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Fat Is Important for Our Health but It Must Be the Right Kind

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Most people realize Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens was one of the most influential artists of baroque tradition. Yet when they look at his paintings of unclothed women they are likely to see “fat.” Fat bodies have become so associated with lack of health and lack of self-control that the myths have become separated from the truth. Let’s make an effort to separate them.

First, dietary fat serves many important functions and is good for the body when the right fat is consumed. Secondly, having excessive adipose tissue — body fat — does not denote that a person lacks self-control or will power, but is the result of an inappropriate diet. Homo sapiens evolved with a “famine reflex” that caused metabolic changes to conserve fat and ensured survival when food was scarce.

The women depicted in Rubens’ paintings were probably fairly healthy because they lived before the damaging fats of today had come into existence. They lived before industrial vegetable oils and seed oils became the norm in most processed food, and before our intake of processed omega-6 linoleic acid doubled or tripled, while our intake of omega-3s from plants and marine animals fell tenfold.

Luckily, we can eat in a way to avoid these damaging trends. The key is to reduce your omega-6 intake and to consume undamaged, unprocessed omega-6 in the form of plant seeds and tree nuts, not vegetable oils, while simultaneously increasing your omega-3 intake, especially marine-based omega-3. As a general recommendation, aim for 3 to 4 grams of omega-3 EPA and DHA, and 1 to 2 grams of whole food-based omega-6 linoleic acid per day.

Humans Have Evolution to Thank for Their Tendency to Store Fat

Humans have greater fat stores than most other mammals and there are several reasons for this, say evolutionary experts in a film done for Slate.1 First, early man had to find shelter and colonize in hostile environments such as caves that were cold and areas beset with predators.

Secondly, unlike other mammals whose offspring reach maturity quickly, human children have very long childhoods. A human child is essentially helpless for many years.

Evolutionary experts think the ability for women to store fat stems from their likely need to care for and nurse several helpless children at once, even when food sources were scarce. A woman living in prehistoric times might well have had a newborn baby, a 2-year-old, a 4-year-old and other young children with no assurance that food would be forthcoming anytime soon.

The Famine Reflex Also Explains the Tendency to Store Fat

Many thin or normal weight people are judgmental about the plight of their more rotund peers. “Why don’t they just lose weight?” they ask. But the truth is, it is no easier for a fat person to lose weight than a thin person.

The famine reflex, also called the starvation response, is a set of adaptive biochemical and physiological changes that reduce human and other animals’ metabolism in response to a lack of food.

Ordinarily, during short periods of a food shortage, to provide the brain the glucose it requires, humans will burn free fatty acids from their body fat stores and even small amounts of muscle tissue.

However, after long periods of food shortages and starvation, this changes. After we begin losing weight, our body will revert to our ancestral fast-and-famine need to conserve energy and our metabolism will slow to accommodate for the reduction in calories.2 While this may have protected our ancestors, it can make losing weight difficult and even impossible for some people. This is how Livestrong describes the phenomenon:3

“Your body is equipped with its own starvation defense mechanism, which has evolved over millions of years to protect you during times when food was scarce — a problem most people don’t have today.

When you take in too few calories to support activity and normal physiological functioning, your body adapts by reducing the amount of energy it uses to accomplish tasks. Your body may also turn to lean muscle mass for energy in order to conserve its valuable fat stores, just in case it doesn’t receive more food anytime soon.”

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There Was No Diabetes in Hunter-Gatherer Days

The reason that hunter-gatherers did not become fat or develop diabetes is obvious. Until the agricultural and industrial revolutions, it was a rarity to obtain enough food to develop these conditions.

According to our evolutionary experts, if hunter-gatherers would have had access to abundant food sources as we do today, or labor saving devices, they would have acted exactly like us — and developed the same problems.4 Human biology has not changed; what has changed is our circumstances, and not for the better.

The Debut of Damaging Fats

The debut of damaging dietary fats can be traced to the invention of the cotton gin in the late 1700s in the United States. While the production of cotton greatly increased thanks to the gin, so did the production of cottonseeds, only a small percentage of which were needed to plant new crops.5

Flash-forward to the early 1900s when a German chemist discovered if a catalyst and heat were added to a vegetable oil and the hydrogen was removed, the liquid was converted to a solid. This process was called partial hydrogenation, and its effect on modern eating habits has been huge.

The immediate commercialization of partial hydrogenation was by Procter & Gamble with the creation of Crisco in 1911. Soon, through aggressive marketing, often in defiance of actual benefits of the product, Crisco became a first choice in American homes for cooking and baking.

Sixty million pounds of Crisco were sold soon after the product debuted, and Procter & Gamble gained medical respectability by donating $1.75 million to the American Heart Association (AHA), today the leading cardiovascular group.

To this day, the AHA and the dietary guidelines for Americans recommend we consume at least 5 to 10 percent of our calories as processed omega-6 fats which, as I have often written, are among the most harmful when consumed in excess.

Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils Were an Unlikely Success Story

To understand the success of Crisco and the partially hydrogenated vegetable oils to follow (soy, canola, corn, peanut) you have to remember the particularities of the war years. First, refrigeration was not yet widespread and many households still had iceboxes, not refrigerators, making the nonperishable Crisco handy.

Secondly, households had been using lard — animal fat — for cooking and baking and lard was earmarked during the war years for the military and heavily rationed to American families. Finally, Crisco was considerably cheaper.

But producing such oils, many of which were originally industrial oils, was anything but natural. Multimillion-dollar machinery was and is required to get the oil out of the seed, and the seed has to be deodorized because it’s so toxic. When the product reaches human consumers, it is highly oxidized and damaging.

Why Are Heated Vegetable Oils Damaging?

Heated vegetable oils create harmful oxidation byproducts, especially when heated to high temperatures. More than 100 dangerous oxidation products have been found in a single piece of chicken fried in vegetable oils, says Nina Teicholz, author of “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet.”

Among the most harmful of these oxidation products are aldehydes, which are highly inflammatory and may promote heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. As early as the 1940s, says Teicholz, a number of experiments conducted on animals revealed concerning results. Animals eating heated vegetable oils not only developed cirrhosis of the liver and enlarged livers, but they would also die prematurely.

What Fats Should We Eat or Avoid?

While omega-3 fats are crucial for brain and heart health, fighting inflammation, decreasing liver fat and overall obesity, and possessing many other positive actions, the damaged omega-6 fats found in processed industrial vegetable oils may do more harm than good. You do need omega-6, but as mentioned earlier, it should be in the form of whole foods (seeds and tree nuts), not vegetable oils.

Bottles of vegetable oil on shelves have been exposed to light 24/7, which oxidizes them, and when you cook with it, the oil oxidizes even further. Moreover, the natural vitamins and minerals and antioxidants found in the coatings of whole seeds and nuts, which protect them from oxidizing in your body, are absent.

When you consume these isolated oils, even if it’s a cold-pressed omega-6, the acid in your stomach will still oxidize it and create unwanted lipid hydro peroxides and aldehydes. These components encourage inflammation and other damage in your body.

Between 1959 and 2008, the linoleic acid concentration in subcutaneous adipose tissue in Americans increased by about 136 percent,6 from 9.1 percent to 21.5 percent.

Since the half-life of linoleic acid is about two years in adipose tissue, this is a reliable marker of intake, and this rise in linoleic acid intake parallels the increase in prevalence of both obesity and diabetes, suggesting the advice to eat more vegetable oils is an unwise one.

Omega-3 Fats Make You a More Efficient Fat Burner

According to James Nicolantonio, Pharm.D, author of “The Salt Fix” and coauthor of my latest book, “Superfuel,” omega-3 fats upregulategenes that activate beta-oxidation in your liver, which means it improves your ability to burn fat. Omega-6 fats, on the other hand, are primarily used for energy. Taken from a transcript of a recent interview I did with him, he explains:7

“Your basal metabolic rate goes up, because the cell membrane is so fluid. Your ability to get amino acids and glucose in and out of the cell are better. Your inflammation goes down, so you become a better fat-burning machine.

Actually, omega-3s help synthesize protein better too. Muscle protein synthesis dramatically goes up when you consume 3 to 4 grams of omega-3s, because amino acids, again, are flying in and out of the cell way faster when they’re saturated with DHA.

Studies have shown in middle-aged adults, as well as in the elderly, consuming 3 grams of DHA increases muscle strength, increases your maximum amount that you’re able to rep. Your grip strength is improved.

This is an important fat to help prevent sarcopenia. This is a very big issue, where elderly people are not even able to carry a milk carton throughout the grocery store. Really, the omega-3s are what’s going to hopefully help prevent a lot of the sarcopenia that’s happening or muscle lost during aging.”

Why Is Linoleic Acid Damaging?

Before the omega-6 linoleic acid is even oxidized it damages the endothelium — the tissue that lines various organs and cavities of your body — as well as blood vessels and lymphatic vessels. It also causes an increase in penetration of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and very low density lipoprotein (VLDL).

Once linoleic acid is oxidized it becomes even more harmful. It produces advanced lipoxidation end-products such as aldehydes that can actually crosslink proteins and create neurofibrillary tangles that are present in cases of Alzheimer’s disease. This, in my opinion, is contributing to the epidemic of neurodegenerative diseases we are now seeing.

Fat Performs Important Actions in Your Body

Fat was once thought to have few if any functions in the human body. Now, fat cells are recognized as affecting major organs in the body from the brain and heart to major systems like those governing sexual function and blood sugar/insulin resistance.

One example of how fat signals the reproductive and sexual systems is seen in women of childbearing age and their weight. It is well documented that when young women lose too much weight through dieting, anorexia or excessive exercise, their menstrual periods cease. The periods resume when sufficient fat stores are gained.

We now know that cells must be saturated with omega-3s-related DHA, a fatty acid found in the meat of cold-water fish, to exert antiplatelet effects. The fatty acid also lowers triglycerides and creates a more buoyant LDL.

The Ketogenic and Paleolithic Diets Often Need To Be Enhanced With Specifics on Fats

Many people just summarize the ketogenic and Paleolithic diets as being simply high-fat. While that is accurate to a point, it’s really not the full picture. If you choose the wrong fats, you’re actually going to run into more problems as we have seen in this article.

In fact, damaged fats are so deleterious to the human body, there is less danger in eating processed carbohydrates. That is something to think about the next time you’re confronted with a food product made with processed vegetable oils.

As noted by DiNicolantonio in a 2016 editorial in BMJ Openheart,8 the importance of balancing your omega-6 to omega-3 ratio for the prevention and management of obesity cannot be underestimated:

“[C]alories from vegetable oils high in linoleic acid … an omega-6 fatty acid, are proinflammatory and thrombogenic, whereas calories from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and antithrombotic …

The typical Western diet now provides an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of around 16-to-1. High dietary intake of omega-6 fatty acids as occurs today leads to increases in white adipose tissue and chronic inflammation, which are the ‘hallmarks of obesity.’

Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids specifically metabolize to prostaglandins, thromboxane and leukotrienes. Prostaglandin E2 from arachidonic acid leads to differentiation and proliferation of adipose tissue and prostaglandin F2α, also from arachidonic acid, prevents the browning of white adipose tissue, which is the good fat tissue as it increases thermogenesis, burning fat through the release of heat.”

DiNicolantonio also notes that by acting directly on your central nervous system, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids influence your food intake and your body’s sensitivity to insulin and leptin — but again in opposite directions.

While omega-6 has been shown to increase insulin and leptin resistance, diabetes and obesity in both rodent and human models, omega-3 has the converse effect, and can help “reverse the dysregulation of this system, improve insulin sensitivity and control body fat,” DiNicolantonio writes, adding “It is therefore essential to return to a balanced dietary omega-6 to omega-3 ratio based on data from evolutionary studies.”

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Bill Gates: Third Shot May Be Needed to Combat Coronavirus Variants

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With more than 40 million Americans having received at least the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, a third dose may be needed to prevent the spread of new variants of the disease, Bill Gates told CBS News Tuesday.

Gates’ comments come amid growing concern that the current vaccines are not effective against the more contagious Brazilian and South African variants.

Pfizer and Moderna have stated that their vaccines are 95% and 99% effective, respectively, against the initial strain of COVID. However, some scientists have questioned those statements. Additionally, the World Health Organization and vaccine companies have conceded that the vaccines do not prevent people from being infected with COVID or from transmitting it, but are only effective at reducing symptoms.

Gates told CBS Evening News:

“The discussion now is do we just need to get a super high coverage of the current vaccine, or do we need a third dose that’s just the same, or do we need a modified vaccine?”

U.S. vaccine companies are looking at making modifications, which Gates refers to as “tuning.”

People who have had two shots may need to get a third shot and people who have not yet been vaccinated would need the modified vaccine, explained Gates. When asked whether the coronavirus vaccine would be similar to the flu vaccine, which requires yearly boosters, Gates couldn’t rule that out. Until the virus is eradicated from all humans, Gates said, additional shots may be needed in the future.

AstraZeneca in particular has a challenge with the variant,” Gates explained. “And the other two, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax, are slightly less effective, but still effective enough that we absolutely should get them out as fast as we can while we study this idea of tuning the vaccine.”

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding the studies being conducted in Brazil and South Africa, CBS News said. The foundation has also invested in the AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and the Novavax vaccines, which are being tested against new variants. Once the AstraZeneca vaccine is approved, the Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative or GAVI, founded by Gates, will distribute it globally.

“Gates continues to move the goalposts,” said Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., chairman and chief legal counsel of Children’s Health Defense. “Meanwhile the strategies he and others have promoted are obliterating the global economy, demolishing the middle class, making the rich richer and censoring vaccine safety advocates, like me.”

Kennedy said that the exclusive focus on vaccines has prevented the kind of progress required to actually address and recover from the pandemic:

“From the pandemic’s outset, clear-headed people familiar with the challenges inherent in the vaccine model have understood that the path out of crisis would require multiple steps. Those steps would need to include the development and/or identification of therapeutic drugs, the sharing of information among doctors to hone improved treatment models that reduce infection mortality rates below those for flu, and the kind of broad-spectrum long-term herd immunity that protects against mutant strains and that only derives from natural infection.”

Instead, Gates and vaccine makers are proposing a lifetime of boosters, supporting insufficient testing to determine safety and failing to address the inadequate monitoring of vaccine injuries, Kennedy said.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Children’s Health Defense.

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Young nurse suffers from hemorrhage and brain swelling after second dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

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(Natural News) A 28-year-old healthcare worker from the Swedish American Hospital, in Beloit, Wisconsin was recently admitted to the ICU just five days after receiving a second dose of Pfizer’s experimental mRNA vaccine. The previously healthy young woman was pronounced brain dead after cerebral angiography confirmed a severe hemorrhage stroke in her brain stem.

Her family members confirmed that she was “breaking out in rashes” after the vaccine. She also suffered from sudden migraine headaches, and got “sick” after taking the second dose of the vaccine. At the very end, she lost the ability to speak and went unconscious. The migraines, nausea, and loss of speech were all symptoms of a brain bleed and brain swelling, something her family did not understand at the time, and something nobody would expect after vaccination.

While on life support, neurologists used angiography to image the damage inside the brain. They found a subarachnoid hemorrhage, whereas a bulging blood vessel burst in the brain, bleeding out in the space between the brain and the tissue covering the brain. The ensuing swelling cut off oxygen to the brain and caused brain death. On February 10, 2021, Sarah reportedly had “no brain activity.” Some of the woman’s organs are now being procured, so they can be donated to other people around the world.

Doctors warn FDA about COVID vaccines causing autoimmune attacks in the heart and brain

Experimental COVID-19 vaccines may cause inflammation along the cardiovascular system, leading to heart attack and/or stroke. This serious issue was brought forth to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by Dr. J. Patrick Whelan, M.D., Ph.D. and further confirmed by cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, M.D., Ph.D. The two doctors warned that a recently-infected patient who is subject to COVID-19 vaccination is likely to suffer from autoimmune attacks along the ACE-2 receptors present in the heart, and in the microvasculature of the brain, liver and kidney. If viral antigens are present in the tissues of recipients at the time of vaccination, the vaccine-augmented immune response will turn the immune system against those tissues, causing inflammation that can lead to blood clot formation.

This severe adverse event is likely cause of death for the elderly who are vaccinated despite recently being infected. There is no adequate screening process to ensure that this autoimmune attack doesn’t occur. The elderly are not the only people vulnerable to vaccine injury and death. Pfizer’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine could be the main cause behind the sudden death of Sarah Sickles, a 28-year-old nurse from Wisconsin. The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System has captured five permanent disabilities in Wisconsin, 58 ER visits, and eleven deaths in just one month. This is the first case in Wisconsin of someone under 44 years of age suffering from severe COVID-19 vaccine side effects and death. There are now more than 1,170 deaths recorded in the U.S. related to the experimental mRNA vaccines, a reality that the FDA and CDC continue to ignore.

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Powering hypersonic weapons: US armed forces eyeing dangerous 5G tech

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(Natural News) Much of the conversation surrounding the benefits of 5G is geared toward the consumer side of the technology. People will be able to download videos at lightning speed and will be more connected than ever, proponents claim, although there are serious questions regarding its safety. However, some of the most important 5G applications are not civil at all – the technology will be used extensively in the military domain.

Some of its military uses are outlined in the Defense Applications of 5G Network Technology report, which was published by the Defense Science Board. This federal committee gives scientific advice to the Pentagon. Their report states: “The emergence of 5G technology, now commercially available, offers the Department of Defense the opportunity to take advantage, at minimal cost, of the benefits of this system for its own operational requirements.”

The 5G commercial network that is being built by private companies right now can be used by the American military for a much lower cost than if the network had been set up exclusively for military purposes.

Military experts expect the 5G system to play a pivotal role in using hypersonic weapons. For example, it can be used for new missiles that bear nuclear warheads and travel at speeds superior to Mach 5. These hypersonic weapons, which travel at five times the speed of sound and move a mile per second, will be flying at high altitudes on unpredictable flight paths, making them as hard to guide as they will be to intercept.

Huge quantities of data need to be gathered and transmitted in a very short period in order to maneuver these warheads on variable trajectories and allow them to change direction in milliseconds to avoid interceptor missiles.

5G for defense

This type of technology is also needed to activate defenses should we be attacked by a weapon of this type; 5G automatic systems could theoretically handle decisions that humans won’t have enough time to make on their own. Military bases and even cities will have less than a minute to react to incoming hypersonic missiles, and 5G will make it easier to process real time data on trajectories for decision-making.

There are also important uses of this technology in combat. 5G’s ability to simultaneously link millions of transceivers will undoubtedly facilitate communication among military personnel and allow them to transmit photos, maps and other vital information about operations in progress at dizzying speeds to improve situational awareness.

The military can also take advantage of the high-frequency and short-wavelength millimeter wave spectrum used by 5G. Its short range means that it is well suited for smart military bases and command posts because the signal will not propagate too far, making it less likely that enemies will be able to detect it.

When it comes to special forces and secret services, the benefits of 5G are numerous. Its speed and connectivity will allow espionage systems to reach unprecedented levels of efficiency. It will also make drones more dangerous by allowing them to identify and target people using facial recognition and other methods.

Like all technology, 5G will also make us highly vulnerable. The network itself could become an attractive target for cyber-attacks and other acts of war being carried out with cutting-edge weaponry. In fact, the 5G network is already viewed as critical infrastructure and is being carefully protected before it is even fully built.

While the focus on 5G’s dangers to human health and the environment is absolutely warranted, it is also important not to lose sight of the military implications of 5G. After all, it is not just the United States that is developing this technology for military purposes; our enemies, like China and other countries, are also making great strides in this realm.

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