Buy Food Locally
* Buy food from local farmers and gardeners, instead of the chain stores.
* I just listed sources of good food in NH at http://nhc.lefora.com/2009/04/13/nh-food-sources/page1
* More detailed info can be found at http://www.eatwellguide.org/search/summary
* Any farmers and gardeners among us should advertise there. I think it's free.Change Health Attitudes
* Typical attitudes about health and pleasure are largely molded by the major media and the dominant education system, just like attitudes about government are molded. Relying on conventional science and medicine for health information is like relying on the major media for truth about politics etc.
* Good mechanics know how to take care of a vehicle and how to find small problems before they become big ones, so the vehicle lasts a long time and the owner can get the maximum utility and enjoyment from it. A good alternative doctor or health expert likewise knows how to take care of our bodies, so they last a long time and provide maximum enjoyment for us.
* People want to get maximum enjoyment out of life, but, having their attitudes shaped by conventional society, their understanding of how to obtain such enjoyment is short-sighted. The system doesn't bother to educate us about how to have behavioral and mental discipline, how to set goals, make plans and get help to achieve goals, etc.
* People don't usually realize that what we find enjoyable can change in an enjoyable way. Changing our political perspective from naive to informed can be enjoyable. Changing our lifestyles, including diet, from naive to informed can be enjoyable. Natural foods can taste more enjoyable with natural flavor enhancers, than mass-produced processed foods with toxic additives. Processing itself makes many nutrients toxic. And don't be fooled by the term "natural flavoring" in processed foods; they're actually excitotoxins, similar to MSG, which stimulate nerves to death and tend to cause senility.
* Buying our food from local farmers and gardeners is better for us and our economy than buying from the chain stores, which are part of fascist-controlled agribusiness.
* The media, including science media, slant the truth about health findings. Do a search on "drug" at http://mercola.com
and you'll find loads of articles about how drug company sponsored health studies slant the truth. The major drug companies and food giants hire spin experts, who can make trivial amounts of toxins in natural foods seem worse than the huge percentage of toxicity of processed foods.
* Here's an example of the kind of info you won't find in the major media.GOOD & BAD FATS/OILS
The following information comes mostly from Mary Enig's article, Oiling of America, which includes references for the numbers below, athttp://www.westonaprice.org/knowyourfats/oiling.html
- Natural cholesterol and saturated fats are good fats. Hydrogenated oils and rancid oils/fats are bad fats.
BAD FATS - HYDROGENATED OILS [in COOKING OILS] etc
- Most transfats are from partly hydrogenated vegetable oils, vegetable shortening and margarine, found in many processed foods. Natural transfats as in dairy are good. Hexane, one of the main hydrocarbons in gasoline, is used to make hydrogenated oil. When these hydrogenated oil products first came out, doctors were concerned that they might lead to heart disease and cancer. These concerns were confirmed by research. Other problems have also been confirmed, though the media ignore these findings, due to food industry pressure. Following are confirmed problems caused by processed transfat consumption along with source references.
- Hydrogenated oil does the following:
Reduces milk supply in breastfeeding women – 44.
Increases diabetes – 44.
Increases osteoporosis [brittle bones] – 45.
Lowers testosterone [mostly male hormone] – 45.
Lowers normal sperm count [making men infertile] – 45.
Changes gestation [fetal development] – 45.
Lowers birth weight – 46.
Lowers prostaglandins [hormone-like nutrients for muscle and blood vessel control] – 47.
Increases heart disease – 48, 53.
Increases breast cancer – 49.
Increases coronary heart disease [especially from margarine] – 50.
Fat in deep fried foods is up to 50% transfat – 51.
Increases cancer [from margarine & vegetable shortening] – 52.
Average consumption is at least 12 grams per day.
4 donuts or 6 cookies contain 30 grams.
One 10 oz. Bag of chips contains 46 grams.
GOOD FATS - SATURATED FAT
Following are listed the benefits of saturated fats in the diet,
i.e. tallow [beef fat], lard [pork fat], butter, palm oil, coconut oil, meat [if not subjected to high heat], etc:
Improves immune system – 54.
Improves bones – 55.
Increases cell energy & improves cell structure – 56.
Protects the liver – 57.
Helps utilize essential fatty acids – 58.
Reduces need for cholesterol – 59.
Improves the heart – 59.
Does not irritate artery walls.
Reduces need for stored anti-oxidants.
Helps prevent cancer.
GOOD FATS - NATURAL CHOLESTEROL
Following are some of the benefits of natural cholesterol:
Makes hormones that reduce stress.
Makes hormones that protect from heart disease and cancer.
Makes sex hormones for fertility and emotional balance.
Makes vitamin D for bones, nervous system, growth, mineral metabolism, muscle tone, insulin, reproduction, immune system, bile salts for digestion of fat.
Is an anti-oxidant to protect tissues from damage to prevent heart disease and cancer.
Is a repair substance for arteries - 60.
Increases serotonin in brain to make good feelings.
Reduces aggression, violence, depression, suicidal tendencies.
Cholesterol in breast milk greatly improves infants' brain development – 61.
Repairs intestinal walls.
Vegetarians tend to get leaky gut syndrome and other problems without cholesterol from animal products.
Shortage of fat and cholesterol in the diet produces nocturnal habits, fantasies, fetishes, bingeing, splurging, etc – 62.
(An important point not mentioned above is that natural fats contain a lot of fat-soluble vitamins, which are entirely lacking in hydrogenated oils, such as cooking oil, margarine and vegetable shortening. Also worth mentioning is Paul Stitt's claim in Fighting the Food Giants, that major food companies deplete foods of nutrients intentionally, because this causes the brain to crave more food. Stitt was a research biochemist for one such food giant.)