Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Health Care vs Illness Care

We should start naming things as they really are, not what someone would like us to believe. What we really have is Illness Care, NOT Health Care. Very little money is ever spent to promote "Health Care" because Health is NOT profitable.

The human body is extremely complex, and we have hundreds of thousands of internal interactions going on at any given moment from our 400 hundred trillion cells. Those interactions are also interdependent, and although our bodies have the ability to fabricate some of the components, we still need some raw materials for manufacturing them.

Jump rope, Photo from tedkerwin

For a different picture for understanding, think about the group children's game we call jump rope; when typically done by 3 or more children it's called long rope jumping. If you have 3 children and a rope, you can play. Remove any one component, and there's no game. 2 children and a rope but no jumper... no game. 3 children and no rope, no game.

Micronutrients (meaning we don't need much of them) like the fat-soluble vitamins have a 'game' (interaction) going on in our bodies too, and if any one of them is MIA, the 'game' suffers. Please note that these essential fat-soluble vitamins can only be dissolved in saturated fats in the body (hence their name). A healthy liver will store any excess, unlike the water-soluble vitamins which we rapidly excrete in urine. 
Vitamin A (egg yolks, liver, whole milk, cheese) is needed for eyesight, in other words "essential for the neural transmission of light into vision". All the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) need a bit of all the others to function (play the game) properly.

I find it interesting that the amount of Vitamin A in egg yolks in the Netherlands is more than twice the amount in the US. I wonder why? What they are fed (non-GMO?) and how they are raised? Curious. source

Photo by Peber the Swede

Photo by andrewmalone

Vitamin D (from sunlight, or oily fish like herring, salmon and sardines) helps the body absorb and use calcium, but you also need to ingest enough of the right kind of calcium for it to work... and then it takes Vitamin A to make the interaction work, too. (Vitamin A binds the Vitamin D receptors). Likewise if you take calcium supplements but don't get enough A or D, the calcium is useless.

Gluten-free (coconut flour) Fried Oysters, by NourishingCook

Oysters Rockefeller, photo by Argyleist

For Vitamin D to work, it also needs the minerals magnesium (green vegetables, nuts, whole grains), zinc (oysters, wheat germ, liver) and boron (green vegetables, fruit, nuts). The other catch is you also need enough Vitamin K (green leafy vegetables) to regulate the entire fat-soluble system.

The fat-soluble vitamins (except E) come from the very animal foods the "health care" industry tells us to reduce or avoid altogether: eggs, butter, and organ meats like liver. (BTW, coconut oil is considered a good saturated fat but contains almost zero vitamins and minerals. The main benefit in coconut oil is the Lauric Acid content, which promotes the "good" cholesterol, HDL.) 

There are many, many other nutrients which are equally essential for good health, and our bodies can utilize them all much better in the form of real food rather than supplements. However, just like the fat-soluble vitamins, most are interdependent on a host of others for maximum nutritional function. Who tells or teaches us that??

It seems the best way to have real health care is in our own hands. If we don't take responsibility for ourselves and our health, who will??

Try this: On your own, research some foods for their nutritional amounts. Research your own nutritional needs for the foods that supply them. If the information comes from research, find out who paid for the research; it is too often biased. Look for the sin of omission, where they tell us the part they want us to know rather than the whole picture.

The spin on many industrialized foods now being promoted as "healthy" is just that: spin. I have to be vigilant about reading labels on foods. A package of crackers I picked up in the natural foods market last weekend had huge advertising all over the front of the box exclaiming "Now made with whole grains!". When I read the label, sure enough there were whole grains... but last on the list just before the chemicals (labels are required by law to list ingredients in descending order of the quantity). The first ingredient was "enriched white flour"... I put it back on the shelf. Deceptive advertising, in my opinion.

Getting and staying healthier is much harder when the truth is so hard to find amongst all the hype. In my opinion, food labels should also list ALL the vitamin amounts, as well as all the herbicides, pesticides, irradiation and chemical washes the food has endured.

I repeat: It seems the best way to have real health care is in our own hands. If we don't take responsibility for ourselves and our health, who will??


  1. My favourite, if you can call it that, labelling is All Natural but that game may change with the current class action lawsuits against ConAgra and Kashi and Frito Lay.

    And the more I read about GMO's (Vandana Shiva's The GMO Emperor Has No Clothes is particularly good.), the more I am convinced that we've made a huge global mistake. And after reading about questionable data in the regulatory review process, we made the decision to greatly reduce, if not eliminate GMO's in our diet. (The referenced document is here.). Reducing/eliminating GMO's in your diet is both easy and difficult. The easy part is eliminating anything whose label shows soy, corn or oil products. That catches a huge number of products. The difficult part is that not all products have labels. You have to assume that beef, chicken, pork, seafood products are factory produced and thus probably fed some corn and/or soy derived product. Increasingly, we are buying products that are certified organic while, at the same time, watching to see how the integrity of the organic certification is being maintained.


  2. Good points Mike.

    I haven't read Shiva's book but there are a few YouTube videos of her speaking out against the GMO atrocities.

    Many GMO soy derivatives are listed on labels but not with the term "soy"... usually something like isoflavons. Last I read, there are over 40 different names for them.

  3. This was really some much needed motivation for making sure that I FOLLOW THROUGH with what I had already planned for myself and my family from here on out. I also believe that our health is in our hands and since I am the caretaker for my family I have to do a much better job of making sure that the food that we eat is of the best quality that it can be.
    My teenage daughter is constantly cold; even in the hottest of weather she wears coats. She sleeps as much as she possibly can every day and she get horrible canker sores in her mouth. I am convinced that the root of this problem is dietary and it's up to me to do all I can to heal her.
    Thanks for the post. I really needed to read it today.

  4. I, too, avoid corn, wheat, soy, canola and even zuchinis if I don't know where they've come from. And the list is getting longer as time goes on... Just trying to find suplimental chicken feed can be a challenge if you're not careful.

    More frustrating yet, is knowing that the pollen from the fields around us will contaminate our carefully chosen there really any corn in the US that isn't affected by pollen from GM plants nearby?

    I wonder what it is going to take for this nation to make the connection between the rise in disease and the disregard for the old "tried and true" ways of farming vs our "scientific", chemical dependent farming methods? So frustrating to me that so many people think the old ways are hazardous (think raw milk and fermented products to name just a few...) and the new ways (think "dead", steril food) are what you eat when you're "informed".


  5. Califia - Symptoms sound similar to thyroid issues. Soy has been directly linked to thyroid issues and may be something you might want to check out. Almost all processed foods including salad dressings, chips, crackers, bread, peanut butter, canned tuna, boxed cake mixes, "natural foods", etc., etc. contain soy oil so it is very hard to avoid if you use any processed foods at all. There is lots of research on the connection (and symptoms) if you google.

    (Perhaps this isn't what the issue is but at least worth checking out!)

  6. is there really any corn in the US that isn't affected by pollen from GM plants nearby?

    Yep. “Organic ready” corn.


  7. Thanks Leah's Mom. At this point any suggestions are helpful. I'm at a total loss.

  8. Califia, I agree about the possible low thyroid symptoms, because they sound just like mine. Mine got a lot better when I cut out all soy.

    Soy is goitrogenic (suppressing the function of the thyroid gland) and so are cruciferous veggies which I happen to love and still eat. Eliminating soy of any kind lets me still eat my greens.

  9. Hi Darius My DR. told me to stop eating coconut oil I have been using it for 1 1/2 years and and I asked her to tell me why I should stop using coconut oil because my cholesterol was 268 and now it is down to 192 she told me that it is 92% saturated fat and I told her that there are good fats and it is one of them just like fish oil and olive oils she said that milk & cheese are also bad and I told her she need to read the book Nourishing traditions by sally fallon she has studied the old was of food perp. and latic acid curing more poeple need to read this book and stay away from modern food processing and go back to the old ways of eating I have done this for my own health after being a diabetic for ten 10 so I hope more people start usaing coconut oils and latic fermentation method of curing foods remember shop healthy
    Have fun curing food


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