Modern medicine

Modern medicine. A mop up focus that does not adequately address the cause of the problem. We can play damage control with the mops AKA pharmaceutical medications but we must look to cause and ‘fix the leaky sink’ if we want to prevent, reverse chronic disease and optimize health. The number one cause of disease is the Standard American Diet which is high in processed foods, animal products and incredibly low in fiber. As you can see from the charts below we are spending too much money and getting the worst results. We have horribly high infant and maternal mortality rates.  Our current approach benefits the business side of medicine in clear sacrifice of patient health. Should not the health of patients be the number one priority?

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MATERNAL DEATH RATES

There is a better way. Look to the cause. Seek out a provider who has a lifestyle focus.

Read this article by Dr Katz on Forks, Feet, Fingers, Stress, Sleep and Love.

  1.  Forks: Eat whole foods, mostly plants
  2. Fingers: Don’t smoke
  3. Feet: Move your body daily
  4. Stress: Have a positive stress management tool ie meditation, prayer, creativity, singing etc
  5. Sleep: Prioritize adequate deep sleep
  6. Love: Get connected, address isolation, address trauma, grieve

Read this article by Dr Hyman, MD:

LIFESTYLE MEDICINE: TREATING THE AUSES OF DISEASE

Watch Forks Over Knives!

Read Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, MD, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Eat whole nutrient dense fiber foods

Whole foods with fiber: Vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, seeds

Avoid or keep to 2 servings or less a week “meats and treats” which are foods WITHOUT fiber. (Note: if you are addicted to any of these foods best to avoid outright. For many moderation kills. If we could do everything in moderation we would all be at our optimal health)

Foods without fiber = meat, eggs, dairy, cheese, oils, white flour, sugar

Eat oatmeal with 1-2 tablespoons fresh ground flaxseed with berries and plant milk

Try “overnight oats” for breakfast:

Soak 1/2 cup of steel cut oats after rinsing before bed, soak in plant milk overnight in the fridge.

Add 1-2 tablespoons of fresh ground organic flaxseeds, berries, cinnamon

Have a large salad with beans, whole grains,seeds for one meal a day. Use a nut or seed based dressing or vinegar with hot sauce. Minimize oils and avoid dairy based dressings!

 

 

Healing

I am not a mechanism, an assembly of various sections.

And it is not because the mechanism is working wrongly, that I am ill.

I am ill because of wounds to the soul, to the deep emotional self

and the wounds to the soul take a long, long time, only time can help

and patience, and a certain difficult repentance

long, difficult repentance, realization of life’s mistake, and the freeing oneself

from the endless repetition of the mistake

which mankind at large has chosen to sanctify.

— D.H. Lawrence

a word on bone broths

Someone on a nutrient dense whole food plant-based diet would have no need for bone broth of any sort. Remember that anything from the ocean now comes with heavy metals – mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), other dioxins and plastics! On a risk benefit level, best to avoid consuming anything from the sea. Let them be as scientific studies predict a total collapse of all seafood fisheries by 2050. If the oceans go, so does the planet and our very existence.  Get your nutrients from whole plant foods: vegetables including kelp, fruits, beans, whole grains, seeds and nuts.
As for land animal bone broth and risk benefit analysis there is a great concern about high levels of lead.  See abstract below with link:

The risk of lead contamination in bone broth diets

Abstract

The preparation and consumption of bone broth is being increasingly recommended to patients, for example as part of the gut and psychology syndrome (GAPS) diet for autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression and schizophrenia, and as part of the paleolithic diet. However, bones are known to sequester the heavy metal lead, contamination with which is widespread throughout the modern environment. Such sequestered lead can then be mobilized from the bones. We therefore hypothesized that bone broth might carry a risk of being contaminated with lead. A small, blinded, controlled study of lead concentrations in three different types of organic chicken broth showed that such broths do indeed contain several times the lead concentration of the water with which the broth is made. In particular, broth made from skin and cartilage taken off the bone once the chicken had been cooked with the bones in situ, and chicken-bone broth, were both found to have markedly high lead concentrations, of 9.5 and 7.01μgL−1, respectively (compared with a control value for tap water treated in the same way of 0.89μgL−1). In view of the dangers of lead consumption to the human body, we recommend that doctors and nutritionists take the risk of lead contamination into consideration when advising patients about bone broth diets.

Forks, Feet, Fingers, Stress, Sleep & Love: 5 minutes on Forks

 

Discussion on healing your over 60,000 miles of blood vessels in your body by focusing on whole fiber foods.

The bad news: Foods without fiber damage your arteries.

The good news:  Whole fiber foods repair your arteries!

Foods with fiber: Vegetables, fruit, beans, whole grains, corn, potato, seeds, nuts

Foods without fiber: animal flesh and sea creatures, cow’s milk, cheese, eggs, oils, white flour and sugar.

For more information watch Forks Over Knives, Food Choices, What the Health.  Look for The Game Changers film coming out next month.