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Eating clean

Try these tips for avoiding gluten and GMO’s

With mounting evidence linking serious health concerns to GMO’s—including the results last year of the first long-term animal study that found tumors and organ damage in rats that eight herbicide-resistant genetically modified corn—more and more people are shunning genetically modified foods. But how do you a void both gluten and GMO’s at the store? Try these tips:

Emphasize fresh produce.

GM oh zucchini, yellow squash, corn, soy, and papaya (from Hawaii only) are common in America, so look for organic varieties or avoid them altogether. Otherwise, the vast majority of fresh vegetables and fruits are genetically modify, so eat them freely.

Avoid the three C’s and two S’s.

Read the labels of processed or package gluten-free food products, and watch out for the three C’s (canola, cottonseed, and corn in it’s many different forms) and the two S’s (soybeans and sugar from sugar beets). These are the five most common genetically modified foods, and an products containing them should be avoided unless they are specifically labeled organic or non--GMO.

Look for organic or non-GMO verified, gluten-free packaged foods.

Products that carry the USDA organic seal are produced according to the regulations that prohibit the use of GMO’s, prohibit co-mingling during processing and handling, and require protective practices to avoid contact with GMO’s. Products that bear the “non-GMO project verified” seal are tested for compliance with North America’s only third-party’s standard for GMO avoidance.

For extra insurance, look for products that contain both seals (organic and non-GMO). Some examples include Lindbergh Family Farms rice products; Silver Hills gluten-free omega flax and Chia Chia bread; Mary’s Gone Crackers sticks and twigs; Hail Merry snacks and desserts; go raw cookies, bars, and sprouted seeds; Nutiva organic coconut products and seeds; coconut secret soy sauce substitute, sweeteners, and frozen dessert; Choice Organic Teas; and gluten-free versions of both Pacific and Amy’s organic soups.

Be choosy about oils.

Steer clear of soybean, corn, canola, and cottonseed oils (unless they’re organic). Instead, try organic coconut oil or unrefined sesame oil for cooking, and extra-virgin olive oil in salad dressings.

Upgrade your animal products.

Currently, there are no genetically modified fish, towel, or livestock that have been approved for human consumption. However, to avoid secondhand sources of GMO’s— from animals raised on genetically modified feed, for example—look for meets and dairy products that come from organic, Wild-caught, or 100% grass-fed animals. If you’re not sure, ask questions at the butchers counter, and look for non-GMO project verified products, including Mary’s organic turkey, non-GMO free-range chicken, and pastor-raised chickens; mindful meets grass-fed beef products; Rumia

About Eating Healthy

There are many reasons for wanting to eat a healthy diet and healthy foods. The long-familiar ones are weight loss and all around general wellness, but the benefits to consuming healthy foods go beyond that. Did you know that a sound diet may actually better your income? You might as well better your odds for leading a long life.

Eating healthy is a good weight loss solution! You may lose weight after several weeks of abiding by a good healthy diet. You need not starve yourself or take medication. If you stick with healthy foods, you may eat and still slim down.

Eating healthy is your all in one drugstore! You may effectively battle and prevent diseases if you consume healthy foods. It's a recognized fact that most diseases nowadays are induced by an unhealthy diet. Whether the quantity of fat and calories leads to obesity, the deficiency of nutrients required for a strong immune system, or the number of chemicals and trans fats that are included in processed foods, unhealthy eating may lead to major unhealthiness.

Healthy eating just might lead to a promotion! This habit that you started for your health will carry forward to your professional life. This may give you the power to prioritize your tasks to optimize your productivity. Rather than racing to finish a project just before deadline, think of the feeling of self-worth when you turn it in early. This won't go unnoticed by your higher-ups, and you might just get that promotion.

A sound diet is associated with infinite advantages, including a bettered immune system, reduced risk for sickness and disease and bettered longevity. When years of unhealthy eating pile up, these factors can also suffer. An unhealthy diet increases one's odds of developing grave conditions like osteoporosis, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. To preclude such illnesses, consider a balanced, nutrient-rich diet long before symptoms kick in for best results.

Healthy Eating

Most individuals understand how to eat healthy, and know that they ought to be — it’s simply that when it comes down to implementing this knowledge, there’s a span that needs to be crossed from knowledge to execution.

How do you in reality eat healthy, rather than simply knowing that you ought to eat healthy?

Produce a meal plan, built with super healthy foods that you love eating.

Now, there are 3 components of that solution, if you look close, and all 3 parts are evenly significant:

Produce a meal plan. Without this, you’ll simply understand what to eat, vaguely, but you have to really make a plan and apply it.

Ultra- healthy foods. A meal plan without this doesn’t get you to where you wish to go. Construct your meals around stuff that’s truly great for you. You are able to add additional stuff, naturally, but the ultra- healthy stuff ought to be be the majority of the food.

Food you truly like. This is central. If you don’t love the foods, you won’t stick to the plan for long. No one may eat food they don’t love for long. It’s how come most diets fail — anybody may stick with a diet for a few weeks, but if you feel that you're suffering by eating it, you’ll fall off it after a bit . Alternatively, be sure you love your food. Add assortment, naturally, and mix up the plan every few weeks, but stick to foods you like.

And what may we do to ensure we keep going with these plans, for our own sake and for the sake of the individuals that are dependent on us?

Are you eating simply to satisfy your appetite or to make your taste buds happy? Or are you eating in order to take better command of your life?

Given those easy factors, the solution doesn’t appear so hard, right? And with a ultra- healthy meal plan like this — one that you like — you are able to pair it with some physical exertion and get healthier than ever.

Almond Milk: Its Unlikely Cancer-Causing Ingredient

by Dr. David Jockers DC, MS, CSCS

Do you drink coconut or almond milk? Most health conscious consumers have found these products to be significantly healthier than traditional milk and pasteurized dairy products. Unfortunately, there may be a cancer-causing ingredient lurking in these popular nut milks.

There are so many food products that market themselves as “healthy alternatives.” Many shoppers just buy the claim and don’t investigate the actual ingredients. Some of these products are great, but others contain questionable additives. If you search your refrigerator and cupboards you may be astonished at how many food sources contain the additive carrageenan.

Carrageenan, surprisingly, is found in many organic products that most believe to be very healthy and are often touted by health professionals. Should you be concerned about carrageenan in your food?

Foods Containing Carrageenan

Carrageenan is used as a food additive thickening emulsifier to improve the texture and consistency of foods. It does not add flavor or increase shelf life.1 It is most commonly found in boxed milks, yogurts, and ice creams.

Which foods in your kitchen contain this additive? The following is a list of food sources that commonly contain carrageenan:

  • Milk products including almond, rice, soy, and even coconut milk
  • Cottage cheese
  • Ice cream (including coconut milk and almond milk ice cream)
  • Yogurt (including coconut milk yogurt)
  • Frozen dinners
  • Organic Juice
  • Frozen pizza
  • Deli meats such as sliced turkey
  • Canned soups
  • Sour cream
  • Processed sauces and dip mixes
  • Infant formula
  • Nutritional shakes

There are many healthy foods in these categories that do not contain carrageenan or any other major additives. Read your labels and be sure to look for these!

What Is Carrageenan?

Carrageenan is a glucose related sugar called a sulfate polygalactan from red seaweed and algae. Its name is derived from an Irish coastal region named “Carragheen,” where the original harvesting of the seaweed began.

Carrageenan is derived from red seaweed and processed with chemicals (potassium hydroxide) to remove the cellulose and neutralize its acidity. Despite the chemical processing it is considered a natural food additive.1 Carrageenan was first introduced to the food industry in the 1930s and works so well at thickening and improving the texture and solubility of products that it has drawn widespread appeal.

Carrageenan in the degraded form exposes an unstable sulfur compound that is known to cause inflammation in animals and humans. Degraded carrageenan is commonly used in the scientific world in order to induce inflammation in lab animals.

This degraded form is called poligeenan and is not used in the food industry. However, it is known that when stable carrageenan is exposed to strong acids (such as stomach acid) the sulfur component becomes unstable and reactive.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not done its due diligence in testing the reactivity of carrageenan. They have listed the substance as generally recognized as safe (GRAS) since 1973 with very little safety testing.

Why Heating Almond Milk (& Other Products With Carrageenan) Is a Bad Idea

Once we drink our favorite nut milk beverage with carrageenan, the thickening agent gets degraded by the stomach acid and bacterial fermentation in the gut which alters the structure of the compound.7 Heating the coconut or almond milk would also degrade the compound and make it potentially toxic.

Let’s say you get an organic pizza with this ingredient in the sauce portion. You heat the pizza up and it begins to break down the carrageenan particle. Then you begin to digest the pizza and the chewing process provides mechanical insult to the agent that further degrades it. The additive is then exposed to harsh stomach acid as the body is working to metabolize and absorb the nutrients within the pizza. This same process occurs with your nut milk.

Finally, the pizza or nut milk gets into your small and large intestine where it is exposed to bacteria that further metabolize it, releasing the carrageenan in its most degraded form into the blood stream. By this time, we must expect the carrageenan to represent a similar degraded form that scientists use in order to create inflammation in lab animals.

Carrageenan Consumption and Chronic Disease

Dr. Joanne Tobacman, MD, is a physician-scientist who has studied the carcinogenic effects of carrageenan for over 2o years. She found that the carrageenan was stable and safe while in the food product itself, but would too easily break down in the digestive process and cause health problems. Her research linked carrageenan consumption to the development of diabetes and digestive problems.

Dr. Tobacman also found that carrageenan could contribute to the development of ulcers and cancerous tissue growth. The International Agency for Research on Cancer reported in 1982 that there was enough evidence to claim that carrageenan is a likely carcinogen in humans.5

A study dated back to 1981 cautioned researchers to investigate carrageenan consumption in humans before widespread usage. This study used strong language and cited multiple sources showing that carrageenan has carcinogenic effects when added to food or drinking water of several animal species.

Carrageenan and Your Intestinal Microflora

A 2012 study discussed how gut microflora metabolizes red seaweed and carrageenan and how this influences the balance of microbial species.3 Many experts believe that carrageenan promotes gut inflammation by altering the balance of microflora.

Some of the symptoms associated with altered gut microflora are similar to those found in studies associated with the use of carrageenan. This includes irritable bowel syndrome, colon polyps, ulcers, and abnormal tissue growths. Studies even propose that the body exhibits the same response to carrageenan as it does to a bacterial infection from Salmonella and its development of disease.

The Bottom Line on Carrageenan in Food Products

If you are looking to stay as healthy as possible and cancer-free, it is best to avoid food products containing carrageenan. Be sure to read labels and if your favorite foods contain carrageenan, look for the best alternative.

There are many brands that are working to remove this ingredient due to consumer demand. If your favorite foods have carrageenan then write the manufacturer and/or call their customer service number and ask them to remove it as soon as possible.

Lastly, nut milks can easily be made at home by high speed blending your favorite raw nut in a one to three ratio with clean water (eg. using three cups water and one cup of nuts), and then straining the liquid with either a cheesecloth or strainer. You can add vanilla, cinnamon, a little raw honey or stevia to give it flavor, and then store in your refrigerator in a glass jar for a few days.

You can also find step-by-step directions for making almond milk here.


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