Dr Bob Ross of Wooster, who's a member of the Wooster Natural Foods Advisory Council, offers the following links for us to consider, in ways to improve our health:

Here's the BMI (Body-Mass Index) calculator:  http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm

Here's a sugar link, though it's a little weighed down with commercials: http://authoritynutrition.com/how-much-sugar-per-day/

And here's a link to the why's and wherefore's of the glycemic index: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=faq&dbid=32

This  article "Why go vegan?" discusses the hows and whys of eliminating animal products from our diet:  https://www.vegansociety.com/try-vegan/why-go-vegan.
It explains the benefits to our health, the environment, and the animals we now destroy for our pleasure. Big 
and important topic. 

Philip Wollen, Australian Philanthropist, Former VP of Citibank, Makes Blazing Animal Rights Speech.
This is a 10-minute talk in defense of the world's animals and vegetarianism, in order to save the planet and feed all the people well.

Here's another link to a good article on the whys and hows of reducing sugar in our diets.

Here's another article that I think should be added to the Wellness page.  This condition, Metabolic Syndrome, is the illness du jour and is extremely widespread, as you can see on any street or in any mall in the country.
People need to realize that the overweight people they're seeing so many of are actually sick with a known sickness, and that they need to take steps to address the sickness or they will end up with a very serious, life-threatening condition in the near future.  Almost 50,000,000 people have this condition right now and it's getting worse daily.  That's a pandemic far worse than Ebola was and yet gets very little coverage.

Here's some current findings regarding recommendations for fruit and vegetable consumption for better health. 7 servings is now the recommendation with 1/2 cup being one serving. Veggies are valued higher than fruit, especially canned fruit. A lot of the benefits could
come from simply substituting fruits and veggies for processed junk food -- research hasn't gotten that far yet.   http://www.livescience.com/44504-fruits-vegetables-servings-mortality.html

7-19-15:  Dr Bob Ross writes:
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
Unless you've been living on an island somewhere, you've heard the term "GMO" and probably have some idea of what it means. It stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, and it applies to food production. In the near past, farmers sprayed millions of gallons of hazardous pesticides and herbicides on their crops in an effort to keep bugs and weeds from eating up their profits. They then sold those toxin-soaked crops to us, which we had to be careful to wash off whenever we could.

Then Monsanto, a huge chemical corporation, got the bright idea of modifying the genetic make-up of certain crops so that they would survive the toxicity of the pesticide Roundup as well as actually absorb it into the plant itself, thereafter poisoning any critters that happen to bite into that plant. Supposedly, this would allow less use of chemicals, saving farmers money, and allow greater profits for Monsanto because they could patent the modified crop, own the seeds, and require the farmers to buy those seeds every year instead of saving some of the seeds for planting as farmers had done for centuries.

Turns out that it's not really such a good deal for the farmers since the seeds and chemicals still cost a lot. And if they try to use non-GMO seeds, Monsanto will sue them for violation of patent laws, which can cost the farmers many thousands of dollars in legal fees. In India, where Monsanto has forced their seeds on local small farmers, the costs have become so high that at least 250,000 small farmers have committed suicide because they ended up not having the money to pay for the seeds and chemicals and lost their farms, driving their families into destitution. Monsanto, you see, is not a nice company.

As for the food consumers, there is now a large body of research that demonstrates that GMO foods are hazardous to our health, mainly due to the toxicity of the Roundup. Don't forget: that crop that absorbed that chemical in the field still has it in it on the grocery store shelf. Why would that toxic chemical be any healthier for you than it is for the bugs? And you can't wash it off -- it's built in.

Monsanto is trying to divert consumer's attention away from the whole hazardous chemical issue toward the issue of whether or not there is something hazardous about eating a plant that has been genetically modified. At this point, the research suggests that there are health problems associated with it. But that is really not the point: the hazard to consumers is the fact that the crop is not just wearing a toxic chemical that was sprayed on it -- it's been ingested by the plant and will be ingested by any consumer who buys it.

So, you'd think our government, given the known hazards associated with GMO foods, would be interested in protecting the health of the American consumers by requiring food labels to inform the consumers which are GMO foods, right? Wrong. As usual, the big political-contributing corporations like Monsanto, own the government and dictate what goes on labels. And since consumers are not likely to buy GMO foods once they understand the hazards of doing so -- thereby reducing corporate profits -- our corporate-controlled government actually PREVENTS labeling GMO foods. Truth!

What can you do to avoid GMO foods if they don't have to be labeled? Simple -- buy organic foods only. In order to be labeled "organic," a food must not be exposed to or contain any harmful pesticides or herbicides. Think of it this way from now on: if it doesn't say ORGANIC on the label, it's a GMO food. And if you don't like the idea of consuming harmful industrial chemicals, say NO to GMO!

Here's a link for more information: GMOfoods information.

Here's an article about a very unique school lunch program - the kind of program it will take to start to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity in this country.   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/08/19/meet-nations-first-school-district-serve-100-organic-meals

Up 72 Perecent From Just Six Years Ago, Organic Farm Sales Soar

Not only are organic and natural foods much healthier for consumers, they're much
healthier for the environment as well. HEALTHIER FOODS = HEALTHIER PLANET.

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