Cancer, Alzheimer's, Diabetes, and the "need" for medical care
has skyrocketed. Why?
There is so much to health. And there is so much that you may or may not have
learned about, partly because it's not "profitable", so this page is a starting point for you to consider some options
that you may want to explore in more detail.
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. 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.
Seems are bodies are designed to be Herbivores (plant-eaters)
Did you know 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? Maybe humans should be eating plants.
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
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
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
(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
flavors, consider using a nutra-bullet
(amazon) or similar, and make your own shakes & smoothies. They are
yummy, and provide great energy and clarity resulting from a plant-based diet.
If you're interested in what I put in my smoothies, send me an email. I love my
nutra-bullet morning shakes.
I enjoy eating almost all foods, so how did I switch to a primarily vegan
diet? Well what has worked very well for me (everyone is different) is to think
of your eating habits like a compass. True north would be the
"perfect" "diet". I try to head north, but I let the compass
stray a bit. For example, when I eat at a friend's house, I don't treat it black
or white. With time, the flavors of vegetables grow, the power of repetition
kicks in, and the benefits realized help me to make my northern magnet stronger
and stronger. With compassion, maybe I'll be able to stay on target all the
time, or maybe I'll need exceptions, time will tell.
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
Maybe the biggest benefit is how you feel. What you put in your body affects how you feel. Ask people who switched to healthy 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 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.
However, what if you don't want to go full vegan, or think it will be too
hard. Consider thinking of your diet similar to 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 well for me, but everybody is different.
Below is a list containing links to diet, as well as other health
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. Furthermore, on most other pages, links to external sites are included
the source in parentheses, whereas here they are listed in the Comments section.
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 http://www.whatthehealthfilm.com/.
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)
"... 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)
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
"Don't eat fortified foods!" "Look at your supplement
'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)
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)
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
(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!
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)
(draxe.com) Lists some benefits of garlic. 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)
Scientific evidence shows you can live a happier, longer life through
Did you know that exercise increases life span, reducing aging?
I first learned that exercise promotes mitochondria from watching a PBS show
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).
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.
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.
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
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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