What follows is an abbreviated version of my secret for good health far into old age. I typed it for a pharmacist in one of the Sobey stores a few years ago. I told her, tongue-in-cheek,
"Lady, if everybody lived like me, you'd be out of a job." We talked. She shook her head in disbelief when I told her that, though I was pushing 80, I was on no drugs, in fact had not been on any drugs in 40 years. But she was open-minded, unlike
most pharmacists and/or doctors, and she wanted to know what my secret was. Told her that it was not possible to give it to her in a few words but would go home and type up a telegram-style summary of it for her. And I did....
I talked to you – the pharmacist -- briefly a few days ago about being healthy without drugs or doctors. You surprised me by your willingness to listen. Most of your colleagues don't need to listen because they know
it all already. I came away from our brief encounter determined to "talk to you" a little more. Since I can't take up your time while you are working and I have no other way of cornering you to listen, I decided to take this approach -- to put
a few thoughts on paper for you and to hand it to you next time I;d see you.
So, what's the secret of living to be almost 80 without drugs or the ministrations of doctors? The answer is so incredibly simple
that most people respond to it with an incredulous "You must be kidding." In a nutshell, it is doing what comes naturally instead of doing what vested interests brainwash you to do.
1. Exercise regularly, rain or shine,
all your life...
I have been jogging -- a minumum of 5 km a day, six times a week -- without a major interruption for more than 40 years. When I was younger, I ran marathons too. I jog in any season,
rain or shine, summer heat or winter cold. I have jogged through Ottawa winters and through almost twenty years of the tropics. There is nothing life-threatening about jogging at 30 below zero. If there is a problem, it's in the mind. For
me, jogging is not only not a chore but something I enjoy. If, for whatever reason, I don't get to jog for a couple of days, I feel like a caged animal.
Does not have to be JOGGING. Any kind of
truly aerobic exercise does the trick -- bicycling, swimming, rope skipping, the treadmill, mountain climbing, or just WALKING. Walking and jogging are only different intensities of the same activity, not different kinds of activity. You just have
to invest a little more time in walking to get the same exercise value as you get from jogging. Little kids and animals "jog" naturally. It is us grown-ups that need to be reminded of it.
2. Eat only unrefined food, most of it
Even the gentlest of cooking destroys some nutrients and / or alters the molecules of some foods till the body does not "recognize" them and does not know what to do with them. Worst of all, cooking
destroys the all-important enzymes. Biologists who have worked with wild animals tell us that wild animals which live in an environment not yet ruined by man by and large do not get sick. That's largely because -- herbivorous or carnivorous --
they haven’t been taught how to cook their food. Goes without saying that they get a minimum of exercise. They stay healthy till far into old age. Some end of a day, when their hour has come, they go to sleep not to wake up the morning after.
Pets which eat the same denatured food as their masters get as sick as their masters.. And the veterinary establishment is little more interested in real health for its patients than mainstream medicine is.
few foods are better eaten at least partly cooked. Carrots, for instance, and squash or potatoes yield more of their nutritional goodness if cooked than they do raw. The human digestive system cannot digest the fiber in them completely the way
ruminants -- cows, camels, goats, sheep -- do, and so much of them goes through the body unused. Cooking "softens" the fiber so that our digestive system can handle it. But don’t overcook them. Even better than cooking these vegetables
is juicing or pureeing them. I do....
Here is a little side remark. It is NOT difficult to live so that you don't get sick. The main reason why so many people find it difficult, if not impossible,
to do what they should be doing is that they have permitted themselves to be manipulated by the commercial brainwashing of a system that does not want people to be healthy. No money to be made off people that are healthy. They don't buy junk food.
They don’t crowd doctors’ offices. They don't buy drugs. They walk where others would take the car or hire a taxi. They don't spend much of their waking lives before the main instrument of brainwashing -- the TV screen.
I don’t spend 20 hours a year before a TV screen. I’d rather read a book than watch what’s presented of it on TV. I’d rather DO than watch OTHER people do.
If you think you –
that’s talking to the pharmacist -- sell health, you are kidding yourself. You sell palliatives, which deal with the symptoms of disease but do nothing to build real health. A pharmacist friend of mine told me a few years ago, "Ambros,
I gotta get out of this racket. I feel guilty selling an unquestioning clientele stuff I would not take myself." And he did.
I am simplifying my argument 'because, for obvious reasons, I can't go
into the full details of it. The last thing the mighty pharma industry wants is healthy people. It does not want people to be dead. No money to be made off corpses except for the undertaker. But it does not want them healthy.
A sane health care system would want to keep the sale of drugs to a minimum. Our system promotes the sale of drugs as though it were the only road to salvation. And a good many drugs -- high blood pressure drugs, cholesterol-lowering drugs,
diabetes drugs, etc. -- are life-sentences.. Once you are on them, you can't stop taking them. If you stop taking them, you are in trouble. They are for life. What a sourse of income for Big Phama. Take Lipitor for an example.
The run-away best seller, it nets Big Pharma BILLIONS of dollars every year and in the end causes what it is supposed to prevent, heart attacks. Its German kissing cousin Lipobay was taken off the market for that very reason.
Doctors, by and large, are not aware that they are the salesmen of the pharma-mafia. They are trained in medical schools that are supported by pharma money and they come away "brain-washed" to believe that the three pillars of mainstream medicine
-- drugs, surgery and radiation -- are what saves humanity from extinction.
A sane system of medicine would make its future doctors understand that the human body, so wonderful a piece of biological engineering
that it can build itself in all its complexity from two tiny cells met in conception, is its own best doctor. If given half a chance, it can maintain itself in good health far into old age. The most important thing for a doctor is to know what
giving Body that "half a chance" means and to understand that drugs, surgery and radiation should be a very last, not a first, resort.
Doest know that ancient China had a health care system which rewarded doctors
for keeping people healthy and penalized them for letting them become sick? All patients would pay a small, regular fee as long they were healthy. They stopped paying when they fell ill and did not pay again till their health was restored.
There it would have been in the doctor’s own best interest to restore his patients’ health. In our system, a doctor makes the more money the more sick patients he has.
3. Don't eat till you are hungry.
If you eat before you are really hungry, you rob yourself of one of life's genuine pleasures -- that of really enjoying your food. If you permit yourself to get hungry before you eat, the simplest of foods -- a spoonful of
plain yogurt, a celery stick, a slice of whole-wheat bread -- taste delcious. If you eat before you are hungry, you need dips and sauces to pinch-hit for the real pleasure. The only “sauces” I use now and then are a little Dijon mustard
and some Kikoman soy sauce..
4. A few special foods:
Yogurt, yes, but only GOOD yogurt, i.e. home-made yogurt.
Takes hardly more time to make a batch of your own yogurt
than to make a cup of coffee. Want my fool-proof recipe --
no yogurt maker required -- look for it on my Blog --
not fried... raw or steamed...
Garlic... flaxseed oil...
Walnuts... almonds... hemp seed...
A mixture of cinnamon and honey... real miracle
A can of sardines... low on the food chain...
Sauerkraut and miso, two of the foods that rehabilitate your
5. Stay away from doctors...
stay away from pharmacies...
Medical history reports a number of situations where doctors went on strike. When researchers set out to assess the damage, they found that no damage was done; that, on the contrary, the death
rate went down while the doctors were on strike. Don’t believe me? Go do a search for “When doctors go on strike.” Doest know that, according to a Ralph Nader study, some 300,000 people are done in annually in North America
by "ethical" drugs? That ain't saying nuttin about the millions more who are hurt by drugs -- many very gravely -- without becoming mortality statistics. I'd put much more trust in a Ralph Nader survey than in one done by the pharma industry.
6. Have faith in the healing powers of the body
Most people short-change themselves terribly in terms of health and life-expectancy. They take it for granted that around 70 life is more or less
over. If they are alive beyond 70, they take it for granted that they will be prey to ills commonly associated with old age -- circulatory problems, arthritis, diabetes, failing eyesight, loss of hearing acuity, deteriorating memory and what have you.
[Though I am crowding eighty, I do not neeed glasses, not for reading not for looking off in the distance., no hearing aid, no crutches of any kind] Few people realize that, if they lived right, they could live way beyond 70, far into old age, and stay
healthy all the way. Most of the ills we associate with old age are but the accumulated wages of years of faulty living AND of the drugs most old people are on, not the inevitable accompaniment of growing old.
One of the worst
sins of our medical system is that it has robbed people of their faith in the self-healing powers of the body.
Here you have a few general rules of healthful living
1. Avoid foods that do not spoil. If a
food does not spoil – like white flower, white sugar, most of the cooking oils and most of the cookies or pastries you find on supermarket shelves -- it is probably so full of chemicals or so empty of nutrients that even spoilage bacteria
stay away from it. Eat only food that spoils, but eat it before it spoils.
2. Consume very little, if any, coffee or alcohol.
3. Avoid sugar and white flour and all foods that contain them. No candy,
no cookies, no cakes; no ice-cream, none of the commercial flavored yogurts. If you want a sweet treat turn to fruit. Mash a ripe banana and stir it into a bit of unflavored, unsweetened yogurt. Delicious! Eat some dried dates.
I love figs soaked in water for a couple of days. The soaked figs are a delicious sweet treat that comes loaded with the B-vitamins and various minerals. The water they soak in is itself a delicious drink.
foods that contain chemical additives.
5. Avoid unconditionally the pure junk foods like soft drinks, potato chips and other party foods such as soda crackers, pretzels, etc. These substances give you next to nothing of nutritional
value -- virtually no vitamins, no minerals, no fiber; very little, if any, protein. But they give you lots of empty calories -- the last thing most of us need -- and undesirable additives.
6. Avoid commercial sauces and
salad dressings. Most of them contain sugar and chemical additives. All I use for a salad dressing is olive oil (only extra virgin), a touch of vinegar (only unpasteurized apple cider vinegar), soy sauce or sea salt and pepper. And I love
it. You could too. As taste buds can be conditioned to like the wrong foods so they can be reconditioned to like what’s good for you.
7. Go easy on the salt shaker. If most of your food is unprocessed and unrefined,
you get nearly all the salt you need from it. If salt at all, use sea salt or soy sauce.
8. Don't consider milk a drink: consider it a food. Have a glass of milk, if you must, between meals for a snack, but do not drink milk
with your meals. Better still, don’t drink North American milk at all.
9. Don't drink with your meals. Drink up to half an hour before a meal and don't drink again till at least an hour afterwards. More about this below.
You cannot hope to build health or to maintain it on a diet of fast food. When in doubt, skip a meal. Rather than inflict a doughnut and coffee on your organism, wait till you can get to real food -- food that has been processed
only as much as is necessary to make it eatable. And remember, the more of your food you eat raw, the better it is for you and the less energy and time it takes to prepare it. I often go for weeks without cooking.
buds can be conditioned to accept foods which are good for us as readily as they can be conditioned to want junk food. Let a smoker, who swears that only a Rothman is worth smoking, smoke a Camel for a few weeks and he will swear that only a Camel is
worth smoking. By the same token, you don't have to eat good, wholesome foods for more than a couple of weeks to change your taste buds’ preferences. Not eating a doughnut is a sacrifice only if you permit yourself to think it is. For
me, it would be more difficult to eat a donut than not to eat it.
Therefore eat all your food in as natural a state as possible. And eat the whole food -- eat the whole orange rather than just drinking the juice of it;
eat peanuts with their skins; eat tomatoes rather than drinking tomato juice; when possible, use tomatoes in your cooking, not tomato paste; eat potatoes, not potato chips; eat the whole corn (maize) rather than corn flakes. And don't be ashamed to eat
simple foods. Let others think you old-fashioned for eating old-fashioned food from the farm instead of elegantly packaged food from the supermarket. If you stick to your food-from-the-farm resolution, you are going to reap big benefits of good
health; they -- those who eat the highly processed and refined gentile foods -- are setting their course for disease.
Every day try to eat raw some food that can be eaten raw -- some fruit, a tomato or two, some lettuce, a cucumber.
All processing of food, even cooking, destroys some nutrients. Raw food has its nutrients intact, especially the all-important enzymes.
Such non-foods as coffee and soft drinks, white sugar or white flour – not only do
they not contribute any nutrients to the body's ecology, they actually rob the body of nutrients. Everything we eat or drink has to be processed in the body. But, for this processing the body needs certain vitamins and minerals. Whole foods
come well-provisioned with vitamins and minerals; in fact, they carry more of them than is needed for their own processing, and what is left over after they have been processed is credited to the body's nutritional bank account. Because the non-foods
do not supply any vitamins or minerals, the body must dip into its own reserves of nutrients to process them. Thus these offending substances -- they don't deserve to be called food or drink -- rob the body of vitamins and minerals instead of supplying
them. Every cup of coffee costs in terms of the B-vitamins; sugar robs the body of B-vitamins and of certain minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. You make matters worse if you take your coffee with sugar. If you do, you
send two nutritional thieves to prey on your body at the same time. A coke is much like a strong cup of coffee with lots of sugar.
But sugar, soft drinks -- in fact, all highly refined foods -- harm you in yet another way: they
crowd out good foods that would supply essential nutrients. When you are hungry, you should eat foods that supply what your body needs of building materials, of vitamins, of enzymes and minerals. Natural foods like whole grain products, vegetables,
fruit, etc. do that. The non-foods discussed above don't. With the calories they supply, they assuage your hunger and so take your appetite away for the good foods, which would bring nutrients to your body.
on the salt shaker. A high salt intake is the root of several ills, chief among them high blood pressure. Go for sea salt, available at most health food stores.
Don't eat several different foods at the same sitting.
Different foods require different digestive media. Carbohydrate foods require an alkaline environment while protein foods require an acid environment for optimal digestion. But the stomach cannot be alkaline and acid at the same time; in fact,
these two substances neutralize each other. So, if you eat protein foods with starchy foods -- steak and potatoes, for instance -- digestion is either inhibited or arrested altogether. Instead of digesting, the mixture of foods in the stomach
starts to decompose and to ferment. In the process gases are produced, which may leave you feeling bloated and bilious. Small quantities of alcohol may be produced, which can leave you feeling drowsy and out of sorts. Therefore, as much as
possible, do not eat protein foods and carbohydrates at the same time. If you must have the steak and the potatoes, eat the former at noon and the latter in the evening. J You may eat vegetables with either proteins or carbohydrates, but
do not eat fruit and vegetables at the same time. Fruit, in fact, is best eaten by itself, on an empty stomach. One of the worst nutritional sins is a sweet dessert after a protein meal. That goes even for fruit.
I said above, do not drink with your meals. Drink up to half an hour before a meal and not again till half an hour to an hour afterwards. When you eat, your saliva glands secrete saliva, which gets mixed with the food as your teeth grind it into
pulp. This way the food becomes soft and slippery and it can be swallowed easily. But saliva serves yet another purpose, probably more important than the first one. There are enzymes in saliva which are important for the digestion of food.
If they are properly mixed with the food in the mouth, digestive processes are initiated even before the food reaches the stomach. But if you drink while you eat, your saliva glands get lazy. No need for them to exert themselves producing saliva.
Lots of fluid coming in to make the food soft and moist for easy swallowing. But, no saliva means no predigestion of the food on its way to the stomach. An important part of the digestive process is aborted.
There is a
second reason why you should not drink with your meals. A healthy stomach contains a delicately balanced mixture of digestive juices, all of them present in the right concentration. If you drink, that delicate balance is disturbed. The mixture
gets diluted, the concentration of its various components is lowered. As a result, food cannot be effectively digested -- not until the natural concentration of the digestive juices is restored. Meanwhile the food in the stomach begins to deteriorate:
it ferments, it starts to rot. In the process some nutrients are destroyed. Flatulence is a frequent side effect -- trapped gas rumbling up and down the intestines accompanied by frequent breaking of wind. Indigestion is another possible
Take heart, healthful living is not an all-or-nothing proposition but rather one of more or less. Fortunately the human body comes with lots of reserves. It forgives a fair bit of sinning. Just make sure
that you are on the more side of the scale. The closer to the upper end of the scale, the better.
I do not have much faith in mainstream medicine. It's all about money. Doctors are educated -- call it brainwashed
-- in med schools financed largely by Big Pharma. (Privately I call it the Pharmamafia). They come away believing that DRUGS -- medical drugs -- are the only salvation of mankind. At least half a dozen of the biggest Pharma companies have
been fined more than a billion -- yes, billion, not million -- dollars for fraudulent advertizing. The money they must have to be able to pay billions of dollars of fines! Just search for and read the following three things. They prove my
point. And I am to believe that Big Pharma's mission is to make people healthy, to believe that they can be trusted.
The much vaunted scientific medical research is not designed to find cures. Cures -- real cures
-- would put them out of business, the last thing they want. The intent of medical research is to find ways of alleviating symptoms, in other words to make the patient feel better, feel that (s)he is cured. There is no mainstream medication that
really heals. All they do is treat the symptoms, but they have nasty side effects. Some of them KILL. Just read the Vioxx scam. Big Business. One of the reasons I don't know what it means to be sick is the fact that I have not
consumed any mainstream medication in at least 40 years.
1. Search for and read "The cholesterol fraud." There are mountains of evidence that people with high cholesterol live longer. Here is the URL for one eye-opening
article if you want to type it: http://healthimpactnews.com/2012/newest-scam-to-increase-statin-cholesterol-lowering-drugs-if-youre-older-than-50/ If you don't feel like typing it, search for the part I've colored red. But read with a cautious eye.
Many of the hits are pro-medication propaganda.
2. Drug Giant Pfizer fined 2.3 billion for fraudulent advertizing. Trust them? If you find it too tedioius to type the long URL, go search for what I marked
in red.... http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/industries/health/2009-09-02-pfizer-fine_N.htm
3. The Vioxx scam: Here a quotation from the article: "Merck joins Pfizer and most other major drug companies in settling long
investigations with prosecutors." And we are expected to trust this brood of gangsters. Vioxx was withdrawn from the market
after 200,000 heart attacks had been attributed to the drug, 60,000 of them deadly. And Merck had known for years that the drug was killing people. Nah, I seem to do quite well withoiut mainstream med drugs, both financially and hygienically.
I'll keep going that way.
I wrote this several years ago. Since then, an update has become necessary. Here I'll just hint at a thing or two. Will flesh it out soon.
Your Gut Flora To be truly healthy, you must keep your gut flora up to par. A robust gut flora is the Alpha and the Omega of a strong immune system. Enemy No. 1 of the gut flora -- antibiotics. True, the drugs have
saved lives but at what cost! There is convincing evidence that even one full course of antibiotics can do permaent damage to the gut flora. Consume these probiotic foods to rehabilitate your gut flora -- sauerkraut, good yogurt or kefit,
miso and other fermented foods. Good yogurt means primarily homemade yogurt, most of the yogurts you find on the shelves of your supermarket have been pasteurized; i.e. have had their probiotic bacteria cultures heat-killed.
pH balance Get some litmus paper to check your pH balance. It should be 7 on the scale or higher. Below 7 is acidic; above 7 is alkaline. If your pH is below 7, you are vulnerable to all sorts of ills; if it is above
7 -- ideally around 7.5 -- you are immune to most of the common ills that plague humanity, maybe even to cancer. The pH of most people in the west is below 7. How to up it?
You can do so by making certain
changes in your nutrition, but there is a quick and easy way to up your pH -- take a teaspoon of baking soda every day in some fruit juice diluted with water at a 5 to 1 ratio. Take it on an empty stomach or between meals.