By Freddie Ulan, DC, CCN
The problem that most people are faced with who want to try to help themselves through a nutritional approach is the almost unlimited number of answers out there. Very confusing. There’s so much false data regarding nutrition that people think, “Well if this has 2,000mg of something, it must be better than the one that has only 100mg.”
This actually came down to us through the pharmaceutical industry which specializes in synthesizing those vitamins which can be synthesized. And then pushing the allopathic model of give a treatment that will kill the disease. So, therefore give a supplement that will overwhelm the deficiency. The problem with that is it only has limited workability. Just like drugs have limited workability. You can’t heal a body with drugs. You can stop and interfere with a disease process perhaps. But eventually, if you continue that treatment long enough you will create the next problem.
So, what should the guy on the street do? The first thing is to recognize that regardless of the quality of supplement products that you’re going to be taking, there’s no pill that’s going to overcome a bad diet. You can’t eat enough pills to overcome the continuous damage being caused by a diet of McDonald’s. Even if you have a variety of McDonald’s foods, it just isn’t going to happen.
So the very first thing that must occur so that the person can get more into control of their health is to find out what is and what isn’t real food. They need to get educated. There isn’t any short answer to this because there’s so much false information out there that the public really doesn’t have enough information to be able to make an intelligent choice by themselves. I certainly wasn’t able to.
I could walk into any of these health food stores and there’s just row after row after row of products, and if I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for I wouldn’t know where to start. I’m going to then depend on a clerk who takes it out of a book. The problem with taking something out of a book is that it may or may not be the right thing for you right now.
The question to answer is, what’s the priority for your body? I can tell you this from my years and years of experience clinically and teaching others, that the most important thing you can do for a patient is analyze their diet and find out what’s the worst thing that they’re doing that if they stopped would bring about an improvement.
I had a patient who was a Pepsi route man who was sick as a dog; overweight, serious emotional problems, just miserable, no sex life. He was living on Diet Pepsi because he was on a diet, trying to lose weight. Every day he was consuming 16 bottles of acid with aspartame in it, which is a toxin for the liver. Instead of losing weight, he was getting flubbier and flabbier. Literally. His body was just retaining water and falling apart.
In order to help that guy (after having had a consultation with him and determining how bad things were), in looking for an entry point I looked at his diet and I realized there’s no amount of pills I could give this guy that would overcome 16 bottles of Diet Pepsi a day.
And the first thing I had to do was figure out how to replace the things that Pepsi leeches out of the body while getting him to gradually handle his addiction to Pepsi. And that was a process. It took working with him.
What I’m trying to say is this: if you’re not sick yet, accept that as a blessing, go to the store and buy books that are on the subject of organic foods and how to prepare foods in the traditional American way. In other words, using good quality foods. Organic. Learn about organic, learn the difference between organic foods and non-organic foods.
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