What is The World’s Healthiest/Ideal Diet? by Frederic Patenaude

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What is The World’s Healthiest/Ideal Diet? by Frederic Patenaude

When I say “ideal,” I’m only going to talk about health.

I’m not going to consider how difficult this diet may be to follow, or how practical it may be. I’m not going to talk about the disadvantages of following a diet when it comes to social outings, the availability of foods where you live, or even taste.

Of course, not taking everything into account is an important part of the equation.

Our lives are about more than just food. Our lives are also about our social interactions, our stress levels, our level of happiness, and so on.

It makes sense to ask what the healthiest diet in the world is, and then come to our own conclusions about applying said diet.

What compromises are we willing to make, and what are the consequences of those compromises?
So, this is not an easy question to answer.
What is ideal? We want to know what diet will lead to the greatest level of health with the fewest chances of developing any disease, resulting in sustained energy, longevity and other positive outcomes.

In exposing this ideal diet, I’m not going to give you all of my reasonings because that would take up too much space. I have already written lots of other articles and there is plenty of documentation on this. Many people will disagree with my conclusions, but that leaves space for future debates.

What’s Included

The ideal diet is composed of the following categories of food as its basis:

Raw Fruits: Raw fruits are a great source of energy. They are low in toxins. They’re pretty much the ideal source of carbohydrates. Although some people speak out against fruit because of its sugar content, ultimately all carbohydrates are turned into simple sugars for energy production in the body. Fruit is simply a more sustainable, nourishing source of energy. It contains many, not just one, types of sugar combined with many different types of fiber, both soluble and insoluble (which means that the sugars in the fruit are absorbed at a slow rate). That’s why fruit is quite low on the glycemic index compared to other foods.Fruit is nourishing. Therefore, eating too much fruit can indeed make you fat because your body will burn the calories from fruit before burning anything else (including body fat). The same could be said of other forms of carbohydrates. As for dietary fat, it is stored directly as fat in the body. Eating more calories from any source can lead to excess weight, but if you prefer whole fruits instead of other calorie sources, it will be easy to maintain your weight, because fruit is relatively low in caloric density.

Fruit is particularly healthy because of its antioxidants and because it is alkaline-forming. “Alkaline-forming” means that the minerals left over from digestion are primarily alkaline, like calcium, and they’re not acid-forming in the body. Most foods that are commonly consumed tend to be slightly or very acid-forming, but fruits and vegetables are an exception.

Green Leafy Vegetables: I put green leafy vegetables in a different category because they’ve got quite a different profile than other vegetables (especially starchy vegetables like potatoes and carrots). Green vegetables are a great source of so many vitamins and minerals, including calcium, and they prevent disease in general. They’re filling, nourishing, and very important to include in our diets.

Non-Starchy Vegetables: Low-sugar vegetables include things like zucchinis, cucumbers, tomatoes (yes, I know those are fruit but we will include them in this category for clarity’s sake), summer squash and other juicy or water-rich vegetables. Those vegetables are full of minor minerals and vitamins, and are also very alkaline-forming.

Starchy Vegetables: I rate starchy vegetables higher than grains or beans because they’re alkaline-forming. They’re also much easier to digest than grains and beans. As a source of energy, they’re absolutely outstanding. Some examples: white potatoes and sweet potatoes. Contrary to popular belief, those foods do not promote weight gain. It would be extremely difficult to eat too many white potatoes if one is not adding other calorie-rich condiments. (Of course, consuming more calories than you burn of anything can lead to weight gain).

Beans: They must be cooked, so therefore they’re slightly less ideal than the previously mentioned, mostly raw foods. Beans are very low on the glycemic index. They’re extremely rich in nutrients and an ideal source of protein and energy. All long-lived cultures in the world consume beans!

Nuts and Seeds: Because of their fat content, nuts and seeds were not the very first items on this list. However, they’re excellent for health as long as they’re limited to small quantities. All studies show that nuts and seeds are excellent for cardiovascular health and weight control, but they must be limited. I also include in this category avocado and other plant-based whole fats, like oils.

Whole Grains: I do include whole grains in the list of ideal foods because of their convenience. Ideally speaking, the best carbohydrate sources are fruits, starchy vegetables and beans. However, grains complete the list, even though they’re slightly acid-forming. Grains do not promote weight gain as long as they’re consumed according to your energy needs, but they can, when consumed in excess, contribute to weight gain because it is easy to consume a lot of refined grains, like white rice.Ideally, avoid refined grains. Like the carbohydrates in fruit, they’re burned off first as energy before any other sources, including your own body fat. That’s why eating more calories than you need from all carbohydrate sources can lead to weight gain or slow down your weight loss. That also goes for any other foods. Most cultures in the world eat some types of grains and all the studies show that whole grains are extremely healthy. However, their nutritional profile is not as ideal as the one of starchy vegetables and fruit.

Foods Not Included

I’m talking about strictly an ideal diet here. An ideal diet is a diet where we place no consideration on pleasure or social aspects, simply what is healthiest. Therefore, yes, my list of non-ideal foods will be pretty extensive, but we’ll talk about how to make sense of it all after.

Animal Foods: In my opinion, animal foods are not part of the ideal diet. I just don’t buy the arguments of those who criticize the vegetarian or vegan diet. The vegans who run into health problems usually make the same mistakes: eating refined foods, eating too much fat, not eating a whole-food diet, not supplementing with B12, not getting enough calories. Consuming something like 5% of total calories from animal foods will probably not lead to health problems. This percentage is much higher in Western countries.

Salt: Salt isn’t part of an ideal diet. The arguments for salt are not that compelling, when you consider that so many cultures in the world have lived very well without it (with blood pressures that leave Western doctors to gasp in astonishment and disbelief). When you include plenty of green vegetables in your diet and all of the foods that I’ve mention previously, you will get at least 300-600mg of sodium a day, occurring naturally. This could be the ideal level for human beings. It will take time to adapt, but it pays off in lower blood pressure and improved health overall.

Refined foods: The ideal diet is simple: it doesn’t include any refined oils. Oils have been extracted and are pure fat without any of the fiber and associated nutrients in the whole foods they come from. The ideal diet also doesn’t contain strong condiments like hot peppers that can disturb digestion.

Caffeine: The world functioned long before coffee was invented, as caffeine is not an essential nutrient. It’s a stimulant that ultimately robs you of energy.

Now that I’ve laid out the list of ideal foods and non-ideal foods, ultimately we have to decide what we want to do with it. I personally have the hardest time giving up salt and caffeine — and haven’t been able to do it completely yet. I’m willing to accept that I may never be able to give up those substances completely.

The same goes for making any other type of compromise.

We have to enjoy our diets, but also be aware of the health detriments and benefits. An ideal diet does not necessarily need any juices or smoothies or any blended foods, but those can improve assimilation in individuals that have difficulty digesting raw fruits and vegetables.

Finally, how raw should be the ideal diet? My answer nowadays is pretty simple. The ideal diet is as raw as possible, providing that it easily meets your energy needs.

Ultimately, in health results, there’s not that much difference between a raw food diet and a cooked food diet as long as you stick with the list of ideal foods. The raw food diet has the added benefit of ease of digestion and of being very low in caloric density, which makes it extremely easy compared with other diets to maintain weight.

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Bad Teeth? The Surprising True Cause – by Frederic Patenaude

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Bad Teeth? The Surprising True Cause – by Frederic Patenaude

Ever since our childhood, we’ve heard the same basic advice about dental health, which can be summarized as follows:

“Brush after meals, use floss, avoid sweets and see the dentist every six months.”

It turns out that this advice is in large part useless and does not truly work.

How do I know this?

Apart from the fact that dentist offices are filled with people who have tried to follow this advice to the best of their ability, and yet find themselves again and again in the dentist chair, fixing more problems, I’ve had my own personal journey that led me to question this precept.

In 2001, I got extremely bad news from my dentist. After living exclusively on a raw food diet and had been doing so for almost three years, I got some sobering news from my dentist: I had developed 19 cavities.

At the time, fixing all of those teeth cost more than I could afford, and was also painful and traumatizing.

After that experience, I kept on eating a raw food diet, but I cleaned it up. I paid real attention to my dental hygiene. I flossed every day and brushed after every meal. I had all of my teeth fixed.

I thought… “Things will be much better on my next dentist’s appointment.”

One day, less than two years later, I was eating a grape and while chewing around the seed, one of my filings broke.

So I went to the dentist again, this time, to a holistic dentist in Montreal who practiced mercury-free dentistry. I thought that maybe I would have a cavity or two, but not more than that.

When the dentist examined my mouth, I heard him mention all of these tooth names to his assistant, and it didn’t sound very good. I knew I was in trouble again. Finally, I got the news that again, I had around 20 cavities!

I was absolutely devastated.

I thought I had done everything right. I had been brushing my teeth religiously. I had eliminated most of the junk raw food I was eating before.

But I had been traumatized by this experience. Again, I had to go through the pain and humiliation of getting my teeth fixed.

I decided to go on a personal quest, to find out what I could to to stop this, and never get another cavity or dental problem again.

What I Discovered In My Research

First, I interviewed about half a dozen dentists, who seemed incapable of giving me a single piece of advice I hadn’t already heard before.

– Don’t eat sweets
– Brush after every meal
– Use a fluoride toothpaste (some avoided this and told me the opposite)
– Eat a small piece of cheese after every meal, to neutralize the acidity
– Etc, etc.

I was trying my best to apply the so-called principles of dental hygiene, but things were not progressing in the right direction.

And I was worried.

Because dental disease may start with cavities, but it eventually progresses to worst stages. Gums are affected, pockets form, inflammation starts, and teeth are eventually at risk of falling off.

I did NOT want any of that to happen to me.

One day, everything changed.

I came across a program by a certain Dr. Nara on how to prevent dental problems for life. Dr. Nara was a controversial dentist who ran into some trouble with the dentist associations by writing about the true cause of dental disease, and also teaching people how to become dentally self-sufficient.

I tried Dr. Nara’s methods, and surprisingly, they worked! In fact, my dentist was totally shocked by the results.

I had some cavities that were starting to form, and they had stopped in their track and the teeth had re-enamilized. My dentist said that this was something that was possible theoretically but that he had never seen it before on a patient.

He told me: “You must have changed something. You don’t have any cavities. Your teeth are doing great!”

That was about 10 years ago, and since then, I have carefully applied Dr. Nara’s advice while continuing to research the topic. I now believe that the entire field of dentistry has misled the public for years by never truly explaining the true cause of dental problems and how to not only prevent them, but also reverse them.

I was so taken by this research that I wanted to share it with the world. So years ago, I worked with the publishers of Dr. Nara’s books to acquire the publishing rights, so I could spread this controversial knowledge to more people.

The Surprising Cause Behind Bad Teeth

Let me summarize it: We’re dealing with a transmittable disease. It is essentially a war against bacteria. You win or you lose the war. It’s that simple.

The enemy, the acid-producing bacteria that cause dental decay, organize into colonies. Once they get entrenched, it’s very hard to get them out into a normal, free flowing state where they can’t cause much damage.

Standard dental hygiene advice is not enough to bring the bacteria count to a lower level.

Instead, you have to take more aggressive (but careful) action, by implementing a daily “super-hygiene” routine.

With this super-hygiene routine, I discovered that I could control approximately 90% of my dental health, with the other 10% being influenced by diet. So diet does matter, but it is not the primary CAUSE of dental problems.

What dentists don’t talk about are important things such as:

– Controling acidity in the mouth
– Using xylitol products to reduce the bacterial count
– Why certain mouth rinses are important and how to use them
– Exactly how to brush your teeth for maximum results

Why Raw Foodists Have Bad Teeth

It seems that dental health is the Achilles’ heel of the raw food diet. A Germany study, published in 1999, even proved that raw foodists do experience more dental erosion than the general population.

Why is that?

For the same reason why everyone has problems with their teeth. The only difference is that the raw food diet includes more frequent fuel to the fire.

The fire is the bacterial count.

The fuel is the foods we eat, especially single sugars that are common in raw food diet.

Once you understand this simple concept, you’ll be able to eradicate decay for life. You have to extinguish the fire! Just controlling the fuel is not enough.

What happens is that when people move into the raw-food diet, they are basically a time-bomb as far as their dental health is concerned. Their bacteria count is a little toohigh, but not high enough to cause major problems.

Suddenly, they dump a bunch of sugar into their mouths. This sugar creates a giant feast for the bacteria who feed on them.

So in that sense, the introduction of a higher quantity of natural sugar is the determining factor. This sugar can be in various forms. There is no difference between white sugar and banana sugar when it comes to increasing the bacteria count in the mouth!

If your oral environment is really clean… it doesn’t really matter if you eat dates all day. If the bacteria count is low, you can do that without problems.

So although the *precipitating* factor that creates problem for raw-foodists is the introduction of more sugar, the *real* problem are the underlying issues, so the bacteria count! Like I said, 90% of the problems can be solved by dental hygiene alone, and 10% is diet-specific.

The only way to prevent dental decay for life and reverse a bad situation is to take active control of your oral environment. Just controlling your diet does not address the root of the problem.

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Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet – Interview with Andrew Vajda; Owner of GMOFree Vitamins

My Comments: A while ago, I was searching for a pure Vitamin C powder for a protocol I was doing for improving the health of my teeth. I checked on Amazon and ordered the product and was very satisfied with it, especially that it was certified non-GMO. I have already ordered twice and left my comments about it on amazon and then received a thank you email from Andrew. I then asked him to send me another package and I would do a review of it for my youtube channel (link is below) and also have Andrew answer some questions to know more about the person and the product. Thanks, Andrew!

For the twenty-sixth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Andrew Vajda, owner of GMOFree Vitamins, in business selling on Amazon since December 2013.

Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

After learning how to treat my own asthma and allergies in 2005, I travelled to meet and interview Orthomolecular medicine practitioners in the US, Canada and England. I filmed interviews with a dozen doctors and a few of their patients. I haven’t yet been able to raise the funds for the post production of a documentary about these interviews but along the way I realized that 90% of the vitamin C on the market is made in China, which of course leads to questions about content and purity. Out of the 5 main vitamin C producers in the US, all use GMO corn. That left only one company in the UK making non GMO vitamin C outside of China. Unfortunately, products are labeled made in the US just because they were packaged here (with mostly foreign ingredients).

I decided to open my company because that was the only way to get the vitamin C from the UK for myself and my family and friends. I imagined if we were interested others would be too, so I took a chance and made this product available on Amazon a year and a half ago.

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

Well since any food or health related product would inevitably run out. The only hope would be to bring a small fruit tree and seeds to start a garden and survive long term, plus enough food to survive until the gardens produced. then a solar water desalination kit. There are very modest ones that counts basically of a large black pot that uses the sun for a whole day to produce enough water for one person to survive. Finally a spearfishing gun or fishing pole to be able to have a back up source of food.

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

The title of my documentary will be “Primal Flaw”, the idea the title highlights is that the reason man suffers so much from disease is that we lost the ability to make our own vitamin C whereas most mammals turn sugar into vitamin C as needed, when they are sick or stressed or injured, that production goes up until the stress passes. Doctors that mimicked the animal model where able to heal people from most of our common afflictions, heart disease, premature aging, cholesterol, viral and bacteriological attacks, the list goes on and on. To best learn how to use vitamin C correctly, google “Dr Robert Cathcart, Titrating to bowel tolerance”

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

I’m pretty sure my answer to #3 covers this one too! :) Of course if you can’t get your hands on C, a good dose of a fat soluble antioxidant such as d3 or E or Omega 3 will do a pretty good job in the meantime. I actually take these as well to protect me through the night when you’re not taking C. What most people don’t realize is that vitamin C has a very short half life, 30 minutes, so in 2 hours you have very little left. A dose in the morning just doesn’t protect you throughout most of the day. The best thing is to make a bottle of water with a dose that you’ll drink throughout the day and stop before evening. The dose that makes you feel well but doesn’t cause intestinal gurgling nor diarrhea. That’s explained in detail in Dr Cathcart’s protocol mentioned above.

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

For the moment we only sell our non GMO vitamin C powder made in the UK. We just finally started selling enough volume to upgrade our packaging and will now concentrate on trying to make our product available through more channels. We will be reaching out to the main vitamin sites online as well as private networks used by naturopaths and MDs.

Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

That we step away from nuclear power and oil immediately. Our ecosystem can’t continue to survive all the damage we are causing.

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

Linus Pauling, one of the greatest minds that the world has ever known. A founding father in many fields including chemistry, biology, quantum physics, and many more. He spent the last 30 years of his life as a champion for vitamin C and was the only person ever to receive two unshared nobel prizes. One in chemistry for defining the nature of the chemical bond and one for peace for convincing a thousand scientists worldwide to petition an end to atmospheric testing of nuclear bombs.

Question #8: Is there anything else you would like to share with the public?

Whatever ailment you may face, first search online for orthomolecular medicine and your ailment. The website http://www.doctoryourself.com is a great first place to look. The author Andrew Saul is the chief editor of the Orthomolecular journal of medicine and his site is free of advertising.

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Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet – Interview with Marco Ramirez; Sales Manager of Living Clay Company

My Comments:. I found this company at Expo West 2015 in Anaheim, CA. I spoke with a woman, Cindy P. who was helping out in the booth and she was very knowledgeable on the Living Clay and has been using it for her own health challenges, with very successful results. I decided that I wanted to try it out myself, along with some of their other products. I contacted the company and they were amenable to sending me samples to review. Check out below for the link to my youtube channel where I will have 2 videos posted: an introduction to Living Clay and my review.

For the twenty-fifth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to
Marco Ramirez, Sales Manager of The Living Clay Company in business since 2008.

Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

After being an acid indigestion sufferer for years and not finding any relief with traditional medications, I was introduced to clay. After taking my first swing of clay, I had the best burp of my life feeling instant relief and my life was changed! I also used to have really bad back acne, probably for the same reasons I was suffering from the acid indigestion, but I noticed that after taking clay for about a week, my skin completely cleared up without actually putting any clay on my back! This was my “come to clay moment”. After learning more about clay and realizing the power of balancing and detoxing the body, I was hooked and I made it a personal mission to help spread the word of this amazing natural substance. Six years later, I’m now the Sales Manager for the company.

I asked Marco to expand a bit more on when he started using the clay and what protocol he used at first and what he does know. This overlaps some with the information above.

I have been drinking clay since 2009, almost every day. It’s the first thing I drink every morning when I get up. I don’t really measure any more, I just take a swig from the bottle until I feel I’ve had enough. I was introduced to clay because I was a 24/7 acid indigestion sufferer. At the same time I was suffering from the indigestion, I used to get really bad back acne, probably for the same reasons I was getting the acid reflux, poor diet, stress, etc. I took my first sip and about 5 seconds later, I had the most glorious burp of my life! After taking the clay consistently for the first 3-4 days, my back completely cleared up without actually putting anything on my skin. And this was my “ah ha” moment. Once I was able to achieve balance in my gut, the rest of my body started to follow suit. Since then, I’ve taken clay pretty consistently, usually consisting of one dose of the Liquid Clay (about 2oz). Every now and then when I feel that I may be getting out of balance or overly acidic, I’ll get on our recommended protocol which is 2oz of liquid in the morning, 2oz at night, for a two week period. Once I’ve gone through these “focused detoxes”, I’ll switch back to taking a single serving a day. I’ve really just learned to listen to my body to determine how often and how much clay I should be taking. There’s really no wrong way to use clay. Just get it in you and on you and you’ll start to see and feel the difference.

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

1) Living Clay Detox Clay Powder – to mix into a cleansing clay mask for application on any external skin irritation (bug bites, cuts, scrapes, sun burn, etc.) or for mixing into Liquid Clay for internal detox in case anything I ate on the island happened to be toxic to my body. This would be my go-to First Aid kit!
2) A knife – for hunting, spearing, or to form other tools I may need.
3) A water filtering canteen – to help purify my drinking water.
4) A net – finding food may be hard, but being able to catch fish out of the water could be a life saver!
5) A surfboard – if I’m going to be stranded on an island I may as well enjoy it!

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

Be kind, be happy, and be positive! The universe will take care of everything else.

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

Detox Clay Powder – can be mixed for internal and external use. As they say, all health begins in the gut. By taking the clay internally, clay can help cleanse the intestinal tract and promote balance. Once this is achieved, the rest of the body will follow suit. By using clay externally, you can help pull toxins through the pores of the skin and help the body’s natural process of elimination. If you can balance a body and get the toxins out of the system, a balanced, detoxed body is better at healing itself!

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being.

We began The Living Clay Co. with a basic mission: To educate the world on the vast benefits of Calcium Bentonite – Living Clay®, and a simple vision: To provide the highest quality clay-based products to enhance our customers’ quality of life. We take the word “quality” very seriously and have set ourselves apart from our few competitors in several key ways. We are the first source manufacturer of human-use Bentonite to have publicly published our product’s Quality Control Specifications on our website. And, in keeping the consumer’s value of product integrity foremost in our minds, we integrated selective processes extending from the mining and milling of our Bentonite clay in its pure and unprocessed form (e.g., non-heat purified or irradiated) through to its packaging and formulation procedures. For too long, other companies had been sourcing industrial-grade clays, processing them by means that limited their effectiveness, and then selling them as Dietary Supplements. In keeping with our education-first mission, we have worked to bring Bentonite Clay into the world-wide conversation regarding health and wellness. The Living Clay Co. is proud to offer the finest quality natural clay skin care products for our customers who are looking for a way to use fewer toxic chemicals in their skincare routine and detox naturally, inside and out.

Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

That we are all one. Not only with each other, but also with the planet we live on. If we want to see a healthy change, we must start treating each other, and the world we live on, like we would treat ourselves.

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

Mother Nature, because everything we have is because of her. All the many gifts we receive, even life itself, is given by her. In the words of the great Alex Trebek, “If you can’t be in awe of Mother Nature, there’s something wrong with you.”

Some additional questions I asked Marco:

Can I use the Face & Body Scrub daily?

To answer your question about Face & Body Scrub, yes, it can absolutely be used daily. The scrub is different than the Cleansing Clay Mask in that it is designed to be more of your daily cleanser where the mask is more for the deep pore treatment a couple of times a week. The scrub is applied for maybe 2-3 minutes and then rinsed off immediately where the mask is to be left on 20-30 min or until dried completely, then rinsed off. How often you can use either of these really depends on your skin type. If you have oilier skin, you may be able to use them more often. Drier skin types
might space uses out a bit or use a great natural moisturizer like our Rejuvenation Face Cream after application of either Face & Body Scrub or Cleansing Clay Mask.

How long before or after eating is best to consume the liquid clay so have on an empty stomach?

It really depends on what you’re using it for. If you’re using clay for detox and cleansing purposes, it’s best to take it on an empty stomach. It’s a lot easier to wash the car when you’re not driving it through the mud at the same time. It’s possible, but you’re cleanse might not be as effective when taking clay with food. However, if you are taking clay for it’s alkalizing ability, then taking it with food may be the suggestion. For example, if I’m going to go out and eat hot wings, a food that usually would give me acid reflux, I preface that meal with clay to help balance the over-acidity I might experience. But on a simpler note, waiting to take the clay about 30-45 before or after a meal is usually the most effective way to take clay internally. There’s no wrong way to take clay, there’s just more effective ways to take it.

For more information about this company and all the products they sell, go to: http://www.livingclayco.com

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I have 2 reviews, one will be an introductin to living clay and the second will be my review/results from using the products.
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Ten Rules For Being Human by Cherie Carter-Scott

Ten Rules For Being Human by Cherie Carter-Scott

Rule One:
You will receive a body. You may love it or hate it, but it will be yours for the duration of your life on Earth.

Rule Two:
You will be presented with lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called ‘life.’ Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or hate them, but you have designed them as part of your curriculum.

Rule Three:
There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of experimentation, a series of trials, errors, and occasional victories. The failed experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that work.

Rule Four:
A lesson is repeated until learned. Lessons will be repeated to you in various forms until you have learned them. When you have learned them, you can then go on to the next lesson.

Rule Five:
Learning does not end. There is no part of life that does not contain lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

Rule Six:
‘There’ is no better than ‘here’. When your ‘there’ has become a ‘here,’ you will simply obtain a ‘there’ that will look better to you than your present ‘here’.

Rule Seven:
Others are only mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself.

Rule Eight:
What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you.

Rule Nine:
Your answers lie inside of you. All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.

Rule Ten:
You will forget all of this at birth. You can remember it if you want by unraveling the double helix of inner knowing.

–Cherie Carter-Scott, From “If Life is a Game, These are the Rules”

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How to Achieve Perfect Health – Frederic Patenaude

How to Achieve Perfect Health – Frederic Patenaude

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Is Perfect Health Possible? (From the intro to the Perfect Health Program)
Perfect Health is not a goal that you strive for to reach and then once you’ve reached it, you’re done. Perfect Health is something that people can strive for for a lifetime and can maintain, attain and even regain should they lose such a thing.

Perfect Health is going to be slightly different for every person because each of us has a unique history, a unique genetic, a unique future.

What we’re talking about really is the human potential that an individual has to be as good as they can get to be – as positive, as totally capable, aware, and alive and making the choices, providing the conditions, the influences, consuming the substances and experiencing the forces that support their production of more perfect health.

In other words, you may have genetic strength versus someone else’s genetic weaknesses that will allow you to jump higher or run faster than someone else.

It doesn’t mean that both people can’t have perfect health but within the capabilities of your history – within the potential that you have to perform, to think.

For human beings to be the best within this, it depends upon you to provide – and you’ll hear me say it often – the forces and the conditions, the substances and the influences that your body responds to in order to create itself in the future.

So a lot of people think, “Well if I’m not sick, I’m healthy,” and that’s not really what health is about. It’s not an absence of symptoms or a lack of disease.

Health is a state of optimal wellbeing, both socially, physically, emotionally – in every aspect of our life to be optimal or optimized in such a way that you can – like an instinct in many ways – take such excellent care of yourself and responding in what can only be described as perfect.

Just the way that an animal in the wild would respond perfectly to every situation, sometimes we go, “Oh this is great,” or “Oh this isn’t so great.” In fact, every situation is perfect and we just have to accept the fact that everything that life brings us is perfect, but there are ones that we can control.

That it’s up to us to provide ourselves with those substances, forces, influences and conditions that allow us to be perfect in this perfect environment.

Notes from Fred:

One of the most useful concepts in health that I have learned is compare yourself with yourself, not with others.

We each have individual weaknesses and strengths. You look at another person and you may think:

– “Wow, she’s more athletic than I am.”
– “Why do I suffer from this health problem, when others seem to not care about their health and seem okay?”
– “Wow, I wish I could get away with not being so strict with my diet. This person seems to be so healthy and not paying attention to what they eat.”

On the last thought, it’s important to realize that health on the outside is not the same as health on the inside. One person might appear very healthy, but you don’t know what’s actually going on in their body. That’s when people say “He was perfectly healthy before he died of a heart attack at the age of 45!”

Of course, this is a ridiculous statement. No “perfectly healthy” individual dies of a heart attack, especially not in their forties or fifties.

So when we use the words “perfect health,” it’s relative to you and you only. It’s about reaching YOUR maximum health potential.

Without health, you can’t express who you truly are as a human being.

So achieving your maximum potential of health expression is a worthwhile endeavor. And yes, you may never full “get there,” but it’s worth it for the journey alone, and the benefits that you get along the way!

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The Top 5 Reasons To Eat Raw – by Frederic Patenaude

The Top 5 Reasons To Eat Raw – by Frederic Patenaude
Over the years of being in the raw foods scene, I’ve heard a lot of crazy theories as to “why” people ate a raw food diet and didn’t cook their food.

Some of them really do make sense, like the preservation of nutrients.

Others, like when someone says that they should eat green bananas because of the enzymes present in them, don’t hold as much weight.

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I will say that a 100% raw food diet may be very appropriate and beneficial for many people. For others however, the all-or-nothing approach just doesn’t work the way they want it to.

There are also many different people who believe many different things. And anything you believe is just that: something you believe. That can change.

I personally don’t think there is any life force in food, something touted in raw circles, besides the raw materials necessary for human nutrition. I haven’t found any proof to bring me to another conclusion for myself.

However, you may disagree with me and still think that there is indeed life force in food or any other thing you want to believe. Nobody needs a rational reason to think or believe anything, and that’s okay.

I have certain beliefs that are not completely rational.

For example, I do believe that everything happens for a reason. That kind of belief is based on my personal experience, and it also works for me. But I know it’s not necessarily “rational”, it’s just something I believe.

Top 5 Reasons to Eat Raw

Nutrient Density
Fruits and vegetables are the most-nutrient-dense foods on the planet, and most of these foods are better eaten raw than cooked.

When we say that a food is “nutrient-dense,” we mean that it has many nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, per calorie. Starchy foods are calorie-dense, but not as nutrient-dense as fruits and vegetables.

In other words, 500 calories of rice or potatoes will contain fewer vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals than 500 calories of kale, or 500 calories of apples.

By eating a diet composed mainly of fruits and vegetables, we take in more nutrients than if we were to eat mostly cooked foods.

There are some exceptions, however. Cooked green vegetables tend to be more nutrient-dense than raw greens, simply because we can eat more of them more easily.

For example, you probably remember taking a huge amount of spinach and cooking it down in a matter of seconds to almost nothing. Well that small cup of cooked spinach is now jam-packed with minerals, and will only take you a few minutes to eat. On the other hand, the same amount of raw spinach would take much longer to chew and eat.

Raw foodists can use the same principle by using a blender and other devices to process their food, such as the case of green smoothies.

Caloric Density

One of the most important concepts to understand in human nutrition is that of caloric density. Caloric density is an estimation of a food’s energy content by weight.

For example, an entire head of lettuce weighing over one pound contains less than 100 calories. That means that the caloric density of lettuce is less than 100 calories per pound.

On the other hand, a single tablespoon of oil contains 120 calories. So you have more calories in 1 tablespoon of oil than in a pound of lettuce. But guess which one is going to fill you up more?

The principle of caloric density is to encourage eating sufficient nutrients while feeling satisfied eating a larger volume of food and a healthy amount of calories.

Studies have confirmed that if you feed people foods of low caloric density, they will eat as much as they want, not be hungry and lose weight, without having to count calories or feel deprived.

Now it’s important to note that nobody will ever really successfully live off a diet of just raw vegetables, and I wouldn’t recommend doing so.

However, you want your diet to contain plenty of raw vegetables by weight.

The concept of caloric density is to look at the overall caloric density of the foods you eat throughout the day.

Low Toxic Load

When cooking carbohydrates (such as potatoes) at high temperatures (baking, frying, etc.), a compound called acrylamide is created. In animal studies, high doses of acrylamide cause cancer and doesn’t sound very promising for your health.

More acrylamide is created when foods are cooked at a higher temperature or for longer periods of time.

We also know that other molecules called “Maillard Molecules” are formed when foods brown and caramelize during cooking. Some people speculate that these new compounds, created in the cooking process, may affect health negatively.

It’s also important to note that the act of being alive and toxic to you, and every bite of food you ever intake will always have varying degrees of “nutriment” and varying degrees of “toxicity”.

While certain forms of cooking appear to be relatively harmless (steaming, for example), the surest way to reduce the amount of toxins in your diet to the lowest level is to eat foods in their raw state.

You Eliminate Everything Else That’s Really Bad for You

One of the main reasons why people get sick is that they eat so many “dead”, pre-packaged foods.

These foods are not only heavily processed, but they contain a long list of suspicious ingredients, including MSG, preservatives, artificial coloring, and more.

Eating a raw food diet automatically eliminates all of this unhealthy food, which means that your diet will be 100% more clean and pure. It will be “wholesome” in the true sense of the word.

When I started the raw food diet, there were no pre-packaged raw snacks available. All that I bought were actual foods: fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Eventually I got into olive oil, but that was a pretty simple product. The “worst” thing that raw foodists bought was jars of olives that could possibly have been marinated in salt water.

Nowadays, a variety of raw food snacks — from kale chips to chocolate brownies — are available. Many of the people making these products do remain true to their nature of keeping them free of artificial flavors and preservatives, but processed foods are still processed foods and eaten in moderation.

Phytochemicals

Raw fruits and vegetables, as well as raw nuts and seeds, are absolutely packed with phytochemicals.

“Phyto” means “plant,” so the term phytochemical designates different compounds in foods that protect against illness. Some phytochemicals can prevent DNA damage caused by free radicals.

You’ve probably heard of antioxidants with cancer-preventing benefits found in many fruits and vegetables and dark leafy greens. Antioxidants are a class of phytochemicals.

Some of the most potent phytochemicals are found in raw foods, and many of them are heat-sensitive. Therefore, eating a raw food diet or a mostly raw diet will give you an abundance of phytochemicals — and this could prove to be one of the main benefits of this diet.

Some notable phytochemicals are to be found in:

The Cruciferous Family — including cabbage, kale, broccoli, etc. These vegetables contain a class of phytochemicals (called sulphoraphane and indole-3-carbinol) that are converted into cancer-fighting enzymes by the liver.
Berries — This includes pomegranate, cherries, blueberries, grapes etc. They contain many phytochemicals that increase immunity.
Citrus fruits — Those fruits contain many phytochemicals (close to the skin), in addition to lots of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant.

Pretty much every raw fruit and vegetable contains health-enhancing phytochemicals. Cooking food sometimes enhance the bio-availability of certain phytochemicals, like lycopene in tomatoes, but in general we get more benefits from eating foods in their raw state.

Conclusion

When we use bad arguments to promote a certain philosophy, it often leads us to make mistakes. Sometimes people oversimplify a health philosophy and refuse to look at new information on top of it all.

There are so many great reasons to eat more raw foods in your diet, I feel that being conscious about the reasons we give for them are important to gaining a better understanding of ourselves and our food!

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