Not Everyone Gets It

From Dr. Fuhrman's book Cholesterol Protection For Life:

What if my family, my friends and my doctor think this is not right?

Keep in mind that nutritional excellence is not for everyone. Some people will choose to smoke cigarettes, eat unhealthful, or pursue other reckless habits. Dangerous habits are powerfully addicting and some people would risk their lives rather than fight them. They have the inalienable right to live their life the way they choose. The problem is that most people have not been given a choice. They haven't been told clearly by authorities and their physicians that they have a choice to get well and enjoy life without serious illness and the real threat of an early death. Watered down, ineffective advice sells out every person hoping for life-saving answers and real help. Giving people what is socially and politically acceptable, rather than what works, causes millions to die needlessly.

I have seen people violently reject this information. This is a physical manifestation of a subconscious process. Our brains are designed to dim awareness to information that causes us anxiety; information that would require people to take action and make changes in their lives. Almost any change can be anxiety provoking. Some people may fear the loss of some beloved food, rejection of their peers or some other irrational consequence. In response, to these subconscious objections many people will chose to ignore or degrade the importance of this message. This may be even more apparent in people who don't think they have imminent health issues. Don't let this happen to you.

Unhealthy foods are a slow-working poison. Many ailments related to food take years to develop; these ailments often won't display visible symptoms until they are well advanced. The only visible issue for most people is their excess weight.

Studies have shown that most overweight people routinely underestimate the extent of their obesity. They don't see themselves as overweight. Consequently, it is not too difficult to imagine how so many can ignore the evidence. They don't see what it has to do with them.

People do the same with their heart disease risk factors. They ignore the threat upon their lives from high cholesterol and they don't act to protect their lives, often until it is too late.

The decision to ignore this information happens on a subconscious level. A multitude of other diets promise weight loss and good health without changing the way you eat. This promise alone is enough to keep people from doing the work to change; it gives our subconscious minds a way out. The allure to the subconscious mind does not have to be logical, and when the mis-information about nutrition is popular or supported by a celebrity, all the more alluring.

The good news is that you do have control over your health and your weight. You are not at the mercy of your genes or your subconscious mind. And you do not have to get the diseases other Americans (including your doctor) do. Heart diseases, strokes, cancer, dementia, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, and other common illnesses are not predominantly genetic; rather they are the result of incorrect dietary choices.

Disease and a premature death are not inevitable. They are however the inevitable consequence of eating a disease-causing diet that Americans and other modern societies eat. We dig our graves with our knives and forks. On the other hand, we have an unprecedented opportunity in human history to use science to live longer and achieve health unobtainable by prior generations. We are only given one body in this lifetime, so take proper care of it. I urge you to become an example of excellent health which will encourage others to take your lead.
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Peter Bircsak - December 15, 2006 3:51 PM

The point raised here is so fundamental I'm somewhat surprised for the lack of comments. The Eat to Live program is venturing into territory where if applied the body fixes itself or doesnt break to begin with. Our basic paradigm or belief systems that someone else should fix us is being violated. I think that explains the violent reaction of some people to this information. Dr. Fuhrman presents information and one can take it or leave it.
The other problem is that feedback systems where success may result in the elimination of the need for the system dont work very well. The most successful hospital wont have any patients and thats quite a paradox.
There is also the problem of what we are going to do with all those billions of pounds of sugar not to mention the white bread.
My solution is to follow this path and if others are curious,share. Proof is in the pudding or I mean alpplesauce.

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