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Deliciously Incorrect with Guest Heretic, Dr. Shawn Baker

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Shawn Baker on the Nutrition Heretic Podcaste talking about Carnivore Diets

Shawn Baker on the Nutrition Heretic Podcaste talking about Carnivore Diets

Last week we talked to Dr. Shawn Baker about different aspects of the carnivore diet and the quality of meat raised in pasture versus indoors. This week, we explore the impact of modern food sourcing on humans, is seasoning meat yea or nay, and how what's the scoop on how carnivores poop.

If you missed the first half of this interview, you can catch it here.

Dr. Shawn Baker is an orthopedic surgeon, a multi-sport world record setting athlete, a father, antidote for a broken health-care system, citizen science enabler, and a Carnivorous Anti-Hero.   You can connect with Shawn through his website, the Carnivore Training System, his podcast, The Human Performance Outliers, and on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.

Highlights from today's episode:

02:01 ~ Could food reactions be attributed to the way food is raised and how it is processed and consumed?

07:41 ~ There are different ways of following an all-meat diet. Some people use seasonings such as garlic, onion, and hot hot sauce, while others don’t even use salt. What Dr. Baker recommends.

09:38 ~ Dr. Baker's most important advice.

10:53 ~ Reasons people move to the carnivore diet.

13:00 ~ Feeling restricted by the diet versus freedom in simplicity

15:46 ~ What's the scoop on carnivore poop?

22:23 ~ Where the medical system fails in health.

29:56 ~ How long you should be on the carnivore diet before you know if it's for you.

Deliciously Incorrect with Shawn Baker on the Nutrition Heretic podcast

Deliciously Incorrect with Shawn Baker on the Nutrition Heretic podcast

Other links mentioned in this interview:

Environmental Impacts of a Carnivore Diet with Guest Heretic, Dr. Shawn Baker

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Shawn Baker on the Nutrition Heretic Podcaste talking about Carnivore Diets

Shawn Baker on the Nutrition Heretic Podcaste talking about Carnivore Diets

You've probably heard of vegetarian and vegan diets, but have you ever heard of a carnivore diet? Today's guest heretic, Dr. Shawn Baker, will share his experience with eating only meat. We'll learn if you should be leaning more towards the carnivore side of the food plate, why are there so many ex-vegans in the carnivore camp, as well as the real environmental impact of a carnivore diet.

Don't forget to catch the second half of this interview when we delve more into the heresy of meat seasoning and the most elusive aspect of being a carnivore; pooping.

Dr. Shawn Baker is an orthopedic surgeon, a multi-sport world record setting athlete, a father, antidote for a broken health-care system, citizen science enabler, and a Carnivorous Anti-Hero.   You can connect with Shawn through his website, the Carnivore Training System, his podcast, The Human Performance Outliers, and on YouTube.

Highlights from today's episode:

08:33 ~ Dr. Baker's background and how he sees the carnivore diet as an option for some people.

11:31 ~ History of grain-based and carnivore diets.

14:46 ~ By eating more animal foods are we increasing climate change?

23:44 ~ Are human methane emissions of consequence?  How animals other than cattle come into the equation.

27:53 ~ How regenerative pastoring helps the environment in areas where vegetable farming is impractical.

30:16 ~ Why synthetic, lab-grown meat is not the way forward.

34:50 ~ How a carnivore diet can affect your health.

36:15 ~ Is there a difference between GMO meat and pastured meat when it comes to a carnivore diet?

Environmental Impacts of a Carnivore Diet with Dr Shawn Baker on the Nutrition Heretic podcast

Environmental Impacts of a Carnivore Diet with Dr Shawn Baker on the Nutrition Heretic podcast

Other links mentioned in this interview:

Taking Monsanto to Trial for Crimes Against Humanity; André Leu Discusses the Monsanto Tribunal In The Hague

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André Leu

Do you think Monsanto should be brought to trial for crimes against humanity? Well then you’re going to want to tune in to today’s episode of the Nutrition Heretic Podcast when we continue our conversation with André Leu, author of The Myths of Safe Pesticides and member of the Monsanto Tribunal— a world court in the Hague, which aims to do just that. During this in-depth discussion, you’ll learn the significance of the trial, why the personalities behind Monsanto have such a blatant disregard for human life and why you may want to trade in your PC for a Mac.

In case you missed the first half of this interview, you can

listen to it here

Highlights from today's episode:

2:29 ~ Learn the differences between a tribunal and a court of law.

10:50 ~ What is the most dangerous chemical Monsanto produces and which products should you avoid?

15:37 ~ Why does this chemical have a greater effect on women, and two ways to help your body eliminate it.

17:25 ~ Most heads of corporations are sociopaths or psychopaths!

25:00 ~ The disturbing number of farmers who are committing suicide.

26:27 ~ Don't support Monsanto unwittingly!  Boycott these 6 products and learn 2 reasons to avoid high fructose/corn syrup.

32:58 ~ Who actually owns Monsanto?

Here are some of the resources mentioned during the interviews for you to get more acquainted with this topic:

More episodes with André Leu:

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Which Pesticides Are Safe?; André Leu, author of The Myths of Safe Pesticides and Member of the Monsanto Tribunal

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André Leu

André Leu

To say that no other company is as hated as Monsanto is an understatement. The Monsanto name is toxic, driving away consumers who point to products like RoundUp, glyphosate and numerous GMO crops for health disorders ranging from autism and alzheimers to gluten intolerance and cancers. Our guest heretic is André Leu, author of The Myths of Safe Pesticides and member of theMonsanto Tribunal andIFOAM Organics International. In today’s episode of the Nutrition Heretic Podcast, we discuss the faulty beliefs behind the safety of poisons, and why they wreak such havoc on our bodies.

Be sure to tune in next time for thesecond half of our discussion with André Leu.

Highlights from today's episode:

6:30 ~ How can we fight labelling laws?

9:16 ~ How did we get to this place where profits are worth more than health?

13:48 ~ The 5 main myths about pesticides and their safety.

17:54 ~ How Ethiopia is restoring vegetation and what caused East Africa to find itself in such poor state.

24:50 ~ Why even low doses of chemicals can cause permanent effects on reproduction and other diseases.

36:08 ~ Are the foxes are in charge of the chicken house when it comes to regulations?

43:10 ~ Effects chemicals have on the next generation - even before they are born.

56:10 ~ What can you eat without making yourself neurotic?  Find out how André does it.

Here are some of the resources mentioned during this episode for you to get more acquainted with this topic:

More episodes with André Leu:

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Kaizen, Hormones in Harmony, and The Definition of Health With Guest Heretic David Benjamin of Healthy Wild And Free

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David Benjamin, Definition of Health, Nutrition Heretic Podcast This week we query the current definition of health.  How can you be considered healthy when you have a disease?

Adrienne's guest is David Benjamin from Healthy Wild and Free.  They chat about when David found health and what it looks like.  How members of his family were adversely affected by birth deformities due to pharmaceuticals and how he saw his mother and grandfather battle cancer and how his own health concerns led him down the road of Kaizen.

What was the catalyst for David's own road to balance and health?  Why is he dedicated to helping people improve their own lives?  Learn about what to watch for to keep your hormones in harmony, and learn about why David believes you must have a healthy body in order to have a healthy mind.

David also believes in finding out about what works for you.

The Truth About Cancer is coming out this month and David encourages you to watch this extremely valuable 9-part series, which is free to watch.  For more information, watch this (affiliate)clip:

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Unnecessary Surgeries; Guest Tudor Pangal Author of Back Pain: How I Got Rid of It After Suffering For 20 Years

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Unnecessary Surgeries; Guest Tudor Pangal Author of Back Pain: How I Got Rid of It After Suffering For 20 Years Do you really need drastic surgery to fix your pain or are there other factors and alternatives to consider? We also look at statin drugs and what negative affects they may have on users. The truth is that every cell in your body needs cholesterol (there is no such thing as good and bad), especially as it ages and that limiting it has everything to do with declining brain function.

Author Tudor Pangal joins us to discuss how he overcame crippling back pain without surgery by taking a holistic approach to treating his chronic pain. Your mind and attitude plays a big roll in dealing with such pain and so does your lifestyle. Tudor explains how after 20 years of terrible back pain he came to the realization that he could overcome it with the right exercise and just as importantly, the right mindset.

Tudor shares some wonderful stories about using inversion and table tennis and how working on your legs, makes a guy's butt look better -- it's in his books, Back Pain: How I Got Rid of It After Suffering For 20 Years! and  We did NOT make that one up!

As well, we answer the pressing question: Is it OK to leap over a net in table tennis?

Don't forget to share the podcast with your friends and leave a review on Stitcher or iTunes!

And check out Tudor's other book in the series, Heal Your Back Pain: The Complete Roadmap - Mind, Nutrition, Exercise.

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Down with Low Fat Crap!; Guest Alethea Lai: How Does Your Community Garden Grow?

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Down with Low Fat Crap!; Guest Alethea Lai: How Does Your Community Garden Grow? There are new government nutrition guidelines out and you better believe Adrienne chows down on them in this episode of the Nutrition Heretic podcast!

Our special guest is Alethea Lai from Mala'ai Garden at the Waimea Middle School in Kamuela, Hawai'i.  A school/community garden where kids are introduced to food from the ground up -- literally! You'll love Alethea's passion for helping kids learn about good food. Once you hear about their "Super Kitchen" project, you'll be calling your own kid's school asking them to start a program such as this one!

Learn more about Mala'ai Garden at Malaai.org

As mentioned in the podcast, Alethea Lai, is also a real estate agent who can find you a nice house with a lovely garden of your own!

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Lose Your Veganity; Does My Thyroid Look Fat?; Surprising Use for Soylent

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Kaayla Daniel on The Nutrition Heretic Podcast As National Thyroid Month winds down, Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food, discusses the laundry list of disorders associated with heavy soy consumption in the health-conscious American diet — including thyroid disorders, infertility and lack of libido. Dr. Daniel also mentions one instance where the new meal replacement shake Soylent may not be so bad after all. And Adrienne looks back at how her own thyroid problems nearly destroyed her life.

You can get Dr. Daniel’s free report The Fats of Life free from the home page at Dr. Kaayla T. Daniel: The Naughty Nutritionist.   And Be Souper ( a bone broth primer) for free at her Nourishing Broth website.

Dr. Kaayla Daniel has authored two books which you may find useful for further information about topics discussed in today's podcast:

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Lose Weight Eating Anything You Want; Pass the Poop Pills; Therapeutic Baths for Cold & Flu Season

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Lose Weight Eating Anything You Want; Pass the Poop Pills; Therapeutic Baths for Cold & Flu SeasonGuest Gina Peake discusses how she unexpectedly lost 15 lbs in 2 months after following the advice in Adrienne's bestselling book, Frenching Your Food -- all while eating the sinful foods she loves! Adrienne and Jim respond to listener requests to more clearly explain her top tips for easy weight loss from last week's episode. They also discuss desperate weight loss strategies such as "poop pills" and therapeutic baths for chasing away colds and flu.

Are you curious and want to find out more about what exactly Frenching Your Food is?  Or are you looking for new and healthy recipes to serve up for dinner?  All will be revealed in Adrienne's books:

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The Dreaded New Year's Weight Loss Resolution; Taking Small Steps for Big Results

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The Dreaded New Year's Weight Loss Resolution; Taking Small Steps for Big ResultsWhen Lynn Johnston couldn't find any help for her Fibromyalgia diagnosis from doctors, she decided to take matters into her own hands. She began researching solutions and making small changes to her diet and lifestyle to address her problems. Lynn, creator of the Small Steps to Healthy Eating program, shares with us how to tweak your diet to yield huge differences in your quality of life!

You can follow Lynn's progress on her blog, Small Steps To Big Change.

If you'd like to learn more about Lynn's healthy eating program and how create a flexible, personalized plan for yourself, you'll find it all in her book:

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Day 25 - Introduction to Energy Medicine

I finally decided to show you a little Energy Medicine. I’m not an expert, nor do I hold a certificate in it, but what I have learned has worked wonders for me following that accident I told you about. This video shows you how you can use Energy Medicine to metabolize food this way. In fact, tap #3 is the one that Donna Eden said helped her to lose 17 lbs in 7 weeks without making any changes to her diet. Keep in mind that Donna’s diet was not very different from what you’re doing in the Challenge. ???? Check it out.

Donna’s book is full of a ton of information showing tons of techniques that you can implement. She covers just about any health issue you can imagine. Just remember that the techniques here are NOT meant to replace food. Your body still needs the nutrients from your diet in order for the methods to work and stick.


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Day 24 - How to Be a Vegetarian on the Challenge

Vegetarians will often wonder how to comply with the Challenge and still remain true to their vegetarianism. Even though the ideal Challenge foods have already been discussed in the previous days, I’ve created this video to more fully explain how to get the proper protein and fat you need to keep your body’s energy humming and systems working optimally. Watch the video to learn more.

Tonight, we had a nice dessert treat. Sauteed apples with cream. Simply core and slice apples to desired thinness. Melt butter in a frying pan and add apples when warm. Grate a pinch of fresh nutmeg over. Stir and cook until apples are just a bit translucent (or as much as you want, really). Stir to coat apples. No added sugar, just a little vanilla extract in the raw whipped cream. Nutmeg brought out the natural sugar in the apples. Better than pie and done in about 15 minutes.


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Day 20 - The French Paradox....NOT!

’m the first to admit that I love to drink a glass of wine every so often, but I don’t do it because I think that’s how the French stay healthy. I do it because, well, sometimes I just enjoy a glass of wine. But what do the French really eat and how different are their attitudes towards food? This week I went to two get togethers: a French club and a holistic health conference with all American practitioners. I have always known the difference between how Europeans and North Americans eat, but my awareness has been heightened during this Challenge. Watch the video to see my observations as well as to learn about how the French really eat!

Here’s a good shot of what a typical French buffet dish might look like (always accompanied by lots of other things):

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Now let’s contrast that to what the American table looked like:

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About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Day 7 - Expanding Your Repertoire

Right about now, you should be pretty comfortable with your food choices. If you’re like me, you kind of enjoy the simplicity of knowing exactly which foods to choose from every time you want to grab a bite. However, many people may start to feel “off” at this point and will need to make some changes. Watch this video to see exactly what to look for and how to start feeling good again.

I enjoyed a lovely soup today. Bone broth with miso, vegetables and some fresh bacon sliced on top. Normally I would have put buckwheat noodles, but left them out for the challenge. I didn’t miss them one bit. I was totally satisfied for hours after.

For dinner, I roasted a chicken and served it up with sauerkraut and spinach. I think my body digests chicken as a carb — I’m serious! After I ate, I felt stuffed as if I had just ate a bag of potatoes. Then an hour later, I was starved. Of course maybe I just ate a bit too much vegetable this meal (see picture). I’ll have to test and tweak over the next few days.

How are you doing on the challenge?


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Day 6 - What You Don't Know About Fats

Poor fat. It is the most misunderstood macronutrient. Food processors and even the government love the fact that you’re totally confused about fats to the point that you’ll eat not food instead. In this video, I talk about which fats are most important for your health and which ones contribute to nearly every disease imaginable from allergies and arthritis to cancer and autism.

In case you’re wondering, today I ate some leftover meatloaf, roast lamb with string beans, steak tartare, tuna, broth (really leftover gravy) and introduced winter squash to my evening meal. So far, so good. My energy is high and I feel super-focused. I may even decide to go to bed a bit early tonight.

Now if only today’s video will upload so that I can append it here. Ah… there it goes.

Here’s a little eye candy too. It’s a Spanish potato omelet. I’m not eating potatoes yet, but it looks a lot like my cauliflower omelet that I made for breakfast the other day. I just don’t have a picture of the cauliflower one, so this will have to suffice.

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About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Day 4 - Handling Your Off Days

Today we had a family event to attend. I didn’t prepare as well as I could have, but I survived without betraying all the work I’ve done so far in the Challenge. Here are some tips you may not have heard about eating out and sticking to any diet or health challenge.

So what did I eat at the restaurant? Steamed fish and lobster, a slice of steak, string beans, seaweed salad and a scallop. Pretty basic, not many seasonings on the food. I was very satisfied at the end of the meal. So now it’s time to get back on the wagon.

Back tomorrow with more!


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Day 3 - Moderation is for Losers

People are often most resistant to things that are actually good for them. The moderation spiel is just one of many excuses that people use to get out of getting healthy. Watch today’s video to see why I think that moderation is a MAJOR cop out that will keep you sick.

So what did I eat today? I really didn’t eat enough breakfast. Went to bed late last night and with the dark winter morning, just didn’t want to get out of bed. So I had a cracker with pâté and a bite of some leftover spinach omelet until I got home for lunch. So what was for lunch?

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I didn’t have time to put together a vegetable, so I just pulled some kimchee out of the fridge. Kimchee is wonderful Korean sauerkraut that has probiotic properties. I generally try to include it or some other kind of lacto-fermented vegetable with my meals, but tend to fall off when the weather gets cold. The cold vegetable with the cold weather are too cooling on my system, making me want to hibernate. I think that’s why the Germans usually cook their sauerkraut. And from what they tell me, it seems to retain all of its probiotic qualities as well. I actually had a client once with terrible digestion. When I suggested she start eating sauerkraut, she got excited because she happened to love sauerkraut and had several cans of it in her kitchen. A month later when she returned, she reported that her constipation cleared up just by including some of the canned kraut with each meal. Now, I wouldn’t get it in cans because of the metal being leached into the kraut, but it does go to show that fermented vegetables are probably not so ready to lose their benefits even during the canning process. So if that’s all you can get your hands on, it’s better than nothing.

So now on to dinner. I had some lamb stewing pieces. They were mostly bone, so the meat was going to need long cooking. I ended up kinda cheating here because I also had to feed the kids and wanted them to have a little more starch just to make sure they felt adequately satisfied before going to bed. And let’s face it, lamb stew just wouldn’t be the same without the aromatic flavors of carrot or some other kind of root vegetable. So I ended up putting a few carrots and parsnip in the pot to bring the flavor of the lamb together.

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My husband (who’s doing the challenge with me) and I did not eat those veggies, but we did eat the lamb along with some guacamole. Yum! Very satisfying. I think I’m gonna go eat a little kimchee now. It’s been several hours since I’ve eaten and it should help ensure that I stay asleep — a problem I’ve had since I was involved in a car accident.

Have you started this year on a high note by cleaning up your body? If so, I’d love to hear from you!


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Jamaica: Land of Mosquitoes, Machetes and MSG, Part 3

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Being the tropics, mosquitoes are a part of life in Jamaica. I didn’t see anything ridiculous in terms of size, but they can be a menace.

Many places will have mosquito nets on the beds to protect you, but you still may get bitten. My daughter, Daisy, had bites all over and seems to have developed a propensity to scratch senselessly ever since that episode. We hadn’t brought any anti-itch spray, so we relied on two Jamaican remedies with limited relief: rubbing alcohol and fresh aloe gel. If anything, they were just a way to keep busy and feel like you were doing something proactive for the situation.

You may also want to take note that Dengue fever has become a problem in the Caribbean in recent years. I’m not sure if it has hit Jamaica, but shortly after hearing about it, my husband and I wondered if that was really what happened to me when I got sick during our Jamaican visit and not MSG poisoning.

Dengue is nothing to take lightly. When we went to Kauai (one of the Hawaiian islands) last year, we learned that native Kauain surfer, Andy Irons, was killed by Dengue fever after surfing in Puerto Rico earlier that year. So if you get it, make sure you seek appropriate medical attention and fortify your body with cod liver oil, poultry fat or whatever else is necessary to get rid of it.


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Jamaica: Land of Mosquitoes, Machetes and MSG, Part 2

OK. So I’m working backwards here, but who cares?

I knew about violence in Jamaica, but was unprepared for the number of machetes that are in this country! EVERYBODY AND THEIR MOTHER (literally) has a machete! And they use them often. There are practical uses such as slaughtering an animal or chopping coconuts open, but unfortunately, they are also used in acts of violence.

For the most part in my family, people were using their machetes for cracking open coconuts. As I mention in another post, Jamaicans hardly ever use coconuts anymore. This, thanks to a pesticide spraying program that killed off the majority of the coconut trees. But also because Jamaicans like other people in the 3rd world, are ashamed of their heritage and instead of eating coconut oil and drinking coconut water, they use processed vegetable oils and drink some crap called bag juice— just what it sounds like, juice (or rather drink) in a bag.

My daughter, left, teaching her cousin the joys of fresh coconut water

My daughter, left, teaching her cousin the joys of fresh coconut water

My daughter loves coconut water and it was interesting to see her, the American kid introduce all of her cousins to this delicious drink. Even now, many of these kids (I am told) are asking their parents for coconut water whenever they see coconuts nearby. So much healthier and cheaper when they can get them in their own backyard!

My cousin had been complaining to me that she was having some knee pain. In fact, her brother suffers from the same problem. He uses bee stings for temporary relief.

After talking to me, she decided to start using her own coconut oil that she makes. Ever since, she has been raving about how none of the pain has ever returned. But darned if she can her brother to at least try it! Now she cooks everything in coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. She saves money and is pain free!

Cuz getting bee sting relief

Cuz getting bee sting relief

The other place we saw the machete used was in the slaughter of a goat. In honor of our arrival and the gift we had given to my younger cousin, they slaughtered one of their many goats which provided many, many meals going forward. It is not easy to watch an animal get slaughtered, but it is a very sobering experience. I think that if more people in our society saw this process, they would be far less wasteful of food and meat in general.

I cannot tell you how many times I have seen a person throw out meat because they are a vegetarian or would rather eat dessert. It is a disrespect that I cannot understand. Even the Dalai Lama eats meat out of respect for the animal as well as his hosts. Who among us thinks of themselves as better than the Dalai Lama?

The saddest machete story came from a friend of an Aunt who lives in Portland — the northeastern part of the country. We were walking in his neighborhood where he was thinking of doing some rafting trips for tourists. He saw a friend walking from the cemetery and told us that he had just lost his son in a bank robbery. The man’s son worked as a security guard in the bank and was “chopped up” as we were told by guys with machetes wanting to rob the bank.

Talk to Jamaicans and they will tell you that this type of violence only happens between gangs and that everyone else, especially tourists, is left alone. Not so, one week after returning to the U.S., we were told of a tourist who was murdered (not sure if it was machete or gun) in the resort where he was staying.

So if you go to Jamaica, you have to look out for more than the MSG, but the violence there is still very real!


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

How much water should you be drinking?

drinking fresh water from a glass

drinking fresh water from a glass

Nowadays, there appear to be many misunderstandings about how much drinking water is most beneficial to your health. Several professionals state that you ought to consume eight eyeglasses per day. Others sustain that you ought to consume a minimum of 1/2 oz of water for each pound of body weight. However where do these types of suggestions originate from?

Doctor. F. Batmanghelidj was imprisoned as a political prisoner in Iran during the eighties. With little sources and medicines to deal with inmates, he simply turned to water to help a fellow prisoner with a peptic ulcer. Within eight minutes the man was “cured”. Soon, he began instructing other inmates with health issues to drink water for their illnesses. Once he was released from prison some two plus years later, he wrote several papers and books detailing his experiences and experiments.

While I don’t really suggest people drink water with abandon, Dr. B had a good point: You should always try the least invasive method of treatment prior to taking on medication.

Sadly, consuming a lot of basic drinking water daily frequently harms many people. Actually, many people every year end up in comas due to consumption of excessive amounts of water. How is this possible?

To put it simply, drinking lots of water regularly is a key stressor to the body’s kidneys. The kidneys’  main function is to act as the filtering system of the body by maintaining electrolyte balance, mainly sodium as well as blood potassium. Drinking water that is devoid of or low in minerals flushes much needed sodium from the body resulting in systemic shock leading to coma.

Ironically, this kind of outcome appears to affect health fanatics who eat mostly grains, fruits and vegetables. These foods are already lower in sodium and higher in water. Lean meats tend to be slightly higher in salt comparatively, but they also contain lots of water. Thus incorporating even more drinking water is likely to upset the body’s balance.

However, for those who consume commercial and processed foods which are packed with pure sodium, drinking 8 or maybe more glasses of water daily is probably warranted.

What is often overlooked is how DRYING water is. Yes, I know you are told that it is a moisturizer, but that is 100% false. Think about it, when you wash your hands, the first thing you need to do afterwards is dry the water before it dries you. The moisture you want will come from fats and oils in your diet, not water. Water will age you like nobody’s business when consumed in large amounts. It is best to consume smaller amounts sipped throughout the day. That way they “mist” your body instead of drying it out which would lead to premature aging in the form of wrinkles and sagging.

It really is intriguing to note that in many parts of Asia, specifically in China, consuming simple water isn’t just not common, it really is considered a bad health move. These cultures view drinking plain water within extremely mineralized varieties such as abundant bone tissue broths as well as green tea. Seeing that these types of civilizations have far better health outcomes than our own and remain more youthful looking throughout their lives, it would be wise to use their centuries old experience as a guide instead of new fangled recommendations that have inconsistent outcomes.

Now how much water should you beverage a day? If you are consuming any junk foods, then you definitely want to raise your pure intake of water accordingly, however if health is at all a  concern, then you need to replace as many of these foods or drinks as possible with water in the form of broths and teas. If you are already eating mainly real food, then you will probably be fine drinking only when you are thirsty and whenever possible, obtain it broths or even green tea.


About Adrienne Hew

Adrienne-Hew_BlackWhite.jpg

Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.