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The Real Mediterranean Diet

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You’ve heard of the Mediterranean diet, no doubt. Perhaps your doctor has tried to turn you onto it. Maybe your parents or co-workers are using it to lose weight and normalize blood pressure. Read a popular treatise on the “Mediterranean Diet” and this is what it’ll have you eating: Whole grain pasta Whole wheat bread Bushels of vegetables Bunch of beans Wild bitter greens (salad) Fish a couple times a week A cube or two of hard cheese Drizzle of olive oil on everything Glass of red wine Few scraps of meat if they’re lucky It’s low-fat and low-protein, especially animal protein. It’s high-carb. It’s rich in grains and legumes, low in meat and dairy. And it’s based on the dietary patterns researchers observed after visiting post-WW2 Italy and Greece. These were real patterns, actual observations. But is it really the traditional Mediterranean diet? World War 2 was a rough one. Greece was occupied by the Axis powers throughout the war, its agricultural output totally commandeered. Italy was decimated. Both countries were recovering from massive changes to their traditional diet wrought by war. What Ancel Keys (the Med diet researcher in question and the same man who convinced the world saturated fat caused heart disease) observed was not the traditional diet of the Mediterranean. Rather, it was the diet of a beleaguered, suffering, diminished people just trying to get by. That’s the “Mediterranean diet” of the 1950s, but does it represent what Meds have been eating for thousands of years? According to the evidence I was able to procure, no. It’s not a complete representation. Before I begin, I’m not trying to suggest that the traditional Mediterranean diet was low-carb, high-fat, grain-free, and near carnivore. They’ve been eating and growing grains and legumes for thousands of years. That region has a long history of farming. But—the region also has a long history of ranching, fishing, cheesemaking, meat-curing, and aquaculture. There’s much more to the Mediterranean diet than pasta and salads. I’m not going to focus on Mediterranean hunter-gatherers, because those people are long gone and their genes made very little direct contribution to the genomes of people living in the Mediterranean countries today. Instead, I’m going to focus on the traditional Mediterranean diets of the Hellenistic Period, Classical Antiquity, and Medieval Period. The people living in the Mediterranean region 3000 years ago were similar to the ones living there today—what they ate then is directly relevant to people living or hailing from there now. What are the lines of evidence and what do they say?   Isotope Studies By studying the stable isotopes present in bone collagen, researchers can determine what proportion of dietary protein came from animals and plants and whether they were terrestrial or marine. The more plant protein a person eats, the lower the nitrogen-15 isotope content of their bone collagen. The more animal protein a person eats, the higher the nitrogen-15 content of their bones. So when researchers take a chunk of bone from a grave … Continue reading “The Real Mediterranean Diet”

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NPR Pharmaceutical Propaganda Disguised as ‘Journalism’

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May 6, 2021, we received an email from Geoff Brumfiel, a senior editor and correspondent with NPR. According to NPR, “his reporting focuses on the intersection of science and national security,”1 but as soon as I read the subject line of the email — “T…

Wuhan Lab Caught Deleting Files Proving Fauci Funding

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As reported in several previous articles, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) — a division of the National Institute of Health (NIH) headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci since 1984 — has, for years, provided grants to the EcoHealth…

Foot Health for Better Ankles, Knees, Hips, and Back (Plus 7 Foot-Strengthening Exercises You Can Do Anywhere)

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Honestly, when’s the last time you paid attention to your feet unless they were causing you pain? Granted, I haven’t extensively polled my friends about their foot care regimens, but it’s easy to surmise that we largely neglect our poor feet. I’m not talking about getting the occasional pedicure or attacking your calluses with one of those terrifying implements that looks like a cheese grater. Cosmetic treatments are all well and good, but they don’t address the health and strength of your feet. As a society, our feet are suffering. Just look at the market for custom insoles and corrective footwear. One of the most popular videos on the Mark’s Daily Apple YouTube channel is 2 Stretches to Heal Plantar Fasciitis. Last time I checked, it had well over 500,000 views. But it’s not just foot pain that’s a problem. Over a million people receive total hip or total knee replacement each year in the U.S. alone. By age 80, one in ten of us has a bionic knee. A recent survey estimated that 577 million worldwide were living with lower back pain, at great personal and economic cost. What does this have to do with your feet? Everything. An agile, pain-free body starts from the ground up. Your feet are the foundation of the lower kinetic chain that comprises the feet, ankles, calves and shins, knees, thighs, hips, pelvis, and spine. Each link in the chain depends on the others to function as intended or the whole system can go awry. When you pronate (lean toward the inside edges of your feet) or supinate (lean toward the outside edges), you can end up with misalignment of the ankles, knees, and pelvis, and improper curvature of the spine. Walking with improper gait due to poor mechanics or pain forces other parts of the kinetic chain to compensate in order to maintain balance and generate motion. Our ancestors certainly sported strong, highly utile feet by virtue of walking long distances barefoot or minimally shod over a variety of terrains. They probably also had great knees and hips and excellent posture. Like so many things in the modern world, though, we need to take intentional steps, no pun intended, to strengthen our feet and promote proper alignment and function. Foot Anatomy: A Quick Primer Human feet are unique in the animal kingdom, setting us apart from even our closest primate relatives. Although you might think your feet are pliable because you can point and flex them, relatively speaking, they’re actually quite stiff. That stiffness is a function of the internal anatomy, and it’s the reason that we can walk upright and run long distances over land on two feet. Your foot contains two arches. The first is the one you’re familiar with, running longitudinally along the inner edge of your feet. The second is the transverse arch that runs across the top of your foot from side to side. The former gets considerably more attention, but recent analyses suggest that both were … Continue reading “Foot Health for Better Ankles, Knees, Hips, and Back (Plus 7 Foot-Strengthening Exercises You Can Do Anywhere)”

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$3 Billion of Tax Money To Be Used to Quash Vaccine Hesitancy

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The White House is pouring taxpayer money into free advertising for a booming and liability-free vaccine industry,1 which doesn’t seem quite right. Since the beginning of human existence, greed has played a central role in the corruption of man.

The…

Spike Protein Damages Vascular Cells

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During 2020, many people learned more about coronaviruses, and specifically the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Pictures of the spiked virus have been plastered across the news media.

The image is reminiscent of a chain mace, or flail. This w…

Critic of New Normal Gets Censored

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Censorship’s reach in the 21st century knows no bounds, as increasingly repressive tactics are being used to silence and discredit anyone who questions the official COVID narrative. Suppression and censorship have been aimed repeatedly at this website …

Weekly Health Quiz: Opioids, Gain of Function and Bill Gates

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1 Which of the following PR firms was recently sued over its role in creating deceptive opioid marketing that led to the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans?

Publicis Health

The Massachusetts attorney general is suing Purdue’s PR firm, …

If You’ve Had COVID, Please Don’t Get Vaccinated

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In their race to vaccinate the entire U.S. adult population, health officials are urging everyone to get a COVID shot, regardless of whether or not they’ve already been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and spending billions of …

COVID Vaccines May Bring Avalanche of Neurological Disease

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Dr. Mercola Interviews the Experts
This article is part of a weekly series in which Dr. Mercola interviews various experts on a variety of health issues. To see more expert interviews, click here.

In this interview, return guest Stephanie Sene…

Guacamole-Stuffed Southwest Burgers

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Burgers are a Primal favorite, but plain old burgers with the same old toppings can get boring after a while. What better way to combat the boredom than to create a burger with a surprise ingredient inside? Introducing southwest burgers, stuffed with cheese and topped with with lime-spiked guacamole. The combination of spicy seasonings, buttery cheese, and refreshing avocado is hard to beat. Yes, of course you could just serve guacamole on the side with sliced veggies for dipping, but it’s not the same. Sure, you could melt cheese on top, but the cheese melding with the juicy burger creates a brand new experience. It’s the synergy between the spiced meat, the melty cheese, and zingy, cool avocado that creates a delicious change of pace from a plain burger in a lettuce wrap. Let’s level up your burger. Southwest Stuffed Burgers with Guacamole Recipe Serves: 6 Time in the kitchen: 30 minutes Ingredients Guacamole 2 avocados juice from 1 lime 1/3 cup chopped cilantro 1/4 cup minced red onion 2 Tbsp. finely chopped green pepper 1/2 tsp. ground coriander salt Burgers 2 lbs. ground beef 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 2 tsp. chili powder 2 Tbsp. minced red onion 2 Tbsp. finely chopped green pepper 2 tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. black pepper 4 oz. shredded cheddar, pepper jack or colby cheese green leaf or boston lettuce unsweetened BBQ sauce or spicy ketchup (optional) Directions Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. In a bowl, combine the ground beef, spices, cilantro, red onion and green pepper. Form into 6 balls. Take each of the balls and split them in half. Form one half into a flat patty with a slight indent in the middle and put a handful of shredded cheese in the center. Take the other half of the patty and flatten it. Place the flattened patty on top of the stuffed patty and press the edges together to form one uniform stuffed patty. Repeat with the remaining meat and cheese. Make sure the edges are tightly pressed together to keep the cheese inside while grilling. Place the burgers on the grill and cover. Allow to grill for 2 minutes, then turn them 90 degrees to form nice square grill marks. Grill for an additional couple of minutes, then flip the burgers over and repeat on the other side. Grill until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the burgers from the grill and allow them to rest while you prepare the guacamole. Scoop the flesh out from the avocados and mash with the lime juice until it reaches your desired texture. Stir in the onion, cilantro, pepper and coriander. Season with salt. Place a dollop of guacamole on the burgers. Enjoy the burgers as-is or wrap them in lettuce.   Take it a step further with your favorite unsweetened BBQ sauce or spicy ketchup if you’d like! We like serving the burgers alongside our chopped broccoli salad. Nutrition Facts (1 burger, 1/6 … Continue reading “Guacamole-Stuffed Southwest Burgers”

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How Many Have Died From COVID Vaccines?

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In a May 5, 2021, Fox News report, Tucker Carlson asked the question no one is really allowed to ask: “How many Americans have died after taking the COVID vaccine?”1
If you haven’t paid attention, the answer to this verboten (forbidden) question ma…

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