Written by: Rebecca Baird, July 3, 2010
If the diseases, which plague millions of people in the world today, are preventable, then why are so many people dying from them? I think we all want to preserve our lives as long as possible, so what is the secret to living a long and healthy life? The answer to this question is that we need to be free from the diseases which have been proven to be preventable. The diseases I am speaking of are diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol, cancer, depression, thyroid disorders, Alzheimer’s, and many more. In many cases, people are turning to modern medicine to help them control the symptoms of these diseases, which in turn causes many harmful, and in some cases deadly, side effects. Most of these diseases were nonexistent during the time of our ancestors, which is why I began researching to see what the difference is between then and now. From this research, I have found that many of these diseases are caused by poor diets and others are caused by missing ingredients or nutrient deficiencies in the food we eat. For instance, diabetes is caused by eating simple carbohydrates and refined foods like sugar and white flour which are devoid of any real nutrients and are responsible for an increase in insulin levels causing the pancreas to become exhausted. Many studies have shown that diabetes can be controlled and sometimes cured by eating exclusively whole foods; whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, organically grown meats, eggs, and dairy products, and unrefined foods. Many health studies have also shown that hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol, cancer, depression, thyroid disorders, and others are also controlled by the same formula used to control, or cure, diabetes. (1)
Experts have also proven that certain amino acids, which are lacking in processed foods, can prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease. According to Prescription for Dietary Wellness by Phyllis A. Balch, studies suggest that acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, author of Health and Nutrition Secrets states that acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) ALC may have a “significant capacity to slow, and even reverse, the effects of aging on the brain. Dr. Ray Sahelia states that these benefits are a result of the ability ALC has of traveling through the blood-brain barrier; the ability to keep mitochondria working efficiently by clearing them of toxic fatty-acid metabolites; and the way it helps regenerate neurons damaged by free radical damage. According to the Woman’s Encyclopedia Of Natural Healing, studies suggest that mental deterioration in Alzheimer’s patients can be slowed by supplementation of iron, vitamins B6 and B12, coenzyme Q10, and acetyl-L-carnitine.
You see the nutrition which is present in whole, unrefined foods, grown without pesticides and artificial fertilizers, are nutrient rich and contribute to the nutritional needs of the body whereas foods grown using chemical pesticides and fertilizers lack in nutrients because the land used to grow these foods has been sapped of all the naturally occurring nutritive substances. (2)
Since proper and complete nutrition is the key to a long and healthy life, then where do we get the foods needed to ensure proper nutrition? We can get most of the nutrition we need from whole foods, but we will need to add nutritional support in the form of supplements in order to reverse the effects of poor nutrition. Some of the nutrients which may spare us from preventable diseases are alpha-lipoic acid, acetyl-L-carnitine, vitamins B1, B6 and B12, coenzyme Q10, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and a complete amino acid supplement (3). Mark Hyman MD and Mark Liponis MD, authors of Ultra prevention, state that the antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid and amino acid acetyl-L-carnitine increase the body’s healing mechanisms, as well as prevent disease and improve symptoms for a wide range of conditions, including diabetes, neuropathy, liver disease, hypertension, hearing loss, and nerve damage in the brain associated with conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.
(1) Fallon, S. (1999, 2001) Nourishing Traditions. New Trends Publishing, Inc, Washington, DC.
(2) Hunter, B. (2006) A Whole Foods Primer. Basic Health Publications, Inc. Laguna Beach, CA.
(3) Ross, J. (1999) The Diet Cure. Penguin Group, New York, New York.