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Featuring Steve Minsky (a.k.a Special Agent Grill Master)
Featuring Steve Minsky 
(a.k.a Special Agent Grill Master)


This Week's Alerts


First Study to Link Higher Vitamin D Intake With Lower Alzheimer's Risk.

A new study in Journals of Gerontology states that deficiency of vitamin D is common in older adults, affecting up to 90% of the elderly population. While there is a plethora of research on the benefits of vitamin D, no human trial has shown how vitamin D intake is associated with a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease.


The study included women without a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer's Disease. Dietary vitamin D intake and direct exposure to sunlight (face and hands) between 11am and 3pm was tabulated. After 7 years, 498 women (average age 79.8 years) remained in the study. 14.1% had symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Women who developed Alzheimer's disease had lower baseline vitamin D intakes and were less exposed to sun than those with no disease. The highest intake of vitamin D was associated with a decreased incidence of Alzheimer's disease by 4.35 times, within the 7-year period.


According to researchers, the highest intakes of vitamin D corresponds to about 10 teaspoons of cod liver oil per week (400IU per dose), 8000IU of supplemental vitamin D3, or 7 oz. of sardines or anchovies canned in oil per day.


15 Unhealthy Health Foods

  • Bottled Iced Tea (sweetened)
  • Cereal, Organic (sweetened)
  • Gummy Vitamins - monkfruit, stevia, or xylitol sweetened okay
  • Kombucha - a cauldron of fungus; documented cases of life-threatening lactic acidosis
  • Natural Soda - same as soda minus the preservatives; this list includes Zevia
  • Rice Cakes - if eaten alone, they instantly turn into sugar
  • Salads with Heavy Dressing - i.e. "All Natural" Ranch or Caesar
  • Seitan - wheat gluten is digested like glue...enough said
  • Smoothies - loaded with sugar and saturated fat; add plain greek yogurt, or, grass-fed whey or pure egg protein powder; ideal balanced smoothie: protein, fresh or frozen veggies and fruits, unsweetened substitute milks, and NO added juice or sugar
  • Snack Chips, Flavored - most brands contain autolyzed yeast extract or spice extractives (both MSG derivatives), and added sugar; most original flavors are okay
  • Soups - even at Whole Foods, many soups contain hydrolyzed protein, textured vegetable protein, autolyzed yeast extract, and excess sodium
  • Sushi - many store bought brands are loaded with sugar, preservatives, and MSG; look at the ingredient labels first
  • Veggie Chips - most are just potato chips with small amounts of dried vegetable powder added
  • Whole Wheat Bread - mold retentive, high gluten, difficult to digest, and blocks mineral absorption in large amounts
  • Yogurt, Fat-Free, Light, and Sugar-Free - in most cases, these terms mean added sugar or artificial sweeteners; almost all commercial yogurts, even natural or organic brands, have no viable probiotic content no matter what claims they make