Do you ever wonder why there seems to be more allergies out there, more ADD and ADHD being diagnosed and more and more people treated for depression, anxiety and mood disorders? In addittion, does it seem like more and more people are being diagnosed with diabetes and various cancers? Well, I have noticed… in my family, my community and circle of friends and aquaintances. This is one of the main reasons why I do what I do and why I am constantly seeking further knowledge about nutrition and health.
Many of these problems and conditions are treatable. We go to our doctors and we usually get a pill to treat our symptoms. Maybe our symptoms are lessoned, but what about preventing the problem- alleviating the problem all together?
That is where “Alternative” treatments come in like reiki, lifestyle change, accupuncture and the old school treatment… FOOD. Food IS Medicine! We created “DIS-Ease” by trying to cut costs and time with our food choices, preservative/ additives and pill popping. We use artificial dyes and artificial flavors and scents that are made from petroleum and heavy metals because they are cheaper to produce than the “real” colors, flavors and scents. We use high fructose corn syrup as a sweetener and food additive because it is sweeter, more addicting and cheaper to produce than the “natural” alternative… sugar, (which is not good for us as it is)! This leads us to all kinds of eating and health issues like increased obesity and metabolic disorders, diabetes and cancers. The Feingold Institute has conducted many studies regarding the effect of artificial preservative on the health of our youth. Go on http://www.feingold.org to find out more about this.
Dr. William Sears, a well known Pediatrician, has written several books on the issue of kids and nutrition. You can find more information on his website www.AskDrSears.com. The book I am currently reading by Dr. Sears is “The NDD Book”. When people come in to see him complaining of their kids having health and behavioral issues and they are seeking a pill for ADD or ADHD because they were told by school that their child might have this, Dr. Sears tells them that, in fact, they have NDD, or Nutritional Deficit Disorder. The cure for this is not a pill, but… REAL FOOD. Sugar has been linked to depression, anxiety, mood fluctuations, fatigue and even cancer because of its effect on the body’s hormones and blood sugar. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HCFC) is even more detrimental because it bypasses the body’s hormone system that tells you you are full while causing greater blood sugar spikes that wreak havoc on your body’s hormone balance system. Let’s not forgt about the latest revelation of “pink foam” that is added to ground beef as a filler made from unsavory parts of the meat and preserved with ammonia- a toxic substance! We are cost cutting by adding this to our meat! Well, that cost we are making up in spades with our health care expenses! Now do you question why more and more people are having serious mental and physical health problems?
My suggestions are, eat locally grown and organic produce (when you can) , and grass fed, free range, wild caught meats and fish. It is CSA, (Community Shared Agriculture), season so join a CSA to get your locally grown produce. Visit www.localharvest.com or www.farmfresh.com to find one near you. Cook your own food using whole ingedients.
Clean up your home and cosmetics as well. Buy Chlorine free, sulfate free, paraben free, artificial dye and fragrance products. Chlorine, ammonia, and artificial dye and fragrance have been linked to head aches, migraines, asthma and skin and esophageal irritation. Check out www.shaklee.com for information of green and clean products.
Some store bought clean and green options are: Trader Joe’s laundry and dish soaps (TRADER JOES), Seventh Generation Products, Method, Meyer and J.W. Watkins products (SUPERMARKETS AND TARGET)
Clean Cosmetic and Toiletry Products: Dr. Brommer’s Castille Soap, Say YES to Carrots, Alba, Nature’s Gate, Kiss my Face, Burts Bee’s, Weleda and California Baby.
So, please join me and let’s clean up our acts, clean up or health and healthcare costs with PREVENTION.