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Tips For Packing Healthy School Lunches

Tips For Packing Healthy School Lunches

Every parent want their child to eat well, but for parents focused on nutrition, Uncrustables® and Lunchables® are not even an option. Luckily as time goes on, more and more parents and school systems are making it easier to feed their children the way the parents...

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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Is Raw Milk Good For You?

Is Raw Milk Good For You?

Is Raw Milk Good For You?

Anyone who knows me knows that I continually tout the benefits of raw milk. Raw milk packs a powerhouse of fat soluble nutrients and easily assimilated minerals in it.

Unfortunately, governments worldwide are increasingly not only trying to deter consumers from consuming this natural, nourishing food, but, in the US and Canada, small raw dairy farmers (including raw cheese producers) are being harassed and even put out of business because of supposedly contaminated raw milk products.

This recent vendetta is not only bad for our health, but misinformation about dairy now abounds not only from our governments (heavily funded by producers of puss, feces and blood filled pasteurized milk products), but by many health movements that are largely anti-government such as supporters of vegan or macrobiotic diets. Let’s take a look at some myths and truths surrounding the raw milk argument.

Myth #1: Raw milk is dangerous because it harbors infectious organisms such as E.coli.

Truth: Raw milk kills many infectious organisms including E.coli on contact. Just like raw meat begins to smell bad when it is not fit for human consumption, raw milk will begin to smell very rancid whenever a dangerous organism that it cannot kill is present. Pasteurized milk has no such defenses and so is prone to harboring dangerous diseases-causing bacteria without letting the consumer know.

Myth #2: Raw milk has caused many people to get sick.

Truth: As far as my research has revealed, there are less than 10 cases per year in the United States of people considered to have gotten sick from raw milk. Many of these people never even consumed raw milk! One such case, for example, was in Washington state where 7 people  (5 according to some reports) suddenly became sick with a mysterious disorder. Only 2 of the 7 had consumed raw milk, yet raw milk was blamed for all 7 cases! It was later discovered that the 2 children who had drunk raw milk were also caught eating dirty snow on the day they got sick. Pasteurized milk, on the other hand, has been responsible for causing thousands of people to get sick at one time. Twice in the 1980s pasteurized milk caused disease outbreaks in 17,000 people (each). The most recent case in Massachusetts occurred in 2007 and resulted in 3 deaths. Let’s face it, if raw milk should be banned because it did ever cause anyone to get sick, then peanuts, lettuce, scallions, blueberries, pasteurized milk and many other foods should be outlawed as well.

Myth: Milk is a bad source of calcium.

Truth: Raw milk is an excellent source of assimilable calcium. It is only pasteurizing milk that makes calcium unavailable to the body. Raw milk is also an important source of vitamins A, E, and K plus phosphorus, magnesium and the trace minerals as well as enzymes, essential fatty acids and probiotics. Take that soy milk!

Myth: If raw milk was safe, the FDA would approve it as safe for human consumption.

Truth: The FDA is run by executives of pharmaceutical companies, many of which are involved in making the chemicals that go into conventional foods. Do you really think they have any interest in making decisions that would hit themselves in the pocket book? Remember, this is the same agency that considers aspartame safe even though it is linked to over 200 side effects (including death), convinces us to eat soy foods for its health benefits even though it contains 196 entries in its poisonous plants database (and growing) and is 100% behind releasing genetically engineered plants and cloned animals into the food supply despite the fact that study after study has shown these foods to be the cause of infertility and many diseases. 

Myth: If raw milk was safe, the government would make it legal.

Truth: The only purpose of a gun is to kill, yet the government has found ways of making guns legal for those who want them. Interestingly enough, as voters we are all convinced that politicians receive financial kickbacks from various industries to drive their decisions — except when it comes to food policy. Why would we think that this would be any different?

There are many, many more myths about raw milk, but as a working mom, I don’t have time to delve into them all. Suffice it to say, that raw milk is not only safe, but also healthful.

That’s why it’s so important for us to Stop FDA Tyranny Against Dairy Farms today.

The Weston A Price Foundation has been working tirelessly for the past several years to help small farmers such as Morningland Dairy and Estrella Family Creamery from unfair scrutiny and raids on their farms inauthentically in the name of food safety.

You can click here to help Morningland Dairy and click here to help Estrella Family Creamery. Please pass this post on to your friends, Tweet it, Facebook like it or otherwise spread the word. If for nothing else, to preserve true freedoms in the modern world.


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.

A Mouse Ate My Soap!

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It is often said that you shouldn’t eat something that animals won’t eat. Soybeans immediately come to mind in this category as animals instinctively won’t eat it unless it is ground up into food that they normally would eat. Many processed foods also fit this category. People often notice that if they have processed food like cold cereal (think Cheerios, Cocoa Puffs and the like) alongside say crackers in their cabinets, the crackers will be eaten, but the extruded cereal will remain untouched.

So as it goes, one of my homesteading projects is making soap. It was something I became interested in about 20 years ago, but never really got the opportunity to start doing it until I moved into my own house about 10 years ago.

Anyway, the type of soap I make isn’t the melt n’ pour glycerin type, but the hard core, old fashioned pioneer stuff. I generally start with a lard or tallow (beef fat) base, sometimes mixed with palm or coconut oil, water and lye (a caustic chemical derived from wood ashes). That is the basic soap recipe. Then I add some essential oils and different food items lying around such as cornmeal (for a good scrubbing soap), oatmeal (for a soothing soap), rum and spices (for a manly soap) etc.

I was keeping some of my cured soap (soap that is at least one month old) in plastic boxes with no lid in my closet. This is usually not recommended as the scents can become dulled over time as they are exposed to air. What I didn’t expect, however, is that it attracted a mouse!

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My husband went to grab a bar of soap the other night and holy crap! There was mouse poop in the box (a lot of it!) and tooth marks in all the soap. And I’m not talking just some tiny hints of tooth marks. These mice went to town!

As ticked off as I was that I needed to throw out my soap, I was quite flattered to see that my soap is considered food by animals even though it went through the processing in lye. Some soap marketers will try to scare you away from homemade soap saying it is too alkaline for the skin. Some nutrition buffs will try to scare you from it because “if you can’t eat it, why would you put it on your skin?”

Well, I do lard and tallow even if I don’t eat lye. And I don’t use canola oil or soy which don’t give the best results for soap anyway and I don’t eat them because they are slow-acting poisons, not food. In my view, humans have been making soap from lye and animal fat for centuries. And if they weren’t clipped by some sanitation-related disease, then these same individuals often lived to 90 or 100. They weren’t poisoned by their soap. And based on my experience with the mouse, I’d say that my soap is indeed food! (Although I don’t anticipate eating it any time soon!)


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.

Is Soy Milk Bad for You?

Is Soy Milk Bad for You?

Is Soy Milk Bad for You?

Over the past decade, more and more health-conscious people are starting to ask "Is soy milk bad for you?" This question comes as more and more former vegetarians work hard to repair damaged health that seems to have resulted from years of relying on this bean to replace high quality protein in their diet. Here is how soy became so popular in the west.

Since the time of Hitler and Mussolini, the soybean has been increasingly recognized as a protein replacement that could feed large numbers of people on the cheap — it made up a substantial portion of their soldiers’ rations. Today, soy is said to be powerful enough to lower breast cancer, slow or reverse bone loss, lower cholesterol, reduce excess weight and stave off hot flashes.

However, if soy is potent enough to keep breast cancer rates so low in Asia, what then is responsible for their soaring rates of esophageal, stomach, thyroid, pancreatic and liver cancer? Why is it that both children and adults suffer from more broken bones in since the soy campaign began in the west 20 years ago? Clearly cholesterol levels and obesity are skyrocketing since soy was introduced to the west. And did you ever know a menopausal woman to have a sunny disposition simply by consuming this bean?

Here are just a few of the soy facts I shared with my What Your Baby Needs Before Conception class. Bear in mind that I am only keeping to the facts here. So, is soy milk bad for you? You be the judge:

1. Claims that soy has been around since “time immemorial” are false. Soy was first consumed only about 2,500 years ago. It was called chiang, a fermented product and ancestor of today’s miso. It was used to preserve meat and was consumed in very small quantities — basically whatever clung to the meat.

2. In ancient Chinese literature, soy was considered the only legume that should not be eaten. Later it was discovered that fermentation neutralized or at least weakened many of soy’s harmful anti-nutrients and the warning was (somewhat) lifted.

3. Tofu, a.k.a. meat without a bone, was introduced a few hundred years after the benefits of fermenting soy were discovered. It was eaten only by monks as an aid to spiritual development and sexual abstinence. Although it was probably not recognized at the time soy lowers testosterone levels — a good way to keep the monks focusing on spiritual development instead of women.

4. The phytoestrogens in soy bind to estrogen receptors creating serious hormonal imbalances resulting in infertility, miscarriage, lowered libido, precocious puberty in girls and breasts, hypospadias* and testicular cancer in boys.

5. Over 80% of all soy grown in the US is genetically engineered — another reason why soy is linked to infertility and miscarriage. Genetically engineered foods also cause infertility in offspring.

6. Talk to any farmer and they will tell you that soy (along with corn and skim milk) is the fastest and surest way to fatten up an animal. Goitrogens in soy are particularly hardy and block iodine uptake to the thyroid gland, which stokes the body’s metabolic fire. In a few people it speeds up the thyroid resulting in the opposite problem (extreme weight loss) and premature aging. For these people it often ends up exhausting the thyroid over time and eventually leading to sudden unexplained weight gain.

7. Soy bio-accumulates aluminum, a toxic heavy metal associated with cognitive decline.

8. Soy contains fluoride, which is associated with cretinism, learning disabilities, violence and ADD in children.

9. Soy contains toxic levels of manganese an otherwise helpful nutrient in trace amounts. High levels of manganese are considered by many to be the true cause of mad cow and related diseases of the brain including learning disabilities, violence and ADD.

10. Soy’s protease inhibitors impair protein digestion. Protease is the enzyme that breaks down protein.

11. Soy is not a complete protein. It is missing four essential amino acids — amino acids the body must get from food. Combining it with grains does not improve it’s profile much. Your body will not wait around to for you to get the missing aminos from other foods at a subsequent meal. Therefore, the aminos in soy are essentially useless. Traditionally, Asians always consumed soy foods with animal foods such as fish or pork to help round out the protein content.

12. Soy is listed on the FDA’s poisonous plant database where it has confirmed over 250 known side effects.

13. Soy is one of the top seven allergens. It is steadily climbing to the #1 position.

If there are some benefits to soy, they would be revealed by consuming it similar to the traditional Asian way — about two teaspoons per day or less and fermented. In fact, after World War II small amounts of miso were given to Hiroshima victims to reduce the incidence of stomach cancer.

Japan and China are increasing their rates of soy consumption thanks to a US campaign led by soy producers to “reconnect Asians with their traditional diet.” Despite consuming soy in its fermented forms, the increases are resulting in the many problems listed above.

Read labels on soy milk and other products very carefully. Soy parades under many names: genistein, textured vegetable protein (TVP), vegetable oil, protein isolate, vitamin E, and lecithin. It also shows up in some of the least expected places: gravies and sauces, milk, meat (fresh and processed), supplements, medications, breads, mayonnaise and farm-raised fish. But no matter where it shows up, its effects are still the same.

The governments of New Zealand and Israel require a type of “Surgeon General’s” warnings on many soy-containing products, but especially infant formula. We would all do well to completely avoid these once-considered inedible forms of this highly toxic legume to protect our fertility and our babies’ health.

So what do you think? Is soy milk bad for you?

*Hypospadias is a condition in which a boy is born with the opening of the urethra towards the underside of the penis.


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.