Health and Diet
As Americans, we have lost the connection between our bodies and our health. We eat what we were told to eat growing up, we see the tempting foods on the commercials, we believe the ads, etc! When it comes to eating, we are the only species on the planet that is confused! Then to top it all off, we feed our pets the same type of food that we eat and wonder why they have the same diseases we have!
I firmly believe that many of the diseases we have today can be tied back to our food. We eat foods that are so unhealthy, processed and full of chemicals and then years later we wonder why we have cancer or other chronic diseases. Our healthcare system is great at fixing our injuries, making us prettier, and providing drugs to make us live longer. However the health profession does not really help us be healthy! I am not slamming the industry as a whole, but Dr.’s are taught to treat disease, and they spend very little time helping us prevent it.
Over the last 50 years chronic illness in the west has exploded – ever stop to wonder why? Sure we live longer (that trend may change soon with the rampant obesity) but do we live better lives? Just look around you, look at the kids today; our nation is full of fat people! It is not due to a gene, it is not because we are wealthier, it is because of what we put into our bodies!
If you look at the traditional Eastern cultures, they do not have the same chronic illness we have, their cancer rates are very low, and they are skinnier! Why? Because they eat the way they have eaten for centuries! Only when these cultures take on a more western lifestyle do these diseases start to show up and become common.
I hear people all the time say – I cannot run a mile, I can’t be skinny, I cannot do…well the fact is you can, BUT you must go back to nature. It won’t happen overnight but it can happen.
The government is also to blame, our food charts keep changing, we subsidize crappy food, and we allow marketers to tell us anything can be healthy. Well I do not see how our risk of disease will be decreasing anytime soon.
Chronic illness can be traced back to lifestyle in most cases, whether we choose to believe it or not. Take smoking for example, most cases of lung cancer is tied back to smoking right? Well can’t we assume that most intestinal cancer could be tied back to food, or breast cancer or prostrate cancer? If we feed our bodies in an unhealthy manner then it cannot take care of itself and it will eventually start to break down.
There are countless studies to back up my points but I will limit this post to my own summary. Our bodies are powerful and amazing machines that adapt well to our environment; we just have to give it a chance to adapt to a healthy environment.
Our society is all about the quick fix, the magic pill or the almighty cure – well in the long run the only way to live a healthy productive life and stay away from the Doctors office is to make the changes now and live a long healthy life the natural way!