Food Scoring Guide: Silent, Invisible Damage

We continually are being told that heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and even dementia are inevitable consequences of aging. So it is not surprising that most people assume that we have to expect these things as they are. We also are told that they are primarily the result of genetics and, therefore are beyond our control. The statistics seemingly bear this out. Over 90% percent of elderly Americans require medications for high blood pressure or other heart conditions. But these diseases are not the consequence of aging; they are the consequence of consuming a low-nutrient diet over time.

We don’t see the harm as we hurt our bodies in tiny increments, day after day, by eating a low-nutrient diet. Children, teenagers, and young adults “seem” to get away with years of poor nutrition. But after enough time goes by, the damage is easily seen. Then, we blame it on aging.
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don stewart - March 18, 2008 10:02 AM

I have been reading a paperback book 'What Are You Optimistic About?'. It's a collection short essays by some of the best and the brightest about things that they believe will get better. Several of the writers think that we are on the verge of actually discovering the causes of chronic illness and then finding cures. It amazes me that such well educated and smart people simply don't make the connection between life style and chronic illness. But since many doctors don't seem to make the connection either, I suppose it isn't so amazing.

I do recommend the book. The short, pithy statements encourage you to reflect on exactly what assumptions are operative. For example, the techno-geeks are all enthused about more gadgets. Their assumption jumps out at you because of the compression of their statements. Then you ask yourself 'Is anyone with more gadgets happier than the Buddha was 2500 years ago?' Well, maybe, maybe not. At least you are thinking about the crucial issues.

Don Stewart

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