Have you ever wondered why the world is suddenly so dependent on the pharmaceutical companies? The world until recently has always functioned without anti-depressants, anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic drugs, blood pressure pills, pain killers, mood modifiers, sleeping pills and sedatives. Now, within the last 30 years everyone and their dog needs a drug. Drugs are big business and finding patients is the goal, even if that means finding symptoms, or creating them.
But how are people lead to believe they need drugs, if they actually don’t?
"Do you feel more tired during the day?", "do you lack concentration?", "do you eat too much or have you lost your appetite?", "are you irritable, unmotivated, or do you have trouble sleeping, do you sleep too much?".
These are all supposedly good reasons to drug ourselves. Depression has been a fantastic marketing tool for the drug companies, so many ailments can fall under it and so many drugs are able to “help”, but possibly never cure them. The above questions are so ubiquitous that anyone can answer yes to them on at least a few days of the month, and they are also symptoms of malnourishment!
Today’s food is genetically modified. Overproduced, meaning it is grown in nutrient depleted soils, irradiated for longer shelf life, chemical ridden and is often a week old before we see it on grocers shelves. Our store bought “fresh produce” can contain as little as 40% of the nutrients of foods that are grown in home gardens. This is why it is so important to eat healthy, and not only healthy, but raw and also with an emphasis on adding foods high in nutrients.
Superfoods! I hate the name, but everything has a silly name these days and is extra special. If you do not know what a superfood is, simply put, it is any food that is so high in health giving nutrients that you would have to eat huge amounts of other foods to get the same nutrient value in a single serving.
If you can not afford organic foods or they are not available to you, raw foods are an important additive to your diet. Cooking removes even more of the nutrients already missing from non organic vegetables. If you make an effort to eat vegetable platters and fresh salads you are getting all the nutrients available to you. Load the salads with anything you can think of, mushrooms, sprouts, carrots, snap peas, green beans, tomatoes, asparagus, avocado, fruits, nuts.. whatever. It doesn’t have to be boring old empty lettuce. If you are not a huge fan of raw vegetables, dressings and dips help add healthier foods to your diet with more flavor.
Juicing is an amazing way to up your nutrient intake, and smoothies made with fruits, vegetables and yogurt are a great way to sneak nutrients into your system without your taste buds having any idea. You can blend up a banana with other fruit, juice and yogurt and it tastes delicious. Add in some spinach, hemp hearts, chia, kelp or a combination of other superfoods and now it is full of nutrients and it still tastes great.
Eating healthy and adding superfoods to your diet will do more than improve your health. It can improve your mood, your energy levels, your outlook on life in general, but it can and will keep you off unneeded medications and in better health..
Are you a margarine eater? If you are and you read this you are likely to have had your last taste of it. Do you know what margarine is and how it was developed?
Margarine was originally created as a low cost feed for farm animals, unfortunately the animals ability to fight of disease and death was compromised so more natural feeds were brought back.. HMMM, a product with no market, what to do? Change it up and sell it to humans! They added a little color and chemical flavorings and sold it to humans as a butter substitute. Margarine has 14 “ingredients” (chemicals) that are also present in paint, it is one molecule away from being plastic. This may not offend some, however I have not had margarine in the fridge for years. They will tell you that butter has high fat content and that margarine is much healthier for you. Do you think paint would be a nice low fat butter substitute if not for the taste? Maybe, but like margarine it is also a toxic one, leading to heart disease and many other lovely health issues.
Have you also been lead to believe that canola oil is a healthy vegetable oil? Are you aware that canola oil is derived from the rapeseed plant? A plant that before genetic modification was toxic to humans. They would have you believe it comes form the Canola plant, but it is a genetically modified rapeseed plant that was renamed with a pairing of the words Canada and oil. The process in which the oil is extracted and prepared for the consumer makes it very unhealthy. Rapeseed oil was originally used as a lubricant and not for human consumption. It easily goes rancid, when heated it converts to trans fats which have been linked to causing cancer, and it has no healthy or beneficial fatty acids in it. Not to mention it tastes and smells horrible and taints the natural flavor of food. Canola is not the only unhealthy oil out there being promoted as good for us. Any oils involving hydrogenation are horrible for the health, but I will save that for another time.
This link walks us through some of the steps in which margarine is created.
The Good Oils:
These are the good guys – you’ll notice they all come from REAL FOODS!
- flax seed oil – do NOT cook with this and keep refrigerated
- extra virgin cold pressed olive oil – medium heat
- virgin coconut oil – medium heat
- avocado & it’s oil – medium heat
- grape seed oil – medium to medium high heat
There are many things my neighbors have in common, but the things that stick out the most are; They do not have cable, they love the internet for finding non biased information, they are all health conscious, and they have Huge gardens. I am not kidding, I mean huge. Our closest neighbor has 2 gardens and the smaller one is at least 20x60 feet.
They keep warning me of GM foods. Genetically modified foods, where companies like Monsanto and others are crossing the genetic makeup of plants to produce higher yields and less vulnerable crops.
What’s the harm in that, you ask? higher yields and less vulnerable crops, big deal, right? It’s the side effects the “food” is having on people. Allergies to these foods are increasing, the toxicity levels in our bodies are rising to unhealthy levels. Animals that were force fed GMO foods (because they would not eat them willingly) have become completely sterile in a number of weeks. Inability to reproduce as a side effect of food, does that sound normal? GM foods can weaken the immune system making us more vulnerable to viruses and diseases and in some cases the GM foods actually alter the bacterial flora in our bowels and can lead to antibiotic resistance.
The long term consequences are as yet unknown. There are no human clinical trials of genetically engineered foods. The only published human feeding experiment revealed that genetic material inserted into GE soy transfers into the DNA of bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function. Even after we stop eating GE foods, we may still have the GE proteins produced continuously inside us. This in itself is unsettling, but sometimes it is as simple as the food we are eating is poisoning us.
GM corn and peas are genetically altered to produce their own pesticides. The leach out toxins to ward off pests that they are vulnerable to. So now instead of spraying our food with toxic chemicals it now produces them on it’s own.
Have you ever heard of the dirty dozen and the clean 15? The dirty dozen are foods so layered in pesticides that it is recommended not to buy them unless you can buy them organic or from a farmers market. The clean 15 is the opposite, it lists foods that are either not permeated by the pesticides or little are used on them, making them a safe buy. Well it turns out GM corn and peas are on the top of the clean 15 list. Does this mean they are good for you? NO, it simply means that because they produce their own pesticides none are sprayed on them, which allows them on this list. The creators of the list have not looked past the pesticides to see what other health risks these foods have on us and they are being labelled as safe simply by ignorance. Perhaps intentional, but ignorance none the less.
There was recently an issue in Nova Scotia involving GM cucumbers. Hairless field mice were seen near the crops, and cats that were eating them were losing their hair as well. Subpoenaed test results revealed that the cucumbers, which tasted the same as regular cucumbers other than the “fizzing” sensation as you swallowed them, had side effects. Pubic hair loss was reported in over 75% of the test subjects and irritable skin in “sensitive areas”. Germany, Switzerland and many countries including Peru have banned Monsanto and GM foods, but Canada thought banning the cucumbers would be a better idea. Although these lovely little treats have been removed from our markets many other GM products are still legal in Canada.
Here is a link to the article.