10 Health Myths

Here are ten health myths and what is wrong with them.

Myth #1: Saturated Fat is Bad
The fact is that saturated fats are a necessary part of a healthy diet. The issue is the ratio of saturated fats to omega three fats. People eat too much saturated fats and not enough fish, the main source of omega three fatty acids.

Myth #2: You Can Get Omega Three Fats From Plant Sources
Strictly speaking, this is true. However, the omega threes that come from plants aren’t the right kind. Alpha-linolenic acid is the primary omega-3 found in plant sources like flax seeds. Most of it is burned for energy. Fish oils have EPA and DHA. DHA is very important for developing fetuses and the eyes. It is also essential for brain structure and health — it has been shown to protect against Alzheimer’s and other brain issues associated with aging. You just don’t get EPA and DHA from plant source omega-3s, or at best very little.

Myth #3: Coconut Oil is Bad for You
Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids that are antimicrobial. That is, it kills off viruses, bacteria and fungus. It is a saturated fatty acid, so you do need to have enough omega three fats for the right balance.

Myth #4: There is a “Good” Cholesterol and a “Bad” Cholesterol
Ah, the big “cholesterol is bad” myth. Cholesterol has many purposes. It is a transporter of fats, it helps in the digestion of fats, it makes up hormones especially sex hormones — you wouldn’t be interested in sex if it weren’t for cholesterol!

One of cholesterol’s jobs is as a transporter of fats. Low density lipoproteins, the “bad” cholesterol moves fats from the liver to the tissues which need the fats — where it can make those wonderful sex hormones. High density lipoproteins, the “good” cholesterol transports fats to the liver for processing.

The most famous study ever done on cholesterol, the Framingham Heart Study study, found absolutely no one-to-one relationship of cholesterol levels to coronary heart disease. The real culprit was found to be homocysteine which causes cholesterol to deposit on artery walls.

Myth #5: Menopause Symptoms are Normal
While menopause symptoms are common, they are not normal. Most women experience these symptoms because of a diet rich in sugar and other refined carbohydrates which weakens the adrenals and their ability to produce hormones. See my article “30 symptoms of adrenal fatigue” for details.

Myth #6: PMS Symptoms are Normal
Same issue as menopause symptoms. More information in “30 symptoms of adrenal fatigue.”

Myth #7: Honey is Okay
Sorry, sugar is sugar whatever form it comes in. It metabolizes the same way in the body as white sugar. This includes maple syrup, fruit juice, dried fruit, sweet fruits like oranges and red apples and just about anything else you can think of. The only sweeteners that aren’t so bad are alcohol sugars like xylotol though too much can cause gastrointestinal issues. Stevia is the only one that one hundred percent OK.

Note: all artificial sweeteners are chemicals. All have been shown to cause serious problems. And, the latest research shows that artificial sweeteners actually cause you to eat more and thus gain weight.

Myth #8: Whole Wheat Bread is Good for You
Whole wheat bread has a glycemic index of 80. That means that is causes a spike in blood sugar to which the body responds with a spike in insulin. High insulin levels is the main cause of the major conditions that we see all to much of today. Ground up grains quickly convert to sugar too fast.

Myth #9: Germs are to be Completely Avoided
More and more reports are coming out saying that the antimicrobial soaps we are using are causing many problems. Not only environmental, but in that we are too clean. The immune system needs to be exposed to microbes in order to be activated. Children that are kept too clean have been found to develop serious conditions later in life. And, it turns out that regular soap kills germs just as well as antimicrobial soaps.

Myth #10: Exercise is Essential to Weight Loss
Got your attention on this one didn’t I? Exercise makes you eat more. Just like sweating makes you thirsty, burning off calories will make you hungry. And, there are many undesirable biochemical reactions that happen with strenuous exercise. After a workout the body wants to replenish what was burned off.

There was a great study done by Danish researchers where they trained non-athletes to run a marathon. At the end of eighteen months the eighteen men in the study lost an average of five pounds of body fat. The nine women had no change.

Also consider that a 250 pound man climbing a flight of stairs expends three calories. That’s a quarter teaspoon of sugar, or a hundredth of an ounce of butter. He would have to climb twenty flights of stairs to rid himself of one slice of bread!

Weight gain and weight loss involves a complex of diverse biochemical reactions. The action of insulin is one of the main ones. Hormones like estrogen and lipoprotein lipase contribute significantly. There is also toxicity, heredity, what foods are being consumed and more to consider.

Note: Exercise is good for you, the evidence is undeniable. By itself though, it just won’t do much to help you lose weight. The benefits of exercise are undeniable, just don’t expect it to help you lose weight, unless you restrict calories.

Conclusion
Science has cleared up these and many other myths, but people continue to believe in them and live their lives as though they were true. Many come about because of poor science, that is, scientists often only looked at part of the story. Some heath myths were even started by politicians! Consequently, there are plenty more health related myths out there ready to be to debunked.

Meet the Author

Hello and welcome to my blog! There are several reasons I decided to start writing a blog on natural self-healing. The main thing I want to do is to share information on health and healing so that people can take action to heal themselves using natural techniques. I have met so many people who couldn't afford natural health care. They may have had health insurance, but they didn't trust that model. Many people want to know how to be healthy naturally. They want to know what really works and what doesn't. They want to be health conscious and often fail because of poor information, lack of knowledge, bad science and other factors. This blog is intended to help demystify the body and its various functions and to help people understand what is really needed to obtain optimum health. One of the great things about knowledge of the body is that once you know and understand how it works it becomes easy to know what the right things to do for it. And, it is much easier to do the right things when the consequences of the wrong things are fully understood. To do this I will be drawing from the knowledge of many people that I have learned from. I will talk about biochemistry relating that to what is needed to obtain optimum health. There will be information about the physical structure of the body and how to keep that aligned and functioning well. A major part of yoga has to do with health, so information about yogic techniques will be included. Mental and emotional health are important for the health of the body/mind, so articles about these topics will be included. And, there will be an occasional article about me and what I am up to. Hopefully I can relate that back to some health issue as well. The title Self Adjusting Technique comes from my technique for self-adjusting the structural part of the body, that is adjusting the body's various vertebrae and joints. For this blog it will include the idea of how to adjust health issues for yourself and those you care about. With a little knowledge there is a lot people can do to help heal themselves and stay healthy. I want to explain complex information about the body in a way that is easy to understand and useful. The comments section will help in that goal as people can ask for clarification if there is something they don't understand. And maybe we can get some helpful input from people smarter than me that will benefit us all. I hope you find information that can help you with your health issues. Kalidasa

4 comments… add one
  • Alex Schoenfeldt May 17, 2008, 9:35 am

    I’m really enjoying your blog. Lot of easy to understand and helpful information. May I be so bold as to make a small layout suggestion?

    I’d put the link for comments at the bottom.

    Thanks again for the great info. I look forward to more

  • Kalidasa May 19, 2008, 5:56 am

    Thanks Alex,

    I will be posting more articles soon. I’ve been busy with a book that will be out soon.

  • Alan Aug 30, 2008, 3:30 pm

    I disagree when you basically say all sugar is basically the same and all sugar is bad for you. First, all sugar is not basically the same, the refined white sugar that most people thing of when the word sugar is mentioned is vastly different in its affects on the body the sugar contained in an apple.

    Refined white sugar is a poison, and an anti-mineral, and anti-vitamin. By this I mean simply eating a teaspoon of refined white sugar damages the body by depleting vitamins and minerals. Eating an apple (especially if it’s organic — soil depletion is a whole other topic) is adding to the health of the body in the form of fiber, vitamins and minerals. To associate the two forms of sugar — because most people have some sort of sugar metabolism problem probably cause by refined sugar to begin with — is a crime.

    Yes, there are similarities (because all sugar metabolizes the same), but the similarities are not a problem, if you are not eating excessive amount of sugar and your sugar metabolism is balanced and healthy. It’s very hard to eat an excessive amount of sugar, if your only source was a healthy one like fresh organic fruit. And if your sugar metabolism is off, the negative affects on your health and body will not be the same if you eat one organic apple versus one teaspoon of white sugar. And of course, everybody’s body is different and we should all be listening to what our bodies say after we ingest any food.

  • Kalidasa Aug 30, 2008, 3:48 pm

    I agree with what you are saying. I was talking about how people think that some sugars are okay to eat like honey. These sugars cause the same biochemical madness that white sugar causes. I’m not sure about depleting minerals as many natural sugars are loaded with good things too.

    And, sweet fruits can have a similar effect on the biochemistry. Eating them after a wholesome meal or having them with some form of fat will mitigate this. And, dried fruit and fruit juice is concentrated sugar no mater what else might be good about it.

    Lastly, there are new studies that show that artificial sweeteners like saccharin leaves you craving the calories the body was promised: http://selfadjustingtechnique.com/artificial-sweeteners-dont-reduce-calories
    The same effect may happen with xylotol and stevia too. I’d love to see a study done with them.

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