Thursday, 12 October 2017 07:39

Heartfelt Clips and Healthy Tips: Azi the Rescue Horse and High Fructose Corn Syrup

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Azi the rescue horse. Azi the rescue horse. Contributed photo.

Azi the Rescue Horse

I was recently speaking to a friend who was telling me about her farm and the strange, but sometimes funny things that happen there. Her grandson has chickens which he raises to sell the eggs. He also has two horses, one named Lena, the other named Red Ted. He also has two miniature pigs named Dallas and Buddy.

My friend wanted a horse of her own, but her husband wouldn’t agree to it until after she was retired. The day of retirement finally came, and the search for a horse began.

They wanted to rescue a horse, so the process took a while. They finally found the right horse, although it wasn’t a sight to dwell upon. This horse was no thoroughbred. He had obviously been neglected; he had a swayed back, and was scrawny with his ribs showing. They took him home, named him Azi, and gave him loving care.

In no time Azi was a happy, healthy horse. Not long after Azi moved into his new home and before he got his health back, he escaped from the barn. The door had not been latched, so he took advantage of the opportunity to roam free. With Azi being so puny, the owners were shocked when he took off full force running through the hay field and jumping perfectly through the hay racks like he was a champion runner.

The farm dog took off after him and also enjoyed the run from beneath Azi’s two front legs. The entire time the owners held their breath hoping the dog wouldn’t get stomped on. They were quite entertained while they watched in amazement as this scraggly looking horse did what only a show horse could. After a nice long run and with some quick thinking, Azi was finally lured back into the stall with some feed, all the while, the dog remained in one piece.

I would say they all, including the owners, got their workout for the day. Looks can be deceiving!

 

The Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is in so much of our food and drinks, it has the tendency to have negative effects on people.. Most of the HFCS that we consume is in sugar-sweetened drinks and processed foods.

Because of this, obesity rates have more than tripled, with diabetes increasing more than seven-fold. Even in moderation, HFCS triggers total body inflammation, as well as being a major cause of heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, liver failure, tooth decay, and more.

HFCS is not natural and the body doesn’t recognize it as a natural food, therefore it confuses the body. It also confuses the body’s drive for appetite, which increases the drive for appetite. It is chemically processed, and people are being misinformed of the harm it causes.

“The goal of the corn industry is to call into question any claim of harm from consuming HFCS and to confuse and deflect by calling their product natural corn sugar,” Mark Hyman, MD, stated in an article. “That’s like calling tobacco in cigarettes natural herbal medicine.”

There is no natural digestion needed for HFCS, therefore, it goes straight into the liver and triggers the production of fats like triglycerides and cholesterol. It is the major cause of liver damage in this country.

The next time you go shopping, take a few moments to read the labels on the items you purchase. This could save you from future illnesses.