Friday, 08. March 2013 by Renee Ellison
This blog was written to me (by me) after 25 years of a hunt for answers…
What is hurting our health?
The Standard American Diet (SAD) is hurting us. We are now the sickest country in the world. Wealth allowed us to eat large quantities of meat and dairy, while historically the huge populations of China and millions of people elsewhere in Asia ate primarily rice and veggies. The Aztecs, Mayans, Incas ate corn. The result? These people had none of the devastating diet-related diseases we see today.
What is the matter with our diet? Too much fat. The fat is cutting lesions in our arteries and is being stashed and stored in warehouses under our skin. Meat and dairy are particular culprits because they are both loaded with saturated fat.
What is the matter with meat and dairy?
Meat and dairy offer no carbohydrates and no fiber, causing severe constipation. You should be having an easy peanut-butter consistency stool after nearly every meal. Do you? We think constipation is normal, because we’ve never known anything else.
Starches, fruits and veggies are loaded with both carbohydrates and fiber. Athletes have known for decades to binge on carb-loading foods, large plates of vegan spaghetti, or bowls of brown rice, sweet potatoes, beans, squash, etc., before embarking on their marathons, gymnastic meets, pole vaulting, or the like. They couldn’t do these things if their insides were bogged down with meat and cheese. They couldn’t get off the ground. Their bodies knew.
Too much fat. When you cook with meat, what do your pans feel like? How easy are they to wash up afterwards? How greasy do your hands get? Do you find that you must you use detergent to finally get the grease off your pans, or can you just do it with water? Now think about inside your body, where detergent never reaches to cut up the grease. How much water does it take to wash the grease down your sink, and to clean your sink? Are you drinking that much water? Are you drinking detergent?
Grease and fat coat your cells, making metabolic function far more sluggish, and oxygen uptake dismal, to say nothing of clogging your arteries, which in turn produces increased rates of dementia and stroke in addition to the increased likelihood of heart attacks. Your first symptoms of a heart attack will be none other than the heart attack itself. You don’t get warning symptoms. Grease is not your friend. Neither is fried grease from french fries and chips. All oils slowly kill you. There are no nutrients in any oils—they are extracted away from the nutrients that are contained in the whole plant.
Too much protein. Plant-based foods give you all the protein you need. Too much protein stockpiles and becomes the perfect luxury apartment for hosting bacteria and virus. Cysts and tumors love protein. Protein gives aflatoxins a place to roost and grow. Without protein you can eat the same toxic substances and they won’t stick around; they will just pass through your body. The problem is not the toxin, it is the host.
Too much acid. To buffer this acid, your bones get used up to neutralize the acid. Your body craves to be alkaline; it’s not optional; your body must maintain the pH within a narrow range. If your diet is loaded with meat and dairy, you, in effect, will be peeing your bones into the toilet, because the body must pull calcium (which is alkaline) from the bones to counteract the acidity of the animal products. Welcome to osteoporosis.
The Atkins meat and dairy diet was a joke. Its founder looked overweight and unhealthy in the photos in his own book. After Dr. Atkins died, it transpired that he had experienced troubles with his heart over the years. Atkins had suffered a heart attack, congestive heart failure, and hypertension. Research that he paid for himself indicated that “70 percent of the people were constipated, 60 percent had bad breath, [and] many ha[d] headaches.” There were no scientific papers to corroborate his studies and no thousands of healings from cancer. Dr. Dean Ornish reported that “A major study was just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine from Harvard. In approximately 85,000 women who were followed for 26 years and 45,000 men who were followed for 20 years, researchers found that all-cause mortality rates were increased in both men and women who were eating a low-carbohydrate Atkins diet based on animal protein. However, all-cause mortality rates as well as cardiovascular mortality rates were decreased in those eating a plant-based diet low in animal protein and low in refined carbohydrates. Although this plant-based diet was called an “Eco-Atkins” diet, it’s essentially the same diet that I have been recommending and studying for more than 30 years.” The Paleo diet is just a re-packaging of this false and failed earlier diet. It loads you with too much fat, protein and acid.
Wanta get out of confusion re: food and health? Read the book, The Starch Solution, by John McDougal and his wife Mary McDougal, to finally nail why. (Not sure? Read 140+ reader reviews of it on Amazon.com.) Also, watch YouTube videos of any/all of the men below. We posted links to many very helpful online videos in an earlier blog. Go where the healing results are happening today: The Hippocrates Institute, The Gerson Institute, Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s stuff, Dr. McDougal’s stuff, Dr. Pritikin’s stuff, Dr. Esselstyne’s stuff, Dr. Colin Campbell’s stuff. You don’t even have to read every page of their books—just look at their thick appendixes in the backs of all of their books—loaded with confirming reports from scientific and medical journals.
A dozen or more doctors now know what good for us, nutritionally. Try it for just one week or so, and you will know.
Of course, everyone will eat as they wish, and always have, and you are right, God did introduce eating meat into history, as well as condone it for eating at the Passover, and at other times, as well. But here are some further considerations that enlarge the issues a bit. It is a very complex issue, even Biblically. Since large numbers of Americans are now sick and ill with the current American diet and DO want some guidance for how to get out of that sickness via natural means, we have attempted to share how some have escaped early deaths. We have offered what a dozen leading medical doctors are now agreeing upon, including Christian men like the Rev. George Malkmus of Halleluiah Acres who turned around his own case of colon cancer by changing his diet and now has recorded 1,000’s of cases of disease reversals under the influence of his ministry. Many of those people are now praising God for their deliverances. Here are some additional biblical perspectives on the subject if you would like them. If not, just skip them.
The original and best diet the Heavenly Father prescribed for us is from every seed-bearing green plant and tree (Genesis 1:29). After the Flood, He permitted man to add meat to the diet (Genesis 9:3)—but that seems to be His permissive will, not His divine intent, because starting then, the human lifespan took a distinct plunge. Some Bible students think the Father allowed meat to be added to the human diet as a means of shortening the life of man, to reduce the extent of the effects of the sinful behavior of men. We see the shortened life around us now, in our friends and acquaintances. This is not simply a matter of finding what we want to find in someone’s posting on the Internet. A recent report from Associated Press shows that, for the first time in modern history, the lifespan of some American women has shortened.
So, a prior decision is exactly what the foods are that God intended for us to eat. A notable exception to His addition of meat to the diet is the continued exclusion of pork, shellfish, and other scripturally unclean birds, fishes and animals. The Creator knew, of course, what would be the problems to human health, were men to eat the flesh of scavengers. Only recently has science revealed the many dangers of eating pig, scallops, shrimp, etc. To read a summary of these, download our free pdf on the problems of eating pork. The typical Christian response to this is to point to Acts 10:15, but this is an incorrect reading of that passage, because Acts 10:28, across the page, explains that the point was to show Peter that “I should not call any man common or unclean.” That passage is not about eating, else it would be referring to cannibalism! Similarly, when Paul writes that “I am convinced that no food is unclean in itself” (Romans 14:14), he is using the word “food”, not meat. Scripturally, not all meat is food—just as certain animal products, such as their organs, is not food, nor is rat meat food.
A person is free, under God, to eat any meat that is clean, as defined several places in scripture, including Leviticus chapter 11. But when they do so, they may be shortening their time here on earth. Currently literally millions are dying very early deaths via cancer, heart disease and diabetes, all of which have clinically been shown to be diet related. The choice is, of course, totally up to each person. And, this is not a matter of salvation, it is a matter of quality and length of life.
No matter what a reader does with this information, we are personally thrilled to get answers for our health and to finally know what actually reverses people’s disease conditions. If 700 pages of The China Study won’t do it and 5,000 and more reversals, and the results at three huge alternative cancer clinics…we don’t know what it takes to convince others. But we can share information, with love.