"Health is not a chance, it's a choice. But it's a choice only you can make."
These are the words I use to sign off each of my radio shows. Unfortunately, most people believe that disease is something that just happens. It's a roll of the dice to determine who gets sick and who doesn't.
Because of this erroneous belief, few people are choosing health and almost everyone is sick. According to the latest estimates, 75% of us have a diagnosable chronic disease. This includes 90% of the people over age 65 and 25% of the people under 18. Yet despite these numbers, two thirds of us think we are in good or excellent health. What's happened is that chronic disease has become normal.
As long as people are able to function they think of themselves as being in good health. In truth, only about 1% of us are in good health, and chronic disease is a runaway epidemic. The economic effect of all this is budget-busting health-care costs. The result is more and more denial of health care, a medical establishment in chaos, and a lot of sick people running around with diminished quality of life.
It doesn't have to be this way. Disease can be prevented. If it does occur, it can be reversed. Too often we hear that disease is the result of genetic predisposition, but genes just make people susceptible to a particular disease. They rarely cause it. The most important influences are the fundamental parameters of human health, namely: diet, environment, and behavior. The problem is, in a relatively short period of time, we have radically changed these parameters.
These changes are producing progressive breakdowns in cellular integrity and systemic processes, thus distorting our self-regulation and causing disease. To stay well or get well, we have to make new choices regarding diet, environment, and behaviour. We have to prevent or reverse the distortions.
Sounds simple doesn't it? In truth, it is simple. And best of all, it works! The human body is a self-repairing, self-regulating system that will maintain good health if we properly support its functions. Disease results when we distort our natural self-regulating processes. The distortions are the result of unwise choices because either we don't care or we don't know any better.
Almost all chronic disease can be prevented or put into remission by making different choices. This is a far cry from our current perception where we are misled into thinking that everyone gets sick and only the doctor can make us well. But the doctor's treatments for chronic disease are seldom effective, and usually do more harm than the disease itself.
Modern medicine doesn't cure disease; it suppresses the symptoms with toxic chemicals, radiation, and surgery. None of these address the causes of disease, and all of them damage health. This is why, according to statistics published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical doctors are one of the leading causes of disease and the third leading cause of death in America.
What are some of the things all of us can do to choose health? First of all, eat a better diet and take high quality nutritional supplements. A recent study by the US Department of Agriculture titled "What We Eat in America" found that almost half of us eat no fruit and that most of us eat minimal amounts of vegetables on a given day. The conclusion was that most American adults have insufficient intakes of zinc, magnesium, vitamin B6, calcium, and vitamin E.
This is why high quality supplements are necessary. We managed for millennia without supplements, but we need them now because our intake of nutrients is down. Furthermore, coping with the toxins in our environment has increased our need. Very simply the need is up, the supply is down, and even when you eat a good diet, it's very difficult to get adequate nutrition. Try natural fat burners.
Eating a good diet isn't all that difficult. It means avoiding processed food, the kind that goes through a factory before you get it. This means eliminating sugar, hydrogenated oils, processed oils, salt, dairy, white flour, and white rice. Don't buy foods in cans, jars, packages, etc., and don't eat foods cooked at high temperatures such as in toasting, frying, broiling, and barbecuing.