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New Discoveries Of The Week: Cool New Things I'm Trying, Books I'm Reading, And More!
My New Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe
My wife has recently been laughing at me regarding my massive excitedness each day over breaking my 12-16 hour overnight intermittent fast with my latest infatuation: a pumpkin pie smoothie. But I feel like I'm justified, because this thing is soooo good, and I'd be remiss not to share the recipe. So here you go:
- Giant Blender Bowl Of Ice
- 1 Dropperful Omica Organics Vanilla Stevia (or any stevia or monk fruit sweetener will do)
- Half Teaspoon Salt (Good, High-Quality Salt, I use Colima)
- 1 Teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
- 1 Serving Kion Colostrum (break open capsules)
- 3 Scoops Organifi Gold Pumpkin Spice Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Organic Canned Pumpkin Puree
For liquid, I like to use either bone broth or, for more calories, coconut milk. I use *just enough liquid* to get everything to blend so that the texture is more like ice cream rather than like a drinkable smoothie. I top this with a handful of unsweetened shredded coconut flakes, a few chunks of dark chocolate and a few chunks of Maple Pecan Keto Brick cut into pieces.
Try it sometime, and tell me if you don't go to absolute fall food heaven.
Supplements & Ingredients To Enhance Fat Burning From Cold Thermogenesis
On my recent podcast, Q&A 420: Which Stimulants Are Safe To Take At Night, Maximizing Benefits Of Cold Thermogenesis, When To Do Blood Flow Restriction Training & More!, Dr. Jay and I discussed research on specific supplements (compounds listed in this research article, along with the ketone salts/ketone esters discussed here) that can enhance white adipose tissue to metabolically active brown fat conversion while increasing activity of the mitochondrial uncoupling proteins responsible for burning calories to generate heat—all of which can be used to enhance the fat loss effects of cold thermogenesis, particularly when consumed in a fasted state.
For convenience's sake, after that podcast, I took the liberty of packaging all of the fat-burning compounds mentioned in the above research articles and in the podcast into a handy Amazon list that you can find here: “Supplements & Ingredients To Enhance Fat Burning From Cold Thermogenesis”.
Just pop this stack in the recommended serving doses (except for the cooling cream, of course—that is a topical that I would not swallow, but rather liberally apply to the skin, especially areas where targeted fat loss is desired) on each bottle 10-60 minutes prior to a cold shower, cold soak, cold bath, cold water swimming, frigid fall or winter walk, or anytime you want to enhance the fat loss you get from cold exposure! Let me know in the comments section if you try it and how it works for you.
Homemade Sour Green Apple Nicotine Spray
Rather than paying out the wazoo for a nicotine solution that's most likely going to be tainted with artificial sweeteners and preservatives, you can easily make your own—far healthier version—at home with the following ingredients…
…and it tastes amazing!
I used 20ml liquid nicotine, 20ml monk fruit sweetener, and 10 ml sour apple flavor, which based on my rough calculations gives me about 1.0-1.5mg nicotine per spray. You can get small spray bottles on Amazon, or—bonus points for recycling—do what I did and rinse out and use something like an old bee propolis spray bottle.
Fluoride In Pellegrino?
But later, I discovered a bit more from my friend, previous podcast guest and water researcher Robert Slovak…
It turns out this was…
A FALSE ALARM!
Let's go through this to ease your mind.
- Different forms of fluoride exist: “Natural” and “Chemical Additive”
- Natural – Calcium fluoride common in natural water supplies. Pellegrino fluoride appears to be entirely natural.
- Chemical additive to fluoridate municipal water – Fluorosilicic acid, sodium fluorosilicate, and sodium fluoride. These are derived from industrial chemical waste products and should be avoided.
- It's normal to get 1-2.5 mg of natural fluoride daily from all dietary sources (spring water, teas, food, etc.). The entire liter bottle of Pellegrino is only 0.47 mg. It's “nothing” and your body makes good use of calcium fluoride. There's even an RDA for babies, children, and adults. Natural fluoride for strong bones and teeth is no joke.
- The chemical additive fluoride (e.g., fluorosilicic acid) in fluoridated tap water should be avoided or reduced to low levels. Tap water typically has 0.7 to 1.0 mg/l. ONLY distillation and RO are suitable technologies for fluoride removal. DO NOT RELY ON media filters that claim to remove fluoride. (Learn more about water filtration in my podcast with Robert here)
Finally, keep reading to learn more about why this fluoride issue is so darn important…
Fluoride-Free Pineal Gland is “More Important than Ever”
by Paul Fassa
There has been some controversy over the activity of adding synthetic fluoride to municipal water supplies and elsewhere, but not enough. The seriousness of this issue is more than what most realize. Fluoridation ranks with GMO's and tainted, forced vaccinations among the great crimes against humanity.
Understanding the Different Fluorides
There are two types of fluoride. Calcium Fluoride, which appears naturally in underground water supplies, is relatively benign. However, too much consumed daily can lead to bone or dental problems. Calcium is used to counter fluoride poisoning when it occurs. This redeeming factor indicates that the calcium in naturally formed calcium fluoride neutralizes much of fluoride's toxic effects.
On the other hand, the type of fluorides added to water supplies and other beverages and foods are waste products of the nuclear, aluminum, and now mostly the phosphate (fertilizer) industries. The EPA has classified these as toxins: fluorosilicate acid, sodium silicofluoride, and sodium fluoride.
For this article, the term Sodium Fluoride will include all three types. Sodium fluoride is used for rat poison and as a pesticide. According to a scientific study done several years ago, Comparative Toxicity of Fluorine Compounds, industrial waste sodium fluorides are 85 times more toxic than naturally occurring calcium fluoride.
Health Hazards of Sodium Fluoride
Generally, most fluoride entering the body is not easily eliminated. It tends to accumulate in the body's bones and teeth. Recently, it has been discovered to accumulate even more in the pineal gland, located in the middle of the brain.
This consequence of dental fluorosis, which seriously harms teeth, from daily fluoridation has been documented. Yet, the American Dental Association (AMA) continues beating a dead horse, promoting fluoride. There is a refusal to admit that instead of preventing tooth decay, fluoride causes even more dental harm.
The flood of sodium fluoride in water and food also creates other more serious health problems that are not widely publicized, even suppressed. Nevertheless, in addition to fluorosis, independent labs and reputable researchers have linked the following health issues with daily long term intake of sodium fluoride:
- Genetic DNA Damage
- Thyroid Disruption – affecting the complete endocrine system and leading to obesity
- Neurological – diminished IQ and inability to focus, lethargy and weariness.
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Melatonin Disruption, lowers immunity to cancer, accelerates aging, sleep disorders.
- Pineal Gland, calcification, which clogs this gland located in the middle of the brain.
How Did We Get Stuck With Stuff?
According to investigative journalist Christopher Bryson, author of The Fluoride Deception, getting large quantities of sodium fluoride into the water and food system was a ploy of public relations sponsored by the industries who were saddled with getting rid of the toxic materials.
Fluoride was necessary for the processing or enriching of uranium. The pro-fluoride propaganda was started during the Manhattan Project to create the first atom bombs in the 1940's. The spin was to convince workers and locals where the largest nuclear plant was located in Tennessee that fluoride was not only safe, it was good for kids' dental health.
In the early 1950's, the notorious spin master and father of advertising, Edward Bernays, continued the campaign for adding fluorides to water supplies as an experiment in engineering human consent! Then the AMA picked up on the dental issue and endorsed sodium fluoride's addition to water supplies. The few dissenting health studies and reports were usually squashed. Those dissenting voices were dismissed as quacks regardless of their credentials.
Approximately 2/3 of the USA water supply is laced with sodium fluoride. Sodium fluoride is a common pesticide. So that residue is in some foods. Some sodas, packaged orange juices, and even bottled drinking water for babies contain fluoride additives. Buyer beware. Read your labels carefully.
Keep in mind that boiling only increases the concentration of fluoride to water more. But removing fluoride from tap water is not so difficult. Reverse osmosis works well for removing fluorides. If you own your home and can spring for the bucks, you can have one installed under the sink in your kitchen. That makes things very convenient for your fluoride removal from tap water.
If this is not your situation, grab a couple of large jugs and fill them up from reverse osmosis machines in health food stores, supermarkets, and other locations. There are several such machines around, usually labeled as using reverse osmosis, and they usually take coins. So it is the most accessible and cheapest way to go if you can't install one where you live.
The Physiological Importance of the Pineal Gland
During the late 1990's in England, a scientist by the name of Jennifer Luke undertook the first study the effects of sodium fluoride on the pineal gland. She determined that the pineal gland, located in the middle of the brain, was a target for fluoride. The pineal gland simply absorbed more fluoride than any other physical matter in the body, even bones.
Because of the pineal gland's importance to the endocrine system, her conclusions were a breakthrough. Her study provided the missing link to a lot of physiological damage from sodium fluoride that had been hypothesized but not positively connected. A veritable root source for the chain reaction of blocked endocrine activity had been isolated.
Good news though. Frequent exposure to outdoor sunshine, 20 minutes or so at a time, will help stimulate a fluoride calcified pineal gland. Just make sure you take off your hat. This is more important than most realize, because the pineal gland affects so much other enzyme and endocrine activity, including melatonin production.
The 2012 Connection
First a bit about 2012, a date many have heard about. According to Carlos Barrios, anthropologist, historian, and investigator who was initiated as a Mayan ceremonial priest and spiritual guide, “Anthropologists visit the temple sites and read the inscriptions . . . but they do not read the signs correctly. . . . Other people write about prophecy in the name of the Maya. They say that the world will end in December 2012. The Mayan elders are angry with this. The world will not end. It will be transformed.”
Carlos Barrios goes on to say that the transformation will be both spiritual and physical. The transition started in 1987. He says that we are in a spiritual transition from the rule of materialism, greed, and enmity to a new period of cooperation and peace – but not without difficulty. The current oligarchy is happy with what they have and don't want to give it up, and they are powerful. The Mayans claim that 2012 marks the end of the period of the fourth sun and the beginning of the fifth sun.
Carlos points out that adversarial revolution against the ruling class will not work. It is up to those who want this shift to connect with others of like mind and begin actively creating networks of real cooperation. The old will crumble. The new period will dawn with its growing pains, the severity of which depends on our ability to accept what is happening and go with the flow. This, he says, requires evolving to unconditional love, with an open and simple heart, forgiveness, and cooperation with less ego competition.
Connecting the Pineal Gland to This 2012 Matter
Well, what does all this have to do with the pineal gland? A lot. It is considered a portal to the inner or higher self by yogi masters, including Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. Psychics consider it to be the link for inter dimensional experiences. It is associated with what many call the third eye or sixth chakra, which is a doorway to higher consciousness and bliss.
And it is vital for supporting intuition, an ability that will be needed during hard times. So it is necessary to evolve spiritually in order to help create better understanding, acceptance of our fellow humans, and easier group cooperation. Meditation is a part of this evolving. That and a little sunshine, good rest and food, can cause a calcified pineal gland to loosen up and allow that portal to open.
An unusual psychiatrist, professor of medicine at University of New Mexico, and practicing Buddhist, Dr. Rick Strassman, MD, has written a book based on actual human studies of people under the psychedelic drug, DMT, titled DMT, The Spirit Molecule. He has discovered, among other things, that the pineal gland is a source of DMT production during birth and at death, and during near death or mystical experiences. This chemical approach corroborates the idea of the pineal gland as a portal, where the spirit passes through to other dimensions, either entering this physical realm or leaving it.
South American and Central American shamans use Ayahuasca, an herbal potion that stimulates DMT for psychological healing and spiritual initiation ceremonies. They have expanded their ceremonies with Ayahuasca by traveling throughout the world or opening their local facilities to non natives. They are doing this urgently in anticipation of 2012. Their desire is to jump start and expand individuals' consciousness so the transition of consciousness will be facilitated and incorporate as many as possible.
This information is meant to link the physical realm's pineal gland to higher states of awareness and other realms. The point is not to advocate or discourage psychedelic drug use, but to encourage health, meditation and spiritual growth by maintaining a fluoride free pineal gland. 2012 is approaching. Time to get in shape!
- Fluoride: Friend or Foe? By David De Santo
- Germans and Russians Used Fluoride to Make Prisoners Stupid and Docile, by Devvy Kidd
- Fluoride Accumulates in the Pineal Gland, by Sepp Hasslberger of Health Supreme
- Transcribed interview of journalist Christopher Bryson: The Fluoride Deception: How a Nuclear Waste Byproduct Made Its Way Into the Nation's Drinking Water
- The Pineal Gland: Interface Between the Spiritual and Physical Planes?
- The Fluoride Debate
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