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Calories, Do You Worry About Them?

Calories, do you worry about how many you eat? If you do, you’re not alone. A lot people do the very same thing, they count their calories. If you’re one of those who do, I have a suggestion for you. To help make your job easier and you healthier; it’s not how many calories you eat, that’s important. What’s important is where the calories come from.

Calories are essential to survive, so they’re absolutely necessary and yes if you eat more, you weigh more. If you eat less, of course you weigh less. That does make eating fewer calories crucial yet eating less to control them can be very difficult at the least, if you’re on a carb diet. The simple reason to this is because carbs makes you hungry. They create and maintain a hunger cycle that you have no control over, without removing them. That makes, where you get your calories from, more important than how many you eat.

Are the calories you get from the food you eat most from carbohydrates, or are they calories from protein and fat? If you’re eating calories from carbohydrates, under the guise of healthy energy, you’re allowing those carbs to make the fat that your body needs to use for that energy. If you’re getting your calories from fat and protein, you’re feeding your body exactly what it needs to survive and thrive. Eating fats and protein also allows your body to heal itself from virtually anything. There is very little our bodies cannot heal from, as long as they don’t have the influence of the glycation that’s the result of carbohydrates contaminating their systems. That means if your body needs glucose, let it make its own.

Whatever glucose you can get from carbs, your body can supply, on its own. When your brain (which is the only part of your body that uses glucose) needs glucose, it can supply the brain with all it needs through a process of gluconeogenesis. Your body reformulates the glycogen in your body to pull glycose out of it to use whenever the brain needs the glucose. (Remember, glycose used to be the name for glucose.)The interesting thing about this little known fact is that your body makes this glucose, regardless of how much you already have in your body from the carbs you eat.

This all points to the fact that your body will make the nutrients it needs, provided you feed it the proper foods to begin with and carbs are not in that group. Carbs make your body make its own fat. It makes that fat out of the carbs you eat with the hormone insulin. (That’s an enzyme you don’t want to be inhibited.) A healthier way to live is to allow your body to make its own glucose instead of fat. This does wonders for the body. As long as you eat enough protein to compensate for the loss in muscle tissue from gluconeogenesis, you’ll never lose vital muscle tissue.

This is why long fasts help you lose so much weight. After your body uses up its own fat to fuel your body, it resets your body to produce growth hormones that not only help keep you thinner; they keep you healthier by repairing your systems for you (usually without the need for medication).

It does this by changing your hormones. The way in which many hormones work are affected by eliminating carbs from the diet. Insulin is soon replaced by glucagon which regulates the gluconeogenesis that takes place in your body whenever it needs glucose. This hormone regulates how fat is burned in your body, where as insulin controls how fat is stored in your body. As long as you’re eating carbs you’re creating insulin and it’s instructing all the fat you’re making to be stored, instead of to be used. When you remove the carbs from your body; your body changes, from increasing its production of insulin to increasing the production of glucagon which in turn ramps up the burning of your fat. This is why keto diets work so good. It’s also why carb diets work so bad.

That means when you continue a diet of carbs, you’re forcing your body to make its own fat out of those carbs and this is where your problem lies. The fat your body turns the glucose into, is not a clean burning fat. It’s a dirty fat at best. It leaves glycated residue wherever it’s burned. That in turn gums up your cells…all of them, including your brain cells, your heart cells, your kidney cells, liver cells, every cell that blood flows through including the blood vessels they flow through. This is the true danger in carbohydrate consumption. This danger has been magnified by glyphosate herbicide with its enzyme inhibiting chemicals.

Some of the enzymes that get affected are enzymes that influence behavior. Some of these behavioral enzymes influence your appetite, as well as digestion, making this enzyme inhibitor responsible for more of your hunger and less of your nutrition. (It could actually detract from your nutrition.)

Could that be why Monsanto is so vehement about their product being safe? They must know, cutting the use of enzyme inhibitors in crops will cut down on the need for medication for the changes those enzyme inhibitors impose on the body when they’re consumed by an unsuspecting public. If news like that were to leak out to the world, what do you think that would to the profits of the pharmaceutical corporations they used to own? What would happen to the profits of the food producers that depend on the grain industry to provide them with their flour? Don’t you think that would have a major influence on them, if everyone knew that it was actually all of the grain products that Monsanto is responsible for that is making them need the very medications that Monsanto’s old pharmaceutical companies make?

I’m sure the pharmaceutical companies are still customers of Monsanto chemical division now, buying the same enzyme inhibitors to use in heart medication as well as many cancer medications. This is a practice that will only lead only to more and more drug need by their consumers and this is how you get hooked. If you eat grains in any form you’re one of their consumers.

This is what happened to my mother and continues to happen to over 20,000 mothers every day. This vicious cycle is courtesy of Monsanto’s crop seed companies, Monsanto’s herbicide companies through the production of Roundup, and what used to be Monsanto’s corporate partner, Pharmacia.

Cutting down on the use of these herbicides will also cut down on the need to use these same chemicals they need to produce the glyphosate, to make those heart medicines and this is the doom they’ve condemned our society to . Their greed is more important to them than the health and safety of all America. Their glyphosate ensures this for Monsanto even after their patent expired. It also ensures that America is not free, but still under the control of this industry and Monsanto. (It has something to do about the hunger cycle,)

According to Wikipedia; Glyphosate kills plants by interfering with the synthesis of the aromatic amino acids phenylalaninetyrosine, and tryptophan. It does this by inhibiting the enzyme 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS), which catalyzes the reaction of shikimate-3-phosphate (S3P) and phosphoenolpyruvate to form 5-enolpyruvyl-shikimate-3-phosphate (EPSP). Glyphosate is absorbed through foliage and minimally through roots, meaning that it is only effective on actively growing plants and cannot prevent seeds from germinating. After application, glyphosate is readily transported around the plant to growing roots and leaves and this systemic activity is important for its effectiveness. Inhibiting the enzyme causes shikimate to accumulate in plant tissues and diverts energy and resources away from other processes. While growth stops within hours of application, it takes several days for the leaves to begin turning yellow.

This makes your body waste a lot more energy, converting those carbs into fat, so it can use them. If you feed your body fat in the first place, you don’t need to convert anything as the fat is “ready to use”. This last little factor is what’s important to know, because it doesn’t require your body to make fat out of the sugar. This is what drains your pancreas from its supply of insulin. It also glycates your blood and it’s this glycation, that leads to more modern disease than any other one thing. If you can control glycation, you control all inflammation. Controlling all inflammation means that you’re controlling all modern diseases created by inflammation.

This fact combined with the fact that Roundup affects the enzymes phenylalaninetyrosine, and tryptophan, means that they’re also affecting your hunger patterns and your digestion. That creates a double dipper for the food industry and pharmaceutical industry. And they do this legally, thanks to a patent law from 1954 and a ruling from an old Monsanto lawyer saying that modifying seeds for any purpose, are legal. I’m sure they did’t realize the consequences at the time, their actions would have on humanity.

One of the enzymes affected in your body is Phenylalanine, is a precursor for tyrosine; the monoamine neurotransmittersdopaminenorepinephrine  (noradrenaline), and epinephrine (adrenaline); and the skin pigment melanin. Affecting the phenylalanine is going to affect how your other hormones work that are influenced by these enzymes. Tryptophan is an enzyme that influences your hunger by influencing enzymes that affect hormones that are influenced by what you eat. This is why your hunger is greater now than it ever was in the past and this is why the obesity epidemic, diabetes epidemic, CVD epidemic, cancer epidemic and dementia epidemics have worsened alongside the increase of glyphosate sprayed on American crops.

That means you must get your calories from healthy fats and protein. These are the foods your body prefers. It can live on carbs but carbs are only supposed to be used in times when we can’t get the protein or fat. The healthiest fats to partake of are MCT fats, Medium Chain Triglycerides. They’ll balance your cholesterol which is much healthier than just lowering it. Balancing is will actually lower your LDL by increasing your HDL. It’s the HDL that cleans out your cells of the spent LDL that’s been fed into it. If your body can’t clean out the burned LDL out of your cells, the LDL backs up in your blood increasing your overall cholesterol. What’s worse? If you accumulated this LDL from eating carbs, it’s dirty LDL, which is going to leave a residue inside your cells and this is what turns carbs into poison. That residue is what leads to all the modern diseases known to man. If you can cut down on that residue, you can control all disease.

Protein and fat have been the basis of our diet as far back as our species dates. We’re not going to change that overnight by converting to a diet of carbs. That’s insanity in my opinion. Homo Sapiens went through well over 100,000 years eating protein and fat supplementing it with carbs. Today, the basis of our diet is carbs and we supplement it with protein and fat. This practice urged on by a grain industry that’s interested only in profits and not public health, has proven deadly for all Americans. Since the expansion of the use of Roundup, this practice has become the deadliest practice that anyone can take part in. Not even the extensive exercise our ancestors had from running all the time could have saved them from the ravages of this weed killer.

This weed killer has turned into a people killer, through its enzyme inhibiting functions and this is something Monsanto continues to deny. (They’ve made lying to the public legal, with their placements in the USDA, FDA, EPA and probably the CDC all to ensure their success in carrying out that grandiose ruse that grains are healthy to eat and that you need to eat more of them. Hold on to that thought because we’re going to look into why they’re pushing this on the public like they are.

Thousands of years ago in our Paleolithic state, we were primarily carnivores. Just like bears we developed the ability to digest plant food making us omnivorous instead of just carnivorous. However, eating carbohydrates has its bad side, and it’s called glycation. Protein can’t create glycation. Fat can’t create glycation. They both need the glucose to do that. That makes glucose a natural poison that we’ve been eating for over 10,000 years, only to be ramped up in the last 50 years or so to where the proliferation of its use is now sending hoards of people to their premature deaths. It’s also making these same people very sick for extended periods of time before they die. It also makes people sick while they continue to eat, what now are really dirty carbs, due to the glyphosate herbicide sprayed on them as many as four times before they reach your table. Think about that for a minute.

The bread you make your sandwich with has been poisoned, right under your nose without your consent, or knowledge, which forces you to need the pharmaceuticals that this same company produces. Who knew that this addiction that’s been forced upon you claims your health with every bite you take? You should know what addiction this is, by now and what you can do about it. What they’re selling as safe has escalated death rates from diabetes to brain cancer, from Alzheimer’s to atherosclerosis, all evidenced by the rise in cancer rates in the farmers that use this weed killer.

It’s also evidenced by the rise in autism since the start of spraying, 40 years ago. Autism rates climbed steadily for 15 – 20 years from the early 70’s, when they started using glyphosate, until they too, skyrocketed in the 90’s, when glyphosate usage multiplied. Now glyphosate is at an all time high with every rate of modern disease at an all time high as well. Yet Monsanto and its industry refuse to acknowledge the true damage they’re doing to our society. It’s their greed that’s driving every pandemic known to modern man. From destroying our health to destroying the environment, Monsanto is leaving quite possibly the largest footprint on our ecosystem, medical system, pharmaceutical system as well as our agricultural system, . They have industrialized legal covert terrorism on an unsuspecting public, by saturating our diets with poisonous food, without telling us. What they should have shared with us, was that they were using us as guinea pigs, for their experiment on the impact glyphosate has on human physiology.

Their experiment has been disastrous for the American people, as well as the world, as glyphosate is breaking records in sales every year, especially since the patent expired 16 years ago. But this isn’t supposed to be about glyphosate. This is about the calories you eat and where you get them from. The glyphosate sprayed grains just tells you, not to get your carbs from that source as that source is now tainted, severely.

Do you get them from dirty sources like carbs or do you get them from efficient foods like protein and fats? Remember where I said that a gram of sugar has 4 calories and that a gram of fat has 9 calories? That only points to the fact that fat is 225% more efficient as a food source. (This is something Monsanto has lied to you, for about 30 years .) With fat being that much more efficient than sugar, it’s no wonder that it’s that much healthier.

Eating the proper fats feeds your body exactly what it’s been running on ever since we’ve been running as a species. A running we did in our Paleolithic years. We ran all day long, either hunting food, tracking down food, or just running down our food. The funny thing about this is, they were all running on empty stomachs, all day long, and not running out of energy. They could only do this by not eating many carbs. Their bodies had to run on ketones and fat, ramped up by adiponectin and other hormones in their bodies that set their brains to grow.

It was this constant practice of exercising every day that made their bodies produce the hormones that allowed them to advance faster than the other species. It was our ability to sweat and cool our bodies that allowed our ancestors to run down their game to feed their families. It was this kind of diet that our bodies ate for 1,000’s of years. Not until the last 60 years or so did we become sedentary and start eating more of what used to take us a half a day of gathering to eat. Most people now get their calories without the gathering or the hunting or the running so they never burn up those calories. They store them. This is the nature of a carbohydrate diet. The same hormone (insulin) instructs the fat it just made to store itself as visceral fat around your midsection until you need it. Your problem is, you seldom need it so it stays as fat.

The bad thing about that is that this fat you just made out of your carbs is going to demand more fat to join it. Fat in your body shuts down the action of leptin, the satiety hormone. When this hormone isn’t working right to tell you when to put down your spoon, it‘s demanding that your body consume more carbs to satisfy it. This leptin resistance leads directly to you needing to eat more and more, just to produce enough leptin to satisfy your addiction. And this is precisely why you should get your calories from protein and a much more efficient fat, rather than carbs.  This is metabolic syndrome, a precursor to diabetes. This is why the keto diet is taking off so much. It’s not only a fat burning diet, it’s a brain growing, muscle growing diet that truly gives you the best body and brain you can have.

You’re probably asking, what kind of fat is good to eat? I’ve always been told that fat is bad. Until I learned that it isn’t at all. It’s healthy. Actually, it’s very healthy. The industry that told you it was bad had an interest in selling you that idea so you would eat more carbs. They even recommended for you to eat them over the fat. That’s because the grain industry is behind the recommendations for what you eat and they’re interest is in supplying more grains for you to consume.

Later they found out that a diet of fat won’t lead you to any drug use. That’s reserved for the carb diet and that may have been why this industry dissuaded everyone from consuming a diet of fat. Just like the sugar industry the grain industry has been lying to the public for greater than 60 years about the safety in eating their food. Now, they’ve amplified its danger by dousing it with more and more glyphosate right up until two weeks before harvest. How safe do you really think that makes the food you eat?

Remember the thought I asked you to hold on to earlier in this article, why Monsanto has been pushing the idea that grains are healthy to eat? The answer to that question, is because this is crop that can be marketed to farmers as making them more money by producing more crop. Yet they need to spread more Roundup, to do this, according to Monsanto. (This is something many farmers don’t agree with and are actively trying to resist. Monsanto’s push to own every farmer on North American soil has taken many of these farmers to court where Monsanto has tied them up for years at a time, often, to get them to use their own gmo seed.) This includes Canada where a majority of canola is grown, which happens to be another Monsanto glyphosated crop. This is another one that they like to spray with Roundup right before harvesting to save the lower oil pods that drop off the crop and shatter losing much of the valuable canola oil. (For the farmer it’s Roundup to the rescue. For the consumer it’s Roundup to the dinner table where it can continue it enzyme inhibiting actions in the bodies of your family.

Right after Monsanto patented their first seed in 1980, they purchased GD Searle chemicals, makes of NutraSweet in 1985. This was about 14 years after they patented Roundup. (They probably patented the glycation of America.) Their Roundup has done a bang-up job of bringing the senescence of glyphosate to humans. Roundup is advertised as working through senescence, on how it kills weeds. That senescence is rubbing off on our population. It was 7 years after they patented seeds that they patented Celebrex setting themselves up to be a provider of foods that require an early departure to drugs and a never ending cycle that never lets up until a premature death.

This current cycle of disease, disorder and death can be tracked back to 1954 and the the plant act. That’s when they made it legal to patent seeds, later leading to genetic modifying of crop seed, later leading to genetically modifying crop seed to survive multiple uses of an enzyme inhibiting herbicide that induces senescence in humans. This is the genetic modifying of humans by modifying their food. This food that gets modified just happens to be an addictive food that’s been made more addictive by its modifying. If this isn’t criminal, I don’t know what is.

To prevent your premature death, look to make fat and protein the core of your diet. You don’t have to eat nearly as much, or as often, as it’s that dreaded hunger cycle that never appears in the keto diet. That’s because the arguably worst manifestation of a carbohydrate diet, is the hunger cycle that’s tied to it. I don’t know anyone who would want that. Especially when that hunger gets magnified by what’s been sprayed on it multiple times.

It’s clear to me that the more glyphosate that Monsanto sells, the more disease the public is going to fight. From autism to Alzheimer’s, all modern diseases have increased right alongside the increase of glyphosate usage. The only blessing here is that we don’t have to eat it. We can say no to glyphosate by not eating any grains, including sugar.

THE WAY FORWARD – FASTING AND KETOSIS

For 2500 years, physicians have used fasting as a means to find the way back to health, by a simple and inexpensive manner in which one could actually heal themselves from virtually any of the modern diseases that have plagued man, since the dawn of civilization. For me, it’s easy to see the correlation of the emergence of modern diseases with the gradual increase of consumption of einkorn wheat, the precursor to our modern strains of wheat. From Emmer (one of the first domesticated strains) and Durum Semolina which is little higher in gluten yet it’s still considered a weak wheat. (The wheat doesn’t rise as well as it holds the dough together to hold the pasta shape.) Winter Red, spelt and other bread wheats or common wheats that’re higher in gluten have been used for bread for thousands of years, because it rises better. Today’s forms of highly modified wheat act nothing like the strains from thousands of years ago as today’s  highly domesticated strains of wheat cannot survive in the wild. That’s according to Wikipedia and that’s due to their inability to disperse their seeds. Monsanto has made certain of that through their genetic modifying to create ender seeds that won’t pollinate so a farmer has no seed for next year’s crop forcing them to buy GMO seed from Monsanto. (GMO by itself is not dangerous. It’s what the modifying allows the farmer to do that makes it dangerous and that’s to spray it with Roundup. Their seed is genetically modified to handle applications of the glyphosate herbicide.) This is the wheat that Monsanto is forcing their farmers to grow for your cereal, bread and snacks. The same exists in the corn fields as well, contaminating every corn chip that you eat. (When was the last time you ate Mexican food?)

But we’re talking about wheat right now which was originally cultivated in the Fertile Crescent 10,000 years ago, approximately the same time that modern disease started showing up in the bones of the remains of the people. This is a clear indication of the glycation that wheat was responsible for even then, even as slow as the einkorn wheat is to digest (which slows the progression of glycation). The glycation existed then as it does now, only it took it much longer to manifest. Today, it manifests itself immediately (as soon as it touches your tongue) and this is due to the fast dissolving gluten flour that’s used for bread and pastries as well as pasta and cereal. It just glycates more now as the grain has changed immensely in the last 10,000 years. As these foods increased in prevalence in our diet, the rates of disease increased, as it’s these grains that have always generated disease. They generate it so slowly that it’s never noticed until it’s too late or you stop eating it. This is the value of fasting and why fasting is so important to the health of anyone on this type of carbohydrate diet.

This is why fasting has always cured disease. 98% of all disease is a direct result of our diet. With that being said, it’s easy to see why removing everything damaging from our diet is going to heal the damage caused by keeping those foods in the diet. Fasting produces such good results it’s been the subject of over 20,000 studies on PMC in the NLM at the NIH. (PMC has reports from across the world. Pubmed has 590 reports from studies done in the US alone.) It’s that important, yet what has your doctor shared with you about this life saving course of intervention? Your doctor comes into your appointed meeting with his/her prescription tablet in hand ready to prescribe pharmaceuticals. (Now it’s a laptop that affords them more latitude in their diagnosis. I sometimes see a primary care physician who still carries a prescription pad with him everywhere he goes, but then he has drug reps going in and out of his office all the time, so to speak.) Their whole intent is to prescribe drugs for your ailments, which are more than likely caused by the ingestion of grain foods. Prescribing drugs is the way they’re trained to treat patients, not with recommendations of diet. (Monsanto wouldn’t allow that to take place as they have far more control over your life than what you could ever believe.)

That’s exactly why fasting is so healthy. It removes the worst of the toxins in our bodies that’s built up from the diets of bread, wheat and grain based products, and doesn’t put more toxins back in with the prescribed drugs. Those grain products also happen to be the most addictive, which is what makes them the hardest to give up. The addictive nature of sugar, at its worst, is displayed in this manner (when it drives pharmaceuticals). When one fasts, they give up the sugars that are doing all the glycating and it’s this glycation that is at the root of all disease and this is why going without food is so healthy.

It also sets your body up for future health by resetting the hormonal structure in your body. This is mostly the result of your hormones transitioning to a starvation mode of survival, where the Ghrelin your stomach releases, sends this growth hormone throughout your body allowing them to do their magic in repairing damage and extending cell life where cell death took place before. (This is directly due to the carbohydrate influence in the diet, creating glycation.) It’s the elimination of glycation that initially brings back a resemblance of health but that’s not what brings future health. It’s the breaking of an addiction. This addiction is built into our society so much, It starts in our prenatal body and continues through the first year of life and then on. (This is due to the prevalence of sugar and high fructose corn syrup in baby foods, formula and infant medicines.) The prenatal starts with mama diet before you’re born, if your mother ate carbs, you got them before your were born. But that only explains why you’re dependent. It doesn’t explain how to break the dependence. That’s with fasting and the keto diet, or ketogenic diet (the diet our ancestors were on ever since our existence). The keto involves fasting as part of the diet, making it much easier to maintain. (There’s no hunger.) Fasting does that by sending your body into ketosis.

According to Wikipedia; in the early 20th century around 1911; Bernarr Macfadden, an American exponent of physical culture, popularized the use of fasting to restore health. His disciple, the osteopathic physician Hugh Conklin, of Battle Creek, Michigan, began to treat his epilepsy patients by recommending fasting.  Conklin conjectured that epileptic seizures were caused when a toxin, secreted from the Peyer’s patches in the intestines, was discharged into the bloodstream. Conklin’s fasting therapy was adopted by neurologists in mainstream practice. In 1916, a Dr McMurray wrote to the New York Medical Journal claiming to have successfully treated epilepsy patients with a fast, followed by a starch- and sugar-free diet, since 1912. In 1921, prominent endocrinologist H. Rawle Geyelin reported his experiences to the American Medical Association convention. He had seen Conklin’s success first-hand and had attempted to reproduce the results in 36 of his own patients. He achieved similar results despite only having studied the patients for a short time. He reported that three water-soluble compounds, β-hydroxybutyrateacetoacetate and acetone (known collectively as ketone bodies), were produced by the liver in otherwise healthy people when they were starved or if they consumed a very low-carbohydrate high-fat diet.

With fasting being able to eliminate so many disorders, a path was sought to bring this form of healing to the mainstream by creating a diet to encourage fasting. Thus the ketogenic diet was born in 1921 through the efforts of Russel Wilder. According to Wikipedia, Russel Wilder, at the Mayo Clinic, built on this research and coined the term ketogenic diet to describe a diet that produced a high level of ketone bodies in the blood (ketonemia) through an excess of fat and lack of carbohydrate.

Fasting is the quickest manner in which to allow your body to go into ketosis, yet it may not be the easiest. Although on second thought, being the quickest way may make it the easiest. I went through two weeks of withdrawal because I couldn’t give up all foods I loved to eat all at once, to allow my body to go into ketosis in a few days. I could have avoided 10 days of want by fasting and only want something to eat for a few days, as what happens when you fast for a minimum of 3 days. A longer fast is more beneficial but the three days allows your body to respond by going into ketosis which is a fat burning mode. It’s this fat burning mode that forces your body to make its own glucose, which is a much cleaner glucose than you get from the sugar you eat, as it’s a clean glucose made from your own glycogen or fat storage. Getting into ketosis quicker could allow you to start your fat burning diet, but continuing some carbs will only make the withdrawal more difficult as it may drop your body back out of ketosis. This was my problem and why my transition took so long. (Thankfully, they’ll be no next time.)

Ketosis refers to acids in the body that are derived and used while in a state of low glucose in the blood. Because my body has been in a state of ketosis for the last 3 years, I feel qualified to speak about this lifestyle. I call it a lifestyle because it really is. It’s a lifestyle completely different from the lifestyle of a carboholic. Carboholics require food every other hour or so, it’s the law of glucose consumption, appetite follows glucose levels in the blood. It’s that simple, blood sugar levels raise and satiety sets in, releasing hormones controlling feel-good emotions influencing behavior, sometimes unrecognizable behavior. But, that usually happens when the blood sugars fall again after a couple hours releasing hormones of hunger, need and want. These hormones are completely different than the satiety hormones and have much different affects on the body.

This is where carboholics do not have the advantage that ketonemiacs have. Ketonemiacs (those who have allowed their bodies to go into a state of ketosis) aren’t controlled by their hormones, so they don’t have to follow any hunger cycle. They’re in full control of their hormones. This also means that they’re in more control of their emotions because of that. I know that it doesn’t sound like it’s that big of a deal, but it’s more important than you ever could imagine.

First, let’s look at the state of ketosis, as explained in Wikipedia;

Ketosis is a metabolic state in which most of the body’s energy supply comes from ketone bodies in the blood, in contrast to a state of glycolysis in which blood glucose provides most of the energy. Ketosis is similar to a condition called ketoacidosis, in that both cause a side effect known to laypeople as acetone breath.”

“Longer-term ketosis may result from fasting or staying on a low-carbohydrate diet, and deliberately induced ketosis serves as a medical intervention for various conditions, such as intractable epilepsy, and the various types of diabetes.[6] In glycolysis, higher levels of insulin promote storage of body fat and block release of fat from adipose tissues, while in ketosis, fat reserves are readily released and consumed.[5][7] For this reason, ketosis is sometimes referred to as the body’s “fat burning” mode.”

Even body builders have recognized ketonemia as being to most beneficial state to keep their body in as it’s in this state where they produce more growth hormones because of the amount of Ghrelin their stomachs release to enable them to grow their muscles bigger without the carbs.

It used to be one of the biggest problems, being in a state of ketosis is often confused with ketoacidosis, which has nothing to do with being in a state of nutritional ketosis. Ketoacidosis is a state of extreme ketosis that can only happen to type 1 diabetics because their pancreas is incapable of secreting enough insulin to handle even a large amount of glucose in the system. Because of this the liver of type 1 diabetics secretes more ketones than what the body needs to operate.  Again Wikipedia says on the subject of ketosis;

“Ketosis is deliberately induced by use of a ketogenic diet as a medical intervention in cases of intractable epilepsy. Other uses of low-carbohydrate diets remain controversial.[15][16] Induced ketosis or low-carbohydrate diet terms have very wide interpretation. Therefore, Stephen S. Phinney and Jeff S. Volek coined the term “nutritional ketosis” to avoid the confusion.[17]Although I appreciate ketosis as being a “fat burning mode”, it’s the other benefits that I appreciate more. Benefits like less pain, no headaches, no stomachaches, far more energy than what I’ve ever had, ability to get more work done, as I don’t have to stop all the time to eat and although I do eat at my desk, I’m usually at my desk 16-18 hours out of the day, except on therapy days. I take 3 hours, 3 days a week for therapy. My therapy is exercise. My brain needs it, but my body benefits.”

Ketoacidosis is a metabolic state associated with high concentrations of ketone bodies, formed by the breakdown of fatty acids and the deamination of amino acids. Ketoacidosis is most common in untreated type 1 diabetes mellitus, when the liver breaks down fat and proteins in response to a perceived need for respiratory substrate. Prolonged alcoholism may lead to alcoholic ketoacidosis. “

“In diabetic ketoacidosis, a high concentration of ketone bodies is usually accompanied by insulin deficiency, hyperglycemia, and dehydration. Particularly in type 1 diabetics the lack of insulin in the bloodstream prevents glucose absorption, thereby inhibiting the production of oxaloacetate (a crucial precursor to the β-oxidation of fatty acids) through reduced levels of pyruvate (a byproduct of glycolysis), and can cause unchecked ketone body production (through fatty acid metabolism) potentially leading to dangerous glucose and ketone levels in the blood. Hyperglycemia results in glucose overloading the kidneys and spilling into the urine (transport maximum for glucose is exceeded). Dehydration results following the osmotic movement of water into urine. (Osmotic diuresis), exacerbates the acidosis.”

“I bring this up to make the point that nutritional ketosis is not ketoacidosis. It’s far from it. According to Wikipedia again, “Normal serum reference ranges for ketone bodies are 0.5–3.0 mg/dL, equivalent to 0.05–0.29 mmol/L.[23]” In ketosis, the levels range from 3 – 6 mg/dL. Ketoacidosis requires a level of 15 – 25 mg/dL, more the three times needed for ketosis, making it virtually impossible for anyone to into ketoacidosis if you’re not a type 1 diabetic. Type 1 diabetics are required to make sure their bodies don’t produce many ketones because of the risk of ketoacidosis”.

According to PMC’s report on Calorie Restriction (CR) or fasting, submitted; July 2010; Nevertheless, ongoing research continues to draw a more complete picture of CR at the molecular level, which may ultimately allow for the development of therapeutics that might be able to confer at least some of the health benefits of this dietary regimen.

Remaining in a state of ketosis, on the other hand, has allowed my body to regain that which was lost 31 years ago in a car accident that left me severely disabled because of a severe closed head injury, (It was the two strokes that were the most devastating.)

It’s become evident to me since I’ve been carb free and in a state of ketonemia or ketosis, how much our society is addicted to this drug (sugar/glucose/fructose) that does little more than to lead those who eat it to further drug use. Our food industrial complex sees to that by their advertising . I’m convinced it’s because they’re associated with the pharmaceutical industry. They used to be merged into one corporation that controlled the seed supply for the farmers as well as the pharmaceuticals that treated to pain and discomfort brought on by the products grown by the crop seed sold to the farmer to supply the grains for the snack foods everyone everywhere love to eat.

The unfortunate result of this love affair with those snack and comfort foods is what this diet brings, as its cost of this pleasure. The price to be paid is in the discomfort that this food brings to all those who eat it, regardless of how much they eat. The food industry (Monsanto in particular) has a fortune invested in keeping you eating this deadly food. They’ve built an industry just to treat diabetes, with all the glucose meters and pumps out there, just so addicts can get their next fix. The trouble this industry goes to just to keep their addicts happy. I know now. I didn’t 4 years ago when I was an addict.

The less an addict consumes at each, sitting dictates how much damage it’s going to do, but it’s going to do damage. There is no way to avoid it. That’s the way our digestion and metabolism works. That’s why this addiction is by far, the worst addiction our society has to deal with. This addiction leads to every other addiction that we’re actively fighting, including alcoholism, heroin and tobacco and even gambling. Yes, even gambling, as gambling is driven by the hunger cycle which is one of the biggest underlying influences of a carbohydrate diet. Hunger in this diet drives absolutely everything, even breathing, and because of that, eventually drugs.

This is a cycle that I don’t need. As a matter of fact, it’s the last thing I need. The biggest reason I refuse to take any of these drugs anymore is because all of them carry side effects, some major, some minor. Whether the side effects are major or minor, I don’t want to experience any of them, anymore. I’ve had my fill of side effects, especially the ones that make my health worse, which is where most of these side effects should be classified. After living for twenty years needing to take massive amounts of opioids for my chronic severe pain, diuretics for my high blood pressure, anti-depressants for the pain, and living with the side effects of not only the opioids, but every other drug they had me on, all twelve of them, I got fed up with it. I wasn’t going to take it anymore as I just couldn’t afford it. And I was only up to twelve medications. I have a friend who’s on this diet, who’s lowered his needs to thirteen daily medications from twenty-three. How many meds do you take every day? How many would you like to do without, if your health would allow? This is where fasting needs to replace doping. A change in diet will go much further than any drug and the cure lasts longer than any treatment.

I live by the theory that if the meds aren’t needed in the first place, my health is going to be that much better. That is why I removed everything from my diet that I could, that is responsible for these horrendous diseases, requiring the need for these medications. By fasting, one can reach this healing state much quicker than I did, just by cutting my bread. Where it took me two weeks to get into full ketosis, by fasting I could have jump started the state by starving my body, then gone on from there with my ketogenic diet to keep my body in this healing state. This is the advantage of fasting, it not only starts the healing from the beginning by putting your body in a starvation mode, it allows you to stay in that mode for the rest of your life. That one little option in itself is what’s going to extent your life beyond 100 years. I can see where ultimately man will be able to extend it lifespan to over 150 years old. !00 years from now, when all mankind is on a ketogenic or paleo diet again, I can see the oldest people in the world living into their 180’s, doubling today’s average lifespan.

This can be easily obtained simply by allowing our bodies to heal themselves and not keep depending on drugs for the perception of healing, which ultimately brings nothing but more drug use, which ultimately is what ruins the liver and kidneys leading to all the cancers and disorders of the hepatic and renal systems. It’s this drug dependence that driven by another dependence that we’ve all been born into. I hope that you’re beginning to see how our drug addictions are driven by one thread that drives all modern diseases along with it.  That one thread is what ties 100% of all cancers, 98% of all heart diseases, and 99.9 % of all dementia, all arthritis, all headaches, and almost all stomachaches together is one substance that can be removed from the diet without any severe side effects. I shouldn’t need to tell you what that substance is by now. You should know. You eat it every day. You live with the effects of addiction. Pain always comes with addiction. (That’s what makes breaking the addiction rewarding, limiting the pain cycle. Oh what sweet bliss!)

The idea then is to limit to miniscule amounts, the foods that make up these addictive substances. You should know by now what these foods are, you eat them every morning, either in your coffee as creamer, in the toast you have, or the cereal you consume. You have it every lunch with your sandwich or burrito and with every dinner with your rolls. I have known several families that would just put a plate of bread on the table every evening. This is the display of addiction, a full out need to satisfy the taste buds by dumping more and more sugar in the body, usually in the form of starchy carbs. I’ve also noticed that in those houses that served bread there was always beer cans in the garbage indicating another addiction. If you remove one addiction from our society, you remove all addictions, as this addiction to sugar and carbs is the foundation of all other addictions as they are all based on a hunger cycle which is the result of an addiction to sugar. Does that make it the root of all evil?

I hope that you can see now that it’s this addiction to sugar and carbs that’s driving the pharmaceutical industry, and that both industries are driven by the same people who have a major influence in the offices of the agencies that are supposed to regulate this industry, the FDA and the USDA. With that kind of influence, there’s only one way to fight it and that’s to not buy into it. To not buy into it does require a diet of grain abstinence, though. That requires breaking the addiction and moving to as, ketogenic of a diet, as possible. The easiest manner to do this is to do a strict three day, water only fast. The longer you can do it the better, but it must be at least 3 days with absolutely no food. (That’s why it’s important to check with your doctor first).

All of the consumption of the grain industry’s products is what’s driving the pharmaceutical industry today, tomorrow, next year, and for the next 500 and beyond. If we don’t put and end to this now, our society is doomed to suffer the consequences of a carbohydrate addiction that no one is responsible for. The greed of the grain industry combined with the ambition of the pharmaceutical industry, has made us all carboholic slaves to the desires these industries. It’s these industries that are rewarding from the most, from this arrangement. For me, it’s scary, how much power we’ve given these industries, simply because we listen to their advertising. We’ve also let them take over the regulating agency that’s supposed to control this industry. Because our health depends on it, we can’t allow Monsanto to dictate how there are going to poison our food, so they can bolster the profits of the pharmaceutical industry.

Not knowing what you put in your body can cost you your life. It is costing you your life if you eat carbs. Those who listen to the advertising and are influenced by it, fall prey to that influence, and become their slaves for life or until they quit consuming the grains. There’s very little difference than that of alcoholism except that it’s pretty much forced upon us, in our baby food. Feed your babies on your own milk, if you want them to be healthy.

I know what you’re thinking right now, what are all the foods involved in this addiction? The list is enormous and that’s why this is such a dangerous addiction. This industry has virtually forced us to celebrate this addiction. It involves every one of our holidays, with the holiday season being the worst. Every celebration involves some form of sugar. From the Sugar Bowl to the Tostido’s Fiesta Bowl, our celebration is never-ending. Just after the “holiday season” comes Valentine’s Day barely a month later. Then, comes Easter and spring break. Are you beginning to understand why this addiction is our worst? With all the celebrating we need to keep this addiction, how do you change tradition without changing the world? The quickest way that I know is to organize an international health weekend, for 3 days, where everyone goes keto to heal their diseases and give their bodies a chance to go into ketosis, the ever healing state of metabolism.

The nicest advantage of this diet is the amount of control it gives you over your own emotions. You may think that you control your emotions right now, but I can tell you with full confidence, if you’re on a carb diet, you have no control over your emotions. They’re completely controlled by what you eat because what you eat controls your hunger cycle and it’s your hunger cycle that drives every other cycle your body goes through. Since your hunger cycle is controlled by your hormones (mostly leptin and ghrelin), it’s these hormones that are controlling your emotions. You know this every time you crave that bagel or biscotti. Once you bite into it, your saliva starts digesting that instantly gratifying food to give you that aww feeling, that instantly hits you brain, even before you can swallow it. This is your first sign of addiction and dependence that only gives you the perception that you have control of your own emotions. It’s this cycle that is in full control of your emotions. As much as you try to control them, too often they have a tendency to slip out of your control and back into theirs.

Anyone who can’t control their emotions entirely by themselves is a slave to their own hormones. This makes every carboholic a slave to their emotions and therefore a slave to these industries. This displays the dependence of the hunger cycle and the carb diet that drives that hunger cycle. You may not classify these as emotions, but I submit that they actually are. Satiety is defined as the state of being satisfied. If that is not an emotion, as it expresses feelings of calmness and security, I don’t know what is. Hunger, on the other hand, is defined as a strong desire. Is not that an emotion? These emotions are controlled by both leptin and ghrelin, which ultimately are controlled by the grain industry, more than anything else. This is the ruse I refuse to take part in. I can’t afford this trap anymore. The only way out for our society is to break the hold of this industry, to let them know that we’re not going to stand for this kind of abuse. To go ketogenic in your diet is the best way you can get yourself to everlasting health.

With emotions being controlled by our hormonal balance like this, it’s easy to see how carbs could influence that balance. For this to not have an effect on our behavior is beyond comprehension. It has to. When you combine the drive of an addiction (which is what we’re talking about) with the advertisements promoting that addiction, how can it not have an effect on our health and ultimately our society? That is why I make the statement that this cycle has to change. If it doesn’t cease, our health as a society, will never get better. There’s never been a better time for a cure, and that cure is a ketogenic diet, not only for each and everybody to be as healthy as possible, but also to regain the health of our whole society. Can you imagine a world where everyone not only controls their own emotions but they’re in control of their emotions? (That includes reactions.)

Let’s go back to addiction, though, for you may still not consider this an addiction. I understand, few caught in an addiction can recognize that addiction when they’re feeding it because the addiction has ways of hiding itself. You can ask anyone who has to have at least one beer a day. They’re not addicted to their beer, as far as they’re concerned, yet they have to have it. And often they don’t even drink more than just one. But they still have to have that one. That is what makes it an addiction. The body can and does live much better without beer, so it’s not a substance the body requires to survive. Yet the beer drinker needs that daily beer to satisfy their addiction. To go without, many times causes more problems because of the work your hormones are doing on your emotions and worse yet your actions by controlling how receptors work in your brain. That makes it a natural thing that you need to do, and not an addiction, to appease that desire to drink the beer. This is how addiction works and it happens to carboholics too. I know I am a carboholic. The desire for sweets is still with me. It’s a last refuge of my addiction. It’s something that I get to fight for the rest of my life.

Fact of the matter is, if you were fed baby food, you’ve been fed carbs, on the premise that this food is healthy to eat. Actually, you’ve been sold that this is the only healthy food to eat. Fault has been found in every other type of nutrition except  grains until recent history. For more than 60 years, we’ve been told to eat grains. Thirty years ago, they said whole grains are healthy. They still say, ”whole grains are healthy”, yet according to all the studies I’ve seen out of the hundreds I‘ve looked at, nothing about this food is safe to ingest, leaving me to wonder why do they still recommend it. Then I look at who controls the FDA, the USDA and what interest they have in their industrial farming, and it becomes pretty clear whose influence this is, controlling what we eat.

This simple little act of feeding you baby formula laced with sugars to get you to eat it, has addicted you to a lifetime of dependence. It addicted me. Even though I broke the addiction, I’m still affected by what control it did have over me. That’s exactly why I’m pleading with you, don’t let it control you. I can virtually guarantee that you won’t like the end results. Whether they come late or soon, they always come.

When I think about this, my first response is to get angry, for I never asked for this nor could I ever wish for it, or wish it upon anyone else. Yet, there is an industry that is committed to not only continuing this pattern, they’re goal is to increase its scope. You can see this in all the advertising. This is your grain industry pushing this celebration of this addiction and you’re buying into it every time you feed your carb diet, by buying all your snacks, pasta, cereal, soft drinks and beer, just for starters. I’d go on with the rest but space limits that list in this book. You can find it in both my first and second books, It’s Time for a Cure and Time for the Ultimate Cure. Your best guide is to use the glycemic index as your guide for what foods that are safe to eat or not. It’s the general consensus that you should keep your foods lower than 50 on the glycemic index. My contention is to keep carbs out of your diet completely, and let your body make its own glucose. The reason you want to keep your blood glucose low is to avoid the hunger cycle. The hunger cycle is emotionally the worst manifestation of a carb diet. As it controls your emotions, it controls your actions and reactions. This is an undeniable truth. You know it as well as I do. You feel it every time you taste that divine taste when you bite into it, MMM how good it is.

This is where you need to ask yourself, what is it you crave most? If what you crave has any carbohydrate in it, then that’s your first indication that you’re addicted. What kind of carb you crave, quite often tells how bad your addiction is. One wouldn’t think that a hamburger could be a sign of addiction, when actually when you think about the taste you crave, it’s a combination of everything including the bun, which happens to be the addictive ingredient in the hamburger. Everything else in the hamburger is healthy. It’s just the gluten in the bun that’s so addictive. I wouldn’t doubt that they use extra high gluten bread dough for the buns used for these sandwiches, as it’s more addictive, due to the high gluten content. I know they use high gluten bread dough for making pizza dough because it needs to rise, and the more the gluten the better it rises. That makes it taste better, but it also makes it more addictive. That’s why when you’re at one of these restaurants, most everyone there is overweight. They’re there because they crave that high gluten bread dough. You get it in both pizzas and fast food hamburgers. This is how they make you repeat customers.

If you think my assessment is wrong, just try eating your favorite hamburger between to slices of lettuce. The taste is completely different. Most fast food restaurants offer low carb sandwiches but few order them. The only ones that I know of who order them are those who suffer from celiac disease. I believe that all of us suffer somewhat from celiac disease. I think that there are only a very few that can get through life with showing or suffering the effects of a carb diet….especially an excessive carb diet as is the case with most people worldwide today. The reason you crave the taste of the hamburger is because of the high gluten bread dough the buns are made from because it’s that bun that raises your blood glucose as soon as it hits your tongue. Therein lies the addictive nature of glucose, the constant tug on your hunger cycle. It’s caused by the foods you eat, if you’re on a carb diet. When you stop to think about it, you know it, as well as I. You just need to do something about it, as I did, three years ago, and then again one year ago when I went complete keto. It took me three years to go completely keto. You can do it in one month if you’ve got the guts to do a thirty day fast. I didn’t and I may have suffered because of it. I guess I was still persuaded to eat the carbs even after I gave up the bread. If I had to do it over again, I’d fast, to go keto. The adjustment is a lot quicker. The adjustment is equivalent to breaking the addiction.

What do you think they’re advertising when they show you those commercials for pizza and their soft drinks, fruit drinks, cereals, breads, pastas, pastries, candy, etc, etc? They selling you that mmmm feeling of dependence and addiction. It’s that feeling your get as soon as your favorite food hits your tongue and makes you go “oh, I needed that”. That’s the same feeling a junkie feels when he gets his latest fix.

They’re using your emotions to control your behavior. That’s because they can. They already control your hormones and it’s your hormones that control your emotions. Is it any wonder that so many are addicted? Our food industry has done their absolute best to sell you their goods, and that means playing to your emotions in order to sell you that great taste that’s going to bring you oh so much discomfort, pain and disease. If you had known that this could and would happen to any one of your kids, you’d do everything in your power to change it. You do have the power to change it, every time you go to the store. Read the label of everything you buy. If it contains wheat, corn, soy or grains at all, don’t buy it. If you do, you’ll be buying into a lifetime of pain and discomfort for your family. Choose something else to feed your family. You’ll be much further ahead in the long run. The money it will save you in pharmaceuticals is nothing short of astounding.

In my estimation, this is criminal behavior. It’s criminal behavior being done on an industrial level. Monsanto has politically engineered their control of the FDA and USDA to ensure their compliance in their dominance of our food supply.

That is why I included my third chapter on our celebration of our addiction. Corporate does this on purpose. They do this because they know that we are addicted by our rate of consumption of their wares. They also know that with their lobbying power, they can get away with virtually anything. It’s kind of the same situation as that of the military industrial complex. They support congressmen and senators in every state and district, securing their interests, with this influence. Monsanto has even gone to the extent of contracting every farmer that they can, even to the point of suing farmers, just to corner the market. The last corporations that got away with this kind of behavior were busted up by Teddy Roosevelt in the late 19th century. No industry in our history has had more influence in our health, either as an individual or as a society than this grain and sugar industry has with it addictive food. It’s created a multi-trillion dollar medical and pharmaceutical industry. The thing that scares them the most is the ketogenic diet as it’s the only diet that can save you and the world, from their clutches.

We allow these corporations to addict us, even worse than we’ve been any time in the history on man, for which we should be ashamed. I would be but I didn’t set up the Supreme Court to allow Monsanto to patent life in patenting GMO seeds. This may end up being the bane of mankind, as it is a very deadly path for our food industry to be taking. But then it’s only deadly to those who buy into it. That’s why I won’t.

Gastric bypass, and the loss of ghrelin

Gastric bypass, and the loss of ghrelin

vertical-sleeve-gastrectomy-23018757When I heard from a dear friend that he wanted to go through gastric bypass surgery, because he couldn’t get his weight under control, my heart sank. I thought he’s heading into a life time of more illness and disease, just because he can’t control his carb intake. One wouldn’t think that losing part of their stomach could hurt that much, when in all actuality, you’re looking at cutting one of your most important lifelines. That is, if you don’t want to be addicted to pharmaceuticals for the rest of your life. I’m beginning to wonder why this procedure would ever be recommended,

I wouldn’t be so concerned about this, if one of the effects of this surgery didn’t involve loss of one of your most influential hormones, ghrelin. Post surgical data show a reduction in the amount of ghrelin in the stomach of bypass surgery recipients. This one factor alone could severely limit your ability to fight off future illnesses and disease.

Your stomach doesn’t just hold food to be digested, it produces one of the most important hormones for your health, ghrelin. If you take away the source of this hormone, you’re taking away future health.

I touched on this in Carbs, The Payoff of Life Without Carbs, and it has to do with control of your hormones. If you let your hormones control you, you’re going to be subject to leptin’s influence and your hormones are going to follow their own path of least resistance. This is going to continue, to force you to feed them, more carbs.

However, if you’d rather control your own hormones, you’ll learn the value of ghrelin resistance. This will allow the ghrelin to build up in your system where it can perform its magic, the magic of building a bigger brain, boosting anti-oxidants.

The Importance of Ghrelin

Ghrelin is first and foremost a growth hormone, as well as a hunger hormone, but it also serves many other functions. These functions include, but are certainly not limited to, the following attributes (according to Wikipedia);

  • “Ghrelin promotes intestinal cell proliferation and inhibits apoptosis during inflammatory states and oxidative stress.[49][50] It also suppresses pro-inflammatory mechanisms and augments anti-inflammatory mechanisms, thus creating a possibility of its therapeutic use in various gastrointestinal inflammatory conditions, including colitis, ischemia reperfusion injury, and sepsis.[51][52] Animal models of colitis, ischemia reperfusion, and sepsis-related gut dysfunction have been shown to benefit from therapeutic doses of ghrelin.[51][52] It has also been shown to have regenerative capacity and is beneficial in mucosal injury to the stomach.[53]
  • “The hippocampus plays a significant role in neurotrophy: the cognitive adaptation to changing environments and the process of learning[58][59] and it is a potent stimulator of growth hormone.[11] Animal models indicate that ghrelin may enter the hippocampus from the bloodstream, altering nerve-cell connections, and so altering learning and memory. It is suggested that learning may be best during the day and when the stomach is empty, since ghrelin levels are higher at these times. A similar effect on human memory performance is possible.[58]
  • “Although the vast majority of neurons in the mammalian brain are formed prenatally, parts of the adult brain (for example, the hippocampus) retain the ability to grow new neurons from neural stem cells,[citation needed] a process known as neurogenesis. Neurotrophins are chemicals that help to stimulate and control neurogenesis.”

Looking at the attributes above, Ghrelin not only supports anti-inflammatory mechanisms, but it’s this last attribute that sets it apart from all the other benefits that this diet provides, as it promotes neurotrophins in the brain which in turn help the brain to produce new cells. In other words it makes the brain grow. That means that going hungry turns on factors in your brain that actually make it grow. BDNF is just one of these neurotrophins that I talk about on the MY Life Without Carbs page. There are a few others you can find out about at the previous link.

hormones-list-ghrh-papers-tablet-words-growth-hormone-releasing-hormone-medical-concept-55856070So Ghrelin not only tells when to eat, it also inhibits cell death, it helps control pain and disease by controlling anti-inflammatory mechanisms as well as encouraging our brain to grow by encouraging neurogenesis, the growth of new brain cells. It’s this one factor that intrigues me the most. This means that I can grow new brain cells, something that I thought was lost 30 years ago after my severe closed head injury. I didn’t used to think that brain cells couldn’t grow back, when in all actuality, they’re growing all the time, through neurogenesis, (at least for those who want them to grow).

Ghrelin is the hormone of choice when it comes to controlling inflammation. Reducing the amount of it in the body will do little more than increase any expression of inflammation and that includes arthritis and pain, the worst expression of inflammation. Why would anyone want to increase their pain?

Ghrelin is such an important hormone in the body, I can’t understand why anyone would want less of it in their body. It protects the body from so much it’s a downright shame.

How to increase Ghrelin

This may indicate the healthiest benefit of being on a ketogenic diet, the ability to resist the influence of ghrelin on your urges to eat.

Building ghrelin in your body is not the easiest thing to do. It requires effort. There are several way to build your ghrelin, some easier than others, but all effective.

For me the easiest way was to exercise, but exercise wasn’t getting me to my other goals. It was increasing my brain power, but it wasn’t helping me to lose weight.  It wasn’t until I decided to give up carbs myself that I finally reached my weight goals and this turned out to be the healthiest manner in which I increase my brain power. This, to me, is evidence of the biggest difference of a carb diet and a keto diet.

It was when I went on the keto diet, my brain growth seemed to multiply because it was 23 months after my switch that I published this site. When you compare that to the length of time it took me to write my post about myself, the difference is astounding.  I attribute that to lack of carbs in my body mucking things up.

The damage that carbs do to the bodyincludes but is not limited to;

Carbohydrate Diet
Damage
  • increases glucose in the body
  • which creates fat
  • which create plaque,
  • inflammation,
  • disease,like
  • hear disease
  • cancer
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Parkinson’s
  • dementia
  • lack of hormonal/emotional control
  • more expression of leptin in the body
  • more pain
  • more hunger
Benefit
  • Tastes good
  • Satiates quickly
  • Quick temporary energy

In comparison;

Ketogenic Diet
Damage
  • None known

I laid out most of these benefits in My life without carbs;

Benefit
  • Limited glucose in the system to muck things up
  • More energy
  • Longer lasting energy
  • Bigger brain through brain growth (extra BDNF in the brain)
  • Anti-oxidant growth (extra Nrf2 to amp up anti-oxidants)
  • Larger expression of ghrelin’s benefits in the body
  • Weight maintenance is natural
  • Low to no body fat
  • No plaque in the blood
  • No heart disease
  • No cancer
  • No arthritis
  • No inflammation
  • Less  pain
  • Less expression of a common cold
  • fewer mosquito bites

I used to get mosquito bites all the time. It seemed that mosquitos flocked to me just to get some of my blood. Now. I rarely get bitten. When I do get a mosquito bite, a seldom notice it, as it doesn’t itch as much as it used to. That is evidence to me, of a lack of willingness of my body to get inflamed, from a mosquito bite. How sweet it is.

Becoming ghrelin resistant is in my opinion, the biggest benefit of being on a ketogenic diet. This allows ghrelin to work more of it’s magic in your body.

When one balances the benefits versus the damage each diet inflicts on the body, it’s not hard to see the benefit of the keto diet over the carb diet.

When I hear of gastric bypass surgery now, I think, Where is the sense in this?

It’s amazing to think about what some people will unknowingly force themselves to endure, just for the vague perception of an easy path out of their dilemma, when all they have to do, is curb their carbs.

The Payoff of Life Without Carbs.

The Payoff of Life Without Carbs.

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How often have you ever felt like you just couldn’t control yourself? How many times have you ever felt like someone or something  else was pulling your strings? How often have you ever felt like your emotions and decisions were under the control of someone or something else? How comfortable did it make you feel? You knew you shouldn’t be feeling this way, but you just couldn’t help it. It’s like you’re almost you were being forced to do something you know that you shouldn’t be doing.
hormones-influencing-moods-behavior-34340251You’re not alone. This happens to almost everybody (except for those on a low carbohydrate diet). It’s the nature of addiction. When this happens, that’s your hormones talking to you. Your hormones are the governing agents in your body. Beside dictating almost every function in your body, they dictate when you’re hungry and when your not. They also dictate how much to eat and when to stop. Being a high carbohydrate diet turns control of your hormones over to the food you’re eating instead of keeping it under your control.

time-to-think-creative-brain-idea-concept-background-flat-design-perfect-poster-flyer-presentation-brochure-vector-45489158This is the biggest benefit of living a life without carbs’ influence on your body. It begins to manifest itself when hormones come back under your control and not that of your high carbohydrate diet.
Once carbs are out of the equation, and no longer influencing your hunger hormones (Leptin and Ghrelin), that leaves the door open, for you to control your own hormones and thereby control how these hormones work within your body. The two most important hormones, as far as hunger and your body mass are concerned, are Leptin and Ghrelin.

hormones-list-ghrh-papers-tablet-words-growth-hormone-releasing-hormone-medical-concept-55856070Leptin and Ghrelin are the two hormones that regulate your digestive system, by telling you when you’re hungry and when you’re not, so that’s what we’re going to look at in this post.

According to Nora T. Gedgaudas, an acclaimed nutritional therapist, “Leptin essentially controls mammalian metabolism.”Leptin decides whether to make us hungry and store more fat or to burn fat. When your stomach is full, fat cells release leptin to tell your brain to stop eating. This is your body’s brake for the fork to mouth syndrome. Dr Perlmutter goes on to say in Grain Brain that “millions of Americans qualify as bona fide members of the leptin-resistant club. It’s practically a given if you’ve been eating a high carb diet and don’t sleep well. A few of the signs of leptin resistance; being overweight, unable to lose weight and keep it off, constantly craving comfort foods, fatigue after meals, feeling hungry all the time or at odd hours of the night, desire to snack right after a meal, problems sleeping to name a few. For the complete list, read Grain Brain. Leptin resistance is not a condition to strive for. Its leptin resistance that leads to overeating and it’s a very common condition while on a high carbohydrate diet.

Leptin is the hormone that tells you when to stop eating. It’s called the satiety hormone, but that’s not what’s interesting about Leptin. What’s interesting about Leptin is that it’s created  by your body fat. That means, the more body fat you have, the more Leptin you’ll have. The more Leptin you have, the more resistant to it’s charm you become, meaning that you become Leptin resistant. This means that you eat more food because your hunger takes longer to satiate. This in turn will turn you insulin resistant and that, you don’t want. That’s type two diabetes and it’s bad news.

According to Wikipedia; “Although leptin reduces appetite as a circulating signal, obese individuals generally exhibit a higher circulating concentration of leptin than normal weight individuals due to their higher percentage body fat.[9] These people show resistance to leptin, similar to resistance of insulin in type 2 diabetes, with the elevated levels failing to control hunger and modulate their weight. “

It’s this Leptin resistance that gives control of your hormones over to the foods your eat most, high carbohydrate wheat and grains.

It’s this cycle of carb-fat-hormone control that causes obesity, diabetes and the myriad of other illnesses and diseases that come this high carb diet.  It starts with the plaque that the combination of glucoses and fat , cholesterol and protein have when they combine in your blood stream. There are several kinds of plaque that all have damaging effects on the body and it starts with excess glucose in your blood.

It’s this cycle also, that contributes more than anything else, to a smaller brain, Studies have shown that obese people have smaller brains than normal weight people. These studies have also shown that the fatter you are, the smaller your brain is likelier to be.

Although that doesn’t, in itself, explain why your brain shrinks when you’re fat. How you metabolize carbs explains how that  happens along with the effect of the excess sugar in your blood stream. When sugar meets fat, cholesterol and protein in the blood stream, the sugar glycates the fat, cholesterol and proteins in your blood, turning them into plaques. It’s these plaques that gums up your arteries as well as your brain, therein shrinking its capabilities. On top of that, the gliadin that’s in the gluten, that’s in many grains, has the capability of causing brain damage itself, by forcing your body to create anti-gliadin antibodies, which in turn can attach themselves to purkinje cells in your cerebellum enabling that cell useless, which is then discarded by the brain. Hence, brain damage and smaller brain from eating wheat and grain based products.

Dr William Davis in Wheat Belly, says: “The antigliadin antibodies triggered by gluten can bind to Purkinje cells of the brain, cells unique to the cerebellum. Brain tissue such as Purkinje cells do not have the capacity to regenerate: Once damaged, cerebellar Purkinje cells are gone . . . forever.

Ghrelin, on the other hand, is the hormone that signals your brain that you’re hungry. According to Dr Perlmutter, Ghrelin is the yin to leptin’s yang. This hormone is secreted by the stomach when it’s empty and increases your appetite. As much as leptin tells you to stop eating, Ghrelin is the one that tells your, brain it’s time to eat.

Ghrelin is first and foremost a growth hormone, as well as a hunger hormone, but it also serves many other functions. These functions include, but are certainly not limited to, the following attributes (according to Wikipedia);

  • “Ghrelin promotes intestinal cell proliferation and inhibits apoptosis during inflammatory states and oxidative stress.[49][50] It also suppresses pro-inflammatory mechanisms and augments anti-inflammatory mechanisms, thus creating a possibility of its therapeutic use in various gastrointestinal inflammatory conditions, including colitis, ischemia reperfusion injury, and sepsis.[51][52] Animal models of colitis, ischemia reperfusion, and sepsis-related gut dysfunction have been shown to benefit from therapeutic doses of ghrelin.[51][52] It has also been shown to have regenerative capacity and is beneficial in mucosal injury to the stomach.[53]
  • “The hippocampus plays a significant role in neurotrophy: the cognitive adaptation to changing environments and the process of learning[58][59] and it is a potent stimulator of growth hormone.[11] Animal models indicate that ghrelin may enter the hippocampus from the bloodstream, altering nerve-cell connections, and so altering learning and memory. It is suggested that learning may be best during the day and when the stomach is empty, since ghrelin levels are higher at these times. A similar effect on human memory performance is possible.[58]
  • “Although the vast majority of neurons in the mammalian brain are formed prenatally, parts of the adult brain (for example, the hippocampus) retain the ability to grow new neurons from neural stem cells,[citation needed] a process known as neurogenesis. Neurotrophins are chemicals that help to stimulate and control neurogenesis.”

Looking at the attributes above, Ghrelin not only supports anti-inflammatory mechanisms, but it’s this last attribute that sets it apart from all the other benefits that this diet provides, as it promotes neurotrophins in the brain which in turn help the brain to produce new cells. In other words it makes the brain grow. That means that going hungry turns on factors in your brain that actually make it grow. BDNF is just one of these neurotrophins that I talk about on the MY Life Without Carbs page. There are a few others you can find out about at the previous link.

hormones-list-ghrh-papers-tablet-words-growth-hormone-releasing-hormone-medical-concept-55856070So Ghrelin not only tells when to eat, it also inhibits cell death, it helps control pain and disease by controlling anti-inflammatory mechanisms as well as encouraging our brain to grow by encouraging neurogenesis, the growth of new brain cells. It’s this one factor that intrigues me the most. This means that I can grow new brain cells, something that I thought was lost 30 years ago after my severe closed head injury. I didn’t used to think that brain cells couldn’t grow back, when in all actuality, they’re growing all the time, through neurogenesis, (at least for those who want them to grow).

The question, therein lies, how do we encourage this neurogenesis? I hinted to that in the previous paragraphs and Ghrelin plays an important role in it. But something else just as important, influences brain growth, and that’s exercise.

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Our ancestors ran for their food in primitive times as well as ran for their lives. It was this action (exercise) that allowed our brains to grow as large as they dud. We could not only run hungry, we could run longer and harder because of the diet we were on, as a species at that time (carbs weren’t part of our diet at then). But they are now. What’s worse? They’re in our diet in abundance. And what’s even, worser yet, is that we live a sedentary life style, and it’s this life style coupled with an insatiable appetite for high carbohydrate foods that’s causing this obesity epidemic as well as diabetes epidemic, cancer epidemic, gastro-intestinal epidemic, heart disease epidemic, and that of all of the other diseases that go with it. This to me is the most ablolute worst thing that this food is doing to our society, it’s making us dumber.

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Low carb diet + exercise = longer life, bigger, smarter brain and better immunity to fight off illness and disease.

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This one attribute, in my estimation, is the most important attribute of eating a low carb diet. Dr Perlmutter puts it this way, the fatter you are the smaller your brain. And what we’ve just looked at proves that. It also proves that the thinner you are the larger your brain is likely to be.

To me, that says, those who can’t break their addiction to the carbohydrate curse, are destined to be dumber than those who can break this addiction. The writing of this entire blog in the last three weeks, has proven this fact to me, that it is possible to expand our brains as well as the capabilities of our brains. Thank you Dr. Perlmutter for helping me to realize and understand this. And with this blog, compared to the length of time it took me to write my short bio, I think I’ve proven that.

Studies have shown that calorie restriction in the elderly has improved their memories, as evidenced by this study; A. V. Witte, et al., “Caloric Restriction Improves Memory in Elderly Humans,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106, no. 4 (January 27, 2009): 1255–60, The gene that turns on BDNF is activated by a variety of lifestyle habits, including physical exercise, caloric restriction, following a ketogenic diet, and the addition of certain nutrients like curcumin and the omega-3 fat DHA. According to Dr Perlmutter, exercise as well as calorie restriction creates BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor). BDNF is a protein that actually builds new neurons in your brain and makes them work together, by setting them up in neuro networks. It also works well protecting existing neurons, as evidence by the study above. It’s more influential in building your brain, than anything else and it’s difficult for an obese person to manufacture.

This is what Dr Perlmutter talks about, when he mentions that you can control this neurogenesis (brain growth),  He explains in his book Grain Brain;

“The process, as one might expect, is controlled by our DNA. Specifically, a gene located on chromosome 11 codes for the production of a protein called “brain-derived neurotrophic factor,” or BDNF. BDNF plays a key role in creating new neurons. But beyond its role in neurogenesis, BDNF protects existing neurons, ensuring their survivability while encouraging synapse formation, the connection of one neuron to another—a process vital for thinking, learning, and higher levels of brain function. Studies have demonstrated decreased levels of BDNF in Alzheimer’s patients, which, based on an understanding of how BDNF works, should not come as a surprise.  What is perhaps more surprising is the association of BDNF with a variety of neurological conditions, including epilepsy, anorexia nervosa, depression, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. We now have a firm understanding of the factors that influence our DNA to produce BDNF. And fortunately, these factors are mostly under our direct control. The gene that turns on BDNF is activated by a variety of lifestyle habits, including physical exercise, caloric restriction, following a ketogenic diet, and the addition of certain nutrients like curcumin and the omega-3 fat DHA.”

This is where it really gets good. You begin to experience the full effect of what exercise, combined with calorie restriction and a ketogenic diet, can do for you.

You get a fully charged immune system that keeps you healthy, wealthy and disease free.

Dr Perlmutter goes on to say in Grain Brain;

“Fortunately, and as one would expect, human physiology has developed its own biochemistry to create more protective antioxidants during times of high oxidative stress. Far from being entirely dependent on external food sources of antioxidants, our cells have their own innate ability to generate antioxidant enzymes on demand. High levels of free radicals turn on a specific protein in the nucleus called Nrf2, which essentially opens the door for the production of a vast array of not only our body’s most important antioxidants, but also detoxification enzymes. So if excessive free radicals induce better antioxidant production through this pathway, then the next obvious question is, what else activates Nrf2?”

“Now this is where the story gets really exciting. New research has identified a variety of modifiable factors that can turn on the Nrf2 switch, activating genes that can produce powerful antioxidants and detoxification enzymes. Vanderbilt University’s Dr. Ling Gao has found that when the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA are oxidized, they significantly activate the Nrf2 pathway. For years researchers have noted decreased levels of free radical damage in individuals who consume fish oil (the source of EPA and DHA), but with this new research, the relationship between fish oil and antioxidant protection is now clear. As Dr. Gao reported, “Our data support the hypothesis that the formation of… compounds generated from oxidation of EPA and DHA in vivo can reach concentrations high enough to induce Nrf2-based antioxidant and… detoxification defense systems.” “Not surprisingly, calorie restriction also has been demonstrated in a variety of laboratory models to induce Nrf2 activation”.

“Several natural compounds that turn on antioxidant and detoxification pathways through activation of the Nrf2 system have been identified. Among these are curcumin from turmeric, green tea extract, silymarin (milk thistle), bacopa extract, DHA, sulforaphane (contained in broccoli), and ashwagandha. Each of these substances is effective in turning on the body’s innate production of key antioxidants, including glutathione. And if none of these compounds sounds like something you’re used to having daily in your diet, then you’ll be happy to know that coffee is one of the most powerful Nrf2 activators in nature. Several molecules in coffee, some of which are partly present in the raw material while others are generated during the roasting process, are responsible for this positive effect.”

” Aside from antioxidant function, activation of the Nrf2 pathway turns on the genes to produce a vast array of protective chemicals that further support the body’s detoxification pathways while dampening inflammation—all good things for brain health.”

When calories are reduced in the diets of laboratory animals, they not only live longer (likely as a result of increased antioxidant protection), but also become remarkably resistant to the development of several cancers.”

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We all know that exercise is good for you, but did you know before today that it helps to grow your brain cells? What you probably didn’t know, was that, hunger can produce similar results in helping your brain to generate new brain cells. This to me is what’s so exiting. Just by going hungry, I’m encouraging my brain to generate new brain cells, as well as encouraging my body to easier fight illness and disease by boosting my immune system, by boosting my anti-oxidants exponentially. WOW! How good can this be? All I have to do is to stop eating the foods that cause this kind of behavior in my body,

  1. go hungry once in a while
  2. exercise
  3. eat  ketogenic diet with “certain nutrients like coconut oil, circumin and the omega-3 fat DHA”

and I can be rid of the worry of most everything listed in my first post, Carbs, The Newly Discovered Death Sentence.

If that’s not good news, I don’t know what is.

Carbs, Why The Addiction Is So Hard To Break

Why The Addiction Is So Hard To Break

stock-photo-36814596-addictionThe biggest piece of the puzzle, that influences our motivations to keep this addiction, keeps us also, from enjoying freedom from the ravages, of this devious destroyer of energy, emotional control, senses, health, wealth, sensibility, sanity, and ultimately life. And it is, why is this addiction so hard to break? And believe me, it’s a hard piece to place. I think simply because there are so many facets to this piece. That is what we’re going to look at in this post.

It starts with the way it effects our blood sugar again. Sugar satiates the body quicker than any other food because of the effect it has on our blood glucose. It’s the raising of the glucose that releases a feel good neurotransmitter, serotonin that tells your body to relax and feel safe.

According to Wikipedia; “Serotonin (/ˌsɛrɵˈtnɨn/, /ˌsɪr/) or 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) is a monoamine neurotransmitter. Biochemically derived from tryptophan, serotonin is primarily found in the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract), blood platelets, and the central nervous system (CNS) of animals, including humans. It is popularly thought to be a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness.[6]

It’s this contribution of serotonin to our feelings of well being and happiness, that make us behave either rationally, or irrationally. It’s this one little factor, in my estimation, that is where many of our problems begin. Because of the outside influence on our emotions and feelings of well being and happiness, from fluctuating glucose levels in the blood, we no longer have full control over them. The drop in serotonin, is responsible for making us act differently when our glucose levels are low, rather than when our glucose levels are high. This is what causes more irrational behavior than anything else, other than maybe, chemicals in our environment and food supply. On second thought, it has to be the biggest contributor, because I’m still subject to pollutants in the environment and food supply,  but I’m not subject to the effects of glucose in my system effecting my serotonin levels. My emotions are much more rational than what they were, when I was on a carbohydrate diet. Fluctuating serotonin in my system seldom happens because glucose is not present, to make those serotonin levels fluctuate. My MTC keto diet doesn’t alter my emotions and feelings of well being, because of the lack of glucose, it allows in my diet, to put into my system. Fact is, it allows very little glucose to get into my blood because of the lack of carbohydrates, in this diet.

Because of that, my emotions don’t fluctuate as much as they used to, when I was on a carbohydrate diet. This in turn, means that every thought, every action, everything I speak, is done more rationally, than if I were still on a carbohydrate diet of any sort. This would not be possible if my body weren’t in a state of ketosis. (Thank you, Dr Perlmutter!) You don’t have to take my word, alone, you can ask anybody who ‘s body is in a state of ketosis. They’ll tell you the same thing, That their emotional control has developed far more, than it ever did, as a carboholic.

I theorize that serotonin plays a major part not only in our emotions, but in our desires, also. It has to. If it can influence our emotions, how can it not influence our desires? It’s this influence to our desires that influences our behavior. If carbs influence the amount of serotonin in our systems, wouldn’t carbs then, influence our desires, and behavior? With all this outside influence in our behavior, wouldn’t it make sense, that this outside influence, also plays a major role, in the behavior of everyone in the world? It has to. Doesn’t it make sense, then, if you were to reduce the outside influence in our behavior, everybody would be able to think more rationally. Wouldn’t more rational thinking  throughout the world lead to less violent destruction, and war, worldwide?

But that still doesn’t say enough about why it’s so hard to break this addiction. That’s just the biggest, most important reason. We need to look at, as many reason as we can, to help, as many people as we can, break this deadly cycle of carbolism.

Two more important reason are two hormones that regulate your whole digestive system, leptin and ghrelin. Which more than anything else are regulated by your sleep (hope yours isn’t interrupted). High carb diets are known for inadequate sleep, affecting how these hormones impact your diet.

According to Nora T. Gedgaudas, an acclaimed nutritional therapist, “Leptin essentially controls mammalian metabolism.”Leptin decides whether to make us hungry and store more fat or to burn fat. When your stomach is full, fat cells release leptin to tell your brain to stop eating. This is your body’s brake for the fork to mouth syndrome. Dr Perlmutter goes on to say in Grain Brain that “millions of Americans qualify as bona fide members of the leptin-resistant club. It’s practically a given if you’ve been eating a high carb diet and don’t sleep well. A few of the signs of leptin resistance; being overweight, unable to lose weight and keep it off, constantly craving comfort foods, fatigue after meals, feeling hungry all the time or at odd hours of the night, desire to snack right after a meal, problems sleeping to name a few. For the complete list, read Grain Brain. Leptin resistance is not a condition to strive for. It’s leptin resistance that leads to overeating. Ghrelin resistance, on the other hand, would be better suited for weight loss, as ghrelin is leptin’s opposite in that ghrelin is the hormone that tells you you’re hungry, but ghrelin resistance is impossible on a carbohydrate diet.

According to Dr Perlmutter, ghrelin is the yin to leptin’s yang. This hormone is secreted by the stomach when it’s empty and increases your appetite. As much as leptin tells you to stop eating, ghrelin is the one that tells your, brain it’s time to eat. And it too, is regulated by your sleep. If your sleep is inadequate, you can count on your ghrelin levels to soar, increasing your appetite for more high carb food. This is all part of a cycle that just feeds itself into a larger cycle of high blood sugar, inflammation and disease. Without control of these two hormones, controlling your appetite is going to be next to impossible, if not completely impossible. It’s virtually impossible to control these hormones while on a high carbohydrate diet. The entire ghrelin system (dAG, AG, GHSR and GOAT) has a gluco-regulatory action.[57]”  This means that your glucose levels in your blood stream regulate your hunger. This can be a huge disadvantage when trying to lose weight on a carbohydrate diet. “Circulating ghrelin concentrations rise before eating and fall afterward, more strongly in response to protein and carbohydrate than to lipids.[20]”

In other words ghrelin is activated more by carbohydrates than fats.  This means that a diet high in fats is a lot easier to build up a resistance to ghrelin and make it easier to  control hunger, than a diet high in carbohydrates.

This is where the real benefit of a low carbohydrate diet begins to manifest itself. That benefit, is a more productive brain. (This is something I’ve been proving to myself for the last three weeks, in writing this blog.) Because my body and brain runs on ketones instead of carbohydrates, my brain isn’t subject to the ups and downs of my blood glucose, mostly because there aren’t highs and lows in my blood glucose (something that only happens on a carbohydrate diet).

Carbolism is like any other addiction, only worse, because we were all sold this bill of goods, that, “this is wholesome, healthy food you should be eating”. So, we ate it. and we ate a lot of it. We based our diet on it. We still eat it. We consume more bread products in our diet than anything else, because we were told to. We’ll continue to eat it, until everyone realizes, how dangerous, this food really is. This addiction we’ve thought for years, even in the medical community, was really supposed to be healthy for us. The problem is, it isn’t. It hasn’t been healthy for us, for the last 30 years, at least. Since genetic modification has worked its way into our food supply, studies have shown major changes in our health. Studies have shown an increase in brain degenerative diseases, about the same time that genetically modified grain, slipped into our diet. Alzheimer’s has grown exponentially in the last 30 years, and many scientist, are still trying to understand why. There were also, studies showing increases in diabetes and obesity, increase in cancer, increase in cardiovascular disease and digestive disorders. And, most of this was done under our noses, without us even knowing about it. Shame on us. For the last 30 or so years, this food has been unhealthy for us, but because of the influence that this food has on our serotonin levels, and hormone levels, (ghrelin & leptin), we’ve allowed ourselves to get and continue to be addicted to it.

It’s this continuation of addiction, throughout our society, that makes it so hard to break, our individual addiction to it. It’s the continuation of all the advertising telling to us that we should still be eating this pseudo food, that’s driving this addiction. What drives all of the advertising, is corporate power, simply trying to make as much money as they possibly can for their stockholders.

This is where the difficulty in breaking the addiction, begins, at the corporate level. Because advertising influences our choices so much, corporate America exerts enormous amounts of control over us. With the introduction of sugar into our diet, it makes it even easier, for them to accomplish this.

What does everyone do on Thanksgiving day? What do you do?

If you’re like everyone else, you sit and watch football, the biggest advertising venue in our society, is football. What do you do while you’re watching the football games on TV? If you’re like everyone else, you’re eating chips of some sort, and drinking soda or beer. This is when your blood glucose levels are at their highest, making your serotonin levels also at their highest, influencing a major portion of your behavior. You’re feeling good. You see the advertising, you may be even ingesting the same thing you’re seeing the advertising for. How do you think this is going to make you feel? What do you think it’s going to make you believe? That these substances are good for you? That you should be ingesting them? Naturally! this is how everyone feels. it’s because of that glucose in everyone’s systems’ influencing their thoughts, emotions and  behavior. Is it any wonder that they’re addicted? This is how corporate America controls our emotions, thoughts and behavior.  Remove the carbs, remove the addiction. The problem here, is that you have to break the addiction, it’s that crucial.

Corporations realize this. They don’t want you to break your addiction. They do everything in their power, to keep you addicted. They have to. It’s in their best interest to keep their stockholders happy, and the only way to do that, is to be making money, and lots of it for higher returns in the stock market. It’s the nature of business. Not even knowing that they are killing their customers is enough to influence them into thinking that this is a downhill road that they’re on. This road is so steep, that it can lead, ultimately, to death of our society.

This is why corporations need to realize that they’re killing their customers and in doing so, they’re harming the rest of society. That they’re making all of their customers diabetic and sick, simply because of the excess sugar in their products which they put in, because it satiates so fast. People who ingest their products, like them immediately, making them return customers for life, or, at least, until the next best thing comes along to satiate the appetite. This behavior is completely understandable on a carbohydrate diet, which is ever so prevalent, in a all parts of the world.

 Anyone who’s broken this addiction to the carbohydrate diet and has allowed their body to go into ketosis, knows exactly what I’m talking about. Since they’ve broken the addiction of the fluctuating glucose in their bodies, their serotonin levels don’t fluctuate as much, and thus their thoughts, emotions and behavior isn’t influenced as much as that of someone on a carbohydrate diet. Their thinking is much more rational. Their thinking will never be influence by their diet, simply because of the lack of carbs in it.

Because their bodies are able to go into ketosis, it allows all the magic to happen. If you were to ask anybody who’s been on this diet for at least a year, they will confirm everything I’ve said in these posts. If they have other opinions, it’s usually because the addiction is still talking. I understand how hard it is to break.

The question I keep asking myself, is why do so many people have so much trouble recognizing, accepting, and ultimately breaking this addiction? The reason is something big business, won’t like to hear. But they need to.