Eggs? Why The Headlines Got It All Wrong

This is not a typical Doctor’s Farmacy podcast.  It’s only 12 minutes long.  As you will hear, he just got back from a short vacation and saw the headlines last week about eggs being bad and causing heart disease.  Dr. Hyman debunks the research that was cited in the article that went viral.

Eat like your life depends on it!!  And yes, include eggs!!

Link To Podcast: The Doctor’s Farmacy

What’s the Pegan Diet?

In this article, Mark compares the Pegan Diet to Primal.  I believe this article was prompted by some of the press this week, led by Dr. Oz, where some negative things were mentioned about the Keto Diet.  As always, Mark lays it out in a simple to digest way for the reader.

Link to Article: Mark’s Daily Apple – What’s the Pegan Diet?

One of the best articles I’ve read of late…

This article does a great job explaining in detail how the body works in relation to increased processed foods and sugar.  There are a lot of visual aids to help you comprehend the whole concept.  You won’t be disappointed if you take the 5-7 minutes needed to give this article justice.  Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Here are a couple of bullets from the article:

  • A University of Washington study showed that 1 glass of water stopped hunger pangs for 100% of studied dieters
  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated
  • Sugar can rewire the brain’s pathways.  Diets full of processed and sugar-heavy foods can increase the risk of depression by 58%
  • High-sugar diets pump inflammatory cytokines into your bloodstream, which can exacerbate arthritis
  • One of the most efficient strategies for reducing carb cravings in most people is to stop relying on carbs for energy

Link to Article: Dr. Jockers – Carb Cravings

5 Reasons Why Vegetable Oil is Worse Than Sugar

One of the first steps you take to live a Primal lifestyle is to do a pantry purge.  Don’t put a lot of pressure on yourself to run to your pantry now and get your trash can and empty your shelves, although some people do indeed do this.  Everyone has their own level of urgency and commitment.  For now, I just want to share with you this straight forward article that touches on one of the key things we teach as Primal Health Coaches.

You will hear me talk a lot about getting your diet right first and foremost, even before talking about your exercise.  80% of your body composition is based on your diet.  This article concedes to the fact that we know sugar is not good for our health, but it goes into detail as to why vegetable and other seed oils are even worse for us.

The 5 reasons the article goes into further detail on are:

  1. It Can Cause Weight Gain
  2. It May Diminish Brain Function
  3. It Can Harm Your Ticker
  4. It’s Filled With Carcinogens
  5. It Can Cause Inflammation

Throw Out the Gnarly Nine:

  • Canola Oil
  • Corn Oil
  • Cottonseed Oil
  • Palm Oil
  • Soy Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Rice Bran
  • Grapeseed Oil

Restock your shelves and fridge with healthy fats like:

  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Grass-Fed Butter

Take some time and start to read labels on the foods you are buying and consuming.  One of the biggest ones to look at are the salad dressings you are buying.  You will see that almost all of them start with Canola Oil and then Soy Oil.  I eat a lot of salad and when I do, I either use extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or I use the Primal Kitchens salad dressings that are made from 100% Avocado Oil.  These are delicious products and are considered good fats and they’ll help to make you feel satiated!

I welcome any and all questions or comments you have. Good luck on your journey to better health!

Link To Article: 5 Reasons Why Vegetable Oil is Worse Than Sugar

Glyphosate is in most Beer and Wine

I recently read an article that talked about glyphosate in breakfast cereals.  I can’t tell you how long it has been since I’ve had cereal, but when I see wine, it catches my attention!!

The article talks about samples of five wines and 10 beers that were tested. Beringer, Barefoot and Sutter Home were some of the wine brands tested, while the beer brands tested included Budweiser, Coors, Miller Lite, Sam Adams, Samuel Smith Organic and New Belgium. Sutter Home Merlot had the highest level of glyphosate of the wine samples, at 51.4 parts per billion, the report said. For beer, Tsingtao from China had the highest level, with 49.7 ppb. Surprise, surprise!!  Coors Light had 31.1 ppb, and Peak Beer Organic IPA had no detectable traces of glyphosate.

The key takeaway for me continues to be to try and buy organic whenever and wherever possible, not matter what the product in question is.  When it comes to wine, you have choices as well.

Kelly and I love our wine.  There’s nothing better than sharing a great tasting bottle of wine together.  We have explored different options beyond buying at our local state liquor stores.  The organic section is about 5 facings, which is disappointing.  One option we have found to be very good is Dry Farm Wines.

Dry Farm Wines share natural farming and traditional wine making practices, including:

  • Natural, sustainable, or Bio-dynamic viticulture/farming
  • Dry farming, no use of irrigation
  • Old growth vines, generally 35-100 years
  • Hand harvested fruit from low yields
  • Minimal intervention in the vinification and aging
  • Wild native yeast in fermentation
  • No commercial yeast for flavor alteration
  • No or minimal filtering/fining
  • No or minimal use of new oak
  • No or minimal addition of SO2 (sulfites)
  • No chaptalization (adding sugar to the grape in fermentation)
  • No chemical additives for aroma, color, flavor or texture enhancement

Dry Farm Wines searches the world for the finest natural, sustainable, and Bio-dynamic wines. The family farms and artisans that handcraft their wines are deeply committed to these farming and wine making practices. You can taste it in every soulful wine they collect.  The authentic wines they procure are exceptionally interesting and compelling expressions of taste and pleasure. When a wine is alive and free from overreaching modern influence, the wine will whisper in nature’s perfect logic and design. The wine will express nature joyfully and perfectly.

Dry Farm Wines offers 6 and 12 monthly or bi-monthly bottle subscriptions.  They offer free shipping and no long term contracts.  The cost per bottle for the 6 bottle subscription is $26.50.  Yes, this is more than what you will pay for your normal bottle you are probably buying today, but do you know where it is coming from, how it is made, or what exactly is in it?

We have really enjoyed the variety of wines from DFW.  What’s even better, is you won’t get the hangover headache with these wines because of the no to extremely low sulfites used!


Link to Glyphosate article:

FREE 100% Grass Fed Beef

One of the things with living a Primal/Ancestral lifestyle is you need to do you best to eat the highest quality meat your budget can afford.  We are fortunate with the boom in online shopping to have a wide variety of options for meal kits, proteins, seafood and more.

Butcher Box is one of those solutions to consider when shopping for high quality meats.  Especially when they run a promotion like the one they are having for the month of March.  2 Free Pounds for the life of your subscription is around a $20 value, which helps to reduce the average cost of the rest of the proteins you select in your box.  You can choose a selection of beef, chicken, and/or pork.  They have a wide variety of cuts to choose from as well.

Butcher Box Meats are:

  • Humanely raised
  • No antibiotics or hormones ever
  • High quality
  • 100% grass-fed & grass-finished.
  • Pasture-raised and free to roam.
  • Packed with key nutrients like Omega-3s, vitamins and minerals.

Having beef that is grass-fed and grass-finished is what you want.  This means their cattle are free to range on grassy pastures throughout their entire lives, suckling from their mothers for the first 6 to 9 months, then eating their natural diet of grass. Thanks to the climate, they graze year-round, with access to shelter when needed. They are never fed grain or kept in feedlots. Besides being delicious, the health benefits of eating grass-fed, grass-finished meat are abundant.

Click on the link below to price out a monthly box of meat:

DIY Essential Oil Perfume & Cologne

I get most of my book recommendations by reading books that recommend other books and also from the many podcasts I listen to.  Last fall, I was in Scottsdale at a customer convention.  I had some time in between the daily sessions and dinner, so I went for a walk on the golf course.

I had just received the recommendation to listen to the Lifestyle Locker Radio podcast from my chiropractor.  I had already listened to a couple and I liked the weekly conversations.  The next one in queue was about essential oils.  The guest on the podcast was Eric Zielinski, author of The Healing Power of Essential Oils.


Up until this point, my knowledge on essential oils was pretty limited.  After listening to this podcast, I was blown away, so much so that I ordered the book that day.  If essential oils interest you and you are trying to remove toxic things from your life,  I highly recommend this book.  The author has all kinds of great tips and recipes that you can easily work into your daily routine.

A small example of something I did was with body lotion.  Rather than use store bought lotions with ingredients I cannot pronounce, I used the recipe from the book.  It’s pretty straight forward, fractionated coconut oil with three essential oils; orange, peppermint and rosemary.  The author does not endorse any essential oil company.  I did my research and landed on Rocky Mountain Oils.  So far I have been very happy with their products, customer service and free shipping on all orders!

Another example of something I am going to try is with cologne.  I have worn cologne every day of my life up until this past year.  After learning more and more about how things put on our skin is so quickly and easily absorbed into our bodies, I have been much more cautious about what I am using.  I recently received the following recipes for both cologne and perfume.  It’s a great way to use something you know is not some synthetic fragrance  with serious effects on the body (especially the brain) and have been linked to Alzheimer’s, dementia, auto-immunity and even cancer.


Is Keto Bad for Cholesterol?

This is a very informative article from Mark’s Daily Apple.  It goes much deeper in to cholesterol than just a total number you receive from a lipid panel test.  There is way more to the story than just total cholesterol!


How Does Sugar Impact Your Body?

This is a straight forward article talking about the impact sugar has on your body.  I think many of you who read the article, will be amazed at all of the different ways in which it does impact you.

The article will explain the impact to each of the following:

  • Brain
  • Mood
  • Teeth
  • Joints
  • Skin
  • Liver
  • Heart
  • Pancreas
  • Kidneys
  • Body Weight
  • Sexual Health

The word cloud below shows you all of the different words used to describe various forms of sugar in products.  It’s kind of overwhelming.  After reading these, you’re ingredient label reading will go to a whole new level.  You will see sometimes as many as 4-5 different forms of sugar in a product, or in the case of the product below, 9 times!

Here’s an example of “Find the Sugar” in an ingredient line of a National brand chewy granola bar:

Granola (Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Brown Sugar, Crisp Rice [Rice Flour, Sugar, Salt, Malted Barley Extract], Whole Grain Rolled Wheat, Soybean Oil, Dried Coconut, Whole Wheat Flour, Sodium Bicarbonate, Soy Lecithin, Caramel Color, Nonfat Dry Milk), Semisweet Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla Extract), Corn Syrup, Brown Rice Crisp (Whole Grain Brown Rice, Sugar, Malted Barley Flour, Salt), Invert Sugar, Sugar, Corn Syrup Solids, Glycerin, Soybean Oil, Contains 2% or Less of Sorbitol, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Water, Soy Lecithin, Molasses, Natural and Artificial Flavor, BHT (Preservative), Citric Acid.

The total sugar is 7 grams, which is 29% of the total weight (24 grams), which is less than 1 ounce.

The easiest way to avoid a lot of sugar in your diet is to eat whole foods!


LINK: WebMD Article; How Does Too Much Sugar Affect Your Body

Natural Remedies for Cold & Flu

I came across this article in PALEO Magazine and wanted to share in hopes of opening your eyes to natural solutions to help during cold and flu season.

Most of us have been trained to take products like DayQuil, NyQuil, Tylenol, Theraflu, etc. to help with your cold.  The bottom line is these products do not get to the root cause of your problems.

The article goes into detail for each of the 10 natural remedies to help you with colds and flu.

1. Lifestyle: Nutrition & Rest
2. Probiotics
3. Vitamin C
4. Vitamin A
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
6. Garlic
7. Sweat
8. Echinacea
9. Ginger Root
10. Oregano Oil

Enjoy the article!


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