I hope that I don't sound as bad as a person who quits smoking. I know there are a million plus folks out there who study diets and the relationship between food and disease. I am not sure how I missed the work by Weston A Price. I have certainly heard of a plethora of diets. There are all kinds of ideas out there. We have the grapefruit diet, the watermelon diet, the low fat high carb, diet, the Atkins diet, the Weight Watchers diet, the liquid diets, the vegan diets add on infinitude.
So what sets this work apart from the rest of the pack?
Do you know what the people who are trained in recognizing counterfeit money study? They study real money. They study the real thing until they can spot a fake a mile away. There is something to that, a premise on how to recognize the real deal. In 1930 Weston A. Price DDS. began to hunt for people groups who exhibited good health and were free of dental carries and degenerative disease. He studied for over 10 years and paid for all of research with his won money. No vested interest groups. He studied healthy people, and he took lots of pictures of them.
In his life time there were still small pockets of native "stock" as he referred to them who had not yet incorporated any civilized foods. He studied 14 people groups from the Swiss mountains to the equator. There were a few things these groups had in common. None of them practiced food combining, none of them were vegetarians, all of them ate some type of raw animal products, milk, cultured milk, cheeses or fish and meat. The other things these people had in common were wide full faces with plenty of room for all their teeth, including the wisdom teeth. Teeth that were amazingly straight, white, and free of disease, even without brushing! These people groups also shared robust strength, some men could easily carry 100lbs in each hand. They had strong physiques and energy, keen eyesight and he found very little if any degenerative diseases.
As he studied he noticed a relationship between dental carries and the increase of tuberculosis infection. He took multiple photographs of each group. He followed up with the groups and studied them when they adopted "civilized" foods into their diets and quit eating their traditional foods. Within one generation mass amounts of dental decay were noted, also changes in the entire structure of their faces. Narrow faces with pinched nares and crowded mouths with high misshapen dental arches were noted. People were committing suicide because of abscessed teeth and they could not stand the pain. Another change occurred in energy and motivation. These same people who were still located next to the rivers they once fished from would not fish. It was difficult to get people to work or get up and do anything productive. There diets were now white bread, sugar, syrups, and canned vegetables. They had adopted the SAD diet, standard American diet.
I am not going to get into the "goodness or badness" of these events. I don't think there was an evil plot to wreck health. During the industrial revolution we as a society exchanged our home fronts for the modern age, and we still do. I don't know anyone who has a Jersey cow that eats bright green fresh grass and is hand milked each day. Yet that very thing could change American health. Raising animals the way God intended them to live makes sense. Locking them up into cramped unhealthy conditions feeding them what they were never intended to eat, and treating them with huge amounts of drugs to keep them alive long enough to kill is poor stewardship. It might be profitable but it is a sin. Man was given dominion over the Earth to CARE for it, not exploit it. The law of sowing and reaping is a law. It is as much a law as the law of gravity. We have sown in a spirit of greed for wealth, and we are reaping disease. We are going broke as a nation with disease. We are addicted to the very foods that are killing us because they have addictive chemicals in them, over 2200 in fact. Chemicals that have an additive effect in our systems. The latest I have read is that almost 80% of our children have to take some kind of class 2 regulated medication in order to participate in school. Why?
What do we eat? Why do we eat it? How many women still know how to cook, other than cookies and a slather of canned frosting on a cake mix cake? How many families even cook? Here where I live the houses have the most incredible kitchens you have ever seen. All Viking appliances, spikets at the stove to fill pasta pots, restaurant quality stoves and huge stainless refrigerators and freezers; with all of this wealth the average family in the South anyway, eats out or buys take out, almost every night of the week. If you cook what do you put into your food? Do you use hydrolyzed animal and vegetable proteins? They are full of MSG. MSG is a potent neurotransmitter and it will MESS UP YOUR HEAD! Let's not even start on the glucose, fructose, corn syrup, pesticides, formaldehyde's, additives, preservatives, refined toxic salts, etc. etc. etc.....
Are you depressed yet?
What can we eat? Can I ever again put anything good into my mouth? The answer is yes. The answer is that you can learn to cook wholesome foods, that take some planning and preparation but are satisfying to the body and the palate. It can be done. Simple changes one at a time. The first one is label reading, oh gah, no, if you read the labels on the things in your pantry you may freak out. When you get to the words that you can't pronounce and you don't know what they are, well that's because those are the chemicals you really would'nt want to eat if you saw them on a counter top some where.
Margarine is the grossest "food" ever devised, throw it out. Don't even feed it to a pig it is garbage. Eat real organic butter raw if you can get it. Breakfast cereal? How about the word "slurry" doesn't that sound good? Let's make a highly processed liquid out of these flours mostly white, "wheat" just means it once was, at the beginning, lets add some chemicals to make the slurry taste good, bake it in sheets and then bust it up to call it flakes. Now that is nutrition! It would be better to have a slice of chocolate cake, like Bill Cosby said when he gave it to his kids for breakfast, there is eggs and milk in the cake.
I have discovered something else. I have yet another new book. This one is titled"The Fourfold Path to Healing," by Thomas S. Cowan MD. He has some far out ideas in here, in terms of his sources but I am still willing to listen. God rains on the just and the unjust, His blessings fall on all people even those who reject him, because He is love. I can read these ideas that don't come from my theology and make an application to it. When he talks about life energies I know where it comes from and who it is. What has interested me is that the very foods that I need according to this doctor are the foods I crave. I have always loved beets, meat, cheese, milk, eggs, creamy sauces, creamy salad dressings, liver pate, salt, butter, and yogurt. A person with adrenal gland exhaustion needs these foods. Wowzers, my body is asking for the food that will heal it. Personally I think that is a big deal. What is your body asking for? Can't hear anything? Get off of sugar and soda and see what it tells you. The good news is that when you get rid of the toxic stuff what is left is really great, really delicious decadently rich food! Cream, butter, cheese, meat milk, fish, vegetables, fermented veggies like saurkraut, whole rich grain sour dough breads, oh and that's just the start!
Are you still there? This has become quite long. Tomorrow I'm going to tell you a super easy way to make bread, you won't believe how easy. We can talk about substituting out healthier ingredients in your favorite recipes. Don't give up on me Cathy! I have now been completely off of sugar for several weeks and some good things are happening. I can taste food better. I am calmer and more relaxed. I can have Celtic sea salt and all that I want too, last night I even chewed up a chunk to see what it tasted like, it's good. I am on a quest for bones but that is another topic and I'll save that one for later. Ya'll have a healthy day!