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Friday, June 14, 2013

THE REAL KILLER

We are currently experiencing an epidemic in inflammation and inflammatory conditions. The list includes diabetes, heart disease, cancer, autoimmunity (rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis) and many other disorders.

Experts have implicated the disproportionate consumption of inflammatory precursors. These fatty acids, which are called, variously, omega-6 fatty acids, linoleic acid, and arachidonic acid, our body uses to produce compounds such as prostaglandins and leukotrienes whose effects include pain, disease, and aging. This is an oversimplification of a complex scientific topic, but it is nonetheless true.

Efforts should be made to decrease consumption of inflammatory fatty acids in favor of plant-based compounds with anti-inflammatory effects. These fatty acids, called omega-3 fatty acids, occur in foods such as leafy green vegetables, flax seeds, and chia seeds.

As you can see, the list of dietary omega-3 sources is very short.

On the other hand, foods which are high in inflammatory fatty acids are so widespread in the average diet as to seem ubiquitous.

Sources of linoleic acid (LA): grains, nuts, and oils (olive, soybean, canola, etc.)

Sources of aracidonic acid (AA): meat products including eggs, beef, sausage, burgers.

The harmful food which heads the list of both LA and AA as being highest in these inflammatory fatty acids and should be avoided at all costs?

Chicken.

Chicken is not a health food. It is not a weight loss food. Whether breaded, roasted, fried, grilled, or baked, be it the leg, thigh, wing, or breast, skinless or boneless or whole, chicken is poison.

When you think of chicken focus on the K.

Even if your dietary choices are not at all influenced by animal rights or environmental issues, you deserve to know the effects of the food you put in your body.

And the problem is we as a country in the 21st century are eating more chicken than ever before in history, over 80 pounds per person per year. Next time you bite into that McNugget or chicken sandwich remember the truth:

You can forget the images of blood and gore and focus on your health.

Chicken kills.

It is becoming increasingly clear within the scientific community that nearly all diseases have the same cause, that is, a diet-induced pro-inflammatory state. And treatment must be aimed at the underlying cause. Eradicate inflammation and fix your diet by excluding animal products and increasing your intakes of plant-based foods.

In a world where life spans are longer than ever and people spend their final days wasting away in medical intensive care units, squandering their life savings and enduring crushing debilitation and despair, now more than ever it is important to remember the words of jazz musician Eubie Blake, who lived well into his 90s. He said, "If I'd known I was gonna live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself."

Start now.


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