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A Close Look at Supplementation - Part 4 of 4: To Supplement or Not?

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To Supplement or Not - The Algae AnswerDr. Michael Kiriac once told me that if you want to make use of “supplements” for maintaining health, you have to continuously take endless pills as rapidly as you could 24 hours a day, and even with that, you would not come anywhere close to matching the digestive enzymes, insulin and alkalizing juices that are synthesized by your pancreas in seconds. 

In our current “scientific” era, we have been trained to blindly accept that we can add “specialized” molecules to this mix.

However, in advanced natural health sciences, we know very well that health does not reside in a pill. 

Most people do not know that they can achieve 100% recovery from/prevention of disease by first “getting out of the way of health”.  

What do I mean?  

"Getting out of the way of health" means letting the body do what it is designed for.  We simply need to allow each cell of our body to exchange and synthesize the various bio-chemicals molecules, electrical impulses, water, oxygen, hormones, enzymes, and co-enzymes necessary to energize, regulate, repair, regenerate, detoxify and protect itself. 

This innately “self regulating” natural power takes place 24/7 in the trillions of cells that make up your body!

There is a famous saying “Let thy food be thy medicine”.  Our body is designed to derive the energy and all the necessary molecules for good health from the sunlight, from the air we breathe, from the water we drink, and from the foods we eat.

But these days most people are greatly influenced by the powerful marketing machine of the supplement industry, and will not hesitate to ingest chemical substances called “supplements”.  And in most cases, it is stuff that they would not dare put in the gas tank of their own car.

In closing this series on Supplementation, I encourage you to review the three previous instalments (Natural Vs SyntheticBio-availability, Life Force, Vitamins and Minerals, and Foods or Supplements?), and to reflect on your rationales for using or prescribing supplements.  So much can be done before reverting to “blind” supplementation.

Ok, so here are typical motivating factors for choosing supplementation:

  • You want to think ahead about protecting your future health and well-being
  • You are under stress from today’s fast pace
  • You want to protect yourself from the environmental pollution
  • You are concerned about the possible genetic trends in your family’s health history
  • You are listening to the signs that your body doesn't have what it needs to run efficiently
  • You are doubting that you are getting all your daily required nutrients from your diet
  • You desire all of the energy you need to enjoy life to it’s fullest

So you are asking yourself: "Should I take supplements?"

And the answer maybe yes, or maybe no, depending on many factors.  Read on:

Did you know:

  • that nearly 95% of all diseases are degenerative (come about gradually over a long period of time)?
  • that over 64% of American are overweight?
  • that over 40% of American take at least one prescription drug?
  • that over 33% of all Americans are either diabetic or pre-diabetic?
  • that more then 50% of all Americans will die from a cardiovascular disease or from cancer?
  • that scientific evidence links nutrition as the major cause of disease?
  • that the average American consumes 6 pounds of artificial chemicals a year?
  • that nearly 80% of cancers comes from environmental pollution (wrong foods, air we breathe, water we drink, tainted foods, etc.)?
  • that probably less than 15% of all Americans are in vital good health?
  • that more than 36% of American take supplements?
  • that epidemics of cardiovascular, hypoglycemic, cancer and of most other diseases are increasing even amongst those taking supplements?

Often people wonder "Can I get what I need from the food I eat?"

Did you know:

  • most foods are stripped of nutrients through refining and processing?
  • most foods are laden with fats, sugars, and salts, and devoid of essential nutrients?
  • in the time it takes to get fresh foods from the farm to your table, over 56% of the nutritional value can be lost?
  • most foods are harmful from the use of pesticides, fungicides, sulfites, and preservatives?
  • by the time American children are 12 years old, their digestive system is dysfunctional due to damages caused by the wrong foods consumed?
  • nutrition has the power to cause or prevent disease?
  • supplements may alleviate conditions for a while, but most will not solve the conditions, and many are now link to causing further imbalances, even in some case leading to cardiovascular death and cancers?
  • pharmaceutical drugs do not solve the conditions, some barely maintain the condition for a while, most carry many harmful side effects, and many lead to complications, disease and even death?
  • that scientific evidence links nutrition to disease prevention?

How confused are you now?  Should I supplement or not?  Is there an answer?

YES there is.  The solution has always been there, we just forgot.  But the solution is not a miracle pill, neither is it in supplements.  The solution is found in a combination of skillful behaviors, and in ingesting the right substances that include foods, water, the air your breathe, and the sunlight you receive.  Let us not re-invent the wheel as the solution to health has been outline in many different books and publications for decades.

But none have been so prestigious in terms of the accumulated research supporting it, as the “Second Expert Report” on cancer, published by the World Cancer Research Fund in association with the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Second Expert Report on Cancer

This recently published report by the World Cancer Research Fund in association with the American Institute for Cancer Research titled “Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective” gave recommendations for reducing the risk of cancer through diet and physical activity. 

In this report, they also proposed various research directions and questions that, if answered, would further clarify links between diet, exercise and cancer.  In this report, various factors have been identified to have a “probable” or “suggestive” association with cancer or to reduce the risk of cancer.

These recommendations are no surprise, and do not look all that different from most other sets of dietary recommendations issued for the last 50 years or so for prevention of chronic disease risks.

The recommendations emphasize staying lean and being active (“eat less, move more”). You will find that the recommendations in the report apply to all health issues, conditions or diseases. Read here these summarized recommendations:

  • Be as lean as possible without becoming underweight.
  • Be physically active for at least 30 minutes every day.
  • Avoid sugary drinks. Limit consumption of energy-dense foods (particularly processed foods high in added sugar, or low in fiber, or high in fat).
  • Eat more of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes such as beans.
  • Limit consumption of red meats (such as beef, pork and lamb) and avoid processed meats.
  • If consumed at all, limit alcoholic drinks to 2 for men and 1 for women a day.
  • Limit consumption of salty foods and foods processed with salt (sodium).
  • Don’t use supplements to protect against cancer.
  • It is best for mothers to breast feed exclusively for up to 6 months and then add other liquids and foods.
  • After treatment, cancer survivors should follow the recommendations for cancer prevention.
  • And always remember – do not smoke or chew tobacco.

A few comments on those recommendations

First of all, fantastic!  If everyone followed these concise recommendations, they’re would be 90% less cancers and other degenerative diseases.

The recommendation “Don’t use supplements to protect against cancer”, is a little extreme, but I a generally agree with it. With natural laws, we know that isolate and separate molecules are chemically inorganic, thus they fall in the chemical category and should be avoided.  

For example, selenium, iron, zinc, aluminum, even arsenic in minuscule and natural proportion occurring organically in foods are required for health, while any one of those substances taken as isolate, separate, and/or in large amount are toxic and even poisonous.

In taking this position, the report likely refers to the “taking of large doses of separate and/or isolate vitamins or antioxidants”. There is now a body of evidence from large human and animal studies showing, that taken in large quantities molecules like; vitamin E, beta carotene, and even vitamin C, lead to instances of more cardiovascular related deaths and cancers.

But I also believe that there are certain “supplements” which I prefer to call “complements” that can contribute to prevention of disease and increase health. Those are the various natural and organic herbs, flower remedies, certain nutrient and antioxidant rich superfoods, and certain micro algae. Some of these “complements” may be used temporarily to alleviate or remedy ailments, while others can be taken regularly as part of your diet.

Finally, are there more ways to health?

Reverting degenerative health conditions can take a long time and demand great discipline.  No doubt it should be done! 

However, few of us can spend our entire day hunting, gathering, and carefully preparing our food! I also think that it should be simple and not require the selection of complex foods, and the tracking of records. Here is a summary list of recommendations for accelerating your recovery from most diseases, and for a faster return to vibrant physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

1) Do not abuse of quantity of any substances

Those substances include foods, beverages, and any other ingested substances.  Eating too much foods is likely the principal cause of disease in America.  66% of American are overweight, laden with accumulated fats and debris inside and around the arteries, the organs, including within the cells and the cell membrane affecting energy and metabolic health.

2) Eat the right foods

Eating the “wrong” foods is likely the second major cause of diseases.  In advanced natural health sciences we recommend that you eat mostly leafy fruits and vegetables, and not so much the starchy types.  Because our foods are not what they use to be, and even if there are some pollutants in them, we should make a greater effort to eat real whole foods. 

Find organic foods, freshly picked, grown in soils that have been re-mineralized, and often served raw or slightly cooked, in a way that is as close to their natural form as possible.  Fruits come before vegetables, and yes, by that I mean eat more fruits than vegetables.  Fruits and vegetables are the sun foods, full of phytonutrients and cancer prevention antioxidants.

Which fruit has the most antioxidants?  The latest report says blueberries, followed by cranberries, apples, red grapes, and finally green grapes. 

A fundamental principle of nutrition is variety.  In this case, variety means that it’s good to eat different kinds of fruits and vegetables.  Each contains its own unique complement of antioxidants and other nutrients and if you eat a variety of foods, you are likely to get all the ones you need and not overdo on any.  The Japanese have a rule “to eat 30 different foods daily”.

3) Drink pure water and more water

Dehydration is one of the major cause of death in hospitalized older people. Drinking any other beverage is superfluous. Drink purified water using a form of filtration that removes the majority of toxic substances. A rule of thumb is to drink half your body’s weight (in pounds), in ounces of water, for example if you weight 150 pounds, then drink 75 ounces of water.

4) Exercise, exercise and exercise some more.

Stagnation is the third major cause of disease.  Develop a passion for a type of exercise(s) that you can do and enjoy. Introduce it gradually and expect to do it until the last day of your life.  There is no rest for the wellness warrior.

5) Introduce “expedients” to health

Yes, absolutely, over and above the previous recommendations, there are ways to accelerate even more your recovery from disease, and your protection from declining health.  These more expedient ways will involve greater commitment and discipline.  In a way you have to be “gung ho” about health if you want to have greater health, and keep it a long time. By the way, that is call the pursuit of longevity. Here is a list of a few expedients pertaining to the various categories from above:

  • Research and apply the art and science of “rational fasting”.
  • Research and practice ancient, effective and proven techniques of energy flow like Qi Gong, Tai Chi and Yoga.
  • Become an athlete, for example learn the art of running.
  • Research and complement your diet with organic whole superfoods.
  • Complement your diet with extraordinary BioSuperfood.

BioSuperfood is one such expedient to health. While belonging in the “Eat the right foods” recommendation, BioSuperfood is an extremely efficient food with extraordinary properties of nourishing the cells of the brain “awakening the genius within” in the process. 

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