Thursday, November 28, 2013

Simple Ways to Detox on the New Episode of Secrets to Health!

Simple Ways to Detox on the New Episode of Secrets to Health!

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Simple Ways to Detox on the New Episode of Secrets to Health!

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 09:06 AM PST

Most of us absorb thousands of health-depleting toxins every day from our food and our environment. When our bodies become contaminated with these toxins, our internal self-healing mechanisms shut down and degenerative health conditions take over. In this episode of Secrets to Health, Mike Adams and I show you how to naturally and gently detox the body to cleanse your system and address the root cause of poor health head-on. This is a great episode, don’t miss it!

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

10 Tips for the Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Posted: 27 Nov 2013 12:49 PM PST

Creamy, pumpkin-y goodness and a buttery, flaky crust all topped with whipped cream. If there is one dessert that you can't have Thanksgiving without, it's pumpkin pie. With these 10 tips you will have no problem perfecting this holiday staple!

1. Use freshly grated nutmeg

The little jar of "Pumpkin Pie Spice" is easy and convenient, but a few extra moments of measuring fresh spices will make all the difference. Cinnamon, all spice, ginger and cloves are all key, but the real secret is freshly grated nutmeg.

2. Make your own crust

You can't rival a homemade crust. Find a trusted recipe (like this vegan one here) and get our your pastry cutter.

3. Don't forget the egg wash

To get a golden brown shine on your pumpkin pie crust, don't forget the egg wash. Whisk an egg with a pinch of salt and lightly brush the crust with it for a perfect crust.

4. Pre-bake the crust

Before pouring in the pie filling, bake the crust for a few minutes in a pre-heated oven. This will help avoid ending up with a soggy crust.

5. Use part dark brown sugar

Brown sugar has a more intense flavor than white sugar, so if you like a richer pie try using half white and half brown sugar.

6. Roast and puree your own pumpkin

Making your own pumpkin puree is a little time consuming, but totally worth it. Some recipes call for steaming or baking the pumpkin, but we prefer roasting. Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of vegetables and leaves the pumpkin with less water content - making a concentrated and flavorful puree.

7. Strain your filling

For a creamy and smooth texture, run the filling through a fine mesh strainer.

8. Don't Use Pumpkin

Let's be honest, on its own, pumpkin isn't the most flavorful vegetable out there. Try substituting a third to half of the pumpkin for candied yams, butternut squash, or sweet potato for a sweeter and more flavorful pie.

9. Always preheat the oven

For an evenly cooked pie with a flaky crust and good texture, always preheat your oven before baking!

10. Use real whipped cream

Do you know what the ingredients are in non-dairy whipped cream? Water, hydrogenated vegetable oil, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, skim milk, light cream, sodium caseinate, polysorbate 60 and sorbitan monostearate are all ingredients in store-bought whipped topping. The ingredients in homemade whipped cream? Cream, sugar.

Just do it.
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This morning I cried on the elliptical machine. Not just a tear, but I totally sobbed. 

I had just gotten a Facebook popup on my phone from an old friend. She wanted to share that she convinced her family to go organic on thanksgiving and was excited about the organic turkey they found.

This one little note set off a spiral of imagination in my head and all I could think of is how many people (you) out there are making the same changes and how that's changing the food system and changing the world.

But I know it's not just in my imagination. This is really happening. I can't thank you enough for joining me and sharing your life with me.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Big Hugs. Sniff Sniff.




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Iodine and Breast Health: 6 Things You Need to Know

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Posted: 26 Nov 2013 04:09 PM PST

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Iodine isn’t only required by the thyroid, your entire body needs it. In fact, you might say that your body requires iodine the way a car requires oil — it’s simply necessary for the entire system to function properly. Many people don’t realize that female breast tissue has a greater concentration of iodine than the thyroid gland… heck, many don’t know at all that healthy breasts require iodine. It’s true, and when breast tissue has low iodine levels, health problems can follow. Let’s take a look at the top 6 things you need to know regarding iodine and its impact on breast health.

1. Iodine Deficiency is a Problem

Iodine deficiency is a problem that affects up to 40% of the world’s population, including people in America. One of the primary causes is inadequate iodine intake. In the past, food was a source of iodine. However, the addition of iodine has steady declined for decades. Bread is a perfect example. Until 1980, iodine was used to condition dough, it was then substituted with bromide, a toxic halogen that offers no benefits and competes with iodine for absorption. Fluoride is example, it’s a common, toxic halogen that’s present in many water supplies; it too negatively affects iodine absorption. The decline in iodine consumption has coincided with an increase in health problems that include (but are not limited to) breast disease, certain cancers, thyroid impairment and developmental problems in children.

2. Healthy Breasts Need Iodine

Every cell, organ, and system in the human body needs iodine, this especially applies to a woman’s breasts. Breast tissue has a greater concentration of iodine than the thyroid and the same iodine-transporting proteins used by the thyroid gland. [1] [2] In healthy breast tissue, iodine acts as a potent antioxidant. [3] Conversely, iodine deficient breast tissue is susceptible to increased lipid oxidation, a contributor to many diseases — including cancer. [4] [5] [6] [7]

3. What is Fibrocystic Breast Disease?

Fibrocystic breast disease is an extremely common and underreported condition in which hormonally influenced cysts develop in the breast tissue. [1] The cysts, which can cause breast pain and tenderness — especially before menstruation, are fairly easy to detect. In fact, they’re most often detected during at-home examinations and are a frequent source of immediate anxiety for the women who discover them and fear the worst — breast cancer. Although fibrocystic breast disease itself is often benign, the New England Journal of Medicine has reported that it is a risk factor for breast cancer. [8]

4. Fibrocystic Breast Disease is Linked to Iodine Deficiency

Healthy breasts are reliant on adequate iodine levels. Without it, breast tissue is susceptible to estrogenic stimulation. This can lead to the production of microcysts, and they can lead to fibrocystic breast disease. [8] Animal studies have shown, directly, that depriving breast tissue of iodine is an immediate catalyst for fibrocystic breast disease. [9] [10] [11]

5. Adequate Iodine Promotes Breast Health

Although birth control is sometimes used to shrink cysts, many women prefer to avoid the associated health risks and rely on other measures to promote breast health, such as iodine supplementation. Iodine is very safe and adequate levels are a must for normal breast health. [12] A 1993 study reported that iodine supplementation had produced reduced indications of fibrocystic breast disease! [13] 2004 research found that 50% of women who experienced breast tenderness due to fibrocystic disease had an improvement in their situation after iodine supplementation. [14] Many women are unaware of this, and, unfortunately, the benefits of iodine are routinely glossed over by conventional physicians.

6. Adequate Iodine is Even More Important When Breast Feeding

A nursing mother doesn’t only need nutrition to support her own needs, but those of her developing child as well. Just as iodine is important for breast health, iodine is equally important for normal brain development in children. Iodine deficiency is, in fact, the number one cause of developmental problems. Iodine is crucial for a newborn brain and breast milk is the perfect means for supplying iodine to a nursing infant. [15]

Iodine: Are You Getting Enough?

Getting enough iodine is a product of eating foods that contain iodine and, for many people, also taking supplemental iodine. There are several forms of iodine, some are more beneficial than others. There are tests that can determine if you need iodine and if you do, it’s best to compare iodine supplements to make an educated decision as to which is the best for you.

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM


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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

9 Reasons to Think Twice About Your Holiday Turkey

Posted: 26 Nov 2013 11:58 AM PST

With Thanksgiving days away, U.S. turkey growers are probably relieved that no arsenic, salmonella or cruelty stories have surfaced like they have other years. But that doesn't mean the turkey on your holiday table is exactly wholesome. In fact, the chemicals, food additives and extreme production methods used to deliver the nation's plump, affordable turkeys just in time for Thanksgiving are enough to make you lose your appetite.

Resistant Salmonella and Other Superbugs

Two years ago, huge recalls of salmonella-contaminated ground turkey from Cargill and Jennie-O/Hormel sickened many, and one person died. While the food giants say they have cleaned up their acts, that's not what Consumer Reports found in March. Five percent of 257 samples of raw ground turkey that was bought at grocery stores around the country and tested harbored salmonella, 67 percent of which was resistant to more than one antibiotic. The government itself admitted that 81 percent of ground turkey it tested is contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The superbugs result from the routine use of human antibiotics on commercial U.S. farms so operators can grow the animals faster and with less feed. Seventy percent of the farm antibiotics are not for sick animals but to maximize profits and prevent infections.


The U.S. turkey industry doesn't try to hide the stew of antibiotics it depends on for cheap turkeys -- it brags about them. "The increased costs to raise turkeys without antibiotics is real," said the National Turkey Federation's Michael Rybolt at Capitol Hill antibiotics hearings in 2008. "Today at retail outlets here in the D.C. market, a conventionally-raised turkey costs $1.29 per pound. A similar whole turkey that was produced without antibiotics costs $2.29 per pound. With the average consumer purchasing a 15-pound whole turkey, that would mean there would be $15 tacked on to their grocery bill." Antibiotics are also green. Without them, more land would be needed to grow crops because the birds would eat more -- requiring 175,550 more tons of feed and causing "an increase in manure," said Rybolt. More land would also be required from the "decrease in density" because the birds couldn't be squeezed together the way they are now.

Clostridium difficile or "C Diff"

Have you ever heard of C. difficile? If not, you're lucky. It is an intestinal bacteria that it increasingly antibiotic-resistant, consigning thousands of Americans in health care settings and the community to a life or chronic pain, diarrhea and expensive treatments. (C. Diff is why "fecal transplants" are in the news these days. They are thought to replenish intestinal bacteria.) Glenn Songer, Ph.D., of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, says 40 percent of beef, pork and turkey products tested had the C. diff strains found in humans, raising the possibility of a food-borne source for human illnesses. C. Diff "has been isolated from retail pork, turkey and beef products and reported associated with human illness," says an February article in the Journal of Food Protection. It was found in 44 percent of U.S. turkey products tested, says Food Poison Journal.

Human Drugs... and Drinks

This month the Associated Press reported that some U.S. turkeys are being fed beer to make them "fatter, more flavorful and juicier." After drinking the alcohol, one bird "appeared rather dazed, with eyes narrowed to slits and beer dribbling out of its beak," reported AP. Imbibing birds may sound innocuous or funny, but other human fare turkeys are given is not as amusing. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Arizona State University examined feather meal from U.S. chickens and turkeys and found traces of the pain reliever acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol), the antihistamine diphenhydramine (the active ingredient in Benadryl) and the antidepressant fluoxetine (the active ingredient in Prozac). Turkey producers are even looking at giving turkeys statins like Zocor.

Arsenic and Other Feed Additives

Like antibiotics, arsenic has been routinely used in turkey and other livestock feed to prevent disease, increase feed efficiency and promote growth. Last month, the FDA announced it was rescinding three of four arsenic products that few knew were used in turkey production anyway. One drug, Nitarsone, is still in use, though, for the "first six weeks of a turkey's 20-week life span" says the National Turkey Federation, to treat a disease called histomoniasis. In fact, the Code of Federal Regulations for turkey drugs reveals a long list of permitted drugs with long names that don't make you want to reach for the cranberry sauce. Halofuginone, given to turkeys to kill pathogens, "is toxic to fish and aquatic life" and "an irritant to eyes and skin," says the Federal Code. "Avoid contact with skin, eyes, or clothing" and "Keep out of lakes, ponds, and streams." Bon appetit.

Diseases From Fast Growth Production

Food risks in turkey don't just happen. They come from drugs and contaminants used by turkey growers to produce the maximum amount of fat turkeys with as little feed as possible in as little time as possible. The chemically-induced fast growth puts turkeys at risk for "sudden death from cardiac problems and aortic rupture," (diagnosed by the presence of large clots of blood around the turkey's lungs) hypertensive angiopathy and pulmonary edema. Growth drugs in turkeys may also "result in leg weakness or paralysis," says the Federal Code, a side effect that a turkey slaughterhouse worker at the House of Raeford, in Raeford, NC reported firsthand. Turkeys arrive with legs broken, dislocated and limp, he told the press. Slowing the rapid growth by reducing the excessive energy and protein in the turkeys' diets strengthens their bones, say poultry scientists -- something most turkey growers don't want to hear or do.

More Diseases From Fast Growth Production

Turkeys do not just arrive at the slaughterhouse with broken legs. According to veterinary journals, they are also likely to arrive with painful footpad lesions, swelling and dermatitis, deviated toes, arthritis, feathering picking and breast blisters. "Overcrowding, aggressive birds, poor-wet litter, decreased down time, a contaminated environment including feed and water, poor hygienic conditions, and contaminated vaccines and vaccine equipment" also produce the new emerging turkey diseases of Clostridial dermatitis and cellulitis.

"The disease is characterized by reddish to dark or greenish discoloration of the skin around the thighs, abdomen, keel, tail region, back, and wings," says another veterinary journal.

"The lesions can extend into the underlying muscles, and there can be gas bubbles under the skin which result in crepitation. Some cases present with dead birds having 'bubbly tail,' fluid-filled blisters associated with broken feather follicles around the base of the tail."

Pass the gravy.

Degraded Meat Quality From Fast Growth Production

"In response to high consumer demand, turkeys have been intensively selected for rapid growth rate and breast muscle mass and conformation," begins another disturbing article in a veterinary journal. "The success in breeding selection has coincided with an increasing incidence of pale, soft and exudative (PSE) meat defect, especially in response to heat stress." (A similar defect called PSE, Pale, Soft, Exudative, is seen in mass produced pork which affects marketability.) Ractopamine, the asthma-like growth enhancer marketed as Topmax in turkey, also changes the quality of meat, according to its manufacturer's own data. Turkey meat produced with ractopamine has "alterations" in muscle such as a "mononuclear cell infiltrate and myofiber degeneration," says drug information from Elanco, on which the drug was approved. There was "an increase in the incidence of cysts," and differences, some "significant," in the weight of organs like hearts, kidneys and livers. Yum.


If you think of Butterball as a trusted name that operates a help line for Thanksgiving Day cooks, then the turkey giant has succeeded at its PR job. Less than a year ago, workers at Butterball turkey operations in North Carolina were videotaped kicking and stomping birds, dragging them by their wings and necks and slamming them into tiny transport crates. It was a year after Butterball workers were charged with criminal cruelty for the same actions! Who can say incorrigible? Butterball is "taking steps to help ensure that all new and existing associates have a clear understanding of our animal well-being policies," said Butterball CEO Rod Brenneman after the first offenses. Maybe employees don't know they aren't supposed to kick, drag and bash birds. After the second offenses, Butterball launched a audacious radio campaign about its convenient holiday help line with no mention of the criminal abuse. Twenty percent of U.S. turkeys on the Thanksgiving table come from Butterball, but it is hardly the only abuser. Shocking cruelty has also been documented at Aviagen Turkeys in West Virginia and House of Raeford in North Carolina.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Posted: 25 Nov 2013 08:20 PM PST

Sweet & Salty Spiced Pecan Crust (Gluten-free)

Absolutely worth every calorie and then some! It's a bit sweet, buttery, lightly spiced with cinnamon, and enhanced with a bit of salt to bring out the flavors. This crust goes so nicely with the pumpkin pie filling! This crust is very sensitive to changes, so I caution against changing things in the recipe.

Ingredients: (for 9 inch pie)
  • 1 cup GF certified rolled oats, processed into a fine flour OR 1 cup GF oat flour
  • 2 cups raw pecans
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup (acts as the binder, honey may work if you prefer that)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or Melt Buttery Spread
For the directions and to print the full recipe (including filling) recipe, click here.

The pecans need to be ground very finely until they release their oils and start sticking to the side of the machine (this took me 35 secs exactly in my processor, fyi). You should be able to form a ball with the pecans. If you don't process the pecans enough the crust will be too dry. With that being said, you don't want to make pecan butter either!

After mixing all the ingredients, the dough should be a bit sticky like this:

You should be able to form a big ball with it. If it's too dry, add a touch more melted Melt Buttery Spread, a teaspoon at a time.

Crumble it into a greased pie dish:

Press down and outward to form the crust (press firmly!) and pre-bake for 10-12 mins at 350F. Cool for 10 mins before scooping in filling and baking. Make sure you let the pie chill for at least a few hours in the fridge before carefully slicing with a sharp knife.

This pie crust also makes the house smell divine. Mmm. For the full recipe (including filling) to print, click here.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

The Best Times to Take Vitamins and Supplements [infographic]

Posted: 22 Nov 2013 04:28 PM PST lot of people understand the crucial role of vitamins and minerals play in helping the body work properly, but did you know timing can boost or diminish their effectiveness?  

Research from Healthspan, a UK vitamins and supplements supplier, makes a compelling case for paying attention to the clock when crafting your supplement routine. The company brought together a number of studies to produce this go-to guide on the best times to take certain vitamins and supplements throughout the day.  

When You Should Take Your Vitamins and Supplements?

Highlights of the research includes that there are some vitamins for which bedtime is a perfect time. For instance, calcium is a perfect example. Calcium is utilized by the body at night, and is a natural muscle relaxant thought to promote sleep. Research shows low calcium levels are associated with disturbed sleep patterns, including the lack of a deep REM sleep phase. Calcium works hand-in-hand with magnesium, which also has a calming effect on both the muscles and nervous system, and may therefore be beneficial in getting a good night's sleep. I personally don't use calcium and don't really recommend you take it if you're already eating a well-rounded diet. But magnesium is important, and you should take it before bed.

Probiotics are another supplement that can be taken as part of a bedtime regime. These ideally  need to be taken away from food to avoid interference with digestive enzymes and stomach acid. I personally don't use probiotics unless I'm traveling, since I tend to eat lots of fermented foods when I'm at home.

For many supplements, a meal is necessary for adequate uptake by the body, and this is why you will see "take with food" on many labels. There are a group of vitamins called fat-soluble vitamins, which include vitamins A, D, E & K – these are the type of fats I personally get through using a fat-vitamin packed fish liver oil called "SuperEssentials". These need fat in order to be absorbed, and therefore should be taken with meals that contain dietary fat.

B vitamins and vitamin C are recommended to be taken with food; in some individuals they can cause stomach acidity and mild nausea if taken on an empty stomach. B vitamins are important for the conversion of food into energy and are therefore best taken early in the day. Typically, if I need a bit of an extra kick or immune system boost during the day, I use a combination of B & C called "Lifeshotz", and take it about an hour after breakfast.

Iron should ideally be taken on an empty stomach for maximum absorption, and away from other supplements that may affect its absorption such as calcium and vitamin E. First thing in the morning is therefore the best time. Iron supplements can cause stomach upsets in some individuals, in which case it should be taken with a light meal.


In conclusion, you can see that the timing of when you take your supplements can significantly affect the way in which your body can absorb and utilize your nutrients. While bedtime may be the most convenient option, it may be worth setting some reminders on your phone (e.g. using a Vitamin Reminder phone app) or refrigerator to ensure that you get the full benefits from your supplements throughout the day.

What are your thoughts? What supplements do you take? Do you have questions about my daily supplement protocol? Do you think supplements are a waste of time? Leave your questions, comments and feedback below the infographic!

[via New Hope 360 and Ben Greenfield Fitness]

A controversy that needs to be cleared up

This controversy drives me crazy. I get to finally clear up the confusion, talk about GMOs and make 2 amazing healthy recipes for breakfast on live TV.

Check it out here + printable recipes that are perfect to make for brunch:

Hope you have a very nice and healthy weekend! 

Food Babe 

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Dr. Group to be a Guest on The Bright Side with Ben Fuchs

Dr. Group to be a Guest on The Bright Side with Ben Fuchs

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Dr. Group to be a Guest on The Bright Side with Ben Fuchs

Posted: 21 Nov 2013 08:17 AM PST

The Bright Side with Ben Fuchs

I’m happy to say that I’ll be a guest on Ben Fuchs’ show, The Bright Side, this morning at 10:30 CST to discuss the best ways to maintain a healthy and clean lifestyle during the holidays. The Bright Side with Pharmacist Ben is a fast-paced, entertaining and educational radio program that focuses on current ideas in health and fitness. This is going to be an awesome show and you can listen live right here!

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Your Organic Thanksgiving

Posted: 21 Nov 2013 06:23 PM PST

Truly appreciate the earth's bounty this year: Make your meal organic.

Thanksgiving began as a harvest festival—a celebration and appreciation of the earth's bounty. 
Now it's easier than ever to honor that tradition with an organic, authentic, and delicious Thanksgiving feast.

Look for local sources for your ingredients.

Go to farmers' markets and farm stands, or at least a grocer that buys from local farmers. 
When you buy from a local producer, you get the freshest food, which tastes best and is most nutritious. 
And buying locally saves on energy (less used to package and transport the food to you). 
Last but not least, when you support your local farmers you help them to stay in business, preserving invaluable open spaces in your area.
 To find local resources nearest you, visit the All Organic Links and you can search by category.

Eat what's in season where you live.

The original Thanksgiving feast included some of the foods we eat today, like pumpkins and turkey (or at least wild fowl of various kinds), because they were abundant and in season in New England at that time. 
Try to include in your Thanksgiving feast what's in season where you live. 
The freshest and best-tasting food always is what's in season. 
The Natural Resources Defense Council has created a handy look-up so you can see what's in season in your state.

Ask for an organic or free-range turkey.

Most of us today eat farm-raised rather than wild turkey on Thanksgiving. 
Get an organic turkey, which is raised with access to fresh air and fed a healthy, all-natural diet, which the latest research shows make them more nutritious than factory-raised meat. 
You can get organic or free-range turkeys from local farmers and at many grocery stores. 
If you can't find one, you still have time to buy one online and have it shipped to you.

Try these sources:

Jaindl's Farms

Diamond Organics
Applegate Farms

Use nondisposable or compostable dishes.

When it comes to dishes and utensils, the most eco-friendly are those you can wash and reuse when the feast is done. 
But if you must use disposable ones, look for those made of recycled or biodegradable materials, like corn or sugarcane, rather than one-time-use plastic.

Give thanks.

We have so much to be thankful for in this country, especially for the abundance of food and the chance to choose where and how we get it. 
You can show your gratitude and enjoy your best and most satisfying Thanksgiving ever when you buy organic and local.