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Who is Responsible for Your Health?

We live in a fallen world. Accidents kill four percent of us. Diseases kill ninety-six percent of us. Most of the diseases that kill us are preventable. Not curable - but preventable.

Health insurance costs are increasing in America at almost three times the rate of worker's income. Therefore nearly forty million people don't have health insurance.

This means the uninsured don't go for checkups, physicals and screenings that would detect preventable and curable diseases. Many times they don't see a doctor until they're coughing up blood or their spouse calls 911.

The first doctor they see is the one in the emergency room. Then they expect a miracle drug to cure them back from the doorway of death.

So who is responsible for your health?

You don't catch these diseases that kill ninety-six percent of us from a door knob, a toilet seat or another person . You cause these diseases by what you eat or don't eat.

How could it be anything else?

Diet and Long Life

The people of Okinawa enjoy the world's longest life expectancy as well as the world's longest health expectancy.

How do they do it?

A study by Harvard Medical School has concluded, "Their dietary habits are consistent with what reputable nutrition authorities have been telling us all along. A low calorie, moderate-fat, plant-based, complex carbohydrate rich diet is key to maximizing life expectancy and minimizing risk for the debilitating diseases of aging."

Dr. Bradley Willcox of Harvard Medical School studied the lives of more than 600 Okinawans who were over one hundred years old. Focus was placed on diet, genetics, exercise habits, and psychospiritual practices.

From all these factors, it appeared the most important factor in slowing the aging process was their low-calorie diet; a diet high in plant foods and moderate fish consumption.

Health is a choice. We should study the success of these healthy people and emulate them.

Unfortunately, the high calorie, junk-food d…

Sugar and Pancreatic Cancer

Diets high in sugar often cause obesity and obesity increases the risk of pancreatic cancer.

It is not a surprise a study in the International Journal of Cancer has found sugar contributes to pancreatic cancer risk.

It appears people who are overweight and who do not exercise become insulin resistant. The lower biological activity of the insulin then requires more insulin be secreted, leading to higher insulin levels in the blood. Higher insulin levels appear to increase cancer risk.

Fortunately, our insulin levels can be controlled by what we choose to eat. Sugar is a deadly metabolic poison and is a major contributor to our epidemic of chronic, degenerative disease.

Preventing and treating cancer requires we cut down on sugar so as to lower our blood insulin levels. Lowering insulin levels has many other benefits as well, such as slowing down the aging process and decreasing risk for disease.

What do we need to do to avoid pancreatic cancer, as well as many other health problems? Cut ba…

The Effects of Sugar on Your Health

The average American consumes over one hundred and thirty pounds of sugar every year. Tests show when you consume twenty-four teaspoons of sugar in a one day period, your immune system is depressed by ninety-two percent.

Yet, the average American consumes over forty-two teaspoons of sugar a day.

How?

A twelve ounce soft drink has nine teaspoons of sugar. Many people drink two or three such beverages a day.

This does not include all of the hidden sugar in foods, in order to preserve them and make them taste better.

A depressed immune system leaves you susceptible to colds, the flu, and many other sicknesses and diseases.

By the way, cancer thrives on sugar.

The Top Four Killers in America

The top four killers in America are not drunk drivers, violent killings, AIDS, or illegal drugs. 

Number one is the non-contagious degeneration of the heart called cardiovascular disease. Other non-contagious diseases are numbers 2, 3, and 4. 

The war on these diseases has cost billions of dollars and years of research, and yet the death rates continue to increase, instead of decrease.

The chronic disease statistics reported in The World Health Report are incredible:
Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the USA.Sudden blood clots in arteries (strokes) occur in about 500,000 people a year in the U.S. and for about 150,000 of those people, the stroke is fatal. About 2 million American's daily lives are affected by stroke-related disabilities. 58 million people in the U.S. have hypertension - a major risk factor for coronary heart disease.Nearly a million cancer cases are found each year in people in the U.S.Approximately 16 million Americans have diabetes, the severes…

Insulin and Weight Gain

Insulin is the fat building hormone in the body. Therefore, increases in insulin cause weight gain.

So what causes an increase in insulin production?

When we eat simple carbohydrates (breads, sugar, and starches) our bodies easily absorb them and convert them into glucose in our blood. This raises our blood sugar levels.

As a result, the hormone insulin is then produced to convert the glucose into fuel to run the body.

However, when insulin appears on the scene to tell the body to burn glycogen, it also tells it to stop burning fat. It then stuffs the fat back into storage. And you know what it looks like there.

The key is to eat complex carbohydrates such as fruits and vegetables. Another key is to consume healthy fats, such as butter, coconut oil, and avocados. Finally, fatty sources of protein are good for you too.

Your body prefers these types of foods.

In addition to the necessary vitamins and minerals, these high fiber carbohydrates causes a slow release of glucose into your …

Obesity and Pancreatic Cancer

Obesity is probably the number one health problem in America today. People who are obese or overweight are known to have much higher rates of disease and mortality.

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found obesity is linked to pancreatic cancer.

Obese people are 72 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than those who are not obese, although these increased risks can be helped with exercise.

Walking or hiking at least 1.5 hours per week cut this increased risk by half.

This study again highlights what we already know: there are major health risks associated with obesity, and exercise can improve our health no matter what shape we are in.

Live Longer and Healthier - Eat Fruits and Veggies

Study after study consistently shows people eating diets rich in fresh fruits and vegetables live longer and healthier.

Recent studies out of Wayne State University and Florida International University have focused on three antioxidants found in many fruits and vegetables - lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Lycopene is the red pigment found in tomatoes.

Lycopene intake has an inverse relationship to prostate cancer; it has been found to protect against the occurrence of prostate cancer and against the spread of prostate cancer. The more lycopene, the less cancer, and if cancer is present, the tumors are smaller and less likely to spread beyond the prostate. Prostate cancer patients treated with lycopene measured higher levels of cancer-inhibiting chemicals in their blood.

Lutein and zeaxanthin are commonly found in dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale as well as broccoli and squash. They have been found to protect against age-related macular degeneration, which is the lea…

Does Soft Drink Consumption Fracture Bones?

A study in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (June 2000) shows drinking too many soft drinks during the adolescence years could interfere with crucial bone development, which could lead to osteoporosis later in life.

According to the study, teenage girls who drink any kind of carbonated beverage are three times more likely to develop bone fractures, than girls who do not drink carbonated beverages.

A Man Goes to His Doctor's Office...

A man goes into his doctor's office. There's a banana in one ear and a carrot stuck in another one and a cucumber up his nose.

The man says, "Doctor, this is terrible. What's wrong with me?"

The doctor replied, "Well, first of all, you're not eating right."

Dr. Michael Murray

"A person cannot make up for poor dietary habits, a negative attitude and a lack of exercise by taking pills - whether the pills are drugs or nutritional supplements. Although many nutritional supplements are effective in improving health, for the long term it is absolutely essential that individuals devote attention to developing a positive mental attitude, a regular exercise program and a healthy diet." - Dr. Michael Murray

The Law of Cure

Hering's Law of Cure:

"All cure starts from within out and from the head down and in reverse order as the symptoms have appeared."

Cancer-Fighting Power of Tomatoes and Broccoli

Broccoli and tomatoes, both of which have been previously found to help fight cancer, have been found to be even more effective against prostate cancer when eaten together as part of a daily diet.

Researchers fed rats who had been implanted with prostate cancer cells a diet containing 10 percent broccoli powder and 10 percent tomato powder for a period of 22 weeks.

Other rats received either one or the other but not both, a dose of lycopene (the substance in tomatoes believed fight cancer), or the drug finasteride. Another set of rats was castrated.

At the end of the study, the tomato and broccoli combination diet was the most effective treatment; only castration even came close in terms of effectiveness.

The combination of vegetables may be more effective than either one alone because different compounds in each food work on different anti-cancer pathways.

Cancer Research January 9, 2007 Full-Text PDF

Yahoo News January 16, 2007

High Fructose Corn Syrup in Processed Foods

Until the 1970s, most sugar was sucrose derived from sugar beets or sugar cane. But sugar from corn, especially high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), is now more popular because it is much less expensive to produce.

It also contains nearly twice the fructose of the sugars that came before it. Between 1980 and 1994, average fructose consumption rose from 39 pounds per year to 83 pounds per year.

Fructose contains no enzymes, vitamins or minerals, and it leeches micronutrients from the body. Unbound fructose, found in large quantities in HFCS, can interfere with the heart's use of minerals such as magnesium, copper and chromium.

Fructose also reduces the affinity of insulin for its receptor, which is the principle characteristic of type 2 diabetes.

HFCS has been implicated in elevated blood cholesterol levels, and it has been found to inhibit the action of the immune system's white blood cells.

Weston A. Price Foundation