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How Food Impacts Chronic Illness

“Most deaths in the United States are preventable and related to nutrition.” This sums it up, doesn’t it? A study from the Boston University Medical Center states; “Although physicians are expected to counsel their patients about nutrition-related health conditions, a recent survey reported minimal improvements in nutrition medicine education in US medical schools in the past decade.”(1)

Let’s read the first sentence again. “Most deaths in the United States are preventable and related to nutrition.” Yet when most doctors see patients, they prescribe medication and rarely associate the condition to food. In addition, the patient typically desires a prescription as in their opinion, it’s easier and faster than changing their diet.

Micronutrient Deficiency is not just an issue in your home, it’s a global issue. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 2 billion people in both developing and developed countries suffer from micronutrient deficiencies.(2) According to a 2010 study in the journal Public Health Reviews, “These are silent epidemics of vitamin and mineral deficiencies affecting people of all genders and ages, as well as certain risk groups. They not only cause specific diseases, but they act as exacerbating factors in infectious and chronic diseases, greatly impacting morbidity, morality, and quality of life.”

Also according to the WHO, malnutrition can arise in three forms:

hunger and undernourishment, which is defined as dietary energy intakes below the minimum levels necessary to achieve and maintain a healthy weight;

obesity or over-nourishment, which is defined as dietary energy intake which exceeds requirements for maintenance of a healthy body weight; micronutrient deficiencies, which is defined as a lack of essential vitamins and minerals required in small amounts by the body for proper growth and development.

Think of someone you know who recently received news: they had chronic illness and did not want to take medication. Whether they were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure, they decided to avoid the “big” medications and return their numbers to normal through diet. It happens. Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen nearly enough, but it does happen and it can be done.

Not only can it be done, but it’s the preferred method to guarantee long-term health. If you have type 2 knocking at your door, you probably have another laundry list of health issues waiting in the wings. When you’re consuming less sugar, more fruits and vegetables, less protein, less processed crap, and less oil you’re cleaning arteries, you’re building a strong immune system, and giving yourself a true quality of life. You’re learning to LIVE through food.

“It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.” Hoppocrates (460-377 B.C.)

Be the person to take your health into your hands. Be the person that chooses health and longevity over fast food and soda. It sounds crazy to think someone will jeopardize.....

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