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More on the Monsanto Monster

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My esteemed friend Dr. Yehuda Frischman, DAOM, is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as well as a specialist in traditional Jewish medicine. He sent us the following email, which is a must-see for your health and protection: 

Dear Reb Lazer,

Your wonderful article on the axis of evil: Monsanto-Bayer-Farben deeply resonated with me. By the way, are you aware that Monsanto genetically modified crops make up between 50-95% of the American supply of corn, soy, rapeseed ("canola"), cotton, alfalfa, sugar beets and payaya? (Oh, and BTW, they have come up with a way to make Monsanto cheese, using their own laboratory produced bacteria modified with rennet produced from GM cow genes!). The only way to ascertain that you're not getting GM crops is to buy organic, like you say. But it gets better (or worse?) Monsanto back around 20 years ago tried to introduce a genetically modified wheat, that they claimed was nutritionally identical to regular wheat. Their was such an uproar, that they withdrew their patent request. BUT, what they don't tell you is that mysteriously, this Monsanto wheat: MON 71800 which is glyphosate (the main ingredient in Roundup and the one which causes autism and other brain impairments - LB) resistant, has turned up on farms from Oregon to Kansas, from Japan to India, as well as throughout Europe. Why is that? Well if you've ever seen wheat, the wind causes the germ to blow far and wide and it cross-pollinates with any other wheats that it happens to meet. In other words, the Genie is out of the bottle, and essentially (except, I've heard in the interior of Australia) it is impossible to find wheat which has not been hybridized with MON 71800.

So what is wrong with genetically modified crops? Here's what they do: to prevent pests from eating and "contaminating" crops Monsanto splices in a gene which causes the digestive tract of insects to explode (apoptosis). The trouble is that the same thing happens when we ingest these GM crops--we suffer from extreme inflammation in our guts! So what can we do about it? 1. Only eat organic produce. 2. Only buy heirloom wheats which do not breed with "modern" wheat: such as Einkorn, Kamut, Emmer and Faro.

One additional point I think you might find interesting is the origin Canola oil.   Back in the early '70s at the university of Manitoba, rapeseed oil, which is very high in toxic erucic acid, became the first Genetically modified plant grown in large quantities, spliced to eliminate its erucic acid.  To "honor" their country, the scientists who invented this original "Frankenstein" plant called it Canola, a contraction of Canadian oil. 

May we all enjoy good health.

Fondly, Yidel


Bayer and Monsanto: Axis of Evil

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Block 10
 (image, above) was the infamous hellhole in the bowels of the Auschwitz concentration camp where the epitome of evil Nazi "doctor" Josef Mengele performed his atrocious experiments on humans during the Holocaust. Block 10 leads to Mengele, Mengele leads to Bayer, Bayer leads to Monsanto and Monsanto leads to the convenience food you're eating, either at home or on vacation. Sounds surreal? We wish it were...

The closer we get to Moshiach, the more we see Divine justice settling unfinished scores. An apparently innocuous item on the international news-wire reveals an iceberg of evil that Hashem's fiery wrath will soon erase from the face of the earth. The shares of Bayer Pharmaceuticals just fell 10%, the result of  their subsidiary Monsanto's failure to warn of the cancer risks posed by its infamous weed killer, Roundup

Before I tell you who Bayer is, they bought Monsanto earlier this year for $63 Billion. Our sages teach that evil attaches itself to evil. In short, Monsanto is a conglomerate of evil that creates pesticides that destroy every type of viable seed - not only weeds - except for seeds that Monsanto genetically engineers. So, once you spray your field with Roundup, your soil is poisoned to regular seeds and you can only use Monsanto's genetically-engineered seeds. But, new types of weeds set in that are immune to conventional weed killers, which require more and newer Monsanto weed killers. With mafia-like tactics, Monsanto has gone around the world, not only impoverishing farmers, poisoning their soil and indenturing them into virtual slavery, but causing an epidemic of farmer suicides, especially in India.

Monsanto also hijacks faculties of agriculture in the world's universities, so that agronomy students will learn to use their products only. Thank goodness I majored in horticulture and deciduous orchards, where Monsanto's poisoned hands didn't yet reach my teachers. Fortunately, you can grow an apple, a peach or a plum without spraying Roundup...

Back to Bayer, who owns Monsanto. Do you know who Bayer is? Have you ever heard of IG Farben?

Both my pulse and my mind are racing much faster than I can type (chill, Lazer!) - let's take it slow.

Do you know that IG Farben was behind the Nazi's mutilation of our holy teacher, Rav Shalom Arush's spiritual guide, Rabbi Yehuda Zev Leibowitz of saintly and blessed memory? That's why he could never have children. Let me be more specific:

IG Farben financed Hitler’s electoral campaign and became a staunch supporter of the Nazis. IG Farben worked closely with the Nazi party to take over manufacturing plants when the Germans invaded other European countries. IG Farben also held stock in and was represented on the board of the company which produced the gas used in the Holocaust gas chambers. IG Farben tested its products on the concentration-camp prisoners of Auschwitz. Even more, IG Farben had its own concentration campJosef Mengele, the gruesome butcher of Auschwitz, the SS doctor (sic) and Hitler's right-hand man in the planned annihilation of European Jewry, worked with IG Farben in doing his experimentation on human guinea pigs, one of whom was our sacred and beloved teacher Rabbi Yehuda Zev Leibowitz who succeeded in surviving the Holocaust.

Bayer is the successor and continuation of IG Farben. Monsanto belongs to Bayer.

Is the GMO and GE domination of our fields, crops and foodstuffs a continuation of the Nazi conspiracy to dominate the world? You make your own conclusions.

For anyone who seeks my advice, eat natural and organic as much as possible. Steer clear of US commercially grown corn and soybeans as well as processed foods that are full of such derivatives as corn syrup solids and soy isolate. If you have a headache, don't take Bayer aspirin. Chances are that your headache - and many other ills, such as your close friend's, your relative's or your own autistic child - come from the use of Roundup in growing the food you eat.

The closer we get to Moshiach, the more we'll see evil's foundations crumble. Meanwhile, don't lose heart, because the darkest darkness is right at the end of night, before the dawn of a new day.


Starve the Cancer!

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I feel like a total hypocrite right now. 

As I sit and write this post, I'm shoving my fourth chocolaty, gooey, plastic-y, fluffy, toxic donut in my mouth. You know those kinds of donuts? The ones that can sit on a shelf and survive nuclear wars, earthquakes, and alien invasions?

Yes. Those donuts. Sinful. 

But it's not my fault! We're still in Chicago and still don't have a place to live. My sweet, well-meaning in-laws bought every kosher treat they could get their hands on. It wouldn't be proper of me to leave any leftovers, lest they think that I didn't appreciate their generosity. The fact that they bought all of these yummy treats for the kids and not me is beside the point. 

Oh, and for all the haters out there, I just thought I'd clarify that this is a Shutterstock picture, not a pic of them highly controversial OUDi'int donuts. Get over yourselves. Word.

So I just read this article that explains why removing sugar from your diet could help the body rid itself of cancer. Well, duh. Of course, the article speaks of this as some new discovery, but you and I know better. Right? 

As I've written in the past, sugar has been shown to be one of the TOP factors that contribute to cancer developing in the body. 

Why? 

Well, Dr. Thomas Seyfried, a world-renowned expert researcher on cancer (who I'm convinced is Jewish because he looks a lot like my father,) has shown in many studies that tumor cells have ten times as many insulin receptors as healthy cells.

That means that tumor cells are like Jews at an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet on a Sunday evening. They push and shove each other to get to the vegetable dumplings first, and once they have three pounds of MSG-loaded, deep fried, oh-so-delicious food on their tiny little buffet plate, they gorge on it, much more than non-Jews other people. Okay, so that was a total lie, but whatever. Just bear with me, k?

Now imagine this poor guy from the Midwest who's never seen a Jew, let alone a minyan (10) of hungry Jews at a buffet. Bill the Cowboy is gettin' splattered against the wall on the other side of the room because he's not assertive enough to claim his rightful spot in line. By the time the "other" people are finished, there's only a few pieces of vegetable fried rice and half a fortune cookie left. And a semi-conscious Midwestern cowboy crumpled up in the corner, bleeding to death.

As we can see by my brilliant, highly imaginative and quite offensive metaphor (simile?), sugar helps keep tumor cells alive.

Through a fascinating process called deductive reasoning, we can see that reducing the amount of sugar in our diets can have direct positive effects on our bodies. 

In other words, significantly lowering sugar can starve the cancer cells, leading them to, ummm, starve. To death. 

The study I linked to above showed that lowering sugar causes extra calcium ions to enter the cell, leading in some cases to cell death in a mere 10 hours through some chemical reaction that I can't understand for the life of me. 

Thanks to our G-d-given common sense (assuming we have any,) we already know that sugar is bad for our bodies in a variety of ways. It directly contributes to the growth of viruses, bacteria, and parasites in the body, and can lead to chronic illness such as diabetes and obesity.

Oh, and for clarification - when I say sugar I mean carbs as well. 

Now here's the great thing about lowering sugar. You may think that sugar is the primary fuel that our bodies run on, but I have great news for you. 

It's not.

Our bodies can also run on fats. Healthy fats, such as coconut oil, fish oil, avocados, nuts, etc., give the body a much more energy-efficient fuel source that is better for two reasons:

First, it doesn't give you the low you experience after the glucose spike and the insulin spike that follows. It gives you a constant, clear stream of energy that makes you feel good for hours. 

Second, good fats don't make you fat, and they don't raise cholesterol. Yeah, you heard me right. 

What makes you fat is the sugar and carbs! If you care to argue the point, first speak with a few health and gym freaks like Rav Brody and me, who live on globs of fat and don't gain a pound. But as soon as any of us (including you) reaches for the donuts, well, the poor stomach gets that instant bloat and the rest is history. 

I highly encourage you to watch this amazing video of Dr. Thomas Seyfried discussing the incredible ketogenic diet and cancer connection. 

I also encourage you to read my posts on Cancer Cures, part 1 and part 2, to learn about other complementary things you can do to help your body heal and become stronger. 

If you're serious about losing weight and getting healthy, and would like to do so without subscribing to yet another fad diet or to giving your hard-earned money to an overweight nutritionist, check out one of my favorite websites, dietdoctor.com. You'll learn all about the LCHF (low carb high fat) diet and the ketogenic diet, two of the healthiest ways to eat.

Seriously, I wish that site would pay me royalties already. 

Oh, and don't forget to check out Rav Brody's weekly emuna talk! Scroll down for details.

~Racheli


Get Rid of the Scale!

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How would you like to save money, look better, feel better, be stronger and fit into clothes that you haven't been able to get into for the last year? Is that all possible? You bet!

Modern fad diets want you to assess yourself by the weight you lose. They tell you to invest in a good, accurate digital scale.

Coach Lazer says save your money. Instead of the scale, invest in tape measure and a few dumbbells or kettlebells. Instead of the fad low-fat diet foods (all junk and chemicals), invest in high-quality veggies and organic sources of protein. 

Most people want to lose weight, and they want to do it effortlessly. There's one major problem with "effortless" weight loss: one loses hard-earned muscle mass, and the strength and metabolic advantages that accompany it. That's not something you want to do: muscles play a pivotal role in boosting our metabolism and immune system, as well as increasing bone strength and actually facilitating weight loss. How? Muscles burn 250% more calories that fat does!

The better way to measure your body is to go by the breadth of your waistline (tightness of your clothes or the hole in your belt), rather than using the scale. The reason is that muscle is 22% more dense than fat. In other words, you could theoretically have two people of the same height; they weigh the same, but one is chubby with a 38" waistline and the other is fit with a 34" waistline. The fit guy is much thinner than his flabby friend, but his muscle weighs more.

Modern fad diets lead to surrendering strategic and vital areas of the body. It's no problem to lose weight – the body is willing to surrender muscle mass with ease; that's not what we want! We want to burn fat.

So what do we do to burn fat? See my feature article, Waistline or Weight?, in this week's new issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.

Also featured this week:

Rabbi Shalom Arush - Sensitive to Others

Rabbi Nissan Dovid Kivak - Why Uman?

Dr. Zev Ballen - My Way or the Highway

Racheli Reckles - Choose Life

Yehudit Channen - R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

David Ben Horin - The Curious Case of Nesha Ruther

Lori Steiner - Our True Task

Enjoy, and have a lovely new week!


The Beams Program for Beating Arthritis

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Arthritis sufferers - with Hashem's everloving grace, here's great news: You can beat the rap of arthritis without doctors, without pills, and with virtually no added expense.

Here's the scoop: Since a healthy soul needs a healthy body, I always incorporate recommendations for proper diet and exercise in my spiritual and emotional counseling. During the past six months, I've been in contact with three different people (24 year-old male, 58 yr. old female, 62 yr. old male), who had been suffering from severe depression on one hand, and arthritis on the other. All three have made remarkable progress. Milton (62, from Melbourne) writes:

I would never have believed it! At first (please excuse me), I thought you were crazy, rabbi. But, when you second-guessed everything I was eating, I thought "my, this man knows something." Fortunately, I no longer need steroids, and my situation is not autoimmune like the doctors said. It's a crime if you don't share your painless plan with the whole world. I'm grateful to your website, to you, and to Hashem. May you be blessed in every single way. With sincere thanks, Milton M.

With Hashem's help, you're going to be smiling too. Here's my plan - please follow the entire scheme, for it incorporates the mutual effort of body and soul:

1. From this moment on, no diet beverages or artificial sweeteners of any kind - they are direct causes of joint pain and degeneration.

2. Drastically lower - better yet, eliminate -  your intake of added salt and white sugar - they bleed the body of calcium.

3. Increase your calcium intake. Alfalfa sprouts, sardines, organic tehina, and almonds are especially high in calcium.

4. Raise your body's pH by eating less acidic foods. Alcohol and fried foods should be eliminated from your diet. Eat more vegetables. Junk food is totally taboo - they all contain trans fats, refined grains and MSG, all of which are poison for arthritis.

5. Get as much Omega3 as possible; fish and flaxseed (ground fresh, 2 teaspoons a day, added to yogurt or branflakes) are perfect for this.

6. Move over from white sugar and flour to whole wheat grains/breads and natural cane sugar.

7. Up your natural vitamin E intake - lettuce and wheat germ (2 teaspoons a day, added to yogurt or branflakes)will do the job. Unroasted sunflower seeds are also a terrific source of Vitamin E.

8. Do 5-10 minutes of light stretching and flexing exercises when you wake up and before you go to bed.

9. Walk for at least 30 (Preferably 60) minutes a day, while asking Hashem to cure you and to help you correct your soul.

10. Wash your hands 3 times consecutively as soon as you wake up in the morning.

11. Be careful to make a proper blessing before and after eating.

12. Give a coin to charity every day, then say Psalm 91. For those who seek a faster recovery, say Psalms 16, 32, 41, 42, 59, 77, 90, 105, 137, 150 (the "Tikkun Klali").

If you follow the above advice to the letter, you'll also trim out and feel younger. Go for it, it works!


An Insight into Emuna Fitness

People who don't know me often say, "Hey, you don't look like a fitness trainer! Why don't you stick to being a rabbi?"

Two answers to the above comment: First, I'm not a YouTube trainer that wants to show off my six-pack abs and flaunt what he can do but what you can't. Second, following in the tradition of our forefather Jacob who outwrestled an angel, Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel, who was both a juggler and a gymnast who could do pushups on his thumbs alone (see tractate Succoth 53a), Maimonides and many other great sages, coaching people in physical well-being is an integral part of spiritual leadership.

Emuna Fitness is harmony of body and soul. What good is a perfect figure or 21" biceps if you suffer from anxiety and depression?

In my years of athletic experience, training in all different types of sports from running to weight training to wrestling and combat arts, I went through a vicious cycle of approaching what I thought was my peak fitness, then suffering a big setback of an injury or flu. I was repeatedly burning myself out rather than building myself up. Even while learning to become a fitness trainer and health coach, most of my teachers were teaching me the same methods that didn't lead to the results I was looking for.

With Hashem's help, I came to the conclusion that true fitness is the optimum state of body-soul well-being, when physical and emotional ills disappear and a person functions at his or her best. This is opposed to the person who wins the marathon, then spends the next two weeks recuperating in the hospital. With emuna fitness, your goal is not to run the 42 kilometers, to build the massive triceps or to become the aerobic-dance queen who is so carbo-starved after her workout that she eats twice the carbs that she burned. Your goal is to feel good so that you can serve Hashem more efficiently and happily...

I came to the conclusion that emuna fitness is functional fitness. Functional fitness means that you function effectively: despite your age, you can run, walk, climb and lift as you need to. It also means that your body is free of disease and your soul and emotions are free of their diseases - worry, anger, anxiety, worry, depression, jealousy and other negative emotions.

Emuna fitness, which addresses diet, disease prevention, exercise and lifestyle, is therefore the epitome of fitness, the true holistic balance of a healthy body in perfect harmony with a healthy soul.

Enjoy this 90-second video explanation:


THE #1 WEIGHT LOSS SECRET TO LOSING WEIGHT

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How great is this pic?!

Yehuda looks like he had a great time riding on Rav Brody's shoulders, doesn't he? Rav Brody... not so much.

Just kidding. This picture made me think about the Kentucky Derby, where professional jockeys race along their merry way on some of the fastest and strongest horses in the world. I'm wondering if Yehuda sneaked in a kick to the ribs to get Rav Brody to jump around higher. Seriously. You can't believe how much he was jumping with this boy on his shoulders. Rock solid, baby. 

Not sure who I was referring to there, but whatever. The bar mitzvah was AWESOME, and I truly appreciate all of your well wishes. G-d willing our second son will be a bar mitzvah in two years, so book your plane tickets now!

Or is it three years? 

So all this eating has made me never want to see food again, at least for the next 2 hours. Which brings me to the National Enquirer-style topic of this post.

I am about to reveal to you the BEST way to supercharge your weight loss, NO MATTER WHAT YOU EAT!

Is the all caps thing getting annoying? 

This secret can be summed up in two fancy words: intermittent fasting. 

In other words: stop eating. Or don't eat. Pick any combination you like. 

Now David is on the IF kick, and I gotta tell you I find it so annoying. Because when I started doing it a year ago, he didn't want to hear about it. Because I was doing it.

But once he read more from "experts," well then, he was all too happy to jump on the bandwagon! I am personally insulted. I'm not kidding. Really.

Here are a few awesome benefits of IF:

-Low insulin levels: this helps the body get into fat-burning mode. If your insulin is high, you will store the calories you eat as fat, otherwise known as fat-storing mode. I like to call it hibernation mode, which incidentally is what I'd like to be doing right now.

-Cellular repair: Your body can rest from the constant stress of digestion and focus on fixing itself. It also removes waste material from cells.

-Gene expression: Genes are like a switch. They can be turned on and off, primarily depending on environmental factors, not genetic factors as most people believe. So, if you stop stuffing your face for two minutes, your body can focus on turning on the good genes and fixing the Incredible Hulk mutant evil GMO Monsanto genes. This can help you live longer and reduce disease.

Getting healthy is all nice and all (sorry for the redundancy,) but let's talk about the most important benefit: losing weight.  

IF helps increase the body's breakdown of fat and raises your metabolism, which helps you burn even more calories when you eat. If you do it right, you will supercharge your weight loss and have tons of energy.

I suggest you read up on my favorite website about it, dietdoctor.com. In the meantime, here are a few tips to get you started:

Start out with 16 hours on, 8 hours off. Meaning, 16 hours you can eat, 8 hours you fast. That should be pretty easy considering you can schedule those 8 hours during sleep. 

Then move to 12 on, 12 off. If you feel comfortable with that, do 16 off, 8 on. And finally, you can do a full 24 hour fast once in a while. Some do once a month, others do up to once a week. The crazies do 3, 4, even 7 day fasts. Seriously?! I ain't recommending that! 

Here's the thing: while you're in your eating window, eat until you're satisfied. But! Even though I said you can still lose weight while eating what you want, don't stuff yourself with garbage!

Eat healthy fats, limit the dairy, limit the sugar, and keep the carbs down to below 100 grams a day. Below 50 grams will make your tummy go bye-bye in no time! You can read more specifics on the dietdoctor site. 

During your fast, you can drink black coffee, tea, and please drink plenty of water! If you must, you can add a splash of milk to your coffee. 

IF is excellent for everyone, including people who have plateaued in their weight loss. This will get your fat-burning engine out of neutral and into high gear! I know, that was so cheesy. Sorry.

HOWEVER! There are people who should NOT do IF. Please refer to the website to find out if you're one of those people. I don't want to have to say I told you so, even though I LOVE saying those words. They're probably my favorite words in the whole world, right along with "I was RIGHT!" I guess they're kind of the same thing, huh. 

Try it for two weeks and let me know how you're doing! Send me a pic of you holding someone else's pants or skirt that's like 10 sizes too big to make it look like you lost a bunch of weight. I LOVE those pics! 

Oh, and I just thought of a spiritual benefit to IF. It helps you take control over your desire to eat. It's not easy to willingly not eat, especially when you really want to eat. You'll see that as you do this longer, you will actually have less of a desire to eat, which is a great thing - both spiritually and physically.

Please send all donations to my "Post Bar Mitzvah Urgent Vacation" Fund. I'm talking URGENT!

Have a wonderful, almost food-free day! AND I APOLOGIZE FOR THE ANNOYING ALL CAPS.

~Racheli