When I first heard this is in the early nineties, I thought that they were a nut. It was more drastic than the title of this article stated. The speaker had actually said that all death from disease was caused by nutritional deficiency. How could all disease be caused by nutritional deficiency? The speaker went on to describe chronic disease as being responsible for death at a rate of over seventy percent. That seemed more reasonable but was it realistic. However, I knew that our great medical research institutions were spending billions of dollars every year in researching methods to treat disease, especially the Big Three Killers, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. How could a society as sophisticated as American allow nutritional deficiency to be an issue. Surely our science understood the necessities of proper eating and would direct change in our diet.
As my back started to fail to the point that I could no longer enjoy life, I started looking for anything that would give me some relief. At that point in my life I had already been suffering debilitating pain for over fifteen years. I thought that it was something that had just happened and nothing was wrong with the way that I ate or exposed my body to the sun – just aging. After all our major companies were assuring me if I ate their products, I would get all of the nutrition that I would need. They were required to put it right there on the label as directed by our great government. It was fifteen more years before I discovered that my back was failing because I was vitamin D3 deficient. I wrestled with how our institutions could be so wrong for over two years until I realized it was just about maintaining jobs and income in the health industries. The work of these industries is not about our health, but about the health of the institutions. Today, the thing that still aggravates me is the specialty groups that raise funds for research for this disease or that disease like a “walk” for breast cancer. “Hanger on groups” playing us for the emotions of loss of a center piece of our culture – breast.
As I ‘grew’ out of my pain with vitamin D3 supplementation, I discover there were many life sustaining nutrients in which I was deficient. Here is the list:
- Eating too many carbohydrates and not getting enough protein.
- Eating too many carbohydrates and not getting enough fat. These first two were promoted by our large grain industry.
- There is simply not enough vitamin C in our diets as we are one of the mammals that does not make this substance in our bodies.
- Exercise is necessary to move fluids through our bodies.
- Not spending enough time in the sun in the summer and not supplementing with vitamin D3 in the winter when the rays of the sun were inadequate to covert vitamin D3 in my skin. To grow three inches in one year as the thirty plus vertebral disc healed was a startling reality!
- Our soils are so poor that there is not enough magnesium in our diets.
- Not eating enough uncooked greens and vegetables so that I was potassium deficient.
- Our government and health institutions are just wrong about the amount of iodine that we require.
- The modern food processing techniques and how we treat our water to reduce hardness was removing the necessary sulfur required for health.
- A balance in the correct amount and type of vitamins A, B, and E are also necessary.
There it was, the speaker that I had heard in the early nineties had been correct. Health is really simple when there is a balance of nutrients and exercise. Correct balance of macro nutrients, the ABC’s of vitamins, assuring the necessary minerals are consumed (potassium, magnesium, iodine, and sulfur), and exercise for at least three hundred minutes per week. The only reason for the medical industry is for surgery to stitch us up when we are injured and for antibiotics when we get a ‘bug’. Of course the other reason for its existence is to maintain a lot of high paying jobs including medical insurance jobs so that our economy stays healthy. Someone has to be sick in order for this industry to stay large. You are doing your friends that are employed by this industry a great service as long as you remain ill. – Pandemic Survivor
THIS SEEMS TO DISAGREE WITH HISTORY
I totally agree that:
– nutrition is important
– nutrition has gotten much worse during the last century
But: It appears that there was better nutrition for some small fraction of the population 100, 200 years ago and they got enough exercise, sunlight, etc.
They got similar chronic diseases back then. One can argue fewer/more and similar/different actual diseases.
But I suspect that those people who did live into their 70’s, 80’s has similar problems with chronic diseases.
Henry, thanks for your comments.
In Dr. Robert Heaney’s presentation of “what’s a vitamin D deficiency?” he describes the mortality curve and how proper nutrition will ‘square the curve’. In other words instead of a long period of debilitating disease and decline, you enjoy a long healthy life and your period of failure becomes very short. I suggest watching the presentation to see what life should be like with proper nutrition. http://www.ucsd.tv/search-details.aspx?showID=15751 provided by Grassroots Health and UCSD tv.
Our present paradigm for nutrition is designed for long periods of illness. A full healthy life with proper nutrition and then you pass, I like it!
No, they did not have similar chronic diseases back then. Type II diabetes, for instance, is intricately related to higher carbohydrate and processed food in recent times.
At the beginning of the 20th century, gastritis was the top killer of adults. With water treatment and infection control measures as the century progressed, chronic illness replaced infections.
The rate of breast cancer in a woman’s lifetime has increased from 1 in 32 to 1 in 8 in one century. Even as recently as the 40s and 50s, it was rare to see breast cancer in women under 50. In 2011, a full 20 percent of breast cancer cases will be diagnosed in women under 50.
While people living to the 70s and 80s may have suffered similar chronic disease, modern times are especially known for children, young adults, and middle adults with unprecedented numbers of vascular illness, musculoskeletal illness, diabetes, hypertension, etc. than ever before. The community is sick from poor nutrition, lack of sun exposure, and sedentary modern lives.
Chronic illness does not mark the later years alone any longer.