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Eating Our Way In and Out of Our Symptoms

Dr. Colleen Huber, Guest Writer
Waking Times 

Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food. ~Hippocrates

We truly live at a strange crossroads in human history.

Over the last few decades, the human species has been hypnotized by the temptations offered by the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. The 1950s ushered in the “better living through chemicals” age. And we believed, and we bought and swallowed and injected and are still consuming them in massive amounts, and, most recklessly, injecting such chemicals as ethyl mercury, ethylene glycol (antifreeze), aluminum and formaldehyde into our babies as part of vaccines, without any prior safety testing.

But now with massive chronic disease plaguing our most industrialized populations, autism closely following children’s shots, and more pathology coincident with concentrated chemicals, we are beginning to wake up from our long post-World War II slumber. Now begins the next era when synthetic chemicals are starting to be seen as, however useful in many applications, best kept at a distance from our bodies, homes, public spaces and wilderness.

The old era of unthinking reliance on a synthetic existence is showing severe disadvantages, just as the urgency to forge new relationships with nature is becoming apparent. Plants and other whole foods are coming into their own new era as naturopathic physicians and other well-informed health practitioners rely on them for their central role in healing.

Big Surprise

Within our lifetimes, whole food will eclipse pharmaceuticals in medical practice, as the general public awakens to its far superior healing capacity. But the allopathic profession will be the slowest to catch on, just as most physicians of the early 20th century refused to believe that absence of certain nutrients could bring on such horrible diseases as scurvy, pellagra and beriberi.

Then as now, allopaths were eager to lay blame for these diseases on microbes, until — surprise, surprise — limes cured the “limey” British sailors of their scurvy, and we saw that Vitamin B3 prevented pellagra, while Vitamin B1 prevented beriberi and Vitamin D prevented rickets.

As usual, allopathy corrects itself long after the natural physicians are already healing patients. In fact, evidence now shows that even bubonic plague, which allopathy still attributes to bacteria known as Yersinia pestis, was more likely to strike those with low Vitamin C intakes.

But what would possess a person to think that food could possibly be medicine?

The first clue is the structure of our intestines. Whatever comes into the mouth later travels through more than 20 feet of efficient tubing that extracts certain molecules from the food we eat, then converts them to one common molecule, Acetyl Co-A, from which the building blocks of the body are then made:

Protein
Glucose
Healthy fats

The intestines are great little machines, but not omnipotent. That is, they can convert food molecules to Acetyl Co-A, because food has familiar and malleable combinations of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen. But it cannot do that with bizarre substances of which the body is unfamiliar, such as petrochemical products and synthetic substances used in pharmaceuticals.

The body has no experience with many of these substances, has little clue what to do with them, and often excretes them, which may explain why placebos so often equal or surpass drugs in clinical trials. More often, though, as the body tries to either detoxify or wall off the offending invader drug, it creates new metabolites, which have multiple pharmaceutical effects, some of which may be quite harmful.

The Efficient Eating Machine

Food, on the other hand, is right at home in the body, since our species has always processed it, and we have become quite efficient eating machines as a result. Therefore, we easily break down ingested protein to its component amino acids.

In turn, these get rearranged into the proteins that our genes tell us to make, all of the busy construction that takes place in the womb, and for the rest of us: Replacement of lost skin and membrane cells, slightly longer fingernails, hair, scabs over wounds, etc.

Carbohydrates and dietary fat get broken down to Acetyl Co-A and rearranged to form the molecules our body needs to function, because this is how our bodies have been handling things for all of our existence as a species. How would the body be able to do that from a pharmaceutical?  It can’t. It’s like trying to make your car run on orange juice.

Except for the last century, in our industrialized society, both humans and animals have almost exclusively relied on plants for their medicine. In fact, it’s noticeable that wild animals still seek plants that are appropriate treatments for whatever illness may be present. Even without access to our pharmaceuticals, animals observed in the wild are still free of chronic disease, even when living all the way to their maximum lifespan.

Our veterinary and zoo populations, on the other hand, present a very different picture: cancers, heart disease and epilepsy are seen quite commonly among people’s well-loved pets that are subject to a highly processed diet as well as synthetic pharmaceuticals by their well-intentioned owners — that’s us — and the pet food industry.

Whether we were created or evolved, we have been so intimately connected to plants for all of our existence as a species that we cannot live without them. We connect with plants and exchange with plants down to our very cells and our smallest molecules.

That is why they heal us like nothing else can. Our historical reliance on plants has been an integral part of every human society. Plants and humans resonate on levels that are still beyond our comprehension, including biochemical and physiological levels, and some would say aesthetic and emotional as well.

How humans and plants could so closely have shared this Earth, one with the other, and not had complementary, multi-faceted relationships with each other? Hippocrates said, “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.” Medicine is what you get when the most appropriate plant is given to an ill person. The plant kingdom does play the major role of all foods in this wonderfully beneficial relationship for us.

Quality Whole Foods: The Currency of Life

Whether you believe in creation, or evolution or are undecided, most of us would agree that our bodies (that is our anatomy and biochemistry, our metabolism of food) is substantially the same as that of our recent ancestors. What happens when we substitute factory chemicals such as synthetic food and pharmaceuticals for water and the many different nutrients that our cells and our children’s cells and internal organs need simply to function well?

In fact, the very sad consequences of the latest generations’ food and medication choices is becoming more apparent everyday as we are now seeing chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease become epidemic in our society.

The United States has the worst health status (life expectancy and infant mortality) of any industrialized nation, yet we spend the most money on healthcare and take the most pharmaceuticals. Why are Americans getting sicker and sicker while medicating ourselves more and more?

Forget what you ate until today. What you eat from now on is vitally important to your continued well-being.

Until just a few generations ago, our ancestors were wonderfully fit and healthy compared with present-day generations. The majority lived good, active, healthy lives and ultimately died peacefully in their sleep.  Today, that is a rarity. Whereas chronic disease, chronic pain and prolonged end-of-life care were practically unheard of for our ancestors, such results are becoming much more the expected outcome for us.

What single difference between these two centuries affects our bodies the strongest?

The overwhelmingly different factor in our lives is the refined, processed, chemical products that we eat, that our ancestors simply did not eat. If our species, for better or worse, whether created, evolved or in-between, performs best on whole foods (vegetables, fruits, meats, etc.), then we can understand that putting synthetic liquid or solid wastes in the body will simply trash our most valuable possession: our own good health.

About the Author

Dr. Colleen Huber, NMD, is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor and Primary Care Physician currently practicing in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Huber focuses on herbal medicine, nutrition, intravenous therapies, environmental medicine and acupuncture. She received her Naturopathic Medical degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Huber is the author of Choose Your Foods Like Your Life Depends on Them.

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  1. halderon says:

    To a certain extent I agree with you. However in the area of diagnosis your branch of medicine doesn’t compare, and it would seem prudent to know what you are treating. I lived thru the Polio epidemic,and blueberries didn’t stop that, and hundreds of people my age lived because of Salk. We are a molecule away from controlling Mental Illness, you didn’t have a clue.In the Bible, Adam gets dominion over plants, and animals, but not viruses. God didn’t realize that they were negatives.Knowing the Psychological Effects of curing a disease,the Dr.-patient relationship;psychosomatics;Heredity;cross cultural differences;and the question of placebos;along with the effects of Circadian rhythm,without the benefit of one (1) scientific study is irresponsible to tell people to just go out tomorrow and graze.

    • not surprised says:

      Halderon,
      I find it odd that you would take this article as attack on the advances of modern medicine.
      You lost me at a few spots but i don’t feel the need to inquire further what you intended to convey.
      I see more and more vocal individuals parroting talking points that the establishment ingrains on society as a whole. While you are not really parroting sound bites, i can see that you buy into the whole Carnegie and Rockefeller medical direction toward man made chemicals being best.
      I’d be curious to hear your POV on the reckless ignorant over use of antibiotics. I’d also like to know if you get annual flu shots. (I trust you do., and I will pray for you)
      However i would not engage further as you seem like one who’s mind is closed and based on programming from oyu rformative years.

  2. abinico warez says:

    Dr Huber, as much as I agree with you, I think you woefully under estimate the evil nature of the medical industry. They will coerce, lie, and blackmail whoever/whatever to reach their goal which is total destruction of the notion that food and supplements are at the root of health. These people are depraved satanist, and not to see them for what they are is a grave mistake.

  3. Have you not heard of GMO’s? Now the fruits and vegetables are just as deadly as the chemicals.

  4. I am a living example of survival from the lies of the main stream doctors. Even though a doctor figured out the problems treatment because this time my blood really clotted bad cause of the huge attack… Over 30 doctors (including the one treating me now) refuse to believe that my illness is caused by pesticide exposure but, I know after 4 casual exposures and over 7 years of horrible pain since 1995…like being skinned alive but on the inside, swollen joints and not being able to barely move this last time for more then a year…. loss of at least 10 centimeters of toes and fingers…Note to self to remember carrot juice and carrot beet juice consumption gives those with pesticide poisoning better outcomes.
    As far a polio is concerned check my blog and you will find all the info to know that it was used to cover up DDT poisoning…I love doctors but know what too expect, and no one is mentally ill just confused and needing good nutrition, and caring friends who help with grief and life traumas… And as for schitsophenia (?) check on NPR for an articlee about how scientist have found it is the timing of consciousness in the brain…and they have a video game to correct that timing so the voices in ones head are recognized as ones own.
    My blog is called Antiphospholipid and Pesticide Effects Blog http://fightforyourhealth.blogspot.com
    I like the Vitamin C and scurvey example…the history and the deaths and illnesses of the Limeys before this was discovered went on for a long time. Am sure someone has written a long book on this subject some where. If not someone shoul… Hey maybe me! And I love Waking Times…So Good!!!

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