Promising the perfect balance of nutrients, Secretagogue Gold is an HGH supplement designed to stimulate the natural release of the human growth hormone. Secretagogue Gold promises that you will look better, feel better, and enjoy better quality of life.

How does Secretagogue Gold work? Secretagogue Gold helps encourage the release of HGH from the pituitary gland and discourages HGH inhibitors like somatostatin and unhealthy blood sugar levels.

Secretagogue Gold promises results such as increased muscle tone, decreased body fat, boosted energy, improved skin elasticity, better sleep, improved sex drive, and even improved mood. Navigate to this website.

People have reported seeing immediate results with Secretagogue Gold, with the long-term benefits being apparent after about one month’s worth of regular use.

Can Secretagogue Gold really help you feel and look younger? Let’s see if the ingredients have what it takes to help stop the clock.

The Pros

Rather than just containing HGH, the Secretagogue Gold formula contains amino acids that are supposed to encourage the release of HGH and decrease fat deposits while increasing muscle mass.

Secretagogue Gold does include quality ingredients like L-Glutamine, L-Tyrosine, GABA, and L-Lysine. These ingredients are key to naturally boosting HGH levels.

There is a long list of vitamins and minerals in Secretagogue Gold that may not necessarily increase your HGH, but they will help improve your overall health and sense of wellbeing.

One of the biggest problems with supplements is the time it takes to absorb the nutrients—if the nutrients are absorbed at all. Secretagogue Gold asserts that the amino acids in its formula are designed to withstand the acidity of the stomach, allowing them to enter the bloodstream completely intact so you can get the maximum benefit.

The Problems

The biggest problem we have with Secretagogue Gold is that the most important ingredients are part of proprietary blends. Proprietary blends are a problem because they allow the manufacturer to conceal the individual doses of each ingredient.

Some of the blends in Secretagogue Gold have low doses, so it’s unlikely that you’re receiving the effective amount of each ingredient.

The Price

One bottle of Secretagogue Gold is $89.99, which is a pretty average price in the HGH world.

Unfortunately, Secretagogue Gold does not come with a money-back guarantee.

Should You Try Secreatagogue Gold?

Secretagogue Gold promises all the benefits of increased HGH levels, and it may just deliver. Many HGH Supplements simply contain HGH, which actually does nothing for your system. Secretagogue Gold works by stimulating the natural release of HGH in your body, which is one of the best and safest ways to reap the benefits of HGH.

With Secretagogue Gold you may experience better sleep patterns, weight loss, improved mood, and improved sexual vitality. The vitamins and minerals in the formula may help improve your health.

Combine all this with the fact that Secretagogue Gold pays special attention to the makeup of its amino acids, assuring that they are fully absorbed into your blood stream, and you’ve got yourself a quality HGH supplement.

However, the proprietary blends make us question the true quality of Secretagoge Gold. If you’d rather not take a chance, check out the highest-rated HGH supplements.

My granny began having belly pain late one evening. Not wanting to make a big fuss, she decided to tough it out like a farmers wife usually does. By morning she couldnt take it anymore, and she drove herself to the tiny hospital near her rural home and presented to the emergency department for help.

After an injection of pain medicine and a CT scan, the diagnosis was made. Granny had diverticular disease, and one of the diverticula, or little pouches forming outward from her colon wall, had become clogged up, blocked off, and infected. The infected pouch had then ruptured, and pus and stool had formed an abscess in her abdomen. That required a surgery, not a very pleasant one, in which the abscess and part of her colon were removed. In the process, a colostomy was formed. That means her colon then emptied into a bag on her abdomen rather than out through the rectum. 

Diverticular disease is now so common in Western populations that some do not consider it pathological – as if its not really a disease at all. Those people think its normal to form diverticula as we age, but in rural Africa and Asia less than 1% of people have them. Contrast that to 50% of men and women in the States in their seventies and eighties.

The difference is in the diet, not genetics. A prospective study just published out of the UK backs up what weve previously seen in epidemiological studies. Vegetarians and people who eat more fiber are much less likely to develop diverticula – and thus to have the subsequent devastating complications like my sweet omnivorous Granny.

The authors took a look at 47,033 men and women living in England and Scotland, a third of which were vegetarian. After following these people for almost 12 years, it was apparent that vegetarians were 31% less likely than meat eaters to need hospitalization or to die because of problems with diverticula.

Those who reported eating any meat including fish were more likely to suffer from serious complications of diverticular disease than those who reported eating none. In an analysis that separated vegans from vegetarians, there was an even lower risk among the vegans compared with meat eaters. There were only four vegans in the study though, so Im not sure how much you can really say about the benefits of veganism over vegetarianism.

Fiber in the diet is important in preventing diverticular disease, and those people in the UK study consuming at least the recommended 26 grams of fiber per day had a 41% lower risk of developing diverticular disease compared with those who ate less than 14 grams per day. After mutual adjustment, both a vegetarian diet and a higher intake of fiber were significantly associated with a lower risk of diverticular disease.

A physician friend of mine once commented that even she couldnt manage to get 26 grams of fiber in her diet every day. My response? Go veggie! When youre not filling up on meat (which likely has its own negative effects on the colon) you have lots more room for whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables. One cup of oats every morning mixed with an apple, a banana, and some raisins (a favorite raw breakfast of mine!) provides 25 grams of fiber right there in one delicious, nutritious, appetite suppressing meal. Most of that fiber (17 grams) comes from the cup of oats, and you can mix it with any fruit of your choosing for variety each morning. Remember, in the UK study, those eating more than 26 grams of fiber every day had a 41% lower risk of hospitalization or death from diverticular disease than those eating much less.

If you dont like oats or cant take the thought of having them every single morning, be reassured that a healthy vegetarian meal for dinner can provide all the fiber you need. Eating one and a half cups of cooked brown rice with one and a half cups of cooked lentils provides a whopping 30 grams of fiber in the diet. Dont like lentils? A cup and a half of black beans, mung beans, or pinto beans with the rice instead provides 27 grams of fiber.

My advice? Listen to the Yoga gurus from centuries passed. Lay off the flesh eating and enjoy whole grains, legumes, fruits and veggies for healthy living with fewer diseases, including diverticular disease and its ugly complications.

 

References:

Crowe FL, Appleby PN, Allen NE, Key TJ. Diet and risk of diverticular disease in Oxford cohort of European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC): prospective study of British vegetarians and non-vegetarians. BMJ. 2011 Jul 19;343:d4131.

  1. and I were invited to his parents’ home for another Jewish holiday this week, the feast of Erev Sukkot. His cousin visiting from New York City, a graduate of Harvard’s medical school, questioned us about our protein intake on a vegetarian Yoga diet. What was our source? Were we getting enough? He seemed unsure of our answer.

 

So…. AM I getting enough protein? Are you?

Let’s count protein. For breakfast this morning I had my usual breakfast mix in a bowl:

5 grams from ½ cup of un-cooked oatmeal

3.5 grams in 2 tablespoons of flaxseed

2 grams in one peach

2 grams in one banana

1 gram from 3 tablespoons of raisins

= 13.5 grams of protein

 

For lunch I had a pretty usual meal, too:

4 grams from 2 cups of raw vegetables in salad

2 grams from 1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds added to the salad

2.5 grams from 1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds added to the salad

2 grams from 3 Brazil nuts

6 grams from 2 slices of whole grain bread

= 16.5 grams of protein

And for dinner I’m planning on black bean burritos – yum!

15 grams from 1 cup of cooked black beans

0 grams from 2 flour tortillas

1 gram from ½ cup of raw vegetables

2 grams from ½ cup of cooked vegetables

5 grams from 1 cup of cooked spinach on the side

= 23 grams of protein

That means my protein count is 53 grams. Ill have eaten all that protein by the end of the day. But how much do I need?

The RDA is only 0.8 grams per kilogram.

Body weight (in pounds) X 0.36 = recommended protein intake (in grams)

I weigh 125 pounds, so my recommended daily protein intake is 45 grams.

Tah dah! I am definitely getting plenty of protein.

The RDA recommended amount is an over estimation, maybe by far. Exactly how much protein we really need to eat remains a bit of a mystery. The current requirement values are based on inexact science. And don’t forget that although too little protein can cause health problems, too much protein definitely does, too.

For more of the science, check out The Protein Myth from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s website. For a shortcut to a daily tally so you dont have to count protein, they recommend:

  • “Aim for 5 or more servings of grains each day. This may include 1/2 cup of hot cereal, 1 oz. of dry cereal, or 1 slice of bread. Each serving contains roughly 3 grams of protein.
  • Aim for 3 or more servings of vegetables each day. This may include 1 cup of raw vegetables, 1/2 cup of cooked vegetables, or 1/2 cup of vegetable juice. Each serving contains about 2 grams of protein.”

If you want to count protein grams based on your diet for today, go here to look up the amount of protein in each separate food component.

From a reader:

“Hi Doc. Even yogis as recently as the 1940’s have sung the praises of milk (and even doing milk only diets for some periods). But methinks that modern (pasteurized, homogenized, machine-raised) milk and dairy products are nasty stuff that any serious yoga practitioner should avoid. Your opinion?”

It’s true that the old yogic texts recommend that yoga practitioners drink milk. Mainstream medicine does, too. Thats in contrast to the recommendations of the modern yogis at the Yoga Institute in Bombay when I was there last year. They put it on their list of five white things to avoid.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika 1:62 (The most conducive foods for the yogi are) good grains, wheat, rice, barley, milk, ghee, brown sugar, sugar candy, honey, dry ginger, patola fruit (species of cucumber), five vegetables, mung and such pulses, and pure water.

For sure, modern milk isnt exactly the same as that of those old yogis. Hormones, antibiotics, and a switch from the cows natural primarily grass-based diet to one that is mostly grain has morphed what they knew as milk into what we can now buy in the supermarket.

Their milk wasn’t pasteurized either, and so you could say that raw milk was recommended. They didn’t have a choice, however. And, while I know its very fashionable right now to rip on pasteurization, I just cant get myself on board with that one.

I think its easy to forget since it was a generation or two ago what it was like before we understood how to limit the spread of bacteria in milk products.

My friend, a nurse, has had only one exposure to raw milk in her life. She ate ice cream made from raw milk when we were on vacation together by the sea. From that, she got a drug-resistant form of salmonella that was nasty. The milk wasnt pasteurized, homogenized, or produced by big business. It came from a little farmers free-range, grass-fed animal.

I just wrote to ask her about the details again and here is her reply:

“Yep, i got salmonella from eating ice cream (2 bites) made from unpasteurized goats milk. I knew when I took those 2 bites that something tasted different, and C. and I even commented about how it probably wasnt pasteurized and I better watch out. Low and behold, the next day, I started with abdominal pain. Then about 24 hrs after that, I began to have diarrhea. Belly pain and diarrhea continued for several weeks. At about 10 days, I spiked a temp of 103-104 and was taking off of work. I was off nearly 3 or 4 weeks. I was given antibiotics. They said I had to have 3 negative stool cultures to return to work in the hospital. Well I never did. After 3 months, they quit testing my stool and told me I must be one of the 5% who remains a carrier. Believe me, if I ever got it again, I would know! It was the worst abdominal pain I ever had. And not to be gross, the diarrhea had a distinct odor unlike when you have the flu! Would I eat ice cream made from unpasteurized milk again? NO WAY!!”

Here’s a responsible link to tragic stories of raw milk drinkers. Please, if you’re considering drinking raw milk, give this website a serious look – especially if you plan to give raw milk to your children. It can be fatal.

And heres a link to a power point presentation that reviews the reported (not all are reported!) illnesses from raw milk over the last several years. On the slides are also scientific references with actual data to support or refute their claims (not self-serving studies done by the very biased sellers of raw milk like some of those that are mentioned on their websites).

If you want to drink milk, I recommend pasteurized organic products from grass-fed, free range animals. As to whether or not we NEED to drink milk, well, that’s a topic for the next post….

Among different ways to quit smoking, acupuncture is perhaps one of the most important and popular. Should you try acupuncture to stop smoking?  Absolutely.  It is a decent secondary strategy that can help assist you in quitting smoking.  If you do go have the procedure done, you will notice that your craving to smoke will have decreased after the procedure.  As such, you might have a couple of sessions before you are really ready to stop smoking.

There is no reason to be nervous about the needles.  It does not really hurt much, if at all, and pretty much nobody complains about pain from the needles.  It is a very clean and clinical thing, not messy or scary at all. So, you do not need to worry about acupuncture as a way of smoking cessation since it’s safe and relatively painless.

Now if you plan to quit smoking with acupuncture, you should actually go far beyond just having this as your basic plan and come  up with some other strategies to help you to quit smoking.  Acupuncture can certainly help but it will probably not do the entire trick on its own.  In order to be successful at quitting, this will just need to be one part of your overall strategy.  Does that mean that you should not even use this method?  No, it is still worth being part of an overall quitting plan.  But you need more in order to insure that you are successful at staying stopped.

What are some strategies that can go along with acupuncture?  The main one is exercise.  You should be exercising every single day, and if you are not, then you should start.  It should be the type of exercise where it is somewhat vigorous and you are working up a sweat.  This can be a brisk walk if you like, or just about anything else, as long as you get your heart pumping and get your endorphins going.  You should aim for 30 minutes per day of vigorous exercise.  If you do this, it will be a huge addition to your acupuncture, and might even be a more important part of the equation.  It will help you tremendously.

Another strategy that you might try is to get some chewing sticks for your mouth and some Bic pens for your hands.  The chewing sticks are like fancy toothpicks that you can get at the health food store, and they usually have tea tree oil in them and are flavored.  The Bic pens you can keep in your hand and push the clicker button all day long so that your hand has something to do when it wants to hold a cigarette.  These strategies might sound silly, but you will not think so when you are going through nicotine withdrawal! Any means to stop smoking should be considered when it comes to your health, to which smoking can be very detrimental.

There exists a number of ways to quit smoking, from could turkey to different types of slow cessation. Let’s consider hypnotherapy and see whether it is helpful and if it can make you you’re your smoking habit. What about hypnotherapy quit smoking as a means to stop your cigarette habit?  Can this be a helpful technique to help you to quit, or is it just a gimmick that people use to make money off of desperate quitters?

In my experience, quit smoking hypnotherapy is more than just a gimmick, it really does help people to quit.  Some of the hardest cases that I have seen have been hard core smokers of several decades that I did not think had a good chance at quitting smoking.  These people were successful using hypnosis to quit.  I dont know the status of all of these people today, but I know of at least one who is still smoke free after several years, and he used hypnotherapy as his primary means of quitting.

Now if your idea is that you want to quit smoking, and you are going to rely on hypnosis to be your magic bullet, then that might be a bit misguided.  Understand that no quit smoking technique, including hypnotherapy, can really make you want to quit smoking.  None of these methods or quit smoking aids can really give you the desire to stop smoking.  You have to want it for yourself, from deep down inside you.and then these techniques and therapies can help.  Most people can look back at their failed attempts at quitting and see that they were just not ready to quit yet.they did not really want to stop smoking like they thought they did.  What they wanted at the time, was they wanted to want to stop smoking, if that makes any sense.  They wished things were different.  But they did not have a genuine desire to change.

It is only after a person has genuinely decided to make a change, on a really deep level, that they are ready to quit smoking.  I do not believe that hypnosis or quit smoking therapies can get a person to this point.  Now even after a person reaches this point, they still might screw up and relapse, which is why things like hypnotherapy to quit smoking can still help a great deal.  But you have to be really ready to stop before you invest your time, money, and effort into a technique like this.

 

Is it affordable?  Hypnosis for stopping smoking is dirt cheap when you compare it to the cost of smoking.  Add up your cigarette expenditures over the last couple years and then see how much it costs to be hypnotized.  I think you will see which is the better deal! So, as we have considered all the benefits of hypnosis as a way to quit smoking, you now don’t have any excuse to keep smoking!

So I had to come on here and brag a bit, I just passed the 4 year mark for quitting smoking.  I have not had a single puff, not a single bit of nicotine in that time period at all.  None!

Pretty cool, huh?  Actually I missed the day and was mad because I wanted to buy a cake to celebrate.  But I forget and then realized later that I now had my 4 years in.

So I guess you could say it gets easier over time..

Lets take a look at my stats, shall we?  What have I gained from not smoking for 4 years?

* I have avoided smoking approximately 37 THOUSAND cigarettes.

* The cost savings from not having to purchase those cigarettes is just under $7,000 dollars.

* The time I would have spent actually smoking those 37 thousand cigs?  128 days.

128 days of continuous smoking!

If you are still smoking I want you to really think about that.  Imagine smoking, non-stop, for 128 days continuously, without stopping to eat or sleep or anything else.  That is how much time I would have actually been smoking if I had not quit 4 years ago.

Folks, that is crazy.  Just plain nuts.

I dont really care about the 7 grand, I mean really, who needs another iPod these days, right?  And Im not even that appalled with the 37 thousand cig total.  But folks, do you realize you are wasting almost an entire month out of each year, engaged in the act of smoking?

We all sleep about 7 to 8 hours a day.so with your remaining, waking hours, you are giving away about a quarter of your life to the act of smoking. This is insane!  A quarter of your free time!  To a mindless activity!

Think of the things you could be doing..trust me, there are all sorts of things that do not involve smoking.  Exercise is a good one, for example.

I actually run now, on a regular basis.  Quite a bit too.  Pretty sure that quitting smoking has been a driver of that good habit.

But I actually enjoy it, you say.

Hah!  No, what you enjoy is avoiding the onset of nicotine withdrawal.  You are confusing avoiding pain with pleasure.  If you measure your happiness, contentment, and ability to handle stress, you will see that all of that stuff gets better after you are nicotine free for a few weeks.  Yes, withdrawal is a major struggle, and not much fun, but if you get through it, you will see that the cigarettes have you fooled

Living in freedom from nicotine addiction

You might not be ready for all of this.

Doing this takes guts. You have to face the world without your familiar crutch.

And, there will be an emotional loss when you quit smoking. You will mourn it in a way you might not be expecting.

But it will work. If you put in the effort it will work for you. Follow it exactly and you can hardly help but succeed.

The only question is: do you have the guts to put in the work?

 

Why you need an awesome plan

This is an awesome plan of attack for quitting smoking and if you follow it exactly you will have no problems quitting. Plus, this plan is pretty much free. I am not selling you products or services here. This worked for me and I was a hard core smoker who was addicted in the worst way.

So lets get to it.

Nobody quits smoking on their first try. It is almost impossible. The reason for this is quite simple: everyone underestimates how tough it will be. At least initially they do. When they have never even tried to go through with it cold turkey, the have no idea what they are even up against. It is not impossible and of course it can be done, but nearly everyone underestimates the task at first.

Most people have tried to quit smoking several times, in fact. I think I read a statistic once that the average smoker has tried to quit six times. Of course, some have never tried at all.

Many people who have tried to quit initially tried to go it alone, cold turkey. This is actually not a bad strategy, and I believe that anyone who is persistent with the cold turkey method will eventually prevail. But most do not believe that they can actually do it. And so they give up on cold turkey and believe that they need more help, so they might try the patch or the gum or something. But their hearts are still not really in it, and when those methods fail them, then they really get discouraged.

I know what all of this feels like because I went through it myself. I failed to quit smoking over and over again, using a variety of different techniques. At some points, I sort of just threw up my arms and resigned myself to be a smoker.

This is the worst thing you can do. Instead, you need to make a commitment to yourself, right now, that you are going to become an ex-smoker, and start enjoying all the freedom that comes along with it. Make a promise to yourself right now that you will stop at absolutely nothing until you achieve this goal. This is the most important thing in your life, by far. Fix this, and a whole world of opportunity and freedom will open up to you. Just consider 3 benefits of quitting, although there are many more:

1) Save money. Smokers spend thousands each year on cigarettes (not to mention tens of thousands in future medical bills).

2) Save time. The average smoker spends just under 1 full month out of every year engaged in the act of smoking cigarettes. Imagine how much more time you will have.

3) Mental obsession. Smokers lose mental energy every single day, mentally obsessing over when to smoke their next cigarette, where to smoke it, how many they have left, etc.

There are other benefits, but these 3 are enormous. They represent 99 percent of the time and

There are two general types of anti-smoking medication approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Nicotine replacement therapies will work to deliver the chemical nicotine that you’re addicted to in small, consistent doses, in order to help relieve physical withdrawal symptoms. By leaving most of the physical addiction management work to the medication, you are freed to concentrate on what many consider to be most difficult aspect of the quitting process – managing the psychological addiction.

Common nicotine replacement methods are nicotine gum and nicotine patches. There are even nicotine inhalers, (some are even shaped like cigarettes!) which release a mist of nicotine and may help to relieve oral fixation and give your hands something to do. Non nicotine anti-smoking therapies work to block the pleasure receptors which are activated in your brain and which you associate with smoking.

Some treatmentsare actually mood stabilizers that were found to have side effects beneficial for quitting smoking. You could also become involved in a clinical trial of nicotine vaccination, usually found in large cities at research hospitals. Some nicotine vaccination approaches include an injection that activates your immune system to completely block nicotine from ever reaching your brain, and may work for up to a year.

You might prefer an approach that does not involve medication such as Quit Smoking Now, or just want to increase your chances of success by combining chemical treatment with an
additional method of quitting. One of the most common medical uses of hypnosis is for smoking cessation therapy. Ask your primary care physician to recommend a qualified hypnotherapist near your work or home. Acupuncture is another alternative, which is thought to work by triggering your body to produce endorphins that help to manage your withdrawal symptoms.

Or you might want to try broadening your existing support system. Many states have dedicated quit smoking toll-free hotlines for you to call when the craving hits. If your state doesn’t offer one, many nonprofit organizations offer nationwide phone support services for free. Use these phone lines on an as-needed basis to talk you through your craving, which will fade out in about five minutes. In recent years the medical community has recognized the effectiveness of focus groups dedicated to overcome specific addictions. Alcoholics Anonymous is probably the most recognizable and successful of these, but they have been shown to be effective in treating all types of addictions due to their use of the “whole person” approach. If you can’t find a smoker support
meeting in your area, try starting your own!

The best quit-smoking treatment for you is obviously the one that works. Make sure that your method is practical for your lifestyle and either directly or indirectly addresses some of the reasons you used to smoke. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t succeed the first time around, instead congratulate yourself for your effort, and have another go!