Over these many years that I have been involved in health care – going on over 30 years now – I can tell you that I read a ton of material, watched many webinars and attend a ton of seminars and trainings. I can tell you that if you are looking to take a pill to get rid of your problem, you are misguided by the very least, and perhaps doing more damage to yourself than what you believe.
Let me tell you the story of my mother-in-law as an example, a person who I met a few weeks before my 24th birthday, so we are talking of a relationship that goes back 31 years now.
Sandalee was a warm and loving person, married to a man who demanded much of her given his own lack of regard for his own basic needs. She cooked for him, cleaned for him and did the lawn, for many, many years. All the while she worked, sometimes two jobs, was heavily involved in her church and took care of the family holidays. Both of them were heavy drinkers. She smoked up till her 20’’s and he smoked into his 60s, two packs a day.
About two years ago both she and her husband were found to have lung cancer. He lost one of his lungs to the disease and for her the radiation she underwent put her into remission. About eight months ago her cancer returned and so she underwent chemotherapy. Her doctors told her that the cancer had stopped growing per the MRIs she had, so she continued with a treatment that she thought was working.
A couple of weeks ago she fell and couldn’t get up. A new tumor was found in her hip that was hitting up against the nerve, making it impossible for her to get up. A few days ago she passed away.
Why do I share this story with you? For many, many reasons:
First, the basic idea that chemicals that kill both healthy and cancer cells while destroying our immune system, is a barbaric and a non-proven method of healing cancer. The statistics on surviving cancer with chemotherapy and radiation comes to 2.1%. Your better recourse is to eat whole foods, stay away from sugar including alcoholic beverages, because the cancer feeds on that sugar. Keep a positive attitude and keep some spiritual practice in your life. Make sure that your environment is healthy and conducive to your feeling good about your life.
Get yourself exercise regularly – your body is made to move. If you don’t like going to the health club – find activities that you enjoy that require movement like gardening, sports like: tennis, soccer, basketball, dancing, biking, skiiing, whatever. If you enjoy doing it, it doesn’t feel like exercise, it feels like fun.
Make sure that you are living in a supportive environment for your health and wellbeing. For over 30 years Sandy lived with a husband that smoked two packs of cigarettes a day. That was until his granddaughter was born. This is when he went to the “Mad Russian” in the Boston area and quit smoking for good. However, the damage for both he and his wife was already done by that time.
Choose the people that you choose to have in your life with care. I tell my clients all the time that just because someone is your biological family member – if they are toxic to you, making your feel poorly about yourself or poorly in general – limit your time around them down to zero, if that is what allows you to live a happy and fulfilled life. No one needs to be with people that bring you down, make you feel negatively about yourself, or can’t see you for the mature person that you are, versus the younger person they choose to remain seeing you as, even decades later.
Eat plenty of healthy herbs and spices to make your food tasty while adding antioxidants and other healing components. Use lemon for flavoring – its great for you.
Drink plenty of water because we need to be hydrated – 70% of your body is water, and it is through water that toxins exit your body. It is also through being hydrated that depressed feelings go away along with hunger pangs that are really thirst. So drink plenty of cool, refreshing water.
Stay away from artificial colorings, flavorings and any ingredients you can’t pronounce. These are made in the lab and your body has no idea what to do with them. Many of these ingredients are causing health disasters in our citizenry. The sad thing is that we have no idea what much of these additives are, the FDA giving the food industries a pass on not letting us know what we are putting into our mouths. It’s criminal!
Stay away from wheat, soy, corn and high fructose corn syrup. All of these are made with Genetically modified seeds and as such we have no idea what these products are doing to our bodies. Our bodies don’t know how to process that stuff we call “wheat” today for all the genetic modification that has happened to it over these many years. This is why you see people with bulbous stomachs – full of inflammation because of these products.
Stay away from fast foods – you don’t even want to know what is in this stuff – I can promise you that it has very little to do with what one would call “real” food given all the fillers and chemicals that it is bathed in to keep the food looking fresh for years on end.
Stay away from artificial sweeteners. They have been found to make you hungry putting the weight on people instead of taking it off. Maybe you have noticed the great weight gain of the population since this crap has been placed on the market and this is why. These chemicals are toxic to your body and many are cancer causing. If you want something sweet have some honey – raw honey, real maple sugar or molasses.
Eat few simple carbohydrates including white rice, stay away from bread, cookies and cake. You are better off enjoying some fresh fruit or dark chocolate.
Eat brown rice, sweet potatoes, yams, green leafy veggies, and a rainbow of veggies to get all the nutrients you need. It is best to cook tomatoes for the best nutrient value and cook cruciferous veggies because when eaten raw they can interfere with the workings of your thyroid.
Stay away from chips and dips given all the artificial flavorings in them as well as the vegetable oils used to process them. The only oils you want to consume are coconut oil or nut oils for cooking and virgin olive oil for dressings.
Eat seeds and nuts – sparingly because they are high in fat, however they also have many trace minerals that we humans require.
Avocados are excellent for fiber and for potassium so eat a half a one a day.
Eggs are great for you too, because one doesn’t get high cholesterol from the food you eat as the newest scientific literature is now stating. Eggs have so many nutrients that your body needs and are healthy to eat – so long as they are cage fee, free range eggs.
Meat is also important for your diet because there are certain B vitamins that you can’t get without it. Just know that you only need about 3 to 6 oz of meat every other day to keep your iron levels where you need them to keep the anemia away,and to get those B vitamins, and protein.
Fish for omega 3s is also very important for the diet – fresh caught – though from the reading I have done, there are many lies printed on the labels of the fish you purchase at the food store. Do the best you can with this one.
So, there you go – give your body what it needs and the diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer and heart disease can go by the way side without drugs that are more damaging to you then the reason you are taking them and without a ton of supplements which may interact negatively with one another if you don’t know what you are doing. The only problem is that we humans are a bit lazy and unwilling to do what I am telling you right here.
Let me tell you this: I for the past couple of years needed to drop about 15 pounds off my 5 foot frame. The only thing that I did to get rid of the weight was to eat the way I am telling you and hang out at my health club’s whirl pool doing some Pilates type exercises with the water acting as resistance and some rubber band exercises with the bands acting as resistance. The weight is almost off me at this point after a couple of months of effort.
So, life style changes is where it is at if you want your body to do well by you. So, you need to do well by it. Give it what it needs to be healthy and functional for you. Stop making excuses because in the end not only will you most likely never have to deal with these common health issues that wreak havoc for too many people these days, you will feel energized, clear headed and happy. Not a bad exchange in my opinion.
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