Do you think that you can “get everything you need from the four food groups”?
Doesn’t it seem that Drug companies control Health Care?
Medical studies almost always involve Drug therapies not nutrition – ever wonder why?
Do you have drug advertisement fatigue? [I do]
Have you ever noticed that medication seems to be the first line therapy for most problems?
Doesn’t it seem more logical to put diet and nutrition first?
Have your doctors recommended dietary supplements to you? [Probably not]
Do you have faith in our food supply?
Is there good evidence that we need to supplement our diets? Yes
Our Food Supply:
It is important to realize that we share a lot of biology with animals.
Our nutritional needs are very similar to most animals, including lions, tigers and bears – cows, pigs and chickens, too!
Farmers and veterinary scientists add vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fats to animal feeds, and have been for over 50 years. Are you curious about why this is?
As simple as it sounds – this makes animals healthier.
As I have stated many times:
Our soil is depleted, that is, our farmland has been stripped of minerals. [We need around 60 minerals]
We have used a “fertilizer” for over 100 years, NPK or nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
We have also utilized levees for around 100 years as well.
With 5-7 years of using the same soil without flooding [no new minerals] the minerals are depleted.
[Think of your checking account – all withdrawals and no deposits = trouble.]
Evidence of this is seen in animals’ failure to thrive, birth defects and a long list of illnesses.
Plants and animals both need minerals to live and thrive. [Plants are more susceptible to disease, too]
Plants take metallic or rock-like minerals into their system and turn them into colloidal minerals [98% absorbable].
Plants make Vitamins, Amino acids/protein and Oils/Fats but they CAN NOT make Minerals.
Minerals must be in the soil or they will not be in plants.
Animals, by design, acquire their minerals through eating plants or by eating other animals [who have eaten plants and other vegetation like algae or seaweed].
Animals are not designed or suited to eat rocks for their mineral needs [neither are we]. Metallic minerals are 3% absorbed.
Until we repair our soil and farmland we MUST supplement our diets to ensure complete mineral nutrition.
We have done this is animals for over 50 years. [We deserve a similar effort]
If the Mainstream authorities were to say “Take nutritional supplements to stay healthy” – people will ask, WHY?
The answer is simple, yet unsettling.
Due to our farming methods our food supply is inadequate to provide proper nutrition or put another way – You can’t get your 90 some odd ESSENTIAL nutrients from food alone.
Remember “Essential Nutrients” are those that when absent will lead to symptoms – deficiency symptoms.
The good news is this – Science has provided us with a list of essential nutrients and we can achieve optimal health if we pursue and obtain them.
Many naysayers will say – “show me the evidence” and that is ok.
Unfortunately, in mainstream medicine the “Gold Standard” for evidence has been largely limited to the Double blind, placebo control type studies while many meaningful case studies are ignored.
There are numerous of double blind, placebo control studies that show the value of nutritional supplements – minerals, vitamins, amino acids and oils/fats.
There other ways to show benefit – case studies are valuable and informative.
[How many studies are necessary to show that we need water or oxygen?]
With medications we always have to worry about toxicity, side effects and adverse or unexpected outcomes [like birth defects or increased risk of cancer]
It is easy to see why “less is better” when speaking about medications.
Medications are almost always “disablers” – that is they block a given enzyme or normal cellular process in an effort to target a symptom or symptoms.
Nutrients act as “enablers” – that is they promote normal cellular processes, including vital enzymes.
Nutrients are safer than medications – cheaper and a lot more logical.
With nutrients there are optimal levels that can be sought – or the amounts associated with the best function, brilliant really.
Let me say that many medications are necessary and most are reasonably safe. Medications usually work faster, but they are rarely a good long term option. Talk to your doctor about any medication that you take.
Where possible it is best to use natural alternatives – remember “diet first” is the wisest choice.
I feel that Dr Atkins can assist me here……
An excerpt from Dr Atkins’ book the Vita-Nutrient Solution
CASE HISTORIES PROVIDE SCIENTIFIC DATA
While these stories are certainly dramatic, others may be more illustrative because they are typical of 80-90 percent of patients with similar problems.
For example, Jack Spanfield came to the Atkins Center at age forty-three with an eleven-year history of ulcerative colitis. Its painful symptoms include frequent bloody diarrhea, mucus, and cramps. Jack had failed to benefit from the strongest of medications and required two painkilling enemas every day when I first examined him. After two weeks of targeted vita-nutrient therapy and a sugarless diet, he began to improve. Within six weeks his bowel function was completely normal, and within three months he was off all medications.
Marian Longstaff, a seventy-four-year-old woman, had had psoriasis for seventeen years. Even with considerable doses of prednisone, she was suffering from itchy, scaly patches on her scalp, knees, elbows, and arms. She improved within six weeks on a vita-nutrient program, and in seven months the scales, the itching, and the prednisone were all gone.
Isabel Palmer, a forty-one-year-old woman, had diabetes, asthma, migraine headaches, and high blood pressure. After a few months on vitanutrients targeted specifically to all of these conditions, every problem was gone or virtually gone.
Karen Wickman, a forty-eight-year-old woman with a complete absence of hair (alopecia areata), complained of fatigue, memory loss, and high cholesterol, for which she took a statin drug. After a few months of taking vita-nutrients she could buy in a health food store, her cholesterol dropped sixty points, even without the medications. Her memory and alertness improved, and best of all, her hair started growing in!
Ronald Dawson, age thirty-six, had migraines so severe that he had been on disability for four years. Within a month of starting vita-nutrients, he was off three different kinds of strong medications and his migraines had stopped.
The great majority of patients I see at the Atkins Center could also tell you stories of how they benefited by upgrading their nutritional intake.
Yet most had been told by well-trained specialists that nothing else— besides drugs—could help them. Don’t believe anyone who tells you that! It simply means that nothing can be done within medicine’s offcially sanctioned surgical and pharmaceutical boundaries.
Beyond these narrow confines, however, is a universe of scientifically validated treatments—vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids, enzymes, and other biochemical substances that exist naturally in our bodies or diet— which the medical establishment chooses not to recognize.
Taking nutritional supplements is not new. But what is new now is that medical science itself, through research and experiment, is beginning to legitimize the nonpharmaceutical prescriptions used for so long by progressive health practitioners.
Together, published studies and real-world clinical evidence prove that a wide range of these nourishing compounds can overcome illness as well as (and usually better than) the best drugs and invasive surgeries that money can buy.
The patients I have described refused the conventional wisdom of the medical establishment. In so doing, they recovered far beyond anyone’s expectations, simply by eating properly and taking nutrient supplements.
From headache to hypertension, diarrhea to diabetes, most modern-day illnesses are diet-related disorders. They result from eating incorrectly and not ingesting enough of the nourishing, naturally present biochemicals that optimize vital bodily functions.
Successful treatment of illness results from replenishing the supply of these substances through diet and nutritional supplements.
Atkins, Robert C. (2011-05-24 00:00:00-05:00). Dr. Atkins’ Vita-Nutrient Solution (Kindle Locations 358-370). Simon & Schuster, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
Achieving better health through proper nutrition via wise food choices as well as targeted dietary supplementation is elegantly simple.
Don’t let outdated information keep you back – make an effort to learn about which nutrients are needed and how to get them.
As I always Remind you…
To achieve full spectrum nutrition we all need to supplement our diets.
Supplements to consider:
1) Get a good multiple vitamin/mineral product. Versions with “Chelated” minerals are best. I also like those with some plant based vitamins.
2) Take a quality Calcium product. Look for MCHA as the calcium source and one that includes Magnesium, vitamin D and some assorted trace minerals.
3) Take Omega 3 oils. Flax oil is the best to start. Adding Krill or fish oil later [BTW – Krill oil in the container has a distinctive odor – if you place 3-4 desiccant packs in the bottle and refrigerate it, the odor is gone in 12 hours]
4) Find a good Colloidal mineral product for trace minerals. Make sure it’s from Humic shale and NOT ionic minerals. Humic shale is the “fossilized” remains of the dinosaur days. Plant based colloidal minerals are 98% absorbed.
As always, feel free to comment or message questions or concerns.