The Daily Sprout

Your guide to healthier living.

If you have been around long enough to know that I teach the 60 Day Turnaround (and developed it), and I also have touted the Kerrygold brand for years… so much so that you can see me here in this video eating a SLAB of Kerrygold as I discuss the importance of eating fat, and shaking off the lies of culture that fat is bad for you.  Fat does NOT make you fat!

So now we are witnessing the second time that Kerrygold has come under fire for their process of raising cows, and it appears as though the current fire might be real.  Now a lawsuit has been filed against Kerrygold stating that they have misled consumers by advertising cheese made from the milk of pasture-raised cows.

To read the entire article on – visit this Kerrygold Article link.  The gist is this, Kerrygold on their website states that their cows eat 85% grass.  However, I find it hard to find this information on their website… I did find this page where bullet point number 2 suggests that their cows “Graze outdoors on fresh grass for most of the year”.  However, the consumers who are suing, say that it is misleading that the cheese says “Milk from Grass-Fed Cows”.

However if you have watched my videos, come to my classes, or read my Daily Sprouts on the topic, you would see that what the lawsuit is trying to hold Kerrygold accountable for, is not a requirement for production under the grass-fed label.  What I mean is, if these consumers are trying to say that it is wrong to use the grass-fed label, when not 100% grass-fed, I would say, yes… yes I agree.  However, there is no law that says that it must.   This excerpt from the Mercola article sets it up…

Unfortunately, Kerrygold isn’t the only brand getting away with a grass-fed label when their products aren’t truly from grass-fed cows. In 2016, the Agricultural Marketing Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, announced that it was dropping its official definition of grass-fed, claiming they did not have the authority to determine whether or not specific grass-fed claims made by different companies are actually truthful.

You see, because the term is NOT a regulated term, there is no requirement for any producer to feed their cows grass, even if they say grass-fed.  Now, that does not limit a farmer from blatantly lying, but they could defend that one blade of grass is enough to call a cow a grass-fed cow.  And it is for this reason that I buy all my grass-fed beef from one farm, and I don’t ever trust that grass-fed means wholly grass-fed, even if the label says 100%… I really seriously doubt it.

If you want to do better than Kerrygold for a clean product, I would recommend Organic Valley Butter from Grass Fed Cows.

Be well and Be blessed – Dr. E

Lets start this week off right… the weather is changing, and we all want to get outside and get active (right, all of us want this… don’t you?)… and the best plan of action, as always is to push yourself to be committed.  We often lose sight of those commitments through the winter, the dreary weather, and the dark mornings and evenings.  They shrink our days, and they give us a host of excuses to free ourselves from the guilt of sedentary living.  So here I am, back once again to make that guilt real.

It is time people, get serious, and stop quitting good habits!  If we added up all the times that the average American quit exercise, we would find that we would all be competing for the fittest person on Earth by now… stay committed.  My favorite line, my commitments are greater than my feelings in this moment… BELONGS RIGHT HERE.

My Commitments Are Greater than My Feelings in This Moment!

Are you committed to a life of health?  At least to a better life than the one you had as it relates to health and longevity, and vitality?  If so, then get up out of your chair and enhance your living!

So here you go, two quick options to get a nice heart rate escalation and perhaps a little burn.

Workout 1 –

Measure out 100 long steps up a hill around your house.  Mark those steps from start to finish.

10X – you will run, or walk, or crawl as fast as possible (for you) from start to finish.  Take about 2 minutes to return to the start position, and do it again for a total of 10 times.  (This is a sprint for those who can, steeper the better)

Workout 2 –

TABATA – if you have read my workouts before, you have heard me tout tabata as the best basic workout you could ever do, so here we will give you the best of the best.

Squats and Push-ups (your push-up can be on the ground in a plank, it can be on your knees, against a wall… whatever you can do).

Your effort is simple – 4 minutes of squats, 20 seconds do as many as possible, 10 seconds you will rest, for a total of 8 rounds, or 4 minutes.  You can search the app store to find free “TABATA timers”.  As soon as you are done, you will immediately begin the 4 minutes of push-ups.  This is brutal, squat as deep as you can to the depth below, IF it is comfortable.  Stop where comfort (joint comfort, knees and ankles) begins to fade to pain in joints.

Have fun, and relish in your effort towards fitness!

Be well and Be blessed! – Dr. E

OK, so I would tell you to really control your consumption of wine and beer in the first place… but… I hate that roundup has made it into them!  According to tie FOX News Report, it is a big problem.

If you aren’t aware, Monsanto was on the wrong side of a $289M award to a man who claimed his cancer was caused by exposure to round-up back in August.    This case has opened the door… not only to those who would say that Monsanto caused their cancer, but also to those who would say that they had no idea they were involved with a cancer causing agent.  Round up is obviously a dangerous product, as it kills your weeds with one little spray on the green.  Any product that has that level of killing needs to be considered with great caution.

Which brings up the question, how is it possible that this product has shown up in our beer and wine too now?  I have told the story many times, of the soy farms that extend through the area in central New York, between the finger lakes.  Beautiful lush fields of GMO soy, all ready for a plane to crop dust them with roundup (if you weren’t aware, GMO soy is known as roundup ready soy because it withstands roundup,  leaving everything around it dead, except for the soy).  The problem with these fields of soy, is that this area of the finger lakes is known for its wine trail, with literally hundreds of wineries within a couple hundred square miles.   Crop dusting easily spreads this deadly little chemical to neighboring fields, and into the water table.

From the FOX News Article:

Though the levels of glyphosate in the drinks tested aren’t necessarily dangerous, the World Health Organization said in a 2015 report that the pesticide is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” In 2017, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment announced glyphosate “would be added to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer.”…

…The only brand that had no detectable traces of glyphosate was Peak Beer, the study found.

The wine with the highest glyphosate levels was Sutter Home with 51 parts per billion (ppb) and the beer with the highest levels was Tsingtao Beer with 49.7 ppb.

“Conventional brands” such as Coors and Miller Lite all had glyphosate levels of at least 25 ppb and even organic drinks were susceptible, such as the Samuel Smith Organic Lager with 5.7 ppb.

However, none of the levels exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency’s risk tolerance for beverages.

“No matter the efforts of brewers and vintners, we found that it is incredibly difficult to avoid the troubling reality that consumers will likely drink glyphosate at every happy hour and backyard barbecue around the country,” Kara Cook-Schultz, of the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, who authored the study told USA TODAY.

I find it disturbing.  Not because I completely disagree with the EPA’s risk tolerance.  But I completely disagree with disregarding it.  The potential combination of sources from many different products over the course of a day could easily add up to too much.  My first recommendation would be that you avoid all SOY in products not labeled as non-GMO as those will all carry levels of roundup.

Be smart, Be well, and Be blessed! – Dr. E

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