“Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.”
– English Proverb
You are what you eat. We’ve all heard this. But how many of us, have actually really heard it?
We are bombarded, day and night, wherever we look with advertisements about burgers, milk products, caffeine products, deli meats, processed foods, diet drinks – everywhere you look, at least for those of us that own a television or live in or near a city, we are surrounded by these images. Why is it that we don’t ever see advertisements for kale or broccoli? Why aren’t there images all over with messages of health and healing rather than advertisements for pills and dealing with our symptoms?
We are and have been programmed to basically allow the meat, dairy and pharmaceutical industries to run our lives.
Here are a few questions.
Do you suffer from any sort of health condition? Hemmhoroids/Piles? High blood pressure? Allergies? Cysts? Depression? Crohn’s? IBS? Migraines? Chronic Fatigue? Ulcerative Colitis? Skin issues? Fibromyalgia? Back pain? Arthritis? Osteoporosis? Cysts? Leaky Gut?
And if you do suffer from any of these or any other condition that hasn’t been listed, do you still or have you taken prescription medications, over the counter drugs, even “natural remedies” to treat your condition and its symptoms?
And if you have or do, have you felt that it helped for a time, only to go back to the doctors or pharmacists at a later date when your condition and symptoms came back, or perhaps for some other illness that has since manifested?
I’m going to bet that you’ve answered yes to those questions, so let me ask you one more. Well, it’s more of a scenario, so just bear with me.
Imagine your car ran on diesel but you kept filling it up with regular unleaded gas. What would happen? I’m no mechanic, but you would likely ruin your engine or at the very least the car wouldn’t run properly, would it? We all know that we need to put in the right kind of fuel for the specific kind of engine that we have. So if we apply that same logic to our bodies and our own health, we too should be putting in the right kind of fuel for our own specific type of engine, for our specific organism. As humans, we too have a specific type of fuel and if we don’t put in the correct one, we won’t run properly, we too will start to break down. Most of us have seen the signs of that happening in our daily lives. The signs are in our health, they are the symptoms that we experience; hemorrhoids, skin conditions, inflammation, pain, digestion or absorption issues, headaches, diarrhea, constipation, colds, flu, diverticulosis, diabetes, chronic fatigue etc. etc. etc.
What does this have to do with food? Food is our fuel, it is what nourishes our cells and the health of our cells is something we all need to be more aware of. You are what you eat, remember? So if you are eating foods that are not meant for your body, then you are, in actuality, directly contributing to the demise of your health, just as we would be contributing the destruction of our car’s engine if we continued to put the wrong fuel in. And this is especially true if you’re already sick, if you are already dealing with an illness and/or symptoms, then eating denatured, cooked, and processed food is directly contributing to your illness, it is keeping you sick. When we eat food that is cooked, we are:
- destroying the nutrients and enzymes of the food. (Isn’t that the whole purpose to eat foods in the first place; to eat foods so we can nourish our bodies with their nutrients and minerals?)
- aiding the development of nutrient deficiencies by eating “food” that is partially or completely devoid of nutrients.
contributing to the toxicity of our internal environment: cooking destroys the proteins and amino acids. Once destroyed, our bodies need to work overtime to break down and pull any nutrients that are left from the “food”. Furthermore, when proteins are oxidized, bacteria build up and putrefaction follows. This putrefaction takes place in our intestines. In addition to this, our bodies can not break down animal protein easily. Unlike, carbohydrates, the breakdown of protein requires much more energy and work. Our bodies require certain minerals to break down certain types of food. So when we eat animal flesh, our body will need to pull those minerals, be it calcium or magnesium from places that need them too, like our bones, in order to just break it down! Carbohydrates, however, do not require this process.
I could go on, but I think you are getting the picture. So if tigers eat food that is meant for tigers, and bears eat food that is meant for bears, birds eat bird food, dogs eat dog food, cats eat cat food, apes eat food for apes etc. etc., what then is our fuel? What is the “right” kind of food for our human species? The answer is that plants are; fruit to be precise, but plants will do.
“It is easier to change a man’s religion than to change his diet.”
― Margaret Mead
The length of our intestines, our hands and arms, the enzymes that we secrete, the enzymes we don’t secrete, our opposable thumbs, the way our jaws move, the structure of our teeth, the fact that we need fiber to stimulate peristalsis (bears, tigers, other actual carnivores don’t), the fact that we don’t metabolize cellulose, the size of our mouths – all indicate that we are in fact frugivores – we share the same physiology, stomach acidity, tooth structure, sweat glands as monkeys and chimps. We are meant to eat fruit, but the system around us has forced us to disconnect from this and we are programmed to believe and think otherwise. Consequently, this is what makes and keeps us sick.
Every year, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) puts out a list of the top 10 causes of death in the US.
The image shows you the top 10 causes of death in 2015. 9 of them are not just treatable, but preventable, reversible, curable – with a plant-based diet. If you want the evidence to back that up, and the scientific, peer-reviewed studies, I highly recommend checking out Dr. Gregor’s Youtube channel or website for more. I’ve also posted a link below to one of his presentations, “Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death” that is definitely worth watching.
Dr. Gregor says that death in America (and I’m adding in the western world) is a foodborne illness. I agree. Here’s why:
“The doctors of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”
– Thomas Edison
Health (and the deterioration of it) is basically a game of chemistry. You have probably, either in a chemistry class or in a conversation or article you’ve read at some point about diet, heard the term “pH”. Well, in chemistry, chemicals are considered either alkaline/base or they are acidic. They can also produce an alkaline or an acidic reaction when mixed with other chemicals and material. Food works in a similar way. The food that we ingest can either produce, within us, an alkaline reaction or an acidic one. And why does this matter? The short story is, disease thrives and spreads in an acidic environment, so we need to eat foods that are not creating this kind of over-acidity within us, so disease and illness have a harder time to develop. The longer version of this is below.
Think of the acids in our stomach. What do they do? Our food is broken down via enzyme action. The stomach produces digestive enzymes – these enzymes are acidic in nature because they need to break down tough animal protein for digestion. It’s common knowledge that acid destroys whatever it touches. Acid breaks down what it comes into contact with and this rings true for dietary acidity as well.
Foods also fall into one of the two categories; either acidic or alkaline. And if disease lives and thrives and can only be created in an acidic environment, we need to be careful that we are not ingesting acid producing foods that will create an acidic response in the body. Because when our bodies become too acidic, which is a state called acidosis, our health will begin to deteriorate. Over time, acidosis, can and will lead to illness and disease. Inflammation, pain, fatigue, PMS, anxiety, blood-sugar problems, skin conditions, intestinal disorders, autoimmune and degenerative diseases – are all a result of acidosis in the body.
So in a nutshell, here’s what we’re doing.
We choose to eat food that is not meant for us to be eating (ie. junk food, fast food, meat, dairy, processed foods), the body recognizes that these foods are too acidic and responds to it. We then start to experience symptoms of inflammation, or pain, skin conditions, or headaches, for example, and because we think that something is wrong, we take pills (which creates more acidity in the body) in order to stop experiencing them. The body continues to respond to the acidic internal environment which becomes increasingly unstable as acidosis sets in. We now have one condition or two or three, one symptom or various symptoms, we feel run down, or we are sick, or we’ve got a migraine, or back pain etc. etc. because instead of choosing to listen to the signs our body was giving and change the way we eat, we decide to suppress it with medication and pills which are ultimately just creating more acidity, alongside the acidity that the foods we are ingesting are also producing. The body is an auto-correcting system by nature. When something is invading it, when it falls out of equilibrium – it will respond in order to correct and heal itself. Unfortunately though for us, instead of allowing the process to continue and/or change our habits which initiated it all in the first place – we suppress, we medicate, we continue to eat the way we do, which then compromises our eliminatory pathways and organs and toxicity now becomes a deeper issue, as acidic waste and toxins start to back up in our cells and in our bloodstream. Enter cancer. Enter tumors. Enter deep-rooted degenerative disease. How did this happen? Well, through body’s amazing process of absorption, the remaining (acidic) food components that are left after the breakdown process, get carried by the bloodstream to our cells, taking the acids with it. As this happens, toxic cellular waste and acids will continue to build, lymphatic stagnation sets in, cellular waste backs up, our kidneys and elimination become compromised and because we choose to continue eating acid-forming foods – we will get sicker and sicker and sicker.
Are you starting to see the connection between food and illness? How one is very much directly related to the other?
The last and one of the most important aspects of this whole subject is elimination. What goes in, must come out. Well, as a general rule, most of what goes in, should come out. However, because of our bad eating habits, because we aren’t taught about proper food combining and how to eat for health, our intestines will back up, food that didn’t get broken down will become trapped within our intestinal walls and it will putrefy – this causes more problems. When food is broken down properly, our cells can then utilize it as fuel to perform their many tasks. But in this process and especially when we are eating foods that are not meant for us, foods that are bad for us, there are by-products from this process – acids, cellular waste, undigested proteins, gases – and these need to leave the body as well. But if our systems are backed up, if we are unable to eliminate our wastes, this also contributes greatly to our health and wellbeing. Cellular waste becomes congested, stagnation around the cells (interstitial congestion) and even inside the cells (intracellular congestion) can cause very damaging and serious health problems. The acids from these wastes prevent our cells from getting their own proper nutrition. The blood system, which is the transport system within the body, also can become too toxic, the liver, the kidneys (one of our most important eliminatory organs) and other organs can then become affected as our body does its best to somehow eliminate the excess toxins and acidic waste. (For more on this and how it relates to detoxification for healing the body and reversing illness here)
“What you do not eliminate – you accumulate.”
– Robert Morse, ND
So this is where and how our food choices play a major role in our thriving health or its deterioration. Food can be our most valuable healing tool or it can be a slow poison. Equally important is good absorption, digestion, utilization and elimination -these are necessary for our health.
The food we eat can nourish us or it can destroy us. Our health and our bodies are a direct reflection of the health of our cells. Eating properly means eating the foods your body is made to eat, it means paying attention and educating ourselves on the importance of acid and alkaline foods, on how disease really develops in the body and about elimination- our kidneys, our skin, our adrenal glands, our bowels, our lymphatic system – these are life-saving organs and systems but they absolutely need to be cared for and nourished correctly so they can, in turn, do their jobs properly of keeping us healthy and alive.
“If we could keep the lymphatic system working properly, we would not have any pain in our body, neither would we have sickness and neither would we have premature death caused from unhealthy conditions in our body; it wouldn’t happen.”
~ Dr. C. Samuel West, D.N., N.D
“Every educated physician knows that most diseases are not appreciably helped by medicine.”
~ Richard C. Cabot, M.D.
“Why must we accept as normal what we find in a race of sick and weakened human beings? Must we always take it for granted that the present eating practices of civilized men are normal? …Foul stools, loose stools, impacted stools, pebbly stools, much foul gas, colitis, hemorrhoids, bleeding with stools, the need for toilet paper are swept into the orbit of the normal.”
~ Herbert M. Shelton, N.D.
“This diet heals every disease if it is possible to be healed at all, because all disease-producing foods are finally eliminated from the diet menus, and the new ones loosen, stir up, remove and eliminate, clean, heal and cure the body.”
~ Prof. Arnold Ehret, from the ‘Mucusless Diet Healing System’
“The person who takes medicine must recover twice. Once from the disease and once from the medicine.”
~ William Osler, M.D
“There is an art to detoxification. The end goal, ALWAYS, is the regeneration of tissue in the human body and the restoring and improving of the condition of the cell and the fluid that takes care of it.”
~ Dr. Robert Morse