Why are some people susceptible to all kinds of illnesses and diseases and may even die as the result of an illness like COVID-19? It really comes down to the quality of our health (immune system). Let’s say you are asked to jump into a boxing ring with the world heavy weight champion to fight for your life. How long would you last, 30 seconds, one round, or maybe you would get killed? Why? Because you were not trained to fight and you are in terrible shape, grossly overweight or maybe obese, and a heavy smoker.
But perhaps if you knew for 20-30 years, before the fight of your life, that this fight was coming up, you would have trained harder and taken better care of yourself. You may still not last long, but being better trained and in good shape would increase your chances of surviving.
Every day we are in a fight of our life trying to survive against illnesses (harmful bacteria/viruses), and destructive chronic diseases. To fight against the illnesses of today, we have to be better trained and in better shape. That means a healthy diet, low carbohydrates, no sugar, a diet with all the vitamins and minerals and not just calories, adequate protein, and plenty of healthy fats, 8-9 hours of sleep, moderate exercise, and weight reduction. No smoking!
Training should start when we are in the womb, and every day is a training session from there on. What does our training schedule look like to help us lower the risk of suffering from chronic diseases and prematurely dying?
The subject of health and the selection of food and the factors that determine our health started centuries ago with observations made by Hippocrates.
However, during the last several decades, it has become obvious that while our lifestyle, including diet, stress, smoking, obesity, drugs, both prescribed and illegal, lack of exercise, and genetics are major determinations of our health status. However, it is diet that has the pivotal role. We have survived for over three million years on food as medicine for our health. The effect of nutrition today on human health has received little attention, and conventional medical attention is that diet and nutrients play a limited role in human health. The bottom line is still that food is your best medicine. Today, the American lifestyle and diet has changed more in the last 100 years than it had in the previous three million years. Prescription drugs, vaccines, and vaccinations have replaced proper nutrition as a way to maintain health and to prevent disease rather than build a healthy body with a strong immune system to resist disease. And, it has failed miserably!
The American diet is made up primarily of simple carbohydrates and sugar, which has resulted in many chronic diseases. Collectively, cardiovascular disease including stroke, cancer, and diabetes account for approximately two-thirds of deaths in the United States and about 700 billion dollars in direct and indirect economic cost each year. A large percentage of our diseases are optional. Ninety-two percent of all disease is caused by lifestyle choices with the underlying cause of oxidative stress and inflammation. The diseases today are not due to a lack of drugs, but due to a lack of nutrients that the body requires to function at its peak optimum level. Five major areas of concerns are first, to improve the diet, increase physical activity, reduce smoking, and eliminate obesity and excessive weight gain.
Obesity has replaced smoking as the greatest risk of chronic diseases including cancer. The prevalence of obesity in white American adults is 42.4 percent. African Americans have the highest prevalence of obesity at 49.6 percent. Obesity in Hispanics comes in at 44.8 percent. The current trend of obesity, if it prevails, is that by 2050, all Americans will be obese with related conditions including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. These are some of the leading causes of preventable, premature deaths. Many of our diseases are directly related to our lifestyle choices including diet having changed from meals at home to dining at fast food restaurants. The American diet is made up of prepackaged and highly processed foods with excessive carbohydrates and sugar. Neither so called food supplies any nutrients, except for large quantities of calories. Americans are overly-fed and under-nourished!
In a report as of 2017, the CDC states that more than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes.The report finds that as of 2015, 30 million Americans, 9.4 percent of the U.S. population, have type 2 diabetes. Another 84.1 million have prediabetes, a condition that if not treated leads to type 2 diabetes within five years. Type 2 diabetes is not a disease. It’s directly related to the selection of diet, inactivity, and weight gain. This should be the new prescription rather than drugs for those who are classified as a type 2 diabetic. Drugs are not the answer.
The major causes of diseases are: obesity, smoking, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. These conditions can be prevented and significantly reduced through lifestyle changes. The forgoing are the causes of diseases, therefore, we can control the diseases by eliminating or reducing the causes. Drugs do not cure these diseases nor do they instill health. A healthy diet and lifestyle must always be your choice for good health and the freedom from disease.
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