Health is the Essential Factor

The name of this blog and related sites is Zeroing In On Health. Even those associated with ZIOH have a hard time remembering this sometimes. Many of our members have reversed a lifetime of obesity and disease but not all of them have become lean as I have. For many, that is proof that perhaps ZC doesn’t work for everyone and therefore, they should try something else. Let me give you something else to consider:

Observations from “primitives” undergoing the nutritional transition (from a hunter-gatherer population to a more Westernized one) have consistently shown that once the population’s sugar consumption goes above 70 pounds per person per annum, ALL of the diseases of civilization appear. This is not controversial. Everyone understands that chronic disease is preventable and that some aspect of diet and/or lifestyle has to be the culprit. Why? Because people in isolated populations don’t get chronic disease despite being “uncivilized.” Now, if this is well known, which it is, then why does it surprise us that when we finally do find the correct diet for humans, every person’s improvement will not be exactly the same.

Indeed, people don’t manifest metabolic syndrome the same way, so why would we expect their cure to go the same way? We’ve all been seduced into thinking that weight is the primary thing; that somehow these diseases are all caused by excess weight. However, it’s extremely clear that fat people are not the only ones to get these diseases. That’s enough to kill the hypothesis right there. I know that scientific processes are not in vogue in this era of preventive medicine (schedule the intervention long before the science comes back), but they should be.

Skinny people get diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and many other ailments although if you read the tabloids and newspapers, you would think that only fat people got disease. However, we know better. People with low cholesterol have more heart attacks than those with high cholesterol. People with low cholesterol have more strokes and they have many issues. We often hear of professional athletes with bodies like Olympic gods and goddesses, falling dead from heart attacks. Despite these very straightforward observations, we are still advised to workout for 90 minutes per day if not more, and to eat foods relatively devoid of nutrition. Some cities are even advocating “meatless Mondays.” That will only give us more fat vegetarians.

So what got me to thinking of this today was a couple of headlines that I read on my public transportation commute today. The first article was entitled, “Celebrating her body“, written by Art Carey, who has written some very fine articles, including a great one with Greg Ellis on the myth of muscles and calorie burning. (Google it, it’s a great read.)

This chronicles the ordeal of Leslie Spencer, a professor of health and exercise science. She ate the “prudent diet” watched her weight, ran and lifted weights. In short, she did everything right. She reached age 40 and lusted for a little more spontaneity and youthful vigor. So she enlisted the help of two of her students at Rowan University, who helped her get into weight training. She sculpted a very beautiful body and was said to have great legs. She became what she wanted to be, feminine, pretty and natural, yet having a powerful physique.

She was the perfect example of diet and exercise. Then, disaster struck. In March 2009, she had a routine mammogram that revealed spots on her left breast. The cancer was aggressive and swift. She had an immediate double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. Spencer was shocked because she lived so “cleanly” and had no family history of the disease. She handled it with grace and I’m sure she felt lucky to have spotted it, much like Dr. Oz when he found the polyps on his colon. These are two examples of people who live according to the conventional wisdom yet this is where they ended up. Why would anyone eat in the manner that these two do? Were they just unlucky? I think not.

This article was about “celebrating her enduring body” but I think it’s an object lesson for what I’ve written many times. One cannot out-exercise a bad diet. If you really want to celebrate your body, you must change your diet. Stop eating carbohydrates. Be kind to your body. Eat a diet that your body was designed to eat. Just watch as your health improves.

In the very same Health & Science section of the same newspaper, there appeared this story, which was on the front page of the section. It was called, “Winning by Losing” and was written by Heather Faison. This story is about 11 year-old Jason Footes who was diagnosed as borderline obesity. Eleven years old, but obese. By the age of 12, he began experiencing symptoms of early diabetes. His mother noted dark circles on Jason’s neck. He was 5’4″ and 164 pounds. The family tried semi-starving him by withholding “seconds” as the Mom cried. They finally gave up when the Father saw how damaging this was. The family stepped it up and used portion control, exercise, and fruits and vegetables.

Unfortunately, the city of Philadelphia has an obesity rate among children which is twice the national average. In the inner city neighborhoods, there are many “convenience stores” full of nothing but cheap carbohydrates. As I’ve written in this space many times, obesity is found chiefly among the poor. These people are not eating meat and fat. They are eating a diet high in refined and easily digestible carbohydrates. Jason improved his diet by cutting some of the starches and fried foods, but he’s going to have a mighty struggle because those fruits and vegetables will continue to raise his blood sugar just enough to send him looking for the sweet. And this kid is only 14. We’ll see how he fares when he’s 25. If he only knew that there is nothing wrong with the chicken as long as he keeps it out of the batter and vegetable oil. In fact, he could probably enjoy his fried chicken if he would abandon the sides and learn to love water.

What you should take from these two stories is that both conditions were caused by the same catalyst: Refined and easily digestible carbohydrates. Jason was the lucky one, believe it or not. He merely got fat, although he was very close to diabetes. Whereas Leslie, who undoubtedly still ate better than Jason, went straight to cancer and never experienced obesity. She ate carbohydrates too, but hers were less refined. Only the lucky ones get fat. With some body fat, you have a clear signal from your body that you need to make a change. Leslie’s body gave her no such signal. So if you’re reading this article and you don’t have a signal, let these stories be your signal and make the required changes today.

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Posted on September 28, 2010 at 6:14 pm by Charles · Permalink
In: Diabetes, Diet, Disease, Exercise, Obesity, Uncategorized

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