Spices Of Life From Your Kitchen Shelf

Tuesday, April 30, 2013


By Nicola Jones
Mark Post has never been tempted to taste the 'fake' pork that he grows in his lab. As far as he knows, the only person who has swallowed a strip of the pale, limp muscle tissue is a Russian TV journalist who visited the lab this year to film its work. "He just took it with tweezers out of the culture dish and stuffed it in his mouth before I could say anything," saysPost. "He said it was chewy and tasteless."

Post, who works at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, is at the leading edge of efforts to make in vitro meat by growing animal muscle cells in a dish. His ultimate goal is to help rid the world of the wasteful production of farm animals for food by helping to develop life-like steaks. In the near term, he hopes to make a single palatable sausage of ground pork, showcased next to the living pig that donated its starter cells — if he can secure funds for his research.

Post started out as a tissue engineer interested in turning stem cells into human muscle for use in reconstructive surgery, but switched to meat a few years ago. "I realized this could have much greater impact than any of the medical work I'd been doing over 20 years — in terms of environmental benefits, health benefits, benefits against world starvation," he says. Largely because of the inefficiency of growing crops to feed livestock, a vegetarian diet requires only 35% as much water and 40% as much energy as that of a meat-eater1

Future 'in-vitrotarians' should be able to claim similar savings. The prospect of an alternative to slaughtering animals led People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals based in Norfolk, Virginia, to announce two years ago a US$1-million prize for the first company to bring synthetic chicken meat to stores in at least six US states by 2016. In the Netherlands, where the vast majority of work has been done so far, a consortium of researchers convinced the government to grant them £2 million (US$2.6 million) between 2005 and 2009 for developing in vitro meat.

Such incentives have helped to solve some of the basic challenges, applying human tissue-engineering techniques to isolate adult stem cells from muscle, amplify them in culture and fuse them into centimeter long strips. But far more money and momentum will be needed to make in vitro meat efficient to produce, cheap and supermarket-friendly. Post estimates that creating his single sausage will require another year of research and at least $250,000. So what still needs to be done?

Choose the right stock

The first question for researchers is which cells to start with. Embryonic stem cells would provide an immortal (and therefore cheap) stock from which to grow endless supplies of meat.

 However, attempts to produce embryonic stem cells from farm animals have not been successful. Most work so far has been on myosatellite cells, the adult stem cells that are responsible for muscle growth and repair. These can be obtained by a relatively harmless muscle biopsy from a pig, cow, sheep, chicken or turkey; the desired cells are then extracted using enzymes or pi-petting  and multiplied in culture.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Here is some excellent news I have just received from friend Doctor Al Sears who is on his way to a conference in Malaysia. I am however a whole lot more excited about his his stop over, to meet with Doctor Maria Blasco in Madrid Spain. She is the leading telomerase, the enzyme that  activates anti-aging. 
We Never Thought It Would Be This Simple
Dear Andre,
We never thought it was going to be that simple ... but amazingly, the telomere turns out to be the central control mechanism for aging.
But now that we’ve discovered that you have a clock inside your cells, that tells the cell how old it is, we can measure it. Even more amazingly, we can go inside and reset that clock. It’s why I keep talking to you about products like Essence, that helps maintain your telomeres and keeps you younger for longer than anyone would ever guess was possible.
But one thing I haven’t talked much about is the process of testing and measuring your telomeres.
One of the stops I’m making on my way to Malaysia is Madrid, Spain. I’m going there to meet with the founder and president of the company that makes the telomere length test we use here at my Wellness Center.
His name is Steve Matlin, and his company is called Life Length. He founded it with Dr. Maria Blasco, who I’ll also be meeting. She’s the current Director of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) and the chief scientific advisor to Life Length.
She’s the leading anti-aging researcher in the world and has been given 300 employees by the government of Spain to run the CNIO, and something like 230 of them are M.D.s or have PhDs.
If you’ve never heard of Dr. Blasco, she’s one of the world’s leading researchers on telomeres, and the 2004 European Molecular Biology Organization Gold Medal winner. She was also the lead researcher who performed the breakthrough clinical trial that proved activating telomerase in an adult animal could extend their lifespan.
The mice Dr. Blasco and her colleagues treated so that they would produce telomerase – the enzyme that rebuilds the telomere – lived an amazing 24% longer on average. And the mice had a huge improvement in their health, with less disease and improved brain function and muscular coordination.1
Life Length’s Telomere Analysis Technology (TAT) was developed by Dr. Blasco. She published a peer-reviewed study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that validated the accuracy of Life Length’s testing method.2
What Life Length does is measure your average telomere length and the percentage of critically short telomeres you have. In fact, they make the only test that can measure percentage of short telomeres in individual cells from both blood and tissue samples.
That makes it more useful to you, because the measurement is then a more relevant indicator of telomere dysfunction and cellular aging.
We’ve tested over 20 patients at my Wellness Center with the Life Length test and measured their telomere length and then gotten results from all the different parameters. And I’ll be showing the results of those tests to attendees of the World Anti-Aging Conference in Malaysia.

One of the easiest and best ways to maintain your telomeres is a surprise to many people when I reveal it to them... simply raise your HDL as high as you can.
A recent study took a group of people and measured their telomere length. Researchers reported that those with shorter telomeres were likely to have a family history of cardiovascular disease.
But when I read a little deeper into the study, I discovered that the researchers had also found that separate from any other measurement, those with the highest HDL had the longest telomeres.3
It doesn’t surprise me that high HDL would be associated with longer telomeres and a longer, healthier life. In fact, the higher your cholesterol, the lower your chances are of dying from any cause.4
One of the best ways to raise your HDL and maintain the length of your telomeres is to take the vitamin E you may have never heard of: tocotrienols.
Vitamin E is actually a group of eight nutrients, four tocopherols, and four tocotrienols. Studies show that tocotrienols give your HDL a huge boost.5
Cranberries, coconuts, chicken and palm oil have tocotrienols, but not much. Personally, my favorite source is annatto. I first encountered it in the Andes Mountains. The natives there recognize annatto oil as a powerful health tonic.
You can find annatto and palm oil at your local health food store or specialty grocery store. You can also use a tocotrienols supplement. Look for one that has as much gamma and delta tocotrienols as you can get, because those are the two that seem to have the most benefit.

Sunday, April 28, 2013


While beans are actually one of the healthiest carbohydrate sources available, loaded with
 fiber and protein, there's actually one variety of beans you should be AVOIDING at all costs:

Baked Beans.
Fact is, manufacturers of commercial "baked beans" are completely RUINING this health
 food by piling in sugars galore along with a slew of artificial ingredients.

Many brands are now even including high fructose corn syrup and numerous other corn ingredients, such as corn starch, in their products...bad news!

For example, a 1-cup serving of canned "baked beans" contains more than 20 grams of ADDED sugar on average while the same 1-cup serving of regular kidney beans, pinto 
beans, red beans, etc, contains only a gram or two of naturally occurring sugar. BIG 

That said, when buying beans and adding them to your diet (which is actually a great
 choice), make sure to avoid commercial "baked beans" products and instead go with
 bean products that don't add all the extra junk.

Some great varieties of beans and legumes are:

Pinto Beans
Red Beans
Navy Beans
Lima Beans
Black Beans
Black-eyed Peas
Marrowfat Peas
Butter Beans

And there are even some natural packaged versions of the above listed beans and legumes that add a number of healthy and natural seasonings to spice them up a bit. The lesson here
is to avoid "baked beans" in favor of the plain stuff (which you can then spice up at home)
and when buying anything packaged, take a good, hard look at the ingredients and  nutrition facts.

If it's got added sugar and artificial ingredients, skip it!

But what if you didn't have to worry if you were making the right food choices with every food you buy?  What if it was all laid out for you, plain as day, in step by step, meal by meal
 fashion?  No guesswork, no confusion!

(Entire Diet Laid Out In This Article)

Hey, it's Andre' and today I'm going to reveal, MY ONE DAY DIET SYSTEM which you can
easily follow every day to get a great flat belly fast.
First, let's be brutally honest… dieting just sucks. (bet you don't hear many nutritionists admit
 this.) This is why it is no surprise that hardly anyone on the whole planet ever gets excited
 about dieting. Have you ever heard someone say this: "WOW! I'm so excited,  I get to EAT
LESS and stress myself out MORE with a wonderfully confusing and time consuming
 program!" However, what if I told you that there really is a very simple, and easy, way to get
 a flat belly that
removes all of the guess work and also allows for daily "treats" that you can't wait to enjoy?
You'd probably say I'd lost my sanity, right? Well, maybe that's true, so let's jump right into the 
Secret #1: Harness the power of intermittent fasting. This is where you send your fat-
burning hormones into overdrive by eating your meals during a specific window of time during
 the day.
 (I will not bore you with all the scientific details now, just know that it's a great trick to remove
 all that dangerous flab, safely. 
Secret #2: Enjoy two, super-quick, 60-second flab-burning "protein shakes" during the day.
 (I'll show you how you can get my favorite recipe book, 101 Fat-Burning protein shakes.
Secret #3: Eat a nutritious, balanced dinner in the early evening.
MEAL ONE: Skip breakfast (what?!) and then eat your first meal at 12 noon. Your first
 60-second meal will consist of a fat-burning, all-natural, 100% high-protein shake."
I change the flavor daily, so here's what I enjoyed today:
Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
2 scoops of all-natural 100% Vanilla Protein
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
½ cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
Honey (to taste)
5 ice cubes
Notes: Put all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!
MEAL TWO: Three hours later at around 3PM have your second 60-second fat-burning, all-
natural, 100% high-protein "shake" meal. Here's the recipe I used today:
Strawberry Cheesecake shake (delicious!)
2 Scoops of all-natural 100% Vanilla Protein
1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1/2 Cup Nonfat Greek Yogurt
1 Cup Frozen Strawberries
1/2 TSP Cinnamon
Honey (to taste)
5 Ice Cubes
Notes: Put all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!
MEAL THREE: Three hours later at around 6 pm, have a healthy dinner which consists of:
     1   A portion of a lean protein source (like chicken, grass-fed beef, fish, or turkey) equal to
          the size of your palm and the thickness of a deck of playing cards.
     2    A half cup of a nutrient-packed complex carbs like half a sweet potato, quinoa, barley
           or beans.
     3   A cup or two (eat all you want really) of fibrous veggies like mushrooms, broccoli, 
          cauliflower, peas or a dinner salad. (Use a bit of olive oil and seasonings to flavor.)
          I also drink at least 8 large glasses of water per day (important)… and I enjoy a cup of
         green tea or organic coffee most mornings. Then, one day a week, I take a day "off                                                  
         " MY ONE DAY DIET SYSTEM and eat regular meals all day (typically Saturday for

         I follow MY ONE DAY DIET SYSTEM for 30-days and then take a full week off and
         In order to keep things interesting, I constantly switch around my fat-burning protein
        shake  recipes and as mentioned I'm going to give you the opportunity to get my recipe
        book called "My 101 Fat Burning Protein shakes"!

Friday, April 26, 2013

A letter To Me From My Friend Dr. Al Sears.

Al Sears, MD
11903 Southern Blvd., Ste. 208
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
April 26, 2013

Bird Flu Scare Tactics
Dear Andre,
Next week I’ll be on a flight from Kuala Lumpur back to Bali.
I’ve been asked to return to Kuala Lumpur to be the featured speaker at this year’s International Congress on Anti-Aging in Malaysia based on the speech I gave there last year.
The night before this year’s speech, at the gala reception, Dr. Raj Subramaniam, the leader of the Royal Anti-Aging Society of Malaysia, is going to give me the President’s achievement award.
I’ve lectured all over the world, but I hope I don’t get self-conscious during my speech after an honor like that.
Right after, I’m flying back to Bali to finish up the new book I’m working on, Natural Health from Paradise: Rediscovering Health Secrets from Bali. I’ll meet my friends Lelir and Westi, and they’re introducing me to two other traditional herbalists. So I have a lot of work to do in Bali before I come back.
Still, with all these plane rides, I’ll probably see quite a few people with white masks on because of the latest bird flu scare from China.
If I were flying China air I’d probably see a lot more people freaking out over the newest bird flu. But I told my assistant S.D. never to book me on that airline again. Last trip to Bali, China Air lost all my luggage. I had to buy new clothes at a flea market in Ubud. So I went to my meetings in t-shirts, shorts and sandals.
But my plane will make a stop in Taiwan on the way, so I’m sure I’ll see people in white masks.
Even in the US, reports on the newest strain of bird flu virus fill the media. Except that in the States, when they warn of an epidemic, they suggest that a vaccine is your only protection.
That’s why today I’m going to show you why your own immune system is better than any drug. I’ll give you a list of herbs and supplements that if taken together, can help your immune system protect you from most viruses. And I’ll show you a unique root from Bali that can help, too.
So far, the only deaths from bird flu have occurred in China. Your current chances of getting the H7N9 bird flu are exceedingly remote. You have a better chance of being struck by lightning or winning the lottery.
In order for there to be an epidemic, the virus would have to mutate before it could go from person to person. No one can say if that has or will ever happen.
During the last bird flu scare, government officials compared the threat to the 1918 flu epidemic, and claimed that the bird flu could kill up to 2 million Americans. Their special report concluded that even in a “best case” scenario, 200,000 would die. A strange way to word it.
One thing is certain: The big drug makers stand to make huge profits. Part of the government’s plan includes stockpiling doses of the two drugs they use to vaccinate people, Tamiflu and Relenza. Except tests on the new strain of bird flu shows it may be resistant to those drugs.
That means the government stockpile of 20 million doses, with a value of $2 billion, would be worthless and they’d have to buy whatever new drug the pharmaceutical companies come up with.
This is not the first time an outbreak scare has produced big profits for drug makers. In 1976, President Ford was so worried about a “killer” outbreak of swine flu he spent hundreds of millions of dollars on vaccinations that turned out to have terrible side effects.
Over five hundred people came down with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a condition that causes a crippling paralysis of your legs. Twenty-five people died. The lawsuits started to fly and at the end of the day, the government paid out over 90 million dollars to the victims of the inappropriate and dangerous vaccine program.
You may think that thirty years later, Tamiflu must be better. But an FDA advisory panel conducted a review of Tamiflu after five children died after taking the flu medicine, and reports of abnormal behavior and other brain effects in more than 1,800 other children. Cases involved convulsions, delirium or delusions.
The only thing the FDA did was recommend that stronger warnings about possible psychiatric side effects be added to the Tamiflu label.
But the simple truth is your own immune system is more powerful than any drug. Combined with a few immune-boosting herbs, you have everything you need to fight infection and stay healthy.
Below, you’ll find a list of twelve of my favorite anti-viral herbs. You can use them separately, but they have their greatest impact when used together. Look for a formula at your local health food store with combinations of the following.

Olive Leaves
Shiitake Mushrooms
Cat’s Claw
St. John’s Wort
Lemon Balm
Green Tea
One of the herbs Westi and Lelir grow in their huge garden is a relative of ginger called galangal. Westi dug up some of the fresh root for me when I was there and it smells wonderful. But where ginger is a bit yellow-orange, galangal is white on the inside.
Galangal root is related to ginger... but it’s white on the inside, not yellowish-orange.
In Bali they use galangal to boost the immune system, and treat the flu and colds and reduce fever.
The components are anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral.1,2
Asian specialty stores around the world offer fresh galangal root. Fresh galangal will keep in your refrigerator for three or four days, but after that it starts to break down. That’s why I recommend the dried root.
Crush the dried root and use it as a spice, or cut up the dried root and add it to fish. It tastes great and will help reduce any “fishy” taste.
Galangal is available as an immune-boosting supplement, too. You can get capsules and the root powder, and you can often find it in tinctures mixed with ginger.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD
Al Sears, MD
P.S. – You can also combine 55 micrograms of selenium (it’s involved in making immune cells) and about 2000 mg of Vitamin C with the above herbs.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Can A Berry You’ve Never Heard Of
Keep You Out Of The Old Folks’ Home?
Dear Loyal reader,
As you know, when you lose your ability to take care of yourself, the chances are you could end up in one of those depressing "old folks’ homes."
You know the kind, the ones lined with wheelchairs and filled with sad, lonely faces.
Not a place you want to be.
But there’s a little-known berry extract I use to keep my patients in control of their own lives. It may mean you never have to worry about feeling isolated, bored or separated from your family ever again.
And I’ll bet you’ve never even heard of it.
I discovered a nutrient that’s so effective at helping you live a long, active life, it gets my number one recommendation for staying fit, mobile and independent as you age.
By using this little-known antioxidant, I believe you can avoid the tragedy of being locked away and forgotten when you get older.
Here’s why: It works by changing the messages your genes send to the rest of your body.
That means you can actually "turn on" the genes that promote energy, vitality and long life and "turn off" the genes that cause trouble.
This one nutrient gives you the ability to influence your own genes and how they express themselves. So, even if you have a family history of health concerns, you can have more control over your life and your future.
Five years from now, when everyone else finds out about this, I predict it will be as well-known as CoQ10 or Vitamin D...
But you don’t have to wait that long.
Today I’ll show you how you can use this berry extract right away to:
  • Keep your memory sharp by maintaining key neurotransmitters in your brain...
  • Limit the expression of nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kB), the gene regulator that keeps inflammation normal and healthy...
  • Manage your weight by keeping your blood sugar normalized...
  • Maintain a strong, vigorous heart and cholesterol levels within the normal range...
  • And much more...
Here’s how it works...
Up to 400% More Bioavailable Than Resveratrol
This super-antioxidant, a "phytoalexin" found in grapes and blueberries, is related to the famous "red wine nutrient" resveratrol. But unlike its weaker cousin, this power-house is 4 times more likely to be taken up by your cells.
Studies show this new phytoalexin is more oil-soluble than resveratrol, and that makes it easier to absorb when you take it as a supplement. Recent research papers rank its bioavailability at 80% vs. just 20% for resveratrol... with a 200% to 400% better chance of being used by your cells.
It’s also much more stable. So it stays in your blood even longer than resveratrol: 105 minutes vs. just 14 minutes for resveratrol.
That doesn’t mean resveratrol is useless. In fact, these two nutrients work together. And I’ll show you what I mean in just a moment.
First, I want to show you what this extra "bioavailability" really means for you...
The power of this berry extract... called pterostilbene (terro-STILL-bean)… is its ability to influence HOW your genes express themselves inside your body to benefit your optimal health.
There are gene regulators inside you called peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs).
Resveratrol and pterostilbene "switch on," or increase, the production and activity of PPARs.
That means they launch a set of "commands" that activates the genes that promote excellent health throughout a long life.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The future of free energy is here, the end of the energy barons, war mongers and central bankers will soon follow. So, let's all demand this technology be implemented immediately.

Imagine the technology shown here interfaces with Corning's new Display Glass Technology. This is the future for all of us. Free Energy and Free Thinking, the free interchange of all vital information via a free energy system. This is what I have been working for this past decade and now it s hear in our very faces: Watch this groundbreaking video now and be inspired to start doing something about it CLICK HERE

Plastic and Cancerous Compounds in Tea Bags—A Surprising Source of Potential Toxins

I’ve long advocated drinking tea in lieu of coffee, but the downside of modern food technology is again rearing its ugly head and causing brand new health concerns over this otherwise healthful brew.
A recent article in The Atlantic1 raises questions about the safety of plastic tea bags, some of which have fancy pyramid shapes, designed to allow the tea leaves to unfurl during infusion.
Chances are you’ve never even given the tea bag a second thought. But indeed, some of the newer tea bags are made with a variety of plastics; some are nylon, some are made of viscose rayon, and others are made of thermoplastic, PVC or polypropylene.Read on...

Sunday, April 21, 2013

"It Cleans The Planet As It Supply's Free Energy To All Of Humanity, From Thin Air"

The Searl Effect Generator (SEG) functions along the principles of a linear induction motor (LIM), but designed around a circular track for continuous motion of movable rotors. It is a magnetic prime mover of electromagnetic multi-phased cylindrical rollers over fixed stator rings and free of any mechanical wear or friction.
The SEG’s stators and rollers are magnetic components uniquely magnetized or imprinted with matching magnetic pole patterns.
While the neodymium layer serves as a source or reservoir of electroncharges that are drawn out by electromagnetic induction. These redial currents though the rollers makes for mechnical motion at right angles to both the electric and magnetic fields.Read on...

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Power Of Yoga Against Violent Crime

Yoga and crime are words that are never used together in the same sentence, and this is one reason that I have combined them in this article. thinking of a stereotypical criminal, as someone who does Yoga just doesn't enter one's mind...

Crimes Against India

In his best selling book, author Stephen Knapp writes: "In the darkest of eras that this world has seen and will see in the future, the Vedic tradition, the culture of yoga, will remain India’s gift to the people who inhabit this planet. It is this spiritual culture of Sanatana-dharma that remains the spiritual guide of humanity. This is the reason why India is here, and for the contribution that she makes, and the reason why we must work to protect it."

What About Compulsory Yoga?

When we think of criminals, we think of them as being angry, while Yogi are seen as sedentary and calm. The two are in fact so far apart that it's hard to imagine that someone who regularly undertakes a Yoga class could ever become a criminal. Yoga should perhaps become compulsory in fighting crime?

Teach Large Groups To Relax

All Yoga classes start with simple standing exercises - the exercise is breathing. You can spend a large part of a Yoga class simply concentrating on the reflex action of taking a deep breath, breathing in and feeling the life giving force permeating all the far reaches of the body, and then exhaling it just as deeply and completely. in this simple act of concentrating on your breathing you will experience an unparalleled ability to focus on your mental concentration. This allows us to clear out all unwanted or disturbing thoughts and to restore ourselves to a central point of balance, possibly even on a grander scale?

Yoga Removes Temptations

The Focusing and calming benefits of Yoga breathing exercises can, rapidly and easily clear away all types of temptations and distractions that may lead to criminal acts at least the impulsive ones. Let us imagine the great potential of that on habitual criminals - being able to take a moment before committing the crime, focusing their thoughts and instantly realizing that it is not their best course of action and should rather be avoided.

Most Violence Is Stress Related

In most domestic violence situations, too much stress and strain in a relationship. Statistics indicate that arguments that lead to acts of domestic violence are often the result of 'little things'. The final straw being one of a little thing being the cause, rather than the original big important issue. People should be taught at an early age to insert a mechanism to calm ourselves, sharpen our minds and rationally approach conflict situations. Domestic Violence is a direct result of people 'snapping' at one another. Uncluttering the mind and calming oneself would mean that people would never get to that point.

Using Self Calming Tools

There are other forms of violent crime which are similar to domestic violence - they occur when tensions rise up over time until one person snaps and pulls a knife or throws a punch. With the right self-calming tools in place such criminals would be far less likely to offend.

Why Does A Criminal Commit The Crime?

That is off course assuming that the criminal does not actually want to commit a crime and only does so due to a failure to see an alternative in a certain set of circumstances presenting themselves. If they are hungry and can simply take a loaf of bread they do so, or if they feel threatened, disrespected or unappreciated and see striking out as their only options. A calculating mind making a career of criminal activities would not benefit from Yoga because each crime is carefully pre-meditated.

Most people are familiar with the physical side and have at least heard of the mental and spiritual benefits of yoga, but very few know that the exercises that form the basis of Yoga are only the Western Worlds own interpretation of Yoga. Traditionally Indian Yoga includes an entire philosophy on how to treat one another and to live our lives. If criminals also followed this aspect of Yoga it would be possible to see crime disappear. One can only dream...

Do you have a Utopian dream? why not share it here

If You're So Smart, Why Are You So Fat?

.If we’re all so darn smart, then how come we are we so fat? Perhaps not every individual, but as humanity, we are definitely fat, since 70% of the adult population of the world is currently overweight or obese. : it’s not because we don’t know what to do. We know about hormones, for example. We’ve probably heard a thousand times just how important hormones are for weight loss

Just Hold On A Bit...

If it’s so simple, why do so many of us have so much trouble doing it?
Why, in spite of the huge amount of information showing that high-glycemic carbohydrates (sugar) contribute directly to weight gain, cancer and also heart disease, do so many of us continue to binge on the very foods that make us tired, sick, depressed and fat? Why, in fact, do we continue to overindulge in cookies, chips, pasta, candies, ice cream, donuts and cereal, while ignoring the truth about them? Why do we keep finding these foods irresistible? And why do we ignore all the known facts about them, just as a cigarette smoker ignores the connection between lung cancer and tobacco?
You probably also already know that insulin “the fat storage hormone”—is produced by our bodies in response to elevated blood sugar levels. These elevations in blood sugar are created, whenever you wolf down carbohydrates—particularly the high-glycemic, high-sugar processed carbs we all love so much. The solution is easy, right? Simply cut out the carbs!

The Fact Is, Your Brain has Been Hijacked...
All the “pleasure centers” in your brain have literally been hijacked.
We have lost control of a primitive biological switch buried deep in the recesses of our brains that control what we pay attention to, how we act and most importantly, what we eat. This the “impulse control switch” I like to call it and for most of us, it’s gone completely haywire and we find ourselves eating precisely the things we know we should avoid at all cost.

A recent workshop conducted in Southern California, one woman described her own struggles with junk food: “I’d find myself obsessing about Haagen-Dazs,” she said. “I wasn’t hungry. I didn’t even want the ice cream. But I got excited about driving to the supermarket and buying it. The anticipation turned me on. The ice cream was almost an afterthought.”

This woman illustrates a very important point: eating and the desire to eat are two completely different things and involve separate mechanisms in your brain. How this happens, is simple, It’s all controlled by a brain chemical called dopamine. Dopamine controls pleasure and contributes to your brain’s “reward circuitry” for food and any other desirable thoughts.

When Your Impulse Control Switch Gets Flipped in the Wrong Direction...

Dopamine’s role is to keep you totally focused on getting things that are critical for the survival of the species – likesex, food and shelter. We feel intense pleasure when we go after those things – this is fueled entirely by dopamine.

There is only one problem that we’ve discovered, we have developed a few sneaky ways to trick our brains into releasing dopamine to get a fake chemical “high”... for example, with alcohol and cigarettes or drugs. This so called “rush” you get from these things is also fueled entirely by dopamine. It’s the biological reason you get hooked.

As it turns out, the dopamine factories that get ignited when you drink a cold beer or inject heroin are exactly same ones that fire up when you eat sugar or high-sugar foods! In fact, some studies are showing that sugar is MORE addictive than cocaine. This startling fact was recently discussed by Dr. Oz on his show.

In today’s world with highly-addictive food everywhere, our dopamine factories light up like Christmas lights, our brains are hijacked and we become totally helpless to resist that mouth-watering plate of deep fried, golden french fries that’s calling our name!

Have You Been Attacked by a Dopamine Bomb?

Addiction experts refer to things that create these “dopamine bombs” as “super-stimuli”.
The everyday things that flood your brain with feel-good dopamine, are things like drugs, alcohol, skydiving, the internet, "adult" videos, and sugar, are literally super-sized versions of everyday experiences. If you do them often enough you eventually become desensitized to anything that doesn’t produce that same massive dopamine rush.

Your brain becomes re-programmed in a very bad way and leaves you wanting – in fact, needing – more and more of these dopamine-spiking substances to get the same high effect. What this means, is that your cravings for refined carbs, for sugar and all of the other things that make you sick and fat, go right through the roof and becomes almost impossible to resist!

Here’s the catch – for just about everyone, When you are repeated exposed to them, it disables the behavior control switch that says “enough!”
That means that even when you don’t see yourself as an “addict” with an addictive personality, you can and will still suffer the same consequences of being attacked by dopamine bombs, whether from drugs, alcohol and more especially, food.

Can One Really Be Addicted to Food?

The same impulse control switch that drives many people to cocaine addiction also works to make you obsess over rewarding foods.
IMPORTANT: Don’t, for one second that this doesn’t apply to you because you are not an “addict”. This applies to every single human being without you even knowing it! That’s exactly why so many people can’t understand why they cannot keep their weight off for good.

The more tasty and pleasurable a food, the more attention you give it and the more attention you give it, the more passionately you seek it out. Unfortunately, these rewarding foods are exactly the ones that spike your blood sugar, which causes your insulin to soar, and ultimately flip off your fat-burning hormonal switch, and that's when you become sick and fat.

It’s the dopamine which fuels your drive to go out and make a grab for the Haagen-Dazs or a Cinnabon and it’s also responsible for making you feel like nothing else will satisfy you. That's one seriously powerful brain chemical ...

Pair the delicious, palatable food with a powerful emotional stimuli—say, that wonderful memory of eating your mother’s pecan nut pie—and those powerful associations release so much dopamine that your reward circuits become totally and utterly hijacked and your willpower doesn’t stand a chance.

Friday, April 19, 2013

"Global Poverty Is On The Verge Of Being Eradicated"

Bono chooses Prezi at TED 2013

In his recent TED Talk, U2 frontman and ONE founder Bono chose Prezi to make a startling announcement: global poverty is on the verge of being eradicated. Bono "embraces his inner nerd" and shares inspiring data that shows the end of poverty is in sight if we can harness the momentum.
Bono uses his celebrity to fight for social injustice and an end to famine, poverty, and disease, especially in Africa. His nonprofit ONE raises awareness of extreme poverty via media and calls to action.
Watch Bono present at TED 2013 using Prezi and explore the prezi he created.Watch this inspirational video...video