Q & A: Juice Fasting: Myths & Benefits

Q & A with Dr. Michael Wald

fruitswhite1. True or False: Fasting with vegetable juices will provide all one needs for effective elimination of toxins?

ANSWER: False. There are countless toxins and many require very specific nutrients or medications to eliminate them. Even if juices contain the necessary nutrient compounds, the dosages might not be enough. Only testing of the toxin(s) in question and retesting will reveal if juicing efforts were/are effective.

2. True or False: Vegetable juice fasting is appropriate for everyone?

ANSWER: False. Allergies, digestive problems, medications, adrenal gland weakness, blood sugar problems and thyroid issues, among a few, can undermine the appropriateness of juice fasting.

3. True or False: Juice fasting can slow down one’s thyroid function?

ANSWER: Maybe. If you have an undiscovered slow thyroid (such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or nonautoimmunelow thyroid), cruciferous veggies added to juicing can further aggravate juice fasting efforts.

4. True or False: There is a way to idealize juicing recipes for each person?

ANSWER: Absolutely. Knowledge of health history, food reactions (allergies) and nutritional deficiencies
(revealed upon blood and urine testing), can help uncover information that can be used to idealize juice fasting ingredient combinations.

5. True or False: Water fasting, for the purpose of detox-elimination, is always a good idea?

ANSWER: False. Water fasting is almost never appropriate as water is devoid of antioxidants and other
nutrients absolutely required for the detox-elimination processes.

6. True or False: Headache, muscle aches and pains and fatigue, when experienced during a juice detox always mean one is experiencing a “Clearing (or Cleansing) Reaction”?

ANSWER: False. These symptoms and others could mean that the detox process is proceeding, but may also mean that the detox process has gone awry.

7. True or False: The best way to know if your juice detox is working is that you feel great?

ANSWER: False. In fact, if you feel great the juicing detox may not be moving forward at all. A combination of blood/urine testing as well as how you feel is the best way to know if juicing is working.

- Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

10 Weight Loss Myths That You Thought Offered Real Benefits – Part 2

By Lura Peterson

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

5. Crash Diet Works

healthdietMyth Busted: No, it absolutely doesn’t. The fact is, you don’t just want to lose weight but also want to make sure you’re not risking your lives doing so. More importantly, you don’t want to regain all that weight as quickly as you’ve lost it. Crash diets need to be avoided like the plague. They do help you lose weight, but what crash diets actually do is they make you use up all the carbohydrate glycogen that’s stored in the body, which means your body loses a lot of water as well. The loss of water and carbohydrate glycogen makes you think your body’s burning a lot of fat, but the real reason for your weight loss lies elsewhere. What’s more, it also takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on your body. This is why you should stay away from it.

6. You put on the pounds, so you can lose them too

Myth Busted: If you’re piling on the pounds thinking your weight gain is temporary and you can lose all those pounds you’ve gained, you’ve got another thing coming. It’s easy to put on weight but you will find it very difficult to lose weight. Consumption of calories is easy, but burning them is really very difficult. What you are looking at when it comes to losing weight is a really sustained daily effort, and not everybody can pull off weight loss. There are so many people who just give up their battle to lose weight.

7. Exercise isn’t really important

Myth Busted: I know you are shocked, but this myth does do the rounds. The proponents of this myth are usually targeting people who want to lose weight but don’t want to put any effort into it. These people are couch potatoes who want to lose weight but shy away from exercising. All they are looking for, is a way of losing weight that won’t make them get off the couch. In such a scenario, all those “innovative” diet plans come to their “rescue”. Whether they succeed or not is anybody’s guess, but the truth is, if you want to lose weight, you will need to exercise.

8. “That Chocolate” is the reason for my weight gain

scaleMyth Busted: It’s not a bad idea to zero in on the reasons for your weight gain, but to put the blame for your gain on just one food alone isn’t right. Yes, if you’re addicted to chocolates or some other food, and you believe it’s the reason behind you putting on weight, cut its intake down. But more often than not, weight gain is a result of a combination of factors. Just one reason alone doesn’t cut it. The problem with laying the blame on just one food for your weight gain, means you think, cutting down on its intake will ensure you lose weight. But, as that particular food wasn’t the only factor responsible for weight gain, you will find yourself, unable to lose weight.

9. If it works for my friend it will work for me

Myth Busted: No it won’t. The needs of two individuals differ across a broad spectrum of preferences, likes and dislikes. So, if you’re fried is using the Atkins diet to control his weight, that doesn’t mean it will work for you too. So, it’s always advisable to make informed decisions regarding your weight loss efforts. Don’t follow a diet plan or an exercise routine blindly. Ensure that it’s something that is good for you and will help you achieve all your weight loss objectives successfully.

10. I know what’s good for me

Myth Busted: No, you don’t know what’s good for you with respect to weight loss. That’s because you’re neither an expert dietician nor a professional trainer. You need expert help for your weight loss efforts. You might think you have a nice idea of all that it will take to lose weight because of all that you have read up on it and the exercise videos you’ve watched on YouTube, but that’s just going to improve your knowledge. To know what’s actually good for you and what’s right, you need to talk to a professional.

These are the ten myths you really need to stay away from if you’re really serious about losing weight. But these are not the only myths doing the rounds. So, if you come across a tip, diet plan or an exercise regimen that claims it is a perfect pick for your weight loss efforts, get it vetted by experts. There is nothing like making an informed decision to beat your weight gain.

- Lura Peterson is associated with Top Mobility, a leading industrial mobility products manufacturing company.

10 Weight Loss Myths That You Thought Offered Real Benefits – Part 1

By Lura Peterson

weightlossballtextI have a friend who believed a particular weight loss myth. He stuck to a diet, where he ate just once a day. Yes, you read that right. He only ate lunch, that’s it. In spite of experiencing really high levels of fatigue, symptoms like headache, stomach cramps, inability to sleep well at nights, he still went ahead with it. But one fine day he realized he was getting nowhere. Not only was he unable to lose weight, but he was on the verge of an emotional breakdown. That got me thinking. Weight loss myths disappoint their followers at multiple levels. It’s not the fact they don’t work at the physical level that is such a damper for the people concerned, it’s the fact they’ve been had and all their effort and sleepless nights were for nothing, which really gets people down. This mix of physical and emotional trauma is what makes weight loss myths so dangerous.

This is the reason why everybody needs to stay away from them. So let’s take a look at ten of these myths that have been fooling quite a number of people for many years now:

1. Eat a High protein Diet

Myth Busted: People who stick to a protein intensive diet to keep their calories in check are getting it partially right. It will help your body burn all the excess fat and with your diet having only protein in it, your body won’t build up excess fat deposits; this will result in weight loss. So what’s the problem? Well, what happens is that when your liver starts converting all those fats into fatty acids, it also creates a harmful by-product called ketones. Excess ketones in the body can lead to a condition called Ketosis, wherein the acidity of your blood increases above acceptable levels. This is definitely harmful for your body, so yes eat a diet filled with protein by all means, but supplement it with fibers and carbohydrates. Essentially, what you need is a

2. Carb Free Diet

Myth Busted: Not all carbohydrates are bad for you. All you need to do, is avoid processed carbs that have high sugar content and are packed with white flour. But, there are good carbs, think brown rice, whole grain breads, and even all those fruits and veggies that are actually good for you. And a totally carb-free diet, isn’t all that beneficial. If you’re suffering from weighty issues, you will be doing some exercise to burn that fat. This is when all that carb will come in handy.

3. Eat what you want but exercise

seniorexerciseMyth Busted: I honestly don’t know where this myth is coming from but using exercise as the end all solution of all your weight loss efforts doesn’t make sense. You can’t hope to lose weight if you’re sticking to same diet that made you pile on the pounds, hoping your morning exercise routine will save the day. That’s not going to happen. You need to supplement your exercise by cutting down on your calories. This is how you lose weight.

4. The Only Fruit Breakfast

Myth Busted: Yes, there is absolutely no doubt that fruits are good for you, but a fruit intensive breakfast? No, that’s simply not on because that’s the first meal you’re having after dinner last night and there’s been a huge gap in-between. That’s why it’s called ‘break-fast’ in the first place. Fruits give your body fiber and vitamins, but not the energy that is present in complex carbohydrates. A heavy breakfast, not necessarily fatty breakfast is what you need in the morning. A heavy breakfast that contains cereals, bread, an egg or two and some meat is quite a good idea. You need carbohydrates in the morning, and fruits aren’t going to cut it for you.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

- Lura Peterson is associated with Top Mobility, a leading industrial mobility products manufacturing company.

Juice Fasting – Myths & Benefits

qaQ & A With Dr. Michael Wald

1. True or False: Fasting with vegetable juices will provide all one needs for effective elimination of toxins?

ANSWER: False. There are countless toxins and many require very specific nutrients or medications to eliminate them. Even if juices contain the necessary nutrient compounds, the dosages might not be enough. Only testing of the toxin(s) in question and retesting will reveal if juicing efforts were/are effective.

2. True or False: Vegetable juice fasting is appropriate for everyone?

ANSWER: False. Allergies, digestive problems, medications, adrenal gland weakness, blood sugar problems and thyroid issues, among a few, can undermine the appropriateness of juice fasting.

3. True or False: Juice fasting can slow down one’s thyroid function?

ANSWER: Maybe. If you have an undiscovered slow thyroid (such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or nonautoimmune low thyroid) cruciferous veggies added to juicing can further aggravate juice fasting efforts.

4. True or False: There is a way to idealize juicing recipes for each person?

ANSWER: Absolutely. Knowledge of health history, food reactions (allergies) and nutritional deficiencies (revealed upon blood and urine testing), can help uncover information that can be used to idealize juice fasting ingredient combinations.

5. True or False: Water fasting, for the purpose of detox-elimination, is always a good idea?

ANSWER: False. Water fasting is almost never appropriate as water is devoid of antioxidants and other nutrients absolutely required for the detox-elimination processes.

6. True or False: Headache, muscle aches and pains and fatigue, when experienced during a juice detox always mean one is experiencing a “Clearing (or Cleansing) Reaction”?

ANSWER: False. These symptoms and others could mean that the detox process is proceeding, but may also mean that the detox process has gone awry.

7. True or False: The best way to know if your juice detox is working is that you feel great?

ANSWER: False. In fact, if you feel great the juicing detox may not be moving forward at all. A combination of blood/urine testing plus how you feel is the best way to know if juicing is working.

- Dr. Michael Wald, Brain-Energy Blast

Immunity Myths And Facts

qaQ & A With Dr. Michael Wald

Test your knowledge regarding immunity.

1. Which of the following comprises your immune system?
a. Your white blood cells (wbc’s) aka Cell-Mediated Immune System
b. Your lymphoid tissue
c. Your immunoglobulins (IgG, IgA, IgM, IgE)….aka Humeral Immune System
d. All of the above

ANSWER: All of the above, and more, comprise your immune SYSTEMS!

2. True or False: Herbs such as Echinacea, goldenseal and Astragalus increase immunity?

ANSWER: True and False: The herbs are known as biological-response modifiers which means that if your immune system is low they will increase it; and if your immune system if high it will decrease it.

3. True or False: 60-70% of your immune system is located in your small intestine?

ANSWER: True – the GI tract comprises the majority of the immune system within what is known as, The Gut-Associated Lymphoid Tissue. Remember This – To balance your immune system you must maximize your nutrition. First, you need to test (i.e., blood work) your various immune systems and provide the specific balance of lifestyle factors including herbs and various nutritional supplements to kick it into high gear!

4. True or False: As we age, our immune system(s) can both increase and decrease at the same time?

ANSWER: True – the cell-mediated immune system (the white blood cells) often decreases with aging while the humeral immune system (immunoglobulins) increases; this increase is sometimes called auto-immune disease.

5. Which of the following nutritional compounds can potentially improve (balance) immunity?

a. Ginseng
b. Testosterone
c. Plant proteins
d. Glandular supplements (i.e., thymus, intestine, spleen, liver, etc.)
e. NAC
f. Vitamin C

ANSWER: All of these can help balance protein. Here is a partial explanation – Ginseng, actually a group of adaptogenic herbs, powerfully modifies cell-mediated immunity. Testosterone is essential for all aspects of immunity and is anti-infectious. Plant proteins are essential for both the cell-mediated and humeral immune systems. Glandulars reduce autoimmune processes by affecting the humeral immune system. NAC is a precursor to a powerful immune modulating substance known as glutathione. Vitamin C modifies both the cell and humeral immune systems.

6. True or False: Consuming immune modifying nutritional compounds is always safe?

ANSWER: False – Immune modulating nutrients always have other effects and may have adverse effects. There use should be based on physical signs and symptoms, lab work, medications, other nutrients and other factors.

- Dr. Michael Wald, Brain-Energy Blast

8 Fitness / Health Myths

By Michelle Hastie

healthdiet1. Calories In Vs. Calories Out: We were taught that the only way to keep a healthy body size and shape is to know how many calories we are eating and how many calories we are burning. We have been told that this is a no-fail exact scientific formula that you simply follow and voila you have results. Unfortunately this is not the case. It’s not an exact science. You can find people all over the world that consume more than they burn and maintain a healthy weight and you can also find the dedicated dieters of the world who are eating less/burn more and their weight continues to climb. We must reach for a better method and understand that weight is not an exact science. It’s emotionally, mentally and spiritually connected to us and we must heal all areas of our life in order to be truly healthy.

2. Food is just fuel: When I was a personal trainer we were taught to look at food as fuel. Therefore, if you wanted a gummy bear you wouldn’t allow yourself to have it because it’s just empty calories with no nutrition and no value to your health. While this may be true there is something these experts are forgetting. Food is not fuel, food is: pleasure, satisfaction, nourishment and fulfillment. If food was just fuel we would all be eating little food pills. It’s ok to love food, and enjoy food! Trust me, your body will thank you for it.

malepushup3. No Pain, No Gain: I have had numerous clients tell me this and I myself used to believe this. There is a theme in our society that in order to get the results you desire you must work hard. This is simply not true. Nothing else in nature works hard or struggles to get results, it’s just us. It’s a very human experience. When I was injured and stuck on the couch, it was the most effortless experience of my life. I was not working hard, I was not struggling… I was basically on vacation! And the excess weight melted off my body. After that I started yoga and practiced doing less and my body continued to transform. We are not meant to live lives where we sacrifice in order to live.

4. Weight is just about food and exercise: There is a foundational component to our health and weight that many people skip over… our mindset. In order to truly claim your ideal body it is going to require that you change who you are being. It really doesn’t matter what you are “doing” (ie. eating the perfect diet, exercising everyday) if you are “being” someone who is unhealthy. This being can take place in our external lives and it can also just be an overall feeling we have deep down inside. A healthy person can feel unhealthy and vice versa. If you are looking at your food and exercise you are skipping over the foundation of your life: who you are being on a daily basis. Start there first!

applescale5. Some foods are good and some are bad: In my opinion all food is created equal. Food is not a human being with good or bad intentions, it is food. My best advice when looking at food is to look at it as simply what it is, then make inspired and empowered decisions about what food is good or bad for you personally. Start testing the foods that you have labeled as bad, is it bad for you? Does it create negative reactions when you eat it? Do you even like it? Then I would say it’s not for you. Test the foods you have labeled good for you. Does it make you feel energized and amazing? You get to create your own opinions on food regardless of what anyone else says.

6. You must be an athlete in order to be healthy and fit: Believing that you have to be an athlete can be very dangerous for us. This is where we see over exertion, injuries and frustration. The truth is there are many methods out there that teach health that are honestly geared towards an athlete. And I don’t just mean the person who plays soccer on the weekend, I mean the people whose career is to be an athlete. Remember, we all have different strengths and passions, we were not all born to be an athlete. So it’s ok if you don’t want to live that lifestyle. Think about your ideal life, what does it look like? How much do you want to work out ideally? What does your food intake look like ideally? Create your own life, don’t follow someone else’s or you will continuously stop and feel frustrated.

fruitswhite7. It’s all about what you eat: There is so much more to our bodies than food. It is definitely a topic that gets a lot of attention as it’s the easiest for us to outwardly control. We can remove food from our house, we can avoid dining situations, we can choose not to put food in our mouths. Therefore, it becomes the go to place to manage our health. The truth is our bodies are designed to take care of us. They already know how to do everything: digestion, metabolism and maintenance of a healthy size and shape. If we focus on body communication and understanding what our body needs and then working inwardly to connect to our bodies, we will have a lot more success than throwing out half the food in our pantry. This will create a lifelong bond for lifelong results.

8. The only way to be healthy and fit is to have strict rules and limitations: The truth is we are born with the incredible power of freedom and choice. We get to live as free as we desire every single day. Therefore you get to choose how you want to show up in the world. You get to choose your experience around health. And if I were you, I would choose a light, free and fun approach to health guided by body wisdom. Otherwise, what’s the point? It’s no fun to get results when the journey to get there was forceful, punishing and stressful. Allow health to be fun by being light around it and not being hard on yourself. Nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes, allow yourself to be human.

- Michelle Hastie, President/Founder, As Seen In Shape Magazine, Total Body Health Solutions

Doctors Attack Pervasive Obesity Myths

makehealthychoiceFrom Your Health Journal…..”So many times, I have promoted a web site called Live Science, as I really enjoy their web site, and try to send visitors their way. Recently, I found an outstanding article written by Christopher Wanjek on their site called Doctors Attack Pervasive Obesity Myths. Over the years, I have read so many articles about weight loss, diet, obesity, and other health related topics. Sometimes, I scratch my head with amazement as some of the authors pontificate on the topic. After a few seconds, I wonder, where are the facts – are these just a hypothesis? Sadly, many people do take what they read about health as the gospel – sometimes setting themselves up for failure on their own health. Today’s article in Live Science discusses various myths out there on obesity. Many of these false assumptions surprise the medical community such as breast-feeding protects a child against obesity, gradual weight loss is better than rapid loss, or you burn hundreds of calories during sex. One such claim in the article discusses how physical education cuts back on obesity. This is one claim that I do believe. PE in the schools is imperative to maintain a child’s health. Training in class in not going to end obesity, but the lifelong skills that children learn in PE that carry into adulthood, as well as the interest in participating in extra-curricular sports is an important piece of the puzzle in the fight against obesity. Anyway, enough of my ranting. Please visit the Live Science site (link provided below) to read the complete article. Visit their site for many great articles as well.”

From the article…..

Many weight-loss and obesity-prevention beliefs thought to be gospel truth are actually false or yet unproven, according to a study published in the Jan. 31 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Some of these false assumptions might even surprise medical doctors: Breast-feeding protects a child against obesity… Physical education in schools prevents childhood obesity… Gradual weight loss is better than rapid loss… You burn hundreds of calories during sex… These are just some of the obesity myths identified by an international team of doctors led by David Allison at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

These so-called facts are pervasive on websites, in the news media, and even in the scientific literature despite contradicting scientific evidence, the researchers said. The team identified a total of seven myths, six additional presumptions not yet proven true or false, and nine evidence-supported facts that are relevant for sound public health policy.

Myth 1: Small changes in energy intake or expenditure will produce large, long-term weight changes. This seemingly logical belief is based on a rule that a loss or gain of one pound comes from expending or consuming 3,500 calories. The problem is that this applies only to the short term. Additional pounds are harder and harder to shed once you begin losing weight. That’s because, in part, as you lose weight your body has lower energy requirements, meaning it can maintain its weight (without any loss) on a lower calorie count. [7 Diet Tricks That Really Work]

Myth 2: Setting realistic goals in obesity treatment is important because otherwise patients become frustrated and lose less weight. How can you argue with this logic? Well, according to Allison, data suggest that people do better with more ambitious goals. Think big to lose big.

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Weight Loss Myths Busted

bigpantsFrom Your Health Journal…..”A very interesting article recently from The Indian Express in New Delhi, India called Weight Loss Myths Busted. There are so many ‘stories’ out there about obesity and weight loss, many of us do not know what to believe anymore. There are so many ‘so called’ experts who preach facts and fiction to their clients and peers, a mass confusion sets in. So, it was interesting to read today’s article review about weight loss myths. It is a very lengthy article, but quite interesting to read. Some of the interesting myths that were busted include walking a mile a day can lead to a loss of more than 50 pounds in five years, set a realistic goal to lose a modest amount, and if you lose weight too fast you will lose less in the long run. Some ideas not proven yet include diet / exercise habits in childhood set stage for the rest of life and add lots of fruits and vegetables to your diet to lose weight or not gain as much. Of interest to me, the author of the article started off by mentioning the importance or non importance of physical education in the schools. For me, I truly believe that if children had daily quality PE in school, it would set the stage for a healthier lifestyle, as PE does educate children on fitness, exercise, nutrition, social skills, cognitive skills, and many more things. If you have any weight loss myths you want to share here, please leave them in the comments section. In the meantime, please visit the Indian Express web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

If schools reinstated physical education classes, a lot of fat children would lose weight. And they might never have gotten fat in the first place if their mothers had just breast fed them when they were babies. But be warned: obese people should definitely steer clear of crash diets. And they can lose more than 50 pounds in five years simply by walking a mile a day.

Those are among the myths and unproven assumptions about obesity and weight loss that have been repeated so often and with such conviction that even scientists like David B. Allison, who directs the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, have fallen for some of them.

Now, he is trying to set the record straight. In an article published online today in The New England Journal of Medicine, he and his colleagues lay out seven myths and six unsubstantiated presumptions about obesity. They also list nine facts that, unfortunately, promise little in the way of quick fixes for the weight-obsessed. Example: “Trying to go on a diet or recommending that someone go on a diet does not generally work well in the long term.”

Obesity experts applauded this plain-spoken effort to dispel widespread confusion about obesity. The field, they say, has become something of a quagmire.

“In my view,” said Dr. Jeffrey M. Friedman, a Rockefeller University obesity researcher, “there is more misinformation pretending to be fact in this field than in any other I can think of.”

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