Unfortunately, a "normal" way of eating usually means the Standard American Diet, SAD. Of course, this means lots of meat, dairy, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, and most of the time, processed, artificial "foods". All we have to do is look around us and observe how eating this way has resulted in epidemic proportions of an overweight, sick society. The problem is, the industries with all the power and money, (food industry, meat and dairy industries), are the ones with the "advertising" power...the brilliant marketing departments that lead us to believe their products are "good" for us. But the proof in in the pudding.....just take a look around.
Sadly, we are on the wrong track.....all the billions of dollars that goes into research trying to find the next new drug to "treat" all our diseases--especially heart disease and cancer, the top 2 Killers in America--CURES NOTHING. Science has proven time and time again these drugs are treating the symptoms. To most people's surprise, they are not eradicating disease, and so many scientific journals are stating these drugs are not PROLONGING life!! However, the drug companies responsible for making such drugs lead us to believe something totally different.
Science has also PROVEN repeatedly that NUTRITION should be the "FIRST TREATMENT" in healing any disease. However, for whatever the reason is, (in my opinion it's money), this is just not accepted. Most physicians just are not knowledgeable when it comes to nutrition because they were just not taught. Anything that "challenges" what physicians were taught for years and years in medical school is usually dismissed as hearsay. But, many years ago when the tobacco industry first came out with cigarettes, PHYSICIANS USED TO PROMOTE THEM stating they had a very calming effect and were safe for people to use.....as a matter of fact, some physicians PRESCRIBED them to their very anxious patients!!! Well, we all know how this turned out...
The same goes for nutrition....because physicians just do not have the knowledge in regards to nutrition, they just don't believe that nutrition has that much to do with diseases....when in fact, NUTRITION has EVERYTHING TO DO WITH DISEASE! Now, don't get me wrong, there are some physicians that are on-board with this way of thinking. They themselves have "cleaned up" their eating habits, but find that:
- It's very time consuming to "teach" patients about nutrition
- There is no reimbursement for teaching nutrition to patients
- Patient's do not want to "give up" their current way of eating (consuming lots of meat, dairy and processed foods)
However, I truly believe when nutrition and it's importance is EXPLAINED to a person, they are more inclined to take the necessary steps to improve their eating habits. If a physician diagnosed me with coronary artery disease and gave me the choice of splitting my chest wide open to perform bypass surgery on my heart, or, eliminate all animal products and processed foods from my diet, and eat all the vegetables, fruits, beans and whole-grains I wanted, of course I would choose the latter....who wouldn't???
There has been a boatload of scientific studies performed and results published in highly respected journals proving the effects that nutrition has. As a matter of fact, when feeding our body with the "right" foods, the capacity of healing that our body has is MORE POWERFUL than any drug on the market. Our body was designed to protect us, it was designed to attack foreign invaders, (things that our body don't recognize like chemicals and artificial foods), and it was designed to HEAL us when something goes wrong.
Nutrition trumps EVERYTHING when talking about health. When we eat a "diet" full of vegetables, fruits, beans and whole-grains, we are giving our body everything it NEEDS to give us SUPERIOR HEALTH. Disease does not have to exist...heart disease and cancers can be prevented as well as so many other diseases that plague us today.
Remember, we can't direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.......