Last Friday night, my dear friend Hannah and I spontaneously went out to Brentwood to hear a wellness presentation. Wellness is something I definitely am passionate about. There are several reasons why America is plagued with obesity and disease. And awful eating habits are a huge factor. Food plays such a pivotal role in health. Sadly, people tend to look to medication rather than change what they eat to try to improve health. Sometimes relying on medication pushes disease further into your tissues. Of course, I’m not against all medicine. But I have learned that there are wonderful ways to prevent sickness and disease rather than just fight them when they come.
We listened to Dr. Carol Watson, R.N. and N.D., share some really great facts about wellness. Many of the things she shared I had heard before, but this time I was able to take notes in order to be able to share them. She worked as an R.N. in critical care for many years and said, “I was saving lives, but I didn’t know how to prevent the pain, suffering, and disease.” There is a reason why other countries don’t have the diseases and sicknesses that we have here in America. And here are a few notes worth sharing:
-We don’t have drug deficiencies; we have whole food deficiencies.
-When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is right, medicine is not needed.
-Over 9.6 million older adults suffer from drug-induced side effects and death every year. (Dr. Sydney Wolfe)
-Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
-We are living creatures and so our bodies need living food. The only thing that qualifies as living is raw food. (If you cut a carrot and put it in a glass of water, it will grow roots. If you cook a carrot and then put it in water, no roots will grow.)
-There is no such thing as junk food. It is either junk or food.
-Trans-fats cause inflammation and calcification. Trans-fats are banned in Europe. They didn’t exist until after 1903. Their purpose is to allow something to sit on a shelf for lengthy amounts of time.
-Our bodies are self healing.
-We need 40 grams of fiber a day. 80% of your immune system is located in your digestive system.
-Most people think they can just take vitamins to make up for what they need and aren’t getting. But, for the most part, no one regulates vitamins.
-3 Basic Rules: (1) If you can’t read it, don’t eat it. (2) If man changed it, exchange it. (3) If it doesn’t rot or sprout, throw it out.
-A fresh, whole, clean apple has over 12,000 vitamins and minerals.
-Fruits and vegetables can reduce DNA damage.
-Juice Plus (fruits and veggies in pill form) bridges that gap between what we need and what we eat. Research it. And then ask me about it. I’d love to talk to you about it. Seriously. https://www.juiceplus.com/nsa/content/Welcome.soa?gpkw=juice%20plus%20(e)&ch=gppc&ca=JP.com%20-%20Brand&v=Brand%20-%20General&gclid=CIfWyJP6k7UCFQcHnQodUA0AZw
Some resources to look at that Dr. Carol Watson shared with us:
-Time “Why DNA is Not Your Destiny” 2010
-The China Study by T. Colin Campbell
-Best Pills, Worst Pills by Dr. Sydney Wolfe
-Reader’s Digest, “The Vitamin Scam” April 2010
-Medscape, “Dark Side of Vitamins” The Year of Medicine in 2011
-Consumer Reports, “10 Surprising Dangers of Vitamins and Supplements” September 2012