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Apples Ain’t Apples: Nutritional Issues In Health

Get back to the basics of nutrition, says the men’s body and soul online magazine. As the article points out ‘the basics of health and nutrition are, in fact, rather basic’. We suggest you check out the basics, and make sure you are giving your body those ingredients that help you look and feel your best.

You don’t need a degree to understand the need for nutrition. The US Centre For Disease Prevention and Control says nutrition is important for everyone. We have certainly been saying that for several decades, as the incidence of diseases rise alongside the increase in levels of toxicity, especially in the home environment, and the levels of nutrients in our foods decrease. These two key factors play the major role in 21st century diseases and syndromes according to a recent WHO report.

Nutrition is coming to the fore as a major modifiable determinant of chronic disease,  says the report. “Shifting dietary patterns, a decline in energy expenditure associated with a sedentary lifestyle, an ageing population – together with tobacco use and alcohol consumption – are also major risk factors for noncommunicable diseases and pose an increasing challenge to public health.” says a WHO Report. Giving recommendations for public health policies, the report goes on to list nutritional deficiencies as the prime cause (50%), followed by toxic exposure (25%) – including common chemicals in the bathroom, fungal and parasitic infections, inflammation and auto-intoxication. Researchers say that the increasing evidence of a compromised micro-biome is disturbing news to many using pharmaceutically based practices.

Another report by the joint World Health Organisation and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations  gives expert reviews on the evidence of the multiple effects that poor diet and inadequate nutrition have on chronic diseases. And while it’s not new news, Dr. Kenneth Bock describes a similar paradigm of overlapping diseases in his book Healing The New Childhood Epidemics; Autism, AD/HD, Allergies and Asthma. The “4-A Disorders” have risen sharply in the past 20 years in the United States (autism has increased 1500%, ADHD 500%, asthma 300%, and allergies 700%). “These are staggering statistics, and these meteoric increases demand explanations.” insists Dr Bock.

When one examines the available evidence of rapid increase of a myriad of auto-immune, digestive and non-communicable related diseases over the past 20 years, it makes obvious the link to the plunging nutritional content of foods. Take an unrelated USDA study comparing the nutritional quality of say one apple in 1914, 1963 and 1997, that says there is an 80 year decline from 1014 to 11997 in the mineral content of just one apple. That means you need to eat 80% more to get the same content of the ingredients tested, 20 years ago. But what about the micronutrients – they are no longer present in our modern foods due to the methods of production and distribution!

The Oasis of Hope, continuing the healing legacy of Dr Ernesto Contreras Sr insists on the importance of balanced nutrition. “When we speak of nutrients, we merely think of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Occasionally we think of the vitamin, yet it is common knowledge that 80% of cellular activity depends directly on these micronutrients. A balanced diet is one that provides sufficient quantities of the macro and micro nutrients. For example, the banana is considered to be one of the most perfect foods because it contains all the nutrients needed by the body in the precise amounts needed.”

Proteins, carbohydrates and fats are micronutrients. Vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and enzymes are micronutrients. When we drive a car, what is important to us is that it runs. When we need to pass someone, we want our cars have the power necessary to do so and not falter. We don’t stop to think about engine combustion, compression, and temperature. We are only concerned with the car’s ability to move. The same thing is true of our body. We want it to run properly. In order to do this we must have energy. We know that we get this energy from food. The macronutrients provide energy called calories.

The declining mineral content in all our foods over the past one hundred years is causing a disturbing amount of chronic issues, especially when added to the rapid increase in toxic chemicals including endocrine-disrupting ingredients in our every day products.

In setting out ways to decrease the burden of chronic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, digestive disorders, cardiovascular diseases (including hypertension and stroke), cancer, dental diseases and osteoporosis, the WHO report proposes that nutrition should be placed at the forefront of public health policies and programmes.

Their second option for reducing the increasing heavy burden of health-care on western nations is to take faster steps in the avoidance of toxic chemicals, as Dr Samuel Epstein, founder of the Cancer Prevention Coalition has been saying this sing the 1970’s.

Our three step program of reducing all avoidable, potentially harmful chemicals, saturating the body with high quality nutrients and ensuring all detox pathways are open, takes the individual from a degenerative situation, and points them in the direction of good health.

Although the primary aim of the above WHO report was to set targets related to diet and nutrition, the importance of physical activity was also emphasised as being an essential part of good health. But the report showed that no longer could we depend on a ‘healthy diet’ to maintain good health. Can we ‘get by’? Well, last century maybe, but the last decade has seen a new class of epidemics, especially those emerging in the category of brain-immuno-gut dysfunction.

Researcher Dr. Campbell-McBride, a Russian-trained neurologist with a full-time medical practice in the UK explains; “We live in a world of unfolding epidemics; Autism, ADD, asthma, allergies, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, diabetes, coeliac… these conditions overlap with each other…and are related by similar underlying causes.” In her Cambridge UK clinic Dr. Campbell-McBride sees hundreds of children labeled with a different disease but presenting with similar issues of malnourishment, toxicity and poor digestive health.

She treats children and adults with autism, learning disabilities, neurological disorders, psychiatric disorders, immune disorders, and digestive problems, using her Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Nutritional Program. Dr Mercola interviewed Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, and discusses the GAPS program that follows Western Price traditions.

GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome. It also stands for Gut and Physiology Syndrome.

“In terms of Gut and Psychology Syndrome, we are talking about the functioning of the brain of the person,” Dr. McBride explains. “Any dysfunction of the brain is usually connected to what’s going on in the digestive system. In Gut and Physiology Syndrome, we’re talking about the functioning of the rest of the body. Hippocrates… made a statement that all diseases begin in the gut. The more we learn now with all our modern scientific tools, the more we realize just how correct he was.”

In terms of Gut and Physiology Syndrome, we’re talking about all forms of autoimmunity and inflammatory diseases and conditions.

Autoimmune diseases are a broad range of related diseases in which a person’s immune system produces an inappropriate response against its own cells, tissues and/or organs, resulting in inflammation and damage. There are over 80 different autoimmune diseases, and these range from common to very rare diseases.  Some autoimmune diseases affect mainly one part of the body (such as multiple sclerosis, autoimmune thyroid disease, type 1 diabetes) whilst others can affect many parts of the body (such as systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic vasculitis).

Stay tuned for further discussion on these rising issues.

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