Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Just To Be on the Safe Side: Don’t Take Vitamins
Recently republished in Naked Food Magazine ...
The Whole Is Much Greater than the Parts
Place an assortment of fruit on the table in front of you. Can you identify the yellow banana? Are you having any trouble picking out the orange? Are you calling the small, oblong round green objects grapes? Notice that you have no difficulty distinguishing between and properly naming each and every fruit. This is because their precise and perfect molecular architecture results in a distinct easily identifiable form for each and every fruit (and vegetable). Tens of thousands of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fibers, vitamins, minerals and other phyto (plant)-chemicals are present in proper amounts, kinds, and physical positions within each food. If not for the exact correctness then you would not have a green kiwi fruit.
Good nutrition begins as the whole food is chewed into smaller parts and swallowed. The masticated parts still contain all of the basic components and most of the same physical relationships as the original whole food. After more digestion, these food parts enter the blood stream and are carried to the body’s 10 trillion cells. This blood-borne mixture of nutrients actively passes through the cells’ membranes into the inner cellular fluid (cytoplasm). Here this vital balance of nutrients provides the raw materials for the cellular machinery to run properly. If too few or too many of any of the components of the digested and assimilated food are present within the cell then imbalances occur, resulting in less than optimal function at the cellular level, followed by disease. Scientists barely understand the orchestrations that take place between our foods and our bodies. But they do recognize that perfect harmony exists.
Save Your Money and Your Health
Whether you are scientifically minded and believe in the perfection created by 400 million years of evolution, or devoutly religious and believe in the perfection of a Divine Creator, or both, you must believe that the world we live in is inherently correct. The trillions of interactions that occur between flora, fauna and Mother Earth are purposeful and harmonious. You have also observed that man’s interference with Nature’s mysterious workings usually results in unintended catastrophes.
Failure to follow the natural starch-based diet for humans is the reason more than a billion people are overweight and sick today. Trying to fix modern day health problems with supplements adds to the injury at great financial costs. (Sales of dietary supplements to US Consumers were $25.2 billion in 2008.)14 Scientific facts and reasoning call for the blind and misguided faith in supplements to stop.
John McDougall, MD is a board-certified internist, author of 11 national best-selling books, the international on-line “McDougall Newsletter,” host of the nationally syndicated television show “McDougall M.D.,” and medical director of the 10-day, live-in McDougall Program in Santa Rosa, CA. He is an Associate Professor at the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Mare Island, Vallejo, California.