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Here’s news for senior health, the results of the important EPICOR study and the results of in-depth analysis of the errors in current advice about losing weight. This is an intense week for me, so this will be a shorter posting. If you didn’t finish reading my much longer post last week, then now you can!

___ The news came out recently that walking should be the major way that seniors exercise for health and weight-loss.

___ All about fruit, vegetables, olive oil and the risk of coronary heart disease in Italian women: EPICOR Study, Mediterranean Diet

___ UC Davis Study – Weight-loss focus is ineffective and harmful – so what should you be concentrating on? Read there.

And, there’s a companion site at: Health at Every Size Community Resources.

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This Iodine series is long because it is SO important! If you haven’t read the other parts, please do so now. Yes, it is that critical. You couldn’t spend your time more wisely as an investment in your Health.

Diabetics – Iodine and Health 1
Diabetics – Iodine and Health 2
Diabetics – Iodine and Health 3
Diabetics – Iodine and Health 4
Diabetics – Iodine and Health 5
Diabetics – Iodine and Health 6

OK, now that we are all at the same knowledge level, let’s go forward! I am also including a recipe today.

Dr. Tunis Hunt, DC says “So how do you increase your Iodine levels? The best source of organically bound iodine is non-commercially harvested seaweeds. The dose is about 5 grams a day or about one ounce per week, so a pound would last about two months. Supplements can also be used, but getting it from a natural source is always best.”

That’s my feeling too, unless you know you already have symptoms of thyroid imbalance (even though your blood tests for thyroid hormones may say “normal” as these tests are notoriously inaccurate).

Talk to your physician about a trial run of iodide / iodine supplementation if you have many of the symptoms of a problematic thyroid, as this is the master gland which orchestrates all your metabolism. Let your physician consult with medical herbalist Dr. Ryan Drum, PhD – world renowned seaweed expert or with Dr. Guy Abraham, MD, formulator of the revolutionary new Iodoral supplement.

Reaching correct Iodine levels in your body may result in cure or vast improvement or lessened need for medication for many chronic diseases, so do this under your doctor’s supervision.

With Lugol’s Iodine (used safely for 180 years, but it tastes terrible), you only need to take two drops to take the same milligrams of Iodine that one Iodoral Iodine pill provides. This amount of Iodoral provides 7.5mg of Iodide and 5mg of Iodine (you need both forms). Natural Living also carries an Iodine in pill form, and theirs uses the Iodoral formulation with the necessary selenium and vitamin B’s for good absorption. Dr. Abraham’s suggestions for dose are in my prior articles and you can learn more about the 24 hour urine lab test needed to determine your Iodine levels and needs. You can also take Dr. Brownstein’s questionnaire as a first step utilizing a verbal test at the link below.

As I said, you need both forms as different organ systems need their preferred form e.g. the thyroid utilizes iodide; the breast tissue primarily utilizes iodine; the prostate uses iodine; the kidneys, liver, and blood can use either form. All endocrine glands, including your pancreas, need Iodine in one form or the other.

Other choices for bringing Iodine into your diet must be investigated further. There are some new Asian and European products from seaweed, and they must be able to be standardized enough so you know the quantity to take. I think the following 2 products are worth investigating further.

___ A Korean product called Mekabu Powder Ball. Their site states that 1 teaspoon (2g) of Mekabu Powder Ball twice a day is the same volume of good organic micro- and macro elements as if we ate full plate of rich seaweed. Personally, I would start with a max of 1 teaspoon and see if the other portion is needed. You’ll know its working as you will start feeling better. If after a couple of weeks you don’t feel improvement, then start adding more of the second teaspoon.

And the powder is not cooked. They relate that the oldest Japanese recipes of preparing seaweed tell us to eat seaweed raw, which is why my recipe today includes raw seaweed.

Modern science does indeed affirm that the anti-cancer substance Fucoidan (and other beneficial polysaccharides) DO break down if seaweed is cooked. That was determined in studies performed on Okinawa, known for it’s lowest cancer death rate in Japan.

What is Fucoidan? It is a sulfated polysaccharide found mainly in species of brown seaweed such as: kombu, limu moui, bladderwrack, wakame (and mekabu), mozuku and hijiki. This substance has also been found in marine animals such as the sea cucumber.

Japanese researchers have indicated that F-fucoidan can induce apoptosis (selected cell death) in human cancer lymphoma cell lines.

Fucoidan also:
___ supports blood circulation to native body cells
___ may help regenerate healthy skin tissue
___ supports healthy joint mobility at all ages
___ has blood thinning properties

Mekabu is a very concentrated source, as 40 pounds of raw sporophyll of Brown Seaweed: Undaria Pinnatifida species (Mekabu from wakame seaweed) are needed to make 1 pound of Mekabu Powder Ball. The Korean word for “wakame” is “miyeok”.

If you need to know, Mekabu Powder Ball was approved by the US Food and Drug Association (FDA) on June, 19th of 2002. – “FDA ID NO 2030950”. But, this Korean company site does not mention continuing to assay their product, if I remember correctly, whereas the next product does. This is important, as the ocean is becoming more polluted, especially in Asian waters near China.

___ Personally, I am more interested in Seagreens® which are harvested during the short Arctic summer, in an archipelago of remote conservation islands (which stretches more than 100 miles (180 kms) off the Lapland coast of Norway). The habitat produces dense shallow-water Wrack seaweeds with an outstanding nutritional profile. This is the land of the midnight sun and the light received and harvesting conditions are ideal. Traditional methods just cut the upper plant, therefore leaving the plant to regrow from the holdfast.

It is entirely sustainable mari-culture and the harvested areas are carefully rotated to allow full regrowth of the plants. No dredging or collection of dead, floating or beached seaweed is permissible for this product. Importantly, Seagreens® are uniquely certified free of environmental contaminants, toxic metals and microbial pathogens.

This company does not powder their seaweed which they say can can reduce its nutritional value. Harvesting, production and the end products are certified to international Organic and Biodynamic® Standards.

The company website states:
___ “Seagreens® contains an ideal balance of all the mineral salts including sodium at around 3.5 per cent, instead of 40 per cent typically found in salt.”
___ “Seaweed’s reputed contribution, among other things, to improving nutrient absorption and metabolism, supporting gut and bowel health and the lymphatic and endocrine systems including the thyroid, as well as dissolving fats in the blood and lowering cholesterol, has a sound basis in its very long food use and scientific research.”
___ “We know that seaweed can play a beneficial role in a number of common health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, thyroid problems, breast cancer and cardiovascular disease.”
___ “Such a comprehensive balance of nutrients is found in no other natural food but seaweed. From the primordial ocean to the vegetation and animals which remain our food today, the continuous line of our nutritional composition – of earth, food and our bodies – can be traced back beyond the earliest organisms to the very chemistry of life itself. In this sense, we are what we came from and what we eat today.”
___ “Seaweed, since it absorbs all of the nutrients from our most primordial physical beginnings, still retains the unique capacity to fill all the nutrient gaps in the balance of the now, very different foods we eat, including land vegetables.

It responds to the nutrient depletion in modern foods. It assists the body to rid itself of chemical food additives and environmental contaminants alike.

Foods which upset our nutritional homeostasis (e.g. coffee, alcohol) and give rise to intolerances (e.g. chocolate, wheat, cabbage) find their apotheosis in seaweed.”

Seagreens® classic is ready-milled grains of wild Ascophylum nodosum seaweed which can be used in everything from soups to risottos or sprinkled onto almost any raw or cooked food. The Salad & Condiment product is larger dried pieces of wild Pelvetia canaliculata which can be used as they are, milled in a table grinder or soaked in cold water for use as salad, garnish or warm vegetable.

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Em’s Coconut Lemon Quencher Tonic

1 organic lemon (save the peel to freezer and use the zest)
1 1/2 cups coconut water* (or 1 aseptic pack**)
1/2 cup pure spring water or alkaline water such as Evamor ***
1 T organic honey ****
1/2 tsp grated ginger root
1/2 t powdered kombu OR a 3″ slice of kombu to steep (see instructions below)
Celtic Sea salt to taste
Optional: a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper

1) Squeeze the lemon’s juice into your blender.

2) Next, add coconut water, water, honey, ginger and (powdered kombu, if using).

3) Blend and then strain any ginger pieces, if desired.

4) Taste and add Celtic sea salt, as needed.

5) Add the 3″ piece of kombu seaweed to steep, if you did not use the powdered kombu.

6) Adjust water level to taste. Add cayenne, if using. Drink after chilling or keep refrigerated for up to 10 days.

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___ This is a wonderful alkaline drink which will help to nourish all your tissues and reduce inflammation. Because of the lemon, it has slightly diuretic properties too. It will help you to detoxify and it will help you regain better pH balance in your cells. This is a low glycemic index drink. This is much better for you than any other drink but water. With proper amounts of minerals and rehydration, you will likely be less stressed, too.

  • The lemon provides alkalinity and vitamin C.
  • The young coconut water provides alkalinity and is a natural isotonic beverage, with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. It is a great source of natural sugars, salts and vitamins to ward off post work out fatigue. Coconut water has 15 times more potassium than most sport drinks but without the colorings, bromine (which depletes Iodine) or added sugars.
  • The pH of these waters is better than tap waters and the ORP is likely to be better, too.
  • The ginger, in addition to being anti-inflammatory, is rich in potassium, magnesium and manganese — all needed by diabetics.
  • The raw organic honey is a natural anti-viral.
  • The kombu provides fucoidan, Iodine and other minerals, as well as a slight gelling quality which is soothing to your gastro-intestinal tract.
  • The Celtic sea salt also provides valuable trace minerals, as it is a whole salt which is only naturally dried in the sun.
  • * This is the clear liquid from the cavity of an unbroken, uncracked coconut. Pierce one of the 3 holes at the base, after cleansing the area. The liquid should be clear and clean-smelling. If it is cloudy, odoriforous or pink tinged, do NOT use it! You can crack the coconut further and use the white flesh. Young, green coconuts (or young dehusked coconuts, which look white) are best and their white “meat” will have a gelatin-like consistency. If it is in that state, you can add the coconut meat to this drink by blending it in. Try to get organic coconuts from Florida, but you may have to get these online. Most Asian coconuts are fumigated.

    ** coconut water is also sold in health stores in aseptic cartons in the refrigerator case. The health stores will be more rigorous about getting brands with better practices. I hesitate to use canned stuff from Latino markets, as there’s no way to know if the coconuts were sprayed or fumigated and how they were cultured in the groves.

    *** (or more depending on desired concentration) – just add after tasting.

    **** you can use RAW organic honey for everyone over 3 years of age. Children under 3 must have a pasteurized honey. You can substitute agave nectar if you are going to use the drink in one day, otherwise use the honey, as it is a natural preservative.

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    REFERENCES:

    Dr. Abraham: OPTIMOX CORPORATION
    P.O. Box 3378, Torrance, CA 90510-3378
    or Call Toll Free in America: (800) 223-1601
    Optimox Iodine Loading Test

    Dr. Ryan Drum, PhD – medical herbalist and world seaweed expert

    Mekabu Powder Ball from Korea

    Why Seagreens®

    Dr. Brownstein’s Questionnaire

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    “Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

    Yes, I know it’s Thanksgiving in America in 2 days, but my post and recipe is one for you to incorporate, even daily, as much as possible, the way the longest-lived peoples do. That’s really something to be Thankful for!

    So, find a way to start this food in your diet over the 4 day holiday week-end. You won’t be sorry. The more I learn about seaweed, iodine and the complex, healing polysaccharides which it contains, the more amazed I am.

    Seaweed is really the Foundational Food of Life.

    This low glycemic, high nutrition food has no calories and lots of fiber, wonderful mineral content, along with great, clean taste.

    The Iodine and Fucoidan in seaweed will help you to:
    ___ reduce weight
    ___ remineralize especially when stressed
    ___ aid thyroid and metabolic health
    ___ help to reduce blood sugar levels and body-wide inflammation
    ___ help to prevent excessive blood clotting
    ___ automatically thin your blood
    ___ protect bone marrow and kidneys
    ___ support healthy joint activity
    ___ engage your immune functions and fire-up your T cell-mediated and natural killer (NK) cells for effective anti-viral (including AIDS and herpes) and anti-cancer protection.

    Yes, it’s that amazing and effective in the right quantities.

    Introduce your children to this pH alkaline, life-giving food, too. Start them on better habits than you had. In the 1950’s Americans used to eat 4 times as much iodine as they do now! This current lack is probably behind most of the massive rise in chronic diseases and conditions, like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, especially breast cancer and prostate cancer.

    You just cannot spend your food money more wisely than to buy organic seaweed from one of the firms which carefully source where and how it was grown. These companies are listed in the previous parts which I mention below.

    I now add Mitoku Brand – Japanese foods, with some organic seaweeds to the list. Sorry I forgot you; it’s a great company, which I have also used for years and years.

    Please read these articles before continuing, if you have not already been following the series.

    Diabetics – Iodine and Health, Part 1
    Diabetics – Iodine and Health, Part 2
    Diabetics – Iodine and Health, Part 3 – includes recipe

    Do NOT buy any Chinese-sourced seaweed. Assays have shown that the unrelenting pollution of their air, sea and water has resulted in arsenic in their seaweed products.

    Dr. Ray Sahelian, MD states: “Fucoidan substances are sulfated polysaccharides extracted from brown algae (seaweed). Fucoidan has been studied for its diverse biological activities. It appears this substance has blood thinning properties and has an influence on the immune system.”

    He continues: “Fucoidan (sulfated alpha-L-fucan) is a sulfated polysaccharide and is found primarily in the cell walls of several species of brown seaweed, such as kombu, limu moui, wakame (and mekabu), hijiki and bladderwrack.”

    Most of the clinical immune research has been done on animals, using wakame and also on its special structure called mekabu (available from Eden Foods). Mekabu is the green crunchy plant in seaweed salad in sushi restaurants. See the sketch of the wakame fronds and the mekabu spiral structure, just above the life-giving holdfast support.

    My discussion is all about getting these wonderful ingredients only in food, not in supplements. There’s very little human research (if any) in the amounts and concentrations placed in supplements, whereas, there are tens of thousands of years of normal, daily ingestion of these seaweeds as food, in normal appetite portions.

    One teaspoon of a powdered seaweed is equivalent to eating a whole plate of seaweed. It takes about 40 pounds of seaweed to make one pound of powdered product.

    The oldest Japanese recipes do not call for seaweed to be cooked (for varieties tender enough to eat this way). This may be healthier as science shows, that unlike Iodine, Fucoidan is disrupted by heat.

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    from http://epicureandebauchery.blogspot.com

    Seaweed Preserve (nori no tsukudani)

    5 sheet nori (seaweed like the one used for sushi)
    2 cups sake in 1/2 cup increments
    1/2-1 cup soy sauce
    1/4 cup mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
    1/8 cup toasted sesame seeds **

    1. Tear up all the nori into approximately 2 inch x 2 inch pieces
    2. Pour first 1/2 cup sake into a small pan on medium heat *
    3. Add nori and cook until almost all of the sake is absorbed
    4. Repeat until 1 1/2 cups of sake is almost all absorbed
    5. Add soy sauce, mirin, and sesame seeds
    6. Add last 1/2 cup of sake
    7. Cook until all of the liquid is absorbed and the seaweed has a very thick consistency.
    8. Keep in an air tight container in the fridge.

    Use over rice, on top of salads, over fish etc.,
    For an Ochazuke:
    1) For each 1/2 cup cooked brown rice, use 2 tbs seaweed preserve and 1 tsp wasabi paste, 1/4 tsp ume paste.
    2) Pour on hot sencha tea, brewed strong.
    3) Enjoy right away after mixing with your spoon!

    * Frankly, I am going to try this recipe with just letting the seaweed absorb the incremental amounts of sake and other liquids without cooking, and see if it will absorb enough over time. No harm in trying it this way; I can always cook it a little at the end. I saw another wakame recipe that just used a no-cook absorption method, so it is possible and will keep more of the beneficial fucoidan.

    ** I never toast seeds; they lose too much nutrition, even on low heats. Use white and // or black sesame seeds.
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    Links:
    This store carries Mitoku’s full line. Mitoku’s full inventory of products available online

    Enjoy! More next week. Have a safe and happy holiday!
    Best to all — Em

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    “Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

    Ever watchful for gestational diabetes, which did not materialize, if you read my post last week, you know that my daughter just had her first baby – a healthy boy. What little time I had for “research” on diabetes this week has been guided by the birth, desire for the baby’s continued health and my daughter’s best route to recovery.

    Pregnant women and post-partnum moms need to take action using the information below. Anyone who’s overweight needs this information, too.

    One factor which will help both mom and baby was disclosed in a recent email that I received from Dr. Mercola, DC and the research of Dr. Ron Rosedale, MD.

    We’ll talk about some of their medical lessons now, and other aspects over time.

    The most important (and easiest ) part to implement now is to include active, massive amounts of friendly “probiotic” families of bacteria back into your gut!

    This can be done with kefir (a better product) or with active, live-culture yoghurt (confirm live cultures on the label content) or with refrigerated probiotic capsules. Why do this?

    The proper balance of friendly micro-organisms is critical for diabetics!

    Dr. Mercola reports that clinical studies show that diabetics (and anyone who is overweight or obese) have improper percentages of the various families of gut bacteria.  So, we need to know more.

    As 1 in 4 Americans are either pre-diabetic (blood sugar over 100) or full-blown diabetics (blood sugar over 125), we have to do everything to regain the health of more than 70 million Americans and tens of millions more globally  — here goes.

    The rate of diabetes in the last 5 decades has increased 700% in America, and during this time, mainstream medicine has incorrectly treated diabetes, in Dr. Mercola’s and Dr. Rosedale’s opinions.

    Other doctors have been treating a “symptom” (high blood sugar) NOT the root cause.

    Ayurvedic medicine, the ancient, highly-accurate first medical system of humanity, emphasizes throughout its 5,000 years of practice that the health of the bowel is critical. Modern science is showing that’s true!

    The same cells that make the brain also become part of the gut, in the fetus and then adult,  so we do have another “brain” there — a very powerful one, in fact — which is able to understand the nuances that make up health in the gut.

    Our red blood cells are also made in these intestinal tissues, too. So, gut health is a prime target to regain.

    We always hear about ‘eating more fiber’, and that’s still important — both soluble and insoluble fiber. But gut-health is far more than that.

    The actual populations of bacterial micro-organisms and their percentage in your gut community are truly critical. Diabetics and obese people have severe imbalances in these populations.

    According to one study, diabetics and overweight people usually harbor more of the family of bacteria known as firmicutes … (20 percent more), whereas another bacteria called bacteroidetes was almost 90 percent lower.”

    How do we shift the balance and why do we need to?

    “Probiotic supplements during the first trimester of pregnancy can help women lose weight after their child’s birth”, according to new findings from a Finnish study.

    Researchers report that supplements containing Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium were associated with less central obesity (the type of killer fat associated with the “apple” shaped body).

    Women were given the supplements during their first trimester of pregnancy and continued them until they stopped exclusive breastfeeding (up to six months on the study).

    If you weren’t on the probiotics during pregnancy, start the probiotic regimen now, with the rest of us. It’s imperative for you to do so — for your health and for your baby’s health, if you are nursing.

    Firmicutes appear to be more efficient at taking calories out of complex sugars and depositing those calories as fat. When these microbes were transplanted into normal-weight mice, they suddenly gained twice as much fat. And in a human study, obese people who lost weight increased their bacteroidetes, while the numbers of firmicutes decreased.”

    “Gut bacteria also influence your weight through the activation or non-activation a single molecule in your intestinal wall.” It is activated by the waste products from certain gut bacteria.  The activated  molecule slows the movement of food through your intestine, causing you to absorb more nutrients and thus gain weight.

    Beneficial bifidobacteria and lactobacillus bacteria must predominate over potentially harmful bacteria for you to be healthy and normal weight.

    Babies get the helpful bacteria to populate their gut from their mom’s milk. So, the mom’s must have goodly amounts of the best microflora or else the babies won’t get enough of the “good-guys” (and may even get too many not so good ones??? I’m not sure about that part.).

    Getting these good-guys through breastmilk will have lasting benefit, into adulthood, for your baby.

    We also need the same good Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus bacteria, as diabetics, pre-diabetics, overweight or obese people.

    Here’s an important reason behind the usual directive: “to stop consuming sugary foods”. Eating a healthy diet low in sugars, grains and processed foods will generally cause the good bacteria in your gut to flourish, and naturally build up a major defense against excessive amounts of bad bacteria (that can damage your health).

    Even using an extremely low-sugar diet is not the full-story. You need to know that there are other factors that negatively influence your friendly-bacteria’s survival, including:

    • Antibiotics
    • Chlorinated water
    • Antibacterial soap
    • Agricultural chemicals
    • Pollution

    All of these factors can kill off your good gut bacteria.

    Eating fresh, raw, washed vegetables and fruit (preferably organic produce) will help to repopulate with good bacteria for humans beyond babyhood, as will daily consumption of kefir and yoghurt and / or probiotic capsules.

    It’s probably the yoghurt-eating habit of the people in the Caucasus which make them the largest group of oldest humans, because their guts are SO healthy.

    Cheese and regular milk do NOT have these good bacteria alive in them. And, in fact, cow milk in babies and young children is implicated in destroying the insulin producing parts of the pancreas —- leading to Type 1 diabetes in children!

    I am making very specific suggestions here! In addition to kefir (best) and live-culture yoghurt, other foods which have some of the good-guys are traditionally-made versions of slowly fermented vegetables (like Bubbe’s dill pickles and sauerkraut), kim chee, miso and natto (this is the only one on the list that I won’t use … I find it nasty!).

    Get the balance right so your bacteroidetes will prevent your firmicutes from making you fat, and the good guys will help you use the fat you have stored for energy, as the bacteroidetes won’t “mine” as many calories from your food, so you will use up your fat and then likely remain lean, as long as the good-guy intestinal gut flora remain dominant.

    I’m off to get more kefir in my fridge more regularly now!

    I love its taste and slight effervescence. There are several excellent brands and at least one is in most Safeways, in the health section’s refrigerator or in regular section near yoghurts. Get an organic kefir from there or from your favorite health store. Well known brands are Helios and Lifeway, as well as Nancy’s.

    You can read the original article and get a jump-start on Dr. Rosedale’s views on obesity etc., at the following links (you may have to “register” to get the info, but do that. You’ll learn a lot there.). You will also need to scroll quite far down the page before the articles begin.

    Dr. Mercola’s Probiotic Information

    Diabetes not being treated correctly. Dr. Ron Rosedale, MD.

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    The cat is out of the bag about The Biggest Loser, backstage. Trainer Bob Harper answered many of the 65 questions posed to him about the show,  at the New York Times. TBL is one reality show which many overweight and obese people use as inspiration and to try to glean knowledge from, when they do not have money for a personal trainer. With the nation’s obesity rate rising to even new, extreme levels, and when many other countries, worldwide, rich and poor alike, are facing severe overweight, anything we can learn about this flagship, high-profile show is important. Is it realistic; is it setting reasonable goals? Is it detrimental, in the long run?

    As The Biggest Loser is in its 7th season (I’ve missed only one season — maybe #4, so I speak from my own opinion and experience with it too), they are taking on older and more massive, sick, people. So, I was especially interested when they showed just about all the contestants in physical rehab after daily sessions of  4 -6 hours of exercise in nearly 400 pound bodies.  Bob says they do 1 -2 hours of it as intense cardio exercise per day. This is the first time they have ever shown the physical daily toll.

    Massive physical therapy is needed apparently, and when injured, Bob says they still do low-impact water aerobics and chair weight work until well enough for more varied exercise.

    It appears that as they lose weight, then exercise time will increase, but with this biggest group, ever, that’s where they are starting.

    Interestingly, Bob says that at TBL, just as much time as exercise is spent re-educating the people about food and healthy food preparation! We KNOW that food is key, if you are a regular reader of this blog. Wrong foods undo right exercise (tm).

    Many participants do not cook or don’t know how to cook! And, in that sense, they are all too representative of current America. In 1965, the family chef (usually a woman, still) spent an average of 13 hours a week preparing food for the family. Now, we are lucky if ANYONE spends even 30 minutes a day!

    We just can’t be healthy with those priorities (or rather lack of priorities!).

    A current researcher even goes as far as to say:

    “Even if home cooking is of the fried-chicken-and-mashed-potatoes variety, it rarely produces extreme obesity, said Barry Popkin, a nutritional epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Almost any kind of cooking you can produce in a kitchen is healthier than fast food.” The decline of home cooking worldwide, he said, is an underlying cause of obesity.

    In that same time period, from 1965 to now, the percentage of women who are overweight has risen to about 65 percent from about 30 percent in the 1960s.

    The chef of The Biggest Loser cookbooks also says that 20 minutes of proper healthy food preparation in your home kitchen will save you 3 hours on a Stairmaster. So, make better choices about your food, period!

    Cooking at home and eating well is being perceived as much harder than just eating less. But, cooking at home really can be very time and health effective, and it holds the key to being able to truly satisfy hunger.  Because the food is healthier, you can have reasonable portions, and you can stage your eating into the “every four hours” scenario Bob suggests, while awake (as does Dr. Barry Sears, PhD of The Zone Diet system) to retune your metabolism and have your insulin and glucagon balance be better controlled.

    Bob Harper says that many of TBL participants arrive diabetic, and in the course of their physical training, losing weight, food re-education, they manage to get off medications for diabetes and often for other medical issues, too.  We highlighted that for 400+ pound Dan, at 19 years old, last week.  See link below.

    This also happened a few weeks ago for the Dad on the father-son team. When the Biggest Loser’s physician announced that, he stated, that even for a guy in his late 40’s or so, not only was he healthier, but at today’s costs, he’d save $176,000 just by no longer needing these drugs — and it would all be saved from his own pocket, for as we know, too many morbidly obese and diabetic people can’t get health coverage.

    What a difference to not have to pay $176,000 and know that you were now HEALTHIER than you ever were on the drugs. Lifestyle changes get to the root cause of these dis-eases, and have the only chance to cure them. Drugs never do. But, if you aren’t willing to make the exercise and eating changes, then you have only 2 choices: take the meds or die. Please choose life.

    Bob says the calorie amounts daily are personalized to each participant’s height, weight, age and gender. Bob stocks his team’s kitchen cupboards, and they spend a lot of time learning in the kitchen every day, even though this is NOT seen on television (what a pity!).

    They have to make all their own meals, when they are beat, injured, whatever. I think the team concept would help here; hopefully it does, anyway.  Everyone spends a great deal of time rehabbing old favorite re ipes to become healthier, learning new recipes and altogether new ways to shop, cook and eat. Guest chefs appear once in a while to really show more of what can be done; that’s an inspiration and an eye-opener, as many don’t even know what fresh vegetables are or what to do with them!

    As a vegetarian, Bob found that eventhough he had been in great shape, when he became vegetarian 3 years ago, he got even stronger and has better endurance now.  Unless he’s Blood Type O, then vegetarianism is productive, if it is not the fake-soy, heavy cheese and crunchy cereal version.

    If the foundation of any diet is pure spring water, then fresh vegetables (especially the leafy ones), then whole grains (cooked only as grains — not made from flours), then healthy oils, a bit of fruit and a moderate amount of protein a day,  that sets the stage for health.

    Remember, you must have carbohydrates for Health, but they are the food group you must be most careful about with your choices. Bob says that Atkins, low-carb diets will never be sustainable, and certainly not while doing heavy exercise. (I would say that may be possible to a great degree for Blood Type O, but even so,  fresh vegetables should still form the foundation of everyone’s diet).

    In his report, Bob says that these massively clinically obese people arrive addicted to junk-foods and to fast-foods. Part of his strategy is to break that cycle, because otherwise, the recetivism will be tremendous. As it is, several of the prior years’ participants have been chefs. They have sold their businesses. You do what you need to do to get your life turned around. For one, it worked; for the other, it didn’t.

    Looking at TBL site, digging deeply, I found out that many of the contestants (even the doctor, two seasons ago) re-gain about 40 – 50 pounds. I think this is too much of a bounce-back, and I would encourage anyone this large to never let themselves go beyond a 20 – 25 pound buffer zone. I don’t think it is reasonable to think that you can keep working out 4 – 6 hours a day, so knowledgeable food choice becomes even more imperative.

    I think we all need to realize that we must exercise and eat decently if we expect to regain and keep our Health. There are NO short-cuts; Bob emphasizes that. The past participants who stay in their target zone, varying no more than 10 pounds from what they achieved on the show, do so because they stay focused and committed. There are quite a few of them, and that shows that life-long change is possible, with determination and then acceptance of a new, healthier way to guide your life — respecting your body, mind and spirit — dealing with stress in more constructive ways.

    As far as artifically sweetened foods which are touted on the show, Bob gets no money from advertisers (but, I’m sure the show does). His rationale is that he is gradually changing their palates and reducing their cravings, but he says he would NEVER use artificially sweetened anything, himself, and neither do I.

    Over time, their body starts to get rid of the massive, toxic load they are harboring, mostly by sweating it out. Then, as they eat more fresh, healthy food, that and the metabolism kicking-in to burn up toxins, too, starts progress toward some better Health, not just weight-loss. And, Health should be the goal.

    To jump-start yourself, Bob suggests getting rid of all artificially-sweetened food, using no sodas of any kind, getting further and further away from eating fast foods (except for salads) and then MOVING – walk, walk, walk everywhere. Try to get your 10,000 steps a day built up (over time, maybe a month or more if you are very heavy).  Get a pedometer and use it to keep the step tally.

    Make sure to check your blood sugars if you change your activity level.

    Many people expressed the same frustration that I have with the show, and wanted to know if the rejected teams get any help after they are sent home. Many also said they did not feel this should have people being sent home. This and more concerns me too. There were a few bright spots.

    All participants still have access to the show’s physicians and their trainer — online or by phone — after they head home, before their season ends. The sponsor 24 Hour Fitness gives them a year’s free membership (but acknowledges that only works if a facility is nearby). As many of these people come from tiny communities, they end up being dependent on the goodness of their neighbors. Bob says many local trainers have stepped in to help them for free, once they have been eliminated from The Ranch.

    In one case, last season, the Physical Education coaches at the University of Michigan stepped in to help one of the moms, who was local for them, and she succeeded very well.

    The show also fails to offer psychological support (other than the layman type provided by Jillian and Bob), but for binge eaters, this would be essential, I think.  However, I also opine that far too many people think that obese people cannot control their food intake, and I think that is very inaccurate. Study after study shows that often obese people eat way less food than regular weight people, but their biochenistry is SO out of whack, that even that bit can make them balloon.

    Plus, many overweight people have a very efficient Thrifty Gene, which would have helped THEM to be the humans who survive. The skinny people sure won’t in times of famine.

    So, all in all its a delicate dance of genetics, metabolism, exercise,  food choice and amount. We know that. The show should help people learn what they are showing participants better, but as TBL has published cookbooks and the trainers have written their books, maybe that’s the better way to go to learn, if you have massive weight to lose. They also have exercise DVDs.

    For me, the show is there for inspiration and for warning. NEVER let yourself get into the terrible health bind these people did, because you see how HARD they have to work to undo it all.

    Best to all — Em

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    https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com/2009/01/30/diabetes-gone-biggest-losers-dan-and-dave-a-new-start/

    http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/03/q-and-a-with-bob-harper-of-the-biggest-loser/?ref=dining 

    BOB’S RESPONSES: http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/04/how-losers-lose/

    http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/more-from-bob-harper/

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    No longer needing his diabetes medication, The Biggest Loser’s heaviest-ever contestant, Dan, has shown that he can continue losing weight on his own, after leaving the ranch. Dan weighed in at way over 400 pounds, at 5 foot 8 inches tall, and at only 18 years old.

    Both he and David, his team member, are the only overweight people in their family, but the families did not seem, at least anymore, to be making food that would help them, or encouraging change. Maybe they had done this in past years, and become disillusioned that their sons would and could ever change, but I hope they are behind them 1000%, now. Both boys have proven they ARE willing to do what needs to be done to regain their health.

    Now, at 19, after about 6 weeks or so with Jillian as his trainer, Dan had lost 60 pounds and then continued to lose another 40+ pounds so far, on his own. Dan hopes to be The Biggest Loser in the show’s history, and as he started out as the heaviest, that’s a possible outcome. It is absolutely wonderful that his body is healing and that he no longer needs his diabetes medication.

    It has been heart-warming to see this young man transform his life. He has:
    —  put aside the mindless, ignorant eating patterns
    — learned to cook, as his family didn’t eat the way he needed to
    — realized that he CAN do more in life as long as he MOVES.

    Knowing he can’t sit on the couch and watch everyone else live their lives, when he doesn’t have one worth living, has impelled Dan (and finally, David) to grab for their star!

    Already losing 1/4 of his body, Dan is beginning to look like he’s going to make it, as long as he keeps control, keeps focus and wants all the things that life CAN offer him — a girlfriend, a wife, children, fun, challenges he aims for.

    He’s renewing himself, and if he can, we can. He started out with about 300 pounds to lose, after all. Most of us don’t have that challenge.

    So, hear it best from Dan himself, and use the video for your own motivation!

    How Dan Transforms His Life!

     Bravo! to all who try. Just try! Do it for yourself. Respect yourself. Learn that only YOU can make the change.

    Best to all — Em

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