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Harvard finds the secret to longevity and it amounts to nothing

A recent study conducted at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and published in the prestigious scientific journal, Cell Metabolism, showed that by keeping our mitochondrial network (the  engines inside our cells) satisfied while maintaining plasticity, we actually live longer.  This term “longer” has been defined as up to “30% longer or an extra 25 years of high quality life”, as confirmed by studies out of the University of Southern California School of Gerontology and Duke Medical Center. The researchers in this recent study reaffirmed longevity could be obtained by practicing what is called intermittent fasting – a process of eliminating food for a period of time.  At the time of the study, the researchers knew fasting extended life, but we’re not sure how it worked. It is just amazing how the body has been designed to live a very long time (science now indicating the possibility of 120 years) on its own and without the help of external interventions.  Currently we are only able to obtain just over 80 years resulting in a 33% loss of use with massive interventions.  Could it be the fact that modern day society has no instruction manual on how to maintain balance “homeostasis”? Modern science (if you want to call it that because the ancients knew of the benefit of fasting thousands of years ago) is just scratching the surface when it comes to the intelligent design of the body and our ability to self-heal, self-regulate and self-regenerate.

The most disturbing part of this research is the fact that the lead scientist involved appears to be more concerned with “harnessing the benefits therapeutically” as stated in an article in the Harvard Gazette. Heather Weir, lead author of the study, who conducted the research while at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is now a research associate at Astex Pharmaceuticals. In other words, let’s make billions and billions of dollars in profits, at the expense of the American taxpayer, on a therapeutic solution that mimics a process that is structurally designed into everyone’s body and can be activated daily at zero cost.  Our nation and the world would be better served if we would focus on the root cause of aging and metabolic illness – unhealthy (fragmented) mitochondria.  Teaching as many as possible how to fast in order to maximize the effects and maintain healthy fused and flexible mitochondria is the solution to the global healthcare crisis.  All of this can be done at a fraction of the cost of Big Pharma developing a “cure” without addressing the “cause”.  Prior to the establishment of modern medicine and the modern Pharmaceutical industry, fasting was a very common therapy used in the medical world.  Fasting was discontinued because it was considered non-beneficial or more so considered a possible financial threat to the medical community at the time.  Ironic how 100’s of years later we are now learning just how effective fasting is and how wrong the doctors at the time where when they passed judgement on the benefits of fasting as seen in this most recent research.  Looks like we need to now reevaluate what science has been telling us to be true when in fact much of it has been proven to be false.

Nobel Prize winner Upton SInclair published a book on fasting called the “Fasting Cure” “in 1911 and went into detail how fasting was used at the time and the benefits experienced by real people.  Sinclair was keenly interested in health and nutrition throughout his 88 year life (looks like he benefited from fasting as the average life expectancy of a male born in 1878 was not more than 44 years). Sinclair experimented with various diets, and with fasting. He believed that periodic fasting was important for health saying, “I had taken several fasts of ten or twelve days’ duration, with the result of a complete making over of my health” Just look at the impact we would have on the cost of healthcare if everyone practiced the art of fasting as a personal “primary care” tool? People would be healing themselves for FREE and without the assistance of government, big pharma and the medical community while saving precious medical resources for those who are in real need of external interventions.  No co-payments, No Doctor visits, No 4 TRILLION dollar industry having to deal with too many sick people.  Fasting is something we can share with everyone, do it ourselves, spend nothing on it all while practicing a scientifically proven modality that benefits one’s health and longevity.

The art of fasting is nothing new and dates back to the Persians in 600 BC where it is recorded in the Book of Daniel documenting how Daniel and his friends harnessed the power of fasting and plants to prove health superiority over the Kings toxic diet of “junk food”.  In today’s world of fasting we find a variety of protocols: 16/8, alternate day, 5/2 and periodic fast to name a few.  All fasting protocols referenced require the faster to enter into a period of “zero calories” for the duration of the fasting period in order maximize the benefits of reducing ones insulin for an extended period of time in order to regain sensitivity in ones insulin.  Water, coffee and non caloric beverages are permitted during the fasting period.  There are some protocols that have allowed the use of calories that have minimal to zero effect on insulin.  The most common is the use of MCT oils (medium chain triglycerides) and the most common being coconut oil.  The alternate day fast is pretty simple to follow as you eat one day and fast the next.  The 5/2 diet is one where you eat five days a week and fast for two random days in the 7 day cycle.  Periodic fasting is when you embark on a multi day water fast that can be as short as two or three days and as long as multiple weeks all depending on the individual goals of the individual.  The most popular is the 16/8 also known as “time restricted feeding”. 16/8 is a daily fast where you restrict your eating to a specific window (time period) of 8 hrs or less and you restrain from eating for 16 hrs or more.  Current science supports all methods of fasting to be beneficial with the 16/8 and the periodic fast to be the most beneficial.  The 16/8 is the easiest for those just starting a fasting lifestyle.  Anyone can fast to some extent depending on their current health conditions.  DISCLAIMER: It is always recommended to start slow and consult your physician if you are currently being treated for specific conditions or have any concerns.

The purpose of the Harvard study was to find a way to mimic what our body was designed to do originally.

“The researchers found that restricting the worms’ diet, or mimicking dietary restriction through genetic manipulation of an energy-sensing protein called AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), maintained the mitochondrial networks in a fused or “youthful” state. In addition, they found that these youthful networks increased lifespan by communicating with organelles called peroxisomes to modulate fat metabolism. “Low-energy conditions such as dietary restriction and intermittent fasting have previously been shown to promote healthy aging. Understanding why this is the case is a crucial step toward being able to harness the benefits therapeutically,” (1)

With all the benefits of fasting ask yourself how can a study, funded by NON-PROFITS and a government agency be so focused on supporting the development of a therapeutic solution that comes at such a high cost to our healthcare system when in reality taxpayer money would be better spent on educating the public on the benefits of fasting? In conclusion, fasting is a discipline that requires an intentional change and a life long commitment.  Fasting is not for everyone, but who would not want to live 30% longer with a high level of health and all one has to do is just reduce the time when one EATS?

ACTION:  The best way to start to improve your health is by adopting a simple fasting lifestyle. First step is to skip breakfast, eat a late lunch around 1 pm and eat dinner around 7pm and instantly you are now practicing TRF – Time restricted feeding – and reaping the benefits.

 

References:

  1. Karen Feldscher (2017, November). In pursuit of healthy aging. Retrieved from URL: https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2017/11/intermittent-fasting-may-be-center-of-increasing-lifespan/
  2. Heather J. Weir, Pallas Yao, Frank K. Huynh, Caroline C. Escoubas, Renata L. Goncalves (2017, September). Dietary Restriction and AMPK Increase Lifespan via Mitochondrial Network and Peroxisome Remodeling. Retrieved from URL: http://www.cell.com/cell-metabolism/fulltext/S1550-4131%2817%2930612-5
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The Benefits of Neem Powder

Neem, a leafy tree also known as the “Indian Lilac” is commonly used in traditional Indian medicine. More than 140 active compounds have been isolated from this tropical plant. The leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds, gum, oil and bark all

have health benefits. The powder is made by drying and grinding neem leaves or a blend of leaves, flowers, seeds, fruit and bark. Drugs.com notes that neem leaves have been used in the treatment of worm infections, leprosy and ulcers, and for heart disease. Neem powder is available in loose form or as capsules and tablets.

Immune Health

Drugs.com notes that neem has been used as an insecticide, insect repellent and fungicide. In traditional medicine, neem is taken internally as powder capsules and tablets or as an oil to help treat malaria, worms and ulcers. A review published in “Current Medicinal Chemistry” reports that this herb has anti-bacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal qualities, which may help the body fight off disease-causing pathogens and infection. Additionally, the immuno-modulating, anti-allergenic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of neem may help balance the immune system.

Treat Ulcers

 Research published in the journal “Life Sciences” in 2004 concluded that neem bark extract may help treat stomach ulcers. Researchers gave patients with digestive ulcers a dose of 30 milligrams of powdered extract twice a day for 10 days. After treatment with the neem extract, the patients showed a 77 percent decrease in stomach acid, helping heal and prevent ulcers in the digestive tract.

Effect on Diabetes

Compounds found in the outer shell or husk of neem seeds may help treat Type 2 diabetes and protect the heart from complications related to diabetes. An animal study published in 2008 in the “Journal of Ethnopharmacology” reported that neem extract helped treat diabetic rats that were also given insulin. Additionally, neem prevented heart damage in the animals. However, further clinical research is needed to determine if the neem extract would have the same benefit for people.

Prevent Dental Decay

Many of the medicinal compounds found in neem powder — anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and others — may also treat dental disorders and keep teeth and gums healthy. Neem powder can be used as a natural toothpaste to clean your teeth. Research published in the “Journal of Ayurveda Integrative Medicine” reported that even chewing on sticks from the neem tree may help reduce dental plaque and control bacteria in the mouth.

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Recycling sucks when it comes to plastics and in particular SUP’s (Single Use Plastics)

HOW BIG IS YOUR PLASTIC FOOTPRINT?

In the USA, we recycled only 9% of all plastic generated in 2012  and some plastic products like plastic water bottles can remain in the environment for over 450 years.  In most cases the plastic particles do not go away but just get smaller and smaller making them easier to enter our food chain and affect the sex hormones of both animals and humans.  One of the most significant damages we are facing today is the elevated estrogen levels associated with the use of plastic for the packaging of consumable products.  

How can we continue on our current path of self destruction?   Are we going to want more and more plastic in our fish.  Are we going to want more and more plastic in our drinking water?  Plastic is finding its way into all areas of our life.  Plastic is like no other product man has created and used to further industrialization because of its use of man made chemicals and its use on such a global scale.  

As per a study conducted by a European NGO called “Seas at Risk” they estimate the following is generated annually by European Union member states alone:

  • 46 billion beverage bottles
  • 16 billion coffee cups
  • 580 billion cigarette butts
  • 2.5 billion takeaway packaging
  • 36.4 billion drinking straws

In total there are almost 600 Billion pieces of  SUP’s (single use plastic) generated in Europe alone annually.  These 5 categories contribute to 50% of the waste that shows up on Europe’s beaches (the single use grocery bag is banned in the EU).  Recycling does not work and will never work because it takes work and who wants to work when it comes to garbage?  The only solution to the problem is elimination – JUST STOP USING SUP’S.  Companies have to just change the way they manufacture and distribute their products. With the global domination of Amazon and eCommerce retail packaging is DEAD.  All that is needed is “functional” packing to insure the product arrives at the consumers door step damage free.

The “Marine Conservation Society” of Scotland has a guide called the  “Living without single-use  Plastic’ guide” to help consumers find just where they can makes changes that can have a small impact, but to a greater degree send a message to Global Conglomerates they are not going support their products anymore if they refuse to stop using SUP’s.  Here are some tips everyone can start using TODAY to reduce our plastic footprint:

SHOPPING

  1. Use reusable shopping bags – prefer you make them at home from recycled T-Shirts
  2. Use reusable veggie bags – prefer you make them from T-shirts (smaller ones)
  3. Purchase bread in paper

ON-THE-GO

  1. Refuse plastic STRAWS or insist they use reusable glass straws or bring back paper straws
  2. Carry and use a reusable coffee cup – Please share on Goggle maps coffee shops that give good discounts for patrons that bring their own cup while calling out those that refuse to do so.
  3. Always carry a reusable water bottle – never purchase water in a plastic bottles and never use plastic water bottles
  4. Pack your own lunch using paper and reusable containers

BATHROOM

  1. Use soap bars instead of hand wash or plastic packed products
  2. Find shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer and deodorant in bar form not wrapped in plastic
  3. Eliminate shaving cream in cans – use shaving soap
  4. Make you own mouthwash
  5. Use deodorant that are not packaged in plastic
  6. Use lip balms that are not packaged in plastic
  7. Find toothbrushes made from natural products like bamboo
  8. Use razors that do not use plastic – reusable double edged razors and blades

CLEANING

  1. Use vinegar
  2. RE-use spray bottles

If we want change for tomorrow, we have to be willing to change today.  a’Beachin Soap Company is in the process of  launching a line of personal care products that helps those that want to reduce their plastic footprint while helping others and improving one’s health.  We call it our “GOOD for ALL” campaign.  a’Beachin is committed to delivering a line of basic personal care products without the use of SUP’s while building on our vision of influencing other companies to follow our model.  Stamp out plastic TODAY!  You can find a’Beachin Soap at www.abeachin.com

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Screw GMO plant and animal derived products – THEY ARE KILLING US.

When will enough be enough – how gluttony has led to global destruction of our food chain and the health of humans and animals across the globe (while those in charge at corporations and governments did nothing).  The German’s in the Der Speigel article are taking Monsanto to task because Roundup causes CANCER and the EU is approaching (December 15) their decision to renew Monsanto’s license to sell Roundup in the EU for the next 10 years. The risk by far outweigh the rewards.  It would be great to see the USA follow as legal cases are mounting against Monsanto here is the USA.  Cheap hamburgers from cheap soybeans is not an asset to society but a liability.  The outcomes are effecting our health and our environment.  The time has come for consumers across the world to increase the resistance against GMO foods and their evil perpetrators – JUST DO NOT BUY them when ever possible.  Ask every-time you can for your local retailers to carry NON-GMO options.  If you cannot find them locally then support NON-GMO farmers online by buying direct.  As consumers rise up, corporations will change or go out of business.  No company is to large now for the connected consumer.  Don’t let a day go by where you miss an opportunity to by NON-GMO because the bigger they (GMO manufactures) are the HARDER THEY FALL.

Health eating is intention and you can start today.

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13 signs you might be magnesium deficient

Are you suffering from any of the following:  Calcium deficiency, muscle cramps, weakness, nausea, anxiety, high blood pressure, dizziness, fatigue, poor memory, confusion, potassium deficiency, poor heart health & migraines?   You could be like 57% or more of other Americans who are deficient in magnesium.  I highly recommend you eat more green veggies, raw nuts and whole fruits AT the same time you can supplement using my very simple ELECTRO-AIDE drink you can make right a home.    CLICK here to visit my ELECTRO-AIDE page. or visit Fasting for Health – not a fad but scientific fact

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Obesity – It’s not the damn calories…….

Have you struggled for years to loose weight and when you finally do it IT all comes back and more?  Well you are not alone, all most all diets fail in the end.  The goal of the diet world is to keep you as a lifetime customer just like Big Pharma and Big Medical.  No one wants to eliminate the problem, they all just want to manage it.  Calorie reduction results in metabolism reduction and a never ending feeling of hunger.  Our bodies are very unique machines that adapt to their environments.  Create a crappy environment for your body and you will get crappy results.  In the video below, Jason Fung explains it is not about calories and our ability to control them, but the fact that obesity is tied to insulin and the fact most obese people are insulin resistant.  Solve the insulin problem (become insulin sensitive) and you solve the obesity problem.   You can find additional resources on Fasting at www.abeachin.com

 

 

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Stop buying their crap………….

Does the proliferation of plastic waste on a global scale make you mad as HELL?  If so, why do you continue to support the worlds greatest contributors to this epidemic problem?:  Nestle, Unilever, PT Torabika Mayora, Universal Robina Corporation, Procter & Gamble, Nutri-Asia, Monde Nissin, Zesto, Colgate Palmolive, Liwayway

The time is now to just stop supporting their failed model of non-sustainability and start supporting companies that are committed to the elimination of plastic from the global supply chain all together.  a’Beachin Soap Company is committed to the elimination of plastic in our supply chain from the shipping of our raw materials to the elimination of all plastics in our packaging.  We do this for the health of our customers, the health of our environment and encourage everyone to join us in our revolution by subscribing to a’Beachin’s Lit’l Detox Box.

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Please pass the salt and the plastic………

If you thought plastic entering our water supply was bad enough think again.  A recent report from the Guardian documents plastic particles are entering our food chain via sea salt across the globe.  We are definitely living in the “Plastic Age” as the volume of used and discarded plastic is accumulating in land fills, on shores and gyres in the middle of the ocean.  Plastic is everywhere and is entering the food chain from land and sea and we have not way of stopping it.  The most shocking revelation is the lack of information as to the impact this will have on the health of all living creatures on land and in the sea.  We could be playing with a ticking time bomb that may make climate change look like a bump in the road.  Plastic never goes away, it just gets smaller and smaller. Never does it loose its ability to release toxins into the environment or now its host.

Just about every sample of salt taken by multiple organizations in countries across the globe had readable levels of plastic in the samples.  All of this contamination is the result of our insatiable appetite for convenient  “single use plastics” used in water bottles (possibly 1 million consumed globally every minute), bags (grocery – shopping) and containers used for food and personal care products.  With a recycle success rate of 6.5 – 9%, we should never feel confident the plastic industry, major manufactures, distributors and retailers have the situation under control.  Quite the contrary, it is out of control on epidemic proportions.  Most efforts are green washing and are done to placate the general public.  No, the only REAL solution is to plastic crisis is to NOT USE PLASTIC NOW!

a’Beachin Soap Company is a very different company from the ground up.  a’Beachin is committed to a line of products that are free from plastic PERIOD.  We call this our NON-PLASTIC revolution.  Consumers must demand the removal of plastic from our packaging supply chain (50% of all plastic generated today) and by supporting companies who do not use plastic (NON-PLASTIC) no different than supporting companies who are NON-GMO.  Only then will we see the major global companies abandon plastic for steel, glass and paper packaging.

READ GUARDIAN ARTICLE HERE