Degenerative Diseases appear to be on the rise.
Waking up this morning I wanted to renew my focus, & direction and I found this in my files, an article that I’d written in 2004 and had done nothing with… it follows…
Are We Causing Our Own Degenerative Diseases?
Multiple Sclerosis…an Epidemic?
- What if the food and beverage choices we make daily are the cause of many of our illnesses?
- Does a deficiency of pain relievers cause headaches?
- Does a lack of statin drugs cause high cholesterol?
- Or, lack of nitro cause heart attacks?
- I got it, a lack of antihistamine causes allergies.
- Could a dietary deficiency of caffeine or diet soda cause your lethargy?
The answer to all of these is obviously a resounding NO, absolutely not.
I was diagnosed with MS in March 1993. I just knew it must be connected to something in my environment as I had been very healthy prior to this seemingly sudden illness. Even with MS I am still quite healthy.
As you would do, I constantly watch diligently for a cause or a reason why I’d gotten MS. I had a difficult time exploring the possible causes and found no connections for the first ten years. I was told that using the Interferon drugs were my only hope. To the uninsured in 1993 that cost was about $1000.+ per 4 weeks . I rejected the idea for 7 years. When I finally conceded to taking Avonex for one year, the side-effects I endured were horrendous.
I am by no means recommending anyone stop their medications, but asking if we are causing these “American Health Crises” through our dietary choices. Cancer, heart disease, Diabetes and even MS are becoming epidemic. If the cancer rate is now 1 in 3, which one are you? In Colorado the statistics for MS is 1 in 8.
Ask most people, they’ll tell you they eat a fairly healthy diet, as did I. In the next breath we’ll admit to getting only 0-3 servings of raw fruits and veggies per day and drinking 8 other beverages to each glass of water.
I believe the recommendation of the big 3, (The Heart Association, The Cancer Society and The Diabetes Foundation) is to get 5-7 servings of raw whole foods daily, exercise regularly and drink plenty of water?
In their next breath, these big 3 are recommending their pharmaceuticals and packaged, processed foods labeled “healthy choices”, “lo-fat”, nutri-grain”, “low-calorie” – but loaded with “artificial stuff” and preservatives.
Are we choosing death over convenience for the sake of our lifestyles? Why don’t we follow the recommendations? Is it simply for convenience’s sake?
Have you tried completely eliminating prepackaged, processed and fast foods from your diet for at least 40 days? It may seem like a radical move but, disease is radical too. That is when I took my first “Food First Challenge.”
What I discovered was just how seriously my diet actually did affect my symptoms. Within the first 10 days on the program I saw major improvements in my energy and stamina, my skin improved, the constipation was gone, I had lost 7 pounds, I no longer required a daily nap and I could stand longer and walk farther than I was previously able.
After about 60 days on the program, I had lost 23 pounds, (only because my body needed to loose them), then a second grader at the school where I worked asked me, “Ms. Lori how come you’re not shaking so much anymore?”
If eliminating those so-called convenience foods could help you regain your health, wouldn’t you want to try it too? Since I have been eating 80% or more, raw, unprocessed foods for 18 months now, my quality of life has improved immensely, and I have not gained back any weight. I have also discovered that I can recreate my symptoms just by choosing to eat too much of the wrong foods. Don’t get me wrong, I do have my chocolate or other comfort food on occasion…just not the whole bag in one evening!
Consider reports such as follows:
|Obesity Expenses Tax StatesU.S.States Pay Billions in Obesity-Related Health-Care Costs
Jan. 21, 2004–
Obesity not only puts a strain on American’s health, it’s also taking a toll on our wallets.
A new study shows that obesity-related health-care costs reached an estimated $75 billion in 2003, and taxpayers foot the bill for about half of those expenses through Medicare and Medicaid.
Researchers found total obesity-related health-care costs varied greatly from state to state, ranging from a low of $87 million in Wyoming to a high of $7.7 billion in California.
Taxpayer-funded Medicare and Medicaid expenses attributed to obesity were highest in California and New York, respectively, with a combined price tag of more than $5 billion.
“Obesity has become a crucial health problem for our nation, and these findings show that the medical costs alone reflect the significance of the challenge,” says Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson, in a news release. “Of course the ultimate cost to Americans is measured in chronic disease and early death. We must take responsibility both as individuals and by working together to reduce the health toll associated with obesity.”
Obesity is known to raise the risk of many chronic diseases, including type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, and many types of cancer.
—–Fast forward to today… I say YES, I believe we are contributing to our degenerative disease statistics.
Human nature, life circumstances, and convenience food laziness have all captured my eating habits once again…What’s wrong with my brain?
I’m working on getting my “act together”, my “poop in a group”, “my ducks in a row,” “back on track” and I’ll be sharing my journey in the coming days, weeks, months and years ahead.
First things first…I have preparation to do.
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