Your Health is Your Choice!

What’s Good For You?

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We are told to eat a lot of raw dark green & red leafy vegetables.  Just how much is a  lot?  Americans think that if a little is good for you then a lot must be much better for you.

What about “Green Smoothies” that are all the rage?

If you put in a lot of Spinach or beet greens, for example, you get a lot of oxalic acid.  What does it do?  It causes a great deal of pain in your joints (inflammation).  In addition, too much raw spinach can affect your thyroid.

kaleThen, there is kale, for example, your urologist loves you because you have kidney stones, and that keeps him/her in business.

All foods should be eaten in moderation instead of obsessively because you also don’t want to avoid all the nutritious foods–then you would become deficient in your nutritional needs.

What about “Whey Protein” in your smoothies?

“The most common protein sources used in commercial powders include soy, egg, whey, & wheat gluten. An intelligent consumer must be very suspicious of these. Soy and gluten containing proteins (wheat, barley, rye, oat, kamut, & spelt) are highly allergenic and promote inflammatory reactions within the body.

Soy protein is an anti-nutrient that should be avoided for several reasons. Soy contains phytic acids that bind and pull major minerals such as calcium, magnesium, & zinc from the body. High processed soy consumption is linked with deficiencies in these major minerals. Soy also contains enzyme inhibitors that turn off natural enzymes needed to perform critical cell functions. Goitrogenic substances that block thyroid hormone are highly prevalent in soy foods as well.”

Non-denatured, grass-fed whey protein concentrate (not isolate) from organic pastures is the highest quality protein source for most individuals. This form of whey protein contains beta-glucans, lactoferrins, & immunoglobulins that enhance immune function. Additionally, non-denatured whey contains all the branch chain amino acids and optimal ratios of essential amino acids. Finally, non-denatured whey protein is one of the best food sources for boosting cellular anti-oxidants such as glutathione.

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Too much whey protein or animal protein including some kinds of fish, like cod, can cause gout to form.  It causes inflammation and can swell up your feet and is very painful.  One advises you to drink a lot of water.  Gout goes in a cycle lasting from 7 to 10 days generally.  Soaking the foot also helps alleviate the swelling and pain.  Avoid foods high in uric acid like bananas, pumpkin, apricots, etc.  Eat instead cherries, even frozen, or grapes, and other berries.


we are told to exercise to get fit, to lose weight, to improve your heart, increase your muscle mass, etc.  Too much exercise or exercise for long periods of time can age a person faster than doing short interval or “burst” bursttraining1exercises for a few minutes a day.

Americans are too sedentary.  They sit to watch too much television or movies or read to relax and unwind.  Work causes too much sitting because the majority of us use computers in our work.  What can you do?  It was suggested to me to get up from sitting at my computer about every 15 or 20 minutes and do another activity before going back to the computer.  I think that’s wise advise and I’m passing it on to you.  If you lose track of time, set your alarm clock for 15 minutes–maybe this will help you get up and move.


What is it about alkaline water that makes it so healthful?

The body is perfectly capable of maintaining its own pH balance provided it receives the proper nutrients. When the body is not getting enough alkaline minerals from food and water, it must rob calcium from its own bones to neutralize acidity. This is not ideal and once the body’s readily available alkaline mineral supplies are depleted, it becomes overly acidic.

It is important to note that water can be either naturally alkaline or artificially alkaline. Why? Naturally alkaline water contains the alkaline minerals the body needs to combat acidity. Artificially alkaline water, such as water from a typical alkaline water ionizer machine, has a pH that is artificially increased and does not have any more alkaline minerals than the original water used to supply the machine. Artificially alkaline water has also been proven to cause side effects, and from a chemical perspective, such a water cannot be found anywhere in nature.

What is Kangen Water®?

Kangen Water® is delicious water created from Enagic’s innovative water technology. Not only do these devices filter your tap water, but they also produce ionized alkaline and acidic waters through electrolysis. These waters can be used for various purposes, including drinking, cooking, beauty, and cleaning.

Problems With Commonly Used Waters

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Tap water is a healthier option than soft drinks. But according to the Environmental Working Group, there have been 315 pollutants found in America’s tap water since 2004, and over half of these pollutants are completely unregulated and can legally exist in any amount.

At the current levels of contamination, the public is starting to question the quality of tap water and wonders if it is safe enough to drink. Based on these facts, it’s no wonder that the demand for Kangen Water® is constantly increasing.

Reference – EWG

Bottled water

Bottled water

Bottled water is not necessarily healthier than tap water and yet it costs much more! Although associated with healthy water, bottled water is not guaranteed to be any healthier than tap water. Often the only difference is the added minerals which have no proven health benefits.

A four-year study by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that 1/3 of the bottled water tested contains levels of contamination which exceed allowable limits. Bottled water can also be slightly acidic, which may affect your body’s pH balance. Finally, the environmental impact caused by the production and disposal of plastic bottles is harmful to our ecosystem.

Reference – NRDC | Contaminants Found in Bottled Water

Reverse osmosis water

Reverse osmosis water

Reverse Osmosis is a filtering process which may be effective in areas that do not receive municipally treated water and is commonly used in bottled water facilities. The problem with this process is that dangerous chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, and chlorine are molecularly smaller than water and can pass freely through the filter. Reverse osmosis removes healthy, naturally occurring water minerals. These minerals not only provide good taste, they also serve a vital function in the body’s system. When stripped of these minerals, water can be unhealthy. Also, 2-3 gallons of water are wasted for every gallon of purified water produced.

Here is one person’s opposition to Alkalized Water:

” . . . alkaline water, like any clean water, is a far better choice for hydrating than soda or an additive-filled sports drink. If you choose to see an expensive machine as a gateway to a healthier lifestyle or to give you an edge when competing in sports, then jump right in. It’s part and parcel of an alkaline diet, . . .”

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You’ve probably heard hundreds of times — Just eat less and exercise more to lose weight — right? Ugh! That’s no fun! Who wants to count calories every day? Who wants to do boring exercises every day? Who has spent hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars every year trying to find the ‘magic bullet’ to […]

In November 2009 the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that for women ages 41-50 that a mammogram should be considered a very private decision between doctor and patient.  Currently the most utilized breast cancer screening techniques are done with ultrasound or mammography.  Many believe that a mammogram is the best test for detecting breast cancer early; however, according to studies conducted, a thermogram identifies precancerous or cancerous cells earlier and produce unambiguous results which cuts down on additional testing.  Thermography doesn’t hurt the body or sensitive breast tissue.  Dr. Christiane Northrup

Breast thermography detects patterns of heat produced from the increased circulation produced by abnormal metabolic activity in cancer cells.  It is a physiological test that detects changes in breast tissue that shows the correlation with the presence cancer or pre-cancer states.  

Thermography does not use any form of ionizing radiation (x-ray).  Thermography uses an infrared thermograph camera that makes tens-of-thousands of detailed measurements of skin temperature at a distance of five to eight feet.  It collects electronic data of absolute temperature measurements viewed by an electronic image giving a spectrum of colors.  The colors indicate increased or decreased levels of infrared radiation or Heat being emitted from the body’s surface.

Breast thermography has the ability to detect the first signs that cancer may be forming up to 10 years before any other procedure can detect it.  

Thermography is safer than mammography because:

  • it doesn’t spread cancer cells throughout your body by rupturing capillaries near undetectable cancers;
  • it cannot ruin your figure;
  • it gives off zero radiation;
  • it catches 90% of cancers (compared to 5-80% by mammography);
  • it signals very few false positives (only  10% compared to 27% by mammography;
  • it has predictive value–the hotter the tumor, the faster it’s growth;
  • while mammography shows only structure by x-rays, thermography shows live function by heat;
  • because it predicts, it gives you advance warning of possible trouble. 

Source:   Dr. Robert J. Rowen, M.D., Second Opinion Health Newsletter

Inflammatory Breast Cancer

There is early detection through Thermography Screening.  The faster a malignant tumor grows, the more infrared radiation is generated.  Results from thermography screening can lead to earlier detection and longer life.

Medically, it is not known the cause of Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC).  It is suspected that it’s a pathogen, i.e. visual signs of an infected insect bite that is spreading throughout the breast.

  • may be connected to 6% of breast cancers;
  • fast growing inflammatory cancer with low survival rates;
  • mammograms do not pick up this kind of cancer;
  • self-examinations do not help detect IBC;
  • thermograms will detect IBC 


Be treated early for Breast Cancer–only 20% of biopsied breast lumps are cancerous.  If cancer is found early, there are choices for treatment.  With prompt treatment the outlook is good.  Most women treated early for breast cancer will be free from it for the rest of their lives.

Places in Utah for Breast Thermography are:

Utah Thermography Clinic, Dr. Phil Hoekstra, Thermologist, 34 South 500 East, Suite 103, SLC, UT 84121   Phone:  801-885-4616 or 801-518-8396.

Baker Chiropractic & Accident Rehabilitation —  Mobile Unite by St. George Thermography Thermography Scheduling:  435-862-1896 — 2255 N University Parkway #3, Provo UT 84604


If you are interested in a workshop on Breast Health and Hormone Dysregulation, Healthy LIfe Institute will be hosting one in the near future.  Call 801-358-4777 for a schedule.  The workshop is free!




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Recorded at the September 6 to 9, 2013 McDougall Advanced Study Weekend.

via Pamela Peeke, MD: Expert on Food, Addiction, and Overeating.

Dr. Peeke says that you can overcome genetic tendencies–it’s never too late!  Very good advice and Hopefully to all of you out there.

Where do you get your Eggs?

If you get your eggs from the supermarket, you never really know how long they’ve been sitting there on the shelf or how ago they’ve been transported to the supermarket, etc.

So, you think if you buy Organic eggs from the supermarket you’re eating healthy?

Or, you think if you buy eggs that say Free-Range from the supermarket, you’re eating healthy?

These terms have been hijacked by the food industry into making you believe that you are eating healthy.

Eggs are one of the most economical ways to increase the nutrients in your family’s diet. Eggs are full of vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin E, omega 3 fatty acids, beta carotene, cholesterol (which is good for you), and saturated fat (also good for you).

Buy only pastured eggs from local farmers who keep their chickens outdoors and let them roam around in the sun, eating bugs and worms.  I also only buy eggs from farmers who do not feed their chickens soy.  They are not really that much more to buy from your local farmer.

Here are photographs to compare eggs:

Local Farmer

Local Farmer

Variety of Pastured Eggs

Variety of Pastured Eggs

Egg Yolks
Egg Yolks


Which Eggs would you rather Eat?

I choose to get fresh eggs from the chicken farmer that have the proper nutrients without antibiotics.

Healthy Life Institute holds Health Education Workshops that are free.  Come join us on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.


Getting Rid of Belly Fat?

shutterstock-belly-fatIt is a new year and most everyone is trying to work on their New Year’s Resolutions to improve themselves.  Right?  My guess is that you consider yourself physically fit and eating the right portions.  

Recently I got a hold of a book, actually two books, by the same author.  One is a cookbook and the other is a history and information about a food that is just about in everything we buy at the grocery store or in the restaurant.

What I’m talking about is WHEAT!

Foods made partly or entirely of wheat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks has become the rule by the following:

  • USDA
  • The Whole Grain Council
  • The Whole Wheat Council
  • The American Dietetic Association
  • The American Diabetes Association
  • The American Heart Association

Perhaps that is why cold cereals and even hot cereals have gotten on the band wagon of advertising about their “whole grain goodness”.  Bread is a nearly universal staple  of diets including:  India, Greece, Middle East, Denmark, Burma, and United States.  Bread and other foodstuffs made from wheat has been deeply ingrained in our human experience.

Today’s bread has little resemblance to the loaves that emerged from centuries previous.  Today’s bread is made from hybridized wheat –more than 25,000 varieties as a result of human intervention.  Modern commercial wheat production has delivered such features as:  increased yield, decreased production costs, and large-scale production of a consistent commodity.  NO QUESTIONS WERE ASKED about whether these features are compatible with human health.

“Because hybridization experiments did not require the documentation of animal or human testing, pinpointing where, when, and how the precise hybrids that might have amplified the ill effects of wheat is an impossible task.  Nor is it known whether only some or all of the hybrid wheat generated has potential for undesirable human health effects.”  Dr. William Davis, M.D.

Dr. William Davis, M.D. found a small organic farm in western Massachusetts.  The owner’s name is Elisheva Rogosa, an advocate of sustainable agriculture and founder of Heritage Wheat Conservancy (, an organization devoted to preserving ancient food crops and cultivating them using organic principles.  Ms. Rogosa cringes when she speaks of the yield-increasing, profit-expanding agricultural practices of the past few decades as the source of adverse health effects from wheat.  She grows einkorn and emmer [original grasses] under organic conditions and views them as the solution to the health of individuals.


Whole grain, endorsed by USDA, as a “heart healthy” ingredient that suppliers of food stuff agree that you should eat more of–makes us hungry and fat–hungrier and fatter than any other time in human history.

During the first two centuries of inhabitants on this North American Continent, few were overweight or obese, according to data collected on BMI comparisons prior to 20th century came from the US military.  Weight of individuals grew at a faster pace once the USDA and other advisors in the food industry started telling people what to eat.  Obesity grew gradually from the 1960s, but the acceleration of obesity started in the mid-1980s.  For instance:

Studies conducted in the 1980s and since have shown when processed white flour was replaced with whole grain flour there was a reduction in colon cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.  However, when taken a step further, when something like white flour (which is bad for you) and replaced  with something like whole wheat flour (which is less bad for you), then the thinking is that “lots of that less-bad thing must be great for you” philosophy.  Common sense will tell you that this reasoning is flawed–but is used to justify the increased quantities of grains in your diet.

WHEAT and Your Health

  • Wheat has addictive properties that affect such things as MoodFor example: people struggling  with schizophrenia should abstain from it because of the effects on the brain
  • Wheat is one of the culprits to gaining weight–ObesityFor Example:  It is one of the 1st signs of High Blood Pressure, Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Cancer
  • Wheat disrupts the health of the Intestine–For Example:  Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, etc.
  • Wheat disrupts pH Balance–For Example:  Wheat is Acidic and drives pH down which makes the body compensate by drawing from the alkalinity in the blood stream and the bones.  Your body will sacrifice bone health to keep pH stable.
  • Wheat and Accelerated Aging–For Example:  High Blood Glucose Levels, Dementia, Cataracts, Atherosclerosis, Sagging Skin and Wrinkles, Arthritis, etc.
  • Wheat and LDL Particles–For Example: Small LDL particles are, in fact, an exceptionally common cause of heart disease which show up in heart attacks, angioplasty, stents, bypass, etc.
  • And so Much More!

Reference:  Dr. William Davis, MD, Lose The Wheat, Lose the Weight!, Rodale Inc., 2012

A Workshop at Healthy Life Institute will be held on this subject on Tuesday, January 14th

Come as early as 6:30 p.m. to reserve your seat for this presentation and try some wheat-free recipes.

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