Most Americans eat the Standard American Diet. We really are what we eat and what we don’t eat. We have an epidemic of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Our diet can cause these diseases. But we like the convenience. We have acquired a taste for rich, fatty, sugary, salty, processed or altered, nutrient depleted “foods”. We hardly eat any fresh vegetables. We don’t want to change our diet. The food industry is counting on us to keep consuming their manufactured foods.
That’s why it is important for you to learn what is going on here. It might influence your decisions about how you protect your health. There is no question, and research to back it up, that this nutrient deficient “food” is a major contributor to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia, and many other preventable chronic diseases that make us sick and make us suffer and make us die prematurely. Drugs are not the answer. Real, live, high nutrient foods can fight these diseases and improve our health.
It can take 20 years and more research, before such knowledge is accepted by modern medicine. Without waiting for this if we limit or eliminate the low nutrient foods and eat lots of the good foods reversal of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and some cancers is possible, as has been demonstrated in patients who have made the change to a high nutrient diet. We don’t have to have these diseases. We can help our own health. Even a little change can make a big difference.
Junk foods don’t provide the nutrients we need to keep our bodies working properly so we get sick. We crave foods because we are lacking vital nutrients. Sugar stimulates the growth and spread of cancer cells, causes inflammation, insulin resistance, it is bad. Our bodies were designed to be self healing, and can heal if we give them real live food, love and take care of ourselves and get some exercise.
High nutrient foods are fresh real foods, including lots of green and other vegetables, onions, garlic, fruits, beans, nuts, seeds and more. Limited meat and eggs should be from grass fed animals with little red meat. There is no one right “diet” for everyone. It needs to be individualized for our unique needs.
Whole grains might not be good if there is gluten sensitivity. If there is a food allergy it usually goes away with elimination and a real food wholesome diet. Going on a diet implies going off the diet. It should instead be something you can do and can stay with, enjoy and get and stay healthy with. It can take effort as you regain your true tastes, and you may experience withdrawal for a week or so from junk foods that we become addicted to. You may need to have your doctor monitor and safely taper your drugs as you need less of them, and may even be able to get off them if you stick with it.
I want to support you. I hope you will take a good look at your diet and consider making a change if it is unhealthy, if not for yourself, for your children who are even more affected by an unhealthy diet and who learn from what you do.
You may enjoy Dr. Hyman’s blogs on raising healthy eaters below.
To your good health, Dr Joan
The Last Diet You Will Ever Need, Mark Hyman, MD, Huffpost Healthy Living, 6/3/2012. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/food-industry_b_1559920.html
How Cancer Feeds on Sugar (and other big reasons to avoid refined sweets), J. D. Heyes, Naturalnews.com 11/23/12. http://www.naturalnews.com/038071_cancer_sugar_sweets.html
10 Foods That Help Fight Cancer by Michelle Bender, Special to Lifescript, November 22,2012 http://www.lifescript.com/health/centers/cancer/tips/10_foods_that _help_fight_cancer.aspx
Raising Healthy Eaters – Parts 1, 2,& 3:
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