Exercise, Toxins and Attitude

So how do we solve these complex health problems if brilliant well-funded researchers have failed?  We need to make changes in our lifestyle, which includes:

Exercise

Our ancestors were very active individuals who could eat 3000 to 5000 calories of nutrient dense clean food and work it into a lean and healthy body.  Today, the average adult eats around 2000 calories per day of nutritionally bankrupt food and still struggles with obesity.  We get about one fifth the intake of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and minor dietary constituents from plant food as compared to our primitive and healthier ancestors. Foods to Boost Your Immune System

Exercise, Toxins & AttitudeProfessor Jean Mayer of Harvard University once said that we are “underexercising ourselves to death”.  According to a study conducted at the University of Southern California, regular exercise cuts the risk of breast cancer by 75%, far better than the expensive and risky drug, tamoxifen.  Moderate and regular exercise has an equally beneficial impact on heart disease, diabetes, immune functions, and is probably one of Nature’s finest stress relievers.  But don’t put too much emphasis on exercise as your health savior.  Jim Fixx was the guru of joggers in the 1970s and died at the ripe age of 52 after a rather unselective diet and ignoring the benefits that are possible from nutritional intervention.

Toxin Avoidance

We dump nearly 90 billion pounds of toxic waste into our 55,000 dump sites around the country.  We spray 2 billion pounds of pesticides on our fresh produce and have recently found that pesticides amplify each others toxicity by 500 to 1000 fold.  We add 4 million pounds of antibiotics to the diet of cows and chickens to help them grow faster.  The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of 2800 different food additives some of which are not at all safe, like coal tar based food dyes, aspartame, sodium nitrate and monosodium glutamate.   We have 500 times more lead in our bodies than people from the Andes mountains. Detox for a Healthier Body

Exercise, Toxins & AttitudeThe Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that 50 million Americans breathe air that is unhealthy and 40% of our fresh water supply is unfit for use.  Every creature on earth, including polar bears in the Arctic, have measurable levels of the toxin PCB in their body.  The toxic burden in the average American body damages the delicate DNA, lowers immune functions, overloads the liver, and interferes with energy metabolism.  Properly designed nutrition supplements can help us to detoxify the body.  Many people will never get well until they stop consuming toxins and get rid of the ones in their body.

Attitude

Exercise, Toxins & AttitudeAs a nutritionist, I am convinced that what’s eating you is at least as important as what you are eating.  I would say that 90% of the hundreds of cancer patients that I have worked with had experienced a major traumatic event, such as a divorce or death of a loved one, just 1 to 2 years prior to the diagnosis of their cancer.  And while it may be true that sharks don’t get cancer, in captivity, sharks die within 1 year.  In various published literature, placebo effects, or inert ingredients, have produced anywhere from a 30 to 82% clinical improvement.  Just believing in a therapy makes a huge difference.

For instance, a study published in Psychosomatic Medicine in 1968 brought 40 people with known asthma, emphysema and bronchitis to be exposed to their known allergens and irritants.  Actually, the researchers  blew vaporized salt water, or nebulized saline solution, at each patient’s face.  19 of the 40 subjects, almost 50%,  showed significant wheezing.  12 of these 19 subjects showed significant relief when they were given a treatment which turned out to be the same thing, vaporized salt water. This wonder drug dazzles doctors!

Our attitudes and belief systems are pivotal in our quest for health. Put more poetically by Dr. Deepak Chopra: “Every cell in your body is eavesdropping on your thoughts.”  Norman Cousins, Drs. Victor Frankl , Hans Selye, Kenneth Pelletier, and Candace Pert have all demonstrated beyond argument the need for peace of mind to generate physical health.  But maybe Bobby McFerrin, the Grammy award winning musician said it best, “Don’t worry, be happy!”