Archive | December, 2012

Dr. Oz – Are You Kidding Me?

Recently, in a Time magazine editorial, TV personality and surgeon, Dr. Oz said that eating organic food is “elitist,” “snooty” and no better than conventional foods. He further went on to blather that buying organic food is for the “1%” and that “Organic food is great, it’s just not very democratic.” On top of that he put down buying your fruits and vegetables from farmers markets. Oz wrote, “Nutritionally speaking, there is little difference between the farmer’s-market bounty and the humble brick from the freezer case,”

Some have speculated that Dr. Oz has sold out to the big agribusiness/corporate food conglomerates who care more about making money than feeding us healthy food. Whatever the motivation for his inconceivable comments, they are flat out wrong. What makes his editorial even more ridiculous is that it contradicts information that is on his own website!!! Click here to read how important it is to eat organically from one of his writers.

There are a number of reasons why eating organic and locally are better for our health and for the environment. Organic food is five times less likely to have pesticide residue as conventionally grown food. The study from researchers at Stanford University published earlier this year, which Dr. Oz has blasted, said that this difference is inconsequential. I am here to tell you otherwise. While an occasional exposure to small amounts of pesticides aren’t that much of a problem (except to children), it isn’t just one or two exposures, it’s cumulative. You keep eating foods with a little bit of pesticides for a few decades and it isn’t just a little bit anymore, it’s a lot and that can cause major health problems.

Eating locally grown food is better for you as they are more likely to be fully ripe than commercially grown foods that can come from thousands of miles away. Shipping food from far away uses a lot more fuel than locally grown food. Taste is a big difference as well. Just take tomatoes for instance. A locally grown tomato can taste delicious like a tomato should. Much of what you find in your local grocery chain has no taste as they pick them green and spray chemicals on them to turn red. Sorry Dr. Oz, I don’t think that buying good tasting food makes me elitist.

On his own website, Dr. Oz tells us that “16 million IQ points lost in young children from organophosphates carries a price tag of more than $169 billion in lost productivity when they grow up.” And we should now disregard this because organic food is “elitist” and only for the “1%”? In my opinion, Dr. Oz has become a hypocrite of the highest nature and has some serious explaining to do.

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My Thoughts on Fish Oil Supplements

A question I’ve been asked quite often recently was my opinion on the recent studies that have come out which question the benefits of supplementing fish oil and cardiovascular disease.  Now, some in the natural health industry question the motives of the authors, figuring that it is a conspiracy by Big Pharma to stop people from being healthy, which may indeed be true; but I have a different point of view.

My enlightenment to the real reason why fish oil supplements may not be beneficial came from my good friend, Dr. John Young.  For anyone who has listened to him talk on Sirius/XM radio on Frank Jordan’s show Healthy, Wealthy and Wise, you probably know what I’m about to say.  Basically, what John taught me was that the oils needs to be hidden in proteins.

My mentor, John Kitkoski, constantly reminded me to look at how nature did things and understand that we, as humans, are not as smart as we think we are.  By trying to emulate the natural state of affairs we are more likely to get it right.  As Dr. Young would say, you don’t see oil oozing out of a piece of wild caught salmon because the oil is locked up in the protein of the meat.  The problem is, it is tough to get enough good oils from the foods available in your grocery store.  So what can you do to increase your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids and get the protein needed to utilize it properly?

My suggestion is whenever you take fish oils, or any other Omega 3 fatty acid supplement you do it with proteins like Dr. Young’s cold-processed whey protein or the amino acid (proteins are made up of amino acids) I developed called Synerplex Amino Acids.  Since many people may be allergic to whey, Synerplex Amino Acids provide a easy to absorb and good tasting (we have both flavored and unflavored varieties) way to get your proteins.  It uses a collagen base from chicken bone which mimics a food that has served mankind well for millennium, namely, bone soup.

The richness of collagen has been long known for its health benefits but people don’t feel like they can spend the time to make it. Synerplex Amino Acids provides you with all the goodness found in the marrow of bones without having to make a soup out of it. On top of that, I added important co-factor nutrients to it like magnesium, zinc, vitamins B12, B6 and pantothenic acid.

Another almost equally important supplement that should be taken simultaneously with any Omega 3 fatty acid supplement is carnitine (L-carnitine or carnitine tartrate). My dear friend and nutritionist, the late Robert Crayhon talked about how important carnitine is (he wrote the book, The Carnitine Miracle) as it is involved in a lot of enzyme reactions that impact the way Omega 3 fatty acids are metabolized.

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