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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Old graves send us a message about how we should be trying to live and eat

One of my clients wrote:
"In December, while out riding round New Plymouth, we discovered a beautiful cemetery, we've never seen such old graves in such perfect condition, all the very old ones had beautiful gardens on them, it all covered a huge area, we were intrigued and wandered for ages. 

What intrigued me, besides the beauty and tranquillity of the park/cemetery, was that the graves were very old - most had died 150-200 years ago. Apart from a small no. of infant deaths, all the others were in their late 80's and upper 90's, all those years ago, when living conditions here were harsh and just natural remedies! The only younger deaths were during the war years. 

I thought that sends a huge message about the way we live, more importantly how we should be trying to live/eat."

If we were to take out deaths from infections, industrial accidents and wars I don't think we are much better off than we were 50 or 100 years ago health-wise.  When I look at our family's living conditions during the 1950's, the standard was appalling as compared to now - long drop toilet outside, no insulation at all in the house, just one open fireplace and bedrooms so cold that ice would form on the insides of the house.  Talk about cramped living during our early years: The kids slept top-tail in the same beds.  We walked to school in the frost, sometimes barefoot.  However, all five of my brothers and sisters are still alive and in excellent health.

Im my opinion, the professions of modern medicine and nutrition, including their research and education, has been hijacked by "for-profit" interests.  We may be living longer, thanks to no massive world wars, fewer industrial accidents and less infection; but are we actually healthier?  I don't think so.  We may actually be less healthy, being preserved by drugs that ruin quality of life as we get old.

Here is the best article I have send to date that explains how we have lost our way with nutrition science and what we need to do to regain good health.

By Dr. Mercola
Three decades ago, the food available was mostly fresh and grown locally. Today, the majority of foods served, whether at home, in school or in restaurants, are highly processed foods, filled with sugars, harmful processed fats, and chemical additives.
During that same time, obesity rates have skyrocketed, and one in five American deaths are now associated with obesity. Obesity-related deathsinclude those from type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, liver disease, cancer, dementia, and depression, as nearly all have metabolic dysfunction as a common underlying factor.
The featured1 article contains 11 telling charts and graphs, illustrating how the modern diet has led to an avalanche of chronic disease. As its author, Kris Gunnars says:
"The modern diet is the main reason why people all over the world are fatter and sicker than ever before. Everywhere modern processed foods go, chronic diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease soon follow."

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