Monday, August 17, 2009

Maximized Living-Essential One: Toxins

How can we possibly avoid toxins in the world we live in today? Well, to be honest, we can't avoid them altogether, but we can eliminate the ones that do the most damage. These are not the toxins that come from factories, cars, and other outdoor factors. The inside of our homes is what is causing most of the damage. So how can we change this? I will talk about that extensively in my next post, but for now let's discuss the major causes of toxins.

Did you know that medication is the number one cause of toxicity? Forbes put out an article on this subject called: "Pharma's New Enemy: Clean Living." Here's what they said:

The results of pill dependence are insidious and devastating; billions of dollars in ever higher drug costs; millions of people enduring sometimes highly toxic side-effects; and close to two million cases each year of drug complications that result in 180,000 deaths of life-threatening illnesses in the elderly...Every few years the ultimate medical catastrophe; a miracle cure that turns out to be toxic.

The book that I'm studying on this topic, Maximized Living Makeover p.37, says this about breast and uterine cancer:

It used to be that an apple a day would keep the doctor away. The recommendation now is an aspirin a day. It turns out that an aspirin a day for at least five years increases a woman's chance of developing breast cancer by 80 percent...And if you get breast cancer, chances are the drugs prescribed for that cause more harm than good. Many women have been prescribed Tamoxifen. Research now shows that taking Tamoxifen increase the chance of incidence and death from uterine cancer.

Not only are drugs extremely toxic, but so are the vaccinations that the medical industry is trying to force on us. The truth is they are so bad for babies and adults alike. Here's what Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Institute says:

Vaccines can contain formaldehyde, phenoxyethanol, gluteraldehyde, sodium chloride, MSG, gelatin, hydrochloric acid, sodium acetate, hydrogen peroxide, yeast protein, lab-altered viruses and bacteria and unidentified contaminants...
There is more mercury in a flu shot than can be legally disposed of in most city garbage dumps...
A two-month old baby can be injected with four times the amount of aluminum in vaccines in one day than is considered safe.

Oh, but a friend of mine told me that her doctor said they don't put mercury in the vaccines anymore. This is not entirely true, but if it were, what about formaldehyde? MSG? Hydrochloric acid? Would you willingly inject your child with that stuff at home? I can bet you that each parent that gets the vaccines would say "no" to that question.

I said earlier the toxins we have in our homes are worse than what we encounter "out there." Why? Because we spray with them, clean with them, cook with them, "freshen" our houses with them. So many toxins. I will show us how we can clean up in the next post. And I will give solutions that won't break the bank.

Not only does the house have a lot of toxins, but so do other areas. These are all called "The Toxic Top Ten." I will discuss each one in detail in it's own post. Stay tuned!

All quotes and information comes from Maximized Living Makeover by Lerner, Loman,and Majors.

Do We Need a Shingles Vaccine?

It never ceases to amaze me how many vaccines there are! Everything is an epidemic or is a potential epidemic! For instance, if you had the chicken pox when you were a child, you have a life-long immunity, right? Well, that's what I always thought!

Yet, we are being told that if you have chicken pox as a child you're in more danger of getting shingles as an older person (60's and higher). Here's an article I read in Remedy magazine:

The chicken pox virus is still in your body. It can resurface as Shingles, a painful, blistering rash. The Shingles rash usually lasts up to 30 days, and for most the pain lessens as the rash heals. But some people who develop Shingles experience long-term pain that can last for months, even years.

But who's telling us this? Merck! This is their ad!! After they scare you with this "information", they then give you a "solution." It's a vaccine called Zostavax. No one can tell me this is a coincidence. It's all about their bottom line.

Soon I'll write a review on a video I watched regarding vaccines. The "bottom line" was discussed in length. Don't kid yourself. They're not that concerned about your health. It's about control and money.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Maximized Living-The Five Essentials

So what is Maximized Living? Is it just another diet? I know I said this before, but it is not just a diet. ML is made up of five essentials. These are not just good ideas or something you may want to do, but they are essential. You cannot have one without the other. Without wasting anymore time, let's look at them.

1. Minimize the use of drugs, other toxins, and surgery.
-Toxicity - Toxins and chemicals found, for example, in medications and refined foods affect hormone balance and glandular function.

2. Maximize nerve supply.
-Damage or misalignment of the spine and nervous system-Correcting vertebral alignment and posture has a marked effect on the central nervous system and how well it functions and produces well-balanced body chemistry.

3. Maximize quality nutrition.
-Poor Nutrition. Diets high in carbohydrates leave a constant level of insulin in the system, which lowers serotonin levels and causes inflammation.
-Imbalances in omega-3 and omega-6 ratios have been found to be the first factor to address regarding depression, according to professors at Harvard and Oxford universities.
-pH balance that is off can lead to inflammation. Stimulants, sugars, and artificial additives negatively affect brain function.
-Nutrient deficiency can be solved by the right food and supplementation.

4. Maximize oxygen and lean muscle.
-Sedentary lifestyle-Inactivity and a lack of intentional exercise has many damaging effects to body function and mental health. That's why exercise consistently matches or exceeds the benefits of antidepressants.

5. Maximize peace and strong relationships.
-Lack of sleep, poor time management, and stress-Identifying and resolving the effects of inadequate sleep, abundant stress, and negative attitude will slow down the neurotransmitter burnout that these issues cause.

Of course, this is just a synopsis of what ML is all about. In the following posts, we'll discuss each one in detail and find out why they are so important to living the best quality of life that you can.

Maximized Living Makeover by Lerner, Loman, and Majors. pp. 28-30