“What are they doing to our foods?” my mother used to ask. She got it from her mother asking the same question, back when they first started bleaching flour. I heard it so many times growing up that when it came time to do a science project in the sixth grade, I titled it, “What Are They Doing to Our Foods?”
But I think now the important question is, “What are our foods doing to us?”
I recently read that about two thirds of churches’ prayer lists are for health related issues.
Think of the immune system in our gut this way: there is an army of soldiers fighting disease. There’s good guys and bad guys. The good guys fight for your health by fighting bacteria, yeast and viruses—the bad guys. Kind of like good versus evil. Normally, the bad guys get overtaken by the good guys. That’s the way it’s suppose to work. But, a bunch of other bad guys have been dropped off, and they’re overtaking the good guys instead.
Who are these bad guys?
Artificial and refined sugars
Overuse of antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals
Aspirin and other NSAIDs
(To learn more about these toxins, see my two previous blogs below this one.)
All these have created a toxic overload and bacterial and fungal imbalances in our gut. These substances create holes in our gut lining, which allow toxins into our bloodstream, called Leaky Gut Syndrome. These toxins create inflammation and an autoimmune response.
Inflammation causes problems anywhere in the body and is the basis of every disease and disorder. A weakened immune system can make a person more vulnerable to autoimmune diseases, cancer or multiple sclerosis.
Autoimmune diseases are among the fastest growing in our country, now more prevalent than cancer or heart disease. Symptoms may be:
Irritable bowel syndrome
Muscle and joint pain
Impotence and fertility problems
Short attention span and hyperactivity
Increased colon and other cancers
Furthermore, the gut has its own independent nervous system, called the enteric nervous system, and therefore has been called “the second brain.” The toxins associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome induce depression by killing the body’s own anti-depressants. They also negatively effect melatonin, which induces sleep, and estrogen, which results in hormone imbalances. Is it any wonder one in four women in our country are on an anti-depressant?
In addition, our modern day foods make our body too acidic resulting in yeast/candida/fungus overgrowth, which feeds cancer. Cancer cannot grow in an alkaline environment. (You can purchase litmus paper to test your pH levels at your local vitamin/health market).
As you can see, decreased beneficial gut bacteria leads to a plethora of ailments for which doctors have not been able to cure.
I recently heard Dr. Oz say, “People want their doctors to do their thinking for them.” Perhaps that’s true because people are too busy. Or perhaps we just want a quick fix. But many times it means pills to alleviate symptoms, which does nothing about the cause or healing. And too often they don’t alleviate symptoms, it’s just an exchange of symptoms because today’s doctors are taught more about pharmaceuticals than nutrition.
There is no quick fix, and there is no magic pill.
look into obtaining a good probiotic to help balance your gut flora (ask which ones are best at your local vitamin store or health market).
You may also try an elimination diet where you eliminate certain foods for a period of time and then reintroduce them one at a time to test which ones may be causing adverse reactions. You can learn more here https://draxe.com/elimination-diet/
My hope and prayer is that these blogs have been helpful and inspired you to do moreresearch and motivate you to switch to an organic, possibly gluten-free and/or dairy-free diet, especially if you or your loved ones are having any health issues.
I am a fellow struggler on this road with you, holding your hand and cheering you on every step of the way!
Dr. Mercola Interviews Dr. Perlmutter About Gut Microbiome https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFmlATSAkQw
Even if you don’t read this interesting article, there’s a cute cartoon video that will simplify and explain the gut microbiome on this link:
Dr. Perlmutter on the Belly-Brain Connection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClcENEEqn3A
Dr. Rostenberg Leaky Gut Leaky Brain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6Mg8WjsVoQ
Dr. Axe, 7 Foods for Healing Leaky Gut: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVFA96t9G2I
Natural Cancer Cures and Why We Don’t Know About Them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g4FlTsbze0
Healed MS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjgBLwH3Wc
Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at MIT on ASD:
Food Inc. Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRp71BwRW8c
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Blessings and health to you, Penny