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 North American Diet

This is an excerpt from the book, North American


The quickest way to learn the mechanics of a car is to own one that repeatedly breaks down. Few people discover the complexity of their bodies until they get sick. Looking for the answer to illness can be overwhelming. We are bombarded with information on health and nutrition. Your local health food store displays walls of vitamin and mineral supplements, tree bark extracts, antioxidants, even love potions, all claiming to be the answer to your problem. Some work, but no amount of pills and poisons can replace a healthy diet. The problem with any pill is that it comes from a fix it mentality. You cannot fix the North American Diet, there has to be complete change.

The government has spent billions of dollars in research into disease, yet very little is spent on prevention. There is more money spent on advertising aspirin than nutritional education.

North America has ignored all the statistics that clearly define the modern diet as being destructive to health. Having one of the highest standards of living has resulted in a nation with the greatest rates of heart attacks and cancer. Due to medical care, people are living longer, but seniors are taking an average of eight to twelve prescription drugs daily for multiple, health problems. We have prolonged life, which tragically often translates into prolonged suffering.

Until recently, modern medicine has ignored diet as a preventive measure against disease. Did you ever stop and wonder why?

About 90 years ago, there were two men, Pasteur and Beachamp, who were at the forefront in their fields of science. Two men who would forever define our understanding of health and medicine in very distinct ways. Pasteur believed that we lived in a hostile environment where disease was always trying to invade our bodies in the form of harmful bacteria. Pasteur’s attitude towards sickness was to protect the body from these harmful bacteria.

In contrast, Beachamp believed that a healthy body would be immune to harmful bacteria. Only when the cells became weak and sick did bacteria have a destructive effect on the body. But Pasteur insisted that healthy tissue is sterile of bacteria.

Beachamp disagreed. He discovered that healthy tissue was constantly being exposed to bacteria but as the body started to deteriorate, the bacteria changed due to alterations in the cell's bio-chemistry.

Beauchamp’s and Pasteur's research seemed in conflict. In the end, Pasture's theory was adopted and Beachamp's was ignored. This resulted in a prejudice towards preventative treatment of disease that is still present today in our medical communities.

When cells are healthy and vibrant, the immune system is effective in fighting and controlling bacteria. However, through poor eating habits, cells become weak and sick, and harmful bacteria are able to multiply. Beauchamp’s and Pasteur's theories are equally important for a healthy life. Unfortunately, medications for killing bacteria had become a large industry. It is convenient to have germs to blame rather than being responsible for one’s eating habits.

For example, candida is a bacteria that exist in two forms. The form, usually found in the intestine, is harmless and does not migrate to other tissues. In the event of the colon becoming toxic, candida changes into its fungal form. It then penetrates the intestine wall and infiltrates other body tissues, causing a multitude of metabolic disturbances.

Beachamp discovered that germs are opportunists, waiting for the right conditions. Otherwise most are harmless to the body. Bacteria are in the air that we breathe, the water that we drink and the food that we eat. For the majority of the time, bacteria do not affect the body. The stomach secretes hydrochloric acid to kill harmful bacteria. The large intestine has beneficial lactic acid-secreting bacteria which fend off harmful bacteria. However, when the body is not being fed correctly, harmful bacteria are able to multiply.

Medicines powerfully adjust the body's metabolism in an attempt to stimulate healing. The symptoms can disappear, but the cause of the imbalance is ignored which is mostly an impoverished diet. The effect lasts only for so long until the imbalance sets off a new set of symptoms. If you are tired, stressed out, and living on junk food, the immune system, your God-given defense system, will break down. Medicine may keep you breathing, but will not supply the vibrant zeal of life so few experience.

Antibodies travel throughout the blood and lymph to identify foreign molecules, and guide the body's vast defense system. They latch onto and neutralize foreign invaders, even coating microbes to make them palatable for the scavenger cells. Antibodies respond swiftly to toxins and enable us to fight and resist infections. The immune system has the unimaginable ability of creating 1,920,000 different types of antibody constructions.

Experiments have shown that white blood cells, called lymphocytes, can attack cancer cells and hold them in check. Our immune system is a powerful mechanism. One B lymphocyte can pump out more than 10 million antibody molecules an hour.

Compared with a lymphocyte, modern medicine is like using a sledge hammer to kill a fly. For instance, nitroglycerine is prescribed to relieve chest pains. This explosive drug works to relieve the pain but does nothing to improve the disease.

Our hospitals are far from being a haven of healing. More than one out of twenty hospital deaths occur due to an adverse drug reaction. If you break an arm or a leg, medical technology is helpful. But, when it comes to internally adjusting the intricate working of the human body, most times, medicines fail.

Medical cures are not a solution to disease. We need to take personal responsibility in how and what we eat.

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Why do people experience incredible weight loss on a juice fast?

Before that question can be answered, we have to understand what ‘juice fasting’ is about.

Juice fasting is about abstaining from solid food, for a period of time, while supplying your body with the most nutritious drinks on this planet. By providing essential vitamins and minerals, the juice can actually jump-start the body’s fat-burning mechanisms. One glass of freshly-made fruit or vegetable juice provides you with the equivalent vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and chlorophyll you would get by eating several pounds of raw fruits and vegetables.

Most of us have heard how thousands are losing up to 10 pounds in 2 days on the best-selling Hollywood 48-Hour Miracle Diet in which you simply juice fast on bottled (dead) juice for 2 days. Well, juice fasting is a healthier version of the Hollywood Diet because you can fast longer than 2 days while supplying your body with live enzymes and nutrient-rich fresh fruit and vegetable juices.

Dr. Shelton, a great advocate of fasting, wrote "The weight lost by overweight patients in the early days of a fast is astounding. I have seen losses of five and six pounds a day for the first few days. A woman who fasted in the Health School in January and February of 1950 lost twenty-five pounds in the first two weeks.

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