Do You Know Who the U.S. Dietary Guidlines Really Feed?

Do You Know Who the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Really Feed?


Paula Widish


I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I’ve never paid much attention to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. Rather, when it comes to myself and my family, I rely on my self-health education, gathering information from reliable sources, paying attention, asking questions about what we need at any given time, and adjusting as needed.

But plenty of people do depend on the Guidelines, and some of them may even trust the experts have their best interest (and health) in mind when putting them together. The Guidelines shape all of our federal food and nutrition policies. They determine what goes in our shopping carts and lunch trays and impact millions of Americans every day.

Until recently, I had no idea how far-reaching these guidelines truly are, which made me wonder: do you know who the Dietary Guidelines really feed?

The Nutrition Coalition has a straightforward and eye-opening answer to this question. But first, let’s begin with some background information.

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services released the inaugural set of guidelines in 1980, and they’ve been analyzed and updated every five years since. You’ve known them as a pyramid, and now as a plate. These visuals help you “see” what it is the agencies believe your eating habits should look like.

There’s been opposition to the Guidelines from the very beginning, particularly the idea that less fat and cholesterol should be promoted. These concerns didn’t sway the initial recommendations, and they still don’t. Even after an entire industry’s lies about fat have been exposed, there still hasn’t been much of a shift in what the Guidelines promote

This is a big deal when we answer the question of the day: who do these Guidelines really feed? Some members of the public may choose to treat them as a steadfast rule. But millions of Americans have no say in the matter. That’s because the Guidelines are adopted as “law” by the federal organizations that serve them, as you can see below.

Military: You’d think that all members of the military deserve the ultimate nutrition for the sacrifices they make for the rest of us. But, in fact, all mess hall meals are planned in accordance to the Guidelines.

Department of Education: The dietary lessons in the Guidelines are also taught in our schools, meaning some of the same misinformed ideas are perpetuated every five years.

Healthcare Professional Organizations: Organizations such as the American Diabetes Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics base their suggested menu plans on the Guidelines, without taking into account that individuals with diabetes and other chronic diseases may have special dietary considerations.

Government Food Programs: Kids who receive school lunches. Low-income families on SNAP (food stamps). Senior citizens who receive nutrition assistance. All of these programs are structured around the Guidelines, even though different stages of life require different nutritional goals. There is no one-size-fits-all food program.

Our Food Supply: The Guidelines are also the basis for nutrition labels— and even marketing tactics found on food packaging. You know we’ve discussed the chaos of food label math here before.

Interestingly, when you check out the infographic offered by the Nutrition Coalition, you can see the impact these guidelines and programs have had on our nation’s obesity rates since 1980. It’s quite eye opening:

  • The obesity rate for our troops is at 7 percent.
  • More than two-thirds of the population is either overweight or obese.
  • More than 18 percent of our kids have hit the obesity marker.

The recent discovery that so many of our highly regarded eating guidelines have been based on sloppy science certainly leaves a bad taste in my mouth. It shows yet again that special interest groups put their bottom line ahead of you, me, our families, and our communities.

We self-healthers don’t let it slide though. We seek out our own answers to questions like this, and we make choices that keep us on a healthy path, correcting as needed, based on personal experience.

So remember, don’t let the U.S. Dietary Guidelines blindly feed you!

Image from iStock/Zerbor (main).


Paula Widish

Paula Widish, author of “Trophia: Simple Steps to Everyday Self-Health”, is a freelance writer and self-healther. She loves nothing more than sharing tidbits of information she has discovered with those who are interested. (Actually, she loves her family more than that—and probably bacon too.) Paula has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Public Relations and is a Certified Professional Life Coach through International Coach Academy. To get in touch with her, leave a message here or check out her website at

Flu Season Is In Full Swing

Dr. Harold Klassen

The dreaded flu season is here and we’re right in the middle of it. What is the flu and how do we protect ourselves and loved ones? The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. These viruses spread through the air from person to person. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting, and diarrhea. Although any- one can get the flu, young children, pregnant women and adults 65+ years old are at greater risk of developing serious flu-related complications. So how do we protect ourselves? Staying home when you’re sick, covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, washing your hands often or using hand sanitizer are behaviors that can help stop the spread of flu. If you already have the flu try these flu natural remedies to help relieve your symptoms:

Vitamin C-may help with immune system function and boost white blood cells. Eating whole fruits and vegetable.

Vitamin D-may help regulate the expression of over 2,000 genes, including those of the immune system. Recent research shows that low vitamin D levels are linked to higher rates of cold, flu and respiratory infections.

Echinacea-this herb can help your body fight off infection, but its best to take at the first sign of illness. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, directly attacks yeast and other kinds of fungus. You can take it in capsules or brewed tea.

Essential oilsOregano oil has a powerful antiviral effect, Peppermint and Frankincense oil applied to the neck and bottoms of feet may naturally help sup- port the immune system, and Clove oil may protect the body against infection and speed recovery time.

Probiotics-Restoring the beneficial bacteria in your gut may help boost your immune system considerably.

Fresh Air-indoor air may be a source of concentrated toxins and germs. The dry air we inhale as we heat our homes during the winter makes airways more reactive and sensitive to viruses. An added bonus is the extra bit of sunlight you receive.

Rest-this old wives’ tale still holds true today. When you’re sick you need to get plenty of rest. One adverse effect of not getting enough sleep is a compromised immune system. Getting enough sleep on a regular basis is key to maintaining good health.

 Scents You Should Know…


In ancient times, Cinnamon was extensively used for ritual and mundane purposes. The Egyptians used it for embalming potions, perfumes, incense and oils. It is also mentioned in the Old Testament. In fact, the word ‘Cinnamon’ is derived from the ancient Hebrew word ‘kinnämön, which in turn probably originates from the Malay or Indonesian term ‘Kayumanis’, meaning ‘sweet wood’. In China, the city of Guilin was originally known as ‘Kwei Lin’ meaning ‘cassia forest’, in allusion to the fragrant groves of cassia that that surrounded the ancient city.

A native to Indonesia, but cultivated in Sri Lanka and India, the tree is rust-colored and can grow up to 15 meters (45 feet), but is kept down to six feet for commercial reasons. It has shiny, leathery green leaves and small, white flowers with oval shaped purple berries. The bark is pale brown and papery, with thick quills that roll inside one another, and is gathered every two years. The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of leaves and twigs or the inner bark. Cinnamon leaf oil, which we sell, has a warm, spicy musky smell and the oil’s color varies from yellow for the leaf oil and red-brown for the bark oil.

Cinnamon bark oil has a scent that is very warming and stimulating making it very comforting during the cold and flu season. It is a very strong antibacterial and anti- fungal. When inhaled, it serves as a respiratory and circulatory stimulant and antisep- tic. It may be very useful when inhaled for bronchitis and pleurisy. It may also help raise the body’s temperature if you are chilled. If a cold or flu leaves you shivering, Cinnamon Bark may warm you. It also has been known to have positive effects on those who have Type II diabetes.

Strep Throat Soother

Two drops Cinnamon Essential Oil

Two drops Ginger Essential Oil

Two drops Cardamom Essential Oil

Two drops of Clove Bud Essential Oil

Two drops of Orange Essential Oil

Add all drops to one cup of warm Apple Cider and drink to help soothe sore throats.


The Philosophy of Healing

Taken from a lecture by Dr. Daniel Nuzum.

In Monastic Medicine, there are four priciples that must observed in order for Healing to take place.

Principle #1–Disorder and Dysfunction are caused by 1 or more of the following factors

  1. Irritaion–Can be anything that causes trauma to the body on any level
  2. Inflammation–The body’s response to trauma
  3. Infection–An inflamed body is a breeding ground for infection.
  4. Degeneration–The final stage of the disease process that cannot be halted outside an act of God or a healing protocol that addresses each of the three previous componenets (the three I’s).

Principle #2–The body has one of two different responses to the three I’s

The responses are adaptation or accomodation (acceptance). When the body adapts and overcomes any of the three I’s, it becomes stronger and more capable of dealing with these things in the future. When the body accomodates any of the three I’s, it is overrun by these things and they take control of the body’s physiology.

Principle #3–The course of the healing process must be observed in sequence for healing to occur.

  1. Stabilize
  2. Detoxify
  3. Fortify
  4. Maintenance

Healing only begins when the patient is stable, and the patient cannot stay stable if they do not progress into detoxification, e.g. no dirty wound can heal, no toxic body can recover. Once the patient has detoxified, they must fortify and rebuild their system. Once the system has regained strength, they must stay the course of maintenance that will maintain their recovery.

Pricnciple #4–Diligent maintenance of the healing process os of utmost importance.

You are either healing or getting sick–there is no in between. You must continue the work in order to maintain what you have achieved.

We derive these principles from the process of salvation. First one must come to Christ and He then stablizes your spiritual state by changing your legal status from guilty to not guilty–you get “fire insurance” and do not have to go to Hell anymore. Second, as the Holy Spirit enters the believer, the process of detoxification occurs as the old things pass away and everything becomes new. This part of the process is almost always dependent on our surrender to the Holy Spirit and His process. Third, as the believer walks with God and communes with Christ in their new life ALL things are continually made new by Christ as He rebuilds your life. Fourth, as the believer grows in Christ, they are sent out as Apostles to the world. This is the maintenance phase–maintaining the sacred trust between us and our Lord, by guiding others through the same process.

Fake Vaccine News!

Fake Vaccine News
H/T The Peoples Chemist

Much of the news we get is fake.  The New York Times is no exception. Not only is this one fake, it’s dangerous. Titled, “Pregnant Mothers Need Whooping Cough Vaccine,” ( the Times
quotes scientist Dr. Nicola P. Klein.  Enthusiastically, she insists that “every woman should receive the Tdap during every pregnancy. Whooping cough is a potentially deadly disease, and this vaccine protects your baby.”

I’m all for safe vaccines and their proper use—but when the “lamestream” media makes blatant lies, I can’t look away.
Dig below the surface and you’ll find this is an advertisement disguised as an article – more propaganda to flood out the millions of voices now questioning vaccines. The article conveniently left out that Tdap is only approved by the FDA as a booster shot for 11 year olds.  Additionally, the vaccine insert is very explicit in its’ warning to moms, “Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted.”

Dr. Klein receives 100% of her funding from vaccine makers Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline. Her conflicts of interest are obvious looking at the design of the study. She didn’t report or follow up for side effects. Worse, there wasn’t a placebo group to compare vaccine effectiveness and safety. She simply jabbed moms, then monitored for whooping cough outbreak (Without a placebo, there’s no way to tell if infection was even a risk for newborns, under moms natural immunity).

A quick history lesson proves that natural immunity trumps vaccines. Between 1900 and 1935, mortality rates due to whooping cough dropped by 79 percent in the United States. Yet, the vaccine (DTP and DTaP) wasn’t introduced until 1940.

Today, those who have been “immunized” for pertussis are the most susceptible to whooping cough as verified by numerous outbreaks. Researchers with the CDC publicly stated in 2002 that, “the number of infants dying from whooping cough is rising, despite record high vaccination levels” (emphasis mine)

In 2009, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recognized the trend too. In the article titled, “Whooping Cough Vaccine not as Powerful as Thought,” the publication highlighted a recent cluster of 18 whooping cough-infected students. Seventeen of those students – 95% of those infected – had been immunized with five doses of DTaP vaccine.

In addition to lack of efficacy, the vaccine comes with serious risk. According to one of the studies sponsors themselves, Sanofi, adverse events include, “idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, SIDS, anaphylactic reaction, cellulitis, autism, convulsion/grand mal convulsion, encephalopathy, hypotonia, neuropathy, somnolence and apnea.”  Listed smack dab in the
vaccine insert, this is a warning to all moms to err on the side of caution and skip the shot!

10 “Health Foods” You Should Never Eat


14 Benifits of Castor Oil

14 Reasons Why Every Home Needs A Bottle Of Castor Oil

October 1, 2015 by Sierra Bright


Castor oil is derived from the seeds of the Ricinus communis plants that grow wild in wastelands across tropical regions. It is often grown as an ornamental garden plant in milder climates, and now cultivated on a large scale for biodiesel manufacture.

Castor oil has been around for a very long time, and has been widely used for medicinal purposes in its native lands spread across Africa, the Indian subcontinent and the Mediterranean basin. It is one of the first vegetable oils to be used for industrial purposes because of its high viscosity and lubricating property. In fact, the automotive lubricant company Castrol derives its name from castor oil. Infamous as a laxative, many people consider castor oil a crude product. But this unique vegetable oil has so many wonderful uses that it deserves a place in every home.


  1. Safe, Natural Laxative

Well, this use of castor oil needs no introduction, but there’s a myth–probably promoted by pharmaceutical companies–that it is not safe to ingest the oil for its laxative effect. The truth is that, it is not only safe, but also suitable for even small children.

The castor oil plant, including the castor bean, contains a highly potent toxin ricin, but it is deactivated during the oil extraction process. There have been deaths due to castor oil ingestion, but they were from force-feeding it in large quantities to political enemies and dissidents in the past. The deaths resulted from dehydration, and not from any toxic substances.

When the oil is used as a laxative, the dosage can be easily adjusted as its effect is directly proportional to how much oil you are using. The usual dosage is 1 to 2 tbsp for adults and 1 to 2 tsp for children 2-12 years old. Children under 2 years shouldn’t have more than a teaspoonful at a time. You can mix the oil with orange juice to make it more palatable.

Unlike other laxatives that act in the colon, the action of castor oil starts in the small intestine. You can expect a complete clean out of the bowels within 2 to 5 hours of taking the oil.


  1. Relieves Muscle Soreness

Castor oil is considered a warm oil that promotes the circulation of fluids in the body. It is excellent as massage oil, and can relieve the soreness resulting from overworking the muscles. If you have aching calf and thigh muscles after vigorous exercise or active sports practice, apply a little castor oil on the sore area and rub it in.

Castor oil is a good carrier oil for essential oils. Add a few drops of Roman chamomile oil or peppermint oil to a tablespoon of castor oil to make the massage more relaxing and healing.


  1. Soothes Joint Pain

The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of ricinoleic acid which constitutes almost 90% of castor oil have been well documented. A major part of it comes from its decongestant action on the lymphatic system. The lymph vessels that form a wide network all over the body collect waste from the tissues and carry it to the blood for elimination. Congestion in these vessels and accumulation of toxic wastes is implicated in many autoimmune diseases like arthritis which causes pain and inflammation in the joints. Castor oil eases up the congestion and gets the lymph moving freely.

It acts directly on the immune system by stimulating the thymus gland and increasing the count of a type of white blood cells called lymphocytes. What is amazing is that mere topical use is found to bring about these internal changes. If you want to use cayenne pepper for arthritic pain relief, castor oil is excellent for making a potent mix for local application.


  1. Treats Fungal Infections

Castor oil has a strong fungicidal property thanks to undecylenic acid, which is a breakdown product of the ricinoleic fatty acid abundant in the oil. It can be used to treat common fungal diseases like ringworm, athlete’s foot and tinea cruris (crotch itch). It is as effective as the azole drugs used to treat fungal infections, if not more, but without any of the toxic effects of the antifungal drugs.

Heat some castor oil and allow it to cool until it is just warm to touch. Apply it in the affected area just before bedtime and leave it on overnight. Repeat for a week to see significant improvement. Continue the treatment until the infection completely disappears.


  1. Promotes Hair Growth

Massaging just any part of the body with castor oil does not result in extra hair growth, but applying it to the scalp does. The mechanism at work could be the ability of this warm oil to improve circulation. Heat the oil until it is hot to touch, and then allow it to cool for a bit. While it is still warm, apply the oil to your scalp with your fingertips, massaging it in. If it is done every night, you will see the difference in as little as two weeks.

If you have scanty eyebrows, the oil can be applied with the tip of a cotton ear bud to the eyebrow ridge. Hair will grow denser there, and you can shape the eyebrows as usual.

Castor oil can be applied in areas that have lost hair due to alopecia. The anti-inflammatory property of the oil may work against this autoimmune disorder.


  1. Enhances Hair Color

Castor oil can be used to enhance the natural color of your hair and make it look rich and thick. This oil is a humectant, locking in moisture. When applied on the hair, it preserves the moisture in the hair shaft and makes each strand thicker and darker.

After washing your hair, towel dry it. Slightly warm one tablespoon of castor oil and dip your fingers in it. Run the fingers through the hair to get the oil on to as many strands as possible. If you have long hair, divide it into sections and gently rub each section between your palms to coat all the hair strands.


  1. Homemade Natural Mascara

Mascara is used to make the eyelashes look fuller and darker, and to define the eyes better. This age-old beauty aid is traditionally made by burning vegetable oils such as coconut oil infused with herbal extracts and essential oils. The soot is collected on a surface smeared with castor oil. It is a messy process, but the homemade product is much safer than any mascara you can buy today.

If you want homemade mascara for makeup, make it with castor oil and beeswax, adding charcoal powder for black color or coco powder for brown. Melt one tablespoon beeswax in a double boiler and add 2 tablespoons of castor oil into it. Mix in charcoal powder/cocoa powder to get the desired color and consistency. Applying just castor oil to the eyelashes every night with a mascara brush can give you thicker and darker eyelashes over a period of time.


  1. Deeply Moisturizes Skin

Castor oil can be used to moisturize dry skin. Being highly viscous, the oil stays put, and penetrates deep into the skin tissue and nourishes it with fatty acids. Many pricey commercial moisturizers contain castor oil, but you can get all its benefits from direct application.

The thick oil is a bit tricky to apply, so you have to rub a teaspoonful of oil between the palms and rub it into skin. This ensures a thin and even layer. When you do this, a little oil goes a long way, and that is all you need.

It may be kind of sticky at first, but once you get it on the skin in a thin layer, it gets absorbed rather quickly, leaving no oily feel. Some people like to lighten the texture with coconut oil for easy application.


  1. Spot Treatment for Skin Problems

Use castor oil to treat acne, warts, and skin tags that seem to appear for no reason. While warts result from a viral infection, skin tags usually develop in areas where the skin gets rubbed constantly. Acne breaks out when there’s an overproduction of sebum in the skin gland, and it is often complicated by secondary microbial infections.

Apply castor oil to these ugly skin growths with a cotton swab. Most of these problems seem to get resolved with regular application for one or two weeks. The antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of castor oil may be responsible for this healing effect.



  1. Natural Sleep Aid

More and more people are sleep deprived today. Awareness about the ill effects of not having enough sleep has not helped much because sleep is not something we can force on ourselves. We need to feel sleepy, and should be able to fall asleep easily. Ideally, nighttime sleep should continue uninterrupted for at least 7 to 7 ½ hours.

Castor oil can help you fall asleep without much delay and put you into deep slumber for an extended period.

This is an excellent remedy for people whose biological clock has gone haywire. It is not clear exactly how castor oil induces sleep, but people who use it on their hair or around the eyes vouch for its effectiveness.

If you have difficulty falling asleep or cannot maintain the sleep for more than 6 hours, dab a bit of castor oil on your eyelids. Be prepared for a longer than usual sleep, so if you’re setting up the alarm to go off after 5 or 6 hours, you will wake up groggy.


  1. Treats Babies With Colic

Most babies go through a phase of crying uncontrollably due to colicky pain sometime in the first few months of life. But the exact reason of colic is not known. It could be due to gas, abnormal spasms, or obstructions in the still developing gastrointestinal tract. Whatever the reason, castor oil seems to provide relief where many oral medications fail to.

The oil should be applied externally on the abdominal area and gently rubbed in. It is not clear whether it is the analgesic property of the oil or its soporific effect at work here, but most babies seem to get quick relief and sound sleep soon after the application.


  1. Heals Skin Ailments on Pets

Dogs and cats have the tendency to constantly lick their wounds and places on their skin that may have become infected. This only exacerbates the skin condition and causes them to ingest any medication applied on these spots.

Castor oil is safe to use on minor cuts and infected areas. Its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties will help faster healing. Besides, these animals may find the oil unpalatable and leave off licking the spots. Even if they don’t, the edible oil may not cause anything more than loose stools.


  1. Castor Oil as a Preservative

The anti-fungal property of castor oil has been put to good use in the food industry. Many dried grains and pulses are given a coating of the oil when they have to be stored for a long time. Castor oil also seems to repel insect pests that spoil them. A typical example is cowpea smeared with the oil. It washes off when these dry foodstuffs are soaked in water and rinsed before cooking. If you’re hoarding survival foods for potential emergencies, you have to protect them against spoilage by microbes as well as macro pests. But you may not want to use chemical preservatives, especially if your focus has been on stocking organic products. Using castor oil may be the best option for you.

  1. Castor Oil as a Lubricant

Castor oil works almost as good as grease in lubricating moving parts of machines. It works equally well in high and low temperatures, and is often used in racing cars. Unlike other oils, castor oil does not spoil rubber, so it can be safely used in devices like cycle pumps that have rubber seals.

Castor oil is safe to be used on kitchen appliances that need lubrication. Use it on kitchen scissors and hand-cranked meat grinders.


Can Castor Oil Be Used To Induce Labor?

Inducing labor is one of the ancient uses of castor oil, but it has to be mentioned here that all doctors now advise against it. They also warn that taking castor oil by pregnant women carries the risk of miscarriage or premature birth. This goes to prove that castor oil can indeed induce labor.

When the laxative effect of the oil works on the bowels, it causes strong pelvic muscle contractions to aid elimination. It probably triggers uterine contractions too. Giving enema is also known to produce the same effect.

Caution: Using castor oil to induce labor is considered risky because excessive water loss from loose motions at this time may dehydrate the mother. Only use the oil if your health care practitioner has advised.

What Should my Blood Pressure Be?

H/T The Peoples Chemist

Being alive raises blood pressure (BP), and you usually don’t need medications to adjust it. Unfortunately, far too many people have been drugged by their doctors to curb the natural rise. This is a dangerous game of roulette. Understanding what a normal, healthy BP is will help you make better decisions about medications and their natural alternatives.

For the first year of life, the average BP is 100/70. The top number is known as systolic and represents the amount of pressure placed on the arteries when the heart contracts. The bottom number is known as diastolic and represents the pressure when the heart relaxes. When you’re lucky enough to age, your BP will continue to rise and in most cases there’s nothing to fear.

For decades, Big Pharma has been pushing us to drive our blood pressure lower and lower, even pushing doctors to suggest a systolic of 120. These guidelines of “lower is better” has been at war with the scientific evidence, which proves that “lower is not better,” as we age. In other words, high blood pressure—as defined by anything over 140/80—is not a death sentence. Evidence for this was uncovered over a century ago.

In Circulation of the Blood: Men and Ideas, (Oxford University Press, 1964) cardiovascular research pioneers Fred Mahomed, Clifford Allbutt, Henri Huchard, and others demonstrated from 1874 to 1893 that hypertension may occur without overt renal disease and may even be present before hardening of the arteries or blockage, signaling that rising BP is no sign of illness. These early scientists coined the term, “essential hypertension” to describe the elevation of blood pressure as a normal, compensatory reaction to healthy aging. In a 1912 speech to the Glasgow Southern Medical Society, Sir William Osler made the following statement about high blood pressure associated with atherosclerosis: “In this group of cases it is well to recognize that the extra pressure is a necessity–as purely a mechanical affair as in any great irrigation system with old encrusted mains and weedy channels. Get it out of your heads, if possible, that the high pressure is the primary feature, and particularly the feature to treat.” These very early biological observations were the eventual basis for scientists to discourage the development of blood pressure drugs, and in 2016, The British Medical Journal published findings that confirmed these sentiments and warnings!

Independent researchers in Sweden conducted a systematic review and meta-analyses guided by recommendations of the Cochrane Collaboration. Comparing about 74,000 blood pressure patients, they concluded, “This systematic review and meta-analyses confirms if systolic blood pressure is less than 140 mm Hg, we found no benefit, but potential harm, with an increased risk of cardiovascular death.” The harm they reported was from prescription drug side effects, a classic story of the cure being worse than the so-called disease. In addition to putting a spotlight on the dangers of meds, it also proved that essential hypertension is no cause for drug use.

To assert that we all need to be lower than 140/80 is nothing more than a ploy to sell drugs. As a former pharmaceutical chemist, “The Peoples Chemist” saw this far too many times…and to further disprove the lower is better dogma of the medical community, you can look at lifespan among those who adhere to it. If high blood pressure were dangerous, then lowering it with hypertension drugs would increase longevity.

But the opposite is true! Studies in older people found that those who reduced their systolic pressure to less than 140 fared no better than those who reduced it to between 140 and 160. Worse, as seen in previous research, the medicated suffered undue side effects. These included obesity, diabetes, kidney disease and cancer as a direct result of using drugs like beta-blockers ace-inhibitors and calcium channel blockers.  Quality of life was eroded exponentially, despite the “doctor approved” lower is better numbers.

In an interview with The New York Times, Dr. Suzanne Oparil, director of the vascular biology and hypertension program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine affirms the risk, saying, “Medications that lower blood pressure can have effects that counteract some of the benefits.  The mantra of blood pressure experts in the past has been that lower is better. Recent studies don’t seem to support that.”

In an article titled, “Hypertension Guidelines Can Be Erased, Panel Says,” The New York Times wrote that, “New guidelines suggest that people over 60 can have a higher blood pressure than previously recommended before starting treatment to lower it. The advice, criticized by some physicians, changes treatment goals that have been in place for more than 30 years.”

In sum, past, previous and current research supports the early theory of chemists and doctors that prescription drug side effects outweigh benefits of using meds to lower blood pressure.  Therefore, it’s completely natural for the first number (systolic) to be 100 plus our age. Diastolic pressure has shown no correlation to early death.  But if it goes to 100, you may or may not have poor kidney health. Otherwise, rising blood pressure is simply essential hypertension.

The exception to the rule would be if you have rising blood pressure coupled to obesity, heart disease or Type II diabetes. In this case, rising blood pressure may not be “essential,” but instead a dire warning! If you have rising blood pressure coupled to any of these, then hypertension can be a sign of illness and early death at worst—at best a sign that your lifestyle habits (smoking, drinking, lack of exercise, eating too much)—are eroding away your longevity.

The solution is working with your Naturopath, not drugs. At Pressing Matters, we have several treatment options that have worked for others and just might work for you.

How Christopher Columbus Raised Your Triglycerides And What To Do About It!

H/T The Peoples Chemist

The term sugar refers to sucrose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup and milk sugars such as lactose and maltose. It has a long history of destruction.

Christopher Columbus began cultivating sugar on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. Within decades, the rain forest had been cleared and the native population was completely eliminated by disease and war courtesy of sugar production.

In time, the demand added to the slave trade! African slaves were shipped over to carry on sugar production. Sugar, greed and addiction fueled these injustices and gave us the sugar overdose that we know now.

In 1700 the average Englishman consumed 4 pounds a year. A hundred years later, the average man ate 18 lbs. In 1870, 47 pounds annually. By 1900, a whopping 100 pounds a year were being consumed. Today, the USDA reports that the average American consumes 132 pounds and people are dying from it. On a happier note, sugar consumption is DOWN since 1999 (when Americans on average consumed 155 pounds per year). You can thank popular media and Big Food for continuing to sell us too much sugar.

Obesity Conspiracy

The New York Times has reported that medical researchers now “suggest that dieters should eat cake for breakfast” as a method for controlling hunger throughout the day. The more sugar you eat, the shorter your lifespan. It starts with high triglycerides.


A triglyceride is a sugar molecule attached to a fat molecule. When triglycerides are high, it means that you have too much sugar in your blood.  That means you could be headed for a dastardly outcome. In addition to latching on to a fat molecule, sugar also combines with amino acids…That yields something called an AGE product.  (Advanced Glycated End product)

Floating in your blood, AGE products SCAR the walls of arteries, causing them to get weak and frail – the perfect storm for heart attack.

Writing for The American Journal of Pathology, scientists tell us that, “Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) have also been reported to play an important role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease.” Therefore, high triglycerides put you at severe risk of heart attack and memory loss. Anything that lowers triglycerides, is going to increase lifespan while raising quality of life.

The Huffington Post has reported how effective cinnamon can be at preserving life’s most precious moments. They wrote that, “Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, found that the cinnamon compounds cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin could help stop “tangles” of tau protein — notorious in the memory-robbing neurodegenerative disease [Alzheimer’s disease] — from forming in the brain.”

There are several excellent cinnamon supplements on the market. Just like anything else that we say, a person needs to know the source of the ingredients of their supplements. Pressing Matters Massage Therapy & Naturopathic Health has a couple really good sources for cinnamon and a couple other supplements that when combined with cinnamon, will allow your body to HEAL ITSELF by lowering triglyceride levels, reducing AGE, and allowing the vessel walls to be repaired UNDER the “Band-Aid” of cholesterol.

Give us a call (208) 995-2891 and lets talk! As the Peoples Chemist is known to say, “Dare to live young!”

Toxic Substances Control Act, is the Government Really Protecting us?

The following is an adapted article from

You can’t swallow, use, or consume a product these days without being exposed to a barrage of toxic chemicals.

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) is speaking out. In their article, “Updating the Toxic Substances Control Act to Protect Human Health,” they warn, “Increasing evidence from laboratory and human studies shows that synthetic chemicals contribute to disease and dysfunction across the life course. Of particular emerging concern is the disruption of the hormonal process that has been found to be associated with increasing rates of obesity, diabetes, neuro-developmental disabilities, infertility, and breast and prostate cancers.”

“Approximately 85, 000 or more synthetic chemicals are now approved for widespread use in the United States, with more than 600 new chemicals approved by the EPA each year.”

Who is in charge of regulating this shower of chemicals?!? The Toxic Substance Control Act.

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is a law that was put into place in 1976. It hasn’t been updated in 40 years! Imagine your iPhone not being updated in 40 years. . .

It’s not a good law. . . now. Nearly 60,000 chemicals have been “grandfathered in” since the act’s passage. . . which is a sneaky way of saying they’re exempt from being regulated. Many of these chemicals are now masquerading as “multi-vitamins!”  The New York Times reported that, “In reality, however, most of the vitamins in our diets are synthetic additions, whether they’re in obviously fortified products like breakfast cereals, or hiding in plain sight.”

A massive threat to public health, the Times showed why nobody is regulating, “they were free to make claims about the benefits without acknowledging why the addition of synthetic vitamins was necessary to begin with. And once they began to recognize the enormous profits that synthetic vitamins could help them achieve, they never looked back.” Multi-vitamin users are being poisoned.

“Even if there are only 500 potentially hazardous substances among the thousands of chemicals already in use that lack toxicity testing data, it would take 100 years to complete their review,” says JAMA.

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