Posts Tagged ‘corn’

I’ll start off by saying that many of you will want to disagree with me, but as usual, please keep an open mind and READ the links that I share with you. I spend a great deal of time searching for the best, most informative links to post so that you don’t have to. That doesn’t mean, however, that you shouldn’t do your own research.

The most important thing that we MUST start doing (if you’re not already) is QUESTIONING what we hear. The media, the advertisers, the pharmaceutical companies, many of those in our medical fields, our government, the FDA (especially!), the big players in the food industry, etc, are NOT YOUR FRIENDS. THEY ARE OUT TO MAKE *MONEY*. THEY DO *NOT* GENUINELY CARE ABOUT YOUR WELL-BEING. I know it’s uncomfortable to accept those statements, but they are TRUTH, and the sooner we face facts, the sooner we can start taking better care of ourselves and making better decisions.

I have had a cold for the past week; nothing big – just an annoying little head cold. While I have been nursing myself back to health, I’ve been doing some reading about cough drops and flu shots, and I wanted to share my findings with you all.

Let’s do the ‘easy’ one first – cough drops. We’ve all done this: we get a sore throat and soon after follows the constant irritations and coughing fits where we feel like we’re going to hack up a lung. So, we run to the nearest drugstore and buy bags of cough drops that we proceed to eat like candy for the next number of days. They help, right?

Wrong. I went to the drugstore a couple of days ago, and I read the ingredients on *every* bag that was there. All of them were filled with artificial colors, fillers and sugars. I want to say that I couldn’t believe it, but I know better. Sadly, I wasn’t surprised at all, and I left the store with nothing, DETERMINED to find something better.

The typical ingredients you’ll find are:

Menthol, eucalyptus oil, FD&C blue and red, glucose syrup, sucrose and sucralose.

Menthol and eucalyptus oil are fine and are usually natural. Sucrose, while it still shouldn’t be in the cough drops, is somewhat ok because it’s table sugar. (I say somewhat because regular table sugar has a few negative implications on its own, but the remaining ingredients are worse.)

FD&C (‘Food, Drug & Cosmetics’) colors are BAD. They are NOT natural; they are synthetic and made from petroleum, acetone and coal tars (ick). This is ESPECIALLY important if you have CHILDREN. Look at their drinks and snacks – they are FULL of artificial colors. All of the hyperactivity that you hear about where these poor kids are being given medication to control it (whole other blog topic right there) is nothing more than harmful chemicals running rampant through their little, developing bodies. Throw all of that junk in the trash immediately!!

Norway has banned the colors. Tartrazine (yellow that’s present in Mountain Dew, Doritos, Peeps) often causes HIVES. Erythrosine (red that’s present in candy, popsicles and cake decorating gel) is linked to thyroid TUMORS in rats. Carmine (red from an insect that’s present in ice cream, yogurt and juice) has caused severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic SHOCK in some people.

And that’s just three of them. These colored poisons are in EVERYTHING. Read more:




And the list goes on. Google this topic, and you will spend hours reading.

How about glucose syrup? Glucose is needed by the body to work with insulin so this must be ok, right?

Wrong. This syrup is made from CORN; it’s cheap, it’s a filler and it’s taking over our food industry. The corn industry in the States is HEAVILY subsidized because of the very fact that it’s CHEAP. Corn has ALL sorts of names – the list is SO long, click on this link to see – http://www.primalchat.com/tag/corn-derivative. HOLY COW. Go back to your cupboard and read through the ingredients. I challenge you to print out that list and put a check mark beside each corn product every time you see it listed. YOU WILL BE SHOCKED (and hopefully disgusted).

“But wait,” I hear some of you saying. “Corn is a VEGETABLE, so it’s supposed to be good, right?” Corn is a GRAIN, and it’s essentially a sugary, starchy, empty, worthless grain at that. http://marksdailyapple.com/corn-is-not-a-vegetable. Corn is also one of the biggest sources of ALLERGENS. http://cornallergens.com SO many people are having reactions to it and not even realizing it!

Alrightie – sucralose a.k.a SPLENDA. I’ve already done a post on this ridiculously harmful “sugar” (and others). Just scroll down on this blog page to see my previous post and links. Here’s one more on Splenda specifically – http://www.wnho.net/splenda_chlorocarbon.htm. Avoid it like the plague, please!!

Here are some cough drop alternatives I found that have GOOD ingredients that will actually help you:

http://www.beemd.com (Ingredients: Menthol, honey, evaporated cane juice syrup, all natural flavors, eucalyptus globulus, soybean oil and cornstarch.) (No, I don’t like the corn starch, but I will accept it ONLY because it’s listed last which means it’s the least amount of the ingredients.)

http://www.zand.com (I found these yesterday at Richard’s.) (Ingredients: Menthol, eucalyptus leaf, horehound herb, hyssop herb, licorice root, mullein leaf, peppermint leaf, brown rice syrup, sage leaf, slippery elm bark and thyme leaf. They’re yummy.)

http://www.honibe.com (Ingredients for the Honey Lozenges: 100% pure honey.)


Now, onto the flu shots. Are you still with me, or are you still checking off all of those corn products hidden in the food in your cupboard??

I know there are MANY people who swear by flu shots, so don’t misinterpret my post by thinking that I’m telling you you’re wrong to believe in them. I am, however, challenging you to rethink WHY you swear by them, especially after what I share with you.

No one argues that getting the flu is awful, and for some, dangerous. However, our medical field and drug stores and such are pushing the flu shot like it’s going to save the world – but it won’t. In fact, it helps very, very few people.

Let’s start at the beginning. Holidays and colder weather arrives and ‘cold season’ begins. The main 4 culprits are the common cold, sinus infections, the flu and pneumonia. There are tons of over the counter medicines for the first two, so I’ll not waste time on them.

Do you ever see “pneumonia shots” pushed? NO. And we need to wonder WHY because pneumonia is MORE DANGEROUS than the flu. http://www.differencebetween.net/science/health/difference-between-flu-and-pneumonia Read over this site and you will learn the difference between the two. First, the flu is a VIRUS that usually attacks the upper respiratory tract. Pneumonia is a BACTERIAL INFECTION that usually attacks the lungs. Second, the flu can normally be treated at home while pneumonia usually requires stronger medication. Third, more people die from pneumonia than from the flu. (Again, don’t you wonder why there isn’t a pneumonia shot pushed??)

I truly think that people rush out to get flu shots because they think that it will “keep them from getting sick”. It does NO such thing. You CAN still catch a cold. You CAN still get a sinus infection. And you CAN still get pneumonia (which is worse, remember). The *only* thing that a flu shot protects you from is the particular strains (only about 3 – there are thousands ‘out there’ that you could get) that a group of people have GUESSED will affect the general public.

All of a sudden, that doesn’t sound so great. You can still get sick? Then what’s the point if you’re only protected from a handful of strains that might not even affect the general public? If you want to know more about HOW these strains are chosen (how is China involved?), go here. http://www.thinktwice.com/flu_lie.htm

What about the actual ingredients in the flu shot? Certainly you want to know what someone is injecting into your body, right? http://jeffreywarber.com/hc%20pages/fluscam.html Does mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde and ethylene glycol sound like substances that you want floating around in your body?? If you’ve had a flu shot, then they’re floating around in your body right now. And no, they are NOT helpful or okay. They are DANGEROUS. Go here to find more explanations – http://www.flu-treatments.com/flu-shot-ingredients.html

Think long and hard before you allow anyone to inject this mess into your body. You actually have a greater chance of NOT catching those 3 particular strains of flu than of catching them. Plus you can still catch a cold, get a sinus infection or get pneumonia (still worse), anyway.

One more – http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2010/10/11/why-you-shouldn’t-get-the-flu-shot.html

Instead, focus on building up your immune system naturally. We have a built-in sickness fighter, yet we don’t nourish it. We eat and take things that actually break it down constantly. There are a ton of sites about this, but here’s one http://www.suite101.com/content/10-ways-to-boost-immune-health-a8274.

Feed your body GOOD things. It will thank you profusely, I promise.


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Regardless of your viewpoint of where pets fit into the family hierarchy, if you HAVE them, you have a responsibility to take care of them as best you can – after all – they can’t hop online to research or get in the car to pick out their own food. They rely 110% on YOU. Don’t disappoint them.

If you buy your pet food at the grocery store, chances are you are feeding your dog a TON of “meat meal”, by-products and corn, NONE of which are healthy. Let’s look at just these three.

“Meat Meal” – Picture yourself driving a truck down the road. Your job is to collect everything that’s dead on the highway, including any animal that was sick or dying from disease. Then you take all of the carcasses, grind them up together and then send that mosh to the nearest pet food company to be included in their food. THAT, my friends, is exactly what “meat meal” is. “Oh, that can’t possibly be true,” I hear some of you saying. “Dog food companies would never put that sort of stuff in their food. It’s just a myth.” Really? It’s time to take off those blinders.

This quote is taken from www.bestdrydogfood.net:

“Generic “meat meal” can contain pretty nearly anything mammalian that found it’s way into the processing bin, whether 4-D (animals declared unfit for human consumption, Dead, Diseased, Disabled or Dying), or a load of carcasses from an animal shelter after euthanasia day, or road kill picked up by whomever’s in charge of cleaning upthe roadside, or even parts of carcasses that have been treated with chemicals like carbolic acid or fuel oil for denaturing. All of that can — and does — go into generic “meat meal” in any given batch.”

Let’s look at some definitions:

From www.wikipedia.org – “Meat and bone meal is a product of the rendering industry.  It is primarily used in the formulation of animal feed to improve the amino acid profile of the feed. Feeding of MBM to cattle is thought to have been responsible for the spread of BSE (mad cow disease). In most parts of the world, MBM is no longer allowed in feed for ruminant animals. However, in some areas, including the US, MBM is still used to feed monogastric animals. It is widely used in the United States as a low-cost meat in dog food and cat food.”

What is rendering exactly? Again, from www.wikipedia.org – “Rendering is a process that converts waste animal tissue into stable, value-added materials.  The majority of tissue processed comes from slaughterhouses, but also includes restaurant grease and butcher shop trimmings. This material can include the fatty tissue, bones, and offal, as well as entire carcasses of animals condemned at slaughterhouses, and those that have died on farms (deadstock), in transit, etc. The most common animal sources are beef, pork, sheep, and poultry.”

Offal? What’s that? Once more, from www.wikipedia.org – “Offal is a culinary term used to refer to the entrails and internal organs of a butchered animal.”

So, let’s summarize this ONE ingredient, shall we? When you see “meat meal” in your pet’s food, it is basically a mix of dead animals (anything from a dog or cat to a pig or cow to ROADKILL) that could easily have been sick or diseased or treated with some type of chemical to aid in decomposition, AND that mix includes their tissue, bones, organs and entrails. For good measure, throw in butcher’s garbage and used grease.

YUM. Would YOU eat that?

Let’s move on to the second one: by-products.

This is from www.woodhavenlabs.com:

“It’s not meat, but the organ matter, guts, liver, heart, brains, intestines, stomach and – with regard to chickens – the head and feet.”

This is from www.naturalnews.com:

“”Chicken by-products include head, feet, entrails, lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, liver, stomach, bones, blood, intestines, and any other part of the carcass not fit for human consumption,” writes Henry Pasternak in Healing Animals with Nature’s Cures.”

Do you REALLY AND TRULY want your beloved pet to eat this junk? You wouldn’t eat it – how can you feed it to them?

Last one: corn. (There are many other questionable and unhealthy ingredients in pet food, but in my opinion, these three are the WORST ones and cause the most damage.)

First of all, you need to realize that corn (and ANY derivative of it) is nothing more than a FILLER because it’s CHEAP (this goes for human food, too).  Corn can cause serious allergies (itchy paws, red eyes, etc), diabetes, bloat, obesity, oily skin, excessive or runny stool, and a whole host of other issues. Walk down the grocery store aisle and you’ll find that many of the food has corn as the FIRST ingredient (that means that’s the majority of the composition of the food). A little side note – most cows are fed a diet of mostly corn to make them fatter quicker so you can have your steak for dinner sooner. Cows eat GRASS, Folks, NOT corn! http://holisticpetfood.wordpress.com/2007/12/10/cornophobia-demon-corn-is-corn-in-pet-food-really-all-that-bad/

So, I hear you asking “Well then, what am I supposed to feed my pet?”

#1 – Find a small pet shop or salon that sells natural food, or go to Petsmart or Petco. STAY AWAY FROM THE GROCERY STORE, I beg you!

#2 – READ, READ, READ the ingredients. To assist in deciphering what everything is, go here – www.dogfoodproject.com.  It has a small guide that you can print out that breaks dog food down into categories, tells you what’s bad and why and then tells you what to look for that’s GOOD. It’s thorough, and it’s BRILLIANT. I’ve printed quite a few to hand out at work. Gals, fold it up and put it in your purse. Guys, fold it up and put it in your pocket.

#3 – Look at what you’ve been currently feeding them and then THROW IT IN THE TRASH immediately.

“Well, what do YOU feed your dog?” I hear. I’ll be happy to tell you.

My baby gets Blue Buffalo puppy formula dry food. http://bluebuffalo.com/products/dogs/lp-puppy-chick.shtml I’m not saying that this is a “perfect” food, but it is loads better than the grocery store crap. Read the ingredients. As for wet food, she gets Solid Gold. http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/products/index.php?category=1

She also has dehydrated food. http://www.onlynaturalpet.com/products/Only-Natural-Pet-EasyRaw-Dehydrated-Dog-Food/999244.aspx This is very cool. You rehydrate with water for a complete meal as is, or it makes a great base if you’d like to add some broth, fresh meat/fish or rice for their dinner.

All of this applies to TREATS AND BISCUITS, as well. I have found 4 that are excellent.

* Pet Greens Treats. They’re like small pieces of soft jerky.  www.bellrockgrowers.com (I order from Petsmart online.)

* Wellness Just For Puppy Treats. They’re soft little squares that’s easy to chew.  www.wellpet.com (I order from Only Natural Pet online.)

* Pure Bites. It’s freeze-dried chicken breast that is soft and tears easily.  www.purebites.com (I buy from the Pet Supplies Plus store.)

* Organix Dog Cookies. These are crunchy biscuits that I break up into smaller pieces. http://www.castorpolluxpet.com/ (I buy these from Petco.)

Much has been learned about pets and their nutritional needs over the past few years, and MANY skin/eye/teeth/weight/behavior problems have been linked to the FOOD that they eat. Please give your pet the same love that they give you and make some changes to their diet.

If YOU were a pet, you’d appreciate it if your human did that for you.  🙂

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