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“More than 90 million Americans live with one or more chronic illness; at least 22 million live with three chronic illnesses.”
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Ninety Million Americans Can’t Be Wrong
Man has been on this earth for at least six million years. His development and perseverance as a species called for his body’s optimal nutritional needs to conform to a very finite way with the available nutrients provided by his naturally prevailing foodstuffs. For maximum survivability there is no way man’s body could have developed (as God would have made him) in a way that his nutrient needs would be more or less than what nature provided free of charge.
If these statements are true, then man’s naturally available foods could only strengthen his body. There is no way they could cause his body to fail.
In a totally natural setting, for instance animals in the wild or primitive people wherever who could not have access to foods like America’s modern, concocted foods, the chronic diseases affecting our “modern” domestic animals and countrymen are exceedingly rare. Numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies have substantiated that statement when they’ve reported that when wild animals and primitive people (hunter gatherers) eat their natural foods they do not experience persistent heart problems, cancer, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, lupus, pulmonary problems, obesity, and such. For the most part wild animals and primitive people live relatively healthy lives, unless they’re struck down by nonnutritionally related accidents, wars, infections, child birthing problems, toxins, viruses, and/or drastic environmental changes (droughts, etc.) along the way.
A Sick Society
But that’s not the way Americans view chronic disease in our sophisticated, high-tech, overly misinformed, pompous, genuinely sick society. Right, Americans are sick—real sick. They’re so sick that every year more than 70% of them die prematurely from chronic disease. That’s more than 1.75 million premature deaths per year, i.e., 4,800 people per day—the equivalent of two 9/11s per day, a Hiroshima and a Nagasaki atomic bomb blast every month, or a fully loaded 747 crashing every 30 minutes, every year, year in and year out. Nearly every single adult in our society is classified as sick, and early death will be his reward. So many citizens are sick that by some perverse reasoning most of them believe that getting sick is a natural sign of aging and they view their health problems as a badge of maturity rather than of abnormal body functions.
To alleviate their suffering, the masses take copious quantities of a vast assortment of drugs, drugs that only allow them to function with their diseases. The drugs do not cure their diseases. But no matter. They can still function and that’s all that counts. Right?
The masses do not understand that their health problems are symptoms of basic body failures—failures caused by one or more nutritional deficiencies. Amazingly, although maybe it’s really not all that amazing, even the most sophisticated investigative reporters of our time can’t connect the dots that link our nation’s chronic disease problems to what is already a peer-reviewed, scientifically proven nutritional deficiency in our nation’s foodstuffs. Everyone, it seems, reckons it’s natural to suffer and believes that the world’s best nutritional scientists are off-the-page kooks.
As a result Americans continue to die like flies from a nutritional deficiency as they worry and fret about SARS, Asian flu, AIDS, mad cow, drunk drivers, gun ownership, carbohydrates, organic this and that, fat, terrorists, and other politically correct trifles that all together don’t amount to a hill of beans.
I recently surfed the Internet for statistics on various chronic diseases. I encourage you to do the same, because the quantity of available information far exceeds the piddling bit I’ll be passing along to you in this column. What I found is no less than staggering. Americans are a sick bunch of people, and it’s their food that’s killing them. But rather than explore why, the typical American brushes off the scientific evidence, calling it “silly,” while he pompously waddles off to the dinner table and then his local drug store for a refill of drugs.
So, what do the stats show?
I viewed data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The American Heart Association, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, major universities, U.S. Census Bureau, and a whole host of other reputable sources. Here’s their estimates for the number of Americans who are afflicted with one or more chronic diseases. Keep in mind that except for unaccounted-for illegal aliens, the population of the United States is about 293 million people.
Heart Disease Is Top Killer
Without a doubt, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than 700,000 people in 2000. This is one of the classic body-failing conditions, because heart “failure” can’t be a normal event. Man could not have developed on this earth with a heart that failed.
Diabetes contributes to nearly 200,000 U.S. deaths per year. However, many people with type 2 diabetes are not even aware they have the disease and may already have developed various complications associated with it.
Obesity is now an official disease, because it’s no different from heart disease, cancer, arthritis, allergies, etc., inasmuch as each of these diseases is caused by the same nutritional deficiency. There are 58 million overweight Americans, of which 40 million are obese and three million are morbidly obese. Fully 80% of all Americans over the age of 25 are overweight.
Fifty million Americans suffer from allergic diseases, making allergies the sixth leading cause of chronic disease in the United States. That costs the health care system $18 billion annually!
More than 40 million people in the United States have some form of arthritis (one in every seven people). Rheumatic diseases are the leading cause of disability among persons age 65 and older. Most citizens over the age of 75 are affected by osteoarthritis in at least one joint, making this condition a leading cause of disability in the United States. This is normal?
Mental disorders are common in the United States. An estimated 22.1% of Americans ages 18 and older—more than one in five adults—suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. Four million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. Many of our children are not only showing signs of all the standard mental diseases, but Purdue University researchers directly linked Attention Deficit Disorder to a nutritional deficiency in 1995.
Approximately 16 million American adults suffer from a devastating disease for which there is no cure. The disease is called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and it is a growing problem in this country. COPD claims more than 100,000 lives per year, drains the American economy of an estimated $30.4 billion each year, and is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States today, exceeded only by heart disease, cancer, and stroke. The cause? A nutritional deficiency.
Key News Story of This Century
The story behind the American food system’s nutritional deficiency is the most important news story of the 21st century. But the media is above it all. Many Americans tend to equate their successes, riches, and military power with intelligence. Reporters in the mass media are not immune to that affliction. As individuals, they are more successful than the average member of the mob, but that doesn’t mean they command greater wisdom than their fellow commoners. Consequently, our country’s “leading communicators” are mindless drones with puffed-up roles in the “hive” and are blind to new paradigms. They can’t believe that the biggest story of their lifetimes involves something so basic as a nutritional deficiency.
All animal life on this planet (including man) is nutritionally tied to this earth through green leafy plant material. That’s because green leafy plants are the foundation food for all animal life on land and in the sea. Obviously then, green plants must provide many of the animal kingdom’s most important nutrients. Some of the nutrients green plants provide are essential for animal health. They are called essential because animal bodies do not make them and without those nutrients animal bodies will fail in time. (Some people refer to the diet that follows the green leaf as the Paleo diet, the Hunter Gatherer diet, or the Cavemen diet.)
The only source animals have for obtaining essential nutrients is from the foods they eat. If their foods do not provide the optimal levels of essential nutrients their bodies require they will experience failures in their bodies’ most basic functions in one way or another.
Thanks to numerous laboratory experiments with small animals, scientists have determined that the fatty acid (fat) profiles of most green leafy plants are quite constant. Generally, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (essential fats for man and beast) in green leafy plants is balanced one to one. What’s critical about these two fatty acids groups is that they are important components in the membranes of all cells in an animal’s body. When cell membranes have a proper balance of these two fats, they function optimally. When their omega-6 to omega-3 balances exceed four to one, in favor of omega-6, the cells misfire and in time they fail to function properly.
Grain is a seed produced by green leafy plants. It’s not a green plant. The omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratio of most grains range from 20 to one to 60 to one. For all of time grain was never abundant. It was seasonal, and when animals ate green leafy plants, they ate most of the plants’ budding seed heads only while they were still green. Very few seeds developed to maturity. Man changed all this when he invented grain farming. As his grain-farming expertise improved, the fatty acid ratios of his foodstuffs shifted from being centered on one to one. Grain is now so abundant in America that the ratios of fat in nearly all of its concocted foods are 15 to one or higher, and much higher in many cases. Not only is grain used to produce a wide array of bread and cereal products, but it is added to most American food products as a sweetener or as a filler to lower the cost of the product. It is also fed to all livestock classes to lower production costs and create uniformity in the results. Consequently, nutritional scientists are now estimating that the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio in the cell membranes of the average American is up around 20 or 30 to one! This means Americans are experiencing an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency!
Omega-3 Plays Vital Role in Health
Omega-3 fatty acids play a very important role in the basic functions of an animal’s body. When omega-3 fatty acids are in short supply in the cell membranes of an animal, the animal’s body will fail in one or more ways. The list of failings is the same as the list of chronic diseases that plague all Americans. Consequently, Americans are just like the sailors of 500 years ago who went on long sea voyages. Most of those sailors died of scurvy (as many as 80% on some voyages), and scurvy became the world’s first recorded nutritional deficiency.
Americans too are dying at alarming rates, rates that in many cases exceed the death rates recorded by the early seafaring explorers of old. But the idea that the widespread misery of all Americans is caused by a nutritional deficiency, and that deficiency is caused by an excessive reliance on the “staff of life” and the “waving fields of grain,” is preposterous in modern man’s mind set. In other words, perception is more powerful than reality.
Americans are very fond of believing in and in following the advice promulgated by myths, old wives’ tales, fantasies, and psychobabble. On the other hand, they can’t or won’t recognize science unless it introduces another consumable product that entertains, increases production, jives with their present thinking, or simplifies their lives. That’s because Americans are lazy. They don’t want to think, change, or stir. They want to sit. When science demands change across the board, well, that’s a different story. Change, especially change that requires a step back in time, is something Americans aren’t willing to consider, much less accept. Instead, Americans demand “progress,” simplicity, more drugs, more operations, and better health care.
“More than 90 million Americans live with one or more chronic illness; at least 22 million live with three chronic illnesses.” Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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