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Disease Proof Your Body

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What if there was a way of eating that was overwhelmingly supported by the current body of scientific literature and practical experience that reversed almost any disease and made it nearly impossible to get sick?

 

Would you be willing to change the way you eat to reverse heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, and autoimmune conditions? How about reducing allergies and possibly eliminating them and preventing cancer.

 

Would you be excited to listen to people who claim to have been cured of lupus, eczema, psoriasis, Multiple Sclerosis and more by changing the way they eat?

 

Would it improve your opinion at all if I mentioned it also seems in harmony with the word of wisdom?

 

I know I'm pretty excited.

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Recommended reading

 

Joel Fuhrman M.D.

Eat to Live

The End of Dieting

Super Immunity

 

 

John Macdougall M.D

A Challenging Second Opinion

The Starch Solution

 

Online quick articles

 

Autoimmune conditions

Cancer

Heart disease

 

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Various Topics

 

My tiny summary:

When our bodies are given nutrient foods that they need and not stuffed with an over-abundance of junk foods and nutrient scarce foods than superior health is the expected result.

 

Nutritional density is most accurately assessed by looking at nutrients/calorie as opposed to nutrients/mass. The most nutrient dense foods are dark leafy vegetables, followed by other vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes. Processed foods are nutrient scarce and poor choices, while animal products should make up less than 10% to reduce the risk of many diseases associated with excessive animal consumption and to leave room in your daily intake for more nutrient dense foods. 

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I didn't read the article yet.

 

Just wanting to tell you that my Father's side of the family are holistic eaters - they grew up in a time in the Philippines when processed foods are only for tourists.  4 out of 9 children have cancer.  It runs in the family - including cousins and grandparents and great aunts and uncles...

 

What's more interesting - my dad knows this history and so he lived his life as healthy as you can possibly be.  Never smoked in his life, never went to clubs and places that are ripe with second-hand smoke. Exercised and ate a balanced nutritious diet and went to the doctor every year on his birth month for check-ups.  He died of lung cancer last year.

 

His brother on the other hand, drank and smoked, and frequented clubs and casinos and, being a politician, lived off the road, oftentimes munching on a candy bar to stave off hunger.  He was constantly sleep deprived as well.  He is in his late 70's, healthy as a spring chicken, still full-time active in politics complete with life on the campaign trails and everything.

 

So, when I hear "Disease Proof Your Body"... I say, yep, that's what my dad said...

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I didn't read the article yet.

 

Just wanting to tell you that my Father's side of the family are holistic eaters - they grew up in a time in the Philippines when processed foods are only for tourists.  4 out of 9 children have cancer.  It runs in the family - including cousins and grandparents and great aunts and uncles...

 

What's more interesting - my dad knows this history and so he lived his life as healthy as you can possibly be.  Never smoked in his life, never went to clubs and places that are ripe with second-hand smoke. Exercised and ate a balanced nutritious diet and went to the doctor every year on his birth month for check-ups.  He died of lung cancer last year.

 

His brother on the other hand, drank and smoked, and frequented clubs and casinos and, being a politician, lived off the road, oftentimes munching on a candy bar to stave off hunger.  He was constantly sleep deprived as well.  He is in his late 70's, healthy as a spring chicken, still full-time active in politics complete with life on the campaign trails and everything.

 

So, when I hear "Disease Proof Your Body"... I say, yep, that's what my dad said...

This would be the exception rather than the rule.  Furthermore, how/what you eat affects the physical side of health/illness but there's still the emotional, etc.

I'm sorry about your dad.  

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This would be the exception rather than the rule.  Furthermore, how/what you eat affects the physical side of health/illness but there's still the emotional, etc.

I'm sorry about your dad.  

 

Not really.  Nutrition affects both the physical and emotional health/illness.  Your physiology is not just your physical body but your psychology as well - your emotions are triggered by chemical impulses all tied to your genetics and nutrition and not just instincts.

 

And this is really what I was trying to say... nutrition is a big part of health.  But so is genetics.  And so is your environment.

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This would be the exception rather than the rule.  Furthermore, how/what you eat affects the physical side of health/illness but there's still the emotional, etc.

I'm sorry about your dad.  

 

Not really.  Nutrition affects both the physical and emotional health/illness.  Your physiology is not just your physical body but your psychology as well - your emotions are triggered by chemical impulses all tied to your genetics and nutrition and not just instincts.

 

And this is really what I was trying to say... nutrition is a big part of health.  But so is genetics.  And so is your environment.

 

I too am sorry to hear about your dad, anatess. 

I agree with what you're saying that there is more to health than simply what you eat. However, it really is a pretty huge part. Most people can't do much to change the environment they live in more than to pick a certain neighbourhood, and use certain hygiene products and practices. On the other hand most adults do have the capacity to choose how they feed themselves. Why not take as much advantage of health factors you can control. A nutritionally dense diet has in many cases not only prevented, but actually reversed advanced conditions such as those mentioned above.

 

The role of genetics gets overplayed. We all have genetic weaknesses that leave us more vulnerable to specific conditions, but when our bodies have the nutrients they need in abundance and are not bogged down with excess junk these genetic weaknesses do not get a chance to express. Genes do not predetermine outcomes, they can be switched on and off based on lifestyle choices. Sure genetic mutations and absenteeism can occur such as you might see with say down syndrome, but this is different than simply accepting that diabetes runs in my family so my turn is coming. 

 

Cancer is a nasty beast. It is far better to prevent it than to try to reverse it. It is lurking behind the scenes for years before it gets noticed. The average breast tumor has been growing for 10 years before it is the size of a pea. 

 

Your uncle does sound like a bit of an anomaly, a sort of George Burns type.

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SpiritDragon, how does the nutrient rich diet compare in the satiety department (which I understand is what low-carb/high protein diets are aiming for)?

 

Great question. A nutrient dense diet fairs very well in terms of satiety. There are various mechanisms by which the body deals with hunger signals.

 

Biochemically the body sends hunger signals to meet the demand for nutrients. Most of us eat food that is too high in macronutrients (calories) and too low in micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, etc.) This typically leads to over-eating due to too many calories without sufficient micronutrients to help shut down the hunger signals. 

 

The stomach itself also has stretch receptors that indicate when it is filled up. When the diet consists of mainly fibre-rich foods the stomach fills up and also sends a satiety signal to the brain. This is in contrast to a diet with calorie dense food choices that contributes a high level of excess before either the mechanical or biochemical satiety signals go off. Also the fibre slow digestion of food which increases the amount of staying power, so you don't just feel stuffed for a 1/2 hour and then get ravenous.

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