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Happiness is Genetic

Happiness is Genetic

Yes, 40% of happiness is choice, so use it well; but don’t be dismayed if your genetics combined with your circumstances make it an uphill battle. My general advice is:

- minimize sugar intake, soda pop, read nutritional information labels – eliminate high fructose corn syrup, trans fats and monosodium glutamate, and these all go by several different names.

Moderation

Regular bread naturally contains gluten, as do tomatoes contain glutamate and spinach contains cyanide. MSG, the sodium salt of glutamate, is a neurotoxin. But tomatoes being natural contain no added MSG, as doesn’t spinach contain added cyanide. The same is not true for most bread, which unfortunately contain added ‘Wheat Gluten’ for texture and shelf life, in addition to the grains in bread naturally containing gluten. That, according to me, is where the problem lies.

Energy

If you have high cholesterol and are on statin therapy like Crestor (rosuvastatin) or Zocor (simvastatin), more likely than not, your doctor has failed to alongside prescribe Ubiquinol, the active form of Coenzyme Q10. I consider such failure to constitute malpractice.

Statins are non-selective hydroxymethylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase inhibitors and as such inhibit the biosynthesis of Coenzyme Q10 and Dolichol, which could potentially crash your energy levels due to muscular weakness.

Hypothyroidism

Are your hormones making you fat and tired? Take your body temperature thrice daily for five days and watch if you vary +/- from the 37°C mark. If you have the symptoms and your body temperature is somewhat lower than normal, you might have subclinical hypothyroidism even if blood/urine/saliva tests are normal.

Allergies

Traditional farming and conventional wisdom can solve a lot of the “food intolerances” we hear of or experience today.

Radon

The number two cause of lung cancer is apparently radon gas found in homes. Like carbon monoxide it is a silent killer. Your neighbour might have high concentrations and you might be well within safe limits. In Canada the safe level is 200 bequerels. It can be dissipated by opening windows. The decay of uranium in soil apparently releases radon that finds its way into homes through foundation cracks and openings. Get your home tested.

Green Juices

Reasons to NOT drink green juices and smoothies

Consider that most greens are goitrogens, so be cautious if you have hypothyroidism. They are also rich in oxalates, so without adequate gastrointestinal flora, having sub-optimal health or leaky gut, you risk oxalate stones and more health problems.

From an Ayurvedic viewpoint, veggies are super-cooling and might make you ill if you are disposed to colds; but which could be mitigated by warming the juice by adding ginger.

Pharmaceuticals

If they can’t patent it, they won’t research, study, write about and do clinical trials of. In the absence of which it won’t be FDA/Health Canada approved, which means it won’t be regulated, which entails lack of standardization, and would neither be available by prescription nor can doctors prescribe it, no matter how effective it is. Case in point – Saw Palmetto and SAMe, that are prescribed by doctors in Europe. I can’t speak for their effectiveness, but they are considered more effective than mainstream medications for treating the same conditions.

Milk

The product called milk, as sold in stores, has a name deceptively similar to the product from which it is derived. It is unfortunate that it is still marketed as essential for growing kids.

The enzyme lactase present in milk is destroyed by pasteurisation. Lactase being required by our bodies to process lactose present in milk, people who drink the product have trouble digesting it, and such people are labelled lactose intolerant. I think more like BS intolerant!

OJ

You might have learned in school, that heating or cooking destroys the vitamin C in foods. So how does pasteurisation work for orange juice? Those television commercials certainly don’t show the juice from that freshly peeled orange boiled and a vitamin C pill dropped in, but that is pretty much what happens.

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