If you have never taken a supplemental hormone or antibiotics for illness, yet you eat conventionally raised animal products (beef, dairy products, chicken, eggs, fish) you have ingested large quantities of Hormones and Antibiotics.
Why are they used? Hormones are used to increase milk supply in dairy cows and to encourage rapid growth in beef cattle. How are we affected? Through the excessive ingestion of hormones in beef and dairy products, we see young girls and boys reaching puberty at a very early age. We see adults with hormonal abnormalities.
Antibiotics are included in the feed for all farm raised fish, and feedlot-raised cows and chickens. These animals are not being raised in their natural habitat nor are they fed their natural diets. Crowded living conditions combined with poor diets cause these animals to be disease prone and drugs are used to prevent death before slaughter. By ingesting large quantities of antibiotics through the animal products we eat we are creating super-bugs. Harmful germs that are immune to all antibiotics. We are also destroying the healthy bacteria that our digestive tract and overall health so depends on.
What can you do? Eat farm-raised, grass-fed organic beef products. Farm raised organic chicken. Eat fish caught in the wild. If you must have milk, purchase it directly from a farmer you trust. Keep it raw. Eggs should come from farm raised organic chickens fed an organic vegetarian diet.
Artificial Colorings & Flavorings
Artificial colorings and flavorings are used to enhance the flavor and appearance of products in an inexpensive way. Common side effects include: allergies, rashes, ADD/ADHD & seizures.
What can you do? Stop buying products that have artificial flavors and colors. FDA approval is no guarantee that a substance is risk-free.
What can you do? Prepare your own food. Carefully read labels of food products to insure your family is not ingesting these harmful chemicals.
LONGER SHELF LIFE FOR A PRODUCT CAN MEAN A SHORTER LIFE FOR YOU!MSG
Don't get me started on MSG... Monosodium Glutamate is a neurotoxic flavor enhancer used in many packaged foods and Chinese style restaurants. It's many side effects include: Seizures, Brain cell death, Brain damage, Allergies, Headaches, Strokes, Hypoglycemia, ADHD. Why is it used? It's cheap! Shame on the FDA for not taking control of this dangerous situation.
Buyer beware! This insidious ingredient hides behind all kinds of masks:
- Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
- Hydrolyzed Protein
- Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
- Plant Protein Extract
- Sodium Caseinate
- Calcium Caseinate
- Yeast Extract
- Textured Protein
- Autolyzed Yeast
- Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
- Malt Extract
- Malt Flavoring
- Broth Stock
- Natural Flavoring
- Natural Beef Or Chicken Flavoring
- Soy Protein Concentrate
- Soy Protein Isolate
Boxes of nutrasweet include this message: Warning! This product has been proven to cause cancer in laboratory animals. Excuse me? Cancer? Why are people buying this? Oh, because it has no calories. Splenda and other artificial sweeteners are used in products geared to the sugar-free market. Consumers wanting to cut down on sugar or calories purchase these products thinking they can 'have their cake and eat it too'. Artificial sweeteners are not food. They are toxins your body needs to fight and eliminate.
Common side effects of aspartame include: central nerve impairment, headaches, memory loss, mood swings, fainting spells, hazy vision, tinnitus, severe depression, irritability, aggression, anxiety, personality changes, insomnia, phobias, heart palpitations, tachycardia, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal issues, nausea, abdominal pain, hives, menstrual changes, marked thinning or loss of hair, hypoglycemia, and more.
Splenda is marketed brilliantly. "Think sugar say Splenda". Not true. While there was some sugar in Splenda, it is processed and chemically altered. Side effects of Splenda include: Flushing/redness of the skin, itching, swelling, blisters, welts, nausea, stomach cramps, dry heaves, becoming withdrawn, loss of interest in usual activities, feeling forgetful, moodiness, dulled senses, unexplained crying, acne or acne-like rash, anxiety, panic attacks, headaches, seeing spots, mental or emotional breakdown, altered emotional state, bloated abdomen, diarrhea, trouble concentrating, depression, vomiting, seizures and more.
What can you do? Don't buy artificial sweeteners or products made with them.
There are great alternatives. We'll talk about those next time.
To good health and a clean pantry,