How to get sick, old and die
The modern processed diet is poison. There is no other way to say it.
We are eating ourselves to death.
The wake-up call
One of the first things our parents and grandparents teach us is to “avoid poisonous things”. Douglas Adams said “Human beings are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others and are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so”. The poisonous things now are not snakes and stinging nettles but the addictive mix of refined fats, sugar, salt and gluten in processed artificial foods; takeaways, fast foods, junk-food, cola drinks, hamburgers, processed meats, sugar-rich, refined carbohydrates and all the rest.
More overweight deaths than underweight deaths
The World Health Organisation said in October 2009, that being overweight has now overtaken being underweight among the world’s leading causes of death. Non communicable diseases (NCD) killed about 36 million of the 57 million global deaths in 2008, including about 9 million before the age of 60. We are heading for 75% of global deaths from highly preventable diseases within 10 years. It is simply hard to believe or understand. We ate better during the Second World War than ever before or since; more vegetables, fewer sweets and far less meat. In 1900 the average US sugar intake was 29 pounds per year. By 2008 it was 129 pounds per year, with teenagers reaching 160 pounds, and rising. Barely 1% of teenagers now eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables each day just to maintain nutritional levels – let alone the amount required to heal the human body and reverse the inevitable overly-acidic system.
Preventable death via modern poisons
Coronary heart disease, stroke, type II diabetes and various cancers cause 80%+ of New Zealand deaths. Poor diet and junk-food causes 33% of all heart attacks. Poor diet and low nutritional intake is entirely preventable, yet at least 40% of NZ deaths are attributable to poor diet and lack of physical activity which kills an estimated 8,500 New Zealanders a year. We all know people in our families that tragically and ‘mysteriously’ got cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis or arthritis ‘out of the blue’ or ‘without any warning’. The truth that is not said out loud is that these modern lifestyle diseases build in the body for many years on poor nutrition and they are mostly preventable.
We now have over 7,000 preventable cancer deaths every day
The Global Cancer Facts & Figures 2011 report from the American Cancer Society states that 33% all cancer deaths that occurred worldwide in 2008 might have been avoided by focusing on simple preventable risk factors such as smoking, drinking, infection patterns and dietary habits. This is exactly what I am talking about; smoking, drinking and your diet all directly affect your immune system. This very conservative number is 7,300 deaths per day. Read that again; 7,300 people dying every day, each week, and month followed by month, year after year – from preventable cancer alone. This is the most conservative estimates. When I look at the effect food has on the body and how cancer grows in the body, the sugar-rich food intake, the processed meat intake and the lack of exercise and sunshine, I believe the actual real number of preventable cancer deaths is actually 20,000+ every day.
Even worse than this is on current predictions the conservative estimate is expected to DOUBLE by 2030. That is a minimum of 15,000 preventable deaths EVERY DAY in just 18 years’ time.
Simply by looking through this book and going over the numbers you will see that by my count, in less than 20 years we will actually have 40,000 to 50,000 people dying every day from preventable cancer alone.
This chapter is all about what kills them, in order:
- Soft drinks
- Junk food
- Lifestyle fat
- Processed meat
- Artificial chemicals
Here is a hint; it is all about money.
I cover each of the above and how they suck your life away day by day.
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