Every meal we consume affects our health either in a positive or negative way. If our diets consist mainly of heavily processed foods and animal products, rich in saturated fats, oils, salt and sugar, we are creating an environment that encourages chronic degenerative disease.
The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health published a recent study that followed the diets of nearly 4,000 children from birth to over eight years of age. The study found that "Toddlers who ate a nutrient-rich diet full of fruits and vegetables had higher IQ scores when they reached 8 years of age compared to the toddlers who consumed processed foods full of fat and sugar. The foods that the toddlers ate had a dramatic long term effect on their brain function."
Autoimmune diseases afflict more than 23 million Americans, and is one of the leading causes of death for women under the age of 64. Prescribing drugs that suppress the immune system is the most common approach used for treating autoimmune conditions. These powerful drugs, however, come with serious side effects. These drugs can increase the risk of lymphoma, leukopenia, cancer, liver disease, and fatal infections. Thankfully, studies have shown that nutritional excellence can be used as an effective and safe treatment for autoimmune conditions, without the side effects from potentially dangerous drugs.
We are greatly saddened by the increasing obesity trends in America knowing that obesity is a precursor to unnecessary disease, suffering and premature death. Millions of people are effected! After clicking through the Obesity Trends slides from the CDC one can only wonder where we will be ten years from now. It is scary to think about. That, coupled with the increasing tendency for medical care to be rushed, if available at all, and we can see a time of great suffering coming on the United States that will be unprecedented. When we lose our health we have pretty much lost everything.
A whole-foods, Starch-Smart® diet supplies more than enough protein to meet our daily requirements. "Protein Overload" is an excellent article written by Dr. John McDougall. He explains that "A little protein is good, but more is not better. Protein consumed beyond our needs is a health hazard as devastating as excess dietary fat and cholesterol. Unfortunately, almost everyone on the typical Western diet is overburdened with protein to the point of physical collapse. The public has almost no awareness of problems of protein overload, but scientists have known about the damaging effects of excess protein for more than a century."
Soy has been a controversial topic, especially on the internet. Much of this inaccurate information "lacks responsible scientific integrity," and has been generated by the president of a popular foundation that promotes lard, organ meats, raw milk, and butter as being healthy, nutrient dense foods.