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  • What NOT To Drink August 14, 2017

     

    I was at a prominent place of business the other day. As I sat waiting my turn, I noticed that the young woman about to wait on me was drinking a very, very large plastic cup of Soda Pop.

    It was all I could do to keep my opinion to myself!

    Well, I did…but not for long! Here I am, I have to speak! I have to tell folks how harmful soda is for them!

    I know, how can it be bad, it’s just a bit of sugar and carbonated water. Right. Not right. Today soda is made with so many genetically altered or synthetically made ingredients that it’s hard to keep track.

    Citric acid for instance; just something that comes from fruit, right? No, it’s a synthetically made form of ascorbic acid. And synthetic is toxic to the body. Citric acid is cheaper. Oh, and High Fructose Corn syrup…try to find a soda without it! Health experts say that if they had to choose one item to warn the public never to consume, they would choose High Fructose Corn Syrup as that item.

    Carmel Color…a major carcinogen, Phosphoric acid, and a raft of other chemicals that are a cauldron of disease in the making!
    For a deeper look at the effects that Soda Pop has on the human race, let’s get some expert facts from:

    Mark Hyman M.D.

    “Sugar in any form causes obesity and disease when consumed in large doses. When one 20 ounce High Fructose Corn (HFCS) sweetened soda, sports drink, or tea has 17 teaspoons of sugar (and the average teenager often consumes two drinks a day) we are conducting a largely uncontrolled experiment on the human species. Our ancestors consumed the equivalent of 20 teaspoons per year, not per day.

    High Fructose Corn Sweetener is the first ingredient that needs to be discussed

    HFCS and cane sugar are NOT biochemically identical or processed the same way by the body. High fructose corn syrup is an industrial food product and far from “natural” or a naturally occurring substance. It is extracted from corn stalks through a process so secret that Archer Daniels Midland and Carghill would not allow the investigative journalist Michael Pollan to observe it for his book The Omnivore’s Dilemma. The sugars are extracted through a chemical enzymatic process resulting in a chemically and biologically novel compound called HFCS. Some basic biochemistry will help you understand this. Regular cane sugar (sucrose) is made of two-sugar molecules bound tightly together– glucose and fructose in equal amounts. The enzymes in your digestive tract must break down the sucrose into glucose and fructose, which are then absorbed into the body. HFCS also consists of glucose and fructose, not in a 50-50 ratio, but a 55-45 fructose to glucose ratio in an unbound form. Fructose is sweeter than glucose. And HFCS is cheaper than sugar because of the government farm bill corn subsidies. Products with HFCS are sweeter and cheaper than products made with cane sugar. This allowed for the average soda size to balloon from 8 ounces to 20 ounces with little financial costs to manufacturers but great human costs of increased obesity, diabetes, and chronic disease. Now back to biochemistry. Since there is there is no chemical bond between them, no digestion is required so they are more rapidly absorbed into your blood stream. Fructose goes right to the liver and triggers lipogenesis (the production of fats like triglycerides and cholesterol) therefore it is the major cause of liver damage in this country and causes a condition called “fatty liver” which affects 70 million people. The rapidly absorbed glucose triggers big spikes in insulin–our body’s major fat storage hormone. Both these features of HFCS lead to increased metabolic disturbances that drive increases in appetite, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and more. But there was one more thing I learned during lunch with Dr. Bruce Ames. Research done by his group at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute found that free fructose from HFCS requires more energy to be absorbed by the gut and soaks up two phosphorous molecules from ATP (our body’s energy source).

    This depletes the energy fuel source, or ATP, in our gut required to maintain the integrity of our intestinal lining. Little “tight junctions” cement each intestinal cell together preventing food and bacteria from “leaking” across the intestinal membrane and triggering an immune reaction and body wide inflammation.

    High doses of free fructose have been proven to literally punch holes in the intestinal lining allowing nasty byproducts of toxic gut bacteria and partially digested food proteins to enter your blood stream and trigger the inflammation that we know is at the root of obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, dementia, and accelerated aging. Naturally occurring fructose in fruit is part of a complex of nutrients and fiber that doesn’t exhibit the same biological effects as the free high fructose doses found in “corn sugar”.

    HFCS contains contaminants including mercury that are not regulated or measured by the FDA. An FDA researcher asked corn producers to ship a barrel of high fructose corn syrup to test for contaminants. Her repeated requests were refused until she claimed she represented a newly created soft drink company. She was then promptly shipped a big vat of HFCS that was used as part of the study that showed that HFCS often contains toxic levels of mercury because of chlor-alkali products used in its manufacturing. (i) Poisoned sugar is certainly not “natural”. When HFCS is run through a chemical analyzer or a chromatograph, strange chemical peaks show up that are not glucose or fructose. What are they? Who knows? This certainly calls into question the purity of this processed form of super sugar. The exact nature, effects, and toxicity of these funny compounds have not been fully explained, but shouldn’t we be protected from the presence of untested chemical compounds in our food supply, especially when the contaminated food product comprises up to 15-20 percent of the average American’s daily calorie intake? Independent medical and nutrition experts DO NOT support the use of HFCS in our diet, despite the assertions of the corn industry. The corn industry’s happy looking websites www.cornsugar.com and www.sweetsurprise.com bolster their position that cane sugar and corn sugar are the same by quoting experts, or should we say misquoting … Barry M. Popkin, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has published widely on the dangers of sugar-sweetened drinks and their contribution to the obesity epidemic. In a review of HFCS in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, (ii)he explains the mechanism by which the free fructose may contribute to obesity. He states that: “The digestion, absorption, and metabolism of fructose differ from those of glucose. Hepatic metabolism of fructose favors de novo lipogenesis (production of fat in the liver). In addition, unlike glucose, fructose does not stimulate insulin secretion or enhance leptin production. Because insulin and leptin act as key afferent signals in the regulation of food intake and body weight (to control appetite), this suggests that dietary fructose may contribute to increased energy intake and weight gain. Furthermore, calorically sweetened beverages may enhance caloric over-consumption. “He states that HFCS is absorbed more rapidly than regular sugar and that it doesn’t stimulate insulin or leptin production. This prevents you from triggering the body’s signals for being full and may lead to over-consumption of total calories. He concludes by saying that: “… the increase in consumption of HFCS has a temporal relation to the epidemic of obesity, and the overconsumption of HFCS in calorically sweetened beverages may play a role in the epidemic of obesity. “The corn industry takes his comments out of context to support their position. “All sugar you eat is the same.”

    Here are also some facts from: RodalesOrganicLife.com

    Weird Fat In Weird Places
    “Researchers have discovered that drinking non-diet soda leads to dramatic increases in fat buildup around your liver and your skeletal muscles, both of which can contribute to insulin resistance and diabetes. The study revealed that people who drank a regular soda every day for six months saw a 132 to 142 percent increase in liver fat, a 117 to 221 percent jump in skeletal fat, and about a 30 percent increase in both triglyceride blood fats and other organ fat. (Here are the 13 best foods to eat for a healthy liver.) Their consumption also led to an 11 percent increase in cholesterol, compared with the people who drank other beverages such as water or milk.

    Caramel Cancer-Causers
    In 2011, the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to ban the artificial caramel coloring used to make Coke, Pepsi, and other colas brown. The reason: Two contaminants in the coloring, 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole, have been found to cause cancer in animals, a threat the group says is unnecessary, considering that the coloring is purely cosmetic. According to California’s strict Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer, just 16 micrograms per person per day of 4-methylimidazole is enough to pose a cancer threat, and most popular brown colas, both diet and regular, contain 200 micrograms per 20-ounce bottle.

    Accelerated Aging
    Diet or regular, all colas contain phosphates, or phosphoric acid, a weak acid that gives colas their tangy flavor and improves their shelf life. Although it exists in many whole foods, such as meat, dairy, and nuts, too much phosphoric acid can lead to heart and kidney problems, muscle loss, and osteoporosis, and one study suggests it could trigger accelerated aging. (Here are the top 10 anti-aging superfoods your skin wants you to eat.) The study, published in FASEB Journal, found that the excessive phosphate levels found in sodas caused lab rats to die a full five weeks earlier than the rats whose diets had more normal phosphate levels–a disturbing trend considering that soda manufacturers have been increasing the levels of phosphoric acid in their products over the past few decades.

    Water Pollution
    The artificial sweeteners used in diet sodas don’t break down in our bodies, nor do wastewater-treatment plants catch them before they enter waterways, researchers have found. In 2009, Swiss scientists tested water samples from wastewater-treatment plants, rivers and lakes in Switzerland and detected levels of acesulfame K, sucralose, and saccharin, all of which are, or have been, used in diet sodas. A recent test of 19 municipal water supplies in the U.S. revealed the presence of sucralose in every one. It’s not clear yet what these low levels are doing to people, but past research has found that sucralose in rivers and lakes interferes with some organisms’ feeding habits.

    Mountain Dew Mind
    Dentists have a name for the condition they see in kids who drink too much Mountain Dew. They wind up with a “Mountain Dew Mouth,” full of cavities caused by the drink’s excessive sugar levels. “Mountain Dew Mind” may be the next medical condition that gets named after the stuff. An ingredient called brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, added to prevent the flavoring from separating from the drink, is an industrial chemical used as a flame retardant in plastics. Also found in other citrus-based soft drinks and sports drinks, the chemical has been known to cause memory loss and nerve disorders when consumed in large quantities. Researchers also suspect that, like brominated flame retardants used in furniture foam, the chemical builds up in body fat, possibly causing behavioral problems, infertility, and lesions on heart muscles over time.

    Whacked-Out Hormones
    It’s not just the soda that’s causing all the problems. Nearly all aluminum soda cans are lined with an epoxy resin called bisphenol A (BPA), used to keep the acids in soda from reacting with the metal. BPA is known to interfere with hormones, and has been linked to everything from infertility to obesity and diabetes and some forms of reproductive cancers.

    Unknown Effects Of GMOs
    Take a look at the ingredients list for any soda and chances are most of those ingredients are derived from corn. As much as 88 percent of the corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified to resist toxic pesticides or engineered to create pesticides within the plant itself. Thanks to lax government safety regulations, and tight corporate control over who gets to test these proprietary seeds, there are no human studies that can prove or disprove whether these crops are safe.”

     

    Please keep your family’s health in mind, everything we put into our bodies, whether food or drink, can affect us.

     

     

  • Healthful Advice – The Wonderful Benefits of Organic Oatmeal June 28, 2017

    The subject of Oatmeal is very fun for me. When I was a young mother, my son presented me with a small booklet that he had made; It was titled: Mother

    In this adorable little book that had page after page of things that he loved and knew well about me, his mother. He wrote about events, memories and he even went so far as to mention my favorite food. Now, you must remember that my son was six years old, and as you know, children learn from what they see, not what they’re told…so according to my son, my favorite food was: OATMEAL!

    From the mouths of Babes. Am I a blessed Mommy, or what?
    I must be doing something right! Because Oatmeal (And I will only eat and feed my family, Organic Oatmeal) Is naturally high in protein and rich in fiber and many essential minerals. It is an excellent food to regulate bowel function without cramps or aggravation.

    My son must have thought it was my favorite food, because we ate it every morning for breakfast. I always feel so good when I eat oatmeal and it is one of the few foods that will curtail my craving for protein.

    My family and I actually had a granola business back in the day, because I was so determined to spread the great taste and nutritious aspects of Oatmeal….then homeschooling kind of filled my time and the Granola Business was put on the back burner.

    At this time, I would like to remind people of the wonderful Health Benefits of Organic Oatmeal! Delicious, Nutritious, Convenient, Quick and Easy Meal, may be eaten raw, (yes, kids especially love to chew on the flakes of Old Fashion Rolled Oats) Soaked over-night and Cooked in the morning is the healthiest way to eat Oatmeal, as it breaks down natural inhibitors contained in all seeds and grains. But even if the Oats aren’t soaked, they are still delicious and nutritious when cooked and may be sweetened with a touch of stevia, honey or pure maple syrup, fresh fruit, nuts or just eaten plain.

    Always naturally Gluten Free, studies show that Oats are rich in a specific type of Fiber known as beta-glucan. This has been known to lower cholesterol up to 23%, on as little as 3 dry grams daily. The American Journal of Nutrition also has much to say about Oats and their effect on the entire cardio system and digestive system, as well as lowering Cholesterol levels.  The Journal goes on to say, that when vitamin C is added to the diet along with Oats, the Oat phenol interacts synergistically to benefit the lowering of LDL, while boosting HDL, the good cholesterol and even boosts the immune system.

    Oatmeal boasts: Protein 14%, Fiber 17%, Manganese 96%, Molybdenum 64%, Phosphorus 29%, Copper 27%, Biotin 26%, Magnesium 17%, Chromium 15%, and Zinc 14%.

    So, May I suggest; we all get back to the basics of simple and delicious, Organic Oatmeal?

    May God Bless You and Yours,

    Sue Meyer

  • MSG – The Silent Killer March 31, 2017

    When I was a little girl, I had a very favorite product. I can remember the first time I ever had Doritos chips. We were at my dad’s friend’s house to watch a football game and they brought out these delicious snacks. Even then, in the late 60’s, Doritos’ had the best snacks!

    At one point they felt it necessary to add a product that would ultimately change Americans lives.

    Again, a party well over a decade ago, I said, “oh my goodness! I love this new flavor!” “It’s not a new flavor, mom…it now has MSG.”

    “What is MSG, I asked?” What does it do to us? The more I find out, the more I fear for our children. When you find out what they are allowing the American people to call food…the more afraid you will be as well. These foods are only available in America. Other countries DO NOT allow these additives in their foods. Why do we?

    In my opinion, this is a moral dilemma and should be called so. People are essentially very trusting, and have a hard time believing that if they pay money for something to eat, that it will harm them.

    WAKE UP AMERICA! The almighty dollar has spoken!

    They find that if they can make something taste good enough, you won’t care if it harms you…just this once. Right?

    MSG is an isolated un-essential amino acid. It has been used by the Asians for decades. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given MSG its generally recognized as safe (GRAS) designation. MSG a naturally occurring amino acid is not dangerous, but when it is isolated or manufactured, we have an entirely different scenario.

    Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is now a processed food and pharmaceutical additive. This manufactured additive is an extremely dangerous neurotoxin (excitotoxin) that kills brain cells in the hypothalamus and has been linked to conditions such as: migraines, seizures, ADD/ADHD, heart palpitations, and is linked to obesity and disorders associated with metabolic syndrome, including progressive liver disease.

    There are many hidden names for MSG on product labels.

    Names of ingredients that always contain processed free glutamic acid: (7)

    • Glutamic Acid (E 620)
    • Glutamate (E 620)
    • Monosodium Glutamate (E 621)
    • Monopotassium Glutamate (E 622)
    • Calcium Glutamate (E 623)
    • Monoammonium Glutamate (E 624)
    • Magnesium Glutamate (E 625)
    • Natrium Glutamate
    • Yeast Extract
    • Anything “hydrolyzed”
    • Any “hydrolyzed protein”
    • Calcium Caseinate
    • Sodium Caseinate
    • Yeast Food
    • Yeast Nutrient
    • Autolyzed Yeast
    • Gelatin
    • Textured Protein
    • Soy Protein
    • Soy Protein Concentrate
    • Soy Protein Isolate
    • Whey Protein
    • Whey Protein Concentrate
    • Whey Protein Isolate
    • Anything “…protein”
    • Vetsin
    • Ajinomoto

    Why MSG is so Dangerous?

    Check out this great article by Dr. Mercola  for more great information on the dangers of MSG.  MSG: Is This Silent Killer Lurking In Your Kitchen Cabinets.  Below are some of the key points in the article.

    “One of the best overviews of the very real dangers of MSG comes from Dr. Russell Blaylock, a board-certified neurosurgeon and author of “Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills.” In it he explains that MSG is an excitotoxin, which means it overexcites your cells to the point of damage or death, causing brain damage to varying degrees — and potentially even triggering or worsening learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease and more.

    Part of the problem is that free glutamic acid is the same neurotransmitter that your brain, nervous system, eyes, pancreas and other organs use to initiate certain processes in your body. Even the FDA states:

    “Studies have shown that the body uses glutamate, an amino acid, as a nerve impulse transmitter in the brain and that there are glutamate-responsive tissues in other parts of the body, as well.

    Abnormal function of glutamate receptors has been linked with certain neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s chorea. Injections of glutamate in laboratory animals have resulted in damage to nerve cells in the brain.”

    “Although the FDA continues to claim that consuming MSG in food does not cause these ill effects, many other experts say otherwise.

    According to Dr. Blaylock, numerous glutamate receptors have been found both within your heart’s electrical conduction system and the heart muscle itself. This can be damaging to your heart, and may even explain the sudden deaths sometimes seen among young athletes.”

    He says:

    “When an excess of food-borne excitotoxins, such as MSG, hydrolyzed protein soy protein isolate and concentrate, natural flavoring, sodium caseinate and aspartate from aspartame, are consumed, these glutamate receptors are over-stimulated, producing cardiac arrhythmias.

    When magnesium stores are low, as we see in athletes, the glutamate receptors are so sensitive that even low levels of these excitotoxins can result in cardiac arrhythmias and death.”

    “Many other adverse effects have also been linked to regular consumption of MSG, including:

    • Obesity
    • Eye damage
    • Headaches
    • Fatigue and disorientation
    • Depression

    Further, even the FDA admits that “short-term reactions” known as MSG Symptom Complex can occur in certain groups of people, namely those who have eaten “large doses” of MSG or those who have asthma.7

    “According to the FDA, MSG Symptom Complex can involve symptoms such as:

    • Numbness
    • Burning sensation
    • Tingling
    • Facial pressure or tightness
    • Chest pain or difficulty breathing
    • Headache
    • Nausea
    • Rapid heartbeat
    • Drowsiness
    • Weakness

    No one knows for sure just how many people may be “sensitive” to MSG, but studies from the 1970s suggested that 25 percent to 30 percent of the U.S. population was intolerant of MSG — at levels then found in food. Since the use of MSG has expanded dramatically since that time, it’s been estimated that up to 40 percent of the population may be impacted.”

    Go here to read more about the dangers of MSG in this Article by Dr. Mercola

    How to Determine if MSG is in Your Food

    According to the article by Dr. Mercola, “Food manufacturers are not stupid…(most have) tried to hide the fact that MSG is an ingredient. How do they do this? By using names that you would never associate with MSG.

    You see, it’s required by the FDA that food manufacturers list the ingredient “monosodium glutamate” on food labels, but they do not have to label ingredients that contain free glutamic acid, even though it’s the main component of MSG. There are over 40 labeled ingredients that contain glutamic acid,9 but you’d never know it just from their names alone. Further, in some foods glutamic acid is formed during processing and, again, food labels give you no way of knowing for sure.”

    Hidden names for MSG and free glutamic acid:

    Names of ingredients that always contain processed free glutamic acid: (7)

    • Glutamic Acid (E 620)
    • Glutamate (E 620)
    • Monosodium Glutamate (E 621)
    • Monopotassium Glutamate (E 622)
    • Calcium Glutamate (E 623)
    • Monoammonium Glutamate (E 624)
    • Magnesium Glutamate (E 625)
    • Natrium Glutamate
    • Yeast Extract
    • Anything “hydrolyzed”
    • Any “hydrolyzed protein”
    • Calcium Caseinate
    • Sodium Caseinate
    • Yeast Food
    • Yeast Nutrient
    • Autolyzed Yeast
    • Gelatin
    • Textured Protein
    • Soy Protein
    • Soy Protein Concentrate
    • Soy Protein Isolate
    • Whey Protein
    • Whey Protein Concentrate
    • Whey Protein Isolate
    • Anything “…protein”
    • Vetsin
    • Ajinomoto
    At The Outpost Mercantile, we take Health very seriously and we read the labels for you: You can be assured there is No MSG in our Store.

    May God Bless You and Yours,

    Sue Meyer

  • Benefits of Using Epsom Salt January 26, 2017

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    Epsom Salt, Plain O’l Epsom Salt… the stuff our grandmothers were always making us soak our feet in for every stub, splinter, cut and nail hole! I was convinced that it was a ploy to get us to sit still long enough so that the bandages could be gathered and the decision of which wonderful treat to give, could be made! In reality, the medical benefits are what’s really unbelievable.

    Epsom Salt: aka: Magnesium Sulphate, is awesome as a foot or bath soak. It may help to relieve sore muscles, draw out splinters, and to ease the pain of sprains and bruises.

    It is used intravenously (through an IV) to control seizures in pregnant women and certain children. It can be used to treat a dangerous arrhythmia, lower high blood pressure, slow down contractions during labor, and treat other conditions. It has been used as a painless cathartic during times of illness or other need. Everyone should know about the benefits of this wonderful natural mineral.

    Don’t discount the everyday uses that your family can glean by having this mineral handy.

    When taking my Naturopath classes, I was quite surprised as to the importance that was attached to the magnesium sulphate tubs for good health. These mineral baths taken (without soap, which can interrupt the uptake of nutrients) are one of the best ways for the body to absorb the exact amount of magnesium that it needs. Not too much, not too little! The body is “smart” when given the chance, only as much as it needs, it will never absorb more than it needs.

    Magnesium is an essential mineral, needed for proper calcium uptake. Without it, our body cannot use the calcium we are taking in; leaving us with cramps, twitching and even convulsions. So, indulge, take one or two baths a week in 1 to 2 cups of Epsom Salt and absorb the Magnesium that your body needs! I’m often asked if there is a difference in Epsom Salts. The answer is yes, Some are heavier than others per volume, because some salts are over processed. Other than that it is the same, it is plain o’l Magnesium Sulphate.

    Sue Meyer

    Stop by The Outpost Mercantile to pick up some Epsom Salt, or try our Epsom Salt Bath Soaks, scented with essential oils.

     

     

  • 2nd Annual Outpost Bicycle Scavenger Hunt and Open House September 4, 2016

    Join us for our 2nd Annual Bicycle Scavenger Hunt and 2nd Year Anniversary Open House!

     

    Saturday, September 24th, beginning at 9am

     

    Scavenger Hunt 2016

    You can now register online for the Scavenger Hunt.

    Early Bird registration ends on September 10th. 

     

    With your Early bird registration you will receive (up to) 3 member t-shirts and 3 Outpost Stainless steel water bottles.

    This is a Fun Team/Family event.  A team should consist of at least 2 members; but may include as many as you would like.  You will work together to find a variety of items listed in your clues as you bike along the Lake Wobegon Trail to West Union and back.

    Many fun prizes awarded!  Including prizes for the oldest participant, the youngest, the first to finish, and the last!  Hope to see you soon!

    Go here to register!

     

  • Food For Your Health Podcast July 15, 2016

    Let’s Talk! Join Sue Meyer, co-owner of The Outpost Mercantile, in this Podcast as she discusses the importance of nutritious food and your health.  Providing quality food for their family is part of the inspiration behind opening The Outpost Mercantile.

    The Meyers hope to provide others with the same quality food that they use to nourish their own family at prices a family can afford.  Listen to this podcast to learn more about the importance of choosing food from good sources and how it has a direct impact on your health.

    To Listen, visit:  http://ultimateradioshow.com/food-for-health/

    Food for your health Podcast

     

  • Bike Scavenger Hunt on Lake Wobegon Trail a success!! September 29, 2015

    We had a great time with the bike scavenger hunt! Several large families made the entire trip to West Union and back, even little kids to 4 years old made the trip. They searched for the educational and “just-for-fun” clues. After about a 4 to 4-1/2 round trip in gorgeous weather, they returned with sweaty faces, smiles, and giggles.

  • Class in Illinois August 10, 2015

    Sue was in Illinois this weekend hosting a homeopathic training seminar. Great success! Go to www.homeopathyformommies.com to read more.