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Eat, Drink and Be Merry...

You've heard the saying, "Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die." It's the lucky ones who die instantly.

See, for the last eight years of his life, my dad was hooked up to an oxygen machine, due to severe emphysema - even though he had quit smoking twenty years ago. He was disabled and unable to work. He could not play with his grandchildren. He was unhealthy and unhappy in what should have been his golden years.

No one is immune to the Laws of Health. If you don't consistently eat right, exercise, and take care of your body, eventually the law of Cause and Effect comes into play.

My father did not take care of himself when he was younger. Like I said, at one time he smoked. He also liked to drink several times a week. He pretty much ate whatever he wanted to eat, never exercised and parked it in front of the television on the evenings and weekends.

You can abuse your body and get away with it when you're younger. But eventually, it catches up with you. A…

Why Am I Doing This?

A few years ago, my thirty-five year old neighbor died of a stroke. One day everything was normal. The next day he was in the hospital - and he never left. But he did leave behind a wife and four kids.

A young redheaded kid, Tyler, told me about his thirty-seven year old father, a teacher and bus driver, who had quadruple bypass surgery. Tyler wanted to know if his dad was going to be well enough to drive the school bus again.

One of my friends, Juan, a high school math teacher and baseball coach, was just thirty-two years old when he died of leukemia. He left behind a wife who was eight months pregnant at the time.

Another friend, Roney, had an older brother who died before reaching his thirtieth birthday. He came to visit for Christmas, contracted pneumonia, and his lungs filled with fluid. He literally suffocated to death.

Yet another friend, Ed, died from pancreatic cancer at the age of forty, leaving behind a wife and two teenage daughters.

My grandmother died of colon cancer. M…

Why Diet Alone Is Not Enough

In a perfect world, the human body would get all the nutrients it needs from the consumption food. The vitamins and minerals our bodies need to thrive should come from the foods we eat.

However, processed foods have been stripped of much of their nutrient content. Cooking over 120 degrees and the storage of food are also reasons why our food loses more nutrients.

Our toxic environment and toxins in our food, water and air as well as our overstressed lifestyles have increased our nutrient requirements.

Even if we were to eat adequate fruits and vegetables, the nutrient content in them has decreased due to our depleted soils.

Today's soil has fewer nutrients than ever before. When soil has fewer nutrients, so do the things that grow in it.

Agribusinesses plant and harvest produce on a large scale, aiming not for nutritious crops, but for crops that look good and last a long time on store shelves.

Unfortunately, nutrition has been sacrificed along the way. Long gone are the days when farme…

The Most Common Nutrient Deficiencies

Vitamins and minerals are not optional for good health, they are necessary for good health. Yet most Americans do not get even basic, recommended amounts. Research shows that:

93 percent have inadequate intakes of vitamin E 80 percent are not consuming enough magnesium 75 percent do not meet recommendations for calcium intake 44 percent are lacking adequate intake of vitamin A 31 percent do not get enough of vitamin C 73 percent do not get adequate intake of vitamin K Less than 5 percent gets an adequate intake of potassium 
Seven out of ten people die of heart disease, cancer or stroke. In the United States, ninety-six percent of the population dies of a disease.

Do you still think we're getting proper levels of nutrition?

Can You Get Everything You Need from Food?

There is an old argument, "I can get everything I need from food."

Well are you?

In a large study of 26,000 people, it was concluded that not one person received the nutritional requirements set forth by the Recommended Daily Allowance.

One reason is due to over farming and soil depletion. In North America, 85 percent of vital minerals are missing from the soil. In 1936, the U.S. Senate issued Document 246, which said soil in the United States does not provide plant foods with minerals needed for human nourishment.

Many studies show how depleted soil has affected the nutrient content of vegetables and fruits. Compare the data from the USDA handbook from 1972 to the USDA food tables of today and you’ll see dramatic reductions in nutrient content.

For example, nearly half the calcium and vitamin A in broccoli have disappeared. The vitamin A content in collard greens has fallen to nearly half its previous levels. Cauliflower lost half of its vitamin C. Potassium dropped from 400 mg …

Did You Know...?

Before Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1879, Americans slept an average of ten hours a night.

Americans currently sleep an average of 6.8 hours per night.

Another Form of Chemical Abuse

"Excess use of over-the-counter medicines is basically another form of chemical abuse. Headaches are not caused by aspirin deficiency, nor are digestive problems due to insufficient "TUMS" in your diet. Look for the real cause of illness." - Dr. Andrew Saul

What Does It Mean If You Have a Fever?

What does it mean if you have a fever? Is some foreign organism causing the heat?

Actually your own body has run your temperature up to help fight an infection, since viruses don't do well at high temperatures.

My Philosophy on Health

My philosophy is based on the basic principle that nothing is more essential to health and healing than proper diet. When the body is balanced, it is in a self healing mode. When it is out of balance, it is on the degenerative disease path.

Many factors influence this path towards health, including exercise, cleansing the body of toxins, and the foods we eat. When we change our diet and eat whole foods the way they are found in nature - and not processed foods full of chemicals and preservatives - the body is fed at the cellular level. The result is health, well being, and restored vitality.

The Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) consists primarily of meat, dairy, white flour, white sugar and caffeine. These foods are all acid foods that contribute to the rise in heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Disease lives in an acid environment. When we eat foods that are more alkaline like fruits and vegetables, the chemistry of our body changes and we are much less susceptible to disease…

Dr. Campbell, author of The China Study

Dr. Campbell says, "At the beginning of my career, I would have never guessed food is so closely related to health problems. For years, I ate what everyone else did. We all eat what is tasty or convenient or what our parents taught us to prefer. Most of us live within cultural boundaries that define our food preferences and habits. So it was with me.

I was raised on a dairy farm, where we produced most of our own food and milk was central to our existence. I was the first in my family to go to college. Much of my early career was devoted to promoting better health by advocating the consumption of more meat, milk, and eggs. I was happy to believe that the American diet was the best in the world.

Early in my career, I worked on a nationwide project in the Philippines, to improve childhood malnutrition among the poor. The aim of these efforts was simple: make sure children were getting as much protein as possible. In this project, however, I uncovered a dark secret: The children who a…

Signs of Malnutrition

feel tired and weaklow energy levelsdifficulty losing weightcan't easily get to sleepstressed and/or nervousdrowsiness during the daycan't concentrate or get confused easilydigestion problemsconstipation or hard stoolsmood swings or easily upsetno patience for anythingfeel depressedoverly dry or oily skinnausea or abdominal painannoying eye twitchesbruise easilymuscle cramps lower back painnails are thin or brittlehair losswater retentiondon't eat weel-balanced meals every day

What Is Heart Disease?

There are several forms of heart disease. However, heart disease primarily comes from the buildup of fatty deposits on the inner surface of arteries. Eventually these deposits block the flow of blood, leading to a heart attack or stroke.

Scientists now believe it is not the eating of fat that causes the buildup on the inner surface of the arteries, but those fats that have been damaged by free radicals. This is called "oxidized fat," which causes the fat to be more "sticky" and therefore adhering to the inner artery walls more easily. This explains why smoking and stress are risk factors to heart disease, in addition to high fat consumption.

Antioxidants reduce the risk of heart disease by neutralizing the free radical and limiting the number of damaging free radicals in the body. This reduces the risk of free radicals "oxidizing" the fat, or making the fat stick.

What is Cancer?

Cancer is an extremely complex subject. There are many different forms of cancer. However, all forms involve the growth of abnormal cells.

Humans are made up of about one hundred trillion cells that continually replace themselves. Each cell has a set of genetic instructions in its center called DNA. This DNA controls cell growth, development and replication.

When the DNA gets damaged, it can replicate an altered (damaged) cell. When this altered or damaged cell replicates itself, this can become cancer.

It is proven free radicals damage DNA. Most scientists believe it is free radical damage to the DNA that begins many forms of cancer.

One of the most important roles antioxidants play in the body is to protect DNA from damage caused by free radicals.

In addition, particular antioxidants can actually repair damaged DNA before it replicates - if the antioxidants are present. The importance of maintaining proper antioxidant levels cannot be over emphasized.

The Nutritional Value of Foods

Even when we try to eat the right foods, they no longer have the nutritional value that they once did.

For instance, cabbage that was grown in New Mexico was tested for it's vitamin C content. Cabbage is supposed to be the greatest source of vitamin C of any food, apart from citris fruits. The conclusion of the test was there was no measurable vitamin C found in this cabbage.

In Pennsylvania, carrots grown there were tested for their nutritional value. The normal score for nutritional content is 22. These carrots tested at 6. They looked orange and healthy. But this food is supposed to be filled with nutrition was shown to be seriously missing it's nutritional value.

In yet another study, an apple was found to have one-fifth of the nutrition of an apple fifty years ago. You would need to eat up to five times the amount of food your grandparents did to receive the same nutritional value.

So much of our soil today is mineral deficient. Vitamins without minerals are useless to the hu…

Some Basic Health Tips

Your best protection is gaining knowledge and getting involved in your own health. Being sick and tired is not the natural process to getting older. Once you understand the principle of cell health, the whole concept of disease prevention and cure makes sense.

In 1993, Dr. Walter Willett, at Harvard's School of Public Health, said that at least half of all illnesses could be eliminated through changes in the diet. Here are some basic health tips to consider:
Eat primarily a vegetarian diet of organic, fresh and raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seedsEat meat no more than once per day – organic only if possible (no antibiotics or growth hormones)Do not eat pork - pigs eat anything in its path, including its own fecesDo not eat shellfish (loaded with toxins) - eat only fish that have scales and finsEat foods high in fiber Eventually eliminate white flour, dairy products, processed oils, and sugar (it feeds cancer)Do not consume high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, aspartame, or…

Take Control by Getting Educated

Take control over your health. Do research and get educated about all of the available options, especially those that deal with exercise, nutrition and supplementation. The idea is to promote health self-reliance.

If this sounds like work, well, you're right. Life is work. You have to eat. You might as well eat the right way. Invest time in your health. Better the library or the bookstore than the doctor's waiting room.

There are basically two kinds of people: those that are willing to change, and those that are not. There are two kinds of sick people: those that do not want to change their lifestyle - even when their lives are hanging in the balance - and those that do, but don't know where to start. Maybe I can help.

The Americans Who Risked Everything

"Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor"
It was a glorious morning. The sun was shining and the wind was from the southeast. Up especially early, a tall bony, redheaded young Virginian found time to buy a new thermometer, for which he paid three pounds, fifteen shillings. He also bought gloves for Martha, his wife, who was ill at home.


Thomas Jefferson arrived early at the statehouse. The temperature was 72.5 degrees and the horseflies weren't nearly so bad at that hour. It was a lovely room, very large, with gleaming white walls. The chairs were comfortable. Facing the single door were two brass fireplaces, but they would not be used today.

The moment the door was shut, and it was always kept locked, the room became an oven. The tall windows were shut, so that loud quarreling voices could not be heard by passersby. Small openings atop the windows allowed a slight stir of air, and also a large number of horseflies. Jefferson records that "the horseflies were dextero…