Doctors are the noblemen of our day. Trust me, I'm not a doctor.
The concept of nutrition is that our bodies possess phenomenal energy-production capabilities and healing powers, and that all we need to do is to give them the nutrients that they require.
If we think that our bodies can get good nutrition from the food we eat, but our nutrition is making us sick, then we are sadly mistaken.
The idea of health is that our bodies need all of the necessary nutrients in sufficient quantities to provide an abundant supply for our bodies, as well as exercise, sleep and all the other God-given activities which provide for life in its fullest.
According to this idea, disease results when we are deficient in some life-giving nutrient or activity. Of course, illness may also occur when we experience intoxification or poisoning by massively exceeding our requirements for good health.
If you do not believe in health, whatever you do, do not read any further. That is, not unless you wish to become healthier than you have ever been before.
Health is too comprehensive a topic to ever hope to encompass.
With faith in God and in Jesus Christ, what we can do is to adopt healthy attitudes, something which does not require the supervision of anyone else, but which does require a basic understanding of how our bodies function and a minimal knowledge of nutrition.
That having been said, it is the intent of this article to give you enough knowledge to get as healthy as you can with nutrition alone and stay healthy as long as you live.
Of course, there is no guarantee that any action you take will make you healthier. However, you may be surprised to learn just how easy it is to be healthy, and even more surprised to find out how few people know about it.
In the Genesis account of creation, we read about Adam and Eve (among many other things) and how Adam was forbidden to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and bad. This was no symbolic tree of knowledge. No, but a real tree with real fruit. When Adam and Eve disobeyed, they were put out of the garden, and were thereby prevented from eating from the tree of life which was also present in the garden, and the fruit of which was specified as giving the eater eternal life (Genesis 2-3). So we see that right from the beginning, nutrition was important.
Later, in the account about the flood of Noah's day, we read about how Jehovah granted to humans the privilege of eating the animals as food for the first time (Genesis 9:1-6). Even so, they were commanded not to eat the blood. By this time the life expectancy of a man had decreased from 930 years (Adam), to 650 years (Noah), and it continued to decrease to 120 years (Moses), and even to 70 or 80 years as recorded in Psalm 90 (written by Moses). Adam had been told that he would die `in the day' that he ate the forbidden fruit. Of course a `day' in the Hebrew can mean an indefinite period, as it can also mean in English. Psalm 90:4 says ``For a thousand years are in your eyes but as yesterday when it is past''. It is possible that the increase in cosmic rays corresponding to the descent of the shielding waters from the sky during the deluge in Noah's time was a contributory factor in the shortening of life-span of those who came later, but we know that meat was eaten from that time on with God's blessing. Accounts of vegetarian communities possessing great health and longevity are known even in modern times, with nutrition not necessarily being the only factor of interest, of course. But these accounts together with the more recent scientific claims of a link between certain disease and meat consumption add to the evidence of a nutritional basis for long life. The saying ``you are what you eat'' comes to mind.
When Moses led the Israelites out of the land of Egypt, where they served as slaves, he promised to lead them to a land flowing with `milk and honey' (Exodus 3:8, Numbers 16:14). Now milk is rich in certain important nutrients such as calcium, and honey is a combination of simple sugars fructose and glucose, which are important in the process of DNA replication, according to the scientific and nutritional theories of these modern days in which we live.
Still later, Saul the Israelite king during a military campaign acknowledges the sin of his people in eating blood, and he makes special provision to ensure that his people are slaughtering the animals properly (1Samuel 14:31-35). He was not a particularly good king, yet even he got this right.
In the 1950's one of the pioneers in the study of degenerative illness was M.D. Carl J. Reich, co-author of a book titled ``The Calcium Factor''. In the same book, Dr. Reich is described as having been a strong proponent of the idea that degenerative disease is the direct or indirect result of mineral deficiencies , mainly calcium. Central to what he believed is this: when we deprive our bodies of needed nourishment, specifically calcium, they degenerate. Our bodies may adapt or not, but one way or another, guided by genetic predisposition, the problem eventually manifests itself as one or more of a very large class of illnesses. Shortly before his death in (he passed on as an active octagenarian) 1996 the Calgary magazine CityScope published an article in which he was described as `The Father of Preventive Medicine' (The Calcium Factor, p.94).
Two-time recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physiology Otto Warburg agreed with Carl Reich that calcium is extremely important for health. In his own work Warburg had demonstrated that cancer could be induced in healthy rats within days simply by injecting them with acid. He excitedly embraced the research of Dr. Reich, noting how calcium served to douse the body's excess acid, thereby preventing cancer. Just before his death, Otto was working with Carl doing research on that very thing-- calcium and its link to cancer. (from a taped lecture by Robert R. Barefoot)
Calcium is also able to explain the common modern misconception that the sun causes cancer. One of the ways cancer is triggered is by an energetic photon (particle of ultralight light, X-ray, gamma-ray or other energetic particle) which releases a cancer-causing agent attached to the outer wall of a cell, allowing that agent, a carcinogen, to enter the cell. But caustics have long been known to cure cancer permanently. (Health and Longevity, Joseph G. Richardson, M.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1909, p.378) (The Calcium Factor, p.61) Calcium is alkali and therefore by definition it is caustic, so it makes more sense that calcium deficiency is the cause of cancer, with sun exposure as merely the trigger.
It is obvious that healthy individuals are exposed to carcinogens without getting cancer. So what's the difference between the healthy person and the person who gets cancer? Recent research has shown that calcium is needed for the normal growth of cells. ( Calcium in the action of growth factors. Ciba Found Symp. 1986: Moolenaar WH, Defize LH, de Laat SW. ) Logically then, the sun cures cancer , since the ultraviolet light acting on the exposed skin produces vitamin D, and vitamin D is needed for the best absorption of calcium (and other minerals) by the body. (The Calcium Factor, p.107-8)
A deficiency of calcium allows the creation of an acidic environment in the cells of the body, which prevents normal DNA replication from taking place. (The Calcium Factor, p.42) The inhibition of normal DNA replication ``provides the necessary conditions for toxic enzymes to produce radicals that will bond with carcinogens. The complexes they produce will bind with specific sequences of nucleotides in the DNA, causing the template to be altered, thereby setting the scene for the abnormal replication of DNA to trigger cancer.'' (The Calcium Factor, p.66)
Dr. Reich noticed that his cancer patients often went into remission with lifestyle changes which included diet, minerals, and vitamins. This he attributed to the correction of the problem known as ionic calcium deficiency. Not only did the cancer go into remission, but the other illnesses also disappeared. But if calcium cures disease by virtue of being alkali in nature, what about other elements in nature which are even more strongly alkali? Do they cure and prevent cancer also?
The Hopi Indians of Arizona and the Hunzas of Pakistan represent two cultures in which cancer is essentially non-existent. The Hopi water is rich in rubidium and potassium, while the Hunza water is rich in cesium and potassium. All of these minerals are more caustic than calcium, or in other words they produce more strongly alkaline solutions. Acid is the opposite of an alkali, and one is neutralized in the presence of the other. Consistent with this observation, researchers such as Dr. K. Brewer and Dr. H. Sartori have used both cesium and rubidium in combination with calcium to successfully kill cancer by neutralizing the body's acid, with no deleterious side effects. (``The Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis'', Dr. K. Brewer, Journal of IAPM, Vol V, No. 2, 1979) and (``Cancer - Orwellian or Utopian ?'', Dr. H Sartori, Life Science Universal Inc., 1985) (The Calcium Factor, p.67)
So the theoretical basis for the action of calcium in the cure and prevention of disease is established, one of the crucial roles of calcium in the body being the maintenance of an alkaline environment to facilitate normal DNA replication. (The Calcium Factor, p.42)
If you would like to know whether your body fluids are acidic, you may use a simple test developed by Dr. Reich to test the acidity of your saliva. Spitting on a penny's worth of litmus paper takes only a few seconds, and indicates the degree of calcium deficiency in the body. Using litmus paper in the pH range 4.5 to 7.5 (available from your local pharmacy, perhaps), it has been shown that a healthy child's saliva tests a dark blue colour, while a terminal cancer patient is bright yellow. The test is performed always two hours after putting anything in the mouth. Because of occasional fluctuations in pH which may occur, any acidic (yellow) indication should be confirmed by retesting two hours later. (The Calcium Factor, p.95, 97-8)
Are you unconvinced? I would not be surprised. In the part of the world known as North America, and likely in many other places around the world, doctors have been wielding considerable authority for many years, sponsored in no small part by vested interests such as drug companies, and they all have an interest in keeping their positions of prestige and their earnings. Still the truth is known by some humble ones. It is noteworthy that decades after Dr. Reich practised medicine in Calgary, the mechanisms of how biological calcium functions in the body are now becoming more fully understood. Research into calcium's many roles in the systems of the human body has increased dramatically our understanding and interest in calcium as the key player in all biological function. To give an indication of how much more research is being done on calcium today, note that in 1950 there were about 50 publications per year by the scientific community on calcium (the medical community did not research calcium in 1950). How much research is being done today? Would you believe that, in 1990, between the scientific and medical communities, there were over 7000 publications on calcium? (The Calcium Factor, p.9)
So, now you know why calcium commercials are running rampant in 2003 on commercial television. But while calcium is becoming increasing popular as a food additive and food supplement, it is important to be aware that the form these supplements take is often not the best one for your body. Watch out for those TV commercials.
The research begun by Dr. Reich in 1954 on calcium supplementation remains a viable treatment regimen even today, which is something easily verifiable and posing no health risk. This may be hard to believe for many, including doctors, who put their faith in some yet-to-be-discovered cure in the form of a man-made chemical. Nevertheless, everyone whose life is transformed by a food supplementation plan which is simple and effective is smiling inside as their formerly shattered life is reconstructed by the most natural means possible, the recuperative powers which lie within the human body itself.
Before considering food supplements, it is obvious that we need to consider the food that we eat. It has been the thinking of many that we should be able to obtain all of our nutrients from the food that we eat. When fruits and vegetables are grown organically, of course, nutrient content is higher, and so this is more true. The problem we are facing in North America in this regard is that the depletion of minerals from the soil has taken its toll on food quality, and has led to the use of inorganic (chemical) fertilizers which fail to produce the desired qualities in our food. Even where so-called improvements have been made by genetic manipulation, leading to perhaps bigger fruit or greater disease resistance, there has been an overall decrease in nutrient content, so that malnutrition is a major concern here. There is considerable concern that eating even two of the new, larger variety of fruit is less beneficial than one of natural fruits of yesteryear. It is no longer true that we can get all the nutrients we need from our food.
As the book ``The Calcium Factor'' points out, the best way to solve a problem in which our soils are found to be deficient is to replenish the minerals in the soil itself, then grow more nutritious food from that replenished soil. True, but the book also points out that this takes time, and meanwhile people are dying. So food supplements are a good stop-gap measure. Also, some foods are more beneficial than others for the cultivation of excellent health.
Milk is good for you. Studies have linked the drinking of milk to health benefits. A ten-year study in Britain of 500 men between the ages of 45 and 59 showed that those who drank a half-litre or more per day of milk had 10 times fewer heart attacks, with even more benefit being gained when milk intake was further increased. No preference was found for skim milk as opposed to whole milk, implicating the calcium content as being the crucial factor. Another study in Finland (a 25-year study ending in 1997 on 4697 cancer-free women between the ages of 15 and 90) found an overwhelming association between the high consumption of milk and the prevention of breast cancer compared to other factors. (The Calcium Factor p. 79-80)
Organic milk is preferable to other milk since it is believed to be free of the effects of the hormones and anti-biotics used in raising other commercial dairy cows. ``Would you like hormones with that?'', is a question not typically associated with the consumption of milk, but this an issue which affects the quality of milk. When not organically raised, cows are given hormones to increase milk production. More milk does not necessarily mean better milk, however. One must ultimately judge for oneself as long as these products are available. Yes, organic milk is more expensive. But then, how much would you be willing to pay for your health? Clearly, health is not something we think of in monetary terms.
Since money was traditionally non-existent amongst the Hunzas, in the Hunzakut society a man's wealth was judged by the number of apricot trees that he owned. Apricots are today thought to be a valuable source of nutrients, including vitamin K. Another major factor which is thought to contribute to longevity among the Hunzas is their water, which was rich in minerals to a very great degree. It is safe to assume that any food grown using mineral-rich water as an irrigation source also is richer in nutrient value. So when we speak of the Hunzas and other cultures which are typically mountain cultures depending on mineral-rich glacial meltwaters, it is clear that we are not just talking about a single factor which contributes to health. The food is enriched by the same water which nourishes the people, and the water is believed by many to have other properties which affect its viscosity as well as its electron content, and these factors are also believed to have a profound impact on the health of these communities. Mountain cultures are much more exposed to the ultra-violet radiation from the sun, since they are protected far less by the heavy atmosphere which lies near the earth's surface. Since the sun produces vitamin-D from cholesterol in the skin, and vitamin-D is perhaps the single most important factor facilitating the absorption of minerals (particularly calcium) into the body, sun exposure is certainly another factor of benefit to these people.
Since long life and health is known in some places to be better than other places, it has been a subject of much study. It is not known what the effects of much of the modern food processing are on our health, except to say that people who come from long-lived cultures and enter `modern' societies often suffer untimely deaths caused by `modern diseases'. Avoiding as much modern food processing as possible thus makes sense, because it will be many years before science determines the impact of many modern `food' sources. It makes just as much sense to imitate the habits of long-lived peoples, by eating natural source foods like fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetables, along with milk and honey. Organically grown is always preferable, which means without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, or anti-biotics. Uncooked is better than cooked food for food which can be eaten in this way, because cooking destroys some nutrient value and possibly the very microbes needed for proper digestion.
Salt is good for you. The Albert Einstein College of Medicine reported a study in 1995 on 2934 humans with mild to moderate high blood pressure (hypertension). While the women showed no association, men who had lower sodium intake had four times as many heart attacks. ( Low urinary sodium is associated with greater risk of myocardial infarction among treated hypertensive men. Hypertension Jun 1995: Alderman MH, Madhavan S, Cohen H, Sealey JE, Laragh JH.)
Eat your fruits and vegetables. Grandma was right. But it is no longer true that this is enough to protect your health.
Is this a secret formula, available only to those willing to pay large sums of money? Hardly. The next paragraph contains all you really need to know to get started.
There are many supplements available today which provide the qualities necessary for effective treatment at a cost of just pennies a day. Two things are needed, or just one:
For a 160-lb body, 1200 to 3600 mg per day of calcium is recommended, with the higher quantity corresponding to most illness. Even healthy people may undertake the same regimen by taking at least 1200 mg of calcium a day to prevent disease.
The best way to take calcium is with magnesium, because as many people find, calcium by itself causes constipation, even when a calcium deficiency already exists in the body. Magnesium alleviates constipation with ingestion of about 700 mg per day (The Calcium Factor, p.119), but more importantly, it is itself a major mineral, second only to calcium in its importance as a facilitator in a large number of natural processes within the body. Calcium and magnesium, taken orally in a two-to-one ratio (citrate for example), and vitamin D (in tablet or halibut liver oil form) are the key elements of this healing plan. (The Calcium Factor, pp.91, 119) Giant Tiger, the discount store, sells Vitamin D tablets at a low price as of this writing ($4.44 Canadian for 240 tablets [1000 I.U. each]).
Coral calcium of the highest quality is inexpensive and provides calcium and magnesium in the right ratio (2:1) to promote health, as well as providing many other minerals required by the body. Also, healthy people take only one third the amount of coral to maintain their health, so it gets cheaper as your health improves. Many different brands of coral calcium are available in drugstores and health food stores now, and it is worth knowing that not all coral is created equal. Robert R. Barefoot, co-author with Dr. Carl J. Reich of the book ``The Calcium Factor'', is a strong advocate of coral calcium, particularly marine coral calcium from Okinawa, Japan.
History of Coral Calcium:
The very first drugstores in the world, now officially historic monuments in Spain, featured coral calcium with the label: ``Coral Calcium, Okinawa Japan.'' (The Calcium Factor, p.152) Why Okinawa? Well, this came about because about 500 years ago, Spanish explorers visited the islands of Okinawa in Japan, and they noticed the unusual vitality of living things on the islands. The Okinawans had discovered before that how crop yields increased by 400% when coral sand was used as fertilizer, and cows produced more milk when they licked the reefs. Also, chickens produced more delicious eggs when they ate the coral sand. (The Calcium Factor, p.152)
Animals as well as humans respond well to the treatment, with differing amounts needed depending on body weight. Young children recover very quickly (days), while older people with many ailments take longer (months or years).
Once you are convinced that the supplements work, it isn't really very difficult to get started, although you may choose to spend some time deciding on the best type of calcium supplement for you. Fortunately, there is a tremendous number of different calcium supplements available these days. Taken in the amounts described here, they cannot hurt you, but they do provide your body with the raw materials it needs to heal itself.
The reason why calcium works is because our bodies are in essence very much dependent on calcium. Although it was known around 1900 that calcium is important for the contractility of the heart muscle, by the late 1970's we had learned a lot more about the importance of calcium. The book ``The Calcium Factor'' contains quotes on page 16, as follows:
``Breathing Easy'', Lendon Smith, M.D., in the book 'Feed Your Kids Right', Dell Pub. Co. Inc., 1979.''
We may understand better how calcium works by noting its chemical properties. The calcium atom has the ability to bind with 7 oxygen locations on a protein while still holding onto a water molecule. Magnesium, by way of contrast, can bind with only 3 oxygen locations while holding onto as many as two molecules. It is this unique binding ability of calcium which allows it to bond with long proteins and serve as gatekeeper for the cell. Cells, the building blocks of tissue, receive their nourishment by means of large nutrient channels which open and close by means of the electric potential developed between the inside and the outside of the cell. (The Calcium Factor, p.41)
It may be difficult to believe, but not only does calcium serve as gatekeeper to the cell by binding with a rosette of 5 proteins to form a plug, blocking entry, but calcium is also the element responsible for producing the 70 mV which opens the gate, only 577 parts per million of calcium being required for this voltage to be achieved (potassium requires 933 ppm). (The Calcium Factor, p.41)
As if that weren't enough, the element best able to bring nutrients into the cell by binding with them in a polar stacking sequence is-- again, calcium. Up to 22 polar compounds may be brought into the cell at one time by a single calcium ion, while other ions carry far fewer (for example, 8 polar compounds for potassium). Thus, calcium has been called the workhorse of the cell. (The Calcium Factor, p.51)
So, we have seen that calcium feeds us, as well as opening and closing the doorway of the cell to allow feeding to take place. What else does calcium do? Calcium is essential to the release of neurotransmitters in the brain and wherever else nerves exist in the body. Thus proper function of the brain is dependent on calcium. (``Calcium in Synaptic Transmission'', Rodolpho R. Llinas, Scientific American, 1982) (The Calcium Factor, p.17)
The more we know about calcium and how it helps us, the easier it is to see how it can improve our health to take calcium supplements. But the other minerals magnesium, sodium, potassium, and phosphorous also have major roles to play in our bodies, even if to a somewhat lesser extent. A balanced supplementation program will include these other minerals along with trace minerals including iron and zinc (as well as vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K) and will effectively supplement a selection of nutritious foods with these life-giving nutritional supplements.
It is important to distinguish between nutritional supplements, which are actually essential food, and substances which are used to treat or alleviate symptoms. Alleviating symptoms doesn't cure anything, but when we give the body the nutrients it needs it can heal itself. Believe it or not, supplementation with vitamins in amounts less than 10,000 times the RDA's may be considered completely safe, although too much of anything (including water or salt) can hurt you. (The Calcium Factor, p.87) It is also true that many of the healthiest cultures in the world, including the Hunzas of Pakistan, consume between 10 and 100 times our RDA's of minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and fluoride). (The Calcium Factor, p.122)
A Personal Note:
It seems incredible to think that we have people working in the field of health care, when they can't even get or maintain their own health. (Ward Green, October 15, 2003)
Take sodium, for example. Did you know that by reducing your sodium intake you may be causing great harm to your body, and that by increasing it you may feel better and improve your health?
Of course, nothing should be taken as applying to everyone. Nutrition is a personal matter, because one man's food is another man's poison. On the other hand, many aspects of our health can be described as common to the lifeforms around us, like our need for calcium.
For a personal testimonial account, please see also the following:
Updated November 15, 2003
Ward has his health again!
When I last checked, the book ``The Calcium Factor'' (Fifth Edition), by Robert R. Barefoot and Carl J. Reich was available by order at Chapters bookstore in Ottawa. When I ordered it (with the book ``Death by Diet''), it took about two weeks to get it. I recommend that you order one or both of these books and read them carefully. There is a wealth of information in them, including quotes from top researchers on the subject of calcium and nutrition. ``Death by Diet'' by Robert R. Barefoot is easier to understand for the person unversed in all the technical jargon, but both books make the language easier when quoting from technical publications. A discussion of electromagnetic aspects of health is also given, such as the fact that a child's fingertip can ge regrown if left unsutured. (The Calcium Factor, p.103)