eating habits

  1. Common food additive in autism link

    High-fructose corn syrup linked to autism

    The feds want you to believe the dramatic 78 percent rise in autism cases over the past decade is nothing more than a bookkeeping trick. There aren't more autistic kids -- just more docs who've learned to recognize the condition.


    I'm sure more diagnoses -- and even OVER-diagnoses -- is part of that increase, but I'm just as sure that more kids are autistic than ever before. And a big part of the reason is the dramatic rise in exposure to toxic heavy metals.

    Now, one new study shows how the junkiest of all junk ingredients -- the high-fructose corn syrup used in… well… just about everything these days -- can cause your mercury levels to shoot so high you might reach the planet that shares its name.

    Former FDA toxicologist -- and noted agency whistleblower -- Renee Dufault says HFCS depletes the body of zinc… and zinc is needed to chase out mercury.

    Ms. Dufault is the same researcher who found low levels of mercury in HFCS several years ago -- so if you put two and two together here, you get more toxic heavy metals and less ability to rid the body of them, all in one convenient package.

    On paper anyway, it sounds like a recipe for autism. Out in the real world, it's just a small piece of the puzzle -- because HFCS is hardly the biggest source of mercury.

    This dangerous metal is in dental fillings, vaccines (especially flu shots), seafood, CFL light bulbs, and more. It's even turning up in the water supply, so you could be poisoning your family every time you open the tap (one more reason to make sure you have a reverse osmosis water filter protecting your home).

    And mercury itself is only a piece of the autism puzzle -- because other toxins, lousy eating habits, and hormonal problems can all play a role.

    I can't give you a one-size-fits-all answer on this. But if you suspect a little one in the family might be the next autism statistic, get the kid to a naturopathic physician ASAP.

    Early diagnosis and proper drug-free treatment can make all the difference in the world.

  2. Thin people eat more often

    I don't care when, where or how often you eat -- just WHAT you eat. Eat the right things whenever you're hungry, and you won't weigh an ounce more than you need to.

    But a new study claims that the secret to a slim waistline is to eat more often.

    Researchers say a look at data from two studies on eating habits -- one on obese people, and one on slim people -- finds that thin people are actually much more likely to get their three squares a day and two snacks than fat people.

    The fatties, on the other hand, are more likely to skip meals and snacks -- but since they shovel more into their mouths in each sitting, they actually eat more each day overall... even when they eat less often.

    Sounds to me like an overly complicated way of saying that people who eat more calories a day weigh more... while people who eat fewer calories a day weigh less.

    What a shocker.

    But really, how much of this study can we believe anyway? Asking obese people about their eating habits is like asking prison inmates if they're really guilty: They all lie.

    "I don't understand how I got so fat while everyone else stays so slim," is a common complaint. "I mean, I eat LESS than them!"

    Then they reach into that bag of chips.

    So who knows if they REALLY ate less often and had fewer snacks than the thin people. But like I said earlier, how often you eat doesn't matter nearly a much as what you eat.

    Eat the right things, and eat only when you're hungry, and you won't have to count a single calorie -- and your waistline will be right where it needs to be.

    Don't believe me? Try it out for yourself.

  3. Kids eating more junk than ever

    If you've wondered why you've seen so many fat kids around lately, the latest study gives you a clue as to why...
  4. Exercise is unrelated to weight loss

    It's always fun watching the mainstream media hem, haw, backtrack and make excuses whenever it's forced to admit that exercise doesn't lead to weight loss.

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