Saturday, July 25, 2009

Do You Know What You’re Putting Into Your Body? How A Lemonade Diet Could Help


by Peter Glickman

If you think processed foods are free of toxins, think again. According to an article “Why McDonald’s Fries Taste So Good” (The Atlantic Monthly, January 2001), the author, Eric Schlosser, reports About 90 percent of the money that Americans now spend on food goes to buy processed food. He goes on to state that the flavor is replaced with chemicals to add flavor. To give an example, there are approximately 350 different chemicals in high quality artificial strawberry flavor.

On 27 June 1996, without public notice, the FDA removed all restrictions from Aspartame allowing it to be used in everything, including all heated and baked goods. A Lemonade Diet or cleanse would be an effective way to remove these kinds of toxins in the body. In the magazine, Plane and Pilot (January 1990) on food additives explained that diet soft drinks are sweetened artificially by Aspartame (called NutraSweet or Equal). Aspartame contains 10% methanol, a poison, that is released at temperatures above 86 or if left on the shelf for a long time. It is interesting to know that methanol gradually destroys the brain. Immediate effects can either be severe (epileptic seizures, blindness, or chest palpitations) or less noticeable (blurred vision, bright flashes, tunnel vision, ringing or buzzing in ears, migraine headaches, dizziness, loss of equilibrium, or lip and mouth reactions). The article goes on to give an account of an Air Force pilot who directly traced the patterns of tremors and seizures he suffered for two years to his consumption of NutraSweet through beverages. When he quit drinking NutraSweet, his medical problems ceased.

One of the most common natural fluorides is calcium fluoride. It is the least toxic. Even so, too much calcium fluoride produces changes to the teeth. The first stage displays bright white spots on the teeth. The second stage displays permanent brown stains and the third stage results in brittle, pitted tanned stained teeth. Fluoride is in reality the name of several chemical compounds that contain fluorine. When fluorine combines with an additional element, such as calcium or sodium, the compound created is called fluoride. Pure fluorine is not found in nature. This is for the reason that fluorine is one of the two most reactive elements in the world. In this manner it combines with many different elements.

The artificial sweetener Aspartame, also commonly known as NutraSweet, Equal, Equal Measure, and Spoonful is another good example of the toxicity in our foods today. The Food and Drug Administration has a system that allows people to report bad health reactions to food and drugs. According to David Rietz, in February of 1994, Aspartame made up more than 75% of all bad reactions reported!

Sodium fluoride is more toxic than what is in our water but, it was/is used for a century as a pesticide and rat poison until it was banned by the EPA in September 2005. It is the reason all fluoride toothpaste tubes carry warnings: Keep out of the reach of children under 6 years of age. If more than used for brushing [a pea-sized amount] is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or call a Poison Control Center right away. Sodium fluoride is slightly more toxic than stannous fluoride, which resulted in the death of 3-year old William Kennerly in Brooklyn, NY as a result of swallowing and not spitting out a routine fluoride treatment If sodium fluoride is not added to municipal water supplies, it has to be disposed of by taking it to a Class 1 Hazardous Waste landfill which would charge approximately $7000 for a truckload. It is used to fluoridate approximately 10% of municipal water supplies. .

One of the major causes of the overweight epidemic in our society can be linked to the simple fact that Americans are eating and drinking toxins through our diets everyday. Our bodies cannot handle the volume of toxins we consume on a daily basis.

About the Author:
Peter Glickman has been writing about vibrant health for 15 years. His book, “Lose Weight, Have More Energy & Be Happier in 10 Days” has been an Alternative Medicine bestseller five years and is published in 7 countries. He’s been on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s National News, and in the NY Times, USA Today and many others. Find his free newsletter at The Lemonade Diet.

Lemonade Diet Recipe

For at least 10 days, drink around 10 servings/day of the following:

  • 2 Tablespoons (1 fluid ounce) fresh-squeezed lemon or lime juice NOT BOTTLED JUICE!! (approx. 1/2 lemon),
  • 2 Tablespoons (1 fluid ounce) organic Grade B maple syrup,
  • 1/10 Teaspoon or more cayenne pepper (hot red pepper), and
  • 1 Cup (8 fluid ounces) purified or spring water, NOT fluoridated water.

(This is what I did) This is the equivalent of taking an empty gallon water jug and filling it with:

  • the juice of 5 lemons
  • 1 1/4 cup of organic Grade B maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 10 cups of water

Shake it all up and you got your days’ serving!