Vitamins And Minerals Are Useless

What I mean is that we have a plate of food sitting on the table in front of us and somehow we get the nutrition from that food into our bodies and delivered to our cells so that we can keep strong and healthy.

How does all that work?

When you eat food it goes through a definite process.

You start by breaking it or cutting it into manageable size pieces.

Next, you chew the food to break it down and at the same time, the saliva in your mouth introduces enzymes into the food that begin to break it down also.

The food goes to your stomach where the stomach acids and the action of the stomach break it down further to a soup like consistency.

It then enters the small intestine where there are further enzymes breaking it down to even finer elements.

This reduces the food to small enough particles for your body to absorb them.

Most of the nutrition that absorbs into your body does so through the small intestine.

The intestine itself is very long, about 6.5 m (22 ft) long.

The walls of the intestine are not flat but corrugated.

Upon them are the villi and on them tiny micro-villi.

These are small finger like protrusions that wave in the food “soup” and absorb nutrition.

One Indian doctor I met described the effect as being like having a seaweed forest on the inside of your intestine that the food passes through.

Just as the seaweed draws nutrition out of the ocean, so the villi and micro villi draw nutrition out of the food we have eaten.

The villi draws the nutrients through the walls of the small intestine and deposits them into the blood steam or the lymph system, which then takes them through out the body and delivers them where needed to support new cells being created and cellular regeneration.

Also, just like the seaweed that becomes torn up and thrown on the beach during a storm, our villi is delicate and can be easily damaged. Just like the seaweed our villi is intended to regenerate quickly.

If we stress the villi too much they become brittle and break off and under continued stress, they do not regenerate but become broken and stumpy.

They then can be covered with fats from the food we eat and a build up of mucus creates an effective barrier that prevents much of the nutrition from the food we eat, to be absorbed.

When this happens the villi are said to be “Energetically Impaired”.

The things that stress the villi are:
Poor food choices, high fats, high sugar, low fibre.
Irregular eating patterns.
Irregular sleep patterns, (very common for shift workers).
Environmental toxins as we discussed earlier.
The Two Worst Factors for Damaging villi are: Antibiotics and Stress.

Do you know anyone who has been under stress lately? Not getting regular, nutritious meals? Having broken sleep times? Using antibiotics?

These lifestyle issues just seem to be part of everyday living in modern society.

If you are noticing that you are often weary, not handling stress as well as you would expect, losing concentration in the afternoon, waking up without feeling rested, then it is very likely that you have ‘Energetically Impaired’ villi.

A study by the Cambridge University many years ago concluded that the surface area of the inside of the small intestine of an average adult male would be somewhere in the region of Two Soccer Ovals!

If the same person had fully Energetically Impaired villi that surface area could be as little as One Tennis Court!

Imagine lawn fertilizer being poured over two soccer ovals and then imagine the same fertilizer being poured over a single tennis court. Of course, much would run off the tennis court, and the same principle applies to our villi.

If they are ‘Energetically Impaired’ then we are starved of nutrition, no matter what we eat.

In this case the body is not able to produce new healthy cells at the level it should and our system suffers.

This has been like making a photocopy of a photo. The copy is okay but maybe not quite as good as the original.

If we then photocopy the copy, the image is a little worse.

When we get eight or ten copies from the original we may not even be able to tell what the original photo was!

In our body this equates to things starting to go wrong and them being run down.

with a modern, scientifically constructed, nutrition program with the right mix of mixture of herbs and botanical factors along with the vitamins and minerals we need, promotes the regeneration of the villi.

In a normal, healthy person we expect to see this process of rebuilding the villi, accompanied by a measurable change in personal energy, within about three days of starting on the products.

Once this happens it is like copying the original photograph with each photo getting better and better.

In our bodies this shows as the cells becoming healthier and healthier and we find ourselves feeling better and better.

Supreme Court Abortion Decision

After much deliberation and discussion, the Supreme Court has returned a critical strike to the core of women’s rights in the abortion arena. The court in a 5-4 decision banned a medical procedure known as a partial-birth abortion or Dilation and Extraction. This abortion procedure was performed after the 20th week of pregnancy. While the pro-rights crowd is naturally upset over the ban, they are horrified over the fact that there are no exceptions to the ban that would enable a doctor to save the life of a woman if it was medically necessary to perform the procedure.

Doctors can face up to 2 years in prison if they are convicted of performing the procedures, which will greatly limit the numbers of doctors performing the procedures and likely increase the number of states placing bans of the entire abortion procedure as well. The decision came from a split Supreme Court, with two of the justices being hand picked by Bush himself. This is a cause of great concern, suggesting that the Supreme Court has turned into a very conservative place, despite the lack of support for Bush and many of his ideas and practices on a broader level. The Supreme Court’s involvement in politics is usually noted, but given the gravity of this decision it is clear where certain allegiances lie.

Is the Supreme Court really following the wishes of the majority, do they really have the legal right to determine that a medical decision can or cannot be performed? The anti-abortion camps in the GOP are happy following the decision and are busily looking for more ways to put a damper on the rights of women in regards to abortions. How will this decision be regarded when it comes election time, and the Presidential elections come around? What about the midterm elections next time they are scheduled?

Many people are left to wonder if the Supreme Court decision is truly a legal decision, or nothing more than a very carefully selected group of ultra conservative judge’s who are following Bush’s wishes and desires in regards to the case. The case was sitting before a panel of judge’s who seem to thrive off of the acceptance of Bush, and Bush was noted as being encouraged by the ruling and declaring it as a victory for his administration.

The court defended its decision by saying that it was doing nothing more than drawing a line between abortion and infanticide. There is a difference between killing a child, or an infant, and an abortion. One of the most notable differences is that a child or infant is not considered an infant until the first breath of air is taken into the lungs. An abortion does not allow the infant to take that first breath of air, therefore, removing the term infant from their being.

While it is noble that the Supreme Court is looking and seeking to protect all forms of life, they should also concern themselves with the lives of the mothers who carry babies, who should not be allowed to continue to term for medical reasons. There are numerous women each year who become pregnant who are unable physically to carry a child to term, and must abort the child, or risk their own life. What has the Supreme Court done in order to protect those mothers, or improve their quality of life?

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Food That Will Improve Bad Skin

Oily fish

With skin issues like acne, eczema, and psoriasis, the redness and irritation you see is caused by inflammation. You may have taken Ibuprofen in the past to fight against inflamation, but the body has its own natural anti-inflammatory compounds. Oily fish help the body make these compounds, so increasing your fish intake will reduce the soreness and rawness of bad skin.
Omega 3 is the key oil here (it also has benefits for just about every other body system you can think). Fish like mackerel, herring, trout and salmon are great sources of the oil – they’ll noticably improve the quality of your skin very quickly.
Try to get the freshest fish you can to maximise the power of the omega 3. Don’t worry too much about how you prepare the fish – fry it, bake it or grill it – just make sure you eat it on a regular basis.
If I had to choose one ingredient for overall skin improvement, oily fish would be it.

Orange foods

Orange coloured foods are another group of champions on the skin health front. Sadly pick ‘n’ mix doesn’t come into the equation here. Its orange coloured fruit and vegetables only.
The orange colour in foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and mangoes is given by a compound called beta carotene. This is a type of antioxidant that actually builds up in the skin, helping to reduce inflammation. The beta carotene also serves to protect the proteins in our skin that keep it supple, which adds a nice anti-ageing benefit to the mix too. Increasing your intake of these foods will help keep the skin smooth.
The great thing about many of these foods is that they are portable or quick and easy to prepare. Snack on raw carrots during the day or bake some sweet potato wedges in the oven at night. Simple, quick, and easy!
To really enhance the positive effect of orange foods, combine them with something fatty. A little olive oil drizzled on raw carrots, or some cheese melted on sweet potato, will go a long way in aiding the body’s absorbtion of the beta carotene.

Prawns

Prawns and shellfish are particularly good for acne sufferers. This is because they are packed with zinc, which helps speed up the rate at which wounds and infections heal. I’ve seen so many cases of acne clearing fast once the sufferer gets enough zinc in their diet.
Zinc also carries the added benefit of helping to even out oil production. If the skin is too oily, then zinc will reduce the amount of oil that is produced.
Fresh or frozen prawns are a great source of the nutrient. If you are a vegetarian or not a seafood fan, then pumpkin seeds and pulses are excellent substitutes.

Onions and garlic

Sulphur is often referred to as �the face lift nutrient’. It strengthens the fibrous strands in our skin, which helps skin cells hold their shape, reducing wrinkles and sagging. Increasing sulpher intake makes skin a little tougher and more resilient to environmental damage.
Several studies have also shown that sulphur-rich foods can improve acne, although how and why still remains unclear.
I try to include these foods in as many dishes as possible. Any savoury dish will be brought to life by the simple addition of a bit of garlic or onion. A little tip though: when you do use them in dishes, add them first and salt immediately. The salt brings the flavour right out and will gives greater depth and dimension to your dishes. Try it, you’ll see what I mean.