Fat Kids – Big Problem Posted on September 26th, 2009
It’s no surprise that obesity rates among US children are soaring. With complications resulting from junk food, super sizing and the Big Mac, alarming numbers of kids are showing up with heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes.
Recently the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council released a study suggesting taxing junk food and giving tax breaks to grocery stores that build bike trails. It’s just an observation but in the US, look around you – every second person is overweight if not obese. Cross the border into Canada and this is not the case. The average person in Canada has an average, normal body weight. What’s going on? I have always felt that the reason for all these overweight kids in the United States is the over use of antibiotics both by prescription and through the food chain. Once a course of antibiotics is given, this wipes out the normal bacterial flora in the GI tract thus creating massive cravings for sweets and starches. Antibiotics flow thorough the food chain in the dairy and meat industries. Everyone is exposed to them unless they eat organic, antibiotic and hormone free. So choose food wisely, eat less, exercise more, have more fun, get away from the computer and limit the use of antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. In 2005, I wrote the best selling book The Body Knows Diet ~ Cracking the Weight Loss Code where I outline the major food allergies and how they contribute to weight gain, why antibiotics lead to cravings and how the big diet books fail the reader.
Dr. Andrew Weil Sets the Tone for Health Care Reform Posted on September 20th, 2009
Larry King interviewed Dr Andrew Weil recently for his perspective on the hotly debated health care reform issue. According to Dr. Weil, it doesn’t matter what the option, public, private and any options in-between. The problem with health care is that there is no incentive to be healthy or to stay healthy. The entire system is based on disease care. Imagine a health care system that is focused on prevention? Andrew Weil says we should focus on simple, alternative, cost effective treatments that are not drug-related. Health care today means more drugs and more surgery to treat more drug and surgery related problems. What about prevention? I come from a whole line of medical doctors. My grandfather and my father were both doctors.
Up until the day he died, my grandfather was a country doctor in the north of England who went from house to house treating his patients. My father specialized in preventive medicine. I grew up on whole wheat bread and healthy foods long before the notion of health food stores were popular. My mother, a dietician, was a pioneer and a “foodie” before her time. Health care will change when we change and demand that there should be incentives for staying healthy and adopting a healthy lifestyle. Currently popular media is controlled by big food giants and the pharmaceutical industry. Big pharma has a big stake in controlling your mind and what you eat. It is time to take back your life and your brain. Think for yourselves and make healthy choices.
Louise Hay – Success at 83 Posted on September 11th, 2009
Who says that success is the domain of the youth? Who says that to be successful you have to be wrinkle free, college educated and focused on making money – not me and apparently not best selling author Louise Hay who at age 83 has her own brand of success.
I call her the “grandmother of metaphysics” and she’s been dubbed the “Queen of the New Age” but my friend and mentor Louise Hay, pioneer of the personal development industry and founder of Hay House publishing, likes to describe herself as a simple woman with a simple message: Love is all you need.
“I find simple answers work the best: If we really love ourselves, everything in our lives works, she tells Success Magazine in this month’s issue” Love is the great miracle cure.” Louise pioneered the idea that your thoughts create your reality, so if you choose loving and supportive thoughts, every aspect of your life will improve. “We are 100 percent responsible for all our experiences. Every thought we think is creating our future,” she says.
I met Louise quite serendipitously in 1999 and we’ve been closely connected ever since. She encouraged me to write my first book The Body Knows ~ How to Tune into Your Body and Improve Your Health and my most recent book The Body Knows … How to Stay Young.
“I’ve been a Caroline Sutherland fan ever since the first moment I met her in the ’90s. In fact, she fulfilled a dream of mine. At our first meeting, Caroline looked at me, clearly saw my deficiencies and nutritional needs, and on the spot designed a special plan for my particular body. I felt understood for the first time.” Louise Hay, Author of You Can Heal Your Life