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  1. You are welcome, and glad you like the article!
  2. Thanks Brooke and keep it up!
  3. Gary Collins

    Understanding GMO's and Why You Should Care

    Heck no, didn’t take it as such Nick, you were dead on with your analysis. If anything you brought to light just how tricky it is in today’s grocery stores. I’m very fortunate the store I go to just so happens to carry mostly the organic fruits and vegetables from a local farm that I know well, which I have belonged to their CSA in the past. But that is not the rule for most, and I truly understand your concerns about USDA Organic products, there are a lot of loopholes in how those labeled products are grown. We are a different breed on sites like this, but I think people are starting to get the message. We just need to do our best to educate and come together as a community, as that is the only real way change will occur. Keep up the good fight!
  4. Gary Collins

    Understanding GMO's and Why You Should Care

    Hey Nick, Oh when it comes to pictures they do say a 1,000 words, sometimes all at once and differently for everyone. In our food system today we get fruits and vegetables from all over the world, so you truly never know what you are getting that is why I’m a big fan from only buying from a farmer you trust and this is what I always teach. It is better for you, the farmer and the local economy. You are correct no GMO tomatoes are grown commercially in the US at this moment. That is where it truly gets tricky. What are the odds we are getting GMO products, to include tomatoes imported from countries like China that are not labeled as such? I would say very high. Just because we are not ourselves growing them doesn’t mean we are not getting on the import side without our knowledge. I think that picture more represent what went wrong when they did try to bring a GMO tomato to market that slowed down the ripening process, but soon turned to mush and in studies killed animals when fed to them.
  5. Gary Collins

    If It Saves Only One Life Gun Logic Applied to Staircases

    Your forgot one thing…curbs. The government will put together a sub-agency of the BSCJ called the Bureau of Curb Enforcement and Investigations BCEI. They will be in charge of and make sure all curbs are ground to a slope of 7 degrees. All Curb Grinding employees will be part of the Taking a Nap on my Balanced Shovel union, fully sponsored by the SEIU. They will make a minimum of $500 an hour if they work or not and will retire at 200% of their annual income at the age of of 35. They will then be eligible for administrative jobs in the DOJ making a paltry $125,000 a year. Once finished with that career they will be elected as Senators, with the backing of the sub-contractors and the companies who actually ground down the curbs, who just so happen to be the relatives of the previous Senators and Congressmen who proposed and passed the legislation to set up the BSCJ and BCEI.
  6. Gary Collins

    Can Cinnamon Help You Lose Weight?

    There are two spices I use daily, one is turmeric and the other is cinnamon. Thanks for the feedback and glad you are going to give it a shot.
  7. Gary Collins

    Can Cinnamon Help You Lose Weight?

    When working with clients, the first thing I recommend them to do in order to get their sugar consumption under control, is to use cinnamon in its place. Works like a charm! I use it daily in a multitude of drinks and recipes.
  8. Primal Power Method Bison Chile Recipe Here is a tasty recipe created by one of my favorite Primal Power Method followers – Corina Luu Ingredients 2 pounds grass fed Bison 1 large red onion 6 garlic cloves 1 28oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes 1 15oz can tomato sauce 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree 1 cup beef broth 1 Tbsp chili powder 1 Tbsp cumin powder 1 Tbsp smoked paprika 2 tsp cacao powder 2 tsp ground corainder 1 tsp granulated garlic 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 1-2 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt (your taste preference) Directions 1. In a large Dutch oven cook bison, onion and garlic together until bison is browned. 2. Add your broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and pureed pumpkin (stir well). 3. Add in seasonings, mix well and cook for 20 minutes so that all your flavors blend together. 4. Scoop some into a bowl and add your favorite toppings (see Rosemary Bread recipe). Enjoy! Make sure to stay in touch with Gary by following the links below: Purchase my Primal Power Method books at: Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Gary-Collins/e/B009MSJDD6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1 iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/gary-collins-ms/id829355948?mt=11 Primal Power Method Website – http://www.primalpowermethod.com/product-category/books/ Get your free Primal Lifestyle gifts here: http://www.primalpowermethod.com/email/newsletter-signup/ Gary’s Links: Website - http://www.primalpowermethod.com Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/primalpowermethod Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/primalpowermethod Twitter – http://twitter.com/PrimalMethod Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/PrimalMethod Instagram – http://instagram.com/primalpowermethod Source article is from Primal Power Method
  9. The History of Cinnamon For thousands of years, numerous cultures used cinnamon as a spice and to benefit health. As a matter of fact, in the ancient world, cinnamon was the most sought-after spice. It was known as “Kwei” in China in 2700 BCE and was introduced to Egypt around 1500 BCE. At one time in history, cinnamon was so sought after that it built empires and was the center of violent trade disputes. In addition to being a spice, ancient cultures used cinnamon for colds, flu, and digestive system issues. You can see why this multi-dimensional spice was so popular. Even today, cinnamon is still considered one of the most popular spices in the world. Why is Cinnamon So Popular? So what makes cinnamon so popular today? Is it because it makes your $5 latte taste better, or is it because it gives your protein shake more flavor? Of course, those are some of the popular uses today, but cinnamon has become more popular due to recent research indicating cinnamon has many beneficial health applications. Cinnamon is a small tree, commonly found in South Asia and the Middle East. The cinnamon that we typically purchase in our supermarkets is from the bark of the tree and is either sold as sticks or ground into a powder. The two most popular types of cinnamon (Ceylon and Cassia) are from two different types of cinnamon trees. Cinnamon is one of the most widely used herbal medicines and has diverse bio-active effects. For example, it has been found to have positive effects on cancerous tumors. Cinnamon has many anti-oxidant qualities, and cinnamon oil has strong antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is also a source of fiber, manganese, iron, and calcium. Some of the Health Benefits of Cinnamon Cinnamon has been used as an effective home remedy to do the following: Curb hunger Aid digestion Decrease blood glucose levels and help to treat type 2 diabetes Treat diarrhea Treat the common cold Reduce arthritis pain Reduce cholesterol Boost memory and cognitive function Treat headaches and migraine pain Treat toothaches Eliminate bad breath More recent research focuses on cinnamon’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels and possibly help with the obesity and type-2 diabetes epidemic in America today. An article in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition addressed the following: The intake of 6 g cinnamon with rice pudding reduces postprandial blood glucose and delays gastric emptying (GER) without affecting satiety. The inclusion of cinnamon in the diet lowers the postprandial glucose response, a change that is at least partially explained by a delayed GER. Another recent study in Diabetic Medicine discovered the following: Intake of 2g of cinnamon for 12 weeks significantly reduces the HbA1c, SBP and DBP among poorly controlled type 2 diabetes patients. Cinnamon supplementation could be considered as an additional dietary supplement option to regulate blood glucose and blood pressure levels along with conventional medications to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus. How Does Cinnamon Lower Your Blood Sugar? Cinnamon slows the emptying of your stomach contents, thus reducing quick elevations in blood sugar following meals, which can improve your body’s sensitivity to insulin. Those of you who have read my book know that insulin and insulin sensitivity is the key to weight loss. By assisting in the regulation of your insulin levels, cinnamon will result in you storing less body fat and make the body fat you have more available to be used as energy. Of course, cinnamon alone is not the magic formula for weight loss; you must incorporate it into a healthy diet in order to get the full benefits. What Are the Different Types of Cinnamon, and Where Can I Purchase Them? The everyday powder or stick form of cinnamon that is available in most grocery stores is usually Cassia cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is typically more expensive and is, therefore, typically sold in specialty stores. It is usually only available in stick form. While both types are known for their therapeutic effects, the Ceylon cinnamon is slightly sweeter and is therefore considered to be of higher quality. How Do I Incorporate Cinnamon into my Daily Diet? I have used cinnamon in my foods and drinks every day for years and truly love it for its variety of uses. For everyone who is looking to improve their health and/or lose weight, I recommend substituting cinnamon for their daily use of sugar. Obviously, you can’t use cinnamon in everything that contains sugar, but this is an easy and inexpensive step toward reducing your sugar intake. Some of my favorite foods and drinks I use and recommend cinnamon as a sugar substitute are below: - When you are making your protein shake, mix it with ¼ to ½ tsp of cinnamon, ¼ tsp nutmeg, about 4 ounces of fruit, and a scoop of almond butter. I will even put a couple of dashes of cinnamon in my chocolate protein shake, as it gives a distinctive, but very pleasing, taste. - Instead of using sugar in your tea, try substituting cinnamon and stevia. - For a quick healthy dessert, cut up some frozen banana slices, put in a small scoop of almond butter, and sprinkle it with cinnamon. - In a medium bowl, whip up three egg whites until they are nice and fluffy, then add stevia and cinnamon to your preferred taste. You can also add some blue berries, and now you have great tasting, and incredibly healthy, dessert or snack. - For those of you who make your own almond butter, you can add a little honey, sea salt, and cinnamon to spice it up a bit. Look for my video on YouTube “How to make homemade almond butter.” I recommend you buy organic cinnamon whenever possible, as it will be grown with the best farming practices, and you will avoid ingesting various chemicals found in today’s mass produced foods. I hope this gives you some ideas on how to incorporate cinnamon into your daily diet and reap the health benefits. The uses for cinnamon are nearly endless, and I encourage you to explore the various recipes. References:
  10. One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from people looking to better their health and lose weight is “How can I burn more fat and keep it off?” Well, that is the magic question, isn’t it! The entire health industry revolves around this question and the possible best answer in one way or another. Unfortunately, a great deal of the health and fitness industry is more focused on making money than giving you the straightforward truth. I believe that is why most people are confused about what exactly resistance training is, and how to implement it correctly into their fitness goals. So what exactly is resistance training? First, the fitness industry loves giving it many different names in order to make you think it is something new that you need to try, and then pay them for it! Of course, all this does is add to the confusion. The simple answer is that resistance training is basically what everyone knows as weight training. Here is the technical definition: Resistance training is any exercise that causes the muscles to contract against an external resistance with the expectation of increases in strength, tone, mass, and/or endurance. The external resistance can come from numerous sources such as: Body Weight Resistance Bands Weights Weight Machines Resistance Training Doesn’t Mean Big Hulking Muscles! Many of you may be thinking, “Here comes another article on how to get those massive biceps and that V-shaped body builder’s body.” Nothing could be further from the truth. It is true that resistance training can be utilized to build muscle mass. However, most people looking to lose weight and burn fat need to understand that resistance training is essential for everyone who wants to increase their metabolism and to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Almost any time I broach the subject of resistance training with female clients, the common response is, “I don’t want to have hulking muscles and look like a body builder.” I want to make it very clear for the female readers that this just is not the case! You will not end up looking like a body builder or lose those womanly curves by performing resistance training. And, as a matter of fact, the training may help give you those womanly curves you so desire. So How Does Resistance Training Work? Resistance training works by causing microscopic damage or tears to the muscle cells, which in turn are quickly repaired by the body to help the muscles regenerate and grow stronger. The breakdown of the muscle fiber is called catabolism and the repair and re-growth of the muscle tissue is called anabolism. You're probably familiar with the term “anabolic” when used with steroids. Anabolic means to grow, and that's exactly what happens after you break down the muscle fibers with resistance exercise. In fact, many biological processes of growth in the body require some breakdown, or catabolism, prior to re-growth. Remember: It’s Not Just About Looks Resistance training is also essential if you want to prevent common diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, weakening of your bones (osteoporosis), limited range of motion, aches and pains, and muscle wasting as you grow older. An article in Preventative Medicine indicates: Research demonstrates that resistance exercise training has profound effects on the musculoskeletal system, contributes to the maintenance of functional abilities, and prevents osteoporosis, sarcopenia, lower-back pain, and other disabilities. More recent seminal research demonstrates that resistance training may positively affect risk factors such as insulin resistance, resting metabolic rate, glucose metabolism, blood pressure, body fat, and gastrointestinal transit time, which are associated with diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. How to Get Started In order to increase fat metabolism, you want to have denser, leaner muscle, which is what you get when you incorporate resistance training into your exercise routine. With that being said, you do not want to rely on resistance training alone. We always recommend that individuals also perform cardiovascular training, such as running, jogging, aerobics, bike riding, etc., into their fitness routine. For most individuals, performing resistance training for 20 to 30 minutes two to three times a week and mixing in cardiovascular training two to three times a week is usually the program we recommend. You can also incorporate cardiovascular training with resistance training. You can do this by performing cardiovascular training first, as you can kill two birds with one stone by also having it act as your warmup. We mention warming up prior to resistance training because it is vital to understand in order to avoid injury. Most people who injure themselves while performing resistance training have not properly warmed up, use poor form, or are pushing their body beyond its capabilities. It is vital that you warm up for at least 10-15 minutes prior to resistance training and, of course, stretch after your warm up. Stretching or performing resistance training with unprepared muscles could result in injury. Here is one of the basic routines I suggest for people just starting out: - Chest: dumbbell press, dumbbell flies, chest press, cable flies (crossovers). - Shoulders: side lateral raise, front raise, upright row. - Back: bent-over-row, cable row, pull-down. - Arms: biceps curls, triceps kickbacks, triceps press-downs on pull-down machine. - Abs: crunches, knee-drop crunches for the oblique muscles on the side of the abdomen (drop the knees to one side and crunch up). - Legs: Weighted squats, air squats (simply squatting without weight) leg extensions, and curls on the machines, leg press on the machine. Repetitions for men: 8-12, 2-3 sets of each exercise. Repetitions for women: 10-15, 2-3 sets of each exercise. Resistance Training Not Just For the Young Recent research indicates older individuals can also greatly benefit from resistance training. In older persons with and without cardiovascular disease, muscular strength and endurance contribute to functional independence and quality of life, while reducing disability. Aging skeletal muscle responds to progressive overload through resistance training. In men and women, strength improves through neuromuscular adaptation, muscle fiber hypertrophy, and increased muscle oxidative capacity. The increase in muscle oxidative capacity is due to the combination of strength development and aerobic exercise often used in resistance-type circuit training. Even in the oldest persons, resistance training significantly increases strength and gait velocity, improves balance and coordination, extends walking endurance, and enhances stair-climbing power. The Importance of Resistance Training for Self Sufficiency I convey this simple message to all my self sufficiency, survivalists and prepper followers. How are you going to be self sufficient if you cannot squat down, tend to your garden, or haul a bucket of water up the hill to your house without the strength and conditioning to do so? Our ancestors' resistance training didn't happen in a gym, it was accomplished by daily life tasks. Everyday they had to hunt, gather, maintain/build their shelter and they spent a lot of time in the form of play. Where do you think things like dancing and wrestling came from? Only the most stringent of our "off the grid" brothers and sisters can say they get their resistance training type of exercise from their daily life activities. Even then, a lot of them have modern machines and tools that greatly reduce the effort put out, when compared to our hunter/gatherer ancestors. So make sure you incorporate some type of resistance training exercise in your life 2-3 times a week, and I guarantee your health will be the better for it. References: Weil, Richard MEd. “Resistance Training.” medicine health. Web. 26 FEB 2012. Wilkes, Emilie, et al. “Blunting of insulin inhibition of proteolysis in legs of older subjects may contribute to age related sarcopenia.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 90.5 (Sep 2009):1343. Williams, Mark A., Kerry J. Stewart. “Impact of Strength and Resistance Training on Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors and Outcomes in Older Adults.” Clinics Geriatric Medicine 25.4 (Nov 2009):703-714. Winett, RA, Carpinelli, RN. “Potential health-related benefits of resistance training.” Preventative Medicine 33 (2001):503-513.
  11. Genetically modified or engineered food (GM or GMO) has become a hot topic of conversation over the last couple of years. Over the last year, there has been a huge push for the FDA to require food labels on any product containing genetically modified ingredients. As a matter of fact, March 27, 2012 marked the record-breaking one million signatures in favor of GE labeling, which is more signatures than any other food petition previously submitted to the FDA. More than 40 countries worldwide, including all of Europe, already have GE labeling. You have probably seen an article or news program on the issue recently, but you may not understand what all the fuss is about. Most people don’t understand that GMO food products are big money. Over the last 10 years, the agriculture biotech industry has spent over a half billion dollars in lobbying to make sure the consumer is kept in the dark. GE crops became commercially available in the United States in 1996 and currently constitute the vast majority of corn, cotton and soybean crops grown in the country. More recently, biotechnology firms have developed genetically engineered animals, including food animals like hogs and salmon. Today, some estimates indicate over 90% of all soy and corn grown in the U.S. is done with genetically modified seeds. So what does GMO really mean? GMO stands for genetically modified organism, which refers to any food product that has been altered at the gene level. Genetically modified foods are also frequently described as genetically engineered, genetically altered or genetically manipulated. For hundreds of years farmers crossbred their plants, but crossbreeding is far different than the process GMO crops undergo. Essentially in GMO, crop genes are turned on/off, removed or altered, in an attempt to make the plant more resistant to pests or chemicals used during the pesticide spraying process. The main concern when it comes to consumer health is that scientists are unsure of how these genetic changes will affect our short- or long-term health. We are barely scratching the surface when it comes to understanding how agriculture genetics work and how they affect humans. We are just beginning to understand that our DNA can be damaged or made healthy by what we consume in the form of food. It was once thought your DNA was static (it didn’t change), but we now understand that it can be greatly affected by environmental factors, as well as by what we eat. Why are GMO foods considered detrimental to your health? Research and the effects of GMO products on health is where the meat of the controversy lies. There is now a large amount of evidence that toxins in certain GMO foods may trigger inflammatory responses, food allergies, and cause infertility. An example is tomatoes that are spliced with a fish gene in order to make the tomato frost-resistant. The result is people with fish allergies could have a reaction to the tomato or even die. Recent animal studies showed genetically modified foods caused the following detrimental health consequences: Lung damage Immune response Lower birth rates Higher mortality rates of offspring Inability to reproduce In addition, researchers linked glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer) to Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS), a serious plant disease, in many fields around the world. Numerous studies have shown that glyphosate contributes not only to the huge increase in SDS, but also to the outbreak of some 40 different plant and crop diseases. Glyphosate weakens plants and promotes disease in a number of ways, including the following: Acting as a chelator of vital nutrients, depriving plants of the nutrients necessary for healthy plant function Destroying beneficial soil organisms that suppress disease-causing organisms and help plants absorb nutrients Interfering with photosynthesis, reducing water use efficiency, shortening root systems and causing plants to release sugars, which changes soil pH Stunting and weakening plant growth Do GMO crops have any benefits? Supporters of GMO food believe that this technology makes it possible to produce enough food for everyone to have enough to eat. This is accomplished mainly by making sturdier and more pest-resistant crops. Agriculture biotech companies also promised drought-resistant and high yielding, genetically engineered seed, but that has yet to come to fruition. Unfortunately, the agriculture biotech companies who create these products almost always write or back up all the positive research surrounding the benefits of GM crops. Talk about the fox guarding the hen house! We have already mentioned the possible health problems associated with GM crops and products, but GM products also cause environmental problems. Instead of creating crops resistant to weeds, which is one of the biggest benefit claims made by the agriculture biotech industry, the opposite is created; a new breed of super weeds that is immune to the herbicides used for weed control. Instead of using less herbicide, farmers now use more and more herbicide to battle these super weeds. Not only does this cause the foods we eat to contain higher levels of these chemicals, but those chemicals also seep into the soil and ground water. Studies also find that instead of producing more crops using GM seeds, farmers’ production is actually going down, especially when compared to farmers using poly-culture and sustainable farming techniques. Not only are the GM farmers doing far more harm to the earth than their small sustainable farmer brethren, but they also have lower output and higher cost to raise their crops and animals. Are your favorite foods contaminated with GMOs? In 2011 the Cornucopia Institute tested several “natural” labeled products, and the results were startling! They found numerous “natural” products, such as the ones listed below, contained high levels of GE ingredients, sometimes as high as 100%: Kashi® GoLean®, Mother’s® Bumpers®, Nutritious Living® Hi-Lo®, General Mills Kix® For non-organic, “natural” products making “non-GMO” claims, results showed that these claims can not always be trusted. Barbara’s Bakery® Puffins® and Whole Foods’ 365® Corn Flakes, which are both enrolled in the Non-GMO Project, contained more than 50% GE corn. This is why I always tell people to remove cereals and breakfast bars from their diet; they are also filled with sugar, chemicals, and processed white flour. I explore this topic in much more detail in my books and writings. How to Avoid GMO Products As we can see, product labels can be very misleading and confusing when it comes to choosing GMO-free items. So what to do? The easiest way to avoid GM products is to purchase items with the 100% USDA Organic sticker on the label. Federal law requires that organic food products be produced, promoting ecological sustainability, without the toxic inputs and genetically engineered ingredients common in the conventional food system. One of the best ways to get GM-free fruits and vegetables is to belong to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group or buy your food from a local farmer or Farmer’s Market. Of course you have to do your research when buying from a local farmer or Farmer's Market to make sure they follow the proper organic practices you are looking for. Remember vitamins and supplements can also contain GM ingredients, so you will have to pay attention in this area if you use these products. Hopefully you will now have some better tools to recognize GM foods and products. Always pay attention to the labels, as they are confusing for a reason: to make it harder for you to decipher a good product from bad product. Better yet get to know your local farmer or grow your own food, as that way you are guaranteed to get the best quality food possible. Sources: