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Two nutrition experts argue that you can’t take marketing campaigns at face value

 

With America’s obesity problem among kids reaching crisis proportions, even junk food makers have started to claim they want to steer children toward more healthful choices. In a study released earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that about 32 percent of children were overweight but not obese, 16 percent were obese, and 11 percent were extremely obese. Food giant PepsiCo, for example, points out on its website that “we can play an important role in helping kids lead healthier lives by offering healthy product choices in schools.” The company highlights what it considers its healthier products within various food categories through a “Smart Spot” marketing campaign that features green symbols on packaging. PepsiCo‘s inclusive criteria–explained here–award spots to foods of dubious nutritional value such as Diet Pepsi, Cap’n Crunch cereal, reduced-fat Doritos, and Cheetos, as well as to more nutritious products such as Quaker Oatmeal and Tropicana Orange Juice.

 

But are wellness initiatives like Smart Spot just marketing ploys? Such moves by the food industry may seem to be a step in the right direction, but ultimately makers of popular junk foods have an obligation to stockholders to encourage kids to eat more–not less–of the foods that fuel their profits, says David Ludwig, a pediatrician and the co-author of a commentary published in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association that raises questions about whether big food companies can be trusted to help combat obesity. Ludwig and article co-author Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at New York University, both of whom have long histories of tracking the food industry, spoke with U.S. News and highlighted 10 things that junk food makers don’t want you to know about their products and how they promote them.

 

1. Junk food makers spend billions advertising unhealthy foods to kids.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, food makers spend some $1.6 billion annually to reach children through the traditional media as well the Internet, in-store advertising, and sweepstakes. An article published in 2006 in the Journal of Public Health Policy puts the number as high as $10 billion annually. Promotions often use cartoon characters or free giveaways to entice kids into the junk food fold. PepsiCo has pledged that it will advertise only “Smart Spot” products to children under 12.

 

2. The studies that food producers support tend to minimize health concerns associated with their products.
In fact, according to a review led by Ludwig of hundreds of studies that looked at the health effects of milk, juice, and soda, the likelihood of conclusions favorable to the industry was several times higher among industry-sponsored research than studies that received no industry funding. “If a study is funded by the industry, it may be closer to advertising than science,” he says.

 

3. Junk food makers donate large sums of money to professional nutrition associations.
The American Dietetic Association, for example, accepts money from companies such as Coca-Cola, which get access to decision makers in the food and nutrition marketplace via ADA events and programs, as this release explains. As Nestle notes in her blog and discusses at length in her book Food Politics, the group even distributes nutritional fact sheets that are directly sponsored by specific industry groups. This one, for example, which is sponsored by an industry group that promotes lamb, rather unsurprisingly touts the nutritional benefits of lamb. The ADA’s reasoning: “These collaborations take place with the understanding that ADA does not support any program or message that does not correspond with ADA’s science-based healthful-eating messages and positions,” according to the group’s president, dietitian Martin Yadrick. “In fact, we think it’s important for us to be at the same table with food companies because of the positive influence that we can have on them.”

 

4. More processing means more profits, but typically makes the food less healthy.
Minimally processed foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables obviously aren’t where food companies look for profits. The big bucks stem from turning government-subsidized commodity crops–mainly corn, wheat, and soybeans–into fast foods, snack foods, and beverages. High-profit products derived from these commodity crops are generally high in calories and low in nutritional value.

 

5. Less-processed foods are generally more satiating than their highly processed counterparts.
Fresh apples have an abundance of fiber and nutrients that are lost when they are processed into applesauce. And the added sugar or other sweeteners increase the number of calories without necessarily making the applesauce any more filling. Apple juice, which is even more processed, has had almost all of the fiber and nutrients stripped out. This same stripping out of nutrients, says Ludwig, happens with highly refined white bread compared with stone-ground whole wheat bread.

 

6. Many supposedly healthy replacement foods are hardly healthier than the foods they replace.
In 2006, for example, major beverage makers agreed to remove sugary sodas from school vending machines. But the industry mounted an intense lobbying effort that persuaded lawmakers to allow sports drinks and vitamin waters that–despite their slightly healthier reputations–still can be packed with sugar and calories.

 

7. A health claim on the label doesn’t necessarily make a food healthy.
Health claims such as “zero trans fats” or “contains whole wheat” may create the false impression that a product is healthy when it’s not. While the claims may be true, a product is not going to benefit your kid’s health if it’s also loaded with salt and sugar or saturated fat, say, and lacks fiber or other nutrients. “These claims are calorie distracters,” adds Nestle. “They make people forget about the calories.” Dave DeCecco, a spokesperson for PepsiCo, counters that the intent of a labeling program such as Smart Spot is simply to help consumers pick a healthier choice within a category. “We’re not trying to tell people that a bag of Doritos is healthier than asparagus. But, if you’re buying chips, and you’re busy, and you don’t have a lot of time to read every part of the label, it’s an easy way to make a smarter choice,” he says.

 

8. Food industry pressure has made nutritional guidelines confusing.
As Nestle explained in Food Politics, the food industry has a history of preferring scientific jargon to straight talk. As far back as 1977, public health officials attempted to include the advice “reduce consumption of meat” in an important report called Dietary Goals for the United States. The report’s authors capitulated to intense pushback from the cattle industry and used this less-direct and more ambiguous advice: “Choose meats, poultry, and fish which will reduce saturated fat intake.” Overall, says Nestle, the government has a hard time suggesting that people eat less of anything.

 

9. The food industry funds front groups that fight antiobesity public health initiatives.
Unless you follow politics closely, you wouldn’t necessarily realize that a group with a name like the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) has anything to do with the food industry. In fact,Ludwig and Nestle point out, this group lobbies aggressively against obesity-related public health campaigns–such as the one directed at removing junk food from schools–and is funded, according to the Center for Media and Democracy, primarily through donations from big food companies such as Coca-Cola, Cargill, Tyson Foods, and Wendy’s.

 

10. The food industry works aggressively to discredit its critics.
According to the new JAMA article, the Center for Consumer Freedom boasts that “[our strategy] is to shoot the messenger. We’ve got to attack [activists’] credibility as spokespersons.” Here’s the group’s entry on Marion Nestle.

 

The bottom line, says Nestle, is quite simple: Kids need to eat less, include more fruits and vegetables, and limit the junk food.

 

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I n any given year, 40 million Americans have chronic difficulties falling or staying asleep, while another 20 million report occasional sleep problems. It’s no wonder that US doctors write as many as 43 million prescriptions for sleeping pills a year. Medication may help you sleep better immediately, but the best long-term solution is to encourage your body’s natural sleep mechanism to operate more effectively.

There are a lot of myths and misperceptions about how to get a better night’s rest — and some sleeping secrets that most people have never heard of. Here are some rules to help you sleep better…

Wake up at the same time each day. Sleep is controlled by biological rhythms (also called circadian rhythms) that follow a very set schedule. To align your sleep pattern with these internal rhythms, it’s important to wake up at the same time each morning.

Reason: Your biological rhythms aren’t perfectly regular, but, for the best sleep, they do need at least one stable point in time around which they can fluctuate. While you can’t always control when you fall asleep, you can control the time you wake up each day.

Another reason to maintain a consistent wake-up time is that, just as you need a certain amount of sleep to feel rested and alert, you also need a certain amount of time awake each day in order to feel sleepy at night.

Rising at the same time each day — as opposed to “sleeping in” on the weekends, for example — ensures that you will be awake long enough to fall asleep at your normal bedtime.

Spend time in sunlight. Even being outdoors on a cloudy day helps. In general, the more light exposure you get during the day, the better you’ll sleep at night.

While you don’t want to look directly at the sun, sunglasses will block the effect of the bright light. Check with your doctor about how much time he/she thinks is safe for you to spend in bright sunlight without sunglasses.

People over age 50 will especially benefit from about a half hour of light exposure at day’s end — in the late afternoon or early evening.

How it works: As we get older, our circadian rhythms shift forward in time, causing us to fall asleep earlier and wake up earlier. Exposure to late-afternoon or evening light shifts the rhythm in the opposite direction — allowing you to wake up later in the morning.

Take a brief, moderately hot bath just before bed. Another part of our natural sleep rhythm involves core body temperature, which drops at night as we sleep, then rises again just before waking.

Core body temperature works in counterpoint to peripheral body temperature (the temperature of your hands and feet) — when your peripheral temperature rises, your core temperature falls, and vice versa. Taking a hot bath just before going to bed raises your peripheral temperature, causing your core temperature to drop — which helps you fall asleep. (This is also why wearing socks to bed helps some people fall asleep more easily.) Just make sure the bath water isn’t too hot, because this could raise your core temperature.

Keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature. This encourages the natural fluctuations in body temperature described above.

Keep your sleeping environment as dark as possible. Sleep is controlled in part by the hormone melatonin. The brain secretes melatonin only in darkness, which is why it’s important to keep your bedroom dark while sleeping — the darker, the better. Put up light-blocking curtains or blinds, or wear a sleep mask, if needed. If you have to get up in the middle of the night, use a low-intensity nightlight to guide your way, rather than switching on the overhead lights.

Reason: Turning on a bright light signals your brain to stop secreting melatonin.

Don’t spend too much time in bed. When you stay too long in bed, your sleep actually becomes more fragmented and disturbed. If you need eight hours of sleep, spend no more than eight and a half hours in bed. Even if you didn’t sleep well the night before, avoid going to bed early to “catch up” on sleep. Instead, go to bed and get up at your usual time.

If you wake up at night, keep your eyes closed. When people wake in the middle of the night, the first thing they usually do is look at the clock. But the mere act of lifting your head and opening your eyes is enough to take you out of transitional sleep (the lightest stage of sleep) into a full waking state, making it harder to fall asleep again. Instead, keep your bedroom clock out of sight — and if you wake up in the middle of the night, don’t open your eyes. This will make it much easier to drift back to sleep.

Avoid alcohol near bedtime. Alcohol acts as a sedative when it first enters your bloodstream — but several hours later, when it leaves your bloodstream, it actually has the reverse effect of making you more wakeful. If you tend to wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble falling back asleep, you should avoid drinking any alcoholic beverages after dinner. If you have trouble falling asleep in the first place, then you may need to forgo drinks with dinner as well, since their “waking effect” will coincide with your bedtime.

Don’t consume caffeine after lunch. That includes all caffeinated beverages — not just coffee, but also tea and soda, as well as energy drinks. This is especially important if you have trouble falling asleep.

Exercise regularly. Although no one knows exactly why this is the case, data shows that the more fit you are, the better you’ll sleep at night.

Don’t lie in bed tossing and turning. Once you start tossing and turning, you get tense. If you find it impossible to drop off to sleep, get out of bed and stay up until you’re sleepy enough to fall asleep. You may feel tired the next day — but over time, this approach has been found to be very effective in establishing a restful sleep pattern.

Avoid naps. Physiologically, a mid-afternoon nap makes perfect sense, since your core body temperature takes a slight dip then. And for many people, such a nap won’t interfere with nighttime sleep. However, if you have difficulty falling or staying asleep at night, a nap during the day will only aggravate the problem.

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The 7 Most Dangerous Lies your doctor's telling you (even if he doesn't know it)...

In the next 22 minutes, 100 Americans will die under the care of sincere conventional MDs. But during that time, you can discover the safe, natural, yet virtually unknown alternatives that could have saved 95 of them…

And one of them might be YOU.

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In the next few
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LOSE ALL FEAR of…

  • Heart Disease/Stroke
  • Cancer
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Alzheimer’s

There’s a simple first step to defeating all of these killers and more: Stop listening to the lies of mainstream medicine

Dear Misled Friend,

They’re lying to you.

Your doctors, the drug companies, your HMO…

They’re all perpetuating dangerous medical myths, and for all the wrong reasons. Sometimes it’s to cut costs. Sometimes it’s to sell more drugs. And sometimes it’s just because they don’t know any better. Think about it: Just because a doctor doesn’t know he’s wrong doesn’t mean it can’t kill you.

In fact, in the next 22 minutes, 100 people just like you across America will have died from the 7 most dangerous lies the mainstream medical establishment tells to patients every day. They aren’t just ‘little white lies,’ either-they involve big-league killers like cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and more…

You may have even already been told one or more of these ‘killer’ lies yourself!

But even if you have, there’s no reason you have to succumb to it. If you keep reading, you’ll discover these ‘7 deadly lies’ of mainstream medicine-straight from the archives of the Health Sciences Institute (HSI), the one health organization that can save you from the fate so many of your misled neighbors have succumbed to because of these lies…

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LIES about Cancer…and..How to prevent it and Cure it « Bridges to Hope Foundation

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LIE about Cancer
‘Chemo and radiation are your best hope.’

‘Your tests are showing that the cancer has metastasized to your lymph nodes.’

I’m going to have to start you on chemotherapy and radiation this week…’

I desperately hope you will never hear these words. We work night and day to make sure you’ll have every weapon you need to stay cancer-free for the rest of your life. And even if you were to discover tomorrow morning that you already have cancer, you could still get well simply and naturally-without drugs, radiation, or chemotherapy. We’ve heard reports of success from our members all over the world. There are literally dozens of methods of knocking cancer out of your system…

The problem is that your doctor doesn’t know about them. He’s hopelessly stuck with the outdated cancer treatments he learned in medical school-many of which are now proven NOT TO WORK. But only a small sliver of the medical community knows the REAL CURES. You are now about to discover what may be the most remarkable cure of them all.

An 86% Cure Rate for
Hopeless Cancer Patients

In 1999, a leading doctor in cancer treatment was sought out by a number of cancer patients who were so far gone that their bodies weren’t responding to any of the standard therapies. Because they were classified as ‘untreatable,’ he decided to give them a new therapy that showed promise-a non-sugar component of a glycoside group called AGS.

Five years later, all of these patients were supposed to be dead, but 86% of them were still alive and kicking. So we know AGS works!

Since then, he has been seeing more successes, and his biopsy technicians are rubbing their eyes in disbelief at how fast it works.

The 24-Hour Miracle

It kills cancer cells in one day. Researchers have used AGS on deadly melanoma tumors, and cancer cell death comes at high speed-reported results have been in as little as 24 hours. Remarkable, huh? No, it’s stupendous. Imagine: If you were diagnosed with cancer next Tuesday, wouldn’t it be terrific to find out on Wednesday that it’s definitely going away?

AGS shuts down tumors without dissolving them chemically. One of the hottest fields in cancer research is the tactic of ‘starving’ tumors to death by shutting off their blood supply-a gentle solution that beats chemotherapy by a mile and a half. Researchers used AGS on cancer cells that had spread to patients’ lungs (once it’s there, it usually goes everywhere), and incredibly, it shrank the lung tumors and stopped the disease in its tracks!

It beats even the new super-cancers. Here’s the dirty little secret of chemo: It’s rapidly creating new kinds of cancer that don’t respond to conventional treatment at all. Just as germs become resistant to antibiotics, these new cancers are multiple-drug resistant. Near-frantic authorities are predicting four million people worldwide will soon die of these super-cancers. But insiders at a biotech firm investigating AGS recently leaked the incredible news that AGS has also been found to be effective in drug-resistant cancers. If the medical establishment would only wise up and get behind AGS, they could save three times more lives than have been lost in all the wars in U.S. history combined.

It has zero side effects. You’ve seen women lose every strand of their beautiful hair. That’s because chemo and radiation attack growing cells, hair follicles being the first target. You’ve seen patients choose to die rather than continue to face the terror of nauseating treatments. But all this could be over with. Tests of AGS have concluded that it is non-toxic and carries with it no adverse effects. If you’re quick on the trigger, you’ve spotted the meaning of this: AGS is so gentle that you can start taking it regularly as a preventive, to keep yourself cancer-free forever.

Hard to believe, but new studies are starting to show that AGS works on colon, lung, ovarian, kidney, and brain cancers. And another physician, Dr. Paul Ling Tai, is now seeing amazing results in patients with the deadliest cancer of all: Pancreatic.

The Bad News, the Good News

A prominent biotech firm (I can’t mention the name) is pulling out all the stops to develop a drug based on AGS. But first, they have to take AGS apart molecule by molecule, then reconstruct the main ingredients artificially so they can patent it. After that comes the maddening, slow approval process. In a decade, it might be in the pharmacy.

You’ll find out more cancer cures like this one in your free bonus collection, The 50 Very Best Solutions to the Worst Health Problems of Today. Keep reading and you’ll get the real, original AGS-at a fraction of the cost you’ll pay for the drug version once it’s even available!

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LIES about Hearth attack…and …how to prevent it « Bridges to Hope Foundation

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LIE about Hearth attack
‘Your heart’s a ticking time bomb…’

‘You can’t just walk out of here. Why, you’re a ticking time bomb! You could have a heart attack in the parking lot before you even reach your car. I’m scheduling you for a bypass operation first thing in the morning…’

That’s the famous ‘time bomb’ speech that has been used so successfully on thousands of people-few of whom actually needed any kind of operation. Some doctors aren’t this aggressive. They give you a kinder, gentler version of the speech:

‘You could go at any time if you’re not careful. But we can manage your condition pretty easily with medication. I’m putting you on a daily dose of…’

Of course, ‘managing’ your condition isn’t even remotely like curing it. If you knuckle under to this advice, you’ll be taking Lipitor, Mevacor, Zocor, Lescol, Crestor, Advicor, Coumadin, aspirin, or various prostaglandins for the rest of your life. But the speech doesn’t mention that, does it?

But in just a minute, I’ll show you a dozen ways of actually curing your problem with cholesterol or high blood pressure. The fastest, cheapest, and most
powerful is what I call…

The 44-cent Preventive for Dropping Dead

Most of the medical profession is in distress about cardiovascular disease because they have no good solutions for it. That’s why, over the next 20 to 30 years, hundreds of people you’ve met will die of myocardial infarctions, strokes, and so forth. The victims have something in common-they all believe anything they hear from someone in a white lab coat.

You, however, aren’t one of these people. Just follow through on the simple information that follows, and your blood vessels can stay open and flowing like the Nile. Best of all, you’ll do this without drugs or their dreaded side effects. The solution to blood clots is a food, an inexpensive Asian food (also available in pill form). If you can afford 44 cents a day, you’ve just added a lot of healthy years to your life.

How the University of Chicago
is Saving Millions with a
Japanese Delicacy

A researcher at University of Chicago’s Medical School has discovered that an extremely inexpensive natural food is more effective at healing and preventing heart disease and strokes than the best medical treatments costing $20,000 per dose.

Dr. Hiroyuki Sumi found that a traditional Japanese dish made from fermented soybeans dissolves blood clots with unmatched speed. He identified an enzyme in the cheese-like food that prevents heart attacks, strokes, and angina (plus plain old-fashioned senility) without any of the horrid side effects of drugs. (If a clot goes to your brain, you have a stroke; if it goes to your heart, you have a heart attack.)

To his great surprise, he found that when he put one drop of this food onto a blood clot in his lab, it dissolved the entire clot in only 18 hours. That’s a stark contrast to the $20,000 substance (Urokinase), which fizzles out quickly and has a half-life of just 20 minutes at best.

Proven for You and Fido, Too

This incredible edible is not just a laboratory wonder. Get the latest on how well it works in the real world.

Researchers began with animal studies. In a single-blind study on male dogs with blood clots, a single serving dissolved the clots completely in five hours! After 18 hours, the clots in the dogs that got a placebo were as big as ever.

Then they tried rats, the soy derivative bested plasmin, the natural clot-fighting substance you have in your own arteries, by four times over.

In human studies, it was again a success: It cut in half the time required for the subjects’ bodies to dissolve clots. That means your blood approaches the ideal condition quite rapidly.

No Side Effects Here

Instead of side effects, like drugs, this all-natural cure typically furnishes a bouquet of side benefits:

  • Stimulates your body to produce more of its own clot-dissolving plasmin. In contrast, most drugs weaken your body’s ability to fight its own battles.
  • Lowers blood pressure. In human tests, blood pressure fell 10% in four days.
  • May ward off osteoporosis.
  • Proven to combat senility.
  • Works strongly to prevent heart attacks and strokes-with just one small 100-milligram capsule per day.
  • Has a 100% safety record. Unlike the commonly prescribed drug Coumadin, it won’t make your blood too thin, no matter how much of it you eat.

Potent But Fun

This isn’t a novelty or a lightweight remedy. In fact, one noted naturopathic doctor says that this product represents the most exciting new development and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Many of his patients had tried everything else, even bypass surgery-they came to him as a last resort to stay alive.

Eating this cure-all is nothing like taking a drug. If you have a taste for Asian food, you’ll enjoy it. (Try it with hot mustard.) A dried variety is even served now by Japan Airlines with in-flight meals and as a snack with beer.

Saving your life was never so simple!

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