Puffed up Pigs – Looking at Ractopamine

If you’ve never heard of ractopamine, you’re not alone.  Ractopamine is a beta-agonist, a drug that most pigs are given to get them to bulk up, put on weight, and put on more muscle instead of fat.  You won’t find it on the labels.  It’s a “hidden” factor in pork production that is suddenly coming to consumer awareness.  The FDA says it’s safe.  We’ve been consuming puffed up pork since 1999.  But safety regulators in Europe, China, Russia and other countries haven’t approved it, saying there’s not enough evidence that it’s safe.

You can possibly find ractopamine-free pork from organic and natural pork producers.  But since the drug hasn’t been included on labeling, it’s pretty hard to know.  One pork producer who does not use the drug has struggled to get his pork label – “Ractopamine free” – approved by the FDA.

What’s sad about this topic is the effect it has on us as consumers.  Why does eating healthy always have to cost more?  Pork producers are no different than any other industry.  It’s all about the money.  And if consumers are willing to pay more for ractopamine-free pork, the industry will get on the band-wagon.  Sad but true.

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Low-fat Diets vs. Low-carb Diets

This article claims that low-fat beats low-carb.

Confusing? Yes!  The real answer is if you are on a carb diet you will never be satisfied. Always hungry . However in a high  fat diet you’ll will be satisfied and not hungry. The answer is Leptin, the hormone that turns off the switch to full. It’s what they don’t tell you that’s important, not what they do tell you. Is America fat and sick or thin and healthy.

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The Truth About High (and Low) Cholesterol

“My doctor prescribed medication for my high cholesterol, but it didn’t lower my numbers at all.  So he prescribed something else, and when that didn’t work, tried something else. ”

Sound familiar?

Medical professionals seem to know of no other solutions, and yet, there is research that shows that the medication and nutrition guidelines held as gospel for the last 20 years are absolutely wrong.

In this article Dr. David Diamond, neuroscientist, talks about the research, his own experience with cholesterol, and how it all went so wrong.

When Dr. Diamond lectures about cholesterol to physicians, they’re often astounded by what they learn. Unfortunately, their “educated ignorance” is not by accident. If studied carefully, you’ll find that the medical profession’s ignorance about cholesterol was crafted by careful design, starting over a century ago with the Flexner Report, funded by the Carnegie and Rockefeller foundations, who wanted nutritional science to be excised from the medical school curriculum.

They were successful in this endeavor, and for the past hundred years, most physicians have been, and still are, nutritionally ignorant. The reason for this, if you haven’t yet deduced it, is because if you know how to heal with food, why would you prescribe drugs? What doctors are taught about nutrition in medical school is wrong. And it’s wrong by design to generate disease that increases profits for the drug companies, which are outgrowths of the chemical industry that the Carnegie and the Rockefeller foundations supported in the 1900s.

The good news is, we can educate ourselves and start the healing process by taking charge of what we eat and how we prepare our foods.

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