Why It Is Important To Focus On Children’s Nutrition 3

27 Feb

PARENTS WANT THE BEST FOR THEIR CHILDREN

As parents, we can agree that a child’s physical well-being is the most important factor in a child’s life and that a child cannot survive without food (Why It Is Important To Focus on Children’s Nutrition 1).  But we don’t want our children to merely survive, we want a healthy and disease-free future for them.  Based on the Pottenger Cat Study, we can conclude that food consumed directly affects long term health and the future health of generations in a family. Food can also be used to reverse degenerating diseases.

BUT CATS ARE NOT HUMANS

Cats are strict carnivores and as the Pottenger Cat Study shows, they are healthiest on raw meat and milk. How do we relate this study to humans?  By looking at people whose diets are based largely on meat.

HUMANS ON MEAT DIETS

ESKIMOS IN EAST GREENLAND: A RAW MEAT DIET

Eskimos in East Greenland were first studied by the Hȍygaard Expedition in 1936. 90% of the Eskimo diet was the flesh of seal, most eaten fresh in the raw and 10% vegetables: “fresh mammals (mostly seal) 54%, stored foodof animal origin (mostly seal) 22%, fresh fish (mostly cod) 16%, importedvegetable foods 5%, native vegetable foods 2%, birds 1%.” The people did not show nutritional deficiencies in any vitamins or minerals with a diet that consisted almost 5 times more animal protein than average people at that time, 2 to 3 1/2 times more fat and 3 1/2 to 4 times less carbohydrates. At 20 and 25 years old, they were vibrant, full of life and energy, healthy, smart and hard working, but only 10 years later at 35, they lost most of these characteristics and most died of atherosclerosis, influenza or hunting accidents. In fact, average life expectancy for Eskimos studied was 27 1/2 years old.

More resources: A Turning Point in Nutritional Science by Dr. Ralph Bircher

AMERICANS TODAY: A COOKED MEAT DIET

According to the USDA, Americans increased their meat consumption by 57 pounds more in 2000 than in 1950. According to Mark Bittman, “Americans eat about the same amount of meat as we have for some time, about eight ounces a day, roughly twice the global average. At about 5 percent of the world’s population, we “process” (that is, grow and kill) nearly 10 billion animals a year, more than 15 percent of the world’s total.”  According to the CDC, average life expectancy for Americans in 2007 was 77.9 years old with a long list of degenerative diseases as leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, nephrosis and septicemia.

DEGENERATIVE DISEASES CAUSED BY ANIMAL PROTEIN, let’s look at the top two:

HEART DISEASE

The American Heart Association published a study that concluded that the consumption of processed meats is associated with higher incidence of coronary heart disease and diabetes mellitusAnother study found that high red meat intake increases risk of coronary heart disease and such a risk can be reduced by consuming other sources of proteins.

CANCER

The Cancer Project states that “When cancer researchers started to search for links between diet and cancer, one of the most noticeable findings was that people who avoided meat were much less likely to develop the diseaseMeat is devoid of the protective effects of fiber, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and other helpful nutrients, and it contains high concentrations of saturated fat and potentially carcinogenic compounds, which may increase one’s risk of developing many different kinds of cancer.

One of the causes of cancer is dioxins.  Low exposures to dioxins cause mutations thus tumors in our bodies.  Any molecule that is present in our bodies poses a risk of cancer. As a doctor from Columbia University said on the Blue Vinyl: “Zero exposure is best”.  Unfortunately, this is not so easy in the US, as according to the National Academy of Sciences: “A North American eating a typical North American diet will receive 93% of their dioxin exposure from meat and dairy products (23% is from milk and dairy alone; the other large sources of exposure are beef, fish, pork, poultry and eggs). In fish, these toxins bioaccumulate up the food chain so that dioxin levels in fish are 100,000 times that of the surrounding environment. The best way to avoid dioxin exposure is to reduce or eliminate your consumption of meat and dairy products by adopting a vegan diet.

A COMPARISON

Eskimos 1940 Americans 2000
Animal Protein (oz/day avg) 10.6 8.48
Fat (oz/day avg) 5.92 3.2
Carbs (oz/day avg) 4.32 8.8
Life Expectancy (years) 27 ½, youthfulness  lost, death by accidents, flu and atherosclerosis 77.9, death caused largely by degenerative diseases

LET’S AGREE THEN THAT IT SEEMS:

1. a raw meat based diet shortens life, and

2. a cooked meat based diet creates many degenerative diseases.

 

So what diet prevents and cures disease? Click here.

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