few functional sweat glands and can barely sweat at all.  Sweat glands are a tool the body uses to be rid of toxins. This leaves more toxins in the pig’s body. When you consume pork meat, you too get all these toxins that weren’t eliminated from the pig. None of us needs more toxins in our systems. In fact, we should all do what we can to eliminate and cut down on toxin exposure. One vital way to do this is by choosing what you eat carefully, and for me, that definitely includes completely avoiding pork products of any kind.

2. Increased Cancer Risk from Bacon and Other Processed Pork

According to the World Health Organization, processed meat like ham, bacon and sausage causes cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer actually classifies processed meat as a carcinogen, something that causes cancer. Researchers found that consuming 50 grams of processed meat each day raises your risk of colorectal cancer by a very significant 18 percent. \

Processed meat is considered to be food items like ham, bacon, sausage, hot dogs and some deli meats. Noticing a theme there? Those are mainly pork-derived food products. How much processed meat is 50 grams? That’s about four strips of bacon. Maybe you’re thinking that you only eat two pieces of bacon regularly. According to this research, that would likely equate to a 9 percent increase of cancer likelihood.

3. Swine Flu in Humans

The swine flu is another virus that has made the leap from pig to human. Influenza or flu viruses can be directly transmitted from pigs to humans, from humans to pigs and from humans to humans.  Human infection with flu viruses from pigs are most likely when humans are physically close to infected pigs.

Swine influenza virus infections in humans are now being called “variant virus infections in humans.” I wonder why the authorities removed the word “swine.” Was it scaring people away from eating pork? Probably.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, H1N1 and H3N2 are swine flu viruses that are “endemic among pig populations in the United States and something that the industry deals with routinely.” Outbreaks can occur year-round. H1N1 has been observed in pig populations since at least 1930, while H3N2 began in the United States around 1998.

According to the CDC, swine flu has not been shown to be transmissible to people through eating properly handled and prepared pork. Properly prepared means cooking pork to an internal temperature of 160 degreesF, which is supposed to kill all viruses and other foodborne pathogens. But what if you consume pork from a pig that had influenza and it wasn’t cooked to that temperature guideline — then what? I certainly wouldn’t want to roll the dice and find out.

 

Problems with pork - Dr. Axe

 

4. Trichinosis Dangers

Did you know that pigs carry a variety of parasites in their bodies and meat? Some of these parasites are difficult to kill even when cooking. This is the reason there are so many warnings out there about eating undercooked pork. One of the biggest concerns with eating pork meat is trichinosis or trichinellosis. This is an infection that humans get from eating undercooked or uncooked pork that contains the larvae of the trichinella worm. In some countries and cultures, they actually consume pork raw.

This worm parasite is very commonly found in pork. When the worm, most often living in cysts in the stomach, opens through stomach acids, its larvae are released into the body of the pig. These new worms make their homes in the muscles of the pig. Next stop? The unknowing human body that consumes this infected meat flesh.

Similarly to what these worms do to the pig, they can also do to humans. If you eat undercooked or raw pork that contains the parasite, then you are also swallowing trichinella larvae encased in a cyst. Your digestive juices dissolve the cyst, but that only unleashes the parasite into your insides. The larvae then penetrate your small intestine, where they mature into adult worms and mate. If you’re at this stage of trichinosis, you may experience abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, nausea and vomiting.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t end there. Approximately a week after eating the infected pork, the adult female worms now inside your body produce larvae that enter your bloodstream and eventually burrow into muscle or other tissue. Once this tissue invasion occurs, symptoms of trichinosis include:

  • Headache
  • High fever
  • General weakness
  • Muscle pain and tenderness
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Swelling of the eyelids or face

And while no one particularly wants to consume worms, trichinosis is a serious illness that you should do virtually anything to avoid. Abdominal symptoms can occur one to two days after infection while additional symptoms usually start two to eight weeks after infection. According to Mayo Clinic, the severity of symptoms typically depends on the number of larvae consumed in the infected meat.

The CDC recommends thorough cooking of pork as well as freezing the pork meat prior to cooking to kill off any worms. I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel good about eating anything that I first have to kill off its worms to eat.

It’s actually been theorized that trichinellosis is the exact cause of Mozart’s rather sudden death at age 35. An American researcher theorized this after studying all the documents recording the days before, during and after Mozart’s death. This research published in Archives of Internal Medicine’s June 2001 issue found that Mozart suffered many of the above listed symptoms and he, himself, had recorded in his journal the consumption of pork just 44 days before his own death.

5. Pigs Harbor Common Viruses and Parasites

Pigs carry many viruses and parasites with them. Whether by coming in direct contact with them through farms or by eating their meat, we put ourselves at higher risk of getting one of these painful, often debilitating diseases (not to mention put our bodies on toxic overload).

Pigs are primary carriers of:

  • Taenia solium tapeworm
  • Hepatitis E virus (HEV) — In developed countries, sporadic cases of HEV genotype 3 have occurred in humans after eating uncooked or undercooked pork.
  • Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, aka blue-ear pig disease
  • Nipah virus
  • Menangle virus
  • Viruses in the family Paramyxoviridae 

Each of these parasites and viruses can lead to serious health problems that can last for years to come.


Factory Farming and Pigs

If all these concerns aren’t enough or you think you’ll avoid them by cooking your pork really well, then you should also know about the common conditions of pork raised for consumption. Today, a whopping 97 percent of pigs in the United States are raised in factory farms. This means that these pigs never live a healthy life of fresh air and wide-open pastures.

If you’re a pork eater, you should know that it’s very likely (only 3 percent unlikely) that you’re eating the meat of a pig that spent all of its time in a crowded warehouses with no fresh air or exercise, fed a steady diet of harmful drugs to keep the pig breathing as producers make pigs grow faster and fatter. These drugs often cause the pigs to become crippled under their own excessive and unnatural weight gain.  Do these sound like conditions that yield a health-promoting piece of meat? Of course not, which is why you should avoid pork and other factory-farmed meats.


Drug Resistant Bacteria in Pork Chops and Ground Pork

It’s estimated that 70 percent of factory-farmed pigs have pneumonia when they go to the slaughterhouse. Unsightly factory-farm conditions of filth and extreme overcrowding lead pigs to have an extreme likelihood for serious diseases. The conditions are so bad that the only way to keep these pigs barely alive at times is to misuse and overuse antibiotics. I’ve talked a lot about what this does in humans. Similarly to humans, pigs are more commonly developing diseases that are resistant to antibiotics. You might like the taste of pork, but do you want to consume a pork product from a pig that had a “superbacteria”?

The bacteria-laden pork story continues. A 2013 Consumer Reports analysis of U.S. pork chops and ground pork samples found widespread (69 percent) presence of a bacteria called yersinia enterocolitica. This bacterium infects about 100,000 Americans a year, especially children, and can cause fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain in humans.


History of Pork and Cultures that Don’t Eat It

The pig is one of the oldest forms of livestock worldwide. It’s said to have been domesticated as early as 5000 B.C. When it comes to the beginnings of pork consumption in the U.S., Hernando de Soto is called “the father of the American pork industry.” In 1539, de Soto landed in Florida with 13 pigs in tow, and pork consumption spread and grew from then on in America. Pigs were first commercially slaughtered in Cincinnati, which was nicknamed “Porkopolis.”

Orthodox Jewish Kosher dietary laws and Islamic Halal dietary laws prohibit pork consumption. There are many other religions and cultures that avoid pork as well.

Christian religious denominations that forbid pork consumption include:

  • Ethiopian Orthodox
  • Hebrew Roots
  • Messianic Jews
  • Rastafarian
  • Seventh-Day Adventists
  • United Church of God

Avoiding pork for these groups is based on Leviticus 11, Deuteronomy 14, Isaiah 65 and Isaiah 66.


Better Meats to Eat

Instead of “the other white meat,” let’s look at some meats that are protein-rich and known to be health-promoting. I’m talking about high-quality protein that’s not only tasty, but very nutritious.

1. Grass-Fed Beef

Grass-fed cows have higher levels of vitamins A, B, C and E, beta-carotene, and are found to be more disease-free than their companion grain-fed cows. Meat from grass-fed cattle is also higher in minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium. Grass-fed beef also has high levels of cancer-fighting CLA and other good fats like omega-3s.

2. Bison

Some consider bison meat even healthier than grass-fed beef. It’s definitely an excellent source of lean protein with less calories and fat than beef. Despite being lower in saturated fat than beef, bison meat has a rich flavor.

 

Pork alternatives - Dr. Axe

 

3. Lamb

Lamb is the meat of young sheep that are generally one year old or younger. Due to slaughtering the animal at such a young age, the marble fat content is considerably lower than older varieties of meat, which contributes to heart health and helps prevent obesity. Rich in protein, vitamin B12 and minerals, it’s arguably the healthiest red meat on the planet. Just make sure to purchase local, organic, grass-fed varieties when possible. Grain-fed animals are loaded with genetically modified corn feed, countless additives and are simply not worth the risk.

4. Wild-Caught Fish

Just like with meat, you want to avoid farm-raised fish at all costs. Farmed fish have high concentrations of antibiotics, pesticides and lower levels of healthy nutrients. On the other hand, wild-caught fish do not contain antibiotics or pesticides and are higher in vital nutrients. A great choice is wild-caught salmon, which is extremely high in heart-healthy and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids as well as selenium, niacin, vitamin B12, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin B6.


Final Thoughts on Why You Should Avoid Pork

What you choose to eat is up to you. Myself, I choose to stay away from unclean pork (and shellfish). The reasons discussed here are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to eating pigs and your health.

If you think you can just opt for a “higher quality” pork product, think again. Don’t be fooled by a “no hormones added” claim when it comes to pork because even though it might be true, hormones are not allowed in the U.S. for any pork production. It’s the pig itself, the factory-farm conditions and the common use of drugs that are some of the main problems that “hormone free” will not get rid of or negate.

Do your own research, carefully consider what the Bible so many years ago warned us about, and then make your own educated decision about what you choose to feed yourself and your loved ones.

 

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Five types of American doctors who know nothing about nutrition and push chemical medicines to cover up symptoms of deeper-rooted health problems

Ever heard of the 250,000 cotton farmers in central India who took their own lives after being manipulated by promises made by Monsanto? Monsanto claimed to be able to put an end to famine and promised unheard of riches and crop prosperity if the farmers would switch from their conventional farming methods to the use of GM seeds. Many farmers had to borrow money to purchase these seeds, and after several failed harvests, they were left with no income and out of control debt. After going bankrupt from Monsanto’s Ponzi scheme the farmers fell into an endless cycle of depression, hopelessness and despair. It is also believed that, aside from the obvious issue of loss of income, the daily contact with the poisonous pesticides and herbicides also led to the depression these farmers suffered from. They believed the only way out was suicide, many even poisoning themselves with the same pesticides they used to spray on their failed crops.

Do you really believe that dementia and depression caused by consuming toxic pesticides are limited to occupational hazards? What U.S. medical doctors ever test their patient’s blood or urine for pesticides before “recommending” chemical-based prescription medicines to relieve symptoms of pesticide poisoning, heavy metal toxin overload and the resulting nutritional deficiencies?

According to the Alzheimer’s Association and a controlled study that was done at Emory University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, elevated serum pesticide levels are directly correlated to increased risk of dementia. Currently, at least five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – the most common form of dementia and a progressive, fatal brain disease. Is this a coincidence? More and more American crops are being dosed with known carcinogens manufactured in laboratories by Monsanto, Dow, Dupont, Syngenta, Cargill and Bayer. Still, hundreds of thousands of U.S. doctors give zero nutritional advice to their patients who come to them suffering from the obvious symptoms, diseases and disorders caused by ingesting pesticides, including those toxins found in genetically modified corn, soy and canola. Go figure.

Are your body and brain suffering from consuming chemicals? Then why on earth would you listen to a doctor who pushes chemical-based medicines for a living?

Besides naturopathic doctors, there is hardly a doctor in America who carefully examines everything their patients eat, drink and put on their skin before “diagnosing” health problems. Can you lay a tarp over a volcano and hope to cap the molten lava? Would you put a band aid on your stomach if you ate rotten meat and were suffering from food poisoning? These chemical prescription meds simply don’t make sense.

If we, as Americans, are never educated about the dangers of health-altering chemicals found in conventional produce, GM crops and popular personal care products, why wouldn’t we believe that “doctor recommended” chemicals could solve our health problems?

Most Americans bodies are like a volcano about to erupt, showing all the signs of chemical consumption disorder. Will you solve your health problems by ending your chemical consumption, or will you exacerbate your health ills by continuing to eat, drink and inject more toxins? Who are your doctors and do they know anything at all about nutrition? You better check.

Five kinds of chemical pushing hucksters who know good and well prescription drugs make health matters worse

#1. Addiction psychiatrists – these are medical doctors who mainly prescribe SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) for people with addictions to alcohol, illegal drugs or other experimental prescription medications. Pharmacological “strategies” are used by psychiatrists to target individuals suffering from anxiety or attention deficit disorders due to substance abuse. Could anxiety and depression also stem from chemical-laced foods? Of course it can, but is there even one addiction psychiatrist in America who tests their patient’s blood or urine for poisoning from insecticides and herbicides? Instead of searching for the root cause, many addiction psychiatrists sling experimental, dangerous mind-altering drugs like Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil on tens of millions of Americans, including children and teens, because it’s easy money. Evidence continues to accumulate that these drugs induce suicidal and murderous actions, not to mention strokes for women after menopause.

#2. Pediatricians and adolescent medicine specialists – Ever heard of “Dollars for Docs?” Pharmaceutical and medical device companies are now required by law to release details of their payments to all kinds of U.S. doctors that push pills on infants, children and teens (over $6 billion every three years). Why are there no payments to doctors to promote organic foods and natural remedies?

#3. Oncologists (including radiation oncologists) – Did you know chemotherapy can backfire and cause healthy cells to feed the growth of cancer tumors? So why then do oncologists use chemo as a mainstream method of treating a cell disorder that’s mainly caused by the consumption of chemicals? It doesn’t make sense.

#4. Dermatologists – Most dermatologists perform surgery as a standard function for treating cancer “spots” on the skin, but cancer is a disorder of the cells, with a deeper-rooted cause. Would you go around your yard chopping off the tops of weeds and expecting them to stop growing? It doesn’t make sense.

#5. Surgeons – Should surgeons keep removing the malfunctioning organs of Americans who eat all the wrong foods daily? Is this cost effective and wise? Maybe every surgeon, radiologist, pediatrician and oncologist in America needs to go back to college and study nutrition, then reassess their fundamental approach to medicine.

Sources for this article include:
NaturalNews.com
TheBloggingHounds.com
SeattleOrganicRestaurants.com
BeyondPesticides.org
CDC.news
Projects.propublica.org

Checking Labels for Health & Protection

I got the info below from a site entitled realfarmacy.com. Since it is very much life saving information, I thought I’d share. It talks about how to recognize what is legitimately organic from what is gmo and full of pesticides. Remember, you can spend a little more to eat, drink and take supplements that are all organic/non-gmo, OR, you can empty your bank account to pay your greedy doctor, greedy pharmacy and greedy hospital. Basically, it’s easy to afford because that cake, sugar, artificial sweeteners, cookies, crackers, bread, pasta, gluten and processed foods. You’ll find that you even have extra money to save – if you eat right! What you put into your body affects your body. My hope is that you’ll begin making a change for health today. Is a piece of cake that goes down in 2 minutes and adds unhealthy weight gain and disease, worth a lifetime of sickness and disease?
“Most of us don’t know that the stickers attached to the fruits and vegetables are there for more than just scanning the price.
“The PLU code, or the price lookup number on the sticker can help you determine if the product is genetically modified, organic or produced with chemical fertilizers, fungicides or herbicides.
“1. A four-digit code beginning with a 3 or a 4 means the produce is probably conventionally grown. The last digits of the code represent the kind of the fruit or vegetable you are buying. For example, bananas are always labeled with the code of 4011.
“2. If there are five numbers, and the first is “8″, then the product is genetically modified. The label on genetically modified banana (GE-genetically engineered of GMO) would contain the numbers 84011.
“3. A five-digit number that starts with a 9 means the item is organic. Organic bananas are labeled with 94011.
“”EWG ( The Environmental Working Group) analyzed pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with rankings for these popular fresh produce items.
“The Environmental Protection Agency warns that the consumption of pesticides can lead to health problems such as “birth defects, nerve damage, cancer, and other effects that might occur over a long period of time.” Children are especially at risk of harm from pesticides.”

Nature Valley Products Cause Cancer ‘Naturally’

There is nothing ‘natural’ about Nature Valley products. They are DANGEROUS!

Are There Hidden Carcinogens in Nature Valley Products?

You’ve likely seen Nature Valley products on the shelves of your local grocery store or convenience store. Or maybe you even have some in your kitchen cupboard right now. This subsidiary of food giant General Mills cultivates the image that they provide nutritious snacks and breakfast foods to meet the busy lifestyle demands of most Americans. Whether you are going to school, work, or athletic activities… Nature Valley has a “healthy” snack to keep your energy high. Or at least, that’s what they want you to believe…

The product images on the package certainly look appealing, but how do you feel after you’ve eaten these foods? Sluggish, hyperactive, or left with a stomach ache? The sad reality is that processed foods often have labels that boast of great health benefits when in reality these products are often highly toxic and even carcinogenic.

Let’s take a closer look at Nature Valley products.

The Claim:

Nature Valley® Oats ‘n Honey Granola Bars combine real honey and rolled oats, to produce a sweet, wholesome snack. The bars are full of classic crunch and whole grain goodness, providing energy to help keep you going. Bite into one anytime, anywhere for an invigorating treat of quality whole grain. Packed in two-bar pouches, Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars offer a crunchy, sweet taste you can take anywhere. 16g of whole grain per serving. At least 48g recommended daily.

Red Flag Ingredients:

Sugar, Corn Syrup, Rice Flour, Palm Kernel Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Mixed Tocopherols, Maltodextrin, Fructose, Canola Oil, Soy Lecithin

How These Ingredients in Hidden Valley Granola Bars are Harmful

Palm Kernel Oil

Palm kernel oil comes from the African Palm tree and is abundantly produced in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Central America. While some palm kernel oil is responsibly sourced, in other cases valuable rain forest is being destroyed which is affecting our ecosystem.

Because palm kernel oil and palm oil are naturally free of trans fats, inexpensive, and have a longer shelf life, they have become the chosen preservative fat for processed foods. However, if they are modified or partially hydrogenated (as they usually are in processed foods), then they become harmful trans fats. These trans fats have a variety of negative health implications that include suppressing the satiation center in the brain that tells you to stop eating. This negatively affects your perception of hunger which can lead to unwanted weight gain.

Rice Flour

The nature of growing rice in rice paddies, which are mostly water, lends itself to inorganic arsenic being readily absorbed by the rice plant. This allows for high levels of inorganic arsenic to be present in the grain. When you consume products with rice flour, rice starch, and rice syrup you are multiplying your potential dose of arsenic.

The side effects of arsenic include: cancer of the skin, kidneys, bladder, and lungs. It is not an immediate effect, but over time the risk becomes greater. Since the rice products are in so many processed foods the accumulation of poison can add up quickly, exceeding acceptable levels.

Canola Oil

Canola oil is made from the rapeseed plant. This is a plant that is genetically modified to survive after being heavily sprayed with toxic herbicides (Monsanto’s Roundup) to control weeds. These toxins are absorbed into the plant and follow them into the processing of their oils and then into your food. Once these toxins get inside your body they can lead to conditions such as leaky gut and even cancer.

If that’s not bad enough, the high temperatures and hexane (a petroleum-based carcinogenic substance) used for extracting the oil create trans fats which increase bad cholesterol and decrease good cholesterol. Acrylamides are also created in this process and cause the infiltration of free radicals − adding even more to the cancer risk.

Then the oil has to be bleached and deodorized which further adds to the chemical cocktail and toxicity of the product. Your safest bet is to avoid all canola oil and vegetable oils.

Mixed Tocopherols

Tocopherols are a preservative made from more than one type of vitamin E − which is good if these vitamins are organic and not chemically extracted. Organic vitamin E that is especially high in gamma Tocopherols is very healthy − but what are the chances of getting that ratio in food preservatives on a mass scale? Pretty unlikely. It is more likely (since they don’t specify), that you are getting mostly the cheap alpha Tocopherols from either synthetically-produced sources of petroleum or from genetically-modified grains like corn, cottonseed, and soy.

Hidden Valley Protein Bar

The Claim:

Nature Valley® Coconut Almond Protein Bars combine roasted peanuts, almonds and toasted coconut flakes to create delicious chewy and gluten free snack with a satisfying crunch that is packed with 10g of protein.

Nature ValleyProtein Chewy Bars
These are supposed to attract health conscious individuals and those that want to build muscle tissue. The body building industry is a big deal to young teenage boys (and men and women of all ages). But this is hardly your best source of protein. Take a look at the ingredient list here: mostly sugar, fried nuts, and some potentially dangerous protein powders which I will discuss in detail below.

Red Flag Ingredients:

Whey protein concentrate, Soy Protein Isolate, peanuts, palm kernel and palm oil, canola oil, nonfat dry milk, soy lecithin, Maltodextrin, sodium caseinate, sugar, corn syrup, tapioca syrup, fructose, vegetable glycerin, rice starch, rice Maltodextrin

How These Ingredients in Hidden Valley Protein Bars are Harmful

Peanuts

Peanuts are legumes, not nuts. They have a soft permeable skin and grow underground which makes them vulnerable to contamination by various toxins. (They are also prone to salmonella.) One of the most common toxins is mold that produces aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a carcinogen that affects the liver, preventing it from burning fats and detoxifying the body.

Another toxin is fungicide residues that come from heavy spraying to prevent mold from damaging the peanut crops.

Peanuts also contain an anti-nutrient called lectin. This prevents the absorption of important minerals including iron, copper, magnesium, and calcium.

Furthermore, peanuts are pro-inflammatory from two sources:

1. The lectins, a sticky protein, bind with sugar to produce an inflammatory response inside the cells. They are also an insulin mimicker which accelerates the production of fat in the liver.

2. The other inflammatory generator comes from the high level of omega-6 fatty acids.

All in all, peanuts are not a good food choice. Raw almonds and walnuts are healthier, promote balanced blood sugar, and feed the brain with healthy fats.

Non-fat Dry Milk

Once again processing is the major culprit destroying food products. Skim milk is forced through tiny holes at high temperatures and pressure. This causes the milk to become oxidized which in turn produces nitrates. Nitrates from oxidation at high temperatures produce carcinogens that can lead to stomach, colorectal, and esophageal cancers. This process also converts healthy cholesterol into oxidized cholesterol which irritates blood vessels and creates plaque arteriosclerosis – that leads to heart disease.

The orotic acid that’s found in powdered milk causes the liver to produce too much fat. So if you are trying to lose weight, don’t use low fat milk products (including skim milk, 1%, and 2% milk) or low fat anything because most of these products contain worse ingredients than the natural ingredients.

Whey Protein Concentrate

Dr. T. Colin Campbell wrote a book titled “The China Study” with the results of many clinical trials proving that casein, a whey protein, has the intrinsic mechanisms to increase and decrease cancer growth. In his research studies he found that the more casein his subjects consumed the larger the cancer cells became and vice versa for reduced levels.

Other chronic conditions were also observed including: weight gain, kidney stones, liver malfunctions, arterial plaque, and reduced bone density.

With direct links to prostate cancer, why is whey protein such a popular bodybuilding supplement? I believe it is linked to the media-promoted paradigm that we need large amounts of protein to be healthy. People do not realize how much protein is contained in natural whole foods, especially vegetables and leafy greens. These are safe sources of protein if they’re organic and prepared with their enzymes intact. Too much protein can cause many of the previously listed health issues and processed foods add to the mayhem.

Sodium Caseinate

Industrial casein is made from super pasteurized milk. The process of extraction is called isolate and is accomplished through acid washes and high heat. After that it becomes insoluble in water so they process it again to make it water soluble which further alters the protein turning it into an MSG (monosodium glutamate). The chemicals used to isolate it remain in the protein mix which damages the protein even more. What you’re left with is sulfuric acid or hydrochloric acid residues and MSG.

This combination contributes to colon cancer, digestive disorders, and respiratory tract problems. MSGs are also anti-nutrients that prevent the absorption of important minerals in the body. So instead of a protein supplement to build muscle tissue, MSG is a carcinogenic powder that prevents you from absorbing important nutrients. It also harms your respiratory system which is vital to your health.

Soy Lecithin

Soy lecithin comes from the dehydrated sludge left over from refining genetically-modified soybean oil. Side-effects include inflammation, bloating, diarrhea, skin rashes, nausea, stomach pain, and breast cancer due to an increase of estrogen mimickers and more. This explains why babies on conventional formulas can become aggressive and have behavior problems.

A study published by “Food and Chemical Toxicology” states that the research found soy lecithin to be highly estrogenic. This explains the increased number of individuals with chronic fatigue which directly affects the thyroid gland’s production of hormones. Hormones are vital for proper digestion, energy production, and metabolism. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid all products containing processed soy and soy lecithin.

Soy Protein Isolate

Soy protein isolate is made from soybeans through an extraction process that separates the protein from the remaining components of the soybean. According to Soyfoods Association of America, soy protein isolate is 90% protein and nearly carbohydrate and fat free.

This process does not however remove the negative aspects of genetically-modified soy. The source of soy protein is genetically modified to withstand heavy spraying of Roundup, the herbicide containing glyphosate.

Glyphosate contains phytic acids that demineralize the body thus being categorized as an anti-nutrient. Not only does it leach minerals, but it blocks very important mineral absorption including magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, and copper.

These minerals are vital for oxygenated blood, bowel movements, bone health, and overall metabolic health. The side effects of glyphosate are numerous and affect men, women, and children − especially infants and fetuses in the womb.

Moreover, it is an endocrine saboteur whereby it interferes with the production of natural estrogen by introducing estrogen mimickers that are known carcinogens causing breast, uterine, cervical, and prostate cancers. Glyphosates increase the risk of infertility, breast cancer, uterine cancer, prostate cancer, endometriosis, and placenta destruction leading to fetal death.

Another hormone mimicker in soy are isoflavones, which contain goitrogens. These inhibit thyroid function causing mood swings, insomnia, anxiety, and chronic fatigue. Eventually they lead to thyroid, stomach, liver, and esophagus cancers.

Genistein and daidzein are phytoestrogens in soy that cause enlarged breasts in men and women, mood swings, crying spells (men and women), reduced sex drive, and impotence.

To make matters worse, the process of creating soy protein isolate includes washing the soy protein in an acid solution in aluminum tanks. This in turn leaches aluminum into the soy isolate product. Even small amounts of aluminum in your food accumulates in the body and is linked to Alzheimer’s, aggressive and antisocial behaviors, mental issues such as brain fog, inability to concentrate, learning disabilities, and dementia.

Some hidden names of soy products include: soya, Mono-diglyceride, textured plant protein, natural flavors, bullion, lecithin, textured soy protein (TSP), textured vegetable protein (TVP), and MSG.

On the other hand, if organic soy is properly fermented it is an inhibitor of these chemicals and thus it is safer to consume.

Soy

Soy in general is not a healthy food according to clinical studies. It is believed to be a major factor contributing to digestive disorders, malnutrition, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive problems, cancer (especially breast, prostate, and uterine), and other chronic illnesses.

This is because soy is susceptible to carrying xenoestrogens − aka environmental estrogens. These come from plastics, tap water, herbicides, and pesticides. They are endocrine disrupters which is the reason for the diseases mentioned above. The endocrine system controls the hormones which are the messengers for our core physiological systems’ proper functioning. This is the reason we see so many health problems in our world − and they are directly attributed to processed, mass produced foodstuffs that were not meant to be consumed by humans.

Nature Valley Nut Bars

The Claim:

Nature Valley® Almond, Cashew and Sea Salt Simple Nut Bars are our simplest bars yet! Just 7 gluten free ingredients – They’re that simple (and delicious). Boasts No High Fructose Corn Syrup and Gluten Free

Nature Valley Simple Nut Bar
Red Flag Ingredients: Tapioca syrup, sunflower oil (hydrogenated), roasted nuts, and seeds

How These Ingredients in Hidden Valley Nut Bars are Harmful

Tapioca Syrup

Tapioca is made from the roots of the cassava plant and is considered a natural sweetening alternative. This is because it doesn’t spike blood sugar as quickly as refined sugar. They use manufactured enzymes to digest the complex carbohydrates in the root vegetable to make it sweet. The question is, are manufacturers using GMOs to accomplish this task cheaply? So even here there is a possibility that you are getting hidden microorganism GMOs. Manufacturers like it because it is also a nice filler for their products. Nature Valley wants you to believe that using healthier ingredients makes them healthy − but too much of any sweetener is not a good thing.

Roasted Nuts

Roasted nuts are created by cooking raw nuts in vegetable oils at high temperatures. The by-product of this process is acrylamides which are carcinogenic due to their introduction of free radicals into the body.

The nutrients are also destroyed at these high temperatures as are the enzymes needed to digest the nuts. So, the body has to rob metabolic enzymes and convert them to digestive enzymes to get the job done. This causes that sleepy feeling you get when you eat over-cooked foods.

Further, the body then reacts to these non-food items with an immune response while actively working to get rid of the invader. So you don’t get much benefit from these “health” bars. Yes, they are gluten and high fructose corn syrup-free, but even that advantage can’t overcome these other serious health hazards.

Nature Valley Biscuits

The Claim:

Each biscuit has a delicious crispy texture and 100% natural whole grain oats combined with the goodness of almond butter. With 14g of whole grain per serving, Nature Valley® Biscuits with Almond Butter provide nutritious energy to help keep you going any time of the day.

Nature Valley Almond Butter
Red Flag Ingredients: Sugar, Maltodextrin, mixed Tocopherols, tapioca syrup, canola oil, palm oil, corn starch, and natural flavors

How These Ingredients in Hidden Valley Biscuits are Harmful

Natural Flavors

“Natural flavors” are just MSGs in disguise. The problem with monosodium glutamate is it belongs to a larger category of excitotoxins. Just as it sounds, this is a toxic substance that excites the brain cells, specifically in the hormone control center, the hypothalamus. This small area of the brain is responsible for controlling many of our vital functions hormonally. When this is damaged, sudden death can occur, as well as cancer, obesity, neural disorders, and a multitude of serious health issues.

According to Dr. Russell Blaylock, these nerve stimulants cause a vicious chain reaction in the nervous system to be repeatedly activated, or excited, and doesn’t stop until the cells die from overstimulation. These toxins are added to processed foods to enhance the flavor − but the damage they inflict is criminal.

Maltodextrin

Companies such as Nature Valley are happy to use this genetically-modified starch derivative because it’s not classified as a sugar. Therefore they can claim low sugar or no sugar on products, when in reality the GI (glycemic index) is twice as high as sugar. Glycemic index is a measure of how your blood sugar will rise after eating a food. Even though Maltodextrin is not technically a sugar, it has a glycemic index of a whopping 130 while white sugar looks like a hero in comparison with a score of 65.

Foods with a high glycemic index cause a huge spike in blood sugar levels resulting in heightened levels of insulin. This is a recipe for disaster. Think: hormone imbalance, circulation of bad estrogens, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes, infertility, increased risk of heart attacks, and strokes.

Furthermore, your body will store this as fat in your liver and sugar feeds the bacteria and tumors. It also creates more problems for your GI tract and healthy gut bacteria (probiotics).

Any food that claims to be part of a healthy diet should not contain even a pinch of this substance. And yet we find this ingredient in almost every food on the market. It’s even in kids cereals (including Muesli), which gives kids a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, and cancer.

Toasted Oats

Although the company itself will not tell you how the oats are processed, coming from General Mills you can expect that they will probably process the oats in a similar fashion as their food giant buddies. Recently Quaker Oats came under fire for the chemical glyphosate found in their oats.

Also, a study conducted in Stockholm, Sweden found acrylamides in oats − including lower levels in some steel cut oats. This tells us that if steel cut oats can contain low levels of acrylamides, then surely processed oat based products from Big Food will have levels higher than the “safe” standard.

Unfortunately, all the Nature Valley products in this article contain processed oats. nature-valley-danger

In Conclusion

Nature Valley’s products that boast “healthy” snacks and cereals are far from the standard of health we demand for our family. As you can see, every product has red flag ingredients that lead to compromised immunity, fatty liver, obesity, endocrine disruption, neural disorders, and many cancers.

No wonder so many children are obese and acting out. Their brains are being fed toxic substances that cause serious malfunctions. Thankfully we know the culprit. Now we can take further action by boycotting harmful processed foods and opting for whole, organic, plant-based foods. It seems to me that’s the only solution because once you start processing foods, it changes them into “non-foods” that are full of toxic substances.

The good news is that more people are waking up and banding together to fight a destructive system. Class actions are cropping up everywhere to let Big Food know we want REAL FOOD. In the meantime, however, stick to real, whole foods and prepare your snacks at home whenever possible.

Source: thetruthaboutcancer.com/hidden-carcinogens-nature-valley-products/