Scary truths about toxins in our food supply

After reading The Truth about Cancer by Raymond Francis, I gathered some important facts about nutrition for you to take note.

Americans are in toxic overload.  Our bodies are not designed to handle so much toxic exposure.  The toxins are bioaccumulating inside our bodies.  This overload, along with a lack of education about the toxic garbage (the food that is available and marketed to us at the grocery stores) that is going into our bodies, is directly responsible for the cancer and chronic disease epidemic.  By our 60s, there is enough toxicity in our body to cause cancer. Additionally, the detox systems in our our kidneys and liver gets worse with age, becoming less efficient.   Add in the prescription drugs (most older people are on various ones), this just adds more toxins into the body, causing fatigue, poor memory, and the immune system to fall apart.

Babies are being born loaded with toxins from their mothers – causing birth defects, ADHD, learning disabilities, and even childhood cancer. Was ADHD even a thing in the 80s and 90s?  Ken Cook, the president of the Environmental Working Group said “We’ve measured hundreds and hundreds of toxic chemicals in the blood of babies that are still in the womb.”

There are 2 causes of disease – 1) toxicity, and 2) deficiency. Toxicity refers to all of the toxins that are accumulating in our bodies from environmental factors and the foods that we are consuming. Deficiency refers to nutrient deficiencies from our diets. Think about what you are putting into your body and what your body might be missing out on when you develop an illness or succumb to a virus.

  1. Wheat is a toxin.  
    • Wheat contains lectins which are defensive glycoprotein compounds that plants use to protect themselves from insects.  Wheat, spelt, rye and rice are very high in lectins. The nightshades – tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and legumes also contain lectins.  Lectins are highly stable, thus they accumulate and become incorporated into tissues, interfering with normal functioning. The immune system attacks lectins, causing inflammation. Lectins damage the GI tract and make holes in the tissue (aka Leaky Gut).
    • In addition to the lectins, wheat is sprayed with chemicals, especially Roundup, which is then ingested by whoever is eating the wheat. It makes sense with how many gluten and wheat intolerances there are currently!
  2. We have been brainwashed to eat dairy.  Did you watch the “Got Milk” commercials growing up?   The campaign began in 1993 encouraging people to drink more milk using celebrities for marketing.  This campaign is still active in the United States today. Are you shocked to know that dairy isn’t good for us?
    • Dairy is the cause of most disease in the world today,” – Paul Nison, raw food author.  Milk is made for calves, not humans. No other species drinks the milk of another species.  Cows are injected with rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone), a genetically engineered artificial hormone that makes them produce more milk.  Milk from rBGH-treated cows contains higher levels of IGF-1, which is a hormone that normally aids in cellular growth. With the higher levels, the cellular growth turns into tumor growth aka cancer.
    • Even organic dairy is not good. Dairy causes inflammation, calcium losses,contribute to high cholesterol and saturated fat, which increases the risk of heart disease and other serious health problems.
    • But milk is good for bone health right? Ironically, countries with the highest milk consumption also have the most osteoporosis. Milk actually causes calcium losses, yet people with osteoporosis are told to drink more milk. 70% of the world’s population do not drink milk.
    • But where can I get my calcium? Plant foods such as green vegetables – kale, broccoli, collards, leafy greens – are a great source of calcium among others. Screen Shot 2016-10-11 at 12.58.01 PM.png
    • Casein – the protein in cow’s milk, is the most powerful driver of cancer. Look out for this ingredient even in dairy alternatives. 
  3. Glutamates are a class of compounds known as excitotoxins to enhance taste in processed foods. Glutamates kill brain cells and cause many neurological disorders.  Below are many of the names that you’ll see on labels.

    In short, excitotoxins (the most common being MSG and aspartame) cause brain cells to become excited, and the neurons become so exhausted, they die.  Excitotoxins also increase the free radicals in our bodies.   Excitotoxins have been shown to cause migraines, seizures, neurological disorders, blurred vision, increased appetite, infertility, imparied brain function, cancer, and heart disease, among other illnesses.  These foods must be avoided!

  4. Adding GMOS (genetically modified organisms) to our food supply is an experiment. No one knows the long term effects of this experiment. According to the FDA, approximately 90% of soy and 70% of corn is GMO, and of that half is contaminated by spraying and the wind blowing. Corn and soy are two crops to completely avoid.  A number of countries in Europe have banned GMOS but there is no regulation in the U.S.
  5. Excess animal protein stimulates disease.  A high animal protein diet changes the ratio of estrogens in the body and is excess in iron.  Excess iron generates free radicals and accelerates cancer growth.  Use animal protein as a side occasionally not as a main course.  At least 90% of protein intake should come from plants.”Calorie for calorie, spinach has as much protein as beef.” -Francis.


I did not include everything here – salt is an offender as well as sugar and processed oils.

Did you learn anything new?



why is Vitamin D important?

I went to a class about Vitamin D given by Philadelphia Integrative Medicine and want to share what I learned!


A little about Vitamin D
Vitamin D is one of the fat soluble vitamins along with Vitamins A, E and K. It actually acts as a hormone and affects over 1000 genes and how they are expressed, which is huge! Vitamin D receptors are contained in nearly every cell in our body, which is why a high level of Vitamin D has been shown to be correlated with stronger immune systems.

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Vitamin D is known as the Sunshine Vitamin because we can absorb Vitamin D from the sun. D3 is the vitamin D that we need.  For a fair skinned person, about 10,000 IU of D3 can be absorbed in 20 minutes during prime time in the sun (between 10am-2pm). For those with darker skin, it takes closer to 2 hours.  While D3 is contained in some food sources, the numbers are low and most do better with a supplement. Outside, sunscreen blocks Vitamin D absorption. Other things that block absorption are obesity, poor fat absorption, medications, darker skin tones and genetics.

Vitamin D levels vary greatly from person to person. The best way to know how much D3 to take daily is to get your levels checked via a blood test. Once your results come back, you should be looking for levels between 50-80 which are optimal. 30-50 is okay, but below 30 is deficient.  You can ask your doctor for a script for a lab test.


Why is Vitamin D so important?

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Boosts our immune system!

Bone Health- it regulates calcium absorption.

Cancer Prevention – it regulates the immune system and regulates cancer cell growth
45% decreased risk of breast cancer in those with higher levels of Vitamin D
There is double the risk of colon cancer with D deficiency

Heart Health -Helps regulate blood sugar and blood pressure. Regulates inflammation.
2x increased risk of heart attack with D deficiency. 

Mood – helps regulate mood – the receptors concentrate in 3 areas of the brain
Seasonal mood affective disorder is when vitamin D levels are at their lowest (usually winter).

How much Vitamin D should I take?

For maintenance dosage, adults should take approximately 5000 IU daily, children 1000IU
The RDA is outdated at 400IU daily.

Vitamin D is better absorbed when taken with Vitamin K, and should be taken with a meal.

Recommended Supplements
All supplements are not created the same. Going to CVS and getting a supplement is different than finding a medical grade supplement. Here are some recommendations:

Design for Health Vitamin D and K adult 5000IU (can up to 10,000IU when sick)

Metagenics 5000IU

Biotics 2000IU children (drops) (good dosage when sick)

Biotics 400IU infants (drops)  and children (2+ drops)

Such an interesting class and great presentation,
source: Philadelphia Integrative Medicine.

What questions do you have? Get in your D3 while you can!

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Reading your labels: Oils

The use of vegetable oils and refined oils has risen dramatically over the past 75+ years. Canola oil, soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil and peanut oil are all refined oils. “Vegetable oil” is typically a blend of any of these oils.

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Refined refers to the mechanical and chemical process that occurs to extract the oil from the seeds. Also extracted are the nutrients in the seeds due to this process.  The final product is oxidized easily.   Oxidation is when an electron is given up, creating free radicals.  Free radicals in our body cause damage and inflammation creating a greater risk for health problems, including cancer.  Thus, refined oils should be avoided.

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If you take a look at the ingredients in most processed foods, even organic health targeted ones, they most likely contain one of these oils. Sunflower oil sneaks into organic healthy foods sounding healthy coming from a seed – but being refined, it is not.

You will also see expeller pressed oils.  These oils are extracted with a big screw that is tightened until it crushes the nuts/seeds until the oil runs. This method being expensive and less effective, yields of only 65-70% of the oil. Some companies will have to combine this with a traditional method to release more oils. Other companies will cold press the oils after expeller pressing them which produces the best oils.  Check with the company to verify the process they use. There is a lack of regulations in the US with the advertising.


Avoid the following oils: Canola, Vegetable, Soybean, Safflower, Corn, Sunflower (as well as Margarine and Crisco, which are not only refined, but also hydrogenated.) The process of hydrogenating oils makes the healthy fats into trans-fats.  Trans-fats are contained in many processed foods, according to the FDA: 95% of prepared cookies, 100% of crackers and 80% of frozen breakfast foods!  Hydrogenated oils Crisco and Margarine are actually banned in several countries in Europe!  They cause incredible health problems! Unfortunately, most restaurants use refined and hydrogenated oils, because they are cheap and add taste.

What can you use?

Extra virgin olive oil (that is unrefined, cold-pressed and unfiltered). Be sure to read your labels!  Due to lack of regulations here in the US, oil can say it is unrefined, but not actually be unrefined. Check where it originates from.  A dark green bottle slows oxidation.
Coconut oil – organic, unrefined. One of the healthiest foods on the planet!
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Red palm oil –  phytonutrients, antixiodant full!
Avocado oil  – heart healthy, vitamin E
Rather than butter, try ghee – clarified butter, full of nutrients

Dr. Axe
Healthy Eating Politics
100 days of real food

Tips for washing your gym clothes

This is a guest post by Connie at


You’ve spent your hard earned money on your exercise gear like running shorts or Compression Socks and now it is time to put it to the test. After a grueling workout, you and your Lycra® containing gear are ready for a bath. By the way, Spandex is the generic Lycra® version. Lycra® is a brand name trademarked by DuPont.

After Your Workout

As much as we hate it, we’re all drenched in sweat after a good workout, which means our clothes are, too. If you don’t have time to wash your clothes right after your workout, or you’re too tired like me, then hang dry your workout clothes, making sure there are no wrinkle or overlaps. This prevents your gear from turning into a mildew breeding ground! It also helps prevent weird stenches from staying trapped inside your clothes.

Getting the Stink Out

The best method for remedying smelly gym clothes is to give them a prewash. Soak your Lycra® outfits in one part vinegar, and four parts water for at least 30 minutes before hand washing, or throwing them into the washing machine. Rinse your clothes thoroughly before washing them to get rid of any vinegar.


Some tips…

Do not mix vinegar and bleach ever! If your detergent contains bleach rinse out your vinegar soaked clothes before throwing them in the washer. Do not use vinegar in the rinse cycle of your washer if your detergent contains bleach.

Do not use heat for any of your Lycra® garments. Heat will destroy the elastic properties aka the Lycra® fibers of your outfits. Avoid the dryer, ironing and the sun. Remember: Heat is bad.

Do not use chlorine or bleach. This will destroy the fibers of the fabric and you will get “bag and sag” syndrome.

Do not use Fabric Softener. These are used to soften clothes and will make sure your expensive garment will never retain its shape. Avoid the fabric softener.

In the Wash They Go

Although it is said that hand washing is always the way to go, most of us don’t have time for that. Don’t fret though! It is safe for your Lycra® garments to go into the washing machine following these steps. First, make sure that all of your zippered garments are zipped all the way up to prevent the zipper track from snagging onto other fabric during the washing cycle. Turn your clothes inside out. Put delicate items into a mesh laundry bag, lingerie bag, or pillowcase to protect them (Definitely do this for Bib Shorts).

The Set-Up

If you are worried that a pre-soak just won’t cut it for getting all the smells out, you can put some vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser of your washer. This will make sure your washer will dispense vinegar in the rinse cycle. Always use cold water when washing your Lycra® garments. Heat will destroy them. Set your washer on the “Delicates” setting to prevent damage of your clothes.

Less is More?

Use less detergent than you normally would for your Lycra® clothes. While detergent cleans your clothes, you definitely don’t want a build up of it on your workout clothes. A build up of detergent will trap in dead skin cells and trap bacteria into the fabric. If you want to make sure your clothes last, try a detergent designed for washing workout clothes.

Finishing Touches

After the washing cycle has been finished, hang your clothes up, or lay them down flat to dry. Never put them in the dryer. Remember heat is not friendly to Lycra® clothes. Lycra® is a fast drying fiber so your clothes should not take too long to air dry.

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Blessed with baby girls!

Welcome to the world, Emily and Jessa!

Two baby girls joined our family over a week span!
My sister delivered her first baby on Friday, so exciting!

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and my cousin delivered her 3rd girl on Tuesday!

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Both of them were surprised, and most of us were guessing or hoping for (?) boys
My grandparents now have one great-grandson, and 8 great-granddaughters!
My parents now have one grandson and 5 granddaughters!