Each year the average American consumes 150 lbs of sugar and 566 cans of soft drinks (“liquid candy”). According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that is equal to “52 teaspoonfuls of added sugars per person per day.” Can you imagine yourself sitting at the kitchen table gobbling down 52 teaspoons of white sugar – every single day? Well, that’s exactly what most of us are doing without even realizing it!
Why is every other American chronically ill?
Junk food consumption has increased drastically in the last few decades. Compared to 1981, in 2001 the average American consumed in one year: 45 large bags of potato chips - up 78%; 120 orders of French fries - up 130%; 190 candy bars - up 80%; 120 pastries or desserts - up 95%; 150 slices of pizza - up 143%.
What long-term effects may we expect from such progressive dietary degeneration? A movie called Super Size Me documents precisely what physical and psychological changes take place when one consumes too much junk food. Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock decided to become a human guinea pig by eating three meals a day for 30 days at McDonald’s. The film centers around the impact this had on his health and life. As reported by the New York Post on January 22, 2004.:
“Scores of cheeseburgers, hundreds of fries and dozens of chocolate shakes later, the formerly strapping 6-foot-2 New Yorker - who started out at a healthy 185 pounds - had packed on 25 pounds. But his supersized shape was the least of his problems. Within a few days of beginning his drive-through diet, Spurlock, 33, was vomiting out the window of his car, and doctors who examined him were shocked at how rapidly Spurlock's entire body deteriorated.
‘It was really crazy - my body basically fell apart over the course of 30 days,’ Spurlock told The Post. His liver became toxic, his cholesterol shot up from a low 165 to 230, his libido flagged and he suffered headaches and depression.”
Toxins “stimulate neurons to death”
Junk foods and soft drinks contain dangerous additives, chemicals, and many are laced with excitotoxins “found in such ingredients as monosodium glutamate [MSG], aspartame (NutraSweet®), cysteine, hydrolyzed protein, and aspartic acid”. Excitotoxins are “substances added to foods and beverages that literally stimulate neurons to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees.”
No one’s put it better than nutritionist, Carol Simontacchi, in her best-selling book The Crazy Makers: “Food industries wantonly destroy our bodies and our brains, all in the name of profit.”
Our health has become a victim of someone else’s profit margin
No wonder nearly half of the U.S. population has at least one chronic condition, and 60 million have more than one.
How to maintain health and vitality?
Understanding that our quality of life is determined by our daily choices, we have the power to improve our health and well-being quickly and dramatically. Optimum nutrition is a key factor, but our health depends not only on what nutrients we eat, but how much of those nutrients are absorbed and how well and regularly the body’s waste products are eliminated.
“In the 50 years I’ve spent helping people to overcome illness, disability and disease, it has become crystal clear that poor bowel management lies at the root of most people’s health problems. In treating over 300,000 patients, it is the bowel that invariably has to be cared for first before any effective healing can take place.”
We could actually compare the function of the colon in our bodies to a sewer system in a large city. Just imagine for a second what would happen if the sewers in our area became clogged by some debris. Undoubtedly, within a short time the whole neighborhood would be filled with filth and an unbearable stench. This is the same process that occurs in our bodies when the elimination system is not functioning properly. When the colon is clean and healthy, we experience an overall well-being. When it is congested with stagnant waste, poisons back up into the system and pollute the inner environment. This is called autointoxication or self-poisoning.
“If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing autointoxication (a process whereby you are poisoned by substances produced by your own body as a result of inadequate digestion and elimination).
- Allergy or intolerance to certain foods
- Bad breath and foul-smelling gas and stools
- Constipation, diarrhea, sluggish elimination, irregular bowel movements
- Frequent congestion, colds, viruses
- Flatulence or gas and frequent intestinal disorders
- Frequent headaches for no apparent reason
- General aches and pains that migrate from one place to another
- Intolerance to fatty foods
- Low energy; loss of vitality for no apparent reason
- Lower back pain
- Lowered resistance to infections
- Needing to sleep a long time
- Pain in your liver or gall bladder
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), breast soreness, vaginal infections
- Skin problems, rashes, boils, pimples, acne
If you have severe symptoms or any serious disorders, seek the attention of a competent health care provider. The above list is only meant to indicate some of the symptoms of autointoxication. Anyone who has been on a Standard American Diet is likely to suffer from these symptoms, especially if you live in an urban area.”
Every cell of our body is affected by self-poisoning. When the toxins accumulate in the nervous system, we feel irritable and depressed. We feel weak if they back up into the heart, bloated if they reach the stomach and our breath is foul if they reach the lungs. If the poisons try to escape through our skin, rashes and blotches develop, or we look pale and our skin appears wrinkly. If the toxins make it to the glands, we feel fatigued, lethargic, our sex drive may cease and we appear to look much older than our actual age.
Constipation – common sign of a toxic colon
The most common sign of a toxic colon is chronic constipation. Constipation is commonly defined as a condition where the fecal matter is so tightly packed together that bowel movements are infrequent and incomplete, causing much difficulty and straining, and producing dry, hardened feces. The accumulation of this old, hardened feces sticks to the walls of the colon, inhibiting its proper function of absorbing the remaining nutrients. Instead it is forced to absorb the toxins from the build-up and fight the parasites that make this debris their breeding ground. The passage through which the feces are forced to travel is also greatly reduced in diameter so the stools become much narrower, even as thin as a pencil sometimes. In our society, bowel movements of the chronically constipated may be looked upon as normal. But going to the bathroom once every few days, sitting there straining for half an hour and passing black, hard pebbles that drop to the bottom is not only abnormal, it is also serious trouble waiting to happen.
Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
Many people have small pouches in their colons that bulge outward through weak spots, like an inner tube that pokes through weak places in a tire. Each pouch is called a diverticulum while the condition diverticulosis. About 10 percent of Americans over the age of 40 have diverticulosis. The condition becomes more common as people age. About half of all people over the age of 60 have diverticulosis. When the pouches become infected or inflamed, the condition is called diverticulitis. The main cause of diverticular disease is a low-fiber diet.
The role of fiber
Our widespread colon problems begin with our unhealthy Western diet that is deficient in plant fibers. Fiber is indispensable in maintaining a healthy colon. A person with a healthy colon should in fact have two to three bowel movements per day. With the help of fiber, elimination should be complete, fast and easy.
Dietary fiber plays a crucial role in the proper function and maintenance of the colon. “Increasing the amount of fiber in the diet may reduce symptoms of diverticulosis and prevent complications such as diverticulitis. Fiber keeps stool soft and lowers pressure inside the colon so that bowel contents can move through easily. The American Dietetic Association recommends 20 to 35 grams of fiber each day.”
Lack of energy is among the most common complaints today. While fatigue can be caused by many different factors, it can also be a key symptom of inner toxicity. Even if you’re eating a fairly healthy diet, a toxic build-up may prevent your body from converting the essential nutrients you consume into the energy you require.
High energy and weight loss are just some of the many benefits you can achieve through a comprehensive cleansing program.
- The Prevention of Illness
- An Improvement in Physical Appearance
- A Boost in Emotional Well-Being
- A Sharpening of Mental Capabilities
- An Enhancement in Digestion
- The Elimination of Unhealthy Food Addictions & Allergies
- The Attainment of Ideal Weight
- A Minimizing of the Effects of Aging
- Spiritual Renewal
Taken from: http://www.gcnm.com/colon_cleansing_detox.html
KAY’S NOTE: Following the SCDiet laid forth in BREAKING THE VICIOUS CYCLE by Elaine Gottschall , from the beginning chicken soup regimen and beyond, should gently and naturally cleanse and heal the intestines, balance the bacterial flora, maximize digestion (raw fiber foods can again be tolerated), normalize elimination, and return the body to a healthier state. Increased energy and a better state of mind are also typical.
Dr. Mercola's Comment:
90% of the money Americans spend on foods
goes towards processed foods.
How can you possibly be healthy with that much processed food in your diet? You really need the reverse ratio to stay healthy, 90% non-processed food and spend plenty of time in your kitchen to prepare it.
You don't have to despair and say poor me because I was born in the U.S. and am going to die sooner than those born in a foreign country. You can take the proactive step and aggressively implement the diet suggestions which will provide the same health benefits that those born outside the U.S. are receiving.
The main strategy? Stay away from processed foods and either pay someone to spend time in the kitchen to prepare your non-processed food meals or do them yourself.
I have less free time than most reading this newsletter, yet I prepare over 95% of my meals myself to preserve my health.
Dr. Mercola's Comment:
Nearly 50% of kids eat dinner in front of the TV. (It’s no wonder they want to eat junk foods constantly with all those junk food commercials!) What happened to interacting with the family? One of the best things that you can do for your family is to unplug your TV or even get rid of it completely.
It is nearly three years since I stopped mine and it has been a major benefit. I still have a home theater system for lectures I attend and review or to watch a good movie on DVD, but the TV connection is not there and it really makes a huge difference in my life.