Friday, August 11, 2017

Nutrient Dense Foods Are The Key That Unlock Health

     The blessing in the food, given by God, is what holds the key to unlocking true health (freedom from illness or injury).  One of the major barriers and misconceptions standing in the way of health for all people is not "free healthcare" (which is anything but healthcare) but it is education. Education is power.  Education is freedom. Education is what will unlock the door and lead to a life of health.
     Our school system, in our early years fails to truly educate us therefore failing to empower us to think freely and honestly about nutrition and health. Instead, what the system does do is to prepare students for collegiate education and beyond to think and understand the way the corporations who donate large sums of money to these colleges want the students to think and understand. In turn, the students graduate into society and goes to work for these corporations contributing not to the betterment of people's health but to the betterment of the bottom line for these corporations. The educational system is built on obvious bias.
    I talk to people daily who are literally dying to achieve health in their lives but they just don't know how to get there. They seek counsel from western trained and socially engineered nutritionists and doctors. More times than not, these well meaning nutritionists and doctors fail them. What I have witnessed time and time again is that the nutritionists push the USDA dietary guidelines while never taking into account that the person coming to them for help is an individual person with their own DNA, their own ancestral heritage and their own life story. These providers of disease management do not and are not trained to think that what may be a perfect diet for one person may be totally different from what is nutritionally beneficial to the next person. When patients go to see their doctor, their doctor has a set amount of time for which they can see their patients due to having profit margins that must be met.  The doctors listen astutely for symptoms and match up drugs to those symptoms for which they then prescribe. The patients are then told to take them and return at a designated time in the future to determine how the prescribed drugs are working.  Often times, what I witness is that not surprisingly the patients will have side effects for which another drug will be prescribed. This is not healthcare. This is suppressing the body's ability to repair and heal itself by quieting or shutting off the body's built in alarm system. When our body's functioning is off it is designed in such a way as to send out alarms signaling, "Hey, human, something is amiss, help me by correcting it."   By not identifying the underlying causes of the alarms and then addressing those causes by making the necessary changes through diet and lifestyle we suppress health, not promote it. As doctors and nurses and anyone else who works in this healthcare also known as the disease management industry we have become suppressors of health not promoters who bring healing.
      Unfortunately, our doctors and healthcare system have become mere lapdogs to big pharma, private equity firms and are restricted by insurance companies with their time. As if this is not bad enough then they have the FDA which is supposedly a government watchdog to protect the people yet it has merely evolved into nothing more than a subsidiary of biotech firms who dictate to them which drugs ultimately come to market.  The FDA and the biotechs have a revolving door policy from which key players move back and forth between the two organizations and dictate to doctors the guidelines of what is "medically appropriate" in the treatment of their patients.
     After many years of working in the disease management (healthcare) industry and witnessing these issues, I have come to realize that the lack of honest education is purposeful in order to promote American  business. It is in the interest of  the grocery store lobbyists, pharmaceutical lobbyists, chemical company lobbyists, physician lobbyists (AMA), industrial agricultural farming lobbyists, food manufacturers and their lobbyists like General Mills, Kellogg's, etc. and even yes, the government to hide the truth from the American public about the curative and preventive power in macro and micro nutrients. 
     We have gotten so far away from ancient wisdom in our own greed and narcissism and  been engineered in a systematic approach by big business ownership and regulatory captive to have us believe in a false narrative consisting of several main points which benefits the interests of these groups but unfortunately does not benefit people's health.  The first falsehood is that we need to consume a lot of food in order to sustain health. Obviously, one can see how this is good for business because if people are buying more food these groups make more money.  The truth is that it is the quality of the food and not the quantity which builds immunity, thwarts diseases and that creates perfect homeostasis in the body that in turn promotes health. The second falsehood is that the foods that are produced by the food manufacturers are healthy for us. Nothing could be farther from the truth. All a person with any interest in this has to do is pick up a box of crackers, candies, breads, cereals, breakfast bars and read the ingredient list and begin to look up each ingredient and understand what wording like "enriched" wheat flour means. Lastly, is the false mantra that it cost a lot to eat healthy. After doing the math myself and comparing my pantry and refrigerator when my family is eating real food compared to when we are eating boxed, bagged and processed foods, I can honestly say that my grocery bill has been cut in half.
     After years of working with sick people from pediatrics to geriatrics and being on both the provider side, and the insurance side, what I have seen is a lot of very sick people who are taking a lot of very expensive drugs yet have no better health to show for it.  Not only have I witnessed this in my career with watching patients but also in my personal life in which my loved ones who  have suffered medical conditions to which no doctors have actually ever "cured" but instead merely prescribed drugs of big pharma to then only prescribe more drugs to treat the side effects and complications caused by the initially prescribed drugs.
     At some point, if one has any conscious, curiosity, and love for the wellbeing of people then he or she has to begin to ask a pivotal question, "What am I missing here?"  It was my observations that led me to this question and  that started me on a journey to find answers and to create health and wellness in the lives of my family, friends and anyone else that I encountered and who was willing to listen. What I have discovered is startling and too much information to cover in this post but just know that it is a fact that what we eat and drink holds the answer to the question, "How do we achieve health and wellness?"
     After looking at patient charts for years, one can't help but to start to see trends and what I began to realize is that almost every patient was taking on average at any given time between 3 and 6 big pharma pills a day. Drug lists almost always included drugs to treat what I began to call the standard American diseases which are a direct result of the standard American diet and those diseases always included: 1.) High blood pressure (hypertension), 2.) Diabetes type 2, 3.) High cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), 4.) Anxiety & depression (mood affect disorder), 5.) Some type of autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel, etc., and 6.) Insomnia. There were a host of other common diseases as well such as asthma, allergies, erectile dysfunction (caused by the blood pressure pills) and dementia/alzheimers but the 6 listed are the standard, if you will. What was and is truly sad to me is that many times patients would be on two or three different drugs to treat the same condition.                                                                                                                            For a while in my career, my role was to coach patients toward wellness which meant I spent a lot of time encouraging them to be compliant with taking their big pharma pills. What I discovered was that out of all of the patients that I worked with only a handful of them, if that, actually overcame their disease processes. The ones who did so were the patients who transformed their diet and lifestyle. Not only did their numbers normalize but they lost on average about 20 pounds and they told me they felt better than they had ever felt and were able to come off all of their medications. That is health!
This intrigued me and so I began to do a  great deal of research and what I discovered was that there is curative power in real food and lifestyle modification. I began to change the way I looked at and thought about food. I began to see food as medicinal. Hippocrates said it best, "Let thy food be thy medicine." It amazes me yet solidifies what I know to be true about God. When someone like Hippocrates, the father of medicine, and the name from which the Hippocratic Oath is derived and who was born, by best historians accounts, in 460 BC makes this profound statement it calls for great reflection. It reminds me of a truth from which we as a people have travelled so far from it reminds me that like God who is the same yesterday, today and forever so are His evident truths even as it pertains to the gift of food (James 1:17, Revelation 22:2 and Ezekiel 47:12).
    This led my research into looking at foods dating back to Biblical times and tracing it to present day which led to my following its evolution through industrialization.  What the industrial agriculture industry has done and continues to do to our food directly impacts our lack of health that we now experience.  Over the last 100 years 85% of the nutrients in our soil in America has been destroyed due to industrial agriculture. There is a definite difference in living longer and living healthy.  Most all disease as we know it today and  based on other's research confirms that approximately 86% to 90% of our diseases could be cured or eradicated through proper nutrition. Learning these startling numbers but understanding the pathophysiology of the human body it was made clear to me that there is something so monumental happening around us that we need not miss it. I looked at what health issues I was witnessing in patients and in the members of my own family. I then compared those issues to their diets and I was shocked at how quickly I was able to identify what key nutrients they were lacking which was resulting in the illnesses. Armed with this knowledge, the  refrigerator, pantry and food mindset makeover began.
     God never intended for us to eat so much processed man made synthetic food as we do today which is causing our obesity epidemic and disease crisis from malnutrition. Nor did He mean for us to feel like we have to calorie restrict and starve ourselves to attain a worldly view of beauty because with either of these ways of eating we suffer huge nutritional deficits that make us sick and depressed.  I believe that He intended for our food to be just what Hippocrates said, medicine that provides nourishment to our souls, bodies and spirits and provides health. He loves us and therefore it only makes complete sense that he would want health for us. The food we eat should assist us in building immunity from the inside out, and promote a state of health.
My family has begun to practice much better habits as they pertain to food and one of the best things that I believe we have done is to buy a Vitamix and we started juicing and making smoothies. It is not only one of the best ways to consume multiple vegetables and fruits simultaneously but also is helpful when time is an issue. If people's budgets don't allow for a Vitamix then I tell them to just get started that a Nutrabullet will do the trick. We have many recipes but several "go to" favorites.  The one we like to prepare several times a week has so much nutrient rich foods that it is hard to beat.




                                                               KALE SMOOTHIE
  • 2 cups of fresh organic kale, rinsed and dried
  • 3/4 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 frozen organic banana
  • 1/4 cup of organic pineapple pieces (we use the BJs brand, found in the freezer section and it is organic)
  • 2 Tbsp. of almond butter or sunflower butter (we steer clear of peanut butter in our home because of the high acid content and the allergy)
  • 1 to 3 tsp of raw and local honey
  • 1 Tbsp. flax seed
  • 1 Tbsp. hemp seed
  • Ice
Sometimes I throw in probiotics, or papaya, apple or watermelon seeds. I also love to throw in some fresh wheatgrass whenever I have it on hand.  
   
                                                             HEALTH BENEFITS
  • KALE  - It has been on dinner plates since Roman times and boast of nutrients of vitamins and minerals. It offers protein, fiber (aid to weight loss and blood sugar control as well as prevention of conditions like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), colon cancer, constipation, and diverticulosis. It has vitamins A, C & K. Vitamin A is fat soluble and is a powerful antioxidant that plays a role in maintaining healthy vision, neurological function, healthy skin and reduces inflammation through fighting radical damage. Vitamin C is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in our bodies and it doesn't get stored in the body so we need to consume it on a regular basis. Our body needs Vitamin C to make collagen which is a protein that supports tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. Vitamin C plays a crucial role in strengthening our immune system. It has been shown that low levels of Vitamin C causes scurvy, and can lead to high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, cancer, stroke, and plaque build up that leads to heart attacks. It also helps the body deal with stress by reducing the elevated levels of stress, hormones and cortisol. A deficiency in this vitamin can lead to cataracts. Vitamin C has also been shown to be effective at helping to aid weight loss. It also gives more energy by balancing internal body systems and aids in the production of dopamine in the nervous system and supports the adrenal function for increased metabolic energy. It prevents heart disease by preventing free radicals from damaging the artery walls which could lead to plaque formation. It also helps to prevent asthma and lessens the body's production of histamine which contributes to inflammation. The body uses Vitamin C to help heal wounds at a faster pace and wounds that heal slowly indicate a low level of Vitamin C. It also aids in sun protection and reduces sunburns. It protects our skin from free radicals that develop due to excess exposure to the sun and helps with hair growth. Vitamin K is an umbrella term which encompasses a group of chemically fat-soluble compounds known as K, K1, K2, and K3. Vitamin K1 is the natural source of Vitamin K and is the primary source of Vitamin K that humans obtain through food. It is necessary for responding to injuries and regulates normal blood clotting. It also assists with transporting calcium (calcitriol) throughout the body. Due to it's role of transporting Vitamin D into cellular tissue of bone it plays a role in helping to prevent bone loss and decreases the risk of bone fractures and prevents calcification of arteries and other soft tissue (Dr Weil) which is a problem we are seeing today that has led to the cardiology and internal medicine doctors running calcium testing. I believe when the USDA guidelines changed in the early 1990s to promote more dairy consumption and the add, "Got Milk?" first aired in 1993 it was all  due to the introduction of rBGH through Monsanto's patent and this was the beginning of more osteoporosis and calcification in the vessels which is wreaking having with people's health. Had they explained to people that they needed to have Vitamin K2 to transport the Vitamin D3 we would not be seeing these large numbers of problems in people's lack of health today.  The need for calcium tests and bone scans would be obsolete as well as many other medical conditions that were warned about and that we are now seeing. For people interested in more about this topic, I recommend the book, What's in Your Milk
  • COCONUT MILK - Coconut milk is a naturally found liquid inside of mature coconuts that is stored in the coconut meat. The milky white substance you see when you crack open a coconut is natural coconut water but when you blend the coconut meat and then strain this you get coconut "milk". It is a good source of healthy saturated fatty acids. It has been shown that coconut milk can lower cholesterol levels, improve blood pressure, and prevent heart attacks and stroke. It is free of dairy, lactose, soy, nuts or grains and is a good option for anyone with allergens to those food sources. It contains manganesecopper, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, and potassium
  • BANANA - This readily available fruit combo herb is rich in potassium but also contains other key nutrients such as all of the nutrients already mentioned above.  The recommended daily intake of potassium for adults is 4,700 mg a day and other foods rich in potassium are avocados, acorn squash, spinach, sweet potatoes, wild caught salmon, white beans, dried apricots, pomegranates and coconut water and milk.  Potassium is one of the most important electrolytes in the body. It is vital to healthy functioning of all the body's cells, tissues, and organs. It is responsible, along with sodium for regulating the water balance and the acid base balance in blood and tissue. It is also vastly important for normal growth and for building muscle.
  • PINEAPPLE - One of the many nutritional benefits that I love most about pineapple is that it contains a proteolytic enzyme known as bromelain and it aids in the digestion of proteins. It is often used to treat muscle injuries. It is a natural anticoagulant which means it acts to break down the blood clotting protein fibrin and thereby improving circulation. This fruit also helps improve respiratory health, cures coughs and colds, strengthens bones, reduces inflammation and thereby helps to prevent many disease processes including cancer. It too is a storehouse for many of the vitamins and minerals already mentioned in the above foods. It contains potassium, copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, Vitamin C  and fiber.
  • ALMOND BUTTER or SUNFLOWER BUTTER - The health benefits found in almond butter are all the same benefit derived from almonds. Almonds are loaded with key nutrients that help sustain energy throughout the day. The health benefits of sunflower butter are equally if not more impressive. Sunflower seed butter is a staple in our house and is loaded with protein, Vitamin E which is another fat soluble antioxidant and protects against air pollution even the kind from the "chemtrails" of geoengineering which we commonly see daily now, as well as the following conditions: PMS, eye disorders such as cataracts, and neurological disease such as Alzheimer's and also diabetes. Both options are more unprocessed foods and are full of healthy fats which can aid in weight loss when eaten in moderation.
  • RAW HONEY and LOCAL HONEY - This provides a great source of antioxidants and raw honey in particular contains antioxidants called phenolic compounds which helps to protect the body from cellular damage due to free radical damage. Raw honey can kill unwanted bacteria and fungus. It naturally contains H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) which is an antiseptic. There are several hospitals in Europe that have used Manuka honey to fight MRSA which is methicillin staphylococcus aureus  a type of staph infection which is now prevalent today and resistant to antibiotics due to the over use of antibiotics and destruction or our intestinal tracts. It is a staple in our house.
  • FLAXSEED - This is a small yet powerful seed and can boast of being a super food. It contains Omega 3 essential fatty acids which have heart healthy effects. Each Tbsp of ground flax contains 1.8 grams of plant Omega 3s. They have both plant estrogens and antioxidant qualities and not too mention the fiber content. It was first cultivated in 3,000 BC in the 8th century. It is said to protect against breast cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer due to the phytoestrogen role. The role it plays in digestive health in it's prevention of colorectal cancer is also noted as well as its preventive role in heart disease. All of these organ's processes are collaborative and work together in prevention of disease as the body even though not recognized to be so by modern western medicine is contiguous and what affects one organ affects another. Flaxseed is a power house at helping these organs be able to perform in harmony.
  • HEMP SEED - Hemp seed is also a tiny package which boast mega nutritional benefits that are evidenced based. They are rich in 2 essential fatty acids: omega 6 and omega 3. They also contain gamma linolenic acid. They also are a great protein source and contain Vitamin E and key minerals already listed above including also zinc which has been written about extensively in journals like Pub Med which are peer reviewed medical journals which I am starting to believe few providers read. 


                                                                 KEEP IT SIMPLE



Remember that you are smarter than you think when it comes to your health and you possess more power than you know. For more recipes and education on health and wellness watch for more upcoming blog posts and don't forget to always buy organic whenever possible.

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