While dying is not optional in this world, crossing out certain reasons for dying is up for grabs. When I have the same health conversation several times in a row, I know it’s time to write my thoughts here and let it go. Ultimately, people are going to do what they want; facts be damned. They will either seek and find the truth, or die not trying. For those seekers out there, this one’s for you.
The first two leading causes of death in the US are:
- Heart Disease
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Number four, stroke, is highly related to heart disease, so we’ll call that a twofer.
My interest in health started in high school when I realized I could simply move some weights around and grow muscles to fill out my wrestling singlet. I reasoned that if I could prevent disease from even starting, I would live happier, healthier, and longer. My mom was on to something with her nutritional theories. I have to thank her for forcing me to eat my broccoli. Some call it genetic. I call it learning from your parents’ habits.
The first real book that holistically summed up much of what I was finding was Dr. Joseph Mercola’s book, Take Control of Your Health.
Dr. Mercola showed me that there is no one right diet for everyone. That one statement could stop a few health wars right there. I liked how he wasn’t just focused on diet either. He understood that environmental and emotional factors among others played into one’s total health. He introduced me to the Weston A. Price Foundation, which pointed out that there is a huge difference between good and bad fats, dairy, and meat. Of course, all the bad versions are the only ones readily available. You have to really try to eat the good stuff.
Oh, you want to eat the good dairy? Sorry, it is illegal in the US.
People lie to make money. You are the only one looking out for your health and what fuel runs your body. Trust, but verify. Everything.
Then came Netflix. Bless Netflix. Every health documentary on the planet was at my fingertips. And the watching and reading began. Forks Over Knives opened my eyes to the possibility that there were still more “facts” I had not even questioned. Maybe choosing the right meat, diary, and oils was not the key question. Maybe the question was how much. Maybe the question was choosing the right fruits, vegetables, and legumes. The ideas were definitely life-changing.
- Our bodies make all the cholesterol we need.
- Moderation kills.
- Plants can give us the perfect amount of protein.
- Diet plays the starring role in avoiding the top deadly diseases.
After reading T. Colin Campbell’s The China Study and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr.’s Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, I questioned the approach to testing one thing at a time instead of a holistic system. When dealing with something as complex and wonderful as the human body, how could we ever draw sound conclusions from simply raising or lowering one ingredient in our diets?
People can argue all they want with the research of these two men but I believe their conclusions are so highly controversial because they call out so many lies the population already took as fact. They are basically saying the world is round in a flat-believing world. Not popular.
More documentaries followed. More educational books on health. More ringside seats to blog fights between meat-eaters and plant-eaters, those overwhelmed and those who know it all, doctors and patients, the government and the people.
The pinnacle of ideas so dangerous, they are illegal, lay inside Healing The Gerson Way by Charlotte Gerson and A Cancer Therapy by Dr. Max Gerson. These books backed up what the plant-eaters were saying but since they were attacking the behemoth cancer therapy industry, they lost. The Gerson Therapy cannot be given in the United States. I’ll let you figure that one out.
The message of these books? The incurable is curable. With examples.
The challenge of these books? We live in a world acting against our health at every turn. We can give excuses or we can learn. We can see what happens later in life or we can start making better choices today.
As a person who loves reading, life-long learning, and growing every day, I cherish what these books have taught me. I hope they encourage you and challenge your mind to think differently about how you live.