It's disappointing today to see so many vegans who, for perfectly valid ethical and environmental reasons, use guilt and shame to firstly, defend their own food choices and secondly, beat-up on meat-eaters.
Why do this? To feel morally superior? Many remind me of certain Christians who are 'holy' for 2 hours on a Sunday, then go home and beat the kids. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" and all that.
All you do when you become an ideological vegan is turn eating into warfare and become paranoid about everything you put in your mouth. Food should be eaten in an atmosphere of calm and peace. I know what I am talking about because I was an 'insufferable vegan'. Cringing whenever I saw someone eat a prawn cocktail.
It is spiritually wrong to instil shame and guilt in others. No good comes from polarizing opinion and driving meat-eaters away, making it harder to get them back. When you condemn others you also bring hatred into your own psyche. How does this benefit you?
I run detox and healing retreats. There is juicing, blending and raw food. Fruits and veggies are cleansers and regenerators. No animal protein. The transformations I see are amazing. Even after many years, I still get a buzz from it.
Do you see?
Sell the BENEFITS of a vegan diet. Tell your story of how it transformed your life. This is a much better way. And if people still eat meat, don't condemn them. Idealism is all well and good but most people cannot afford, or find, uncontaminated fruit and veg, grown locally, tree-ripened, picked in season and eaten immediately. They may find it tasteless because they are habituated to sweet, sour or salty; don't thrive on raw food; live under 6' of snow for much of the year; or wish to remain (pardon the pun) 'pig ignorant'. If you weigh 300lbs and live in California, fantastic. If 140lbs, living in Alaska, forget it.
In reality, many vegans wash out after a few years. In the meantime they are 'ideologically insufferable'.
Author of 'Fire Your Doctor Cure Yourself' and founder of Antarana Health & Wellness Retreats
There's a belief that says, 'You are what you eat'. Not quite. It is not what you eat but what is delivered and absorbed by your cells that counts. With so many today suffering inflammation, 'leaky gut' and malabsorption, we are absorbing less and less nutrients from our food. With this in mind, herbal tinctures and formulas would do better to include 'bio-enhancers' to increase their bio-availability.
"Huh. What's that?" you may say.
Before I explain, some background...
There are countless herbal supplements available both online and off-line. But do they actually work? I would say very few. Why?
THE LAND OF LITIGATION
Lawyers love to litigate. In the United States, health supplement manufacturers were sued for millions of dollars after their products purportedly 'Made people sick'. Except they didn't, really. Speculators were taking advantage of a little-known phenomenon called a Herxheimer Reaction (or 'healing crisis'). A short-term (from days to a few weeks) detoxification reaction in the body.
As the body detoxifies, it is not uncommon to experience flu-like symptoms including headache, joint and muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, general malaise, sweating, chills, nausea or other symptoms. This is a normal — and even healthy — reaction that indicates parasites, fungi, viruses, bacteria or other pathogens are being effectively killed off.
The biggest problem with a healing crisis is people stop taking the supplement or medication causing the reaction and thus discontinue the very treatment helping make them better.
During retreats I am pleased when I see a 'healing crisis'. It tells me the program is working and clients' vitality is strengthening to the point they start throwing off disease.
DILUTION AND DOSES
Supplement manufacturers avoid the healing crisis by diluting their products until they are virtually useless. Recommended doses do the same. 1 capsule 2x per day will do little. 5 capsules 4x per day and now you are talking. How many people are aware of this?
Many herbal drugs and extracts produce impressive lab findings yet demonstrate less real-life activity. This is due to poor solubility or improper molecular size, resulting in poor absorption and hence poor bio-availability. The Ancients have the answer. 'Bio-enhancers'. Herbs that increase the potency of other herbs.
Ayurvedic formulas have used bio-enhancers for centuries, such as black pepper and ginger. Moringa (The Miracle Tree) has its own bio-enhancer within the seed pods. To give extra bang for your buck, I add piperine to my Moringa powder. Piperine (black pepper) increases the potency of herbs by 10-200x. For example. Absorption of Turmeric is increased by 10x by adding black pepper. Looking at the supplements industry I see few suppliers doing this. On the contrary the unscrupulous dilute their herbs with cheap fillers, ground up house plants, twigs and who knows what else.
If you aren't seeing any results from the supplements you are taking it is most likely you have a poor quality product or problems absorbing nutrients. Taking 'bio-enhanced' supplements will help.
Natural Healing Author and Wellness Retreat owner.
"THE DOCTOR KNOWS BEST"
From birth "The Doctor knows best" message is relentlessly driven into our consciousness. But is it true?
For accident and emergencies Doctors can be brilliant. Yet, for most of what ails us... cancer, heart disease, diabetes and anxiety, auto-immune disease, arthritis, allergies, asthma and countless other chronic 'incurable' disorders, they are clueless. Not just clueless but in their efforts to bring relief, they mutilate, poison and murder us by the million. No. I am not joking.
'Death by Doctor' is the third leading cause of death in America and, if there wasn't so much under-reporting, mis-reporting and downright medical skullduggery, I would venture to suggest, it is the number ONE cause of death in industrialized nations today.
Buy hey. Don't listen to me. I'm a 'kook'.
Doctors are smart and knowledgeable but when was the last time you heard of a cure? For anything? Ever? If Doctors only treat symptoms because that's where the money lies, and not the underlying cause of your disease, are they even Doctors? Aren't they just human vending machines? Punch in your symptoms and out pops a drug. When was the last time you visited a GP who didn't dispense pills?
Doctors know only what they have been taught and treat as they are pressured (via carrot or stick) to treat. They know nothing about alternatives ('quackery' is their code word for 'competition'), ignore patient individuality and pay lip-service to prevention. Their grandmothers know more about nutrition than they do. They are so wedded to science and trusting in their bought-and-paid for 'thought leaders' they don't question the science they rely on, their ongoing education via medical journals, and their gold-plated $400,000 educations. All of which are heavily influenced by 'Big Pharma'. Sorry, fellas. From outside looking in, it's JUNK. Cleverly conceived and disguised junk but still junk. It must be. There isn't a cure to be seen.
Pharma corporations are organized crime. Merck and Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline, etc. control the health industry. Their primary goal is to make money for their owners and right now they are making staggering amounts. The Rockefellers and Carnegies and their money-worshipping, Merchant Class buddies.
Healthy people don't generate a dime. Sick people do. $2.6 TRILLION a year. Do you really know what's in those vaccines being injected into your infant? Think about it. The 'elites' happily blow up and poison brown-skinned babies all over the world. They have been doing it for centuries. Yet somehow they have benevolent intentions to us and our children? 50% of U.S. children and 54% of adults today have at least one chronic disorder. How is that possible? That should tell you we have a SICKNESS system and not a health system. 'By their fruits you will know them.'
A Doctor's job is to MANAGE disease. Not cure it. Doctors who cure get into serious trouble. Do some research and stop being duped. The mavericks the media go after are the very people you need to know more about.
For two decades I was sick. Allopathic Doctors could do nothing. Only make me worse with their poisons. For 200 years, they have deceived mankind by labelling them 'medicine'. Eventually, I realized they were never going to heal me and I would have to heal myself. You can too. Your body is always trying to heal. It just needs someone who knows how to identify and remove the various obstacles preventing healing. Someone who can teach you how to build health and stop building disease. A 'disease manager' has no interest in that.
I still use Doctors for the things they are good at but Doctors do NOT know best. Once you understand this, you are on your way back to health. Unless, of course, you are satisfied with relief, mutilation and disease progression. Are you?
'Drug companies are not here to bring health to the population but to scam them on one level for vast amounts of money, by treating the symptoms and not addressing the cause.'
-Sir William Ossler, MD
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I see it all the time. You have a chronic disorder like diabetes, cancer, arthritis, cardiovascular or auto-immune disease. Doctors only manage disease, so you decide to investigate alternatives and fix it yourself. You might have a session or two of acupuncture, Reiki, or aromatherapy. Fix yourself a colourful salad, purchase the latest fad supplement, invest in a juicer and start bouncing in the garden, trying not to land, head-first, into the ornamental fish pond. Nothing works.
It’s easy to blame a therapy or therapist but the most common reason for failure is because you are practicing ‘Water Pistol Medicine’.
What do I mean?
Imagine your house is on fire. You call the Fire Department in a panic. Minutes later, you are relieved to hear the sound of the siren, only to look on in disbelief as the fireman leaps out of the truck holding only a water pistol. Your house burns down.
Now apply the same to your health. Your body is sick. You buy an over the counter herbal supplement and follow the directions. You don’t improve. Deflated, you conclude herbal supplements are ‘useless’ and purveyors ‘quacks’. They aren’t really. You have just been squirting a water pistol on a house fire.
NOTE: Manufacturers have made supplements so weak they are virtually useless. They had to do this because they were being sued for millions by opportunistic lawyers who used ‘healing crises’ (a positive sign your vitality is improving) to claim herbs were harming patients.
Let’s change the scenario. You call the Fire Department and the fire truck arrives. This time they attack the fire from all sides with 10 hoses, aggressively and continuously so there is no chance of the fire re-igniting. They save the house.
What do you think will happen to your disorder if you do the same? Attack your disease ‘fire’ with multiple alternative ‘hoses’... cellular and regenerative detox, massage, sauna, herbs, hydrotherapy, emotional and psychological healing, exercise, acupuncture (or other ‘energy’ medicine) and flood the body with nutrients. What if you also resolved toxic relationships, found the money to pay your bills, escaped back to nature, learned to relax, and de-stressed? Wouldn't all that have a better chance of extinguishing your disease ‘fire’?
Now you may not be able to afford all those different therapies, have the time, or know exactly which therapies to have in your healing toolbox. But at least you now know why you haven’t been getting anywhere. You cannot extinguish a raging inferno with a water pistol.
So, what CAN you do? Well, just as there is a ‘fire brigade’ for fires, there is also a ‘fire brigade’ for disease. Detox, Wellness or Healing Retreats. The good ones specialize in putting out fires. They can look at a fire and know how many hoses are needed, add or take away more hoses if necessary. If you research their methods and are sufficiently motivated, you can even create your own retreat, at home, as I did.
Dr Richard Schulze (before he was shut down by the FDA) stated he cured thousands of late-stage cancer patients. His 30-day ‘Incurables’ program, with aspects of Ayurveda, helped me heal myself of serious chronic and degenerative disorders. His isn't the only possible method but what is noteworthy about Richard's approach is he uses lots of fire hoses and attacks disease conditions, aggressively.
This is so important to understand I wrote about it in my book ‘Fire Your Doctor Cure Yourself’. In it, I identify the most common mistakes we make, preventing healing and explain how you can become your own Fire Brigade.
Don’t do as I did. Spending two decades getting it seriously wrong, spending a small fortune, before finally getting it right.
Need advice? Contact me. I’m more than happy to share my knowledge.
When you involve yourself in the Health and Wellness field, there is a certain expectation from others. They expect and WANT, almost NEED, you to be a shining example of what you are teaching. They hang on your every word and willingly follow your lead. Such Guru-worship' is fraught with peril. I have yet to meet the perfect man or woman. They don't exist. Which means Guru-worship almost always ends in disappointment and disillusion.
Having spent years in and around spiritual retreats and yoga camps, I find both attendees and leaders are able to stay, pretty much, 'on the path' while they REMAIN within this supportive environment. Once outside, it is only a matter of time until their 'light' (which shone so brightly), starts to go out. I have been shocked at the likes of David Wolfe who, in his early years, was inspirational but now seems to have lost his way, hustling astonishingly-priced supplements to the spellbound, while spouting incomprehensible 'gibberish'. (Sorry, David. That's what it looks like.) TTAC (The Truth About Cancer) which started out wonderfully, is also heading this way. Overwhelming my inbox with insincere emails, from people I have never met, tripping over themselves to shift product. It's disappointing.
There are very few people who truly 'get it', spiritually, and can stay the course. In fact, in all my years, there were only two people I met whose 'light' really did shine. These are the people who don't have to say anything. Don't have to convince you they are saintly. You are just drawn to them. Having said that, those whose light has diminished CAN be of service to others because, over the years, they acquire vital knowledge.
This is me.
Yes, I have had mystical, transcendent, trans-formative moments. In and out of Yoga retreats and Christian revivals and during electrifying spiritual practices. Such experiences open your mind to mental, spiritual, emotional, physical and 'energetic' factors (the 5 Layers of Healing) and help you realize it takes more than a stick of celery and a coffee enema to bring about healing.
I have progressed a long way on my own journey but I am NOT a saintly 'guru' living a life of peace and purity. I chose to abandon a purely spiritual life and live in the everyday world and help in a quiet, pragmatic way, using whatever tools are appropriate for each individual. Empathy, experience and insight guide me. I do little, at times, which comes from my natural trait toward 'being' and not 'doing'. Springing into action when I run a retreat or take a class.
For years I have kept quiet and withdrawn from public life, helping friends and those who hear about me, through word of mouth. As a classic introvert, I like it that way. Slim 'Vata' types, like me, don't tend to be great advertisements for fasting or raw food diets. Like many raw vegans, we can look gaunt and depleted, making you question whether such diets are appropriate in the long term, for this type. Physically stronger 'Pitta' and 'Kapha' types make much better models.
There is a pressing need in society for people with knowledge and experience to do what they can to help others which is why I recently decided to expand my reach onto the internet, mainly through Facebook. It is nice to get in virtual touch with caring people and I have been impressed by the enthusiasm and awareness I see from others. I do have concerns about the pushing of too-idealistic beliefs. This is a form of violence (to self and others) which can harden others stance. You then lose someone who might have been helped. I went through an idealistic phase (raw veganism) myself and it made me rigid and unbending and paranoid about everything I put in my mouth.
I once spent time in a Catholic retreat for novice priests, who had suffered psychological breakdowns in their attempts to be 'just like Jesus'. The pressure became too much. They weren't and never could be Jesus. They needed to become better versions of themselves.
There is an interesting booklet given out to British Royal Navy officers. It's called 'The Officers Guide to Etiquette'. It says Officers aren't allowed to eat Baked Beans or French Fries (chips). They are considered too 'lower-deckish'. It was humorous, then, for observers to note, when going ashore in one UK Port, officers standing in line in a well-known Fish & Chips shop... for baked beans and chips!
I hope you get the point.
I am not a 'Guru'. Please do not judge me as one.
Today is a BIG day for me. After 25 years of keeping my life very personal, my journey from sickness to health, which spanned three continents and involved major life changes, is published for all the world to see. Unlike the first edition which received no marketing and was only listed on Amazon, Fire Your Doctor Cure Yourself - Second Edition has been distributed to all the major booksellers.
To be clear, this book is not about me. It is about YOU. Everyone who is suffering a chronic, 'incurable' disorder, who is being badly let down by a Health System that only MANAGES disease and has no interest in CURING it. Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Arthritis, Obesity, Allergies, Asthma, auto-immune disorders, and a bewildering number of conditions I never heard of as a child, have reached frightening levels. Why, is pretty clear, although you will need to read the book to fully appreciate it.
I know what some of you are going through. How helpless and discouraged you feel when your Doctor says "There is no cure", and when you investigate alternatives, how overwhelmed you can be with information and choices. First hopeful, then disillusioned, as everything you try fails. It doesn't help that you don't really know what you are doing. It doesn't help you are addicted to comfort food (sedatives), or coffee (stimulants) and your adrenals are worn-out with stress, anxiety and illness. It doesn't help that you don't have the energy to even TRY to turn it around. Why would you even bother to correct your disorders if, as the Doctors say, "It's genetic"?
I have been there and understand. So utterly lacking in hope, I came very close to ending it all. But something stopped me. Suicide was not part of my maker's plan. Just like you see on postcards in Christian bookstores, where a supernatural 'light' shines through prison bars, onto imprisoned monks, I 'saw' that same celestial light and knew I could not end my suffering in such a way. Thus began my long and winding journey back to health. Long, because I knew little about health and even less about natural healing and made many mistakes. Winding, Because I moved around a lot. My voyage of discovery eventually led me to a quiet Indian backwater, where a short, pot-bellied Hindu, standing on one leg, muttering his mantras, cured my arthritis and opened my eyes to the wonder of natural healing. Inspired, I spent the following years studying and experimenting with 'Nature Cure', Ayurveda and a host of Alternative therapies.
It wasn't too long before people started to seek my advice, asking me to support them as they cleansed bodies and minds of toxic chemicals, parasites, thoughts and emotions. I coached them how to break addictions, alter lifestyles and turn their lives and health around. There was nothing complicated or 'scientific' about the methods. The impressive results I saw firmly convinced me the ancients knew what they were doing. That the answer to healing lies, not in suppressing symptoms, or adding toxic chemicals to an already weakened body, but in strengthening the immune system and restoring balance, by cleansing tissues, clearing away stagnation, blockages, and acid wastes; and providing the materials the body needs to repair and regenerate.
Modern Medicine can be brilliant with Acute and Emergency conditions but for chronic and degenerative disorders, unless and until Doctors address the underlying causes of disease, no amount of tinkering with genes, or chemistry, will fix it.
Today my book is published. Will it gain a following or will it end up, as most do, a vanity publication? That is up to you, my friends.
Once Upon a Time there lived a powerful King who had 100 doctors. The finest in the land. Soon, one of the older Doctors passed away and a search began for his replacement. Many candidates came to be interviewed. Each candidate had to correctly answer one question from each of the other 99 Doctors. All failed. One day a candidate arrived who answered all the questions correctly. The King congratulated him and welcomed him as the 100th Doctor. The Doctor spoke:
“Your Highness. I would like to ask the other ninety-nine Doctors a question”.
The King, intrigued, agreed.
“What are the two most important things for health?”
All the Doctors answered incorrectly.
“What are they?” asked the King, intensely curious.
“A walk in the morning and an hour in the sunshine”, came the reply.
So pleased was the King with this answer, he fired all the other 99 Doctors and the new Doctor became the most famous physician of his Age.
This ancient story is a reminder of how, in a world filled with complex remedies and impenetrable jargon, preventing illness and maintaining our health is quite simple. The two most important things for health have, arguably, not changed. How many of you take a walk in the morning and enjoy an hour in the sunshine? When I was in the military, exercise would commence at first light. In the Mediterranean, walking is common, particularly after a meal.
There is something magical about the cool early morning air. While the rest of the country is sleeping, an early morning walk is invigorating and ensures greater mental sharpness for the rest of the day. Exercise during the day helps you sleep better at night. It also helps with constipation, reduces the risk of breast and colon cancer, burns calories and gets more oxygen into body and brain. Getting our circulation moving improves sexual health, muscles get stronger and so do the bones of osteoporosis patients. Immune function strengthens; ‘bad’ cholesterol drops; stress reduces, and physical tension is released. Walking briskly each day can reduce your risk of heart disease by 40%.
What about sunshine? We have been taught to fear it. Why? The effects of this can be catastrophic. Vitamin D is crucial for protecting us against Cancer. Sunshine produces it. Sunshine is also an anti-depressant. We are all pretty miserable in the darker months in the northern hemisphere. Except for a few rare instances, most of us need more sunshine, not less. Heliotherapy (sun-bathing) is part of ‘Nature Cure’ and included in our programs. There is no need for us to be fearful of the sun just because some ‘expert’ says it is bad for us or a few sun-worshippers have melanomas. Everything in moderation. Go out in the sun when it is not too high in the sky, and do not burn. Too much sun may be bad for you. But so is too little.
A morning walk is not so easy when you work shifts, live in a city, do not feel safe outside or only have time for a mad dash to get to work. Here you must do what you can. Exercise later in the day. If you cannot walk, ride a bicycle. If you cannot do that, learn some simple breathing and stretching exercises.
One fun exercise I do each morning is a Qigong exercise called ‘Tossing the Ball’. It is perfect for almost everyone, including the overweight. It can also be used to dissolve toxic emotions. Instead of ‘tossing’ a ball, imagine you are tossing away anger, fear, heartbreak, hatred or frustration. The exercise can be conducted slowly, or at pace, becoming a super workout. It does not need any equipment, costs nothing and you don’t have to move from one spot. You can search for it online or watch for a coming video on the Antarana website.
I have certain rules I live by and one these is that I DO NOT BELIEVE a word the government or media tells me. Nothing. In fact, whatever I hear on the news, believing the opposite generally brings me closer to the truth.
An example is when a media expert, complete with bleached-teeth and credible persona, pronounces natural healing 'worthless' because it has never been scientifically proven. What the people saying this don’t tell you is...
Btw. Whatever you read from me, do not believe either. Conduct your own research.
Why have I led with such an introduction? Because those telling me Diabetes is ‘incurable’ are the same people who told me the 2009 H1N1 ‘Bird Flu’ pandemic was going to wipe out mankind unless pregnant mothers and infants were injected with an untested, mercury-laced, ineffective vaccine. The same people who wagged Sars, Swine Flu, West Nile virus, Ebola, Zika and many other media-driven scares (known to insiders as ‘cattle-drives’) at us. They are all hobgoblins designed to keep us rolling up our sleeves. We are living in deceitful times.
Conventional Doctors tell us diabetes is incurable. Since ‘The Doctor knows best’ we tend to accept their pronouncements without question. Yet, we already know Type II Diabetes is curable because of the 2011 Newcastle Study. Many of those who have followed its nutritional approach have reversed their diabetes and informed the world. That we are still waiting, five years later, for a larger follow-up study, should tell you how much a priority finding a cure is. This study only confirmed what natural healers have known for decades. Dr Gabriel Cousens is famous throughout alternative medicine for curing this ‘incurable’ disorder for over 30 years. Our own Reverse Diabetes Retreats are inspired by his work.
How does he do it? By sticking to the fundamentals of natural healing.
1. Stop doing whatever it is you are doing that is making the body sick.
2. Cleanse the body of toxicity (detox).
3. Flood the body with nutrients.
There is a little bit more to it but that is basically it. After 25 years of observation and my own ‘trial and error’ there are very few disorders I regard as being ‘incurable’. Type II diabetes is one of the easiest to resolve.
Next to come in the series, Apple or Doughnut?
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You may not realize it but every time you give your child a 'treat' of a sweetened drink, biscuit or sweet (candy), you are firstly creating a nutritional deficit and secondly, hastening the day they succumb to diabetes, obesity, cancer or other chronic disease. Not just your children but you, too. We are the only species on the planet committing biological suicide by knowingly eating food that is toxic.
My dog is smart. When I offer him a sugary biscuit, he sniffs at it, looks at me as if to say, “Are you kidding?” then walks away. What do I do? Scarf down the whole packet. I can't just eat one. Food companies know exactly how to get us addicted. Biscuits have been designed to hit our 'Bliss Point'. What is the ‘Bliss Point’? It is the exact combination of fat, sugar and salt, plus ‘mouth-feel’ that gives maximum stimulation to the pleasure-receptors in our brains. This effect is compounded, today, by the use of High Fructose Corn Syrup and Aspartame, two 'excito-toxins'. We are all being turned into junk-food addicts, little different to amphetamine- junkies in the street.
Foods are not just addictive. They are designed to get us to eat or drink more. An example is soft drinks. The drinks companies add extra salt. We cannot taste it because they add extra sugar to mask the taste. Why do they do that? Because extra salt makes us thirsty, so we drink more.
Today, our ‘food’ is so nutritionally-deficient, our starving, yet full bodies, keep telling us to eat again. It is difficult to escape. ‘Agri-business’ and the Food Giants have captured the food supply, destroying competition, quality and diversity. We are left with little choice but eat what they present to us on the glittering rails of our local supermarkets. The 50,000 - 100,000 products you see, appear to provide an amazing choice, yet come from just 4 genetically-modified and heavily-sprayed crops, grown in over-worked, depleted soil, owned by a handful of corporations who own ALL the brands, even organic. Choice is an illusion. Another illusion is the whole idea the products your taste buds are salivating over is food at all. In my book there is a chapter called ‘There is No Food in a Supermarket’ which emphasizes this point. What you are buying may look like food, taste like food and smell like food but Fido wouldn’t touch it if he was starving to death.
For most people, healthy food choices are unavailable, unaffordable or unattractive. Healthy food would produce healthy populations and healthy populations would put ‘Big Food’ and ‘Big Pharma’ out of business. Do you really think the owners (with their own addictions to $$$) of these industries will allow that? We already know the answer. In 1999 the heads of the major food corporations held a meeting in Minneapolis to discuss the staggering cost to the health of society of their products and what should be done do about it. The result was predictable. They refused to change a thing and stuck two fingers up at humanity.
What does this mean for you and I and our expanding waistlines? It means the cavalry are NOT coming to the rescue. It means more diabetes, more disease, more malnourished bodies, more obesity. We are on our own and must learn how to protect ourselves. And do something about the collective insanity that is causing mankind to commit biological suicide.
We need to be as smart as our pets. Woof!
More in the next blog, The Three Musketeers of Diabetes
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For thousands of years mankind obtained our sweetness from natural sources such as honey and bee pollen. Honey was truly the Nectar of The Gods. Today's mass-produced sugar is less a nectar... building our life essence (In Ayurveda they call this 'Ojas')... and more a deadly poison. We seem to have gone collectively mad with the amount of refined and artificial sugars we are absorbing. Our bodies are designed for 1/2 a teaspoon per day of sugar. Over 1/2 a teaspoon per day and sugar becomes toxic to our bodies. Yet we consume 70x that. 128 lbs of sugar per person, per year. If our bodies can only utilize 1/2 a teaspoon, where is all the excess sugar going? Well, some is excreted and some gets dumped into our fat stores. Not only that but the amount of circulating sugar, and insulin needed to deliver it to cells, just wears our poor pancreas out!
Sugar seems to be in everything.
This massive sugar-assault on men and women’s pancreas is coming from industrially-produced food and drink, provided by giant corporations, collectively known as 'Big Junk Food'. I will refer to them as ‘Big Food’. This industry knows the harm their products are causing but, just like organized crime syndicates, do not care. Not only are they not embarrassed by the immense harm they cause, they want us to eat MORE of it. Sugar has brought them stupendous profits and as long as they can buy the protection of politicians and health influence-peddlers, why would they stop? ‘Big Food’ is not the only industry profiting from our excessive consumption. The Health Industry is also ‘making a killing’.
All Corporations try to cut costs and increase profits, producing at the lowest possible price. The largest, reportedly, buying off those who might stand in their way. One striking example is The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the U.S.’s largest trade association for nutrition professionals. This body has, for years, been accepting sponsorships from “Big Food”. All the Food Giants have networks of dietitians, bloggers and paid talent pushing a 'healthy' message. Coke, in February this year, paid sports and nutrition experts to recommend coke as a snack. It really is shocking to see the nation’s nutrition industry hijacked by the very companies whose products most contribute to our obesity and health problems. Now that the Academy of Nutrition is sucking on the corporate tit, they refuse to end this troubling relationship despite the obvious conflict of interest and protests from its membership. Infiltrating bodies like this to neuter them is a smart move by corporations but is hardly in the interest of the public.
Type I diabetes cannot be prevented
This morning I received a response to yesterday’s blog, in which a reader stated 'Type 1 can NOT be prevented. Ever.’ Since we do not yet know the reason why insulin-producing pancreatic cells are being destroyed, in Type 1, it seems a rather bold and bleak statement. Is Conventional medicine even interested in prevention? Compare the budget set aside for prevention to the budget set aside for treatment and you’ll need Captain Kirk and the Starship Enterprise to bridge the gap. The lack of interest in prevention of disease by the ‘Disease-Management' Industry has been obvious for decades. There are always lots of noises about ‘advances’ here and ‘progress’ there and cures being ‘Just around the corner’ but if you were to take a moment to reflect on similar pronouncements, across a wide range of diseases, over many decades, you soon realize cures always remain ‘just around the corner’. You can bet the farm that, in 60 years, just as with the cancer industry, they will be feeding you the same ‘fluff’ about Diabetes. This is PR to keep us natives from getting restless. It never amounts to anything.
Coming back to whether Type I diabetes can be prevented or not, I read this kind of thing often in medical literature and find such statements work better when I prefix them with “To our knowledge…”
I am going to keep my powder dry, for now, but would enjoy hearing from anyone who does believe Type I CAN be prevented. It's a balance thing. As for the rest of the blogs in the series, my apologies to Type I's, the greater focus will be on Type II and prediabetes, which form the vast majority of cases.
Just so you know, I am not an academic and intend to keep these blog posts as simple to understand as possible. Health jargon baffles most people, keeps them confused and thus, dependent on experts. This might please the experts but I don't see it as being in the interest of us ordinary mortals.
More in the next blog titled, Your Dog is Smarter Than You
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