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Things have changed in the past 50 years!

Things have changed!
 
For those of you who are older, you know that things “ain’t” what they used to be.  Change can be good, but it also can have deleterious consequences.
I have been a healthcare provider for 45 years and was indoctrinated in the ways of medical profession at that time.  Little questioning was done at the time and we just believed in what was taught.  Well, we now know that many things were not correct.  Here’s a few:

1.        Fat foods are bad for you.  Eat more carbohydrates; many were told to ingest as much as 65% of their diet in carbohydrates.  Along came diet foods, fat free, etc.   With the decrease in fat, that means the foods are made with increased sugars, or more carbohydrates.  Look at the statistics.  We are now a FAT nation.  It is now all the sugars that have become our achilles heel with about 2/3 of our American population overweight or obese.  With this obesity comes a whole host of medical issues, including but not limited to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and joint problems.  This has to be stopped.  Good fats, such as olive oil and avocados should be included in your everyday diet.

2.       Eggs are bad for you.  It wasn’t very long ago that physicians counseled their patients on limiting eggs to no more than 2 per week because of their cholesterol content.  Hogwash!  Eggs are perhaps one of the most perfect proteins.  And the majority of cholesterol is manufactured in the body, not through external foods. 

3.       The food pyramid from the US Dept. of Agriculture, 2017 show that we should be eating 3-5 servings of grains, breads, and potatoes each day.  That is a heck of a lot of starch and sugar.  Just think about the aisles and rows of cereals in your local supermarket.  Americans are eating 192.3 pounds of flour and cereal per year.  Most of these cereals are laden with SUGAR, compounding the problem.  The other issue is the wheat.  Wheat grown in the 1940’s and 1950’s is NOT the same as the wheat grown today.    We are seeing the results of hybridization of the wheat crops, that have increased yield, but that are digested differently in the human body.  If you are interested, I highly recommend the book “Wheat Belly”, but William Davis, MD (2011).  And, of course, the advertisements on these products are highly endorsed by big Agriculture.  The results are increased metabolic syndrome, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, celiac disease.  Time to question EVERYTHING that comes out as a recommendation from government and research who as the underlying interests.  Certainly  government looking out for OUR best interests.

I think that’s enough to chew on for a little bit.  I’ve learned a lot in the past 50 years and I have to say I am very disappointed in those that are supposed to have our best interests at heart.  Perhaps I was naïve and probably still am, because I want to think the best of the powers that be, but I am now much more skeptical and question everything.  My health is at stake.
 

Until next time.

Stay well; stay health; stay focused.

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