Officials Declare ‘Eating Healthy’ A Mental Disorder

Jeffery Jaxen, Natural Society ( http://naturalsociety.com/officials-declare-eating-healthy-mental-disorder/ )

In an attempt to curb the mass rush for food change and reform, psychiatry has green lighted a public relations push to spread awareness about their new buzzword “orthorexia nervosa,” defined as “a pathological obsession for biologically pure and healthy nutrition.” In other words, experts are moving toward saying that our demand for nutrient-dense, healthful food is a mental disorder that must be treated.

CNN, Fast Company, Popular Science, and other top outlets have all began to trumpet the talking points on cue relatively recently:

“Orthorexia nervosa is a label designated to those who are concerned about eating healthy. Characterized by disordered eating fueled by a desire for “clean” or “healthy” foods, those diagnosed with the condition are overly pre-occupied with the nutritional makeup of what they eat”.
In short, if you turn your back on low quality, corporate food containing known cancer causing toxic additives and a rich history of dishonesty rooted in a continuous “profits over people” modus operandi, then you may suffer from a mental illness. The cherry on top is that if you have the pseudo-science labeled disorder of orthorexia nervosa, you will be prescribed known toxic, pharmaceutical drugs from some of the same conglomerate corporations that you are trying to avoid by eating healthy in the first place.

Orthorexia has not yet found its way into the latest edition of the psychiatric bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), yet is commonly being lumped in with other eating disorders. Stepping back and looking at the ones pushing this label on us shows highly questionable motives.

Psychiatry as a whole is deeply in bed with a pharmaceutical industry that makes the drugs to “treat” every one of these “disorders.” It is often these companies that are wielding influence behind the scenes to invent more mental health categories with their toxic products as the answer. This latest media push to popularize orthorexia as a mental disorder with a goal to marginalize or derail the food revolution appears to have been dead on arrival.

The psychiatric community has even deemed creativity to be a mental illness.

As the people continue to walk away from the broken medical and agricultural/food systems like any abusive relationship, the food makers are willing to do anything to maintain their waning control. Organic and non-GMO food markets have exploded in the last 5 years, so much so that any corporation wishing to not follow the trend risks financial hardship or ruin. In addition, pharmaceutical companies are feeling the strain as less people want their toxic medications and crippling side effects.

Perhaps some individuals do take it too far to the point of self-harm, but the problem we face with a toxic food system is a much larger threat. In closing, let’s be aware of some of the overall BS fed to us by the pharmaceutical bankrolled industry of psychiatry. When healthy eating and creativity are mental issues, something is amiss.

Additional Sources:
http://www.popsci.com/striving-perfect-diet-making-us-sick

https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/category/psychiatry-fraud/

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Vitamin D and your Genetic make-up

Vitamin D

When looking at our genetic make-up, there are some people who have a CYP27B1 gene mutation which affects how your body uptakes Vitamin D. The Vitamin D deficiency shows in the genetic breaks of VDDR1 and VDDR2. FYI: If you have one or both of these genetic breaks, science has found that the intake of caffeine will block the body’s ability to absorb Vitamin D due to these mutations.
“VDDR1 and VDDR2 are characterized by low levels of the minerals calcium (hypocalcemia) and phosphate (hypophosphatemia), which are essential for the normal formation of bones and teeth. Affected individuals also have high levels of a hormone involved in regulating calcium levels called parathyroid hormone (PTH), which leads to a condition called secondary hyperparathyroidism. The two forms of vitamin D-dependent rickets can be distinguished by blood levels of a hormone called calcitriol, which is the active form of vitamin D; individuals with VDDR1 have abnormally low levels of calcitriol and individuals with VDDR2 have abnormally high levels.
Hair loss (alopecia) can occur in VDDR2, although not everyone with this form of the condition has alopecia. Affected individuals can have sparse or patchy hair or no hair at all on their heads. Some affected individuals are missing body hair as well.
CYP27B1 gene mutations cause VDDR1, and VDR gene mutations cause VDDR2. Both genes are involved in the body’s response to vitamin D, an important vitamin that can be can be acquired from foods in the diet or made by the body with the help of sunlight. Vitamin D helps maintain the proper balance of several minerals in the body, including calcium and phosphate. One of vitamin D’s major roles is to control the absorption of calcium and phosphate from the intestines into the bloodstream.
The CYP27B1 gene provides instructions for making an enzyme called 1-alpha-hydroxylase (1α-hydroxylase). This enzyme carries out the final reaction to convert vitamin D to its active form, calcitriol. Once converted, calcitriol attaches (binds) to a protein called vitamin D receptor (VDR), which is produced from the VDR gene. The resulting calcitriol-VDR complex then binds to particular regions of DNA and regulates the activity of vitamin D-responsive genes. By turning these genes on or off, VDR helps control the absorption of calcium and phosphate and other processes that regulate calcium levels in the body. VDR is also involved in hair growth through a process that does not require calcitriol binding.
Mutations in either of these genes prevent the body from responding to vitamin D. CYP27B1 gene mutations reduce or eliminate 1α-hydroxylase activity, which means vitamin D is not converted to its active form. The absence of calcitriol means vitamin D-responsive genes are not turned on (activated). VDR gene mutations alter the vitamin D receptor so that it cannot regulate gene activity, regardless of the presence of calcitriol in the body; often the altered receptor cannot interact with calcitriol or with DNA.
Without activation of vitamin D-responsive genes, absorption of calcium and phosphate falls, leading to hypocalcemia and hypophosphatemia. The lack of calcium and phosphate slows the deposition of these minerals in developing bones (bone mineralization), which leads to soft, weak bones and other features of vitamin D-dependent rickets. Low levels of calcium stimulate production of PTH, resulting in secondary hyperparathyroidism; hypocalcemia can also cause muscle weakness and seizures in individuals with vitamin D-dependent rickets. Certain abnormalities in the VDR protein also impair hair growth, causing alopecia in some people with VDDR2.” Source: Genetic Home Reference

Crockpot Gingered Chickpea and Spicy Tomato Stew Recipe

Crockpot Gingered Chickpea and Spicy Tomato Stew Recipe

Crockpot Gingered Chickpea and Spicy Tomato Stew

Crockpot Gingered Chickpea and Spicy Tomato Stew

Recipe and Photo Credit: http://www.cookincanuck.com
Author: Dara Michalski | Cookin’ Canuck
Serves: Serves 6
Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 cups coarsely chopped tomatoes, canned or fresh
2 cans (15 oz each) chickpeas, rinsed & drained, or 2 cups dried chickpeas, cooked & drained
2 cups (packed) fresh spinach leaves

Instructions

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until the onions begin to brown.
Add garlic cloves, ginger, ground coriander, coriander seeds, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
Add balsamic vinegar and tomatoes. Bring the mixture to a boil.
Spread the chickpeas in the bottom of a crockpot (slow cooker). Pour the tomato mixture over the chickpeas and stir well.
Cover the crockpot and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours or on High for 3 to 4 hours.
Just before serving, stir in spinach. You could use any leafy green that appeals to you, such as Swiss chard or kale.
Serve as a side dish or over rice as an entrée.

Notes
Weight Watchers Points: 6 (Points+), 5 (Old Points)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙ of stew Calories: 248.6 cal | Fat: 6.3g | Saturated fat: 0.8g | Carbohydrates: 41.2g | Sugar: 5.1g | Sodium: 917.7mg | Fiber: 8.3g | Protein: 8.7g | Cholesterol: 0mg

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How Can I Turn Exercise Into a Permanent Habit?

 

Recently there has been a discussion in my Weight Loss Support Group (if you would like to join us you can go here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/healthycafe/ ) about how hard it is for some of us to get in the habit of exercising.  I found this article in my search to find ways to help the members of my group, so instead of just keeping the info private I thought why not blog about it as well. I know for so many exercise is that one key component to losing weight and getting healthy that is the hardest to begin and stick with. Please keep in mind that you do not have to stick to just morning routine, the best time of day for you might be different for someone else. The trick is to find the best time of day that suits you and will allow you to stick to your routine.

 

Q & A: How Can I Turn Exercise Into a Permanent Habit?

How to make sweating it out second nature

The question: “I keep hearing that making exercise a habit is the best way to stick with it. But how do I actually do that?”

The expert: Greg Justice, an exercise physiologist and author of Mind Your Own Fitness 

The answer: There isn’t a magical way to do it, or a magical number of days it takes to do it—it really varies per person. In a 2009 study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, for instance, researchers found that it can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days to make behaviors happen “automatically.”

That said, there are definitely ways to push the process along. Justice explains that it’s best to refer to Charles Duhigg’s theory, as outlined in his book The Power of Habit, which was released in January 2014. Duhigg’s theory is called “the habit loop,” and its basic premise is that making something a habit is a three-step process.

First, you have to pick a cue, which is a trigger that reminds your brain to start thinking about the habit you want to develop (in this case, exercise). Then, you pick a reward, which will help motivate you. And finally, you actually do the routine you want to make a habit.

Now, how does “the habit loop” apply to exercise specifically? That’s where Justice comes in. First, he recommends using the morningtime as your cue. “Interruptions are less likely to happen first thing in the morning, so use your alarm clock as your cue to wake up and hit the gym 3-5 times a week. Or make a regular a.m. running date with a friend, so she holds you accountable, or leave your gym shoes by the coffee machine so you’ll see them right when you wake up,” he explains. Check out these 7 tips to become a morning workout person for a bit more help. Keep in mind, too, that just because you’re developing a habit by working out in the morning doesn’t mean you have to be a morning-worker-outter forever. Once you feel secure in the fact that exercising is a habit, then you can vary it up and sweat it out whenever. “But it’s best to be consistent at first,” Justice says.

Next, vary up your workout routine when you get out there. “You don’t have to do the same thing at the gym when you go, or go running all the time, to make exercise a habit,” advises Justice. “It’s better to do a variety of activities so it doesn’t feel like work. That way, you won’t get bored, and you’ll enjoy it more, so you’re more likely to stick with it,” he explains. Vary it up and try a morning yoga class, a morning cycling class—just make sure you’re doing something.

And finally, treat yo’self after your workout with your reward of choice. This doesn’t mean reaching for a cupcake, though, or having a thousand extra helpings of pasta because “you deserve it.” Nope, it just means acknowledging that you accomplished a goal, and doing something that makes you happy—like listening to your favorite song, calling a friend, watching a funny YouTube video, whatever.

If you stick to this loop every week, you should eventually fall into a routine so that exercising feels like second nature. Feeling extra driven? Try to establish all of these habits this year—then you’ll be set for life!

How to Delay Aging

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Every day, the cells in your body are replicating. The same process that develops a single egg into a human being is occurring constantly to renew your skin, hair, blood cells, and some internal organs.

On-going cell replication


If you think back to biology class, a cell replicates in two phases. During its first step, interphase, the cell gathers nutrients and begins to duplicate the DNA inside its nucleus. Then the cell splits into two, the mitosis phase. This very process is how you grow as a child. Even when we’re fully developed, cells continue to split. However, by the time we’re adults, our cells begin to show some wear and tear.

It’s sort of like using a copy machine. Your first copy of the original is sharp and clear. But if you continue to copy what comes out of the machine, the original image begins to deteriorate. The same principle applies to the DNA in our cells.

The role of telomeres


The ends of DNA strands are called “telomeres.” These telomeres are like protective caps on our genes, containing the essential chromosome information inside. Each time a cell replicates, a portion of the telomere wears away. This shortened telomere is duplicated during the next cell division, and becomes shorter again. Once a telomere has effectively worn away, the cell has reached “old age” and loses its ability to divide.

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Are Telomeres The Key To Aging And Cancer?

telomeres

Are Telomeres The Key To Aging And Cancer?

Inside the nucleus of a cell, our genes are arranged along twisted, double-stranded molecules of DNA called chromosomes. At the ends of the chromosomes are stretches of DNA called telomeres, which protect our genetic data, make it possible for cells to divide, and hold some secrets to how we age and get cancer.

Telomeres have been compared with the plastic tips on shoelaces, because they keep chromosome ends from fraying and sticking to each other, which would destroy or scramble an organism’s genetic information.

Yet, each time a cell divides, the telomeres get shorter. When they get too short, the cell can no longer divide; it becomes inactive or “senescent” or it dies. This shortening process is associated with aging, cancer, and a higher risk of death. So telomeres also have been compared with a bomb fuse.

telomeres

Like the rest of a chromosome, including its genes, telomeres are sequences of DNA — chains of chemical code. Like all DNA, they are made of four nucleic acid bases: G for guanine, A for adenine, T for thymine, and C for cytosine.

Telomeres are made of repeating sequences of TTAGGG on one strand paired with AATCCC on the other strand. Thus, one section of telomere is a “repeat” made of six “base pairs.”

In white blood cells, the length of telomeres ranges from 8,000 base pairs in newborns to 3,000 base pairs in adults and as low as 1,500 in elderly people. (An entire chromosome has about 150 million base pairs.) Each time it divides, an average cell loses 30 to 200 base pairs from the ends of its telomeres.

Cells normally can divide only about 50 to 70 times, with telomeres getting progressively shorter until the cells become senescent or die.

Telomeres do not shorten in tissues where cells do not continually divide, such as heart muscle.

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