Every bite you eat is either fighting disease or feeding it.

A hundred or so years ago people ate whole food from their garden or farm and pasture raised or wild caught meat and fish. All the nutrients our bodies needed to fight infections and bugs were in the food. All the nutrients needed to create the food were in the soil. A hundred or so years ago most of the chronic diseases so common today were rare or had never been heard of. There is a message here. These days we are feeding disease.

Now how the heck did that happen?  

A more complete explanation is provided in my book, It’s All about the Food. But here is a high level summary.

People left the farm and moved to the city, leaving gardens and pastures behind. Commercial farms continuously growing massive quantities of the cheapest crops possible became common. Those cheap crops are grains like wheat and corn along with soy beans. Chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides were developed to increase yield and provide cheap maintenance. Eventually those chemicals and the prevalence of single crops damaged (and continues to damage) the soil and the food.

The meat in our diet evolved from the animal in the pasture to commercial feed lots supplying our grocery stores. As you might expect the animals are fed that very same grain (remember, it’s cheap) even though that is frequently not their natural food. Consequently they tend to get sick and antibiotics become a staple. And the plus for the meat seller is that that animals put on lots of (saleable) weight. We humans have the same problem with weight for the same reasons.

Commercial processed food manufacturers saw the light and figured out how to use all those cheap crops in every way possible. The main ingredients in cereal, pasta, bread, cakes (cookies and pies), chips, etc are grain of some sort. Another way to use cheap crops is to make vegetable oils from them. Consequently there hardly exists a processed food today that does not include grain or soybeans in some form – content that is calorie dense (as in lots of them) and nutritionally deficient.

Just because you may not see those particular words on the box or bottle ingredient list does not mean they aren’t in there.

The processes and chemicals developed to make those processed foods palatable are mighty handy. Why use real blueberries when you can achieve the taste, smell, and texture of blueberries chemically! Americans crave the right taste and processors know how to appeal to that craving. Americans love convenience and cheap food. Processors and fast food restaurants have made cheap (or at least they seem cheap) and easy into a fine art.

We are now paying a different price for cheap and easy. We have ceased to fight disease and are now feeding it.

Is food all that matters?

Not really. Persistent stress in our lives and lack of sleep are serious contributors to ill health. And toxic chemicals abound, well beyond those found in food. Chemicals are in your water, dirt, clothes, cleaners, skin products, building and home good, on and on forever. Chemicals contribute mightily to disease but it will be impossible in this world to avoid those toxic chemicals completely.

So my subject here is food. You are totally in charge of what goes in your mouth. Commercially processed food and vegetable oils are the number one contributors to chronic disease and extra weight.

I could talk for many more pages on the negatives of commercially processed food including vegetable oils. I could make massive lists of additives found in processed foods and explain why each is bad for us. But that isn’t my interest here. My interest here is the vitamins, minerals, amino and fatty acids, etc. that occur naturally in whole food and are ESSENTIAL to our health but are missing in commercially processed foods.

Essential is a real word. It means something is required. Commercial food processing significantly reduces or destroys the natural nutrition in food. Odds are the nutrients listed on a food label were added chemically. What we have is taste without substance.

Our poor bodies know what is required nutritionally and are designed to use those nutrients to keep us running and well. And when we don’t get those nutrients our bodies become chronically inflamed and we will be sick. We will be sick!

And we are sick which explains the escalating levels of chronic diseases, stuff like diabetes, arthritis, blindness, atherosclerosis, obesity, kidney disease, celiac disease, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), a long laundry list of autoimmune diseases.

Some want to believe that they can take supplements instead of eating properly. However, there are literally hundreds of nutrients required for our bodies’ operation. Only nature knows how to combine nutrients together in food and deliver them in the most absorbable way. God did not create your body to expect that your vitamin C, calcium, or any one other nutrient would arrive in a pill.

Supplements are commercially manufactured, frequently contain additives contributing to toxic load, and are not in a form that our bodies can easily absorb. For your entertainment do an internet search on the different forms of magnesium supplements along with the pros and cons. You get to choose. And if you make that decision based on price, you might make a poor choice.  A really good supplement will be pricey. And don’t depend on supplements (cheap or expensive) to do the job of food.

My advice, therefore, has not changed from the day my book was published. To the very largest degree possible, eliminate commercially processed foods and oils from your diet. You spent a lot of money for your kitchen. Learn to use it in a healthy way.

Are You a Captive of Your Genes – Cancer

 

You could be on the downhill slide toward cancer. But if you are, your genes are likely only a minor contributor. You are not a captive of your genes unless you decide to be..

At the bottom line, our susceptibility to cancer lies in three areas – our genetic makeup, how our genes  respond to the toxin overload in our particular environment, and how well our diet provides the nutrients necessary to support our genes. Read on! Continue reading

An Ounce of Prevention

An Ounce of Prevention

I learned this week that another friend has cancer, reminding me once again that cancer is ugly and devious. Treating active cancer is a battle.

Gardeners, this is very much like the battle of the squash beetles in your vegetable garden. If you catch them at the very first sign you can save your crop pretty easily. But once they run rampant there may be no effective treatment and your plants will eventually die. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure both in gardening and cancer. Continue reading

What bothers men the most? A big waist or erectile dysfunction?

There seems to be no end to the number of ailments aggravated or caused by diet. And it seems to be tough for people to give up eating the stuff they just love in the interest of  avoiding body fat or an ailment. But some ailments, particularly for men, are harder to ignore.  

In my experience, women are very much more concerned about their body fat than men. Dissatisfaction with weight is a perpetual subject of discussion among women; usually a “Do you think I look fat?” thing. Women join together in weight loss support groups. But for men, erectile dysfunction is another matter. Continue reading

Stop banging on the door. Use your key!

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“Get serious,” my editor said. “You have to stop revising the manuscript or the book will never hit the street.” Part of my problem was a perpetual search for the perfect word; it’s an affliction I haveBut the bigger issue is that I always want to do just a little more research. Just in case. On one side of my brain I was sure that I was on the mark. On the other side I feared I might have missed something important. Continue reading

“Those with cardiovascular disease not identified with diabetes…are simply undiagnosed.”

 

Any heart disease in your family? Do you have any kind of heart or artery disease? Odds are really good because cardiovascular disease is the primary cause of death in America. And maybe you are kinda worried about that heart attack, stroke, or  aneurysm. So maybe you would like to avoid that. Continue reading

Symptom? Migraines

Anyone who has ever had a migraine knows they are ugly. My daughter was once periodically incapacitated by extreme, disabling migraine headaches, flat in the bed in a dark bedroom, unable to move or converse.  At other times she was nauseated, dizzy, and lost balance. “Just leave me alone,” she said in a whisper. Females, it seems, are prone to more frequent and severe migraines. Now is that fair? Continue reading