“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
What You Eat Matters – 2018 Documentary H.O.P.E.
Did you watch it? Experience tells me most won’t, so I’ll go on to tell you what I gleaned from it.
If we see how we dare treat animals to please our taste buds (my mouth has watered at the sizzling of a steak in the past), we would see how easily it would be to convert the Human resource into stalls of complacency as well. Bit by bit, we are being herded into stalls. Jeff Goldblum touts the amazingness of apartment living at a time when most cannot make enough money to buy a home. When I was a child, buying a home was a pinnacle of success. We are being seduced through the industrialization of psychology to believe we should lower our expectations. We are being made to believe we should expect, and be happy with less. (Yes—Industry employs droves of psychologists.)
But let’s get back to meat.
Forty percent of our global warming problem lies in industrialized agriculture. If we stop what’s happening from happening, global warming will fix itself. I no longer eat meat. I have lowered my carbon footprint.
It takes 24,000 gallons of water to produce one pound of meat. The feed these animals eat produces (what was once called manure) slurry. When I was a kid, we had cow chips. Damn–you could just about frisbee them. The farm I lived on had dairy cows. They went to pasture by day; did their defecation in the field (drove it into the ground with their hooves, returning it to the earth), and came into a barn where wooden troughs had been carved to catch what was left in their innards. It was solid stuff. There was a big double-door at the back of the barn where manure was piled high until planting season came. It was fertilizer.
Now most animals (pigs, cows, chickens) are being fed GMO corn and soy which turns into a liquid in their digestive systems. It squirts out of their behind in a stream. This slurry is kept in big ponds and is sprayed onto crop fields.
Now I don’t know about you, but I always learned that diarrhea meant you’re sick. When these slurry-ridden animals have completed their five months or so growth, or when a dairy cow is burnt out from producing gallons and gallons more milk than they healthily can (5 years) because of injected hormones, they go to slaughter.
Then we eat the meat infused with hormones, herbicides, antibiotics, and pesticides, and wonder why we’re sick all the time. Youth is fleeting. You can beat your body up for just so long before it fights back. We don’t need pills; we need good food.
Back to meat again.
Hamburger now contains things like spinal columns. As a child, I would walk to the butcher store, order a pound of hamburger, and watch the butcher grind the meat right in front of me, and it was meat. I probably don’t want to know what goes into hamburger today.
Below is a video discussion of our health concerns today—especially those of our kids.
PROCESSED PEOPLE – Plant Based Documentary 2008
We no longer “prevent” disease, we “treat” symptoms. When my cholesterol skyrocketed, I got myself to the doctor and got a pill. I always knew this was treating the symptom and not the problem, but I was lazy. (When I did engage in a good diet, my cholesterol numbers went down.) But I was younger, and eventually, those pills caused pain and discomfort. This year, as my health slide down the decline, I came to the decision that I had to stop taking the drugs I had been prescribed(They have a pill for almost everything.) and abandon medicine. I was in constant pain, had reoccurring infections, and my sleep was limited. One of the first things I noticed was that I was pain-free. Another was I slept much of the next five weeks. It was both glorious and concerning. I emerged from my bed feeling better than I had in a long time.
As I aged, I found taking a pill for one symptom gave me ten more symptoms. But that’s okay. There are ten pills for each of those symptoms. The problem is you are gifted with a hundred more. This had to stop.
After my extended date with my pillow, I was still sick, but I was better. I explored another topic quite by accident. Most of you probably did not like my perusings on that topic. But I found another way to protect myself from bad health. That topic had woven through my life in insidious ways. I only now have completed realizing the damage that that path has bulldozed through my life. I mourn what I have lost because of it, and the damage it has done to my eldest. My fault was trust.
Another food dark-side lies below
The Dark Side of Fast Food: Why Does It Make You Sick / Fat / Tired / Taste So Good (2001)
So what’s Good?
I gave up meat, eggs, dairy, fish and almost all sugar; I avoid pesticides and herbicide by buying organic food and embarked on a journey to better health. I gave up my nightly fair of TV fiction and devoted my hours to study.
The result? My innards are fixing themselves (I suffered my own version of slurry from eating GMO foods.); I have no more pain, and I have hopes that the recurring infection caused by my medication for Autoimmune Disease will stop with time. That medication was only geared towards slowing the disease, but it was also the one causing the most problems. I slowly came to an understanding that “death by complications of Autoimmune Disease” could be related to my ever-evolving, drug-resistant infections caused by the medication. And the Glyphosate in our foods is patented as a broad spectrum antibiotic as well as many things.
My heart was doing flip-flops when I would lie down. I knew medicine would simply prescribe more medicine. I watched a video that caused me to theorize my hefty cholesterol levels could be the result of a deficit in sulfates. I really didn’t eat many cholesterol-inducing foods. I’ve always suspected I was one of those people who produce cholesterol. But why?
The heart requires sulfates. I never ate foods rich in sulfates. To the best of my knowledge, cholesterol is the transport for sulfates. Was my liver generating more cholesterol because my heart was calling for the meager supply of sulfates in my body?
Seventh Day Adventists’ have the longest lifespan at least in our country. They are vegan.
Onions are rich in sulfates—I love onions. I started consuming them daily in an experiment to see if they would drive my cholesterol down. To my surprise, my heart stopped doing flip-flops. I dug deeper.
I’ve always known the vegan diet reigned supreme. I sought out information on those diets. I’ve learned much. There is an adage: Eat to Live, Don’t Live to Eat. Now think about that. I know I have always lived to eat. I looooooooooooove my treats. But my A1c was 5.6 last go-round. At 5.7 they call you prediabetic and give you a pill that readily causes dementia. I loved coffee with Nestle’s Quick and Half-and-Half. It was a mainstay in my life. Black coffee, here I went. I’m trying to treat my body like it needs me to take care of it, not like it’s there for me to abuse with my desires. I keep telling myself—Eat to Live Eat to Live Eat to Live…
I watched many videos, but this one has two top heart Docs in it. Lisa Gallagher, you might want to watch this one. Two top doctors on nutrition and heart disease talk here. One saved 11 out of 12 from certain death with the right nutrition.
World’s Top Nutrition Experts Explain Scientific Proven Benefits of a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet
Does organic cost more? I haven’t crunched the numbers, but if you give up the expensive categories like meat and butter, I think it may be slightly more expensive. If you consider the impact everybody going meatless would have on our environment—well—how much is your life worth?
In closing, you might want to watch this remarkable woman. She is fighting for all of us. She is a nuclear physicist turned ecological expert. She is fighting corporations’ move to grab control of all seeds on earth. Skip over the French guy if you don’t understand the language.
America is helping to facilitate the takeover of Africa. Oh, the land is lived on–but agro companies are buying the land that people have lived on for generations upon generations. Centuries of culture and custom. Their governments are approached by those who call themselves philanthropists and futurists. Whole villages have the land sold from underneath them by governments. The bulldozers come, they are told to leave, and if they resist, government troops just shoot and kill a few. They are not allowed to take belongings or animals and watch while their ancestral homes, filled with their belongings and memories, are driven into the ground.
The Law of The Seed – Lecture by Vandana Shiva
Copyright 2018 Joyce Bowen