Something a bit sinister is going on right before your eyes.
Health and disease, along with our food supply, have become big business. Big business to the tune of a trillion dollars.
The big players involved are in it to win. Unfortunately that means you your health -- lose. It's just that simple.
You lose... unless... you educate yourself and others, and take action.
Let me explain.
You're surrounded by scientific evidence proving that nutritional therapy can be --
- more effective
- less harmful
- less invasive, and
- more economical
-- than most conventional medical treatments.
But are you hearing about these findings on the evening news? How about from your healthcare provider? Your neighborhood pharmacist?
Now don't get me wrong. I firmly believe these folks have your best interests at heart. They just don't know any better.
Hippocrates Knew the Real Truth
Ask any medical student about Hippocrates, the Greek Father of Medicine born 460 B.C. They're likely to recite to you his infamous oath, "Do no harm."
But did you know Hippocrates also asserted, "Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food"? This respected scholar believed the body had an innate ability to heal itself through food.
Since Hippocrates' day, the Western world's approach to treating illness and disease has changed. Food and nutrition no longer play a role in medicine.
In fact, less than six percent of graduating medical students in the United States receive any formal training in nutrition.
What's taken food's place?
Just one word: drugs.
Enter the massive pharmaceutical industry. It's become a half-trillion dollar per year worldwide conglomerate -- and a 300,000 billion dollar industry in North America alone. Their presence is found everywhere... even in medical schools.
Modern day medical education and practice revolves around "one pill for every ill". Open your favorite magazine. Turn on the TV. One-fourth of the commercials on American television advertise drugs.
This "one pill for every ill" philosophy makes money for the pharmaceutical giants -- and for the medical industry. And of course, the more prolonged the treatment, the more money, right?
Let's face it. Good nutrition and good health just don't make money.
Think about it. Is it really in the best financial interests of Big Business -- the pharmaceutical, medical, and agricultural industries -- to promote natural, fresh food and nutrition to keep people free from disease?
Looking at other cultures untainted by the Western world, we see people eating locally grown, unprocessed food. Their incidence of chronic and acute illness, such as heart disease and cancer, pales in comparison.
These cultures use their food as medicine and their medicine as food.
So why isn't that the case in the Western world? After all, certainly everyone realizes "we are what we eat", don't they?
Perhaps not. For various reasons, four general myths abound concerning health and disease, and many people believe these myths to be true. How about you? Do you believe these...?
- Western medicine is safe and effective with research dollars leading to breakthrough cures for disease.
- Eating a well-balanced diet ensures you of all required nutrients for optimum wellness and longevity.
- Supplements are not necessary, and in fact, may even be dangerous because of their drug-like action.
- Genetics determine your risk of disease and there's little you can do to affect that risk.
Busting the Myths
These four myths are downright dangerous. Why? They are veiling the truth and preventing you from gaining the knowledge you need to take control of your health.
Let's look at each of these myths more closely, starting with the current state of health and wellness and the impact of Western medicine.
The numbers are staggering:
39,000 people die from unnecessary surgery and hospital error
80,000 people die from other hospital-caused infections
106,000 people die from adverse drug reactions
I think we all agree that Western medicine can be a life saver in times of acute illness or accidents -- there's no doubt. But 225,000 deaths each year -- 616 a day -- from unnecessary causes?
How about the effectiveness of Western drugs and medical treatments with serious diseases? Just look at these escalating present-day numbers:
652,486 people die from heart diseas
553, 888 people die from cancer
I'll let you draw your own conclusions.
The Two Biggest Killers on the Rise
Today, heart disease and cancer account for two-thirds of all deaths in the United States.
We're told that cancer survivor rates are climbing. But are they really? If you look closely, you'll see it's merely the reporting that's changed.
Looking at these two grim statistics tells a different story about these killers:
- Cardiovascular disease causes one-half of all deaths and one-half of these victims show no symptoms before dying!
- Regardless of an astounding $39 billion spent on cancer research since 1972, the death rate from cancer has doubled. Where's the cure?
CANCER... The Biggest Business of All
Did you know that the only 'acceptable' treatments for cancer in most countries are surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy?
Here's the real stunner...
Even if your healthcare providers know about effective alternative treatments, they can't tell you about them... or they risk losing their licenses.
Not unless, of course, these treatmentshappen to be "complimentary" to surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
Imagine instead your healthcare provider sitting down with you and discussing a different -- and proven effective -- treatment plan consisting of natural, organic foods, supplements and 'superfoods'.
Which leads us to Myth #2...
Your Food Supply is in Serious Jeopardy
Today, eating a well-balanced diet does not ensure complete and optimum nutrition for preventing and treating illness.
Manufacturing technology and the massive transport of food limit our choices for healthy food selections. Big-box supermarkets line their shelves with processed foods high in sugars and starch, along with factory-farmed meat, dairy, fish, and eggs. The most popular dining out options provide fast and even-faster-fast food devoid of any real nutritional value.
Even if you do choose healthy, fresh food, you're still not guaranteed of its nutrient quality.
Over-farming and abundant chemical fertilizers deplete our soils of their nutrients. Today's synthetic fertilizers replenish the soils with only three minerals -- potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen. However, healthy soil requires fifty-two minerals for plants to flourish.
Plants growing with weakened, mineral-deficient structures easily succumb to disease and pests. This forces conventional farmers to apply known-toxic pesticides and herbicides to protect their crops.
The end result is mineral-deficient, toxic food.
Local Sustainably and Organically Grown - The Foods of Choice
Food grown organically or sustainably in local, naturally fertilized, nutrient-rich soil is simply your best choice in food.
In fact, a 2005 research study by the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences (DIAS) found that rats fed an organic or naturally fertilized diet displayed:
- Calmer behavior
- Sounder sleeping habits
- Higher vitamin E blood levels (with organic diet)
- Less body fat
- Improved immune function
A 2003 study in the prestigious peer-reviewed Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry revealed that fruits and vegetables grown organically or sustainably contained significantly higher levels of cancer-fighting antioxidants -- up to 58 percent higher.
The research suggests that pesticides and herbicides actually cause the plant to shut down production of its natural defense phenolics. Natural chemicals produced for defense against invading pests, phenolics possess powerful antioxidant activity.
Of course, as I've warned my readers previously, not all certified organic foods are equal. Now with two feet firmly planted in the organics industry, Big Business has altered the founding principles of the organic label. To receive the true benefits from organic foods, be careful where you purchase them.
Seek out local farmers, food coops, farmers' markets, and community-supported programs in your area. You want to buy from and support the 'real sources' close to home -- the people who truly care about the integrity and quality of your food.
To thrive well, follow these simple steps:
- Eat organic or sustainably-grown, naturally fertilized foods from local farmers you trust and support.
- Include raw foods at every meal for their natural, digestion-enhancing enzymes.
- Select from a wide variety of colorful, fresh, natural whole foods, and avoid processed foods whenever possible.
- Choose specific foods according to your Nutritional Type guidelines.
And, now, for Myth #3...
Watch Out for those Dangerous Supplements!
Have you ever heard the following statements...?
"If you take an extra vitamin pill, it might be dangerous."
"Vitamins are like drugs so they should be regulated."
"If vitamins have therapeutic value, then they must be dangerous."
According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, during the last twenty-three years, there have been 10 deaths associated with vitamin supplements. That's it. Less than one death per year -- and not even proven -- just suspected. In fact, there's no scientific proof that vitamins can cause harm.
Compare that to the whopping total of 106,000 victims from lethal drug side effects per year -- and these were patients using prescription drugs as prescribed!
It's well documented that medical doctors used high doses of vitamins back in the 1940's to prevent and treat illness... that is, until it became frowned upon by Big Business. Dr. Linus Pauling, renowned two-time Nobel Prize winner is one of many physicians who successfully worked with high-dose supplementation.
From either food or supplements, vitamins enable your body to heal itself. Ideally, nutrients come from a healthy, natural diet complete with all the required vitamins and minerals. But, as you've seen, that's not always possible. High quality supplements offer a next best option. Either way, they're essential.
And now concerning the 4th and final dangerous Myth...
"It's in Your Genes, So Why Bother?"
Quite frankly, the answer may surprise you.
Examining the role of heredity in cancer risk, the gold standard 'Nurture vs. Nature' Swedish study of 44,000 pairs of twins found only a 10 to 20 percent causal factor related to genes. Even with twins, environmental factors, such as diet, lifestyle, and smoking play a substantially greater role in determining whether a person develops cancer than do genetics.
There's much you can do. However, it all starts with getting the education you need to make that important first step.
A Journey Down the Rabbit Hole
My good friends James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch have created an independent, scientific-based DVD documentary titled Food Matters that explores the politics and realities of food and health care.
James and Laurentine, with the help of some of the top natural health and nutrition experts in the world, escort you down a mystical "rabbit hole" to uncover startling truths about the 'Sickness Industry' and the 'hushed' alternative treatments critical for your well-being. Most importantly, they provide a radiant beacon of hope with steps you can do today to take control of your health and begin healing.
James sums it up nicely, "It's about education, not just medication."
I applaud the brazen efforts of these two nutritionists for daring to go where no one else before them has. This is such important information -- and much aligned with my personal health philosophies. It's time to get it out to everyone who will listen. I encourage you to order a copy of Food Matters today and watch it with your friends and family.
Here are some of the experts you'll meet in Food Matters with their inspiring solutions and new approaches to healing:
- Andrew W. Saul, Ph.D. - Therapeutic Nutrition Specialist and Author
- A consulting specialist in natural healing for over 30 years and veteran lecturer for three colleges.
- David Wolfe -- World Authority on Raw Foods and Superfoods
- Coaches Hollywood celebrities and leading business people on nutrition and wellness.
- Victor Zeines, D.D.S., M.S. -- Holistic Dentist and Nutritionist
- Practicing Holistic Dentistry for over 25 years.
- Dr. Dan Rogers -- Trained Medical Doctor and Naturopath
- Successfully treating 'incurable' patients since the late 1970's with nutrition-based detoxification and healing from within.
- Professor Ian Brighthope -- Medical Doctor and Surgeon
- Over 20 years of practical clinical experience
- Specialized in Nutritional and Environmental Medicine
- Charlotte Gerson -- Founder of the nonprofit Gerson Institute
- Daughter of Max Gerson, founder of Gerson Therapy
- Dedicated to Gerson Therapy, an alternative, non-toxic treatment for cancer and other diseases
In this 90-minute research-backed, stunning documentary DVD you'll discover:
- Why all the so-called 'cures' for everyday health issues aren't working, regardless of the billions spent in research and development.
- The true cause of disease and how to treat it -- what works, what doesn't, and what's killing you.
- How to use the right kinds of foods and supplements to help treat chronic and serious illnesses -- even deadly cancer.
- Why even lightly steaming your food can be detrimental to your health and what to do instead.
- How to disease-proof your body and enjoy optimum health and longevity.
- Natural and effective remedies for treating mental illness -- including depression.
- How to use raw foods and detoxification for rapid and permanent weight loss.
- How to actually reverse heart disease without drugs and surgery
Read what some well-known industry leaders are saying about Food Matters...
"Food Matters is a must see for those looking to take control of their health."
John Gray, PhD, NY Times Best Selling Author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus
John Robbins, author of Diet for A New America
"Anyone who is serious about their health needs to see this stunning film."
Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause and Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
"Thought provoking, informative, and compelling, this film matters."
Rory Freedman, Coauthor of #1 NY Times Best Seller Skinny Bitch
"This eye-opening documentary is important to anyone who has ever taken the safety of our nation's food supply for granted. Food Matters is destined to be a classic."
Jordan Rubin, NY Times Best Selling Author of The Maker's Diet
"Food Matters has a very inspirational message to everyone. It will transform your approach to your food and to your life."
Marie Diamond, Feng Shui Master featured in The Secret, www.MarieDiamond.com
"If you're looking for a way to treat disease naturally, then Food Matters is a great place to start"
Marci Shimoff, NY Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason and featured teacher in The Secret
"Food Matters is to getting healthy as The Secret is to becoming wealthy."
Ed Bauman, Bauman College: Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts
"YES! Food Matters! This riveting, inspiring film is a giant step forward in awakening people's consciousness about what we are putting into our bodies and how we are nourishing ourselves and our planet."
Alissa Cohen, Author of Living on Live Food
"What you put into your mouth is more important to your health and well-being than most can possibly realize. Food Matters is a riveting and informative film that will help you understand just how important whole foods really are to your well-being."
Mike Anderson, author of The Rave Diet & Lifestyle
"An informative look into what's wrong with the modern food supply and why we must act now to change it."
Linda Page, Ph.D., Traditional Naturopath, author of the bestselling book, Healthy Healing 12th Edition: A Guide to Self-Healing For Everyone
There's Still Time for You to Make That First Step
As Laurentine says, "There are simple lifestyle changes that we as individuals can make to combat serious illness, and with access to solid information, people invariably make better choices for their health."
Whether it's turning around a serious or chronic condition or just protecting your health, I want you to have the solid information you need. There's still time to take that first -- or even fourth -- step in taking control of your health. Order your copy of Food Matters today.