Column #279

Watching the sun rise up over the Atlantic Ocean is often an inspiring experience. Yet in spite of its majestic beauty, it’s not a perfect indication for how the new day will unfold. Unknowns may catch us off-guard. Just the same though, most of us are confident we can control our own personal outcomes by sticking with the good habits that got us to where we are today.

To move beyond the current status many people develop wishful hopes and dreams. Compare that to people who not only have hopes and dreams but are also focused on goals with well-thought out plans for achieving them. Obviously, just having hopes and dreams, which the majority embraces, yields little fruit. It’s the second approach that creates life’s greatest successes. So, as you look ahead, what are your goals and plans for achieving them?

Some people have multiple goals, well-thought-out-strategies, and flexible outlooks. Their goals may include better personal relationships, getting healthier, finding a better job, changes in business strategies, travel, investment postures, new skill sets, volunteering, and more. People who think this way aren’t drifting through life.

As we peer into the murky future and try to determine what steps to take, we realize just how difficult it is to chart a straightforward path. For instance, there are outside forces we can’t control. An overheated stock market may swoon. Trump may actually win the election. On the other hand, Biden may be sworn in. Will COVID-19 remain the MSM/bureaucratic scaremongering tool of suppression in 2021? What if the economy sags in 2021? What if we’re in an accident or hit by a natural disaster?

These macro events are difficult to plan for. But some people do have strategies for each alternative. They see every big crisis as an opportunity rather than a disaster. Of course, the vast majority of people don’t look at changes in the big picture as opportunities to exploit, but only disasters they hope to survive.

On a more personal scale we can control many events. This is where we can turn our hopes and dreams into realities. Starting a family, buying a house or car, starting a business, changing jobs, moving to a different part of the country, working on our relationships, paying off debts, saving for a rainy day, and taking control of our health is all doable. Just the same, accomplishing any of these goals requires single mindedness of purpose. Being a winner requires a mindset that’s unrelenting and focused on a series of achievable goals.

The most likely event for each of us is that we’ll live a number of more years than we think. If that’s true, then it makes sense to prepare ourselves so we optimize our quality of life. That means we must proactively protect our health. No matter the swings in the financial markets, politics, the economy, natural disasters, and relationships in our personal lives, if our lifespans extend through and beyond them, at the very least we want to be healthy. The big bonus is that with good health we are better prepared to deal with change and create successful outcomes.

That’s why it’s imperative we focus on what we can do to optimize our health and well-being. It starts with educating ourselves far beyond what we learned in school, what we’re told by the MSM, what we are exposed to on social media, what our friends think, and what pied pipers are advertising. Yes, study is work. But unless we understand what we’re doing and why, our hopes and dreams are merely wishful thinking rather than goals with plans.1 2 3

The official proclamations by bureaucrats regarding COVID-19 have been so far off the mark during 2020 that “science” earned a bad name. But just like it has been with COVID-19, where nearly the entire world’s population was gaslighted to an extreme like never before experienced in all of time, the same sort of nonsense exists regarding what is and is not proper nutrition. So one needs to understand how to separate the wheat from the chaff.4 5 6 7

Science is science and it describes knowledge. Here’s how the Science Council defines science: “Science is the pursuit and application of knowledge and understanding of the natural and social world following a systematic methodology based on evidence.” In other words, scientists are “from Missouri” and they must have evidence proving their positions that others can replicate. That’s called peer-reviewed science.8

When scientists use systematic methodology that’s based on evidence, then knowledge is established. This is the kind of scientific knowledge nutritional biologists provide. Many decades ago they theorized that mankind’s diet, before the invention of agriculture, was best for providing all the required nutrients for optimal body function. They assumed that because humans relied on those same foods for millions of years, their bodily functions depend on their finite set of nutrients (chemicals) arrayed in a specific balance. Therefore if a new diet provides a different package of chemicals, there will be nutritional deficiencies that will cause body failures. This theory has been tested thousands of times since it was developed and the evidence to date is very strong that the theory is fact.

Every food selection is a collection of chemicals. The best whole foods, such as grass-fed meats, wild-caught seafood, and green leafy vegetables, are incredibly complex nutrient packages. Therefore, it’s not possible to concoct a processed food, containing all of the necessary nutrients that are properly balanced one to the other, for humans. The formula is way too complex, and if it could be replicated, it would be extremely expensive. That’s why “meats” made with processed vegetables are such a farce. They are guaranteed to be out of balance and most certainly missing some of the vital nutrients human bodies require.

With the introduction of farming 10,000 or so years ago, man was able to change scarce edible plant material into plentiful plant material. The result changed the diet’s chemistry from being based on the green leaf to including large quantities of seeds, nuts, and fruits with the result being increasing incidences of chronic disease (body failures). As farming became more industrialized, these “foreign” foods became more plentiful. The result today is that most Americans are saddled with multiple chromic diseases. Nearly everyone is sick with malnutrition!10

Nutritional deficiencies are behind why so many people live with inflammation, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, heart disease, obesity, irritable bowel disease, kidney issues, cancer, stroke, psoriasis, and a whole host of autoimmune issues. There’s also mental issues such as anxiety, depression, dementia, and more. Health issues like these are diet related.

So, if you want to be mentally and physically fit to ride through life’s ups and downs, you need to feed your body the nutrients it needs in the proper balance. The best and simplest way to do that is to eat foods that are the same, or very similar to, what man ate prior to the invention of agriculture. The best foods are very basic and certainly low glycemic. That means even today’s sweeter fruits, developed by selection over the past 10,000 years, are too sweet. Sugar in granular and syrup forms, and even honey, provide too much sugar.

Foods need to be nutrient dense and diverse with equal balances of Omega-6 and Omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs). For instance, kale and iceberg lettuce both provide proper EFA balances and similar nutrient diversity. But kale’s nutrient profile is way more dense than iceberg lettuce. Most grains and nuts are not nutrient diverse and they have highly skewed EFA balances. Grain-fed meats and seafood, compared to grass-fed meats and wild-caught seafood, are nutrient light with skewed EFA balances.11

This is why the best foods for man are grass-fed meats, wild-caught seafood, Omega-3 meats, and nearly all green leafy vegetables. And that’s just about the entire list of proper foods for optimizing health. Yes, it takes willpower to be healthy these days. So think it through as you make plans for the new year. Are you just wishing, or are you setting goals and putting in place plans for success? At the least find out if your EFA balance is correct. That will provide a starting point for setting healthy goals to achieve with your diet of choice.12 13

To your health.

Ted Slanker

Ted Slanker has been reporting on the fundamentals of nutritional research in publications, television and radio appearances, and at conferences since 1999. He condenses complex studies into the basics required for health and well-being. His eBook, The Real Diet of Man, is available online.

Don’t miss these links for additional reading:

1. A Very Odd Year by Sebastian Rushworth M.D.

2. EFA Education Home Page

3. Research Stories of Omega 3-6 Balance from EFA Education

4. Twelve Times the Lockdowners Were Wrong by Phillip W. Magness from American Institute for Economic Research

5. Still Disinfecting Surfaces? It Might Not Be Worth It by Patti Neighmond from NPR Morning Edition

6. It Is Long Past Time for the CDC and NCHS to Clean Up the COVID-19 Death Counts by Stacey Lennox

7. Mysterious Disappearance of Flu in San Diego Prompted Call for Audit of COVID Records from 21st Century Wire

8. Our Definition of Science from the Science Council

9. Evolutionary Aspects of Diet: The Omega-6/Omega-3 Ratio and the Brain by Dr. Artemis P. Simopoulos

10. Man Is an Extension of the Leafy, Green Plant by Ted Slanker

11. Food Analysis: EFA, Protein to Fat, Net Carbs, Sugar, and Nutrient Load by Ted Slanker

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13. Ted Slanker’s Omega-3 Blood Test