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By David, inspired by ALL One

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Here's to Your Health!

Purpose

There is so much to health. And there is so much that you may or may not have learned about, so this page is a starting point for you to consider some options that you may want to explore in more detail.

Introduction

Hippocrates said, "A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings."

If you take care of your body, science shows you can live a happier, healthier, life. Mind, body, spirit.

All the workings of the body are a miracle, a pure miracle! It houses our brain, our thoughts, and our spirit. It can be very resilient and forgiving, so it makes it hard for someone who feels good to think about taking better care of it. And I think for many, including myself, it's not until something may be going wrong that we stop to think about what we may want to change to take better care of it. If you are honest with yourself, you will realize that by learning how, and by doing the work to maintain a healthier body, you will benefit from this work throughout your life.

There is so much to cover, and currently this page is just a rough draft; there is more work to be done.

What matters?

Seems are bodies are designed to be Herbivores (plant-eaters)

Did you know that are several basic facts about our bodies that indicate we are designed to be plant eaters?  Intestinal length, stomach acidity, saliva, shape of intestines, etc. Just look at Are Humans Carnivores or Herbivores? (stevepavlina.com), and Ten physical differences between meat eaters and plant eaters  (waoy.org). See also Scavengers or Herbivores? Human Diet Explained - Dr. Milton Mills (youtube).

Is a plant-based diet worth it?

To reduce health issues, including the chance of having cells become cancerous, there is a lot of research that a plant-based diet with vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and mushrooms are the healthiest foods to eat. There is also research that raw instead of cooked is better for various reasons. Prescription for Nutritional Healing recommends that a diet should be 50% raw. Why would it be different? It's because the chemistry changes from the heat; that's explains why foods taste different when they are raw verses cooked. Heat can cause many changes; Does Cooking Food Reduce the Vitamin Content (healthyeating.sfgate.com) shows how it adversely affects vitamins for some. Fact or Fiction: Raw Veggies are Healthier than Cooked Ones (scientificamerican.com) lists pros and cons for some veggies. For example, broccoli may lose some vitamin C, but is better raw than cooked since heat damages the enzyme myrosinase, which can help kill precancerous cells!

I remember watching a video where they had two Petri dishes with cancer cells in each of them. In one Petri dish, meat was added to the dish and the cancer cells continued to grow. In the other Petri dish, plants were added to the dish, and the cancer cells died. Given that, the intestinal length of a human is long, like that of plant eaters (Herbivores), and carnivores (meat eaters) have short intestines so that the meat doesn't stay in too long and rot. I wonder if eating meat has anything to do with colon cancer. Seems so, see Fight Colorectal Cancer with a Plant-Based Diet (pcm.org).

A friend recently found research that indicated that an acidic diet could cause inflammation in the body, and this can cause many health issues, including cancer. There are many who believe that it can be healthier to incorporate a diet with a more alkaline PH, or at least a more balanced PH diet. It turns out that a plant-based diet is great for that, with just a few exceptions! See Acid-Forming and Alkalinizing Foods (drdavidwilliams.com) and Acid/Alkaline-Forming Foods Printable Chart (alkalineforlife.com). Note that if you look carefully, there are discrepancies between the two lists in some cases. In addition, if you look at the chart for Acid and Alkaline Forming Foods found in Prescription for Nutritional Healing, you also see some discrepancies. For example, eggs in drdavidwilliams.com are considered alkalinizing, whereas it's listed as acid producing in Prescription for Nutritional Healing and Acid/Alkaline-Forming Foods Printable Chart. Some discrepancies include eggs, Brazil nuts, some beans. Thus, more research is suggested. See acid vs alkaline foods (google). Note that of the pages say that diet may not change blood PH, but regardless, pages all seem to agree that a plant-based diet has many health benefits.

What I found interesting was that I had already read about just some of the many benefits of a plant-based diet, and then I learned that for the most part, if you follow a plant-based diet, you almost automatically are eating foods aimed at a better (Alkaline) PH.

Diet and beyond

There is strong statistics showing so many health problems can be prevented, or even cured, with diet. If you watch and read some of the links below, you will see so many benefits from healthy diets, and some of the dangers of a poor diet.

Maybe the biggest benefit is how you feel. What you put in your body controls how you feel. Ask people who switched to healthy diets if they feel better. Best yet, try it yourself! I know that when I switched towards a plant-based diet, I felt so much better in many ways. A great friend of mine was diagnosed with COPD and high prostate test results. After watching What the Health (wiki), he switched to a plant-based diet and his next physical showed good improvements in all of his lab test results! I invite you to consider trying a plant-based diet for a month or more, and see how much better you feel. Once you adjust your mind to accept a different diet, all that will be left are the benefits of feeling better, both mentally and physically.

Below is a list containing links to diet, as well as other health issues.

NOTE: This list is NOT IN ANY ORDER and the list NEEDS MORE WORK! It has just been a "cut and paste" effort as a first pass. I plan to organize this page more in the future.

Categories Link Comments
Nutrition, Prevention Prescription for Nutritional Healing 5 star! ***** Excellent resource, at least check this out at your local library!

A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food ... A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free 5th addition

Prescription for Nutritional Healing is the nation's #1 bestselling guide to natural remedies. Check the reviews on Amazon! (amazon)

Plant-based What the Health What the Health is a 2017 documentary that critiques the health impact of meat and dairy products consumption, and questions the practices of the leading health and pharmaceutical organizations. Its primary purpose is to advocate for a plant-based diet. Check IMDB User Ratings (imdb.com) of this film that was also shown on Netflix. (wiki)
Plant-based More than and Apple a Day: Preventing Our Most Common Diseases   (youtube - nutritionfacts.org)
Plant-based Dr. Michael Gregor - How Not to Die   (youtube  - London Real)
Plant-based The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health  Check out the reviews on amazon, as reviews overflow with discussions about how great the book is: "This is required reading for those who prefer to invest in their health.", "Game changer book for me", "overwhelming evidence of the benefits of whole food plant based diet"... (amazon)
Cancer CANCER is Curable NOW Originally a DVD, it is a documentary about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and holistic cancer treatments. 2016 (youtube - trulyheal.com)
Cancer Cancer the Forbidden Cures Natural remedies exist for supposedly incurable diseases. 2011 See also 2016 Every cancer can be cured in weeks by Dr. Coldwell (youtube)
Cancer related Reducing Cancer Risk with a Plant-based Diet (See pcm.org) The Physicians Committee combines the clout and expertise of more than 12,000 physicians with the dedicated actions of more than 175,000 members across the United States and around the world.
Cancer Prevention Prevent Cancer Costs by Preventing Cancer (pcm.org)
Risks of red and processed meats, cancer Q&A on the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat Processed meats are classified as Group 1, carcinogenic to humans, the same category as asbestos and tobacco smoking! (who.int World Health Organization)
Cancer risk with meats World Health Organization Says Processed Meat Causes Cancer (cancer.org American Cancer Society)
Health in diet and nutrition Nutrition Facts Excellent resource, LOTS of great topics!!! (nutritionfacts
.org Michael Gregor, M.D. FACLM)
Omega 3/6 The importance of the ratio of omega-6/omega-3 essential fatty acids "a very high omega-6/omega-3 ratio, as is found in today's Western diets, promote the pathogenesis of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases" (nih.gov)
Vegetarian Omega 3 Omega-3 Fatty Acids 3 commonly followed types of Omega 3 are ALA, EPA and DHA. For vegetarian diets, flaxseed, soybean and canola oil provides ALA. To get  EPA and DHA, it's suggested that vegetarians and people who don't want the potential health risks of fish oil add vegan Marine Algae supplements. (Such as these at amazon.com) (nih.gov)
 Omega 3 flaxseed Frequently Asked About Flax... Info about flaxseed, including that whole flaxseed produces more ALA than ground (ameriflax.com)
(so buy whole flaxseed if you use something like a nutra-bullet (amazon) 
Flaxseed, Prostate Flax Seeds vs. Prostate Cancer Adding flaxseed (which contains anti-cancer legumes) to a relatively low-fat diet reduced the growth of prostate cancer. (nutritionfacts.org)
Diabetes, Heart Disease, Prostate Cancer Reversal through Diet? "a near-vegan diet could reverse atherosclerosis, dissolve the plaque, open up the arteries"

"The blood of people on a vegan diet, though, knocked the cancer growth down 70%." (nutritionfacts.org)

Diabetes Amla vs. Drugs for Cholesterol, Inflammation, & Blood-Thinning Amla (Indian Gooseberry) may be a substitute for some drugs. (nutritionfacts.org)
Diabetes, Heart Disease The Power of Amla: Excellent for Treating Diabetes, Boosting Heart Health & More Amla may have many potential benefits. (naturalsociety.com)
Supplements, fortified foods Nutrition Tips: Folic Acid: Killer or Cure-All? "Don't eat fortified foods!" "Look at your supplement label!" (huffingtonpost.com Mark Hyman, MD)
Vegetarian diet Complete Protein Combinations for Vegans A complete protein simply means it contains all of the "essential amino acids." But combinations of plant proteins eaten throughout the day can provide all of the essential amino acids. (verywellfit.com)
Gut Bacteria, Brain Health Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain.for Life The quality of your gut bacteria actually affects your brain! (Also, read if you needed to use antibiotics.) (amazon - David Purlmutter, MD)
Immune system, gut bacteria The Healing Self The Healing Self addresses issues for lifelong health; including inflammation, and heightened immunity.  2018 (amazon)
See also: The Healing Self with Deepak Chopra (youtube)
Wheat, Carbs, Sugar, Brain Health Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers In Grain Brain, renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, exposes a finding that's been buried in the medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. Even so-called healthy carbs like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, epilepsy, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, decreased libido, and much more. (amazon - David Purlmutter, M)
Cholesterol, Statins, measles Dr. David Brownstein Statins should not be used, according to Dr. Brownstein. Measles vaccines can have side effects. (youtube - newsmax.com)
Vegan Vegan 2017 - The Film Documentary about a Vegan diet vs a diet including animals and the animal industry (youtube plantbasednews
.org)
Plant-based What You Eat Matters - 2018 Documentary H.O.P.E. Documentary about a Vegan diet vs a diet including animals. (youtube hope-theproject.com)
Plant-based Forks Over Knives Documentary about a Vegan diet vs a diet including animals. (amazon)
Medicine risks, Plant-based Death by Medicine a film by Gary Null Prevention vs Mediicine? Watch this and you may you may want to spend more time learning about prevention! Documentary (youtube - Gary Null, Ph.D.)
High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol The TRUTH about Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Documentary (youtube - Dr. John Bergman)
diet, processed foods Dr. Robert Lustig The Hacking of the American Mind at the San Francisco Public Library Documentary (youtube - Dr. Robert Lusting)
Health Care WAR ON HEALTH - The FDAs Cult of Tyranny - Full Speech & Documentary 2013 Documentary (youtube - Gary Null, Ph.D.)
Health Care Prescription For Disaster - Gary Null 2010 Documentary (youtube - Gary Null, Ph.D.)
Alzheimer's Can beets tackle Alzheimer's at its root? New news! I recently read a claim that Anti-Inflammatory (NSAID's, like ibuprofen) can prevent Alzheimer's here (sciencedaily.com), and here (nih.gov) and here (ww1.radio.com. But NSAID's have some unhealthy side effects. So after a bit more search, maybe beets can provide the same or similar function, and maybe it's a much healthier choice. (medicalnewstoday.com) 
But what if you're not a beet person? Consider a nutra-bullet (amazon) and adding beets to a daily smoothie!
Inflammation, immune system, brain health, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, arthritis, depression, aging, Parkinson's disease 10 Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin (healthline.com) and Dose-dependent effect of Curcuma longa for the treatment of Parkinson's disease (nih.gov) Turmeric and Curcumin (from turmeric) seem to have many positive health effects. Now there is some question as to which is more beneficial when taking Turmeric, raw or powered turmeric, but the list of how it can help is pretty impressive! See also: Parkinson's: 7 Reasons Why Turmeric Can Help (turmericforhealth.com)
Stroke How to Improve Memory After Stroke There are many new discoveries and technologies to help those who have had a stroke. (flintrehab.com)
Stroke, Brain After watching this, your brain will not be the same - Lara Boyd Talks about newer research on how the brain actually works, including neuroplasticity, the method that can be used to recovery from stroke. Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the world. (youtube - TEDx - Lara Boyd)

Exercise

Scientific evidence shows you can live a happier, longer life through exercise.

Did you know that exercise increases life span, reducing aging?

I first learned that exercise promotes mitochondria from watching a PBS show by Miranda Esmonde-White (pbs.org), where she said pretty much that when you stop exercising, the cells in your body stop supporting mitochondria, and your body starts to die. Exercising delays the aging process.

Mitochondria are the parts of cells that turn what we eat into forms of chemical energy used to carry on living. Mitochondria also has other important roles, including making sure some cells do die if they start to grow uncontrollably; mitochondria prevent tumors and play an importing role in preventing cancer (mrc-mbu.cam.ac.uk).

For information on how exercise helps mitochondria, see:  Exercise prevents cellular aging by boosting mitochondria (medicalnewstoday.com), Effects of Exercise on Mitochondria Content and Function in Aging Human Skeletal Muscle (ncbi.nim.nih.gov), and Quantifying the Effects of Exercise on Mitochondria and Other Cellular Structures (fightaging.org).

Did you also know exercise releases dopamine and helps with depression?

See Exercise, pleasure and the brain (psychologytoday.com), Does Exercise Release Dopamine? (livestrong.com), Regulation of brain function by exercise. (nih.gov), Exercise and Depression (webmd.com)

Experts say exercising on a regular basis helps in so many ways.

Emotions

If you google search "stress creates cortisol", you will find there scientific evidence about how stress can cause so many problems, Psychology Today says the "stress hormone" is public enemy no. 1. Consider check out some of the results from the google search. In addition, there a lot of studies that show negative emotions can decrease your quality of life and lifespan.

Closing Thoughts

Realize that like most things in life, healthy diets and life changes takes time and patience. Changes require you to re-program your subconscious thoughts from what you are used to doing, and at first, your subconscious may give you unhealthy messages like "I ate this before for years and was ok."  Let's say you find you want to make a change to a plant-based diet after learning about the benefits discussed above. You may start off strong, but then those old thoughts may come back. If that happens, consider re-reading or researching more on the health benefits of your decision, and consider committing to never giving up! Two steps forward, one step back. With time, repetition of eating healthier foods will win. The healthy foods start to taste better and better, and knowing your eating foods that are so healthy for your body and mind helps, you feel grateful about the fact that you are being caring and loving to your body and mind. Not to mention, you feel better, are more energetic, and have greater clarity. For additional help, see: Life Changing Tools.

It seems that in many cases, if you have some kind of disease, consider researching to see if any dietary changes can help to improve it. For example, if you have ulcers, read A Glass of Cabbage Juice a Day Keeps the Ulcers Away (allseasonsintegrativehealth.com).

I have more that I can add, and the list needs to be organized... Still, there are lots here to help, if you choose to help yourself.

Thank YOU for reading this!

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This page updated 12/07/18 09:16 AM