refined carbohydrates

  1. How the 'staff of life' is killing you

    Feds attack bread -- for all the wrong reasons

    Look at the ingredients in a loaf of bread and you'll see a long list of what NOT to eat.

    I don't care if it's the fancy-schmancy "whole grain" stuff made with organic seed from Borneo or plain old Wonder Bread -- it's a bag full of nutrition-free empty carbs that doesn't belong anywhere near your home.

    The feds have finally caught on to the fact that the "staff of life" isn't so good for you after all. But instead of trashing those deadly refined carbohydrates, they're trashing the salt! Will they ever get it right?

    The CDC is griping that nine out of 10 Americans eat way too much salt -- and that bread is the prime culprit, beating out junk like potato chips and pretzels.


    Despite what you've heard, there's not a dash of evidence to back the U.S. government's tasteless salt guidelines. A low-salt diet won't prevent or ease hypertension, and it's certainly not going to make a difference in your heart disease risk.

    In fact, LOW levels of salt -- levels right in line with what the feds are trying to cram down your throat -- have been linked repeatedly to heart problems, bone breaks, and an early death. (Read more here.)

    Sure, it's possible to get too much salt if you chow down on a diet rich in processed and packaged foods, including bread. But salt isn't the real problem with the U.S. diet.

    It's all the other ingredients in your daily loaf.

    Grains of any kind -- white or brown -- are a blood-sugar disaster waiting to happen. Breads are also loaded with awful preservatives to stop them from turning into doorstops overnight and to delay mold growth.

    Throw in the fact that most are also packed with sugar and even high-fructose corn syrup, and you've got the REAL reason America is celebrating the Golden Age of Heart Disease.

    So stop worrying about salt. Skip the bread and anything else that shares its ingredients and stick to fresh foods instead. Do that, and you can shake the salt until your wrist gets sore.

    Your taste buds will tell you when you've had enough, and you'll have the healthiest heart in town.

  2. Fiber won't keep diverticulosis away

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- fiber is overrated.

    But tell your doctor your gut is acting up, and the first thing he'll do is tell you to eat more fiber -- and not just gross foods like bran and peas, but also those ridiculous fiber chews and cookies.

    And for what? Nothing!

    Despite what you've heard, there isn't a single disease that fiber can cure or help you avoid -- and the latest study proves it again.

    Researchers have confirmed that a high-fiber diet will do zippo to protect you from diverticulosis. (Those are the pockets that can form in the colon and can trap bits of food.)

    Since older folks have the highest risk of diverticulosis, doctors are always telling seniors to eat more fiber in order to prevent it. But it turns out the opposite is true! Patients with the LOWEST fiber intake were actually 30 percent less likely to develop diverticulosis than those with the highest.

    And that's not the only thing they got wrong.

    As they do with everything else, the mainstream likes to blame the condition on fats and meat. And as usual, they're wrong. The study of 2,100 patients found no link for either.

    There's one way to avoid diverticulosis, and you don't need to load up on bran flakes or even avoid a juicy, fatty steak.

    Just skip the processed foods -- especially refined carbohydrates. These foods will cause more damage to your colon -- including diverticulosis and even colon cancer -- than anything else.

    For the full story on gut health, read the August 2005 issue of The Douglass Report and if you' re not a subscriber click here to learn more.

  3. Why I 'sin' every day -- and you should, too

    One of the last freedoms you have left is the freedom to choose what's on your dinner plate tonight -- but get ready to stick a fork in that one.

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