America and the rest of the world are reaching a critical point of no return. Doctors and scientist assure us that the foods we eat are safe. At the same time incidences of chronic and degenerative diseases continue to climb. How can both be true? The food is safe to eat but our health continues to deteriorate. The latest explanation is that its “genetic”.
Oh Really? When taking a closer look at the “bad” gene theory there are obvious flaws. We in the African American community we must start to question convenient explanations if we are to survive the onslaught of chronic illnesses that decimate our numbers. Simply accepting the “bad” gene explanation may be useful when justifying socio economic conditions. But in matters of health and the human body it becomes clear that a simple bad gene, the gene that darkens our skin, curls our hair and browns our eyes could explain why these dominant characteristics are also the same attributes that make us more prone to illness.
Rather than being scientifically based the idea that your genes can make you sick plays more to our guilt for being “black” than to the facts of genetics. According to Dr. Joel Wallach, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and all of the other chronic conditions are not genetic. Wallach says that what determines our healthfulness is nutrition and our ability to absorb it.
There is no escaping the sad truth about health in America and in particular about the health of the African American community. The statistics are startling. Here are just a few statistics from: the Center for Disease Control and the American Cancer Society.
- Population: 39.9 Million (2011)
- Percentage of Low Birth Weight: 12.8%
- 80% of African Americans are gluten intolerant. Unfortunately, gluten is in every thing from ice cream to gravies and sauces. They even put it in yogurt. All products containing wheat, barley, rye and oats contain gluten. This means that our digestive tracts are destroyed and we can not absorb nutrition.
- In 1998 in the United States, more than twice as many African American newborn babies died (13.9 of every 100,000) as white newborns (6 out of every 100,000).
- In 1998, this sudden infant death syndrome took the lives of more than twice the number of African American infants (140 out of every 100,000) as white infants (66.4 out of every 100,000)
- In 1998, coronary heart disease killed 136.3 out of 100,000 African Americans while killing 95.1 per 100,000 whites
- African American men are at least 50% more likely to develop lung cancer than white men.
- African American men also die more often from cancer of the lung and bronchus (100.8 per 100,000) than do white men (70.1 per 100,000)
- African Americans have a rate of diabetes of 33.0 per 100,000 compared to a rate of 23.2 in whites.
- 63,500 African Americans will die from cancer next year.
- Approximately eleven percent of all African Americans have diabetes.
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among African American women, exceeded only by lung cancer.
- African American men have far higher death rates from prostate cancer than any other racial or ethnic group.
- 130,800 new African American cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2009.
- African Americans with cancer have a shorter survival than whites in all stages of diagnoses.
- Black people with diabetes experience kidney failure about four times more often than diabetic white Americans.
- In 2008, diabetes was the leading cause of blindness among African American men and women
- The death rate for Black Americans with diabetes is 40% higher than other races and cultures.
- 80% of all Black people over the age of 45 have high blood pressure
- Compared with any other group, African American women are more likely to get heart disease and die from complications
- Black men and other minorities are more likely to be diagnosed with hip osteoarthritis than white men
- African Americans have twice as many strokes as white Americans.
- Inner city alterative health practitioners and the CDC claim African Americans have three times as much high blood pressure,diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
- One in every 250 African American women has Lupus.
- 60% of minorities are overweight.
- 80% of African American women over the age of 50 are obese.
It is hard to believe that genes cause us to have all of these problems. After living for thousands of years in Africa with little or no problems now it’s the genes? That is not plausible. There have been numerous studies of African’s health. One such study in Nigeria found not one case of high blood pressure in hundreds of people who participated.
The gene explanation might sound good but it does not explain the phenomena. Dr. Wallach and others say it is our nutrition or lack thereof that’s the problem. When a person eats food devoid of the 91 essential nutrients required daily to be healthy all sorts of chronic and degenerative diseases will appear. In addition, many of the foods we eat corrupt the body’s ability to absorb what little nutrition is in our foods such as gluten.
The final nail in our coffins is our dependence on prescribed drugs, surgeries and medical procedures which are dangerous and ineffective at best. The leading cause of death in America is doctor directed medical care. Yet we African American put ourselves in the hands of the M.D.’s willingly and follow his directions to a “T”.
What’s more interesting is that there has never been a professional athlete who has lived to be over one hundred other than some of the players from the old Negro League in baseball. It turns out that the longest lived persons in the world come from the poorest countries where they have no medical care, no drugs, no doctors, no 911 and no access to a hospital. But what they do have are the 91 essential elements in the soils where they grow their vegetables. Yet in America where we as a nation spend more than all other countries combined on health care we are last in terms of health and longevity among the industrialized countries.
When the body absorbs the 91 essential nutrients in the correct forms and amounts health is restored and chronic diseases reverse themselves. The body heals itself. Relying on food to provide those nutrients is a fools game. Today’s foods contain low amounts of nutrition if any at all.
One of the biggest challenges facing the African American community is our reliance on the established medical system to “take care of us”. The truth of the matter is that drugs and surgeries can not help us. They do not heal us. Getting more access to drugs and the medical system is to fail to see the pink elephant in the room. We do not need access to more drugs and doctors. We need more nutrition. We do not need more exercise. We need less additives in the food.
To be healthy one must avoid those foods that are inflammatory and foul up the nutrition absorbing system in the digestive tract. We can do this by:
Stop eating wheat, barley, rye and oat products in foods such as pasta, pancakes, bread, cereals, bagels, donuts etc.
Never eat fried foods
Never use cooking oils including: corn oil, canola, rapeseed oil, peanut oil, coconut oil, olive oil or any other oil in a bottle
Never drink any carbonated drink before, during or after a meal. Found in carbonated water, soda pop, beer, various drinks
No burned fats such as in barbeque
No Nitrates and Nitrites - Processed Meats, sandwich meats, sausages, bacon
Eat medium rare meat not well done meat
No Skins of potatoes
No Corn Syrup / High Fructose Corn syrup
No Artificial Sweeteners and Additives
Drink whole milk
Use salt to tase
Use lard or rendered animal fat
Eat lots of eggs
Do supplement the body with the 91 essential nutrients in the correct forms and amounts which includes:
Trace Elements and Co-factors
Essential Fatty Acids
And correct digestive problems.
These simple steps will allow you to be at a normal weight and recover from chronic conditions.
Chronic and degenerative diseases are caused by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. They are not genetic. Conditions like: Obesity, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Arthritis, Cancer, Skin Conditions, Depression, ADHD, Alzheimers, Heart Disease, Kidney Failure, etc. Avoid the bad things and supplement with the good and live long and prosper.
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