Have you seen these recent studies on Vitamin C that show how excessive use causes more problems than it cures?
Except that the studies didn’t study vitamin C, they studied ascorbic acid! Ascorbic acid is NOT vitamin C. It is made in a laboratory. Vitamin C is found in fruits and vegetables.
“Back in the 1930’s ascorbic acid was isolated out of little red peppers. The man who first performed this experiment was Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi who won a Nobel Prize for his work. What he also found, which has mostly been ignored until recently, was that ascorbic acid was far more biologically available and active while it was still in the red pepper.” – Vitamin C “vs.” Ascorbic Acid By Michael and Nora Wohlfeld
Ascorbic acid (“vitamin C”) that you buy at your local drugstore is made in a laboratory with corn syrup and hydrochloric acid. No wonder it causes problems.
The idea that we can take something man-made to replace what nature provides for us is ludicrous. This thought pattern is the essential problem behind reductionist medicine (the study and focus of a singular diseased part and ignorance of the whole) and taking isolated chemicals in place of whole foods.
The only way you can replace a food in your diet is with that food- although, perhaps, in an easier to take format such as a tablet or capsule. This is why I love Standard Process supplements so much; they’re all food-based.
I see a lot of folks with signs of calcium deficiency (muscle cramping, immune challenges, etc.) When I ask if they’re taking calcium, I see that they’re on calcium carbonate. Calcium Carbonate is NOT Calcium. Well, at least, not the calcium that your body needs. Calcium carbonate is found in rocks. Not bodies.
Foods contain vitamins, for sure, but they also contain roughly around 40,000 different phytochemicals and metabolites. And fiber! We can’t tease out what one or two things are the “most important” from that mix. It doesn’t work like that.
A variety of fruits and vegetables of different colors is essential for our diets. Each one has a variety of macro and micro nutrients that we need for all our body processes, as well as phytochemicals that we need in varying amounts such as carotenoids, polyphenols, phenolic acids, flavonoids, and lignans. Herbs have even more active ingredients that we can utilize for enhancing, balancing, or reducing certain body functions.
Any overuse of a certain food or herb will have a side-effect, of varying intensity, but by using different ones, at different times of the year, and according to your individual constitution and cravings, you can create balance.
Nothing created in a laboratory can imitate this process. This is a process found through traditional farming techniques; through hunting or raising animals in a humane environment; and cooking at home.
Eating out or eating a lot of pre-packaged foods puts you at the mercy of the manufacturer or restaurant. And guess what? They don’t care about your health! They care about their stocks increasing. What causes stocks to rise is lowered cost of production: cheap ingredients that last a long time.
Cheap food is all around us: food chemicals like FD&C food dyes, preservatives like MSG and high fructose corn syrup, sodium benzoate and sodium nitrate, and artificial sweeteners like saccharin and aspartame. All of which make the shelf life of the food longer, which means more $$$ for them. And more problems for you. This is not what human bodies are meant to live on.
Vegetables are a pain in the butt – you have to cook them, and learn how to cook them well or they taste bitter or sour, and you have to use them within days or they go bad and you have to throw them out! No wonder most people don’t eat enough veggies.
But just because you don’t like it, doesn’t mean you don’t have to do it. Or that your body doesn’t need it.
The best way to integrate new habits in your life – like eating more vegetables or cooking more at home:
1. TAKE A CLASS
Or read a book on it. Or learn from a friend who is already doing it. Some people have a depth of knowledge on this subject. Get in touch with them or do some Googling on the subject. If millions of people around the world can, so can you.
2. MAKE IT A PRIORITY
People do what they want to do. If you want to eat healthier, don’t put it off in favor of, say, going out and partying with your friends or spending all your extra money on a new purse. Devote time and money to the cause.
3. MAKE IT DO-ABLE
What realistically works for your schedule? Can you use a food delivery service? Can your family help out? Are you in a position to hire a chef a few nights a week? (Good for you if you can! #goals)
“I should exercise more…”
“I should drink more water…”
“I should eat healthier…”
“shoulda, woulda, coulda…”
We all know what we need to do. So why don’t we do it?
What it is… is that deep inside of all of us… is a little toddler.
No, not like that!
Our inner child who is sometimes like a little toddler who wants to eat ice cream, who doesn’t want to do what they’re “supposed” to do, and who will pout if someone “makes” them.
I’m sorry you think this is brash, but I like to think of it as “tough love.”
Just because you don’t want to do something, or you don’t enjoy the healthy things, you still need to do them. That is, if you want to be healthy and feel good. If not, disregard.
If you don’t like the taste of water: I’m sorry, but just because you don’t like the taste of it, it doesn’t mean your body doesn’t still NEED it.
If you don’t like vegetables: Sorry, but your body still needs them.
If you don’t like to exercise: Yep, you still need to do it.
When you’re a kid and you decide to eat muffins and juice for breakfast and not drink water all day long, and skip meals, and play video games all day, there’s not too many immediate consequences to convince you that’s a bad idea.
But for adults, there are consequences, and while they won’t show up the first day you eat bad or just laying around for one day, eventually it will catch up with you.
Then you will need to see a doctor.
Western doctors are inundated with patients, and they don’t have the time (and frankly, there’s no money in teaching people how to live a healthy life anyway) to teach people how to avoid these problems or how to correct these problems of lifestyle. Plus, that’s not what doctors learn in medical school. They are not experts in getting people healthy. They’re experts in attacking what’s wrong. Not supporting what’s right. So, what they’re going to do is give you a pill. Because it’s
- easy for them to just write a quick script, and
- easy for you because your insurance covers it and you don’t have to change anything. Just take the pill and “all your problems are solved.”
Or you can decide to tell that little kid in your head to grow up already. Take some responsibility for what you put in your mouth. Pay attention to what and who you listen to. Move around some more. And put down the damn phone/remote.
So, how to get more will-power? It’s called a swift kick in the pants. Just decide you’re not going to take it anymore! You have the power to change your body and change your mind, if you want it.
Oh, and what happens to those kids who are told to “sit up straight,” and “finish their vegetables, ” and “go play in the street?” They grow up to be healthy, vibrant, and active adults who actually enjoy doing those things.
What you need to realize is that the disgruntled toddler brain will eventually stop bothering you because the healthier options actually give you longer-lasting results and pleasurable feelings that grow and improve over time.
Here are some ways you can give yourself a nice kick in the pants:
1. Just focus on one thing
Don’t worry about the entire list of things you have to do. Just focus on starting one simple thing. Finish it and then start on the next thing. Focus on doing this…one day at a time.
2. Check in with your body
Are you tired and actually need to rest? Are you anxious or stressed? Address your actual needs with deep breaths, conscious body-talk, and real, actual human connections. Avoid addressing the needs of your body with extra caffeine, alcohol or sugar.
3. Slow down
We so often get into “robot-mode” and do a lot of pointless activities – really fast. We think we need to move fast all the time, but we really don’t. Try driving slower for a start. Seriously, it’s a fun experiment to see how stressed everyone around you is.
The American way is to push, push, push to get results. But is it really working? Take some time to relax, pull out a pen and paper and really think about what your long-term goals and dreams are. What projects do you want to tackle or start up? How can you align your energy to making those dreams come true?
Next thing you know, you’ll have the will of steel and the inner focus of a Buddha!
Imagine this: you’re a detective and you’re trying to figure out who is setting fires all around your city. You start to think, “Hmmm, at every fire I see these fire-fighters. I think they’re involved somehow.”
The plaque that can build up in your blood vessels is made out of cholesterol. When these plaques detach from the cellular wall, they can cause a blockage which is the beginning of a heart attack or stroke.
Is it the “bad” cholesterol causing this? Healthy fats glide right through and actually help keep your blood vessels clear. LDL cholesterol (the “bad guy”) is needed too. LDL moves nutrition to your cells and also is what repairs tears in your vessel walls. When the LDL is “too high,” it’s usually from the Liver being over-loaded with glycogen from a diet too high in carbohydrates.
In the late 1990s, the average American’s cholesterol reading was around 204. Now the average is around 189. So do we have healthier hearts?
Cholesterol-lowering drugs, called statins, are the #2 most prescribed medication in the US, second only to thyroid meds. Yet cardio-vascular disease is still the #1 (#2 if you consider deaths from medical errors) cause of death in the US. Can we really say this is working?
The guidelines for prescribing the medications keep changing too. For statin drugs, as well as hypertension drugs. If you want to sell more drugs, you lower the limits that increase the number people of “sick” people. Before 1984, the upper limit for cholesterol was 300. If you want to sell more drugs, just lower the limit, right? Then more people “need” it.
A lot of the studies that “prove” dietary fats cause cardiovascular disease associated with high LDL cholesterol are faulty because they are only tracking one or two dietary factors (like eggs and red meat). I don’t know about you, but I eat way more than 2 kinds of foods every day. If we really want to track the effect of diet on health, we need to track
1. Quality of the meat and eggs (grass-fed beef only, free range eggs only)
2. Amount of vegetables and fresh fruits eaten daily (minimum of 6 servings per day of a wide variety)
3. Refined and processed foods eaten (should be very low to none)
Cholesterol doesn’t make you sick. You need cholesterol to make hormones. You need cholesterol to repair blood vessel damage. Blocking your Liver’s ability to make cholesterol impairs enzyme CoQ10 which enables muscle function (including your heart muscle!). Taking statins is linked to muscle pain in 75% of people who take it.
What is really needed? What is the solution, then?
#1. Healthier blood vessels
If the blood vessel walls are strong, they will not tear and therefore not require cholesterol plaque to repair. The best way to ensure healthy blood vessel walls period (including treatment of varicose veins and bleeding disorders) is a diet rich in rutin, like buckwheat and apples.
#2. Lower your carbohydrate intake (especially sugars of all types and processed foods and white grains)
Refined carbs, transfatty acids from rancid vegetable oils, and processed foods, and the overall quantity of them relate to inflammation in your body. Cardiovascular disease is a disease of inflammation, not a disease from eggs. Inflammation is from eating an unnatural diet. The natural human has fats of all types, including animal fats like bacon and butter and eggs, salt, plenty and fresh water, and foods that grow from the earth.
In Chinese medicine, your Heart is more than a physical organ. It’s your mind. (Notice we don’t say we had a “brain-to-brain talk.”) It’s your emotional center that allows you to feel joy. Studies have shown that strong social connections are actually a bigger prediction of heart health than body weight.
The doctor alone figures out what the patient needs. The patient’s input is not appreciated and is considered a distraction.
Possibly, the patient’s body is diseased and cannot recover and then the use of drugs will enable the patient to exist, but never truly thrive.
Active Medicine – The patient and the doctor have a dialogue. The patient has valuable input on their condition and the doctor has knowledgeable questions that can help them pinpoint the causes and solutions to the health condition.
The patient can learn and practice techniques and life skills (exercises, cooking, etc.) that enable them to stay healthy on their own.
A key component of this type of medicine is figuring out WHY the health problem started in the first place, and what can be done to ensure it completely heals and doesn’t return. Through this style of medicine, the patient can achieve higher states of well-being: truly achieving happiness, energy, and relaxation. And they know how to keep themselves and their families happy.
Now, knowing these differences, why do you think so many people opt for passive medicine?
We’re ingrained at a young age to reach for an Advil or Tylenol when we have a headache. We get a Midol with period cramps. A Tums when we eat too much of the wrong foods. Zirtec when the pollen is high.
The problem with medications is that they’re too strong. And anything that strong is going to come with a side-effect. Even really strong herbs come with side-effects. And medications are all derived from herbs. When an herb has been found to be effective in treating something or having a particular impact on a bodily process, the pharmacist finds a way to derive the active ingredient from that herb, synthetically manufacture it into a large dose, and patent it. Then sell it to you for too much money.
If you want to make healthier choices for your body, knowing how to treat the common ailments with natural means is a good first step.
For natural remedies to “work” on your body, you need to live a “natural” life: doing your best to make healthy food choices, drinking enough water, getting enough rest and exercise, etc.
Beyond that, there are some tricks and tips that can refine your healthy existence.
TURMERIC – for inflammation, pain, or skin problems, keep some turmeric paste on-hand to make a cup of turmeric tea. Just a small scoop of paste, stir into hot water with or without tea. You can substitute oat, almond, or hemp milk for the water to make it into a turmeric latte as well. Yum!! *For best results, stay away from “curcumin,” which is a derivative of turmeric, and instead opt for the whole turmeric plant.
GREEN TEA – again for when you’re hungry but shouldn’t be…green tea is the obvious choice. It’s also cooling in nature, even if you drink it hot, so a good beverage choice if you are feeling too hot, you hotty, you. It also gives you a little energy boost without the jitters that coffee can give people.
MINT – drink it in a tea also to cool down, and to open your sinuses. It can help soothe an upset tummy as well. And it helps refreshen your breath! You can use peppermint oil topically on your head for treating a headache.
GINGER – the easiest way to eat ginger is in the candy form, but I don’t necessarily recommend eating candy. But – ginger candies are great for motion sickness. You can also slice it and cook it into your food or boil in water when you make tea. Ginger is warming, so it’s good for treating pains that get worse in cold weather and it’s good for stomach cramps of all types.
GARLIC – for fungal and yeast infections, this is the #1 remedy. Just eat 1 raw clove per day.
ROSEMARY – you can use rosemary oil on your head topically to treat any type of headache.
APPLES – a few apple slices can help relieve low blood sugar. For diabetics – always keep an apple on-hand – NOT CANDY – for addressing light-headedness that happens with low blood sugar. Apple can help treat constipation AND diarrhea. It also can help with pregnancy-induced nausea.
GRAPES – relieves difficult urination and swelling (edema, or fluid retention) as do RASPBERRIES.
GRAPEFRUIT – relieves hangover (!) and helps restore appetite in women with morning sickness.
PEARS – benefit your lungs, especially in the fall.
WATERMELON – benefits body fluids, but only eat it in the summer. Eaten in the fall, it can have an adverse effect on your lungs.
FISH OIL – helps with general inflammation, helps calcium absorb faster. Use internally to address skin inflammation or heat stroke.
CALCIUM – take a large dose with fish oil to combat heat stroke or to reverse herpes virus or cold sores. *For best results, use calcium lactate or calcium citrate. Stay away from calcium carbonate which is, basically, limestone. It’s made in a laboratory and not ideal for human consumption.
HONEY – can help soothe ulcers (take a large spoonful 3 times daily for 2-3 weeks); good quality honey helps soothe burns and hemorrhoids topically; a teaspoonful or two to relieve constipation. Too much honey causes constipation, so use with caution! Do not use if you have a blood sugar condition such as diabetes.
WINE – one cupful of wine can help with rheumatic joint pains or recent injury, and it can also help stimulate breast milk production in women who have just had a baby. Obviously, don’t overdo it; too much wine will have a negative impact on your health. Also, obviously, this is only for adults.
SEAWEED – seaweed is the best treatment for goiters, cysts or low thyroid. It dissolves cysts and fibroids and other swellings. You can get it in many forms, including tablets or seaweed chips.