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Cause of Life: Coconut Oil

Amberleigh CarterComment

The next time someone says, "Coconut oil is bad for you; it causes heart disease", please reply with, "That must be why the Pacific Islanders died off hundreds of years ago...."

Pacific Islanders' diets were studied by Dr. Ian A. Prior since that population is known for their beautiful, glowing skin, lack of disease, and optimal body compositions.  What was found was that 60 percent of their energy derived from food came from saturated fat, largely from coconuts.  But how could this be if saturated fat supposedly causes heart disease?

Let's look into some factors regarding saturated versus unsaturated fat:

In the 1950s and 1960s, researchers began to search for adverse effects of saturated fat, so they looked for a correlation between saturated fat and cancer.  What they found was actually a protective effect against cancer, rather than a causative one. 

Furthermore, processed non-hydrogenated polyunsaturated oils (such as vegetable oil) were identified as promoting cancer, and the more unsaturated, the higher the risk.  Other health problems that were caused by unsaturated fats were asthma, allergies, memory loss, senility, and a weakened immune system.  Interesting, but is the proof in the pudding?

Well, the Pacific Islanders of Dr. Prior's study had no signs of kidney disease, sluggish thyroid glands, or high cholesterol.  Digestive problems were also rare, and they were generally unfamiliar with heart disease, colitis, cancer, atherosclerosis, colon cancer, hemorrhoids, ulcers, diverticulosis, and appendicitis...and, again, 60% of their diets contain saturated fat (mostly from coconut oil). 

Most Americans get 32-38 percent of their calories come from fat, but most of which are unsaturated vegetable oils...and we all know how many diseases Americans are suffering from--especially heart disease, high cholesterol, and cancer.

So if we've cut out the saturated fats and are still getting these diseases, then what is the real culprit?  Food for thought....
[For more information on coconut oil, check out The Coconut Oil Miracle by Dr. Bruce Fife.]

Sorry, Salad.... You Can't Sit With Us

Amberleigh CarterComment

Let's talk about the green, wet-blanket carb that brings nothing to the table.

She thinks she owns the place, knowing everyone is going to feel guilty enough to order her. She puts on her dressing, her tomatoes, her croutons, and gets all dolled up to even convince you that she looks good enough to eat, even though you know she's boring and makes you feel empty inside.

That's right, I'm talking about SALAD.

Here's the skinny on salad:

 

  • It contains "goitrogens" that block energy production and slow down the actions of your thyroid and liver, which also slows down your metabolism and ability to detoxify your system.

 

  • Salad leaves are made up of "cellulose"--an indigestible fiber that increases the production and absorption of bacteria in your gut, lowers your immune system, drains your energy, and irritates your stomach enough to blow up the bathroom.

 

  • Salad is the true fatty here--it's full of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Yes, salad has fat (without dressing)-- and it's the kind of fat that loves to damage your metabolism, the cells in your pancreas (important for blood sugar regulation), and your ability to fight off sickness and disease.
     

So don't let salad make you feel guilty about your health, when it's the one contributing to your stress, inflammation, fatigue, and sluggish metabolism.

Sorry, salad--you can't sit with us.

Go Bloat Yourself

Amberleigh CarterComment

Beans, beans, they're good for your heart; the more you eat them, the more you...create a sluggish metabolism.

When it comes to eating the right protein sources, grains, lentils, soy, and beans tend to be low quality nutrients and contain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which can greatly slow down energy production in the body.

These "protein" sources lower protein digestion, reduce mineral (i.e., calcium, zinc, etc.) absorption, decrease oxygen intake in your cells (decreased energy), and contain phytoestrogens, which increase your level of estrogen in your body. 

Increasing your estrogen levels (whether you're male or female) causes edema (swelling/bloating), increases cortisol (stress hormone), creates blood sugar instabilities, and much more.  So your body isn't bloating just for sh*ts and giggles...it's telling you something.

Although eating the right kind of protein decreases estrogen and many other anti-metabolic factors, it does not mean to increase your animal protein intake by 10.  Consuming high-quality, non-inflammatory protein plays an essential role in the body; however, too much protein, not enough carbohydrate, and vice versa, all contribute to blood sugar instabilities.

The key is to keep meals balanced and frequent to normalize blood sugar, stabilize hormones, decrease inflammation, increase absorption and nourishment, and create a healthier metabolism for increased energy.

So you can tell your grains, soy, lentils, and beans to go bloat themselves.

a + b = High Cholesterol

Amberleigh CarterComment

Allow me to shed some fat on the current situation:

In the 1940s, the oil and seed industry was collapsing and needed a new market for their products, besides the use for producing paints and plastics.  The only other biological effect of unsaturated fat/vegetable oil, next to sterility, dementia, and lowering the immune system, was its influence on lowering blood cholesterol.  In a "research study", cholesterol was found to dissolve in the presence of unsaturated vegetable oils.  This opened the door to campaign that since cholesterol is found in the walls of blood vessels, and cholesterol levels contribute to heart disease, then unsaturated fats lower your risk for heart disease.  It was taken one step further in proclaiming that saturated fat is the culprit in causing elevated cholesterol levels that increase your risk for heart disease. 
 

However, to this day, there has never been a study that demonstrates high blood cholesterol, from the consumption of saturated fats, causes heart disease.  But there are studies that show the stressful effects of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) on the body, and stress levels are a main contributor to heart disease. 

According to Diana Schwarzbein, MD, "When you do not eat cholesterol, your body sees this deprivation as a time of "crisis" or "famine".  During this "famine", insulin activates an enzyme in your liver called HMG Co-A Reductase that begins to overproduce cholesterol from the carbohydrates you eat."

As you can see, there are many factors that go into the cause of heart disease...vegetable oil being one of them.  Eating the right quality of foods, in the right quantities, at the right time of the day, can exponentially improve your health.  Deprivation is not the answer, nor is a chemical alternative.

My suggestion is to truly understand your body's physiology, and not put your trust in a lab chemist claiming that a+b=high cholesterol.