What kind of healthy choices will you make, those based on Wellness Medicine or Sickness Medicine? Will you be proactive about your health or reactive?
Wellness or Sickness Medicine
What health choices will you make? Those based on wellness medicine or sickness medicine? We all know our health is influenced by what we eat, drink, and other well-known lifestyle choices that we make. The latest scientific research shows that for each of us, these choices can have greatly differing effects on our health. Small differences in your genes can influence how well your body metabolizes food, utilizes nutrients, and excretes damaging toxins. All of which can affect your general state of health. By finding out if you have any of these small variations, you can modify your diet and lifestyle choices to achieve optimum nutrition and health. After many years of the American Medical Association saying that three square meals a day could fill your nutritional needs, the statement totally repudiates the stand. The AMA has been forced to revise this stand in view of this new evidence. They say it takes 25 years before a new idea takes hold in medicine. In 25 years, every medical doctor will be studying nutrition thoroughly. The average medical education spends seven to twelve hours out of a seven-year education on food, vitamins and minerals. Although that may be changing. This is out of Journal of the American Medical Association in 2002.
They say that vitamin deficiency syndromes such as scurvy and beriberi are uncommon in modern Western societies. However, suboptimal intake of some vitamins above levels causing classic vitamin deficiency is a risk factor for chronic diseases and common in the general population, especially in the elderly. Suboptimal folic acid levels, along with suboptimal levels of vitamin B6 and B12 are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, neural tube defects, colon and breast cancer. Low levels of vitamin D contribute to osteopenia and fractures. Low levels of the antioxidant vitamins A, E, and C may increase the risk for several chronic diseases. Those of you reading this, this may seem very commonplace but this was a total turnaround from what the AMA was saying many years ago. Do you ever wonder what’s in the food store and the grocery stores around the world? People keep asking me, “What ingredients should I avoid?” I put together a short list that covers all the most toxic and disease-promoting ingredients in the food supply. These are substances causing cancer, diabetes, and heart disease leading to tens of billions of dollars in unnecessary health care costs across America and around the world. If you want to stay healthy and out of the hospital, read ingredient labels and make sure you avoid these ingredients.
Acrylamides are toxic cancer-causing chemicals found in foods and carbohydrates exposed to high heat like frying and grilling. They are present in everything from bread crusts to snack chips. Because they aren’t intentional ingredients, acrylamides do not have to be listed on labels. Aspartame or NutraSweet are chemical sweeteners that cause neurological disorders, seizures, blurred vision, and migraine headaches. Autolyzed proteins are highly processed proteins containing free glutamate and used to mimic the taste-enhancer chemical MSG. Bisphenol A, a hormone-mimicking chemical found in nearly all food packaging plastics promotes cancer, infertility, and hormonal disorders. It also feminizes males promoting male breast growth and hormone disruption. Casein milk proteins hilariously are widely used in soy cheese products that claim to be alternatives to cow’s milk. Nearly all of them are made with cow’s milk proteins. Corn syrup is another name for high fructose corn syrup. It is frequently used in infant formula products. Food colors FD&C Red 40, for example, is linked to behavior disorders in children. Nearly all artificial food colors are derived from petroleum and many are contaminated with aluminum.
Genetically modified ingredients are not listed on the label because the GMO industry, Monsanto and DuPont, do not want people to know which foods contain GMOs. Nearly all conventionally grown soy, corn, and cotton are GMOs. They are linked for severe infertility problems and even fast bacteria in your body to produce and release a pesticide in your own health. If you’re not eating organic corn, you’re eating GMO corn. The average naturopath spends 1.5 to two years of a four to seven-year degree diploma program on herbs, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, nutrition and diet. This is why naturopaths and natural health practitioners focusing on nutrition and diet excel at prevention and medical practitioners at pathology. By the time you have a heart attack or a gastric ulcer or a lump in the breast, you may need medical intervention, drugs or surgery.
These conditions do not happen overnight. They take anything from five to fifteen years to develop. In the meantime, subtle changes occur. In fact, people become used to these changes and they put it down for aging. Once you put it down for aging, then you can’t do anything about it. What will early intervention do for you? It will ensure you will be healthy and well enough to make your next million or more between 45 to 65. For others, it will mean they can be healthy enough to run and play with their grandchildren instead of waving at their family from the bed of a hospital or nursing home. While doing a health check is a good practice, conventional medical testing does not provide a full picture. Functional medicine testing will often identify hidden health conditions long before they show up on conventional medical tests. Most medical doctors will look at the standard tests and be satisfied with this result most times, possibly dismissing nagging pains or discomfort that the patient has experienced over long periods of time. Only a small percentage of medical doctors will look at functional testing to get a truer picture of health. They will also talk and check about the quality of life the client has.
I was once talking about early wellness screening to one of my ex-wife’s good friend. She helped me politely and showed me this shadow I rather not know. About a year later, she discovered a lump in her breast and had to see a surgeon to remove it and biopsy it. Fortunately for her, it was benign. It could have easily been otherwise. If you think that a healthy lifestyle and eating fresh organic food protects you, think again. There are more than a hundred thousand chemicals in the environment that our grandparents did not get exposed to. There was a sweet radio personality who used to interview me on the radio many years ago. She was famous for a healthy and organic lifestyle. She was diagnosed with cancer. She came to see me for a visit and a few months later, there was a report about her death. I can’t say that I’ve prevented people from developing cancer because of the early method of detections I used in my practice work so well, they will never develop cancer. I can say I found individuals who have come in with cancer markers. Those who clean up your lifestyle and diet to not develop cancer. Those who find I did not make the necessary changes early enough or rigorously enough often do go on to develop cancer. These are general statistics from a sample population of 15,000.
The most common reason for cancer terminal and chronic illnesses included a modern lifestyle and exposure to the industry with antibiotic use and toxins like pesticides and heavy metals. In 2010, the US President’s Cancer Panel, an advisory group that considers testimony from several cancer researchers to inform the president’s policy on cancer prevention concluded that environmental toxins are a greater cause of cancer than previously believed. I turned out to be right many years later. This lady flew in from Bangkok. She was incidentally an A blood type. She had a great diet, exercised well and wasn’t stressed. She discovered she had a breast lump. She had it removed and biopsy revealed that it was malignant. When we examined and tested her, we found mercury filling in one of her teeth was leaking. It happened to be on the tooth that was on the left side that was involved in the stomach meridian. The left stomach meridian also influences the left breast, which was where she had the cancerous tumor removed. If she had come in earlier, she could have even bypassed cancer. One month later, she came in for a second visit feeling wonderful and almost well.
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