Diets of Excess and Deficiency

In “wealthy” countries, like America, the vast majority of disease arises from diets of excess and deficiency.

Deficiency, you ask? In “wealthy” countries? Yes, we’re actually talking about the choices we make. Excess on one hand, and deficiency on the others – of balanced nutrition, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and more.

Diets of Excess and Deficiency

Most of us eat:

  • rich, greasy, highly seasoned, denatured and/or intoxicating foods
  • an excess of meats (especially red meats)
  • eggs, cheese and other dairy products
  • too much fried food
  • too much salt
  • extremely sweet food
  • refined and rancid flour and oil products
  • chemical ingredient
  • drugs and alcohol

Only about a third of Americans eat food from all food groups regularly.

When the body can no longer tolerate any further “excess”, it begins to malfunction and then you have excess plus deficiency.  This results in deterioration of all your organ systems.

In our excess, there is hyperfunction caused by blockages in the arteries and other systems.

Generally these blockages stem from an extreme diet together with a stressful lifestyle.  When systems are blocked, our bodies tend to develop such conditions as high blood pressure, constipation, over weight, heart disease, or stroke.

The main remedy for excess is cleansing and purging.

Pungent and bitter herbs and foods are used for cleansing the arteries and the heart.  Legumes, grains, vegetables (like radish, horseradish, hot peppers, onions, leafy greens, mushrooms, asparagus, bell pepper, and celery) and a few fruits (like citrus and banana).

Whatever has caused the excess must be eliminated.  As a general rule, bitter foods and herbs are used to reduce excess through cleansing. This explains the popularity of such extremely bitter herbs as echinacea, goldenseal, chaparral, and chamomile.

Eating fruits and drinking at least eight glasses of water per day accomplishes purging.

Western medicine has emphasized extremely powerful remedies to counter excess, such as synthetic drugs, surgery, and radiation.

The treatment for excess on the level of a diet would be avoiding the foods that caused the excess and replacing them with foods that will purge them. Those are whole vegetal foods, grain and legumes (as previously mentioned). The majority of these foods should be eaten raw or lightly cooked.

When excess has become deficiency, you need to build up as well for greater vigor, strength and energy.  In this case, proceed more slowly.

Cleansing and building is the remedy for deficiency.

More sweet, nutritive foods need to be added to your diet with the bitter foods less often. Especially good for deficient conditions are rice, oats, millet, barley, soy, black beans, parsnips, rutabaga, winter squash, and small amounts of nuts and seeds. Sweet foods such as dates, yams, molasses, barley malt, and rice syrup help to build strength.

Diets of excess and deficiency is the cause of most “aches and pains,” depression, weariness, and many diseases. It’s time to take the truth to heart and decide what we are going to do about it because what it comes down to is that it is within our control. I mean… nobody else can eat that healthy diet our bodies require for us.

In closing, take another look at the “Standards of Good Health” and decide for yourself how most of us are doing with our diets.

Diabetes and Obesity – Surgeon Questions Correlation

TED Talk: Diabetes and Obesity

Diabetes and Obesity

Universal Symbol of Diabetes

After all, it happens to people of every shape, size and discipline.  It can strike the seemingly healthy and unhealthy alike. So why the huge emphasis on diabetes and obesity?

I want to share this TED talk with you, given by Dr. Peter Attia. Not only did he admit to feeling contempt for an obese patient, he is truly sorry. You can tell it is heartfelt. He suspects diabetes and obesity are not connected the way we think they are. In fact, he has now brought together a diverse team of researchers who are dedicated to learning the truth as to what really causes diabetes and obesity. Since he developed insulin resistance himself — as a fit and healthy person — he couldn’t help but wonder: what really causes diabetes and what really causes obesity.

Listen to him speak on this TED Talk…

As a young surgeon, Attia felt contempt for his obese patient with diabetes. She was overweight, he thought, and thus responsible for the fact that she needed a foot amputation. But years later, Attia received an unpleasant medical surprise that led him to wonder: is our understanding right? Could the precursors to diabetes cause obesity, and not the other way around? A look at how assumptions may be leading us to wage the wrong medical war.

Diabetes and Obesity, by Dr. Attia, Surgeon:

While we’re on the subject, in a recent check up a doctor told me I was borderline obese. Who sets the standards on what is obese and what isn’t? I am 5’10” and at my heaviest I weighed 152 pounds. (I currently weigh 141.)  I am tall and on the thin side.  How could I be considered borderline obese?

Years ago the medical “powers that be” lowered the cholesterol numbers, which made millions more people fall into that high cholesterol category where prescriptions became necessary for treatment. I can’t help but wonder why. What’s the real reason? (Other than increasing the $300 Billion per year market.) Have you seen the prices of those pharmaceuticals? And as one becomes available in a generic form, big pharma will change one tiny thing about their formulation and call it new and improved (and patented, or more acurately, trademarked).

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 What do you think?

I don’t have diabetes nor am I insulin resistant. But everything he said in this talk made sense to me. Could the cause and effect of diabetes and obesity be completely misunderstood?

How about you? What are your thoughts?

Also, just as important in my mind, is the fact that we all seem to have contempt, or at least some intolerance, for other people and their situations, health or otherwise. Let’s do our best to get over that. Let’s learn not to judge others, no matter what. Since we can never be in their shoes, we do not have the understanding of why things are the way they are when it comes to others. “Judge not lest ye be judged.” Words to live by.