Author: <span class="vcard">Ray McFarren</span>

One of the prime areas which most fail to see as a major contributor to the state of human health, is the clandestine way in which food producers, the medical and pharmaceutical industry and government, are collaborating in the process of slow, but highly successful, annihilation of the human species… all in the quest for control of you and your health and big profits.

Since the invention of pharmaceuticals for instance we have seen more deaths occur through their use than for the very reason they were originally designed – to heal. In the US alone more than 100,000 people die each year after following the dosage requirements on pharmaceutical packets.

We see a thriving sickness industry worth tens of billions of dollars. This industry has a vested interest in ensuring YOU remain ill or at least fearful of impending chronic illness. Governments make money from the very drugs and vaccines companies peddle to the medical profession and pharmacists. Did you know that hospital services, doctors and nurses, specialists, supply and service companies, medical equipment, emergency services – tens of thousands of people would become instantly unemployed and redundant if in an instant there were no sickness in this world?

Pharmaceutical companies would disappear  would cease to function. This is how they are profiting from you and in most cases your avoidable illness. The size of this industry is massive.

I hear of cases each week where people take their health and healing into their own hands and make the mistake of sharing their ‘remedy’ with their doctor only to be judged and belittled and in some cases even openly humiliated by the medics. Frequently, people tell me they have healed themselves of chronic and debilitating conditions. People share anecdotally with me how they changed their diets and began using food truly as ‘thy medicine’.

Heal Thy Self = Heal-Thy = Healthy.

Can you see that just in the word – HEALTHY there is a powerful mantra. Repeat after me. ‘ I am healthy. I am healthy.’ The energy of the word is astounding and from a personal perspective this was indeed my mantra for many years.

The non-recognition and benign intolerance of natural remedies especially by the US FDA and Australia’s TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration), is frightening. So too the acceptance of acts surrounding the use of certain herbs as contributing to ‘good health’ is frightening. The power these organisations have in controlling the health and wellbeing of the population is frightening and our governments let them get away with nothing short of ‘blue murder’.

So what can you do to stop this from happening. Make choices, make choices based on a raw live food diet and take responsibility to eat yourself well.… Read More

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Do you feel disconnected, confused, alone and disorganized? Do you feel unloved,afraid and unappreciated? Now is the time to get in touch with your best self and with your family. Get rid of the stuff that makes you feel disorganized, disturbed or disconnected. Take a one week challenge to strip down of all that clutters your life and get the connection back. Rules to clearing the clutter and reclaiming your life:

No communication through cell phones, Skype or any other electronic way for the duration of your challenge

  • No watching Television, or use of the computer, iPods or any other electronic gadgets.
  • Sit down for meals together with your family
  • Tell at least one member of your family how much you appreciate and love them.
  • Do an activity as a family together
  • Set aside time to do all your laundry and clean out the garage.

Sorting out the mess in your house together can elevate the tension and stress that exists. You also get to spend quality time together as a family. Preparing healthy meals and sitting down to eat together enables your family to reconnect as well.

People mistakenly think that feeling their time with emails, Facebook, Twitter and texting is connecting yet it is completely the opposite. I put myself in this category as well. Lately, I have found myself always texting, “Facebooking” and “tweetering” a lot and I challenged myself to follow the rules of de-cluttering and reconnecting with my family. We have to strip ourselves of the superficial in order to get back in touch with our inner selves and our families. In the end you will realize how much simpler and beautiful life can be. You will be able to communicate that much easier with your spouse and your children because you will be present and aware of their feelings and fears.

Break down the walls of fear, resentment and guilt that exist because that is really what causes the disconnection and all the cluttered stuff are just symptoms of the problem. The clutter reflects all that is truly going on inside of us. Once the busy body behavior gets slowed down, your family will feel more nourished not only physically but spiritually and mentally as well. By shifting the focus away from tv, phones, and all the electronics gadgets, you get more honest and more aware of your surroundings and you discover your best self.

As a couple, plan at least one date night once a month. This is better than one week vacation at the end of the year because it keeps you reconnected.

As a family plan a road trip together to stay connected and remember to adhere to the already established rules. No cellphones or other electronic gadgets. Carry books, paper, puzzles and crayons to color for the young ones instead. If funds are an issue, and they always are for most of us, then take an afternoon off at the park or go visit the arboretum. Learn to … Read More

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One of the most common questions from new and intermediate weightlifters and bodybuilders is about which protein is best for them to be using. And no wonder, given all the hype and noise from the supplement companies about their product being the only one that works – or at least that their protein works best.

So which protein IS best for weightlifters and bodybuilders? The question is more complicated than it appears on the surface and depends mostly on the time of day and your particular dietary regimen. For example, vegans will want to stay with soy protein – while it doesn’t have a great biological value (BV), it isn’t derived from animal sources. Vegetarians will be better using milk-based proteins and egg protein, but won’t want to include proteins from chicken, fish and beef.

The majority of weightlifters and bodybuilders are neither vegan nor vegetarian though, so for you the question of which protein is best depends entirely on timing. Getting your proteins from natural foods is preferable and can even be enough for some, but a whey protein supplement is a wise choice on the days you’re hitting the gym.

Whey protein is considered the gold standard for weightlifters and bodybuilders, and it is – but ONLY for your pre-workout and post-workout shakes. While whey is the fastest and most biologically available (highest BV) protein, it clears the bloodstream within 90 minutes or so and does cause a spike in blood sugars. Both of these traits are ideal before and after your exercises, as you want the protein into your bloodstream fast so that it’s available when needed, and the insulin release from the sugar spike helps transport the proteins and glucose to the muscles to build, and then replace, your muscle energy.

But because whey clears your system so quickly, you would need to replenish your protein supply every 90 minutes to keep it available to your system – not a viable solution for almost anyone. Not to mention you’d be missing out on a lot of the digestive enzymes and other nutrients found in protein-rich fish and meats.

So at other times during your workout days and throughout your rest days you should be consuming protein from natural sources. Examples include steak and eggs or bacon and eggs for breakfast, chicken for lunch (since it’s also good cold), and alternating fish and beef for supper. Eggs, chicken, fish and beef all have good BV values, absorb at a moderate pace and contain the other ingredients that help to support your protein intake and synthesis within the body. Include low-carb, high-fiber vegetables with your lunch and supper, especially raw vegetables, to balance out your nutritional needs.

Your longest fast each day is, of course, while you sleep at night. But while you are sleeping, your body is still burning calories, healing the micro-tears from your workouts and re-balancing your body. Since this is obviously a time when it’s best to have protein available for as … Read More

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Make-up on fleek? I’ll stop you there. This is not going to be a buzzword, ‘woke’ article about flawless make-up trends and contouring. We’re looking straight into the eyes here, and it’s all about the lashes.

The Jury’s Out on The Lash! Are Lash Extensions Really Worth It?

Mascara

Where else would we start? The handy old mascara has been an essential in every make-up bag for years. And it always will be. But let’s look at mascara in a little more depth. How about with a little more volume? Sorry. It’s true that the finishing touch to any stunning eye make-up has to be with the lashes, and there are plenty of mascaras to choose form that add length, boost volume and offer depth and texture to your overall look. But did you know that, by the litre, mascara is one of the most expensive liquids in the world? Are you really getting value? Some mascaras are great, but you pay for the quality, and it can burn quite a hole. The mascaras on the cheaper end of the scale are a good go-to when needed, but all too often they are clumpy, sticky and don’t stand the test of time.

The Crying Bride and the Honeymoon

Weddings. This is where many people will opt for lash extensions or LVL treatments. But why? Well the obvious pro to opting out of the whole mascara application is that weddings are emotional, and with lash extensions, you avoid the smearing mess of mascara tears and panda eyes. But weddings are only one of many events that could benefit from giving that extra bit of attention to your lashes. Any event where happy tears are inevitable is a box ticked, but holidays, festivals and parties are just as key. Mascara is obviously a quicker option, but does it really have that lasting look you’re going for? Especially on a beach get-away where diving in the pool on a hot day becomes a daily routine.

The Longevity

This is where lash treatments win the race. Yes, you’re going to invest a little more time and money when opting for the lash extensions but, where mascara lasts all but a day and has the evening ritual of eye make-up remover and cotton wool, eyelash treatments are in a different hassle-free league altogether. Eyelash extensions can last weeks and weeks, with no further application of make-up, and simple filler session at about the 3-4 weeks mark, if needed. Plus, mascara just doesn’t have the same glamorous effect when it comes to keeping volume and length in the way that treatments do. So, the jury was out on the lash, but it’s back – and it’s all in favour of the eyelash extensions. Sorry mascara, we still love you.… Read More

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Are you looking for a whey (pardon the pun) to spike your body’s protein levels, drop a great deal of fat and water, and embark upon a sort of “cleansing phase”? If so, whey fasting might just be right for you! It involves the consumption of a great deal of water and whey, along with some fast burning carbohydrate sources like fruit and vegetables. Meat and starchy carbs are off the menu.

You’ll need to schedule this fasting for a time where you have a little bit of freedom. Your body might react in an odd way to the sudden influx of whey protein, and it might not be a positive thing until your digestive track adjusts to it. Fasting is a common practice in many cultures for religious purposes. It allows the person to remove toxins from the body, as well as clear the intestines of built up waste. Many people also experience a spiritual awakening as their bodies face this change.

Each meal should consist of two scoops of whey protein, along with a good, clean carbohydrate source from the fruit or vegetable family. Eat another meal every hour if you’d like. Whenever you’re hungry, go for it again. You’re essentially ‘grazing’, or eating small amounts of protein all day along with a carb source for fiber and energy. Whey protein is a wonderful thing. It’s healthy and contains a wealth of vitamins and minerals, and is an excellent source of complete proteins. Most bodybuilders, strength trainers, and athletes around the world use it regularly to fuel their workouts and recovery.

Be prepared for hunger pangs. Take additional supplements to assist with any shortcomings from your current consumptions. A good multi-vitamin, vitamin B,C,E, and fish oil capsules should be adequate. You may need to cut back on weight training or cardio time during this whey fast. Your energy levels will most likely be down, as you will be used to consuming slow burning carbohydrate and protein sources. Suddenly you’ll be relegated to extremely lean sources (whey and fruit and vegetables) which digest very quickly. You’ll likely feel healthier than you have in your entire life, but you may not feel your strongest.

After the whey fast, be very slow in your return to solid foods. Your stomach will shrink during this absence of food. If your first meal back is a huge one, you will have a very rough night as your shrunken stomach and intestines. Make it a gradual, three-day return to a normal diet. And before you return to ‘normal’, decide what normal you believe it best for you. Did you feel like a million bucks when on this whey fast? Was it due to the lack of pastas and meats? Or was the lack of bread something you have never experienced, but certainly love now that you’ve endured it? Spend some time thinking about which aspects of the whey fasting diet you’d like to employ in your regular diet to help you look … Read More

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