Modern medicine Modern pharmacological drugs can relieve pain and may sometimes be necessary. However, they do not resolve the root cause of chronic illness. All have potential side effects. There are around 98-250,000 medical deaths a year in the USA – the majority due to pharmacological drugs.
Modern medicine In 2008, $234 billion was spent on drugs; if everyone were illness-free, there would not be a lucrative drug industry. The industry has an interest in keeping us unhealthy. Medical debt is also the leading cause of bankruptcy in the US. It is well-known that the medical industry invents illnesses so that it can sell a cure for these illnesses – this is called ‘disease- mongering’. Should we not take control of our own health, as far as we can, and use the best of modern medicine only when necessary?
Modern medicine Studies show that at least 80 percent of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and dementia are caused by diet and lifestyle factors. Diet and lifestyle can also prevent these diseases in the first place. We are not supposed to suffer from these diseases. Remains show that our hunter-gatherer ancestors did not suffer from atherosclerosis. Old people in the Hot Spots do not have high blood pressure, high blood sugar or high cholesterol. In Okinawa, 18 of 100,000 people suffer from atherosclerosis versus 100 of 100,000 in the US.
‘Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food’ (Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine)
Food as medicine Many foods are as effective as, or more effective than, drugs only. Foods don't have the side effects or dangers, plus they help remove the underlying cause of the problem. For example turmeric can reduce tumors by 81 percent according to a study in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry (2011). A Canadian study found that cholesterol-lowering foods were more effective than statins, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (2011). It is possible to reverse Type 2 diabetes with the right diet. Other foods are hazardous to health: a recent Harvard study found that just one sugary carbonated drink per day may raise the risk of heart attack by 20 percent.
Food as medicine Lifestyle factors such as getting enough exercise and reducing stress can also have a powerful impact. The BluePrint for Life takes all of this into consideration. By using the diet and lifestyle suggestions outlined in the BluePrint for Life to prevent chronic disease, you can not only dramatically reduce your chance of getting a chronic disease, but also you can also slow the aging process and have better health and more energy TODAY.
DO NOT GO OFF MEDICATION without a doctor’s consent
HOWEVER…CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITY OF A FUTURE… in which you don’t have to rely on medication
ACTIVITY: How did you incorporate the 5 Principles of the BluePrint for Life this week?
ACTIVITY: This week, don’t eat anything you cannot pronounce.
ACTIVITY: Eat only around the perimeter of the supermarket. Do not walk in the middle of the store, where all of the processed foods are.
ACTIVITY: If you can picture it in nature, then it’s ok to eat. If you can picture it in a laboratory, avoid it.
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