Missing Out On The Cures In The Kitchen?
From ginger for nausea to pomegranates for a sore throat, there are many ways that people have used food as medicine for generations.
For example, your grandmother probably kept chamomile tea on hand for the times she had to help someone deal with sleeplessness…
And even today, mothers of young children all seem to know that the BRAT diet (consisting of bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast) is helpful when dealing with upset stomachs.
In other words, it’s no secret that food can be used to help and even heal minor ailments the body.
Why, then, is it so hard to believe that food can help reverse serious disease?
Why do we cling so hard to the idea that most conditions are unavoidable and only treatable with pills?
The problem, it turns out, is multifaceted.
First, we have people who are unaware that they can improve or even reverse ailments with their diet alone.
How Not To Die
From heart disease and high blood pressure to diabetes and asthma, Dr. Michael Greger has shown how a plant-based diet can lessen the severity of symptoms and – in some cases – even reverse the disease entirely.
In addition to his career as a physician, Dr. Michael Greger is the bestselling author of How Not To Die, and a fervent advocate for a plant-based, whole foods diet to reverse and prevent fatal illnesses.
His work and case studies clearly demonstrate the effectiveness of using the right foods to prevent and treat some of the most common health problems we suffer from today.
Even though this research is sound, not many people know about this…
This is because we’ve been taught that we need to eat grain and meat heavy meals, and it’s pretty hard to forget what you’ve learned – even if you did get the information in your childhood health or science classes.
And when you take that knowledge and double down with all of the fad diets we’ve lived through, it’s no wonder there’s more confusion than ever.
Should you eat Paleo?
Or maybe keto is the way to go?
Maybe you should throw it back to the 80s and eat lots of pasta if you want to stay fit…
Or you could go back a little further in time for your nutrition advice and concentrate on a diet of grapefruit, cabbage soup, and cigarettes if you want to get in better shape…
With all of this information, it’s hard to know what’s right and wrong, and so we generally default to the way we ate growing up.
Unfortunately for us, that default is usually something along the lines of the Standard American Diet (also known as the Western Pattern Diet if you’re not in the U.S.).
SAD can be broken down like this:
- 63% of America’s calories come from refined and processed foods (e.g. soft drinks, packaged snacks like potato chips, packaged desserts, etc.)
- 25% of America’s calories come from animal-based foods
- 12% of America’s calories come from plant-based foods (Forks Over Knives)
Oh, and of that measly 12% of plant-based foods, a full half is from French fries.
That can’t possibly be good for you.
No Wonder So Many Of Us Are Sick, Fat, And Dying!
And our medical professionals are no help.
If you go to your doctor because you’re concerned about high blood pressure, for example, the first thing they’ll recommend is not more vegetables and less meat.
Why would they?
There’s no subsidization from the people at Big Broccoli.
Instead, they’ll prescribe you a pill – or maybe even a handful of pills to get the job done.
That’s not to say that doctors are dumb or evil or only there to push pills. On the contrary, most doctors are smart, caring professionals…
But they just don’t know a whole heck of a lot about nutrition themselves.
Did you know that while the average doctor spends four years as an undergrad, four years in medical school, and then between three and seven years in residency…
They only spend 19.6 hours of that time on nutrition?
So it only makes sense that they’re not as focused on nutrition.
Further, there aren’t conferences or trips or even learn-and-luncheons about vegetables – but there are plenty of those things funded by pharmaceutical companies.
Also, there are never follow up visits to see how a patient’s diet is helping them…
But there are plenty of follow up visits to check up on how a new medication is working…
And as you probably know, every follow up visit equals at least the price of a copay.
From a business perspective, I get it. Doctors can’t stay in business if they’re not making money, and nutrition advice doesn’t exactly pay the bills.
Most Patients Don’t Want to Take The Long Road To Wellness…
Instead, they want a quick fix in the form of a pill – a pill the doctors are only too happy to provide.
When you add all of this up, it becomes apparent that general practitioners might not be your best source of advice when it comes to nutritional, whole body health.
So that puts the onus back on us. We’ve got to find a path to wellness for ourselves.
As it turns out, what we need is not more prescriptions…
It’s not more information that we gather and then ignore while blithely eating Cheetos while laying our futures at the altar of antiquated knowledge…
What we need in order to fix our health now is action.
If you’re suffering from a chronic element, it’s time to check out your diet. And the best way to start is by doing the research on your own. After all, no one knows your body like you do.
Want to learn more for yourself? Then check out Dr. Greger’s website at nutritionfacts.org. It has thousands of videos featuring research-based advice about specific foods and health-related issues.
Editor, Brian Rose Uncensored