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We Are What we Eat
Published: 21 Aug 2017
Author: Russell Eades, Wanganui


For me the biggest issue to be addressed by the Government, whoever it may be after the election, is Health. How do we stop the epidemics of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

The answer is quite simple. Change your diet to one that is whole food and plant based.

Our current Health system is a disease focused model that does not recognise you until you are sick, and as the statistics keep showing, “we” are getting fatter, and sicker all the time.

Last Wednesday evening Labour’s Health spokesperson was in town to unveil Labours Health portfolio, and what a stunner it was !! They are pledging to spend an extra $8 billion in the health sector. 

But what on ?  What difference will an extra $8 billion make if it is going to be spent / wasted in the same way it has in the past ?

Without change at a fundamental level, there will never be change. The focus needs to be shifted from one that treats symptoms, generally with drugs, to one that looks at the underlying cause of ill health. The answer is simple

Most western ills are not acute disorders, which drugs are good at treating, they are chronic disorders, things like depression, diabetes, heart disease, things that generally don’t kill you but make you feel unwell and go on for a long period of time. These are the conditions that pharmaceutical companies love. Drugs are targeted at these conditions but don’t actually treat or cure them very well.

Drugs are necessary for many things – pain management, infections, viruses to name a few. But the drug industry, and by inference our own Health system, is trying to find a drug for everything, and the public has come to accept and rely on this

And we are happy to just plod on and let this continue. We have missed the whole point of what Health actually is.

Change needs to be targeted at what we eat, and educating people on what is the best nutrition for their body.

Recently Dr Dwight Lundell, a US Heart Surgeon acknowledged that it was his day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact. He trained for many years with the assumption that heart disease resulted from elevated blood cholesterol.

Dr Lundell says that “these recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible”. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.

The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetesthe consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.

Inflammation is not complicated — it is quite simply your body’s natural defence to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process, a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. 

What thoughtful person would wilfully expose themselves repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body? Well, smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice wilfully.

We have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart diseasestroke, diabetes and obesity.

What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? They are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.

How do we fix this ?

The answer is simple. Eat more whole plant based food, and avoid Animal Protein and processed foods. Feed your body what it was designed to eat. It is a simple and inexpensive way to good health.

 

Russell Eades

Wanganui

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