This is your personal guide to guerilla food warfare against big-business factory agriculture and food processors. If you want to regain or maintain your health, you need to read this. A 28 year old, accomplished American marathoner, Ryan Shay, died this week during the Olympic trials in New York City, so no-one is immune from the potential, insidious, long-acting ramifications of a hidden, tainted food supply and the physiologic changes it makes in your body.
At this point, we’ll wait for information, but who knows if what Ryan did not know about his food contributed to this tragedy. Present indications are that Ryan had an enlarged heart, from about age 14, so here again, we can learn from this and pay attention to the health of our children, on every level – physiologically as well as dietarily, socially, emotionally and spiritually. As parents, we can also get multiple opinions, if a problem surfaces. His doctor always discounted his risk. But many of the foods eaten in youth come back to haunt you with physiological damage then and later in life.
In Parts 1* and 2* you learned shocking facts about your everyday food supply and we now begin to widen the discussion and offer suggestions for help, beginning in this article. It’s best not to include man-made ‘foods’ (like artificial sweeteners) or fractionalized ‘foods’ (like table sugar) in your diet, but especially if you do, and continue to do so, you need the information which follows in this series. If you decide to eliminate these 2 greatly harmful sources, Brava! Bravo! And, you still need the information below to be even more effective in managing your Health.
One of the first things to understand is that you have a human body that is running a bio-computer program that is 100,000 years old. You are programmed with the exact same body as humans had in Paleolithic times, and its needs, instincts and “view” are still that of a Paleolithic person. What does that mean to you?
For Modern Humans, a diet that is not natural-based and chronic stress are the “usual”, whereas, for Paleolithic Humans, diet was the natural, whole-food in their landscape and stress was periodic, short-lived and then over. (A quick chase by a saber-toothed tiger, and you either won or were eaten!) But, our body is NOT made to withstand failing food and chronic, unrelenting stress. It wears us away, first by damaging our adrenal glands, and as a consequence of that, a cascade of other hormonal dysfunction begins. Type 2 Diabetes is part of that.
Dr. Susanna C. Larsson, in the Department of Environmental Medicine at Sweden’s prestigious Karolinska Institute, has done research which proves the connection between amount of sugar intake and pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is a difficult disease to treat, so prevention is paramount.
Her research involved nearly 78,000 people over 8 years. For those studied who consumed 5 or more servings of added sugar daily, there was a 90 percent increased risk (that’s nearly DOUBLE the risk!) of developing pancreatic cancer. Most startling is the fact it only took 2 servings of sugary sodas daily to bring about this higher risk. “Consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks, which contain large amounts of rapidly absorbable sugars, induces a rapid and dramatic increase in both blood glucose and insulin concentrations,” they wrote.
Dr. Timothy Brantley, ND of www.thebrantleycure.com writes in the Health Facts section: “Take a look at what the average American consumes in a lifetime:
___ Hamburgers: 6,720 ( 2 per week for 70 years)
___ Bagels: 13,400 ( 4 per week for 70 years)
___ Candy Bars: 3,360 (4 per week for 70 years)
___ French fries: 6,720 ( 2 per week for 70 years)
___ Doughnuts: 3,360 (4 per week for 70 years)
___ Cans of Soda: 20,160 ( 6 per week for 70 years)”
I can’t see how any living body can deal with such abuse and be expected to be able to maintain Health.
So, prudent diet choices and initiating stress-reduction are an intregal part of steps for Health. And, stress-reduction even goes hand-in-hand with diet, because improper diet can over-stimulate our adrenals, too, adding uneeded, extra stress yet again. It all just spirals upward, feeding on itself OR you can cut to the chase and change your habits and change your chances of a better life with good longevity.
Food solicits biochemical reactions and makes them, when and after it is being digested. As a consequence food is broken into its smallest parts, enters your bloodstream through the tiny ducts in your small intestine and then it creates your blood-sugar “level”. If there are too many simple sugars, from table sugars, from artificial sweeteners (whose chemistry elicits the same reactions) or from even too much carbohydrate at one time, (from most types of carb sources, too), then blood sugars rise quickly, that is your blood sugars “spike”.
Next, insulin, your calorie storage hormone is called in to quickly lower your blood sugar “level”, by taking “extra” sugar out of your blood stream and consequently, away from your cells which need it for energy. If too much blood sugar is removed to fat storage by insulin, then your blood sugar “level” becomes too low, and and apart from getting ‘fat and tired’, a dangerous hypoglycemia attacks. A roller-coaster ride ensues as you try to balance the high and low blood sugars over hours, or day after day. How can you stop the roller-coaster?
Well, one way is to learn about the Glycemic Index. We’ll talk more about it in ensuing weeks, but a quick over-view here is that Canadian scientists in the 1980s discovered that every food has its own signature profile as to how it behaves to solicit a response by insulin. To manage your blood sugar levels, you need this information. There’s a big difference among even whole, natural foods — let alone what happens when you eat man-made, factory-invented ‘foods’.
Each food’s profile has been assessed and re-assessed over the decades, and the world’s leading Glycemic Index researcher is now Dr. Jennie Brand-Miller, PhD, at the Universityof Sydney, in Australia.
Dr. Brand-Miller and her team have confirmed and re-confirmed a wide array of the world’s foods and have included those eaten in a wide number of countries, including the third world. As the obesity epidemic is world-wide and increasing, this information and education is crucial for everyone. You can see the Glycemic Index in its current form on the official website at: www.glycemicindex.com
It’s also essential to learn more about “Glycemic Load” — do not just look at the numbers on the chart, as the basis for all your food decisions, but it’s a good start. We’ll discuss all of this another time, but meanwhile, get acquainted with the GI Chart. That will be plenty for you to do until I post again. Start to revamp your favorite recipes, with the GI in mind.
If you have eaten or continue to eat the 2 worst culprits — table sugar and / or artificial sweeteners — then you need excellent bowel motility to help you detoxifyalthough that won’t solve all the problems created by ingesting these poisons.
If you suffer diabetes, chronic constipation or high cholesterol, then this information will help you too.
Learn about glucomannan. It is the soluble fiber of the konjac root, a plant used in Japanese cuisine to make “konnyaku”, a no-taste, mild gel that takes on the flavors of the foods which surround it e.g. if placed with the other ingredients of sukiyaki. (Regard it as the relatively tasteless unflavored gelatin-like Asian food — but whereas gelatin is from animals and is NOT a soluble fiber source, konjac root [known as Devil’s tongue] is a wonderful source of the soluble fiber glucomannan).
One of the same group of Canadian scientists who discovered the Glycemic Index, Vladamir Vuksan, PhD, has developed a proprietary formula based on several soluble fibers, one of which is glucomannan and another is from mulberry. Each of these fibers has been shown to help reduce the spikes of blood sugar.
The formula is called PGX (TM). Talk to your physician about using Natural Factors’ WellBetX(TM) PGX, which is available at www.lef.org along with more information, www.farmacopia.net an important resource for you to know about, or visit the manufacturer’s site at: www.naturalfactors.com and click on the WellBetX Glucose Management link. Many of Natural Factors’ formulas are developed by Dr. Michael Murray, ND, a highly-respected graduate of one of America’s premier schools of Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. http://www.doctormurray.com
With more than 60% of the adult American public now being officially “overweight”, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or greater, therefore even most of the “normal” looking people are really ‘overweight’, (but just to a lesser degree than those who already “look fat”), so the reaction has to be swift, as diabetes is likely to follow in an even greater epidemic if people don’t take control of their own Health through a revision of their life-style and dietary choices. More choices to help, next time.
UPDATE: November 9
My posts over the next few weeks may not be as regularly scheduled, as I am transitioning back from only caring for my Mum, and am returning home:
___ first to my husband unexpectedly changing jobs (on the 18th anniversary of his quadruple bypass — 2 nine-year cycles of harvest, to the day! Another chance granted to start a new Life. The Universe works its special Magic, if you pay Attention. This job had been the most abusive executive job of his career, and I think leaving was a Gift.)
___ and next, I am returning to celebrate Thanksgiving in my child’s first-owned home.
Please remember your Blessings. They really are all around you.
Best to all — Em
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And, you can read the full article about Ryan at: ttp://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/04/sports/othersports/04marathon.html?hp
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