Back to the Basics

During my senior year in high school I took a biomedical class that changed my outlook of the foods I was eating.

My teacher, Ms. Anderson, started the semester off by showing us a very inspiring video, Simply Raw. It is a documentary on Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes sufferers and their journey to reverse their illness. After twenty-two days of eating only raw, organic, vegan food the patients were able to discontinue the use of pharmaceutical medicine and no longer needed to depend on the chemicals and synthetic ingredients.

The program is run by Dr. Gabriel Cousens, director of the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center and Tree of Life Foundation in Patagonia, Arizona. This video made me realize how bad processed foods can be to our body and how much damage they can cause when we eat them on a daily basis. Most of the time, we don’t stop to think about what we are feeding our body and the long-term consequences processed foods may have on us. It also made me realize that our body can work wonders and with the help of nutrients found in healthy, natural food, it may even heal itself. Going back to the basics and eating natural, organic food eliminates the consumption of chemicals and artificial ingredients in commercial processed foods for a healthier, cleaner life.

This got me thinking about my great-grandfather, Don Reynaldo Varela, who just recent celebrated his 100th birthday and is probably healthier than most people half his age. After my great-grandmother died eight years ago, he stayed in their home, tending to his animals and providing for himself.

Since I can remember my great-grandfather has always grown his own foods or bought them from local farmers like him. He always had cows, which he milked himself, and chickens that provided eggs and the occasional delicious, homemade chicken soup.

He got trough life just fine without fast food. He also never owned a car; instead he depended on a carriage, drawn by Filemon the donkey, to get around the small town of Julimez, Chihuahua where he still lives. From what we understand, he is the oldest person in the town.

His lifestyle is and always has been extremely simple. Obviously, the fragileness of his age doesn’t allow him to do very much anymore but the man is fit as a fiddle and still has a sharp mind. I have never known him to be hospitalized much less have surgery of any type and he doesn’t take any type of medication. The only thing that I can attribute his health to is his simple lifestyle, good organic food and a lot of exercise.

Advantages of Eating Organic

• As stated in The Doctors Book of Healing Foods, “research indicates that if we all ate more of the right foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes and less of the wrong ones, the incidence of all cancers would be reduced by at least 30%.”

• In terms of vitamins and minerals, organic food is 25% more beneficial to your health than mass-produced agricultural products.

• Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations.

• USDA standards prohibit the use of genetic engineering, ionizing radiation, and sewage sludge in organic food production and handling before a product can be labeled “organic.”

• Generally, organic products may be 20% more expensive, but if you are committed to eating healthy organic food, in the long-run, you’ll save money by preparing your own foods and eating out less.

• Organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products are produced without using antibiotics, or hormones.


Sources used: United State Department of Agriculture / Center for Disease Control / The Doctors Book of Healing Foods / www.organicconsumers.org

This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to render medical advice. The information provided through this article should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.

Summer 2012
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