Fri 1-1-10

WOW JAN. 1 2010!!!  This is going to be an amazing year with lots of BIG things happening here.  This is going to be an amazing journey that we will all travel together as we get stronger and more fit everyday.

We will be taking the after pictures of our 90 Team Results Program – I can’t wait to see the results!!!

Remember we will only be holding 1 class today at 4:30 PM.  I hope everyone can make it and don’t forget about the swap party on Sunday.

On a different note here is an interesting article I came across…

Fish oil versus flaxseed oil

Since we started practicing nutrition-based medicine 20 years or so ago we have been advocates of fish oil. The modern diet of today simply doesn’t provide enough of the omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fats (LCPUFA) that we need for optimal health. In Paleolithic days early humans probably got as much omega-3 fats as we did the more inflammatory omega-6 fats; today the standard American diet, thanks to the addition of vegetable oils, provides about 10-20 times more omega-6 than omega-3. We advise our patients to both avoid the high omega-6 fatty acid vegetable oils and take fish oil to increase omega-3 fats.

We are always asked our opinion of flaxseed oil as a source of good omega-3 fatty acids. We always respond that it is okay, but that taking fish oil is a much better way to increase the levels of eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA), the LCPUFA that we really need.

Flaxseed oil has high levels of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fat. When consumed ALA enters the fatty acid pipeline and is desaturated and elongated by the appropriate enzymes until it is partially converted to EPA then to DHA. So flaxseed oil does increase the levels of EPA and DHA, but, we think, not nearly as much as does fish oil, which already contains the preformed EPA and DHA we need.

Over the years we’ve taken a lot of flack (flax?) from various people and companies that sell flax oil. We’ve been inundated with testimonials from people who have been healed of—it seems—every disease known to man simply by taking flax oil. I don’t know why, but it seems that flaxseed oil lovers have an almost religious affinity for the stuff. Despite it all, we’ve hung tough and stuck with out recommendations for fish oil instead of flaxseed oil simply because a) it makes more sense biochemically, and b) our patients seemed to do better on fish oil.

A recent paper from the British cardiology journal Atherosclerosis bears us out.

Subjects who had fish oil added to their high omega-6 diet had much higher levels of EPA and DHA in their cell membranes after a few weeks of supplementation than did those who had added flaxseed oil. The study showed that in all lipid parameters evaluated the fish oil won out handily over the flaxseed oil. Those taking fish oil had lower levels of small dense LDL, lower levels of triglycerides, and higher levels of HDL. All this lipid lowering is fine and dandy, but since the whole idea that lipids are somehow involved in the development of cardiovascular disease is hypothetical at best, I don’t know how much importance I would attach to the lipid findings.

The critical factor is the increased levels of LCPUFA in the cell membrane. Elevated levels of LCPUFA do many good things, chief among them is protecting against cardiac arrhythmias. Heart disease is the number one killer of people in America and one third of all heart attacks have sudden death as their first symptom. That means just what it says. The very first symptom one third of the people who have a heart attack experience is sudden death, a symptom it’s difficult to recover from.

What happens is this: a blockage in the coronary artery (arteries) reduces blood flow to an area of the heart. If the area with the reduced or absent blood flow contains conductive fibers critical to the transmission of the electrical impulse that triggers the coordinated, rhythmic pumping of the heart, these fibers may be compromised and cut off the conduction of the impulse or they may conduct it aberrantly. If the impulse stops, so does the heart. When the heart stops for any length of time, so do you. LCPUFA stabilize the membranes so that they are not so prone to malfunction in the presence of lowered oxygen levels.

For my money, I would much rather have my membranes protected by the much higher levels of LCPUFA found in fish oil.

Quote of the Day:

People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas”

Thurs 12-31-09

It’s the last day of 2009…What are you going to accomplish in 2010???

post some of your goals to comments.

Avoid These 7 Foods and You’re Off To A Healthier New Year Posted by: Dr. Mercola

December 29 2009 | 281,726 views

1. Canned Tomatoes

The expert: Fredrick vom Saal, PhD, an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri who studies bisphenol-A

The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Acidity — a prominent characteristic of tomatoes — causes BPA to leach into your food.

2. Corn-Fed Beef

The expert: Joel Salatin, co-owner of Polyface Farms and author of books on sustainable farming

Cattle were designed to eat grass, not grains. But farmers today feed their animals corn and soybeans, which fatten up the animals faster for slaughter. A recent comprehensive study found that compared with corn-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

3. Microwave Popcorn

The expert: Olga Naidenko, PhD, a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group

Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize — and migrate into your popcorn.

4. Nonorganic Potatoes

The expert: Jeffrey Moyer, chair of the National Organic Standards Board

Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that wind up in soil. In the case of potatoes they’re treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. After they’re dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting.

5. Farmed Salmon

The expert: David Carpenter, MD, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany

Nature didn’t intend for salmon to be crammed into pens and fed soy, poultry litter, and hydrolyzed chicken feathers. As a result, farmed salmon is lower in vitamin D and higher in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT.

6. Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones

The expert: Rick North, project director of the Campaign for Safe Food at the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

Milk producers treat their dairy cattle with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST, as it is also known) to boost milk production. But rBGH also increases udder infections and even pus in the milk. It also leads to higher levels of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor in milk. In people, high levels of IGF-1 may contribute to breast, prostate, and colon cancers.

7. Conventional Apples

The expert: Mark Kastel, codirector of the Cornucopia Institute

If fall fruits held a “most doused in pesticides contest,” apples would win. And increasing numbers of studies are starting to link a higher body burden of pesticides with Parkinson’s disease.

Read more here…

Wed 12-30-09

The Many Uses of Junk Food

think break The Many Uses of Junk Food

A comment on my recent Coca-Cola post mentioned something I’d never previously considered: what if there were legitimate uses for un-Primal “food” items, things like bread, rice, peanut butter, or corn, that didn’t involve putting them in our mouths, chewing, and swallowing?

Click here to read the rest of this article on Mark’s Daily Apple.

Quote of the Day:

“The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.”
-George Bernard Shaw

Tue 12-29-09

FREE WORKOUT!!!

Starting February 2010 we will be holding a FREE workout on the first Saturday of every month here at the gym.  So bring your family and friends so they can experience the fun you are having.  I am thinking we will have the workout star at noon sharp and then we can either BBQ here or all go to a local restaurant for lunch (lunch not included in the workout).  I will be posting more details as the time gets closer.

Quote of the Day:

“Strong is better than weak…always”

Mon 12-28-09

Practice, practice, practice…

Quote of the Day:

“”A good friend will come bail you out of jail, but a true friend will be sitting next to you saying…’Damn, that was fun!'””