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People. It’s all about the FOOD!

February 5, 2012

Hello out there.

This isn’t what I had planned to post but recently I’ve had a lot of requests that I find, well, unreasonable. I regularly have people ask me about supplements for this or that; what minerals or vitamins should I take; is this herb good for such and such.What people expect simply by adding something to their existing poor diets is quite remarkable.

It’s very difficult to give a simple answer to many questions because then, when the problem at hand doesn’t go away after taking a vitamin or supplement for a few days, something is wrong. Either me, or the information or the supplement itself or the way they are taking it – or something. People want a ‘one pill’ cure for everything. Even though it may have taken years for their body to become unbalanced or dis-eased, people want the problem fixed now!

Thirty plus years of poisoning their bodies with  processed foods, a high intake of sugars and preservatives and people expect a clean bill of health in a few days. Heaven forbid if I suggest something as drastic as a diet change, say, give up that two liter of pop every day or ease off the McYukky’s. I’m must be a demon. A blasphemer!

That’s crazy! Give up my morning double-double and donuts? You must be mad! Surely there’s a simple pill or vitamin that can fix things. How about Apple cider vinegar – I hear that’s good? Cat’s Claw? St. Johns Wart? Acai seems to fix everything. What if I take all of those together? And Noni juice too – will my diabetes go away? Will my Crohns get better? Will I be able to sleep at night? Will my joints stop hurting? Will Tumeric cure cancer? I’m taking Hoodia, why can’t I lose weight?

As odd as all of that may sound, I’m not making it up. I actually go through these types of conversations regularly. Education is an ongoing, one step, one person at a time, repetitive, and quite often frustrating, process.

STOP THE MADNESS! People! You’ve all heard it before – you are what you eat. What you put in your body…and mind…will reflect in your body and mind.

So – rather that do a ‘Health 101‘ class, I thought I’d share a link and let you see the power of positive thinking and good food and just what can be accomplished when proper steps are taken. The results are truly amazing. So I’ll end here. Take a few minutes and watch this. Hopefully, it will open a few minds.

Until next time;

Stay well…smile


3 Comments leave one →
  1. coachdougbowers permalink*
    February 5, 2012 3:32 pm

    Thank you, Doug. This reminds me once again!


  2. February 6, 2012 10:23 am

    Very informative video (and post!), Doug. Thanks for the reminder. “Beautiful vegetables and berries”, I couldn’t say it any better than she does 🙂

    In addition to the dietary connection to health, maybe your readers & followers have heard of this seminal book: “When the Body Says No: The Hidden Cost of Stress”.


    “People have always understood intuitively that mind and body are not separable,” writes Vancouver physician Gabor Maté in his enthralling exploration of the relationship between stress and disease, WHEN THE BODY SAYS NO. “Modernity has brought with it an unfortunate dissociation, a split between what we know with our whole being and what our thinking mind accepts as truth.”

    The author of a previous best-seller on ADHD, SCATTERED MINDS, Maté argues with passionate conviction that mind and body are not just connected, but inseparably intertwined. He believes certain chronic diseases (ALS, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, breast cancer) are at least in part “an expression of an internal disharmony” driven by the abrasive effects of stress.

    The significance of the mind-body connection is hardly new. An entire field of research (psychoneuroimmunology) is devoted to it, exploring “how the mind. . . profoundly interacts with the body’s nervous system and how both of them, in turn, form an essential link with our immune defenses.” And it is not such a stretch to see the connection between organic disease and “stress”, a relentless pressure that can twist around the immune system’s protective powers into a “suicidal assault”: what Maté calls “a civil war inside the body”.

    But how he defines stress is so different from mainstream interpretations as to be practically revolutionary. Maté probes deeply into the life histories and psyches of the many patients he treated during his years as a palliative care physician. What emerges is nothing short of a revelation (…)” (END QUOTE)

    Another fantastic book that changed my own approach to health: Jon Kabat-Zinn’s “Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness” — he’s the founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

    Keep enjoying food, life, and great health, Doug!

  3. Shirley permalink
    February 6, 2012 8:24 pm

    Very informative and nothing short of what you have been saying for years. I don’t consider myself a bad eater but this has got me thinking even harder about the way we eat, and it’s never too late to start a new eating plan.
    Thanks and I am passing this video along to a few friends
    Keep the good news coming

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