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Healthy vs. Unhealthy Fats and Oils

After graduating from chiropractic school, I made my way to a small Inuit village at the northern tip of Alaska to begin my first practice as a chiropractor. One of the most impressive memories I have of my time in northern Alaska was watching the natives haul a 20-foot whale onto the beach and divide the “muktuk” (whale blubber) into three by three sheets, one per family. I learned that the natives chopped these sheets of whale blubber into small pieces, about the size of small grapes, to be eaten raw and sometimes dipped in seal oil. In addition to whale blubber and seal oil, the natives continued to eat traditional staples such as whale meat, caribou meat, fish, and goose meat.

My observations in rural Alaska are congruent with the studies of Weston A. Price, a Harvard-trained dentist who traveled around the world in the 1930s, visiting many indigenous populations and observing their diets and health. Dr. Price found that the foods of isolated primitive peoples contained at least ten times the fat-soluble vitamins A and D found in modern diets. He also found that all healthy populations had at least one source of animal fat and protein in their diets, such as fatty fish, wild game, organ meats, eggs, and butter. These healthy populations did not suffer from heart disease, digestive problems, cancer, or obesity at the rates that we do.

For the past twenty years, we have been encouraged to believe that saturated fats and cholesterol, both found in animal fats, are the main causes of chronic degenerative diseases. Ask the average North American what they know about saturated fat, and the majority will answer that it causes heart disease. Ask the average high school student what they know about cholesterol, and they will tell you that it is bad for you. For years, I would have answered the same. Are these views on saturated fat and cholesterol with merit?

Here are some facts about saturated fats:

  • They make up at least 50 percent of our cell membranes, providing essential rigidity and strength
  • They enhance the immune system
  • They help incorporate calcium into our bones
  • Some of them have antimicrobial properties that protect us against harmful microorganisms in our
    digestive tracts

And here are some facts about cholesterol: Read more about Healthy vs. Unhealthy Fats and Oils

 

Eating Too Much Fruit Can Be Bad For Your Health

Many of us have come to believe that eating healthier means eating lots of fruits and vegetables. While fruits and vegetables are much better for you than refined foods like cookies and chips, my experiences and research have led me to believe that too much fruit can be harmful to your health. Read more about Eating Too Much Fruit Can Be Bad For Your Health

 

Orthorexia Nervosa: The Health Food Eating Disorder

I recently came across the work of Steven Bratman, a medical doctor whose studies and experiences make him a highly regarded expert in alternative medicine. Of particular interest to me is a book that he wrote called Health Food Junkies : Orthorexia Nervosa: Overcoming the Obsession with Healthful Eating. I would like to thank Dr. Bratman for graciously giving me permission to share the following article that he wrote on this topic with our guests. - Ben Kim, D.C. 
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Best Stretch for Chronic Low Back Pain

Do you know anyone who suffers from chronic low back pain? As simple as it seems, many people with chronic low back pain can improve and even fully heal their backs by doing one simple thing: stretching their hamstrings.

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The Miracle of Vitamin D

I consider Krispin Sullivan to be the world's foremost expert on the relationship between vitamin D and human health. Many thanks to Krispin for taking the time to update and educate me on the latest in vitamin D research and what we can do to ensure appropriate levels for excellent health. You can read more about Krispin's work and upcoming book at her website. - Ben Kim, D.C. Read more about The Miracle of Vitamin D

 

Why Soy Milk and Rice Milk are Not Health Foods

With greater awareness of the many health problems associated with pasteurized dairy products, many people are turning to vegetarian milk substitutes like soy milk and rice milk. I’m not a big fan of either. Here are some reasons why I don’t think soy or rice milk should be staples in your diet:

  1. Many brands of soy and rice milk contain polyunsaturated vegetable oils which can contribute to an imbalance of essential fatty acids in your body. As harmless as this might sound, I am convinced that a chronic imbalance of essential fatty acids caused by regular consumption of polyunsaturated vegetable oils is a major cause of cardiovascular disease. Polyunsaturated fats that contribute to this harmful imbalance are found in safflower, corn, soybean, sunflower, and cottonseed oils. I recommend that you stay away from these oils completely. Read more about healthy vs. unhealthy fats here.

  2. Some brands of soy and rice milk contain rice syrup, evaporated cane juice, or some other natural sweetener. Natural or not, most sweeteners put significant stress on your pancreas and liver. They also raise your insulin level, which significantly increases your risk of suffering from unhealthy weight gain, high blood pressure, heart disease, premature aging, and several other negative side effects.
  3. While fermented forms of soy like miso, tempeh, and natto can be healthy choices for some people, non-fermented soy products can cause a variety of health problems if consumed in large quantities on a regular basis. I will discuss the details of when soy can be good and when it can be bad in a future newsletter.

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You can make a rich and creamy alternative to cow’s, soy, and rice milk with raw almonds and a good blender. Here is how we make it at our clinic:

All-Natural Almond Milk

1 ½ cups of raw almonds, soaked in water overnight
4 cups of filtered or spring water
3-5 dates (optional)

Blend 1 ½ cups of raw almonds that have been soaked overnight in 4 cups of water. Blend with dates if you like your milk with a hint of sweetness. Strain once to remove almond granules. The result is a delicious, creamy milk that is free of harmful vegetable oil, concentrated sweeteners, and the problems associated with cow’s milk and soy. It keeps for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Read more about Why Soy Milk and Rice Milk are Not Health Foods

 

Why Do You Want To Be Healthy?

We recently had a guest stay with us for a 30-day water fast. This particular guest is an engineer with extensive experience in designing and inventing various machines like forklifts. Having a detective-like mindset and being highly trained to understand how things work, he asked numerous questions during his stay, his goal being to understand all of the variables that influence human health. Read more about Why Do You Want To Be Healthy?

 

Three of the Worst Foods for Your Health

While it is good to be aware of the negative health effects of obsessing over dietary purity, some foods don't deserve to be included in the philosophy of "everything in moderation." Want to know three foods that will destroy your health the quickest? Here they are:

1. Doughnuts

Doughnuts are moist paddies of sugar, trans fat, and white flour. The sugar and white flour will fill you up but provide little nutritional benefit. Trans fats are known to cause cancer and contribute to every chronic degenerative disease known to man. Finally, frying carbohydates causes acrylamide formation, known to contribute to cancer development. Read more about Three of the Worst Foods for Your Health

 

Eight Of The Best Foods For Your Health

Here is a list of eight of the healthiest foods you can eat:

Leafy Greens
Romaine lettuce, red leaf and green leaf lettuce, spinach, kale, collards, Swiss chard, turnip greens, and bok choy provide an abundance of vitamins and minerals, particularly folate, vitamin B6, iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Leafy greens are also high in several different antioxidants and chlorophyll, which help to lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, macular degeneration, and cataracts. Read more about Eight Of The Best Foods For Your Health

 

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