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Your Health & Wellness, Iss #86 -- Your Body Was Created to Thrive On Real Food, and Activity
September 30, 2011
(Guide to a Healthy Lifestyle)
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Your Body Was Created to Thrive On Real Food, and Activity
In many ways, the more technologically advanced we become, the more damage we seem to do to ourselves. For every positive outcome technology brings, there seems to be many negative outcomes lurking around the corner.
Take for instance wireless technology. There now seems to be no doubt that constant exposure to EMF (electromagnetic force) radiation causes brain cancer. And the biggest offenders are cell phones.
Studies point to colony collapse disorder (CCD) suffered by honeybees as being caused by microwave radiation from cell phones and their relay towers.
It seems that microwave radiation interferes with the worker bees' navigation system. Because of this disruption, they fail to return to their colony.
In order to test their theory, scientists placed cell phones near beehives. In 5 to 10 days, the hives completely collapsed.
It seems that the radiation also damages the bees' nervous, system making them lose their ability to fly.
Modern food technology is likewise having an adverse effect on the human body. Diseases such as various cancers, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and other chronic ailments are on the rise.
This is the direct result of food scientists substituting real and natural foods with synthetics that have been concocted in a laboratory.
These food technologies and substances which have invaded our homes and grocery stores are GMOs (genetically modified organisms), artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose, and high fructose corn syrup, flavor enhancers, monosodium glutamate (MSG), factory farming, artificial preservatives and colorings, pasteurization, and other substances and processes.
Are you interested in the state of America's health in the late 19th to mid-20th century? Take a look at this brief health history.
In actuality, all process and manufactured 'foods' are not foods at all. Webster's dictionary defines a food as: "any substance taken into and assimilated by a plant or an animal to keep it alive and enable it to grow and repair tissue; nourishment."
"There is no such thing as 'bad' food. If we abide strictly by Webster's definition of food, it can only be good ... Bad food is an oxymoron ... Therefore if what is assimilated by the body does what God intended it to do, then it is 'food.' If what is assimilated by the body doesn't do what God intended it to do, it is garbage," (Living A God-Glorifying Life Through Good Health, pg. 85.)
Food Back in the Day
"I won't go so far as to say that food in the old days when I was growing up wasn't processed - some of it was. But since those days, the processing has increased to the point that it cannot be categorized as 'food' anymore ..." (Living A God-Glorifying Life Through Good Health, pg. 88.)
Even as recently as the mid 1950s to early 1960s, families by and large ate healthy, home-cooked meals. My mother, for example, baked birthday cakes for her children's birthdays. That's right - she didn't buy an Entemann's cake or an ice cream cake from Carvel.
On Sunday mornings, she baked biscuits - real, honest-to-goodness biscuits. They weren't Pillsbury's ready-made, pop in the oven biscuits.
Mom's biscuits and cakes were made from scratch. The ingredients for her biscuits? Butter, milk, baking powder, and salt. That's it. And she used her hands to mix the butter into the flour.
Next time you go out shopping, take a look at the ingredient lists of an Entemann's cake and Pillsbury biscuits. You'll need a degree in chemistry to read, let alone understand, many of the chemicals they contain.
When my father was born in 1898, there was very little heart disease. This was true even though the average American ate red meat, butter, lard, and eggs.
That all changed when saturated fat was targeted as the cause of heart disease, and margarine and vegetable oils were substituted for them (Read Dangerous Food Technology and The Low Fat diet.)
And now since Americans have been unjustifiably terrorized into avoiding, or at least severely curtailing, the consumption of red meat, heart disease has skyrocketed.
The beef, chicken, milk, and eggs that we do eat are processed from CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operations.) This is another name for factory farming.
"Prior to 1950, all cattle had the luxury of grazing in the open as God intended for them to do. By the 1970s, this practice was a thing of the past ..." (Living A God-Glorifying Life Through Good Health, pg. 132.)
The use of high fructose corn syrup, an artificial sweetener, was about 1/2 pound per capita in 1970; by 1997, its use had escalated to 78 pounds per year. American consumption grew 1000 percent from 1970 to 1990!
High fructose corn syrup can be found in soft drinks, candy, ice cream, frozen yogurt, Popsicles, fruit bars, ketchup, pasta sauce, soups, and hamburger buns (this list is by no means exhaustive.)
This cheap sweetener is in a large part responsible for the global obesity explosion.
Aspartame, another sweetener, was discovered in 1965; it can be found in over 5,000 food products globally. Studies have shown that not only can it cause obesity, but cancer too.
Monosodium glutamate was added in great quantities to baby food in the late 1950s.
When I was growing up in the 1950s, monosodium glutamate use was minimal, aspartame and high fructose corn syrup was nonexistent, and meat was not factory-farmed.
Synthetic Food and Ingredients, and Manufacturing Processes Are Responsible For the Rise In Chronic Disease
I should add that today's food isn't solely responsible for the global health crisis, toxins in the water and in the air are too. Those factors are beyond the scope of this article.
Our bodies were created to utilize and process natural, unadulterated food for sustenance. Real food works in harmony with the body and builds a strong immune system which keeps chronic disease at bay.
It is unfortunate that America's government is hell bent on keeping the status quo. Food manufacturers, the pharmaceutical cartels, and our health care system are all working in concert with each other and the government to protect the very foods and processes causing a massive breakdown in consumer health.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are literally under the thumb of the pharmaceutical and food industries. They also have powerful lobbyists to keep a very profitable system in place.
It is up to you, the consumer, to demand change. This can be done simply by targeting your hard-earned dollars to natural and wholesome food.
Of necessity, that food should be minimally processed and farm-fresh. Meat should be sourced from greenfed and organically-raised animals.
Avoid pasteurized milk and substitute raw milk. Be sure your eggs come from free-ranged chickens.
Eat more home-cooked meals. They are inherently much healthier alternatives than Boston Market or Mickey D's.
Want to purchase 100 percent greenfed and organically-raised food? You can do so here at Beyond Organic.
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You can also purchase a copy of my book Living A God-Glorifying Life Through Good Health. It was featured on a CNN segment in 2007. Purchase a copy here.
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