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9 Jan

Why?

With the global AIDS crisis, the hard lessons of events like Hurricane Katrina, and worldwide health threats like tuberculosis (yes, it’s coming back) and even the flu, now just might be the time for our government to step up to the plate and find a way to direct more dollars to public health – if not tax dollars, how about better support for organizations that raise funds for such serious health issues? It’s not happening. A report in Time recently revealed some of the funding cuts the government has passed for the CDC (Centers for Disease Control):

Funds for AIDS prevention: cut 19%

Funds for tuberculosis control: cut 16%

Funds for unexpected health emergencies: cut 17%

The CDC is currently in its own quagmire of corruption and ineptitude, and genius budget cuts like the above certainly don’t help. I mention this news simply to highlight the incredible urgency of taking responsibility for your health and well-being. Though ideally we hope to trust our government, our health agencies, and our doctors to look out for our best health interests, the fact is this doesn’t happen all the time – now more than ever. Whether you like the direction health care appears to be heading (Arnold is seeking universal health care and other states are following suit) or not, there are plenty of compelling reasons to do all that you can to take care of your health through as many means as you have at your disposal.

Fortunately, you can achieve significant improvements in health through some very basic, preventive lifestyle measures. It’s my goal to help you choose and implement those health options.

A nutritious diet, stress management, regular exercise, judicious supplementation and careful health decisions are the fundamental steps everyone can take to prevent and even reverse many health problems.

Bottom line: Your health is your choice. Choose it.

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9 Jan

For Serious?

Sara here. There are days when the news is slow. There are days when the news is groundbreaking. And then there are days when the news is just so odd, you have to check it out.

The daily health bites are coming shortly, but in the meantime, you’ll want to click this stuff out. The human brain is an interesting thing, to be sure. We can certainly think of a few people out there whose brains could benefit from more Omega-3′s. Not that we would name any names…

Zombies Are Real. Sort of.

Personalization: It’s not Just for Cell Phones Anymore

Stupid Surveys R Us

Smart Surveys R Us…and they probably read this fascinating book by this cool brainiac.

(Shameless Shill Alert: For an easy way to boost your brain health fast, check out Vital Omegas.)

9 Jan

Spice Things Up

Heat in the hopper is a cancer stopper.

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Clickativity!

9 Jan

The Tuesday 10

The Top 10 Tips for: fighting the free radicals that destroy the body

10. Take the world’s most potent antioxidant supplement.

9. Avoid exposure to cigarette smoke (and stop smoking!).

8. Don’t eat deep-fried anything. Fried is not your friend.

7. Drink alcohol in moderation.

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6. Meditate, journal or pray for a few minutes every day. This helps your body regulate its stress hormones better, which keeps everything running smoothly, including your immune system and the body’s inflammatory response.

5. Exercise several times a week. This stimulates feel-good hormones, the immune system, and the metabolism. Exercise also helps reduce hormonal stress, inflammation, stress to your liver, and yes…oxidation.

4. Eat clean: Try to eat organic meat and dairy products. Wash produce thoroughly.

3. Consume good fats with reckless abandon. (Things like grass-fed meat, wild fish, DHA-enhanced eggs, nuts, avocados, Smart Butter, and olive oil.)

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2. Eat foods containing antioxidants every day: vegetables, fruits, berries, nuts…yum!

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1. And the number one way to reduce inflammation and oxidation (and thereby prevent or reduce most health problems and diseases)? Lay off the sugar! Just say no to processed, refined, empty calories from things like soda, white bread, white pasta, sugary cereals, pastries and other starchy snacks. Yes, these foods are pretty…pretty evil.

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9 Jan

The Fuming Fuji Says No to Gogurt

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The Fuming Fuji is outraged at the marketing of toxic food, especially when it’s aimed at the small fry. This week, the Fuming Fuji has decided to have a serious problem with Gogurt.

But, Fuming Fuji, you ask, isn’t calcium on-the-go better than a popsicle?

The Fuming Fuji says no!

The claim: Apparently, kids can’t get enough of the cool wonderfulness of flavors like “Cool Cotton Candy”. Yoplait says – and the Fuji quotes – “wholesome goodness.”

The catch: Gogurt is like crack for youngsters, only sweeter.

The comeback: Oh, come on, it’s better than a popsicle.

The conclusion: The Fuming Fuji tried to ignore your popsicle comparison the first time you asked it. Just because yogurt is not quite as bad as a popsicle does not make it healthy. Gogurt is a sugar-laden, chemical-filled joke!

The catchphrase:
Gogurt – just like yogurt, only really terrible.

Disclaimer: Mark Sisson and the Worker Bees do not necessarily endorse the views of the Fuming Fuji.

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