93% of Americans concerned about brain health!! Irish Music and Guinness Taste


According to a recent AARP survey, 93% of Americans are concerned about their brain health, yet few understand how to protect it. Research is now showing that canola oil leads to significant declines in memory and has a negative impact on body weight management. This is bad news, as canola oil has always been touted as a healthy oil to use. Most people do not even know where canola oil comes from or even what a canola is. There is actually no such thing as canola. Canola stands for Canadian Oil. It is in reality rapeseed oil which comes from pressing the oilseed rape plant. Canada became the first country in the world to produce large quantities of rapeseed with low erucic acid in the oil and low glucosinolates in the meal. Thus the name Canadian Oil or Canola Oil for short. Canola Oil is not a healthy oil for your brain. It is genetically engineered and altered to reduce toxic to humans erucic acid levels and then processed with several chemical baths before being bleached. Sadly, canola oil is found in almost oil processed (man-made foods in boxes or bags). And over the years, through proper marketing by canola oil manufacturers, has led us to believe it is a health food. Healthier options include pastured organic butter, virgin coconut oil, ghee, avocado and walnut oil for cooking and olive oil for non-cooking purposes (use olive oil as an added oil once the food is cooked, because olive oil is not supposed to be heated).

68% of adults have damage to the discs in their neck. The discs are cushions between the cervical vertebrae. This condition is called cervical disc degeneration or degenerative disc disease (DDD). If you do not have this condition now, you will likely get it unless you are in a neck mobility program. Early signs of disc degeneration include popping, cracking or gravelly noises in the neck. Chiropractic spinal adjustments either by hand or low force adjusting instruments place motion in the spinal joints which reduces the friction on the surface of the bones. Also helpful is using a cervical pillow at night and performing passive range of motion exercises daily.

There are two types of sugars which you should be aware of. Refined sugar and intrinsic sugar. Refined sugars are linked to health problems and include high fructose corn syrup as one example. Intrinsic sugars are naturally occurring sugars in whole fruits and vegetables. Refined sugars affect the gut by causing endotoxin production which destroys the function of the energy producing cells in the body which then can result in cancer metabolism. Fructose present in whole fruits does not result in the production of endotoxins. Avoid high fructose corn syrup and eat sugars from whole fruits, raw honey or pure organic raw cane sugar.

Mustard seed contains chemical compounds that can enhance the cancer fighting potential of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts. Sprinkle mustard seed powder on these vegetables to further reduce cancer risk. A compound in brown mustard seed lowered the risk of bladder cancer by 34.5% and was 100% effective at preventing the spread of cancer into surrounding muscle cells.

Dried plums, aka prunes may help prevent bone loss in older osteoporotic postmenopausal women. In addition, dried plums are loaded with anti-oxidants which are very important for overall health.

Drinking Ireland’s Guinness Stout was shown to taste better if you are listening to Irish music. A study from London, England’s University of Lincoln, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology found that the tastes change when drinking Guinness stout comes down to two psychological factors. The first is called priming. Priming is the idea that exposure to one stimulus may influence a response to another stimulus without guidance or intention. For example, if a wine shop played German or French music in the background of their store, there would be increased interest in wines from those countries. The second factor is called musical fit. This factor state that our brains function better when things are as we expect them to be, or are well put together. For example, people are more willing to pay more for a drink in a bar or restaurant when the music playing fits the décor or foods being sold. The Guinness study showed that certain frequency ranges, tempos, timbres and harmonies are associated by our brains with flavor attributes such as sweetness, bitterness, sourness and perceived body and strength of the beer. For example, a light hearted tune like the Saw Doctors “To Win Just Once,” or Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” make Guinness taste sweeter. On the other hand, Sinead O’Connor or the Cranberries singing “Zombie” would make the Guinness taste heavier, stronger and more bitter due to the heavy guitar and strong emotional content.