Saturday, January 15, 2011
Hippocarates said "Let thy medicine be thy food".
It seems that in these times, however, we don't really follow that philosophy. Oh, yeah, I know. Sure, there are a few of us that still believe in that. But, it seems that the majority of us feel like we need a doctor to tell us what's wrong with us and then give us a drug of some sort to "heal" us.
I find it odd and a little sad that we've lost touch with our bodies so much that running to the doctor or taking a pill seems like a "normal" thing to do. Now, don't misunderstand me. I'm not anti-doctor at all! If my son was in a car wreck or I found a lump in my breast I can assure you that there will be a quick trip to the hospital!
But, if say I start running a fever or my husband gets bitten by a brown recluse (which DID happen, BTW, and I blogged about it!) I would most certainly NOT go to the doctor. Now a lot of you just opened your mouth and silently screamed in horror. My husband is just fine so you know. But, my point is, we don't always NEED a doctor to tell us what's wrong with us and we for sure don't always NEED a drug to "cure" us.
Do you know that drugs don't actually cure anything? They can help alleviate symptoms and that's good on occasion. I'm not opposed to an occasional decongestant or anti-inflammatory. But, what really CAN heal and cure our bodies from the inside out is FOOD!
I know we aren't allowed to say that. The government gets angry with us because they haven't tested food scientifically to make those claims. I know what you're thinking. Why not?? Well, I'll tell you why. It's because there's no money in it. And that's a good thing!! If the government started testing our food, then there would be patents on it and it would then become outrageously expensive. Look at Lovaza. Its an omega 3 supplement from fish oil. It is sold by drug companies by prescription. I believe it sells for $90/month supply. You can get the EXACT SAME quality fish oil from the health food store for $30! So, its good that the government isn't ready to test all our foods for medicinal claims.
That means its up to us as consumers to research this on our own. But, don't be alarmed! There are lots of blogs and websites that makes it easy. This one for starters. I'm all about nutritional healing. www.foodrenegade.com is another one. You can find more from there.
Its really important that you do this!!! Its not only important for you but for your family as well! If you love your kids you will pay attention to the foods that go into their little bodies! Our foods have become so convenient in the past few decades. Not only that, we are all in such a hurry! That's bad because we grab those convenience foods and eat them in lieu of wholesome, real foods and aren't even usually aware of what they're made from. They are made from sugar, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and chemicals. They are anything but healthy!
The ugly cycle is that our taste buds grow accustomed to them and then the real foods taste "funny" so we don't eat them! I can't tell you how many children (adults too!) exclaim "eeeewwwww, its organic!! I don't want THAT!" without even tasting it first!!! Then, I'll hear moms of said children say "I just can't get them to eat healthy!" so they buy yet another bag of white bread to feed their family. *sigh*
Did you know that the CDC says that the rate of cancer in the 1960's was 1 in 300? In 2010 the rate of cancer was 1 in 2!! Now, we're in the year 2011!! EEEEKKKK!!! At that rate, does that mean we're 1 in 1 getting cancer?? Gosh, I hope not! in addition to that, ALL disease is on the rise. More people than ever are being diagnosed with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes, etc. The USDA says that if we eat 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day we can prevent cancer. Now, granted that's a lot of produce. But, there are supplements you can take to get that up. That's why we drink Monavie. They also say that if you consume just 2-3 servings of fruits and vegetables you can reduce your risk of ALL diseases. Do you also know that very few people get the reccomended amount of fruits and vegetables into their diets? I don't mean the 9-13. I mean even getting 2-3 servings into our bodies. Why, because we're conditioned to eat the mass produced junk sold in our stores labeled "food".
There are lots of other good foods we should be eating as well. Raw dairy products, grass fed beef, free range chickens and eggs, and herbs and spices. Herbs actually have more effect on illness than drugs do, but you won't see that on any tv commercial. There is no corporation making enough money selling herbs to afford a tv ad. Only the drug companies can do that, so we're all being brainwashed into buying into pharmaceuticals. And don't be fooled. We ARE being brainwashed by the drug companies. If you just pay attention to the side effects at the end of those commercials, you'll crap your pants.....literally...they tell you will! Ginger never made anyone have diarrhea or suicidal thoughts or tendencies...I'm just sayin'.
The components of food are the building blocks for every cell in our bodies. So, if you put good things in, you'll get good things out. It just makes sense. And there are no side effects of food. And, don't go ask your doctor if you can eat an orange. He doesn't know. Truly. Why do you think he's an expert in food? He never claims to be. He is a doctor of medicine not food. God put the right amounts of everything on this planet to make us healthy. He didn't put us here and say, "okay, now go create some chemicals to put in your body or you'll perish!!"
It behooves you and your family to look deeper into this. It can save you thousands of dollars and add quality years to your life if you just let "food be thy medicine"