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Archive for February, 2009
There is so much information available on the net… more and more every day. I am of the opinion that most of it is garbage, but amongst the garbage there are definitely a few gems that I feel are worthy of passing along. So, what follows shall be a list of articles that I recommend reading, in no particular order, with or without a description. I plan to use this page to collect articles (as I find them) with the common theme being Health and Nutrition. There will certainly be occasions when there are just too many good articles to list (such as from the “Weston A. Price Foundation“) and I will simply link to a select few with the hopes of inspiring the reader to continue exploring the site. Well, enough with the introduction, here are the links… just click the titles to go there. 😉
by Stephen Byrnes, PhD, RNCP Originally published in the Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, July 2000. Revised in January 2002.
“In short: We are not pigeons. We are not cows.”
“There are races of people who are all slim, who are stronger and faster than us. They all have straight teeth and perfect eyesight. Arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression, schizophrenia and cancer are absolute rarities for them. These people are the last 84 tribes of hunter-gatherers in the world. They share a secret that is over 2 million years old. Their secret is their diet- a diet that has changed little from that of the first humans 2 million years ago, and their predecessors up to 7 million years ago. Theirs is the diet that man evolved on, the diet that is coded for in our genes. It has some major differences to the diet of “civilization”. You are in for a few big surprises.”
by Jared Diamond, Prof. UCLA School of Medicine
A Discussion of Dr. Aajonus Vonderplantiz’s Primal Diet
“Cooking food is always like doing a chemical experiment in high school. Due to heat, cooking or preparing food creates new substances. Most of these new substances come from proteins reacting with carbohydrates. Some of these substances cause cancer or brain diseases and impair neurotransmitter function and metabolism.”
“Weston Price showed us that the fundamental cause of disease is inadequate nutrition. In virtually every indigenous culture he visited and studied, from tropical regions to the extreme north, people who were eating entirely according to the traditional wisdom of their ancestors were immune to chronic diseases. His interviews of medical practitioners who served in these areas confirmed the fact that diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, tuberculosis and gastrointestinal problems requiring surgical intervention did not occur until the people began eating “the white man’s foods”–sugar, flour, vegetable oils, canned goods and other refined foods.”
When food is cooked above 118 degrees F for three minutes or longer, its protein has become coagulated, its sugar has become caramelized, its natural fibers have been broken down, which means it will take longer to move through the intestinal tract, 30% to 50% of its vitamins and minerals have been destroyed and 100% of its enzymes have been destroyed. Cooked food depletes our body’s enzyme potential and drains the energy we need to maintain and repair our tissues and organ systems and shortens our lifespan.
Weinstock, 59, specializes in studying why immunological diseases – everything from hay fever and asthma to diabetes and multiple sclerosis – are on the rise in developed countries but remain relatively uncommon in undeveloped countries. He believes these diseases, many of which were almost unheard of 100 years ago, are because of changes in our environment, a lack of exposure to something. And he thinks that something may be the worms.
“It is not the germ that causes disease but the terrain in which the germ is found.”
“The germ theory is still believed to be the central cause of disease because around it exists a colossal supportive infrastructure of commercial interests that built multi-billion-dollar industries based upon this theory. To the scientific satisfaction of many in the health field, it has long been disproven as the primary cause of disease. Germs are, rather, an effect of disease.”
Chapter 3 from the book “Fiber Menace” – I highly recommend anyone wanting to loose weight and considering a low-carb diet (which is usually also low fiber) to read this article. For a successful transition to a lower fiber diet it is vital that you understand the effect of fiber (described here in chapter 1) and even more importantly the role of (beneficial) bacteria throughout the digestive tract, so please pay particular attention when the author discuses those topics. This is so important that at some point I will definitely dedicate and entire post of my own authorship to the topic. While we’re at it, how about one more link (here) to a facinating (although partial) history of the introduction of the concept of a high-fiber diet to western minds (also from the book Fiber Menace).
This is a link to an online version of a book published in 1919 by Henry Lindlahr, M.D. it’s facinating read and a scan is available for download by clicking here (though the link above renders the book much easier to read).
To my Ishaya Family,
A little over a year ago I had the wonderful fortune to spend most of three months at the Hacienda in Mexico with Maharishi and the other Ishayas (hey P!), it’s almost exactly a year since I left. I left there having had the absolute best experience ever of the Ishayas, of ascending, and of the Teaching itself. I had never had it so simple, so real, so “duh, like, this is even easier than breathing!” (more…)