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It's Your Health!

Purpose

Cancer, Alzheimer's, Diabetes, Cholesterol, and the "need" for medical care has skyrocketed. Why?

What are your unknown unknowns about health?

There are many very important, maybe unknown facts written by doctors, professionals, and health advocates that you may or may not have learned about, partly because it's not "profitable". This page is a starting point for you to consider some options that you may want to explore in more detail. It includes a table of Health Educational Links for your further motivation and education.

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.

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. 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.

What matters?

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

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. - Albert Einstein

From a purely biological (anatomical) point of view, science and nature indicate that humans are designed to be eating plants, like other Herbivores.  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).

What does the Bible say?

For those who follow the bible, See God created us to live on a plant based diet by my friend Dan L.

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 (amazon) 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! Uncooked vegetables and fruits contain necessary enzymes that can be killed when cooked.

  • 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!
  • Mighty elephants are vegetarians, and get their protein from what they eat. Humans can get all the protein they need from a vegetarian diet.

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 (amazon), 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  (amazon) and Acid/Alkaline-Forming Foods Printable Chart (alkalineforlife.com). 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 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.

So is a plant-based diet worth it? Consider watching or reading what many doctors say in the links below.

If you're interested in eating more plants, but not quite excited about some of the flavors, consider using a nutra-bullet (amazon) or similar, and make your own shakes & smoothies. I have a model 1201 nutra-bullet. They are yummy, and provide great energy and clarity resulting from a plant-based diet. Several people have asked, so here is what I put in my smoothies. I love my morning smoothies :)

What if you like eating almost all foods?

If your taste buds are anything close to my taste buds, they respond favorably to just about every kind of food including meat, fish, chicken, fried foods, processed meats, as well as vegetarian foods. The word "diet" may seem to have a subconscious feeling of lack (instead of abundance), and may feel hard to accomplish.

Here are some tips that helped me, and may help you:

  • Watch enough of the videos below and consider further research of scientific publications for validation. That's what I did. They provided me with a huge wake-up call of the truth. They provide motivation! Seek truth in your life.
  • Think of your eating habits like a compass. Let's say "north" on the compass represents a pure (mostly raw) vegan diet, and that is the "direction" you would ideally like to follow. Realize that sometimes you may head "east", "west", or even "south" with what you eat, but in time, you will tend to head more "north." Maybe the "magnetic energy" so to speak, of how you feel both physically as well as mentally will help guide you in the best direction for you. That plan has worked very well for me, but a different plan may work better for you.
  • If over time you start to stray, re-watch some of the videos. To achieve a goal, changes in life usually require repetition. See Life Changing Tools.

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.

In addition, it's also very important to understand the "quality" and nutritional value of foods you consume, regardless of diet. Processed foods loose nutritional value verses fresh foods, and processing (such as frying) can actually be unhealthy. Equally important is to understand if you eat the perfect "balanced" diet. To have that balanced diet, learn what is needed for optimal health. Once you do, you can learn how to adjust what you eat, and if you don't have time in your busy life for the optimal diet, maybe you might need supplements. For example, watch Foods That Heal & Foods that Kill (youtube). The amazing details start at about 4:30. If you choose a vegan diet, look at The Vegan Diet . A Complete Guide for Beginners (healthline.com) and google "balanced vegan diet" (google).

Maybe the biggest benefit is how you feel. What you put in your body affects how you feel. Ask people who switched to vegan diets if they feel better. Best yet, try it yourself and see how you feel! 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 did more research (including several of the following links) and switched to a plant-based diet and his next physical showed excellent improvements in his lab test results! Watch the videos and see scores of others who have positive results.

I invite you to consider trying a plant-based diet for a month or more, and see how much better you feel. Use the compass method if you need to. Once you adjust your mind to thinking of how you feel better instead of what you have been programmed to like short term (think of how many ads promote meats), all that will be left are the benefits of feeling better, both mentally and physically.

Health Educational Links

Below is a list containing links to diet, as well as other health issues. I expect this list will be improved and extended as time and resources permit. Furthermore, on most other pages, links to external sites are include the source in parentheses, whereas here they are listed in the Comments section. Thanks go to my friend Richie and others for several of these great links! If you have any additions that you think can help, please contact us below.

Categories Link Comments
Nutrition, Prevention Prescription for Nutritional Healing 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, Documentary 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 is also shown on Netflix. (wiki) If you don't find it on Netflix or other source, it can be purchased at whatthehealthfilm.com.
Plant-based, Documentary PlantPure Nation - The Offical FREE YouTube Release (youtube) Great watch! See some truth in action. See also plantpurenation.com and healingamericatogether.com. Also shows results of Cholesterol, LDH/LDL when choosing a plant-based diet for just 10 days!
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, Documentary 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, Documentary 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 Prevention, Plant-based Reducing Cancer Risk with a Plant-based Diet (See pcrm.org) The Physicians Committee combines the 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, Plant-based Prevent Cancer Costs by Preventing Cancer (pcm.org)
Cancer, Colon Fight Colorectal Cancer with a Plant-Based Diet (pcm.org)
Cancer, Risks of red and processed meats Q&A on the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat World Health Organization - Processed meats are classified as Group 1, carcinogenic to humans, the same category as asbestos and tobacco smoking! (who.int). See also World Health Organization Says Processed Meat Causes Cancer (cancer.org)
Cancer, ???, Medical tests Radiation risk from medical imaging (harvard.edu) Many experts are concerned about an explosion in the use of higher radiation.dose tests, such as CT and nuclear imaging. Will these tests increase your risk of developing cancer? See "What to do" for suggestions to patients.
Health in diet and nutrition Nutrition Facts Excellent resource, LOTS of great topics!!! (nutritionfacts
.org Michael Gregor, M.D. FACLM)
Nutrition, Omega 3/6 ratio, Western Diet 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)
Nutrition, 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 amazon.com)  (nih.gov)
Nutrition, Omega 3 flaxseed Frequently Asked About Flax for Consumers Info about flaxseed, including that whole flaxseed produces more ALA than ground flaxseed (ameriflax.com)
(so buy whole flaxseed if you use something like a nutra-bullet (amazon) 
Diet, Cancer, 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, Cholesterol 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, and may be an alternative to statins in diabetic patients with artery dysfunction. (naturalsociety.com)
Diabetes The Ultimate Diet Therapy Dr John McDougall has a long time history of facts. (youtube). See also A Lesson in Nutrition (drmcdougall.com) and The Smoke and Mirrors behind Wheat Belly and Grain Brain (drmcdougall.com).
Plant-based starches vs veggies What's the Healthiest Diet? Starches, greens, potatoes, etc. What's the best vegetarian diet? Well, that's up for debate, but it still points on what plant's to eat. Dr. McDougal vs. Dr Fuhrman (youtube).
Supplements, fortified foods Nutrition Tips: Folic Acid: Killer or Cure-All? "Don't eat fortified foods!" "Look at your supplement label!" 
'If it says "folic acid" then find another vitamin that has the words "L 5 methyl-tetrahydrofolate" or "5 formyl tetrahydrofolate" on the label.' (huffingtonpost.com Mark Hyman, MD)
Diet, Vegetarian, Protein Complete Protein Combinations for Vegans A complete protein simply means it contains all of the "essential amino acids." However, 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)
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, Documentary Vegan 2017 - The Film Documentary about a Vegan diet vs a diet including animals and the animal industry (youtube plantbasednews
.org)
Plant-based, Documentary 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, Documentary Forks Over Knives Documentary about a Vegan diet vs a diet including animals. (amazon)
Medicine risks, Plant-based, Documentary Death by Medicine a film by Gary Null 2015 Prevention vs Medicine? Watch this and you may you may want to spend more time learning about prevention! Documentary (youtube - Gary Null, Ph.D.)
Diet, Groceries what not to buy, or what buy. Foods That Heal & Foods that Kill "Backwards Society- the media is covering information- we are selling cancer." (youtube - Dr. John Bergman) Example: Grape seed oil cold pressed, healthy; but if it's not cold pressed, it's deadly.
Health Care, Documentary WAR ON HEALTH - The FDAs Cult of Tyranny - Full Speech & Documentary 2013 Documentary (youtube - Gary Null, Ph.D.)
Health Care, Documentary Prescription For Disaster - Gary Null 2010 Documentary (youtube - Gary Null, Ph.D.)
Diet, Cows Milk, Dairy, Osteoporosis, Acid diet risks. The Perils of Dairy (youtube) Dr. John McDougall discusses facts about cows dairy milk. This includes milk, cheese, and yogurt. In the video, it includes a post-menopausal women study. Acid diet. Calcium. If you consume cows milk, or believe you should feed your children cow's milk products, watch this.
Diet, Processed foods Dr. Robert Lustig The Hacking of the American Mind at the San Francisco Public Library (youtube - Dr. Robert Lusting) Discusses The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains.
Diet, Processed foods Dr. Robert Lustig The Hacking of the American Mind at the San Francisco Public Library (youtube - Dr. Robert Lusting) Discusses The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains.
Alzheimer's Can beets tackle Alzheimer's at its root? (medicalnewstoday.com) 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. However, NSAID's have some unhealthy side effects. Therefore, after a bit more search, maybe beets can provide the same or similar function, and maybe it's a much healthier choice.  
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. See 7 Reasons Why Raw Turmeric Maybe Better Than Powder (turmericforhealth.com), but the list of how it can help is impressive! See also Parkinson's: 7 Reasons Why Turmeric Can Help (turmericforhealth.com)
Arthritis Choosing the Right Vitamin K2: Menaquinone-4 vs Menaquinone-7 K2 has several possible benefits, see Vitamin K2: Everything You Need to Know, How to Choose the Right Vitamin K2 Supplement, Which Vitamin K2 Supplement is Best: MK-4 or MK-7? MK-7 ... "a promising new agent for RA (rheumatoid arthritis) in combination with standard RA treatment."
Stroke, brain 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 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)
Cooking Oils Healthiest Cooking Oils Lists a great table of the best oils to cook with and consume, and why. (draxe.com)
Garlic 7 Raw Garlic Benefits for Fighting Disease  (draxe.com) Lists some benefits of garlic such helping to prevent heart disease, cancer, blood pressure, colds & Infections, hair loss, dementia and diabetes. See also Garlic (webmd.com) which lists many benefits, but also check for any possible side effects. I eat raw garlic with honey, especially if I am around people with colds. I chop it up small, add honey to it, swish it around in the mouth to coat the garlic with the honey (don't chew it) and then swallow it. If desired, chase with a glass of water. See also how to eat raw garlic with honey. (google), and Vegan Honey Alternatives (yourdailyvegan.com). Maybe try maple syrup instead of honey.
Depression Dr. McDougall top ten questions answered (youtube) 10 questions, including depression. See also Yes, You can sleep Too Much (thesleepdoctor.com).

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. Over the years of going to the YMCA, I've heard many comments about exercise! Some will say it's hard to get here. Some will say I'll be glad when I'm done, or I feel good after I exercise. However, the best answer is that exercise helps you feel better all day long (if you can exercise in the morning). Regardless when you exercise, it helps throughout your life.

Emotions

If you search "stress creates cortisol"(google), 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, many studies show that 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 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 you're 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).

Thank YOU for reading this!

By David Morgan

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