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Monday, May 22, 2017

Nutrition Beats Drugs on PJSC podcast

PaleoJed, aka Jedediah Bowers, Civil War general

Every time!

As Hippocrates said it long ago, as he was forging the basis of Western medicine (which the medical establishment has abandoned in modern times, unfortunately):

Let medicine be thy food
and Food thy medicine!

It was true in 400 BC, and it is just as true now.  Hippocrates also said that “All disease begins in the gut”, and now the latest medical research shows that also to be true- the gut biome, meaning the intestinal flora and fauna that inhabit our intestines and elsewhere on our bodies, even in our mouths and on our skin!  But within our intestinal tract, that is the home of tens of trillions of tiny gut “bugs” that help us to function as human beings.

Our gut bugs manufacture various vitamins and hormones, even regulating our mood and helping us in digestion, and even in regulating our weight!  Conditions as diverse as depression, obesity, autism, and even a positive, optimistic view of life are all linked to the health and diversity of the gut population of microbes!

If you eat a wide diet of natural vegetables and fruits, along with probiotic foods such as naturally fermented foods such as sauerkraut, pickles, yogurt and kefir- why then you are nurturing a healthy, resilient micro biome- a healthy gut!  This is, bottom line, the main key to a healthy body, and it requires lots and lots of nutrient dense vegetables- of course, a healthy, blender-produced smoothie is almost essential to getting this diverse diet of huge amounts of veggies in the modern diet.  (You knew I’d say that, but it’s still true grasshopper!)

Conversely, to revert to drugs: every time you take a drug, you are messing up your precious micro biome!  Especially antibiotics- their entire purpose is to carpet-bomb your gut biome!

Of course, the idea is to take out one virulent, bad strain of bacteria… but antibiotics can’t differentiate!

It’s as if there is a huge battle between two warring armies in your gut.  Millions of good guys are fighting away, against another army of bad guys that want to harm you.  An antibiotic bomb falls down your gut, and explodes!

When the dust clears, both armies are dead!  Also, all of the innocent bystanders- the workers repairing your tissues, the office workers that regulate your mood and weight levels- they’re all dead too.  Your gut is a huge vacant land, a cemetery of once hard workers, along with bad invaders, but now just- sterile and empty!

Doctors used to think this was good!  In fact, many still do, but they are very wrong indeed if they do- they are using science they learned in the 1970’s, not current medical research that very much endorses the critical importance of a strong and vital gut micro biome.

With a sterile gut environment, the battle can go either way.  If you regulate the gut microbes you allow within your body by eating a good, paleo type of diet that is heavy on veggies and fermented foods, and very low in processed starches and sugars- why they you encourage the growth and immigration of good, positive microbes that will enhance your health and well being!

However, if you introduce fast foods and other processed crap into your gut, you are encouraging the rapid growth of millions of bad microbes- those same undesirable microbes you were finally forced to kill with the carpet-bomb of an antibiotic drug!  What’s more, if you continue with the bad eating, especially with gluten in the mix, you are letting your gut get more and more permeable- this means that undesirable proteins will slip through your gut lining, right into your bloodstream.

This is the worst scenario of all, in that it means that you are being invaded from within.  Your body reaches that point, as your gut becomes more and more permeable, that your white blood cell defenders cannot tell the difference between some of your own tissues and those of the invaders- and, when this happens, your body starts to attack your own organs and tissues.  This is autoimmune disease, the scourge of the modern era.

Don’t go this route! Protect your body, protect your gut- with a good, paleo type of diet of real, God made foods only.  This is key, but the next step is just as important:

Avoid Drugs!  Over-the-counter, prescription- they all, ultimately, work against your body.  They destroy your gut lining as surely as gluten does, and actually much faster.

What’s more: they only treat the symptoms, not the cause of the problem!  This is very important to remember, since if in treating the symptoms for temporary relief exacerbates the very problem you are trying to correct…

This is not only not a solution- it is gasoline on a raging fire of disease!

So treat your body as Hippocrates recommended, and as do I, today. Eat lots of good, nutritious vegetables, pastured meats and dairy, free range eggs, and organic fruits.  Eat sardines and wild salmon, not hot pockets and Egg Mc Muffins washed down with fruit juice and a coke.  Consume lots of fermented foods, and instead of chemical sunscreens and lotions, rub coconut oil on your body, and emu oil.  Oils that your body can use productively, rather than go into emergency overdrive to try to eliminate into your liver and into fat cells!

Throw your flour and bread products in the trash, or else give them to a person you truly believe the world would be better off without!  Take your sugar bin, and either use it to ferment something like a natural beer or wine, or else give it to the hummingbirds who can use it productively.

And most importantly, take all the coupons and such that encourage you to order pizzas and muffins and Big Gulps and fast food burgers and tacos and everything else- and burn them.  Burn them right along with all the advertisements you get from your local big Medical Clinic that everyone reveres as great healers…  take all their blandishments about how you should make an appointment to have your colonoscopy, your yearly checkup, your nine-dozen medical tests “to be done often” and burn them right along with those bad processed food enticement coupons!

Clear your head- think for yourself!  Treat yourself with good nutrition and good, natural, perfectly paleo exercise!

Instead of worrying about medical treatments, meditate and pray.  Exercise naturally.  And above all, sleep a sound 8-9 hours per night in a blackened room, with no lights within or without. (This includes television, above all!!)

And instead of opting for medical drugs or surgeries??  Cook wonderful, healthy meals for yourself and your family!  Avoid chemicals in your cleaning products and personal care products, and use intermittent fasting on a frequent basis.

This is where health truly lies- within your own control.  Big Medicine, Big Pharma, and Big Government are all the problem.  Solutions are always, and always have been within the individual.  If you truly think about it, paying attention to the latest research and sequestering yourself for awhile from the constant wash of Big Brother self-serving propoganda from the media, you will come to recognize reality.

Nutrition does indeed Beat Drugs!