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'We Are Undernourished' or 'Why Even Raw Organic Isn't Enough' (Short Version)
'We Are Undernourished'
'Why Even Raw Organic Isn't Enough'
Cooked Food Diet – All Cooking or re-heating of foods above 145F destroys critical enzymes, which lead to the #1 disease - Bowel Toxeima and the inability to absorb most of your nutrients. Mass Produced Food – Most agricultural soils are deficient in trace elements. Decades of intensive agriculture has overworked and depleted soils. Stress – most humans today live lives filled with chronic stress, which has been proved to negatively affect health and the bodies ability to absorb and utilize food nutrients. Youth and Teenagers – Rapid body growth, such as in our youth and the teen years, place high demands on nutritional resources to underwrite the accelerated physical, biochemical, and emotional development in this age group. Poor Digestion – Even when your food intake may be considered good, inefficient digestion can limit your body’s absorption of all nutrients and leads to the #1 disease - Bowel Toxemia. Alcohol – Alcohol affects availability, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients, and compromises the Liver’s ability to produce enzymes & control blood sugar levels. Smoking – Smoking tobacco increases the metabolic requirements of vitamin C, and Vitamin C is important for the immune system to function properly. Nicotine also kills enzymes, which are essential catalysts for every process in the human body. Laxatives – Overuse of laxatives can result in poor absorption of vitamins and minerals from food by hastening the intestinal transit time, as well as damaging the natural Bowel function, creating long term dependencies. Hot Coffee, Tea, and Spices – Habitual drinking of liquids that are too hot, or consuming an excess of irritants such as coffee, tea, or spices, can cause inflammation of the digestive linings, resulting in a drop in secretion of digestive fluids and poor extraction of vitamins and minerals from food. Convenience Foods – A diet overly dependent on highly-refined carbohydrates, such as sugar, white flour, and white rice, places greater demand for additional sources of B group vitamins to process these carbohydrates. Antibiotics – Antibiotics–although valuable in fighting infection–also kill off friendly bacteria in the intestines that would normally be producing B group vitamins. Food Allergies – The omission of whole food groups from the diet, as in the case of individuals allergic to gluten or lactose, can mean the loss of significant dietary sources of nutrients, such as thiamine, riboflavin or calcium. Accidents & Illness – Surgery increases the body’s need for zinc, vitamin E and other nutrients involved in the cellular repair mechanism. Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) – Research has demonstrated that up to 60 percent of women suffering from PMS can benefit from supplementation. Pregnant Women – Pregnancy creates higher than average demands for nutrients, to ensure healthy growth of the baby and comfortable confinement for the mother. Nutrients which typically require an increase during pregnancy are the B group, A, D, E, and the minerals magnesium, iron, zinc, and phosphorus. Oral Contraceptives – Oral contraceptives can decrease the absorption of folic acid, and increase the need for vitamin B6 and possibly vitamin C, zinc, and riboflavin. Light Eaters – Some people eat very sparingly, even without weight reduction goals. USA dietary surveys have shown that the average woman maintains her weight on 7,500 kilojoules per day, at which level her diet is likely to be low in thiamine, magnesium, and iron. The Elderly – The aged have been shown to typically have a low intake of vitamins and minerals, particularly iron, magnesium, and zinc. Lack Of Sunlight – Invalids, shift workers, and people whose exposure to sunlight is minimal may suffer from insufficient amounts of vitamin D, which is required for calcium metabolism–without which rickets and osteoporosis (bone thinning) has been observed. Low Body Reserves – Although the body is able to store reserves of certain vitamins - such as A and E - Canadian autopsy data has shown that up to 30 percent of the population has reserves of vitamin A so low as to be judged "at risk". Vitamin A is important to healthy skin, mucous membranes, and eyesight. Athletes – Athletes consume large amounts of food and experience considerable physical stress. These factors affect their needs for the B group vitamins, vitamin C, Magnesium, and iron in particular.
If one or more of these apply to you, your family, friends, and contacts, (and it surely will) then
the following information will be of critical importance for your and their health and wellbeing.
How important is that to you?
It will be to great advantage for all who can, to read the following with as much care as possible. This is serious, not just more casual information or idle concepts. And don't let the fact that there is a financial component involved (food costs money) prejudice you, as what is really involved is optimizing energy use, which includes financial deployment, does it not?
Dr. Linus Pauling the two-time Nobel Prize winner states that: "You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.”
For the past century or so, the vast majority of the arable land of the whole earth has been continually and relentlessly depleted of it’s soil’s nutrients which are critical to the health and wellbeing of the animals depending on it for their physical sustenance, including mankind.
The causes of this horrendous degradation are many, mostly founded on the societal pressures for profit, and the advent of technological advances and mechanization. These have resulted in improper farm land management, such as no/wrong crop rotation, overuse, mono crops, massive fertilization, pesticides, irrigation salination, and soil loss due to wind/water erosion of over tilled land.
1992 Earth Summit Statistics
1992 Earth Summit Report indicate that the mineral content of the world's farm and range land soil has decreased dramatically.
Percentage of Mineral Depletion From Soil During The Past 100 Years, By Continent:
North America 85%
South America 76%
( You may remember the 1992 Earth Summit by the fact that President Bush wouldn't sign any of the treaties.)
Perhaps the best way to quickly present the bottom line situation regarding the worldwide chronic undernourishment would be by question and answer, so lets give it a try, shall we?
Questioner: After reading the long version of your nutrition expose, we would like to ask a few questions in order to clarify/summarize the major issues/points. As the general background, would it be fair to say that it is widely agreed that for about the past century, and for various reasons, a persistent and increasingly rapid deterioration of the worlds very limited crop producing land has, and continues to take place, with no end in sight? Don: Yes, that would be accurate.
Questioner: And that as a consequence there has been a serious (75% - 85% by 1992 estimates) worldwide degradation of the soil quantity/quality, resulting in massive soil nutrient deficiencies, especially regarding trace minerals. Don: Correct.
Questioner: And that the widespread use of chemical fertilizers and intensive land overuse has resulted in an increasingly abundant food supply by producing a wide variety of ever larger and better looking crops. However, as the yield, size and looks have steadily improved, at the same time the nutrient value of the food has beendeteriorating, especially in the area of trace minerals.Don: We would just like to add that although we humans can and do survive successfully on this abundant but nutritionally degraded food, we cannot achieve optimal health and wellbeing from it.
Questioner: So your position is that cooking and consumption of this nutrient deficient food prevents attaining optimal physical health, and is a major contributing factor to mental dysfunction as well?Don: Yes, it is very clearly the case. And without this specific knowledge, the abundant quantity and 'Good Looks' of the food, 'fools' most people into believing that it must also be nutritious, which in the vast majority of cases is the opposite of the actual facts. This is one of the three fundamental causes of the widespread and increasing sickness and ill health experienced by the vast majority, the other two being cooking/firing of food and ineffective mental processing.
Questioner: What about ORGANIC foods? Surely they must be nutritious? Don: Food labeled ‘Organic’ is of widely variable quality. That being said, organically grown food could be considered, in general, more nutrient dense than non-organic, and it has the added benefits of being pesticide free and supports improvement of soil and water quality. However, only in very rare circumstances does even organic food contain optimum nutrient levels of trace minerals, and there is no readily available means for even the most nutrition aware and knowledgeable consumer to determine those levels. Questioner: For those of us unable to explore the science, could you briefly explain how bodily nutrition works, and why trace minerals are so important?Don: Surely. To begin, we must state that there are many mysteries involved here, but briefly, this is what can be said.
- Nutrition is an electromagnetic/electrochemical process. We don’t fully understand the processes involving trace mineral utilization by the body, but it is clear that approximately 60 are required for optimal health, along with 40 or so additional nutrients.
- It is plants and their mysterious chemistry that are responsible for the conversion of a mineral's electro-magnetic charge from Positive, as found in rocks and clays, to Negative, found in all plants.
- The colloidal minerals from organic sources consisting of plant derived minerals, have an electromagnetic charge that is Negative. Whether the electromagnetic charge is positive or negative is a major factor that affects mineral availability and subsequent absorption by the body: unfortunately it is a factor about which very little is understood by most manufacturers and consumers alike.
This is critically important, as an electric current requires both a positive and negative pole to function, and the charge of the cells nucleus is Positive, thus requiring a Negative charged particle to complete the electrochemical energy exchange for proper nutrient absorption/utilization by the body. Cooking food (over 145 F), besides denaturing and altering the foods molecular structure, changes the electromagnetic charge of the minerals to Positive, which prevents the nutritional availability for our bodies. And unlike enzymes and some vitamins, the body cannot make minerals itself. Questioner: So you are saying that the bottom line for the vast majority of humans today is that to attain optimum health and wellbeing, we need to eat our (Organic) food ‘in the RAW’, and somehow supplement our diet with a source of the required 60 trace minerals.Don: That’s right. We would add that the Trace Mineral source should ‘ideally’ have the following components/properties:
be a concentrated natural whole superfood supplement
be processed in such a way (low temp) that it continues to have viable nutrients, enzymes, vitamins, fatty acids and amino acids, raw protein and various cofactors (ie be in a RAW state)
nutrients should not be ‘stripped’ or isolated from their organic source
contain a variety of food products from different regions/soils all containing exceptionally high levels of nutrients/trace minerals
contain no additives, preservatives, pesticides, coloring, excipients (toxic flow agents)