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The 20th Century saw much progress but it has come with a heavy cost. Now, we are suffering the consequences with rampant disease.
Toxins in our environment, clothing, toiletries, cosmetics, medications, and food increase free-radical activity and oxidative stress, major factors in chronic degenerative disease.
For good health, we must limit our exposure to toxins, reduce emotional stress, exercise, sleep, and make sure we’re getting enough nutrients which help the body function properly.
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Oxidation Free-Radical Damage
While chronic degenerative diseases all have names of their own – breast cancer, lung cancer, hypertension, stroke, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, diabetes, allergies, Parkinson’s, etc. – they all develop from the same physiological processes. Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation.
Oxidative stress of human cells, tissues, and organs is a consequence of aging and free-radical damage. Toxins, emotional stress, and malnourishment increase and accelerate oxidative stress that leads to premature aging and disease.
Wrinkles are red flags of internal cellular oxidation. Instead of trying to “hide” wrinkles with toxic creams, address the root cause. Because if your cells are damaged from oxidation, smile lines will be the least of your worries.
Inflammation acute vs chronic
Remember as a kid when you fell and scraped your knee? It may have hurt, turned red, swelled up, and/or felt warm to the touch. If it was your knee or elbow, maybe it felt stiff for awhile. These are signs of acute inflammation which can be caused by injury, pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungi), chemotherapy, radiation, and diseases. The suffix -itis is known to indicate inflammation. For example, dermatitis is inflammation of the skin, colitis is inflammation of the colon.
Inflammation is the effect of the immune system’s response to an injury or invader. As long as the root cause remains, the immune system will attempt to attack any invaders and damaged cells or tissue. When a problem persists too long, inflammation becomes chronic and begins to add to the problem, often leading to autoimmune conditions. Almost every chronic degenerative disease is accompanied by chronic inflammation. It’s like expecting fire-fighters to put out fires for weeks, months, years, even decades without any breaks. It’s a recipe for disaster.
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S.A.D Standard American Diet
Worst Experiment In Human history
The last quarter of the 20th Century spelled doom for the health of millions of Americans. Look at photographs from the 1970’s. Most people are at a healthy weight! It was at about this time, ‘experts’ started demonizing dietary fat. Low-fat, non-fat, and lite became marketing slogans.
The USDA joined in (or led) the “Fat is Bad” chorus and pushed highly processed foods as in bread, rice, cereal, and crackers – 6-11 servings per day. There was no distinction between carrots and french fries. Bananas and avocados were poo-pooed for having high fat content.
The result? While protein consumption remained mostly unchanged, processed foods became staples and healthy fats (necessary for brain and body function) all but disappeared from American diets.The more recent MyPlate campaign, while an improvement, is still sorely lacking. It’s not that Americans aren’t following ‘expert’ advice. The problem is, they are.
Cholesterol and statin drugs
“Eat cholesterol,” they said, “and your blood vessels will clog up and cause a heart attack or stroke.” Now, they’re saying, “Oops! Guess we were wrong.” It’s not TIME magaine’s fault. They were just reporting what the ‘experts’ wrote in their media releases. At least TIME came clean. Here’s the skinny on dietary and blood cholesterol. One doesn’t necessarily cause the other. You can eat no cholesterol and still have some in your blood. Why? Because the human body makes cholesterol. Why? Because the human body needs cholesterol. Also, you can increase your consumption of cholesterol and watch your blood cholesterol numbers decrease. How do I know? Because that’s exactly what happened to me. The human body is not a vending machine. It’s way more complicated than that and, well, has a mind of it’s own. Oh, and most people who suffer heart attacks have normal cholesterol so it’s kinda weird to blame cholesterol for heart disease. So, why all the fuss? Because cholesterol-lowering drugs nicknamed statins bring in a whole lot of cash. Unfortunately, they also decrease the body’s CoQ10 levels which can effect brain function and lead to, say, memory loss.
Fat Cells Toxic Storage Sites
Calorie Counting Is it all for naught?
I’ve got to hand it to the FDA. They keep on trying. Only it seems the more ‘improvements’ they make to their Food Pyramids and Food Labels the worst the overall health of the average American gets. Here’s one problem. What is the one thing that jumps out at you between these two labels? The font size of Calories, right? FDA says this change is due to “new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease.” Yay! But what does that have to do with calories? For the past 50 years, the FDA and many Americans have been obsessed with calorie counting. In that time, overweight and obesity rates have skyrocketed. Why? Because what’s important is health and nutrition, not body weight or calories. I could consume a 2,000 calorie-a-day diet full of junk food and gain a lot of weight. Or, eat more calories per day of only nutritious food and lose weight. Placing so much weight;) on calories has backfired. It’s time we started focusing on nutrients for better health. Then, fat-loss will result as a natural, beneficial side-effect.