Everything Is Connected:
Health is more than just lack of sickness. A healthy person should be strong and feel great instead
of just not feeling bad. Although medical science has made some major accomplishments, it has focused on high tech, expensive measures for treating illness rather than on health or prevention.
What's wrong with conventional medicine?
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Treatments that don't make money are not developed or advertised, no matter how effective they might be.
Treatments that do make a lot of money, like expensive drugs or surgery, are overused.
Doctors usually think artificial things are better than natural ones. For example, they prefer drugs to vitamins--drug companies also like them better because you can't patent vitamins.
Patients are treated as separate illnesses instead of whole human beings. It's bad enough that this makes patients feel like noone cares about them, but it also means that doctors can miss important clues about a patient's condition.
Medical specialists, just like other researchers, often ignore or forget the basic principles of other sciences.
One of the worst examples is antibiotic resistance. When antibiotics were discovered, bacteriologists seem to have completely ignored evolution. They thought that antibiotics would always work, and they are still often prescribed with reckless abandon for conditions they are useless for--like the common cold--instead of saving them for when they are really needed. Some even declared victory over infectious diseases, and claimed they would soon be gone forever.
Now antibiotic resistance is becoming commonplace. Some microbes are immune to most or all antibiotics already, and their numbers are increasing. Yet, not only are people still abusing them, but factory farmers are also feeding antibiotics to livestock every day to prevent illness and death from cruel, overcrowded conditions. When the livestock are fed to us, more genes for antibiotic resistance can easily jump from one totally different bacterium to another within the body.
If this isn't bad enough, managed care insurance in America has created a situation where doctors must see far too many patients every day to stay in business. They don't have much time to spend with them or think about their cases. They are overwhelmed, overworked, and exhausted.
In addition, although they are mostly honest and well meaning themselves, they can not possibly keep up with the latest advances.(A physician could read new medical journals eighteen hours a day instead of seeing patients and still not keep up with everything.)
They also are often misled by drug companies, and other organizations that do not have patients' best interests in mind. For example, I once had a physician recommend Neurontin for pain. Later, I discovered that the FDA sent a warning letter to Pfizer, the company that makes Neurontin, for promoting unproven new uses(It was only approved to treat seizures.) of that drug to doctors, resulting in increased sales, and that there is also a lawsuit. (For more information see the following articles from Public Citizen and the San Francisco Chronicle.)
Everything Is Connected: Health: What's wrong with alternative medicine?
What's wrong with alternative medicine?
Just because a treatment is labelled alternative does not mean that it is effective, reliable, or safe. An obvious example would be the case of a woman who died because her appendix burst. She refused surgery and was trying alternative treatments for appendicitis.
Alternative medicine can also be a refuge for charlatans who see an opportunity to make large amounts of money, swindling people who are often desperately ill, with treatments that either don't work and/or are dangerous. (For more information see Alternative Medicine--Your Money AND Your Life? by Barry Groves, PhD.)
Everything Is Connected: Health: So what do you do?
So what do you do?
It's let the patient beware. Inform yourself. Do what you can to prevent illness. Research any disease you are diagnosed with. Show the results to your doctor. YOU are the one who has to live with the consequences, so it's your responsibility. Unfortunately, in our present system, no one will take care of you but you.
MedlinePlus (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/) MedlinePlus is a consumer's version of a physician's research tool. It covers over 600 topics, and includes a medical dictionary, drug information, medical news, and a special senior section. It also has links to information about clinical trials of new treatments and medications, health organizations, and directories of doctors and hospitals. (Created and sponsored through the U.S. National Institutes of Health.)
Medline Plus: Herbal Medicine (www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/herbalmedicine.html) A new section from MedlinePlus about herbal medicine. Information includes clinical trials involving alternative and herbal medicine, recommended indexes and directories in this subject, articles, and other links.
Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic.com) A health information website run by the famous Mayo Clinic.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): Health Information (www.nccam.nih.gov/health) NCCAM is a new division of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The Health Information section is designed for the general public and is nontechnical. It includes alternative medical treatments organized by therapy, disease, and type of supplement. It also gives warnings about drug interactions, side effects, and public health advisories.
DrWeil.com (www.drweil.com) Dr. Weil is the author of a number of bestselling books. His special area of expertise is herbal medicines and supplements. I always like to consult his website when I hear about something new to see if he thinks it is safe/effective. I do not, however, agree with his opinions regarding nutrition.
Wrong Diagnosis (www.wrongdiagnosis.com)
Everything Is Connected: Health: Review: Pain Free
A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain
by Pete Egoscue with Roger Gittines
Does your back hurt? Your knees? Your feet? If you have any sort of musculoskeletal (bone or muscle) pain, this book is a miracle. I have had terrible pain in my feet and left knee for years. After doing the exercises in this book for only a short time, the pain is almost gone. I can do
things I haven't done in years.
Why do these exercises work?
Modern people don't get enough exercise. We develop muscle imbalances as a result. When we do exercise, the few muscles we use regularly sitting at a desk, driving a car, etc. have to...read more.
Everything Is Connected: Health: Environmental Health
Also called environmental, conservation, or ecological medicine. This interdisciplinary field examines how humans interact with the earth and other species on it, and how human activities that damage the environment affect our health and theirs.
Ecologically Sustainable Medicine (www.teleosis.org) Recognizes that people are part of nature and seeks to treat them in that context. Practitioners also seek to make medicine sustainable. For example, many medications are made from petrochemicals(oil). Also, residues from traditional medicines that millions take end up in our drinking supply. As people continue to consume them, they concentrate, so that we all end up with a cocktail of medications coming from our tap. Eventually, a glass of water could contain a combination of blood pressure, cholesterol, cancer, erectile dysfunction, and who knows what other medications. Ecologically Sustainable Medicine (ESM) also embraces a number of forms of alternative medicine. It is promoted by a nonprofit organization called The Teleosis Foundation, which publishes a journal called Symbiosis: The Journal of Ecologically Sustainable Medicine. Symbiosis is very interesting and nontechnical. The full text of several issues is available on the website.
Consortium for Conservation Medicine (www.conservationmedicine.org) Focuses on how disease spreads between humans and animals. Increased human population and activities like logging mean people are spreading into areas previously untouched. In addition to other environmental damages this causes, it means that people are both being exposed to and spreading diseases with a frequency that never happened before. Also, with wild areas disappearing, disease causing microorganisms that are losing their previous habitats and victims are more likely to mutate into a form that can infect people. The most obvious recent example is the AIDs epidemic. The virus that causes it came from apes. The website includes a very interesting, and often alarming, news section. For example, recent articles include evidence of other primate viruses being transmitted from apes to humans--which raises the risk of another epidemic just as bad or worse than AIDS--and a discussion of how West Nile Disease also threatens wildlife, and may cause the extinction of native bird species in South America.
Also see Ecopsychology to find out more about how the environment and mental health are connected.
Everything Is Connected: Health: Body Acceptance
People come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. It is unfortunate that, instead of seeing beauty in different looking people the way we would when comparing a rose to a daisy, we choose to find fault with those who don't look a certain way.
Body acceptance IS a health issue, because of what people who hate their own bodies do to themselves, and what society does to those who are different.
Applying makeup, staying in fashion, and dying grey hair are relatively harmless activities IF the products used are safe, but extreme diets and surgery can kill you. Some people become so desperate to fit society's impossible standards--forever thin, young, and beautiful--that they are willing to pay the ultimate price.
For more information, read:
Taking Beauty Standards to Extremes, which is about how far people are willing to go to change their appearances, by Diana Zuckerman from the National Research Center for Women & Families
Surgery for Weight Loss: Comparison of Risk and Benefit by Paul Ernsberger,PhD Associate Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Neuroscience Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. Some really serious complications and risks are described here.
Deaths from Gastric Bypass(Weight Loss) Surgery from the Obesity Surgery Information Center
I Want To Live: Gastric Bypass Reversal A personal account. Book excerpt.
Change of Face...Change of Fate by Jill Neimark from Psychology Today. Also about cosmetic surgery.
Lotus Blossoms: Foot Binding by Dawnelle Loiselle, an instructor at Towson University
Lookism and Racism
Of course, the present western ideal is tall, thin, young, blonde, and blue eyed. Those who don't fit the standard--whether their skin is the wrong color or their bodies the wrong size--are discriminated against.
This is true for both individuals and ethnic groups. Although this section focuses on how these prejudices affect the health of the individual, it is important to understand the role of sexism and bigotry as a basis for society's chosen standards for how people should look.
Lookism is a tool for society to clearly label the individuals and groups to be stigmatized, so that it can direct its anger and hatred at them more easily. Hatred of those who are different has led to the most terrible crimes against humanity, like slavery, torture, or genocide. Hatred for your own body or the bodies of others should be understood as part of the big picture.
For more information, read:
Beauty Standards by Steven Malik Shelton from the Media Monitors Network. About beauty and racism.
In The Eye of the Beholder from BBC World News. Western ideas of beauty are being spread all over the world.
Emulated through Images: The Globalization of Misconstructed African American Beauty and Hip-Hop Culture by Kerri A. Reddick-Morgan from Georgia State University
Lookism: The Ugly Truth About Beauty by John Stossel of ABC News
Everyday Body Hatred
Everyday forms of discrimination are more subtle. When you don't get the job or promotion, it's easy for the employer to find some other excuse for the truth to hide behind.
The individual is bombarded with messages about what his/her body should look like. Beautiful people get better jobs, more desirable spouses, more people who want them as friends, and even better health care.
For more information about discrimination:
Judging by Appearances by Annie Murphy Paul from Psychology Today. How juries are more likely to decide in favor of good-looking people.
'Ugly' Children Get Less Attention--even from their own parents--by Laura Roberts from The Scotsman.
Weight Bias Among Health Professionals Specializing in Obesity from the Nutrition Research Newsletter
The Beauty Bias from Psychology Today about how even beautiful women are actually discriminated against--because of their beauty--when applying for certain jobs.
Families of Fat Women Face Slimmer Pay - Study from Reuters
One of the major western obsessions of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries has been fear of both dietary and bodily fat. (For more information about misconceptions about dietary fat, see my review of Know Your Fats by Mary Enig.)
Ironically, at the same time that many people in prosperous countries have been starving themselves on purpose, millions have starved to death in famines in other parts of the world. Meanwhile, people in western countries also suffer from health problems due to poor quality rather than quantity of food. (For more information about how much of modern food is bad for you, see the Nutrition section.)
Fat is not the enemy. While it is true that extreme fatness can be a sign of disease (hypothyroidism, Prader-Willi Syndrome), so can extreme thinness (anorexia nervosa, hyperthyroidism, cancer), extreme tallness (Marfan syndrome, gigantism), and extreme shortness (growth hormone deficiency).
There is an incredible amount of prejudice about fat people in society today. Just about everything you have heard about fat people, diets, and health is wrong. Trying to dispel these myths is an uphill struggle, but here is some information to get you started.
Diets don't work.
They can make you fatter instead of thinner. They can cause you to develop eating disorders. They can ruin your health or even kill you.
For more information about the dangers of dieting read:
New Survey of Obese Women Finds Many Started Dieting Before Age 14 from the University of California at Berkely News. Repeated dieting doesn't work and harms your body, especially when you start young.
Top Ten Reasons to Give Up Dieting from the Council on Size and Weight Discrimination
Before You Start Your Next Diet from the National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance
Weight Loss: Fact and Fiction from the National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance
Not everyone who goes on a diet develops an eating disorder, but just about everyone who has an eating disorder developed it as a result of excessive dieting/binging after a starvation diet. People can and do die from eating disorders.
For more information, read:
Do I Have An Eating Disorder? an excerpt from the book Anorexia Nervosa: A Guide to Recovery
Eating Disorders At Middle Age, reprinted from the journal Eating Disorders Review
Anorexia Nervosa from WebMD(Anorexics basically starve themselves to death--literally.)
Bulimia Nervosa from WebMD(Bulimics alternate dieting and binging. After they binge, they pure themselves through vomiting or laxitives.)
Anorexia Nervosa is a Serious Disease by Professor Pierre Beumont of the University of Sydney (Australia) from the Eating Disorders Foundation
Myths About Bodyfat and Fat People
Contrary to what the tv, radio, newspapers, most doctors, etc., will tell you fat is not necessarily unhealthy.
The Obesity Myth
Why America's Obsession With Weight Is Hazardous To Your Health by Paul Campos
What is the obesity myth this book exposes?
It's the idea that bodyfat is unhealthy.
That's right. Your eyes are not deceiving you. Bodyfat is not bad. The myth that it is has been repeated
so often that it seems obvious, but it is actually...read more.
Common Myths About Fat People from the National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance (NAAFA).
Junk Science About Obesity by Paul Campos
Fat and Happy: In Defense of Fat Acceptance by Mary Ray Worley from the National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance.
An Epidemic of Obesity Myths from Canada Free Press
Dealing with discrimination and living a long, happy, healthy life, anyway. Activism.
Body Positive: Boosting Body Image At Any Weight (www.bodypositive.com)Just what it says. A very nice website about how to accept yourself at any size. Nice collection of articles and links.
National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance (www.naafa.org)The Association that started it all back in the 1970s. Has a nice group of free information brochures, some of which I have linked to here. Also a number of other publications and the latest news. There are local groups you can join all over the country. (Just beware. You can run into reverse discrimination if they think you're too thin. Also, there are some men who frequent these groups who prey on very fat women because they are often vulnerable due to lack of self esteem.)
Coping with Difficult Doctors (Stuff to Give Your Doctor):
Guidelines for Health Care Providers in Dealing with Fat Patients from the National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance
Declaration of Health Rights for Fat People also from the National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance
Everything Is Connected: Health: Nutrition
Humans have been HUNTER GATHERERS for most of our history. We have evolved to be healthy and happy when following that lifestyle. (See the section about Daniel Quinn for more information.) Farming is a relatively new development--10,000 years or less is only a small fraction of hominid history. Farming can support larger, settled populations, but farmers tend to have poorer health.
Although farming can produce a higher yield of food per acre of land, its nutritional quality is poorer. Farmers are also more likely to starve as a result of crop failures. This is because they depend on larger quantities of fewer types of food. The most famous example was the Irish potato famine.
One way poor nutrition can be identified is by examining people's skeletons. Historically, the skeletons of individuals from farming communities tend to be smaller, show more signs of starvation, smaller jaws and poorer teeth, more disease, etc. (When the Spanish invaded what is now Florida, the average Spanish man was about five feet tall. The Native Americans of that region were primarily hunter gatherers who were over six feet on average. They seemed like giants to the Spanish.)
Modern civilization with its artificial, processed foods like white sugar, hydrogenated oils (trans fats), and MSG is even worse. (For more information read Sad Changes in the American Diet and Nasty, Brutish, & Short? from the Weston A. Price Foundation plus Anthropological Research Reveals Human Dietary Requirements for Optimal Health by H. Leon Abrams, Jr.) We would be even sicker if modern medicine did not compensate for some of the ills resulting from poor nutrition with various treatments(dentistry, for example), but it can not restore real, vigorous health.
The problem is that evolution is much slower than technological change. We live in the information age, but our bodies are still the bodies of hunter gatherers.
Everything Is Connected: Health: Nutrition: Problems with Vegetarianism
Problems with Vegetarianism
I am now going to shock many environmentalists, because I do not recommend vegetarianism.
Hunter gatherers are/were not vegetarians. No indigenous people are vegetarians. Indigenous people living on their traditional diets actually eat much more animal protein and fat than we realize.(Read Caveman Cuisine,
Guts & Grease -- The Diet of Native Americans by Salon Fallon and Mary G. Enig, or Australian Aborigines -- Living Off the Fat of the Land.)
It is very difficult to stay healthy as a vegetarian. If you are willing to eat milk, cheese, and eggs, that helps. (IF you can get them fresh from a real farm where cows graze grass and the chickens get to eat insects, then you really could have great health. The eggs and dairy products you get from the supermarket, even if organic, are not as high quality. The latter is, of course, also a health problem for non-vegetarians.) If you are a strict vegan (and don't cheat), it's practically impossible to get the nourishment you need in the long term. If you are/were the type of person who eats a lot of junk food, you may intially feel better, but eventually your health will decline. (For example, see Strict Vegetarians Can Develop Blindness and Brain Damage by Dr. Mercola--a former vegan. The links below give more detailed information.)
Eating animal products is NOT bad for the environment. Not all lands are arable. (You can't raise crops there sustainably.) When humans dig the ground in these areas, it causes erosion and creates deserts. Even lands that are arable have occasional slopes and hills. Disturbing the soil there causes erosion, too. Fields need to be rotated and lie fallow(no crops) periodically to keep their fertility.
Livestock can graze these areas. They can make food for humans from plants we can not eat. Their manure provides fertilizer (It's much better than the synthetic kind, which acts like unhealthy fast food for plants. Then it runs off and pollutes the water.) and even fuel. Animals are a normal part of the earth's ecosystem and can not be safely excluded from the farm, either. (See also Myths of Vegetarianism by Stephen Byrnes--includes more about environmental & health dangers of vegetarianism.)
The real environmental threats are factory farming and transportation of food over long distances:
Large, factory farms spray pesticides on crops, use artificial fertilizers, destroy topsoil, deplete water aquifers, etc. (See They Hailed It As A Wonder Food: Soya Not Only Destroys Forests and Small Farmers - It Can Also Be Bad For Your Health by Anthony Barnett from the British newspaper, The Observer.) Factory farms also confine animals in small areas where they never see the sun. They create mountains of manure: mountains that become pollution instead of fertilizer, because there is so much to dispose of. When you confine animals in small spaces that also spreads disease. Factory farms couldn't function without large amounts of antibiotics (See antibiotic resistance.) given to prevent infection.
In addition, the fresh fruits and vegetables sold out of season in supermarkets travel long distances from far away places. This uses up an incredible amount of fossil fuel. The calories of energy needed to transport that lettuce far exceed the calories in a steak.(Of course, most meat is transported long distances, too.)The best answer is to eat locally grown, humanely raised and pastured organic vegetables and animal products from family farms.
Everything Is Connected: Health: Nutrition: Problems with Vegetarianism: Ethics
Ethics (of meat eating vs. vegetarianism)
Life feeds on death. There is no way to escape this fact. We seem to have more sympathy for animals than plants, because we are animals. Yet death comes to all creatures, including us.
Even if we all stopped eating animal products tomorrow, (although this would be unhealthy) and freed every domestic animal, it wouldn't actually help them:
Most domesticated animals are not equipped to survive in the wild.
(This is why many older breeds that are not suitable for factory farming are endangered.)
The ones that did survive would cause environmental devastation like the damage caused by feral pigs and cats, because they would not be native to the areas they were released in.
Wild farm animals would still be subject to predation.
(All herbivores have and need predators. For example, deer without wolves or other predators overpopulate. Then they either starve to death in the winter, or end up as nuisances in suburban backyards. There are more deer in the U.S. now than in colonial times. I doubt it would make much difference to domestic animals whether they were killed and eaten by humans or wolves. They just need to be well treated and happy while alive--remember we all have to die from something.)
We simply have to learn to accept, as our ancestors did, that we must kill animals and plants to live, as we ourselves will eventually die and feed other creatures. (Indigenous peoples like Native Americans consider hunting to be part of a sacred ritual. They believe they must show proper respect to the spirit of the animal they have hunted and killed. If they don't, it will not allow them to catch it again in its next life, and they will starve.) Even if you are not hunted and killed by a predator, and this includes microbes, your body still decomposes after death. It fertilizes plants that will become food for a new generation of animals.(See The Ethics of Eating Meat: A Radical View by Charles Eisenstein.)
***For even more information, take the Vegetarian Tour from the Weston A. Price Foundation. (More about them below.)
Everything Is Connected: Health: Weston A. Price Foundation
Weston A. Price Foundation (www.westonaprice.org) The Foundation was created in 1999 to spread information about the work of a nutrition researcher named Weston A. Price. Dr. Price was originally a dentist. He noticed over time that the teeth and jaws of his patients were deteriorating. They had increasing numbers of cavities, tooth crowding, and deformities.
He subsequently traveled the world to discover why. (He picked a fortunate time in history. In the 1930s, rapid modern travel had just become possible, but it hadn't changed the way people lived that much yet.)
He discovered that the dental problems he had seen in his practice were part of a widespread degeneration of health. The only exceptions were indigenous people who were still eating their traditional diets.
The healthy indigenous people that he found were eating a wide variety of foods, but they all got some form of high-quality fat and protein from either meat, raw milk and cheese, fish eggs, shelfish, and/or insects. Many tribes went to great lengths to obtain these foods. They often considered them sacred, and emphasized feeding them to expectant parents and young children. They all also ate some fermented foods. Grain eaters always soaked/fermented grains before eating them (example: sourdough bread).
He also found tribal people who were developing the same health problems as in modern civilization. They had started to eat our food. (Many suffered in agony because they had the western food, but not the western dentists and doctors.)
In addition, he found people who had tried modern food, gotten sick, gone back to their traditional diets, and had their health return. For example, he found people with cavities that had healed or stopped decaying. There were especially marked differences in bone and tooth structure between siblings who had been raised on different diets in childhood. Those fed the traditional diet had big smiles, and wide faces full of large, white, straight teeth, and had never needed dental treatment. Their brothers and sisters had narrow faces with twisted, rotting, and missing teeth.
It became obvious to him that the deteriorating health he had observed in modern people at home and abroad was due to poor nutrition. What do "civilized" people eat that indigenous people on their traditional diets don't? We have the technology to produce processed foods like white flour and white sugar. Nowadays, we can add transfats/hydrogenated oils, food coloring, preservatives, etc., to the list.
The Foundation has a large website with many articles and links to nutritional information. They also have lists of recommended books, local chapters, and a quarterly newsletter.
Everything Is Connected: Health: Nutrition: Review: Nourishing Traditions
The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition
and the Diet Dictocrats
by Sally Fallon with Mary G. Enig
Although the subtitle identifies this as a cookbook, it's also one of the best nutrition books ever written.
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Everything Is Connected: Health: Nutrition: Review: Know Your Fats
Know Your Fats
The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of
Fats, Oils and Cholesterol
by Mary G. Enig
There's a lot of misinformation about fat out there. Even most of the "experts" have their facts wrong. Read this book and get your information from a real expert. Dr. Enig is an internationally
known researcher specializing in fats and oils. She got frustrated by all the errors and ignorance and decided to ...read more.
Everything Is Connected: Health: Nutrition: Review: Nutrition and Physical Degeneration
Nutrition and Physical Degeneration
by Weston A. Price
Written over 60 years ago and even more relevant today. Although some of his vocabulary would now be considered politically incorrect, Price was a man way ahead of his time. As mentioned previously,
he traveled the world to study indigenous people. He won their friendship and trust with his respectful attitude and willingness to learn. Price visited many groups, including the Eskimos, Melanesians, isolated Swiss, Maori, and Torres Strait Islanders.
In this unique time period, he was able to examine and photograph both traditional and more modernized members of the same tribe. Those following the traditional or, as he put it, "primitive" foodways,(For links to more information about what they actually ate, see the Nutrition section above.) enjoyed almost perfect health, but those who adopted "white man's" foods showed major...read more.
Everything Is Connected: Health: Dr. Diana Schwarzbein
The Transition: A Process of Regeneration (www.schwarzbeinprinciple.com) Dr. Schwarzbein is an endocrinologist. She discovered that low-fat, high carbohydrate diets were hurting her patients.
She watched diabetics--who had been in reasonably good health when their diabetes was discovered-- getting worse and worse under treatment. She finally realized that doctors were actually feeding them sugar.
Traditional medicine's recommended diet for diabetics is high in carbohydrates. However, even complex ones like whole wheat bread, turn to sugar in the body. Many people in the general population, who are not diabetics (at least, not yet), also suffer from insulin resistance from eating too many carbohydrates.
Other hormone imbalances, including exhausted adrenal glands, are common, too. These imbalances can also lead to serious diseases if they continue unchecked.
Fortunately, all of this can all be prevented/treated with relatively easy dietary changes. These include eating fat, carbohydrates and protein together with each meal or snack and avoiding sugar, white flour, margarine, etc.
She has written several excellent books. Her advice is great for using diet to improve your health without drugs, but I still think she puts too much emphasis on weight loss. It is also unfortunate that she is not familiar with the work of Weston A. Price, and some of her recommendations reflect that. For example, she does not know about the dangers of soy protein or why soaking grains is important. I very much recommend her website and books, but only in combination with information from the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Also see the Local Food section in Organic Farming and Gardening.
Everything Is Connected: Health: Nutrition:
Review: Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills
Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills
by Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.
Excitotoxins are food additives that can stimulate nerve cells in the brain to death. The most common excitotoxins in the diet are MSG and aspartame. MSG, in particular, is present in almost all processed foods,
but is often called by different names. It can even be in foods labelled 'No MSG'.
The author, a neurologist, believes that excitotoxins may cause or contribute to a number of diseases, including Alzheimer's and brain tumors. Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to...read more.
Everything Is Connected: Health: Nutrition: Review: The Cholesterol Myths
The Cholesterol Myths
Exposing the Fallacy that Saturated Fat and
Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease
by Uffe Ravnskov, M.D., Ph.D
Everyone knows that saturated fat and cholesterol are bad for you.
They cause heart attacks, right? Right? Wrong! This myth is so widespread that many people take it for granted, but it is actually based on flawed research.
For example, in one of the earliest...read more.
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