In our effort to stay healthy, it seems like a new discovery is made daily in regards to our eating and nutrition. With that, a new product appears on the market that is “healthier” than the old alternative. In essence, we are mucking around with our food, and it’s not working. Rising obesity rates, a diabetes pandemic, cancer outbreaks, all hell is breaking loose. Are we killing ourselves with science?
For those who have been reading my blog a while, you know that I advocate for REAL food. It has always been this way. My Grandfather was a bit of a nut when it came to real food. He died back in 1991, but when I lived with him back in 1986, he advocated for organic food free of pesticides. I remember he also fought for natural, unpasteurized milk. (We were one of the last people to actually get it delivered to our door.)
People thought he was absolutely off his rocker. Today, of course, we know that he was just ahead of his time. The one thing that my Grandfather (a herbalist,) taught me was that it was what the Lord provided which was the fabled fountain of youth. That’s right – the way to stay younger, healthier, was to eat from God’s bounty – that is – REAL foods. Of course he was a religious man – but that didn’t change the overall message.
I remember when I had a a racking cough for a month. His treatment was some hot water, a wedge of lemon, and honey from his beehives. I remember him stating, “the lemon cuts, the honey soothes.” If I had a cut, he taught me to put comfrey on the wounds to speed up the healing. When my mother developed cervical cancer, he pushed for her to cut out her industrial fats, give up drinking pasteurized milk, have whole acidophilus milk, eat more organic carrots, and drink the carrot juice.
The point is, he may have been wrong in several aspects of treatment – but I can tell you that he worried daily about how science was transforming the landscape of food – even back then. Yes, he was a deeply religious man, and that probably clouded his rational thinking, but in terms of REAL food, he was WAY ahead of his time.
Today I am going to pass off to you what the lessons he taught me when I was just 10 years old. Of course, I am not as religious as he was by a mile, but the message still holds:
My Grandfather’s reasons why “Science” can’t fix our food:
- Humans have been eating food God has provided for more than 5000 years, from the time of Adam and Eve.
- It is only recently that heart disease and strokes have become the #1 killers in America.
- Cancer rates are climbing, as well as Diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. This appears to have started with the introduction of foods that are heavily processed, and have no value in them.
- Science supports that bottom line of a corporation, not the interest of God’s plan for the human race.
- Genetically modified foods are patented, which are compromising the organic seed trade.
- We have radically changed plants through GMO without understanding the consequences of our actions, with no long term studies.
- Our foods are essentially so processed, that they have no nutritional benefit anymore.
- We need to “supplement” our daily foods with vitamins and minerals. God has put all the bounty into his plants and animal to nourish us. Why do we need to supplement something already in His plan?
- Does science think God make a mistake?
My Grandfather’s Solution To The Problems With Disease Today:
- We need to eat as God intended us to. Whole, minimally processed foods, as He provides for us.
- We need to stop consuming what science supposes to be “better” for us. We are talking about the collective wisdom of THOUSANDS of years verses the 100 years or so that science has been involved with processing our foods.
- Once we start eating as God intended for us, then the rates of Cancer, Diabetes, and Alzheimer’s will stabilize.
- We need to provide for the farmers and producers of our country, not the corporations. Buying Local, Organic, and Sustainable is the way. Grow your own if you can, or join a community garden..
- Don’t eat anything that God hasn’t had a hand in making. If it needs to be created in a test tube, then it’s not meant to be eaten, and it will cause the body harm. Remember your body is a Temple.
- We need to save our own seeds, and plant them for the next year. The garden is your best bet to health, growing your own is part of God’s plan. When you grow your own, with God’s help, you can provide the bounty for your family.
- Avoid any processed food, unless minimally so. That means if it has more than one layer to open it, (such as a Twinkie that comes in a box, AND a plastic bag,) then it is to be avoided, as it is not as God intended it..
- We can get our daily vitamins and minerals though our diet if we eat organic, and local. If there are to be any supplements, then they should be from a herbalist, and not a doctor, who will just push drugs onto you, (not kidding about this, he actually said this – and this attitude might be slightly right, but it is what killed him in the end.)
- Trust in what God’s plan is. Science does not have all the answers. In fact, when science thinks it has actually successfully answered a riddle in nutrition, it usually just creates another 10 from the “solution” that it has found. Thousands of years of tradition can’t be wrong.
I think that science has corrupted what God (or nature if you will,) had right in the first place; it is in our arrogance that we think we can do better than thousands of generations of wisdom. We are now just coming to the cusp of what that means for our civilization. It’s not too late to turn back to more natural products… for now. If we continue on this path, then we may find that it’s science that is the only thing keeping us alive. That’s a scary thought.
What do you think, are we killing ourselves with science? Let me know in the comments!
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