Food “Nutrition Facts” Label is for SURVIVAL ONLY:

Many people assume that the nutrition label on our food products cite the “% daily value” of the nutrient that is the optimal amount for our health and well-being.

This is most certainly not the case.

Keep in mind that often times on these labels the vitamins and minerals listed are actually added to the product.  This is what is meant when the company says their product is “enriched.”  You can determine whether the vitamin or mineral is one of the added supplements by then looking at the ingredient list, and knowing the chemical name for each nutrient, can see whether they’ve simply added a vitamin/mineral to their product, or if absent, is a naturally occurring vitamin/mineral in the food itself, the latter of which we prefer.

As a side note, the reason I personally prefer the whole food version of the nutrient is that I firmly believe their are aspects to these nutrients, perhaps on a micro level so small that we don’t yet understand, that adds to the natural bio-availability of the nutrient that can in turn benefit us more.  It seems to me that the naturally occurring source of the nutrient, as nature built it, is what was intended for our bodies to use to begin with, as compared to a manufactured nutrient that has been added to the food that yes…the body can and does use…BUT *may* do so at the expense of other nutrients, as the body tries to “find” the micro nutrients necessary to help the artificial nutrient “work” in the body.

Please feel free to re-read that entire paragraph, and apologies for not being able to put it more simply.

An example of determining whether or not the nutrient on the Nutrition Facts label is naturally occurring in the food, or whether it’s been added to the food and listed on the ingredient label…and easy one…vitamin C. 

Vitamin C comes in several popular forms, but in foods the most common I have seen is the ascorbic acid variety.

If you see a listing for “100% Daily Value of Vitamin C,” and then look on the ingredient side of the label and see “ascorbic acid”…you know that the vitamin C in the food is likely to be *mostly*…if not *all*…an added vitamin to the food product.

Ascorbic acid happens to be one of those rare vitamins that we can often use in larger quantities without any seeming negative impact, or “robbing” of other nutrients in the body (though for some people, with varying conditions depending on their overall health, it can and may in my opinion) but is also water-soluble, therefore just about impossible to “overdose” on.

So it makes for a great example.

Learn the chemical names for the rest of the nutrients, and you will be able to spot them readily on the ingredient side of the label, and know whether it was added/”enriched,” or was a naturally occurring nutrient in the food itself.

Our opinions on the enrichment of our foods pending…especially as it pertains to calcium, something we largely disagree with.

Colloidal Silver HATRED:

Tim, our FacelessFatloss guy, uploaded a video yesterday as a follow-up to his on-going series covering ionic and colloidal silver.

The difference this time was that he was primarily responding to the apparently never-ending stream of “hate mail” to his previous videos, based on what seems to have been a misunderstanding based on his previous titles.

Receiving death threats was certainly cause enough to address the issue once and for all.

There is a sharp division occurring that need not occur, if the proper perspective on alternative/holistic medicine, as compared to standard conventional medicine, is put into place.

We look at standard western medicine…going to the doctor or emergency room…as being the option we should take when we’re in serious trouble; perhaps our survival is being threatened due to illness or accident.

For the rest, we prefer a more holistic, natural approach.

The problem is, people are confusing what doctors are designed to do, in comparison to what a health-maintenance approach is designed to do.

Doctors have little to no nutritional education *in comparison to* the rest of their education.  *They are not there* to help you achieve an optimal, or superior form of health.  They are there to help you if you are in dire straits, and have an emergency to tend to.

Sure, there is some cross-over here and there.  This is happening in large part *because of* this mass-misunderstanding about the nature of the doctor/patient relationship.

Look at it this way: If we’re in a car accident, the trauma care in western society is outstanding.  They can often piece us back together, enabling our survival under conditions that might otherwise take our lives.

But if we’re simply a little sick…or having a little difficulty with pain, or other symptom that is not life-threatening…we have come to expect doctors to tend to these things, in effect enhancing our life and our health, as compared to actually SAVING our life and health.

This is not what they’re taught to do.

Hence the prescription drugs, with the huge, dangerous side-effect profiles that they so often prescribe; these are to be used as a very last resort…a life SAVING option…as compared to life ENHANCING.

This is our opinion, but we feel it makes the most sense, and is what the evidence, based on experience, shows us.

Check out Tim’s latest video for an update on a balanced perspective between ionic and colloidal silver technologies.  See his video link in the video for information on one of the two best silver products in existence, based on our use and experience with it.  The purchase benefits a charitable cause.  🙂  Or visit the information page now: http://www.facelessfatloss.com/Ionic-Silver

THE VID:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SquJk6ImeDc

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Alkaline Foods Misunderstood:

The acid-alkaline balance of the body remains somewhat controversial, some sides saying that there is outright “no such thing” as an optimal way to “alkalize” the body in such a way that benefits are provided.  These opinions stem from the notion that the body self-regulates its acid-alkaline balance on its own.  When the pH balance is discussed, for the most part the *blood’s* pH is what is being referred to, since it’s important it stays within a narrow range leaning towards a more base, or alkaline state.

Those who believe this issue is all “bunk” will say that respiration and kidney activity maintains this balance, and that there really is no such thing as “acidosis” or “alkalosis” due to an allegedly poor diet.

In our opinion, it’s simply a matter of taking in healthy foods for the sake of the alkaline-forming mineral content that benefits us *regardless* of the validity of the acid-alkaline controversy.

The green foods, well known as popular alkaline-forming foods, are such because of their base-mineral content, mainly of magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium and iron.  In their whole-food form, taken in either as foods or a whole food supplement, can only serve to benefit us, since it’s pretty much impossible to “overdose” on foods and their nutrition.

When we couple this with the notion that the mineral content of our food supply has diminished over the past several decades due to exploitative farming practices, it raises the question as to whether we are possibly getting *enough* of these macr0-mineral nutrients in our bodies…and if not, what are the consequences of NOT having enough of these vital components to the condition of our overall health.

Our answer: green smoothies almost daily, occasional green juicing monitoring the sugar content, green supplements such as from Dr. Webster that we reference elsewhere on this site, and crystal salt in our clean spring water for a full spectrum of daily macro and micro minerals…all of which give us a balanced, natural nutritional profile that we know our bodies will understand and be able to use.