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For over a century, we’ve accepted the scientific consensus that cancer results from genetic disease due to chromosomal damage in cell nuclei. But what if scientists are chasing a flawed paradigm? What if cancer isn’t a disease of damaged DNA, but rather of defective metabolism as a result of mitochondrial dysfunction? What if that startling truth could revolutionize our understanding of other diseases too–and show us a radical new path to optimal health?
In this groundbreaking guide, the first of its kind, New York Times best-selling author and leading natural-health practitioner Joseph Mercola explains how nearly all disease is caused by defective metabolic processes. Then he reveals what’s really causing your metabolism to go haywire: damage and dysfunction in the mitochondria, thousands of which are at work in nearly every cell in your body, generating 90 percent of the energy you need to stay alive and well. When mitochondria become damaged in large numbers, it is impossible to stay healthy.
Dr. Mercola shows that you can take control of your health simply by giving your body the proper fuel–and it’s not what you’ve been led to believe. A ketogenic diet, very low in carbohydrates and high in healthy fats, is the way to optimize the biochemical pathways that suppress disease and support healing. And the benefits can be astonishing–not only in treating or preventing serious illness, but in boosting your brainpower, increasing your energy, helping you lose weight and keep it off, and much more.
As you read this book, you’ll learn in clear, rational terms how your body works at a molecular level. You’ll finally understand the type of fuel it’s designed to burn in the most efficient way possible. You’ll find detailed guidelines for starting a ketogenic eating plan. And you won’t have to wait decades for metabolic mitochondrial therapy to make its way into the mainstream. You can build a healthier body and brain starting right now.
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From Fat for Fuel – A Guide to Nuts and Seeds
If you’re in the mood for a crunchy snack that doubles as a phenomenal health food, look no further than pumpkin seeds. With a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein, and zinc, pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package. Like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds also contain high levels of phytosterols and free radical–scavenging antioxidants. They are also high in fiber. Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc which is important to your body in many ways, including immunity, cell growth and division, sleep, and mood.
How to eat: Raw pumpkin seeds are great on their own. They are also a good addition to grain-free granola, salads, and soups, or freshly ground and added to your smoothie.
Black cumin, also known as black seed, black caraway, onion seed, and Roman coriander, has a long history of use in traditional systems of medicine, including Ayurveda. It is important to understand that black cumin seeds are not the same as the cumin spice. Studies have looked into the potential health benefits of black cumin and found it to have antimicrobial, liver-protective, immune-supporting, analgesic, antispasmodic, and antioxidant properties. Black cumin may also have anti-obesity effects, including reductions in body weight and waist and hip circumference.
How to eat: With a warm, slightly bitter flavor that tastes something like a blend of thyme, oregano, and nutmeg, black cumin is a palatable addition to your diet. You can add the seeds to casseroles, stir-fries, and salad dressings (try them mixed with lemon, cilantro, and tahini); sprinkle them on salads; or even add them to your coffee or tea.
Psyllium Seed Husks
If you’re looking for a healthy way to supplement your fiber intake, organic, whole-husk psyllium is a simple, cost-effective way to do it. Psyllium is a high-fiber food source that is actually the ground husks of the seeds of the Plantago ovata plant. It contains both soluble and insoluble fiber, which have a long list of important attributes that contribute to physical health. Please understand that using psyllium is not a replacement for eating plenty of fiber in the form of vegetables.
How to eat: Psyllium is perfect for adding to smoothies, as it blends well and changes their texture, making them thicker. You can also mix one heaping tablespoon in a glass of water. Keep in mind that psyllium is a heavily sprayed crop, which means many common sources are contaminated with pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. For this reason, be sure to only use organic psyllium husk, and make sure it’s 100 percent pure psyllium.