Lifelong Health

Lifelong Health

by Mary Ruth Swope



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Lifelong Health by Mary Ruth Swope

Gain new energy and vitality! Here are proven answers to your weight loss and health questions, presented in a practical and clear way. Learn how to stay healthy, live longer, and enjoy life as God intended you to!

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ISBN-13: 9780883685105
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 11/28/1997
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.29(h) x 0.61(d)

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Chapter 1 Why Are You Sick and Tired?

Does this conversation sound familiar? "I can’t believe it’s Monday already. I could hardly get out of bed this morning and come to work." "I know what you mean. The weekend was too short." "Where’s Mary?" "She’s not coming in today. She’s sick again." "Well, I’m not feeling so great myself. I hope the boss doesn’t expect me to do any extra work today. I’m so tired, I can hardly drag myself around." Many Americans are sick and tired, but why? We have all the modern conveniences and the most abundant food supply in the world. We are the best informed, most widely read nation that has ever existed. Yet, our state of health proves that something is drastically wrong. Many factors contribute to this sick and tired feeling, but I am convinced that the way we eat is the main reason for the poor health of many Americans.

How Americans Eat Over the past thirty to forty years, the American way of eating has drastically changed. Many of these changes have been so gradual that we don’t realize the extent or the danger of them. Our sick and tired state of health is directly related to these dietary changes. How has the American diet changed? Whole grain, cooked cereals like oatmeal and cream of wheat are practically a thing of the past. Today, the modern breakfast consists of doughnuts, sweet rolls, boxed cereals, white toast, or pancakes. Coffee and sweetened fruit juices have replaced milk as the favorite breakfast drink. Lunch menus have also deteriorated. Many Americans no longer eat lunch at home. Fast food chains, local restaurants, and school cafeterias have replaced Mom’s homemade vegetable soup and fresh whole wheat bread. Hamburgers, pizza, batter dipped chicken, and deep fried fish have taken over as the lunchtime favorites. The evening meal may be prepared at home, but it is very different from the dinner Grandma used to serve. We look for the most convenient way to give our families a square meal: instant potatoes, frozen meat patties, TV dinners, and canned vegetables. Our foods are refined and processed until most of the nutrients are destroyed, leaving only the calories behind. Some of the things we eat are man made fabrications that put together with imitation ingredients, additives, and preservatives. Would you call imitation mayonnaise, bacon bits, coffee creamer, whipped topping, and imitation ice cream foods? What effect do these fabricated foods have on our bodies? Margarine is a man made food that has been around for many years. It is made by adding hydrogen to oil to make it hard at room temperature. It is now a well established fact that about 50 percent of the oil in margarine changes from the natural form to an unnatural fatty acid form. This "trans" form has no natural metabolic function, and our bodies don’t know how to handle it. The result is that it interferes with normal fatty acid metabolism. What about the beverages we drink? Are we drinking more, or less, water and milk? Think about it. What beverages do you drink most often? We are drinking more soft drinks, fruit juices, beer, and wine. These are not good exchanges for pure water-- the drink required by every cell for hundreds of processes. Cola-type drinks, for example, are very acidic; disease flourishes in acid. These drinks also offend the kidneys, are addictive (due to the caffeine), soften bones and teeth, elevate blood pressure, and more. Americans are consuming eight hundred or more soft drinks annually. It’s little wonder that our population is chronically, epidemically sick. Let’s go back to pure water! The American Love Affair Americans love sweets. We sell candy bars for the high school band, purchase cookies from the scouts, and make chocolate frosted brownies for the class bake sale. But who cares if our children’s teeth and bones are brittle and decayed? So what if blood vessels are victimized, fatty hearts are developed, and resistance to infection is lowered? It was for a good cause, wasn’t it? One of my former associates was a dental surgeon who had a three year old girl. This man knew that sugar ruins teeth, so he had never permitted his daughter to eat any candy. At a Christmas party in their home, one of the guests brought a box of chocolates. The little girl passed the box around to the guests, then asked if she could have a piece. The father shook his head "no." A guest seated nearby said, "Oh, come on. One piece isn’t going to hurt anyone. Let her have it." The father consented. I will never forget what happened. The child put the candy in her mouth, chewed it a few times, got a puckered up look on her face, spit it out on the floor, and said, "Ugh! What’s that horrible stuff?" Most children have to learn to eat highly sweetened foods. They find them unpleasant in their mouths until they develop a taste for them. Yet, from the time they are little ones, our children are given candy and sweets as prizes and rewards. It is no wonder that "sugarholism" is now rampant in our country. In the past one hundred years, sugar consumption has skyrocketed! Each person in America eats an average of 130 pounds of sugar each year. Diet and Disease Have these changes in the American diet affected the state of our health? No doubt about it. The first medical report of a heart attack appeared in a major American medical journal in 1912. Doctors didn’t know what to call this new problem, so they made up the term heart attack. We are now losing one million Americans each year to this tragic disease. Diabetes is an old disease. The Greeks described it in their writings. At the turn of this century in America, however, few people had it. Today there are an estimated ten million cases, with six hundred thousand new cases being diagnosed annually. What about hyperactivity in children? Twenty years ago there was not one case recorded in medical literature. Doctors now estimate there are ten million diagnosed hyperactives in our nation. Tooth decay, colon cancer, diverticulitis, hypertension, osteoporosis, prostate gland problems, ulcerative colitis, breast cancer, arthritis-- these are a few of the major conditions that are now epidemic in America. But they are almost unknown in underdeveloped countries where so-called civilized groceries have not invaded their stores or landed on their dining tables. Prior to 1950, a colony of Eskimos north of Canada ate a diet consisting mostly of seal, caribou, and homegrown vegetables. Then the U.S. government built radar stations in the Eskimo territory and trained the local inhabitants to operate them. Because the men could no longer hunt and fish for their food supply, a modern grocery store was built in their community. The Eskimos began to eat the packaged and processed foods included in the typical American diet. The sugar intake of the Eskimos up to that time had been about 2 pounds per person per year. Within five years, the Eskimos increased their sugar intake and adopted the disastrous American way of eating. Here is what happened in less than ten years: Diabetes increased 400 percent. Prior to 1955, there had been no gallbladder surgery in the local hospital. By 1965, their gallbladder surgeries were up to U.S. figures. Heart attacks increased by 300 percent in ten years. From 1958–61, 80 percent of the teenagers had acne. No cases were reported before 1955. Tooth decay became epidemic. Prior to 1950, the Eskimos did not have a local dentist because they had not needed one. Recurring infections and anemia in infants increased greatly. Hypertension was greatly increased. Within ten short years of a modernized diet, there was a dramatic increase in the incidence of the degenerative diseases prevalent in developed countries like America.1 Yes, the foods and beverages we eat and drink greatly affect our health. The wife of one of my former employers began to have severe pains in her back. She was about sixty at the time. The pains grew worse and worse until she went to a physician for help. He told her that she was beginning to get arthritis and with treatment she could expect to improve. Although she followed his advice, she became so ill that she was bedridden and immobile. Finally, the family decided to take her in an ambulance to her son’s home in another state. Her son, a medical doctor, examined her and found that her back was broken in two places. The bones of her spine had literally deteriorated- crumbled. She was diagnosed as having osteoporosis (porous bones). Soft drinks, red meat, and sugar are directly related to this condition. I will never forget what her husband told me. "You’re a nutrition teacher," he said. "Tell your students about my wife’s case. We have been married for nearly forty years, and I have never seen her eat calcium-rich foods. For years I have been telling her that she would have brittle bones when she got older, but she wouldn’t listen. Now she’ll be in a cast for several months, and unless there is a miracle, she may never be able to put the weight of her body on her feet again without crutches or a walker." This man probably wonders why he has to suffer the consequences of his wife’s habits. She will never again be able to live a normal, happy life doing all the things she had contributed to their home and marriage. Over the past fifty years, the American diet has changed dramatically. Some changes have been good, but the overall effect has created serious health problems. The over consumption of meat, fats, sugar, cholesterol, salt, and alcohol has been linked with a higher incidence of six of the ten leading causes of death in the United States: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, cerebrovascular disease, arteriosclerosis, and hypertension. Dietary Quacks Americans have a pill for everything. Every year we swallow millions of capsules bought at local drug stores and supermarkets. Some people think their nutrition problems can be solved by taking huge doses of certain vitamins and minerals. Others think the answer is in eating special sugar substitutes, fiber concoctions, or products bought at the health food store. Our nutrition knowledge is limited to what we learn from TV commercials, magazines, and so-called experts. The salespeople for most nutrition-related products usually have no training in the science of nutrition. Instead, they rely on the advertisements written by their companies to promote the sale of their wonder product. Many people have ruined their health or lost their lives because they carefully followed a salesman’s directions. A friend of mine had heard that mega doses of vitamin A would solve her skin problem and keep her hair from graying. Unfortunately, my friend was misled. She recently died of liver damage. Her death was primarily attributed to overdoses of vitamin A. Many people have damaged their health because they followed the charlatans, the fakes, and the quacks of dietary misinformation. The letters M.D. sometimes follow the names of the authors of totally unreliable nutrition books. Did you know that nutrition is a subject hardly taught in the medical schools of America? Some medical doctors are not very knowledgeable about nutrition and are even less skilled at using nutrition to treat illness and disease. Many people believe that if a medical doctor says something, then it must be true. They have such great confidence in medicine that they follow their favorite doctor wherever he leads them. That can sometimes be in ridiculous and dangerous directions. A friend of mine felt she was overweight and needed to go on a diet. Actually, she was just pleasingly plump, but she was an older person with a new boyfriend. When she went to see her physician, he put her on a grapefruit and hard-boiled egg diet; almost nothing else was allowed. My copy of this diet has long since been thrown in the trash can. It was nutritionally dreadful. What this diet did to my friend within a month was also dreadful. She developed bleeding gums (even with all the ascorbic acid in the grapefruit), loss of vitality, and change in personality (she cried at the drop of a hat). But the climax came when she got the flu. She was in bed for three weeks, stayed home for an additional three weeks of recuperation, and slouched around for another two weeks after she returned to work. She had no energy, no sparkle, no pep. (The average person who had the flu that winter recuperated after about six days.) The changes in my friend’s health following her close adherence to this starvation diet were nearly disastrous. It took another doctor and months of expensive treatment to straighten out her health problems. Crash Diets Many books have promoted the concepts of "eat and grow slim," "calories don’t count," "the drinking man’s diet," "wonder foods," "nibble and lose weight," "easy, no risk eating," and others. If you follow the advice given in some recent bestsellers, you could seriously damage your health. Yet, these charlatan authors probably cry over their deceptions all the way to the bank! In addition to the money made from selling their books, they sometimes charge fees up to $125 a visit to those who want personal consultation on a particular health problem. All crash diets will take pounds off your body, but they can also cause permanent damage. Crash diets can lead to heart failure, acute volvulus (obstruction) of the small bowel, kidney failure, and lactic acidosis in diabetic patients. In addition, they can cause adverse changes in personality, loss of vitality, reduced resistance to disease, anemia, headaches, and many other dangerous conditions. Health is an interrelationship of diet, genetics, environment, lifestyle, and other known and unknown factors. Be careful about trusting your health to the sensationalists. Seek nutrition and diet information from reliable sources: authors with degrees in the science of nutrition from accredited universities. Why are you sick and tired? The answer may be in your refrigerator, your grocery cart, or on your kitchen table. Look around and see if your way of eating could be the source of your physical problems. Barley Green: The Best Antidote When science and experience agree perfectly on a subject, it is time to take note. Such is true in the case of a food concentrate called barley green. Organically grown (without pesticides, fungicides, or artificial fertilizers or without the use of heat or freezing in processing), this live food is naturally very potent. It has a proven propensity for making our bodies healthy. It accomplishes this, I’m sure, through the use of the sixteen vitamins, twenty-three major minerals (plus minor ones totaling over fifty), eighteen amino acids, a high amount of protein (12 to 16 percent by weight), and about three hundred enzymes. It is also alkaline pH and contains large amounts of chlorophyll (a healing phytochemical). Truly, it is a food with real power. 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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Foreword 9
1.Why Are You Sick and Tired? 11
2.Nutrition and Your Body 25
3.How to Eat Right 39
4.Your Money and Your Food 65
5.Let’s Go to the Source 81
6.How Your Diet Affects Your Health 101
7.You and Your Weight 119
8.The Answer You’ve Been Looking For 135
9.Fighting the War against Fat 151
10.The Secret to Perfect Health 163
11.Love in the Kitchen 171
Endnotes 193
About the Author 199

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