This cancer-causing food additive in many "health" foods could be increasing your pain & inflammation

Are you eating the proven carcinogenic (Cancer causing) food additive, Carrageenan?

Chances are yes, and you don't even realize it because it's everywhere in our food supply.

 

What is Carrageenan, anyway?

Well, it's a derivative from seaweed that's processed with an alkaline solution and then used for "gelling" and stabilizing food products.

It's used as a thickener in countless items, such as dairy products, sauces, soups, and packaged foods of all kinds.

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Ingredients: Heavy Cream, Skim Milk, Mono and Diglycerides, Polysorbate 80, Carrageenan.

 

Considering the cancer causing properties of degraded carrageenan in animal models, and the cancer-promoting effects of food grade carrageenan, the widespread use of it is deeply unsettling.


In fact, in all of human history, it's never been a food humans ate.....until now.  That alone, should give us pause.

In scientific studies over the last 30 years it has been shown to cause:

  • Large bowel ulceration

  • Ulcerative colitis

  • Fetal toxicity & birth defects

  • Colorectal cancer

  • Glucose intolerance and insulin resistance

  • Inflammation

  • Liver cancer

  • Immune suppression

  • Promoting the growth of abnormal colon glands, which are precursors to polyps

The Cornucopia Institute stated:
“Animal studies have repeatedly shown that food-grade carrageenan causes gastrointestinal inflammation and higher rates of intestinal lesions, ulcerations, and even malignant tumors."

Carrageenan is banned in Europe, although the FDA seems unconcerned with it being used in large amounts in our food.

They claim that up to 5% of it's safe, but there is no way of knowing how much is in your food; especially when you're eating multiple items per day that likely contain carrageenan.

Besides, do you want to eat a food that has to be tracked to avoid going over the 5% limit and causing cancer?

Not to mention; this 5% number completely disregards or ignores the must vulnerable....... anyone with poor health, autoimmune disease, and lowered immune systems who are all likely to have permeable guts (leaky gut).

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In fact, for anyone with less than perfect health, there is likely to be inflammation from anything we can't digest (even if another person can eat it, seemingly unharmed).

The Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (formed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization) advised against the continued use of carrageenan, and it was recently removed from the National List of approved additives in organic food.

However, it's very common for there to be a 20 year gap between the time research comes to light and a corresponding change in the marketplace, so it's not really surprising that despite clear evidence of increased risk of inflammation and cancer ....... it's still being used everywhere.

Many bloggers and journalist participate in this problem by spreading mass misinformation either because of bias, or ignorance (by not doing their research) and will claim it's safe simply because the FDA has allowed it.

But as anyone who actually takes the time to look at the evidence will see; it's very damning. 

Carrageenan is not a health food, adds no flavor or nutrition and at best, it simply allows food manufactures to produce lower quality foods which impair nutrient absorption and send you running to the toilet.

My advice?

Simply eat real food, not isolated compounds that exist solely to increase sales for the food industry. 

Often, when food products are made in a lab, we cause biological reactions that could never be predicted based on the components of the original food source.

Time and time again, we see health catastrophes arising because nutrition and safety are overlooked when the primary objective is to simply to make food cheaper, and longer-lasting.

So, don't ask for cheaper food; ask for better food. 

Think of it this way; would you rather the food be long-lasting, or YOU?

And don't be fooled by the claims that carrageenan is just seaweed, or that it's "all-natural", and therefore safe.  

For one; the word "natural' has long been corrupted by the food industry, but two; there's a fundamental difference between an isolated compound, and it's originating source. 

For instance.....Cocaine is simply an isolated compound from an all-natural source; the coca leaf.

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The source and the end product are nothing alike.

And not to be the bearer of bad news, but there's now over 10,000 additives approved by the FDA in our food, so carrageenan is actually just one of many food safety problems.


The good news:


The solution to all this is actually very simple......just eat what nature's already made available to us, such as whole proteins, veggies and fruits.

Avoid engineered, processed, packaged foods whenever possible and focus on real, whole foods.

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Want to know which "health foods" might be making you sick? Opt-in for the cheatsheet above, and learn the top 3 "health foods" recommended by experts that actually cause weight gain, hormone disruption, anxiety and fatigue.

 

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Science and Belief combine in the area of consciousness.

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Your belief system shifts your biology.

Your beliefs tell your subconscious what's possible, and that dictates your decisions, thoughts, actions, fears and hopes.

Most people are aware their biochemistry and hormonal make-up affect their thoughts; but forget their thoughts affect their biochemistry, and hormones. 

It's a two-way street.

This isn’t woo-woo stuff; the science is irrefutable.

Changes in thinking have improved everything from migraine headaches, to cancer.

In studies the placebo affect alone can account for as much as a 1/3rd improvement in pain/symptoms.

But it goes both ways. 

Every notice when you’re stressed your more likely to get sick, or get a flare-up? 

How you think influences your hormones, which affects inflammation, sleep quality, mood, energy, digestion, immunity, brain function and metabolism.

The relationship between your mindset and your physical body has been proven countless times over.

If you don't believe thoughts affect your physical body; stop and think about the "butterflies" when nervous........that's simply a physical reaction to how you feel emotionally, or what you’ve been thinking.

A simple thought can physically control you; for better or for worse. 

Your central nervous system relies on YOUR interpretation of your physical environment, and your subconscious doesn't know the difference between a memory, a fantasy, a feeling, or reality.

Your body only knows “fight/flight/fear” or “rest/relax/repair”.

So whether you’re actually running away from a murderer, or you're stressed out because of relationship, or work issues; your body doesn't know the difference.

When your body is stressed your immune system is more likely to "overreact" and your body redirects energy and blood flow away from important stuff like digestion, and cellular regeneration, to your heart and muscles to prepare for the perceived "emergency".

Many of us are so adapted to the stress state we don't even realize we are in it.

Symptoms of stress include:

Dry skin, inflamed skin
Dry eyes
White tongue
Poor sleep
Poor digestion
Feeling tired but "wired"
Joint pain
Headaches
Mood swings
Overthinking/brain fog
Anxiety/apathy
Cold hands and feet

If you want to live a long healthy, happy life, start by controlling your mind.

Master your mindset, and avoid toxic food, people and places that make you stressed.

And if those situations are unavoidable; avoid letting it affect you.

We can't always control what happens to us, but we CAN ALWAYS control how we respond to it; and what we choose to focus on.

This is why happiness, peace, joy and pleasant thoughts are actually a factor of habit; not a factor of circumstance.

It doesn't mean you don't attempt to improve your situation; but it DOES mean you always have a choice about what you focus on.

No matter the situation; this is possible.

You may think that sounds incredulous depending on what you're going through; but we can learn a lot from Victor Frankl.

In his book "Man search for meaning" he describes how he was imprisoned in a nazi concentration camp, made to march miles through the winter snow with NO shoes on and only 1 piece of bread daily to survive on, and all human dignity and freedom stripped away......................Yet he realized he still had one freedom.

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He could choose what he focused on and how he experienced his life.

He choose to focus on how much he loved his wife; even though he didn't know if she was alive or dead, and that transported him away from his torture.

NO one but YOU can take away your happy place; your peace, your joy, your mindset; and what you choose to focus on.

Frankl had every reason to hate his life, and feel nothing but anger but he realized not only does that not help anything...... it makes it worse.

He decided he would not let his feelings be controlled by circumstance.

If good circumstances alone brought happiness, we wouldn't see beautiful, successful, wealthy people in good relationships committing suicide. 

Happiness is an inside job; no one else can make you happy, no circumstances can make you happy, no job, money or accomplishment can do it.

What you focus on grows.

Worrying is simply a habit of focusing on what YOU DON'T want.

So break that habit by choosing to focus on what you DO want, and over time that focus will affect what you believe and how you feel. 

Don't wait your whole life for happiness.

It's in you; and it is always available to you (if you allow yourself to experience it).

If you need help learning how to break the habit of focusing on what you DON’T want, click below to get my Mindset and Affirmations Guide.

In it, I show you how to use affirmations to “re-wire” your brain to focus on what you DO want instead.


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Fear does not stop death; it stops life

Fear, worry, and stress ruled my life for a long time (nearly a decade), but I've now conquered them long-term.

I didn't even know it was possible to be where I am today, so I want to share some of what helped me, in hopes it will help you too!

I believe dietary factors have the biggest effect on both physical and mental health, but emotions are a VERY close 2nd, and are intertwined with health in every way.

They have the ability to  be our worst enemy, or our greatest ally, depending on how we use them.

One of the biggest shifts for me was when I realized both faith, and fear are simply choices to be made.

No one can make you, or force you to be fearful.  

Only YOU have the power to decide which one you will choose; faith, or fear. 

Take it from Victor Frankl, a holocost survivor.  If he can do it, we all can.  
After reading his book, "Man's search for meaning" I had a brand new understanding about mind over matter and the true power of thought choice. 

There are people like hime, whom we can learn from.....people who even in the face of certain doom; have shown it's possible to choose how one feels.

And once you can do that; you're in control of your whole existence, and life. 

I also found the classic book by Dale Carnegie, "How to stop worrying and start living" very helpful.  



You can find the entire audio version of it for free on youtube, and it's also on Amazon.


Another great turning point in my life was learning the concept of "learned helplessness" and becoming aware of it.

I'm not a fan of animal studies, but there's an incredibly helpful lesson to be learned from a particular one done on rats and survival. 

In the study,  the term "learned helplessness" was developed after watching the effect hope (faith), or fear had on different rat's survival rates.
 
The rats were put into barrels of water and made to swim.
Some were allowed to escape and climb out; while others drowned.

The rats who saw others drown often quickly gave up in a matter of minutes (feeling it was hopeless).

BUT!
The rats who saw other rats climb out of the barrel would continue to swim for days, determined to get out, knowing what was possible. 
Some rats swam so long the scientists got tired of waiting and simply pulled them out, ending the study. 

So, what the rats "believed" was a matter of life and death.

Believing escape was possible resulted in survival, while hopelessness resulted in death.

I despise animal studies; but love the lesson learned from this, which is:  

What you believe MATTERS, and more importantly what you believe is up to you, it’s in your power.
Not your circumstances!

Another tragic but true example:   Grown elephants can easily break their chains, but by using bigger chains on them as babies, once they’re grown and strong they still believe they are stuck………..so they don’t even try.


Another tragic but true example:

Grown elephants can easily break their chains, but by using bigger chains on them as babies, once they’re grown and strong they still believe they are stuck………..so they don’t even try.

The right belief can either save you, or kill you! 
Your choice. 

This is not to blame anyone for their situation; but to empower them.
You are NOT helpless, and not beyond help, or out of control.

The next time worry, stress or anxiety get to you; remember that you ARE in complete control of your thoughts. 

What you focus on grows. 

You can't be fearful and hopeful at the same time.......so decide to be hopeful, and grateful.

Have faith. 

There is so much you don't have control over, but you do have control over YOU.

At the end of your life,  will you think to yourself "gosh.....I wish I worried and stressed more"

Of course not.

You're much more likely to think "I wish I'd worried less, and smiled a little more". 

Your true moment of power is now, so focus on being present, and not living the future, or the past. 

Do something TODAY that your future self will thank you for....

What I've found helpful: 

Fixing gut health and balancing hormones will literally give you different thoughts and renew your mind. 

Did you know your gut is often referred to as your 2nd brain for this reason?
Many of your hormones are generated there and it can either be your "rest and relax" hormones, or stress hormones depending on your diet and digestion. 

Any food you can't digest will raise your stress hormones and likely contribute to endotoxin poisoning which severely effects mood, and thought life, not to mention energy, focus and motivation. 

Things that improve gut health include:

  • Supplementing with coconut oil (up to several spoons a day)

  • Eating plenty of salt to taste (improves digestion and lowers bacterial load)

  • 400 IU's of vitamin E

  • Eating enough calories to keep the stress response down (especially in the form of fresh ripe fruits)

  • Eating enough protein for the liver to detoxify and eliminate excess stress hormones, such as estrogen

  • Eating easy to digest foods (no nuts, seeds or grains)

  • Activated charcoal which is an amazingly helpful remedy for bad mood, fatigue, bloating, etc. because it reduces endotoxin load and bacterial excess. Some people will take several spoonfuls at a time to cleanse their system.

  • Slowing down breathing (breathing too many breaths per minute lowers your co2 which raises stress)

  • Anything that boosts the metabolic rate without raising stress will help lower inflammation

Also, any type of creativity, progress, and learning in general, can lower stress, expand the mind and inspire and generate hope.

Don't spend too much time alone OR with toxic people, if possible.

Spend lots of time DOING things; not analyzing.

Even if you're bedridden, you can be learning online, or through audiobooks.

Guard your mind from negativity.

Life is short; so choose and prioritize what you focus on, and give your energy and attention to.

Always ask yourself, is what I'm doing right now draining, or uplifting? 

*Hint - obsessing/stressing about world politics which you have no control over, or any type of future "what if's" is very draining and not helpful.  

Focusing on that which you DO have control over, such as; your health, your creativity, personal relationships, your work, your household, etc.

These can be very energizing by giving you "small wins" which will build faith, instead of fear, hope instead of hopelessness. 

 

Why my rheumatologist, doctor and surgeon were all ignorant about nutrition and dietary solutions

Why my rheumatologist, doctor and surgeon were all ignorant about nutrition and dietary solutions

I will never forget the moment after my diagnosis, still shocked and horrified that I was crippled with arthritis in my early 20's as I asked my doctor with tears in my eyes,


"Can anything could be done?.......Could I change my diet perhaps?........Was there something I could be doing differently in my lifestyle?"

He replied, "No, diet has nothing to do with what's causing this. No one knows exactly what causes it; but it's likely genetic, which we can't do anything about".


He said it with so much finality, and even sighed in slight exasperation, as if it were a silly question to be asking.


This made me burst into tears, full on sobbing in public at the realization of the finality, and hopelessness of my disease.


Or so I thought