Dr. Dimitris Tsoukalas, MD
There is a greater abundance of food in the world today as ever before in history and yet Man is starving. How is this possible?
Let's examine the two fundamental reasons for eating, pleasure considerations aside.
- The first is calorie intake and
- The second is nutrient intake
Calories have to do with the energy provided by food while nutrients are the vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and other components the organism needs to accomplish cellular processes and keep functioning at optimum.
The human body needs nutrients as much as it needs calories. We now know that, due to the fact that food was scarce since Man first appeared on Earth until a few decades ago, the human body functions better when it eats foods that are high in nutrients content and low in calories.
Unfortunately the majority of the foods we consume today are packed with calories and extremely poor in nutrient content. This explains why Man is literally starving for lack of nutrients while consuming huge amounts of calories.
A Dangerous Inversion
This inversion in the calorie vs nutrients equation is the main reason behind the modern decline in Man's health. The change took place gradually over the last 40 years and we have reached a point today where the majority of the food we consume has practically no nutritional value whatsoever.
To state the obvious: to stay alive and function the human body needs vital substances such as oxygen, water, micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids), macronutrients (fat, carbohydrates, proteins) and calories. If any one of them is missing, entirely or partially, performance is affected and so is health. Would you consider filling your car's tank with sand instead of gasoline, cut off the air supply and start the engine with an empty oil reservoir? Certainly not! So how can Man expect to be healthy when:
• 70% of the population is seriously dehydrated
• Oxygen levels in modern cities are down by 50%!
• Food is ten times poorer in nutrients than 50 years ago
• Calorie intake has been on a uninterrupted rise for the last 40 years
Chronic diseases which were considered rare a few decades ago have become commonplace. Look back twenty years ago: how many people did you know then who were affected by multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, obesity, lupus erythematosus or celiac disease? Chances that you know someone suffering from any one of these diseases today are, unfortunately, much higher.
While scientific research makes every effort to discover new drugs for the relief of the symptoms that accompany these diseases, the only true solution to the problem lies in restoring the biochemical balance of the organism.
Most of the food we consume today is 'fake' as it does not provide the organism with the basic components it needs to perform the chemical reactions that result in its being alive and healthy.
Can you recall what tomatoes tasted like when you were a child? Think of the difference between tomatoes then and tomatoes today in smell, taste and appearance. Truly, there is just no comparison. And so it goes with bread, meat, vegetables and the rest of our food. The sharp decline of our food's content in nutrients so vital to life and health is the greatest problem we face today.
Flavor Enhancers and Declining Health
This sad picture is complicated by the addition of chemical compounds in foods to enhance their flavor. Flavor enhancers create addiction to synthetic tastes ("You cannot eat only one!") and make natural, unprocessed foods seem bland.
The departure from a natural diet has led to dietary habits that only get worse and the lack of energy has rendered Man soft and lethargic, sending his health into a power-dive from which it is hard to recover.
The solution is a return to a healthier and more natural lifestyle. The food we eat has to be 'live' food with a minimum amount of processing.
Remedying nutritional deficiencies is vitally important. An increasing number of studies link chronic diseases to deficiencies in basic nutrients and the presence of toxic compounds:
- Multiple sclerosis: vitamin D, basic amino acids, heavy metals
- Rheumatoid arthritis: vitamin D, vitamin Α
- Asthma: dehydration, magnesium, minerals
- Autism: heavy metals, vitamin D, vitamin Β6, magnesium, intestinal flora
- Diabetes: vitamin D, magnesium, chromium
- Thyroid disease: selenium, chromium
- Breast cancer: vitamin D, calcium
- Colon cancer: altered intestinal flora, vitamin D
- Colitis and intestinal inflammatory diseases: altered intestinal flora
- Stomatitis: vitamin B12
- Alzheimer: vitamin B12, magnesium
Identifying and eliminating deficiencies is the optimal solution. The technological progress of our age has caused dramatic changes to the environment we live in. That same technology might well be the answer to the very problem it caused: we are able today to measure and evaluate the organism's metabolic pathways in real time and we can manufacture all of the vital nutrients in concentrations adequate for healing.
Specific and very precise medical examinations have been developed that make it possible to identify deficiencies in micro- and macronutrients and thus restore the biochemical balance of the organism through diet and the intake of those nutrients that were found lacking.
To your health!
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