by Robert Zito 10/12/2015


My apologies for not writing for a while, my priorities have been focused on expanding BUT…

Sometimes you hear something that forces you to speak out. This morning in Dallas, it was the news loop that kept running about a local college football coach that had come back from a quadruple bypass. The news said he had led a healthy lifestyle and he attributed his condition to a family history of heart disease. I was very glad for his successful outcome. He even gave out a good message about listening to your warning signs and not to put off going to the doctor to have them checked out. Now, without knowing his family’s health history, I cannot say for certain that he has a genetic predisposition, but what too many people believe is that heart disease, like obesity, is out of their control.  I was a little saddened for all those who struggle daily, that this again was the message being promoted through the media. The great news is the media has it wrong. It is not out of your control. Genetics may be a precursor, but it is not your fate.

But the story went on with the coach attributing exercise for his fast recovery. Well, I thought maybe he should attribute a little to the doctors who opened up all the major arteries around his heart which allowed his blood to flow properly. It is a common statement among patients to say that they have not had this much energy in years.

What finally got me was the last and most resonating statement that everyone should exercise more. He said that, “obesity is a large problem in America and more people should get active, stop playing video games and they would lose weight. Then I felt really sad.  There again is that incorrect message  – exercise can combat calories and induce weight loss. Let me just say, again – WRONG!  


Where do I start? Oh, STOP EATING SUGAR!  Just, ONE can of soda or sugary drink with 44 grams of sugar has 1.5 times the suggested daily allotment. It’s worse if you are a women and doubles again for a child. But you probably don’t know that because the Sugar Industry in America has fought to keep the percentage number off the nutritional labels. That is right! Go Look! Check your Cereal box, your bread, your salad dressing, your Coke can, your Gatorade.

How are you supposed to know how much sugar is too much?

It’s the big secret the food industry does not want you to know! 

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are (1):

Men:  150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons).

Women:  100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons).

Children 4-8:  48 calories per day (12 grams or 3 teaspoons).

Teens:  80 calories per day (20 grams or 5 teaspoons).

(The one soft drink alone is above your limit with 11 teaspoons of sugar.) I bet if you added your daily sugar intake you be shocked. Average Adults consumes 22 teaspoons or 88 grams of added sugar and the average child consumes 32 teaspoons of added sugar.  Forbes. The sad truth is we are hurting our children by giving them over 10 times the amount of sugar they should have.

A good source of information is the Movie FED UP . I wanted to see it when it came out in the theaters, but it was in very few cities and I could not find show times when it was to be in Dallas. (It was not for the lack of looking). Go to: released September 9, 2014 on video

Note: This film addresses the issue of sugar and obesity on the most basic, basic, did I say basic level?  My seven year old son gets it. Still, it is loaded with some alarming facts. One of which… is to what extent the food giants and the sugar industry have gone to cover up just how bad sugar is harming you. Also, how the Sugar Industry used extortion tactics to bully the World Health Organization (WHO), from lowering their recommend level, for the consumption of sugar.

I wanted to see it because it has all the leading medical doctors that I have been quoting on the subject of over consumption of sugar and disease, for the past few years. Among a few are (Robert H Lustig MD, Neuroendocrinologist – Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at University of California, San Francisco, and Director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program at UCSF); (Mark Hyman MD  (Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine awarded its 2009 Linus Pauling Award for Leadership in Functional Medicine& currently medical editor at the Huffington Post); David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD (pediatrician & endocrinologist at Children’s Hospital, Boston. Holds the position of Professor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Professor in Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health.); are just a few of many of the highest qualified people who speak out.  All of who will state that:


Let’s do the math: 1 gram of sugar equals 4 calories. Walking a 20 minute mile will burn around 58 calories (burning 14.5 grams). I say walk, because a 400 pound child cannot and should not run the mile. An average child is consuming 128 grams of sugar and the more severely obese consume twice that amount. There are not enough hours in the day to ever burn, “through exercise” just the added sugars being consumed.


They need education about diet and nutrition and school’s to take back their food programs from the big food companies who are feeding our future generation sugar loaded garbage. Aerobic Exercise is very important in the growth of new neurons in the brain. It is most important to help protect these kids from brain disorders like Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression and schizophrenia later in life. Once they become diabetic, their risk can increase more than 200 percent for getting these disorders. It is the inflammation caused by sugar that does the damage to our organs. Glycation will occur when blood sugar is elevated. Sugar interferes and bonds with proteins that are need by organs such as the brain. In turn, those damaged protein attach to the neurons. Your body recognizes something is wrong and sends out an immune response. (inflammation) Please read Dr. David Perlmutter’s Grain Brain and Dr. Robert H Lustig’s; Fat Chance – Beating the Odds Against Sugar and watch his video The bitter truth about Sugar  to understand the full scope of this epidemic.

When I heard the coach say for people to stop sitting around and eating. I obviously knew he does not understand that this is the effect of the disease. Sugar, and the inflammation that follows, highjacks the hormones and robs you of energy while at the same time inhibits the production of chemicals which tells the brain to turn off the hunger sensation. Not to mention insulin resistance. Also, their microbiome has been hijacked due to the over consumption of sugar. The balance of good and bad bacteria in their guts is completely out of balance which creates a cascading and devastating series of heath issues.

Have you heard the term Skinny – Fat? The Huffington Post is one of many articles quoting studies.

  • 68 percent of the American population is overweight.
  • One-third of kids are overweight or obese in America.
  • If you are a skinny fat person and get diagnosed with diabetes, you have twice the risk of death.
  • Almost 4 out of 10 normal-weight kids are pre-diabetic.
  • Only about 20 percent of children in America are healthy.
  • 8 out of 10 children in America are overweight or have pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes.

Too often people think they are healthy because they look fit.  GET YOUR (RESTED) INSULIN LEVEL CHECKED. Doctors always have you fast the night before and then measure for blood sugar. Wrong test. Get measured for your RESTED insulin. That tells you how hard your Pancreas is working. The Pancreas is what produces insulin, regulates blood sugar and can compensate for high blood sugar. Thus a false assumption may be made from the result. Overworking the Pancreas is a not a good thing. Also, read up on Insulin Resistance, it not only shuts down your muscles, but impedes brain function. While you are at the doctor, get tested for Gluten Allergies, too.

A little over one year ago, while reading Dr. Perlmutter’s – Brain Grain, I decided to go Gluten Free. I was already on a low carb eater, but once I cut out Gluten, my life long battle with Dyslexia disappeared in under two weeks. More to come about my Gluten epiphany. Thank you Dr. Perlmutter for helping me understand that the proteins that react to Gluten are different for everyone.  I then spent a lot of time trying to come up with good gluten free options for things like cakes and pizza crusts. But I quickly learned that these flours are even higher on the Glycemic Index. About three month after that I read Dr. William Davis’s second book, Wheat Belly, Total Heath. This helped connect the dots that GRAINS are the true culprit. In the year since I have manged to lose almost all my visceral (belly and kidney) fat, by going grain free. Once off grains I found little hunger cravings and general overall sense of well being was heightened.

Also, read Dr. David Perlmutter’s – Brain Maker. It compiles noted research data from the past 20 years, and illustrates just how powerful the effect of gut bacteria has on your overall health.

A special thanks to:                                                                                                                              FED UP experts: Kelly D. Brownell, Ph.D; Pres. Bill Clinton; Senator Tom Harkin; Dr. Mark Hyman; Dr. David Kessler; Risa Lavizzo-Mourey; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Dr. Robert Lustig; Michael Pollan; Margo Wootan; Michele Simon, JD, MPH, Eat Drink Politics; Katie Couric & Laurie David

Also, !!!!!  : for making all my points



We would like to re-post this information about sugar as a reminder for parents not to go overboard on that Easter candy. Learn why sugar was substituted for fat in processed foods. Also, see the correlation of sugar to diseases such as Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity, Gout and Metabolic Syndrome.

COMING MAY 9th, 2014    FED UP

This film received a lot of attention at the Sundance Film Festival, it focuses on the sugar industry and its effect on the health of Americans. Experts Dr. Lustig, Dr. Kessler, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Ludwig all speak to this epidemic. Narrated by Katie Couric.

Is Sugar Toxic?
Is Sugar Toxic? 4/2012
60 Minutes2
Is Sugar Toxic? 8/2012
Sugar the Bitter Truth Dr. Robert H. Lustig
original pub 4/3/2012 last revised 4/8/2014

Please remember It All Adds Up. Take steps to reduce your sugar consumption. Beginning to educate yourself and understand how it effects your body. Please watch the 60 Minutes segment that aired a few months ago: Is Sugar Toxic? It is a great introduction to Dr. Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology: Sugar the Bitter Truth.

Understand just how bad Fructose and Sucrose are for our bodies.

A single bond links Fructose and Glucose to form Sucrose

Here are some Facts:

  • Adult women consume 335 more calories than just 10 years ago.
  • Sucrose is Fructose linked to Glucose.
  • All Calories are NOT equal
  • 100% of the calories from Fructose pass into the liver compared to 20% for Glucose.
  • The Liver is the only organ in our body that can process Fructose.
  • 30% of all Fructose consumed is converted into fat.  Glucose is almost none.
  • Fructose is (by definition) a toxin to your system.

For any parent who has handed their child a 20 ounce bottle of Gatorade, this is a must watch.  You need to understand that it is the equivalent of 5 servings for a child and contains 50% sucrose.

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The Dark Side of Kale (and How to Eat Around It)

Feburary 25, 2014                                                                                           by: Robert Zito

FILED UNDER: BostonMedicine/SciencePersonal Healthdietkalenutritionthyroid


If you have watched the media lately, you may have noted some pretty sensationalized headlines with regard to KALE.  Even Dr. Oz used the title, “The Dark Side of Kale“.  Which, also came from an article written over a month ago by Rachel Zimmerman. I will tell you up front that I have not written any of these findings. I only wanted to present a collection of information to help direct you to form your own opinion. What I will recommend is: Use moderation with anything you do & Always consult your physician if you have any underlying medical condition, before making any radical changes to your normal diet.

Can Kale Cause Kidney Stones?

What is an Oxalate and what is it found in? 
Oxalic acid is a naturally occurring colourless organic crystal that is found plants. Foods high in oxalic acids include spinach, chard (silverbeet), watercress, leeks, okra, purslane, parsley, beets & the leaves (beetroot), cacao, nuts such as almonds and cashews, buckwheat, some fruits such as starfruit, rhubarb, plums, figs, most berries and KALE. Most of the foods that contain oxalates are very important for good health. The root and leaves of rhubarb contain dangerously high concentrations of oxalic acid and should not be consumed raw. *kale-thyroid connection from the Oregon State University Micronutrient Information

Many charts show varying levels of oxalic acid in vegetables, fruits and other plant based foods. It has been shown that growing conditions will affect the amounts of oxalic acids found in plant foods.

Oxalic acid has been shown to bind with calcium and other minerals in the intestines and form an insoluble complex (oxalate) that is excreted via the stool (at least 70-90%), while research studies confirm the ability of oxalic acid in foods to lower availability of calcium and other minerals, the decrease is relatively small. This is also outweighed by the fact that there is so much more calcium, magnesium and iron in oxalate rich vegetables like spinach than the average vegetable in the first place that there will still be plenty of these minerals available to be absorbed! Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND on July 26th, 2012


Can Kale Cause Hypothyroidism?

Very high intakes of cruciferous vegetables…have been found to cause hypothyroidism (insufficient thyroid hormone) in animals (68). There has been one case report of an 88-year-old woman developing severe hypothyroidism and coma following consumption of an estimated 1.0 to 1.5 kg/day of raw Bok Choy for several months. Two mechanisms have been identified to explain this effect. The hydrolysis of some Glucosinolates found in cruciferous vegetables (e.g., progoitrin) may yield a compound known as Goitrin, which has been found to interfere with thyroid hormone synthesis. The hydrolysis of another class of Glucosinolates, known as Indole Glucosinolates, results in the release of Thiocyanate ions, which can compete with iodine for uptake by the thyroid gland. Increased exposure to Thiocyanate ions from cruciferous vegetable consumption or, more commonly, from cigarette smoking, does not appear to increase the risk of hypothyroidism unless accompanied by iodine deficiency. One study in humans found that the consumption of 150 g/day (5 oz/day) of cooked Brussels sprouts for four weeks had no adverse effects on thyroid function.

Teresa Fung, Sc.D., M.S.. an adjunct professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and a professor at Simmons College in Boston, confirms the Kale-Thyroid link. But, she says, “normal, reasonable amounts of eating should not be a problem. A regular person [with no thyroid issues] who eats several servings of cruciferous vegetables a week should not have problems.”

Fung adds: “It’s the dose that makes a poison. If people have Hypothyroidism or they’re taking thyroid medication, then they should check with their doctor. But even in this case, reasonable amounts shouldn’t be a problem. Now, if people have a tall glass of kale juice every single day, then it gets into the unknown territory.”

1. Lightly Cook Your Kale

The goitrogenic properties of kale become dramatically lessened when kale — or any other cruciferous vegetable — is cooked. (Other veggies in this category include: broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kohlrabi, mustard, rutabaga, turnips, bok choy and Chinese cabbage. Arugula, horseradish, radish, wasabi and watercress are also cruciferous vegetables.)

2. Eat Seaweed

Kale on its own does not increase the risk of thyroid problems. It’s a combination of factors; including potential iodine deficiency. (One of the most common causes of goiters is iodine deficiency.) Adding seaweed or another iodine rich food to your diet may, in some cases, help you get adequate iodine.

3. Throw a Brazil Nut Into Your Smoothie

Selenium can support normal iodine levels which in turn will support a healthy thyroid. A Brazil nut or two in your daily smoothie or as a topping to any dish might help keep selenium levels strong.

4. Switch Up Your Greens

Vary your greens. If you’re going to eat kale one day choose a non-cruciferous, non-goitrogenic veggie dish the next, like a simple cucumber and tomato salad, or beets. There are many highly nutritious vegetables that aren’t goitrogenic, including celery, parsley, zucchini, carrots and more. Our bodies need many nutrients and by eating a variety of vegetables you’ll ensure that you don’t overload on one and skip another.

January 10, 2014 | 2:36 PM | Rachel Zimmerman

See Dr. Oz’s suggestions to: Combat a Sluggish Thyroid


Possible Interactions with: Vitamin K


If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you should not take vitamin K without first talking to your health care provider.

Antibiotics — Antibiotics, particularly a class known as cephalosporins, reduce the absorption of vitamin K in the body. Long-term use (more than 10 days) of antibiotics may result in vitamin K deficiency because these drugs kill not only harmful bacteria but also beneficial, vitamin K-activating bacteria. This is mot likely to occur in people who already have low levels of vitamin K or are at risk for deficiency (such as those who are malnourished, elderly, or taking warfarin). Cephalosporins include:

  • Cefamandole (Mandol)
  • Cefoperazone (Cefobid)
  • Cefmetazole (Zefazone)
  • Cefotetan (Cefotan)

Phenytoin (Dilantin) — Phenytoin interferes with the body’s ability to use vitamin K. Taking anticonvulsants (such as phenytoin) during pregnancy or while breastfeeding may deplete vitamin K in newborns.

Warfarin (Coumadin) — Vitamin K reduces the effects of the blood-thinning medication warfarin, rendering the medication ineffective. Vitamin K should not be taken while taking warfarin, and foods containing high amounts of vitamin K should be avoided.

Orlistat (Xenical, alli) and Olestra — Orlistat, a medication used for weight loss, and olestra, a substance added to certain food products, prevent the absorption of fat and can reduce the body’s absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. The Food and Drug Administration now requires that vitamin K and other fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, and E) be added to food products containing olestra. In addition, physicians who prescribe orlistat add a multivitamin with fat soluble vitamins to the regimen.

The fact that vitamin K is now added to olestra-containing foods is important to know if you should not be taking vitamin K (if you are on the blood thinner warfarin, for example).

Bile acid sequestrants — These medications, used to reduce cholesterol, reduce the overall absorption of dietary fats and may also reduce absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. If you take one of these drugs, your doctor may recommend a vitamin K supplement:

  • Cholestyramine (Questran)
  • Colestipol (Colestid)
  • Colsevelam (Welchol)

Drug Interactions

  • Doxorubicin
  • Orlistat
  • Phenytoin
  • Warfarin

Alternative Names:   Menadione; Menaphthone; Menaquinone; Phylloquinone; Vitamin K

University of Maryland Medical Center 9/2007

Nature's Way Selenium
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80% Percent of Shoppers Say Shipping Really Matters When Making a Purchase

49% of consumers have walked away from a purchase due to shipping costs last year

Among Americans who purchased a product that required shipping this year, 80 percent consider shipping options, including free shipping, to be an important factor in their overall shopping experience, according to a recent survey commissioned by Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI). The survey polled consumers on attitudes toward shipping through all channels, including in store, online, catalog, and phone.

Retailers hoping to win sales this holiday season should prepare to accommodate the new set of parameters that add up to delivering a satisfying customer experience for today’s consumer.

“Shipping has become a considerable factor in consumers’ buying choices. In fact, there’s now a blurred line between the decision on a shipping method and the selection of a product when comes to the overall buying decision and customer experience and free shipping is just table stakes today,” said Jim Hendrickson, vice president and general manager of shipping solutions, Pitney Bowes. The survey found Free Shipping is by far more important to Americans surveyed over fast shipping (77 percent vs. 19 percent). That number spikes further among those who’ve shipped a purchase in the last year (82 percent vs. 16 percent, respectively).

View infographic.

The National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales will rise 3.9 percent to $602.1 billion – a slight improvement from last year. eMarketer projects 2013 U.S. retail ecommerce holiday season sales will to grow about 15.1 percent to $61.8 billion, up from $53.7 billion in 2012. With that, the Pitney Bowes survey found nearly half of Americans (47 percent) are paying more attention to shipping as part of the overall shopping experience now compared to three years ago.

With access to goods from many sources, consumers are prepared to walk away from a purchase if presented with excessive shipping costs. And, they do.

Among those surveyed, half (49 percent) have at some time abandoned their shopping cart, whether online, in store, or over the phone, due to shipping costs. On average, the threshold for abandoning a purchase occurs when shipping fees are $20 or more. Men have a higher threshold for cost, with $24 for shipping being the average tipping point.

“For retailers, how they leverage and manage their shipping costs and returns process and how they use that in creating an experience for their client is going to be a big factor in their sales this holiday season,” said Hendrickson. “Retailers need to be thinking: How do I manage my shipping costs out of ecommerce so I can ultimately give my client a lower cost for shipping or give it to them for free? The entire purchase experience is what matters to the buyer today.”

While 9 in 10 (89 percent) of Americans have made an online purchase at some point this year, only half (46 percent) those surveyed have returned a package through the mail. “Simplifying the return process with enclosed return mailing envelopes, free shipping, prepared labels and generous return policies are all part of what the consumer now expects,” Hendrickson added.

The survey found that 81 percent of consumers who made a purchase requiring shipping in the last year have tracked a package, with 30 percent tracking once or twice, 21 percent tracking 3-5 times and 30 percent tracking 6 or more times.

About the Study

Pitney Bowes conducted a survey to learn more about consumer shopping and shipping habits leading up to the holiday season. The survey results are based on the findings of a telephone survey conducted with 1,005 adults 18 years of age and older, living in the continental United States. Interviewing for this survey was completed by ORC International in October 2013. Margin of error for total respondents is +/- 3.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.

The survey overview is available at:

Is Your Home a VOC-Haven? 9 Ways to Avoid These Noxious Chemicals

This is another great article that points out how many toxins we are exposed to every day.

If you have children or are planning to, this is a must read.

 Written by Shilo Urban
Your sofa may slowly be poisoning you, your wallpaper could be making you cough, and your carpet might be the source of your sniffles. VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are polluting your indoor air quality, and it is likely that you have never even noticed, or known exactly what is going on in the air space inside your home.

What Are VOCs?

Thousands and thousands of household products emit VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), which are gases that damage the environment and may have serious adverse effects on your short- and long-term health. These carbon-based chemicals have a high vapor pressure, which means that at room temperature, their molecules evaporate out of the product and into the very air that you breathe.

Carpet, furniture, office equipment, wall coverings, glue, paint, caulk, solvents and even markers may emit VOCs. One well-known VOC is formaldehyde, which sublimates into the air out of household paint and is a known carcinogen. The VOC benzene is found in cigarette smoke and car exhaust, and chlorofluorocarbons are another type of VOC that has been banned or highly regulated around the world. Thanks to VOCs, indoor air quality is often poorer than outdoor air quality, even in smoggy cities like Los Angeles.

However, there are many, many types of VOCs – thousands – and the compounding health effects of these chemicals are largely unknown. The nose-tweaking smell of household rugs sold at a discount department store comes from VOCs. One big whiff of a newly minted carpet can cause immediate lung problems for those with any kind of respiratory distress or sensitivity.

VOCs are also associated with allergic and immune effects, especially for infants, children, expecting mothers, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. For sensitive individuals, being immersed in an environment of VOCs can cause headaches, eye and respiratory tract irritation, dizziness, nausea, fatigue and damage to the kidneys, liver and central nervous system.

Long-term effects of a life saturated in VOCs are hard to determine, however, as symptoms are slow to develop and difficult to pinpoint. Because of this, VOCs are still very widely used in a wide majority of home furnishings. Some VOCs are easily recognizable by their odor, such as those on many carpets and the beloved “new car smell.” That said, not all VOCs have an aroma. Use the following tips to reduce the effect of VOCs on your body.

How to Avoid VOCs

– Learn to recognize the sharp chemical odor emitted by some VOCs so that you can avoid it whenever possible.

– Shop for new home furnishings that are free of VOCs. If consumers demand chemical-free carpets and furniture, the market will shift to create a supply. Let your furniture retailer know that you are interested in these products even if they aren’t currently available.

– Choose natural flooring such as rugs made of wool, silk, sisal or cotton. Ceramic tile and linoleum are also nontoxic, as well as flooring made from cork, bamboo or recycled glass. If you have a young child that spends a great deal of time at ground level, it is essential that you provide a healthy surface for their growing bodies to play on.

– Use only natural cleaning products.

– Choose thin carpet without much “shag,” and avoid installing it in damp areas such as the bathroom.

– Make sure that your home or office is well ventilated. Open windows, run fans and decorate with flora that cleans the air such as ferns, aloe vera and spider plants.

– Repainting your house? Choose VOC-free house paint and breathe easy.

– Shop for secondhand furniture. New furniture gives off the most VOCs.

– Avoid vinyl wall coverings, upholstery and flooring altogether, and make sure that your shower curtain is free of PVC (polyvinyl chloride, another VOC).

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