Reader mailbag!

It’s time for another edition of our Reader Mailbag.

The emails and letters (phone calls too) keep coming.

And don’t worry… I’m getting your messages, and your questions.

So let’s dive right in…

First off, how about a funny one?

A.J. shared this story in response to my talking about dogs “knowing” when you’re on your way home.

Only this wasn’t about a dog…

Take it away, A.J:

“I think I can do one better than your dog sensing 15 minuntes ahead of your father arriving! I had a cockatiel living at my friend’s house in the south shore of the eastern part of Montreal, which is where I lived. A distance of about 7 miles.

I wouldn’t even call my friend to say that I was coming over in 15 minutes or so, but the bird sensed somehow… I had started to be on my way to my friend’s.

As soon as she made the connection, Tao (the bird) became agitated and proceeded to walk back and forth on her top perch, which would let my friend know that I WAS ON MY WAY.

I might go do errands in my neighborhood, but that didn’t excite her, only when I was going to her & my friend’s place! Pretty good for a little ‘bird brain’!!!”

Animals never stop amazing me. Gives new meaning to the phrase, “A little bird told me…”

Now, onto something a little sweeter.

Like stevia. I got a couple questions about this.

And why I use stevia in Patriot Power Greens, for example.

Bill asks…

“I don’t know if you’ll get to read this, but here goes.

My wife investigates almost everything concerning a healthy diet, or way of eating. We’ve been using Stevia/Truvia for the past year and now she reads that it is still better to use REAL sugar, rather than the processed Stevia.

I hold your recommendations in high regard, so I thought that I’d ask you about this.

I like using Stevia and don’t really want to go back to using sugar.  I have enough of a sugar problem than to use it in my coffee, tea and smoothies.  Help!”

And someone else called in talking about stevia and the gut, how it supposedly interferes with the intestinal flora.

Here’s my take.

 Stevia comes from a plant leaf, and doesn’t raise blood sugar levels. It’s not sugar, so though it’s sweet, it may have a bit of an aftertaste that sugar doesn’t have.

For me, that’s an easy tradeoff vs. sugar.

Now “Truvia” is not pure stevia. It contains an additional sugar alcohol called erythritol.

That in itself isn’t bad, but some people can get GI issues from it. If that’s not a problem for you, I still think it’s a better choice than sugar.

When it comes to your gut flora and stevia, there’s no definitive science that says natural stevia is detrimental, and actual studies that show no effect whatsoever.

But using natural stevia has been championed for decades as an alternative to sugar, with over 1,000 published articles to date.

It’s been used for hundreds of years, by populations far and wide. And more important to me, it’s recommended by doctors I respect, including M.D.s like Andrew Weil, Christiane Northrup and other “heavy hitters” in alternative medicine. Including our own Lane Sebring.

That’s good enough for me.

Now, a few of you, like Sam and Michael, noticed I didn’t list peanut oil among the oils I like to use.

And that wasn’t necessarily on purpose. Because peanut oil does contain natural antioxidants and good fats that protect cells and lower cholesterol.

Nearly 85% of the fats in peanut oil are mono- and polyunsaturated. So not too bad.

The issue with peanut oil is it is very calorie rich. So, if you’re going to use it, use it sparingly. Or else you may end up with a much more caloric meal than you thought.

One more question, from Ronald. He asks…

“Are the benefits of coffee the same for decaffeinated?”

The short answer yes.

Both decaf and regular coffee are associated with lower risk of diabetes. Decaf can protect your liver. It aids in blood flow. It can support the brain. And more.

Now, decaf has less of a positive effect vs. regular when it comes to antioxidant protection. Surely some of the polyphenols are lost in the translation.

And of course, it doesn’t pick you up like a regular cup of Joe does.

But if you like the taste but don’t want the caffeine, there’s plenty of reasons to keep enjoying decaf.

Ok, that’s about all for today.

Except for this last nugget from Raymond…


None taken, Raymond!

God Bless,

Jeff Reagan

Editor, Patriot Health Alliance



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