Blog Tour: Word of Wisdom: Discovering the LDS Code of Health by Scott Johnson

Welcome to Author Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson spent most of his childhood in Orem, Utah, where he gained a love for writing. Recognizing his potential at a young age, his teachers and family encouraged him to explore his developing writing talents.

A health challenge propelled him to study natural health and The Word of Wisdom intensely. He graduated from college with a doctorate in naturopathy. Today, he shares his knowledge of health through more than 200 published health and fitness articles. He lives a healthy lifestyle and encourages others to do so by example.

Scott, his wife and four children reside in Utah County where they enjoy the mountains and outdoors. Scott is regularly asked for health guidance by neighbors, friends, family and acquaintances and enjoys teaching others how to support the body’s innate ability to heal through natural methods.

Word of Wisdom: Discovering the LDS Code of Health

Improve your health today! The Word of Wisdom will teach you principles to help you eat better, feel better, and change your life. Dr. Scott A. Johnson draws from the Doctrine and Covenants to help you make correct dietary choices in a world where convenience food reigns supreme and where chronic illnesses and degenerative diseases are rampant.

Top Five Ingredients to Beware of on Food Labels




High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)

Other names:

glucose-fructose syrup, isoglucose

soda/soft drinks, baked goods, candy, sauces, salad dressings, yogurt, cereals

HFCS is a sweetener created by processing corn sugar to increase the level of fructose to about 55 percent. It is rapidly absorbed causing an equally rapid spike in blood sugar. Research suggests that your body doesn’t process HFCS like regular sugar (sucrose), which means it doesn’t shut off your appetite center, causing you to overeat.  Your liver must convert HFCS to glucose, but when too much HFCS is consumed it gets stored as fat, contributing to obesity and fatty liver deposits. In addition, HFCS increases your triglyceride levels, LDL cholesterol levels, contributes to diabetes and metabolic syndrome, depresses your immune system and even accelerates the aging process.

Monosodum glutamate (MSG)

Other names: autolyzed yeast, calcium caseinate, gelatin, glutamate, glutamic acid, hydrolyzed protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein,  monopotassium glutamate, sodium caseinate, textured protein, yeast extract, yeast food, yeast nutrient

Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups, processed meats, crackers, frozen dinners, chicken and beef broths, potato chips

MSG is a flavor enhancer added to thousands of foods commonly consumed every day. It is highly associated with short-term reactions such as headache, flushing, numbness or burning in the face and neck area, heart palpitations, nausea, chest pain, difficulty breathing and weakness. MSG overstimulates the glutamine receptors in the brain, which enhances salty and sweet flavors. Some suggest that this overexcitement of glutamine receptors can cause cell death or damage and eventually declined cognitive function.

Trans fat

Other names: partially hydrogenated oils,

Fried foods, baked goods, potato chips, crackers, margarine, fast food, packaged foods, cookies, frozen foods, dips

Trans fat is a man-made fat used to enhance the flavor of and extend the shelf life of many foods. Research suggests it is more harmful than saturated fat. Trans fats increase LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels while lowering HDL cholesterol levels, which significantly increases the risk of heart disease and heart attack and stroke. It is also associated with an increased risk of developing type II diabetes.

Sodium Nitrite

Other names: sodium nitrate

Processed meats, hot dogs, sausage, bacon, beef jerky, deli meats, canned soups

A salty preservative used in some meats, sodium nitrite has been linked to certain cancers and heart disease. Research suggests that those who eat the most processed meat (known to contain sodium nitrite) have a greater risk of cancer and heart disease than people who eat red meat. During digestion, this ingredient combines with amino acids to form nitrosamines, which are very harmful to the liver and pancreas and highly carcinogenic.

Artificial Sweeteners

Other names: acesulfame potassium, aspartame, neotame, saccharin, sucralose, malitol, erythritol, isomalt, lactitol, hydrogenated starch, hydrolysate,

Soft drinks/soda, sugar-free gum, candy, yogurt, diet foods, many foods labeled sugar-free, snack bars, cereal

Artificial sweeteners are used in a variety of products to decrease caloric intake. However, evidence suggests that diet soda drinkers are more likely to become overweight, obese and have a larger waistline than those who drink full sugar soft drinks. Beyond obesity, artificial sweeteners are associated with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and kidney disorders. Some reports indicate that artificial sweeteners may cause gastrointestinal problems, allergic reactions, migraines, cancer, and kidney, liver and thyroid damage.

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