“Consuming aspartame along with carbohydrates like a double burger, large fries and a diet drink can lead to excess levels of phenylalanine in the brain. Phenylalanine blocks the production of serotonin in the brain, which causes an increased craving for carbohydrates, like another double burger, large fries, and diet drink. The whole thing becomes a vicious cycle.” -From, “Sweet Poison” By: Janet Hull
[SIDEBAR: It’s funny how we’re taught not to “get dirty,” yet, there’s so much power and serenity in the soil.]
According to some research, soda can age you in a manner similar to cigarettes. It is said that a daily intake of 8 ounces of soda can age you by 1.9 years; daily intake of 20 ounces can age a person by 4.6 years.
Americans are becoming aware of the dangers of soda consumption. Soda consumption has dropped by 20% since the 1990s.
“Avoid waxed foods. You can tell if something is waxed by smelling the stem; if it does not smell like the food, then it’s likely waxed. the problem with wax is that it locks in pesticides that can be found on fruits like apples, pears, and nectarines. Other big pesticide offenders include berries, potatoes, peppers, spinach, lettuce, and celery.
Here are the fruits and vegetables with the highest and lowest pesticide contents, if you’re not going to go organic:
Highest: Peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, kale, lettuce, imported grapes.
Lowest: Onions, avocadoes, sweet corn, pineapples, mangoes, asparagus, sweet peas, kiwis, cabbage, eggplants.” -From the authors of the “You” series; Drs. Roizen & Oz
According to The BBC, a team of scientists “found that curcumin (an extract found in the bright yellow curry spice, tumeric) started to kill cancer cells [with]in 24 hours [of contact]…The cells also began to digest themselves after the curcumin triggered lethal cell death signals.”
Curcumin is also being tested as a cure for dementia and arthritis.