How Important Is Health?

By Dr. Bonnie Wick

So – how important IS health to us? We talk about how important our health is to us, and how we must take the drugs the doctor prescribes for "our health", yet we eat a "S.A.D" (standard American diet) and laugh about how "we really shouldn't". We know better, we know that refined sugar and white flour are bad for us, have absolutely no redeeming value and yet, we insist on eating them to our death. Oh, but we religiously take the drugs the doctor prescribes for us because the doctor knows what's best for us – right? What if the doctor says you cannot eat refined sugar or flour because your body cannot handle it? Would you do it? Why are the sweet and floury foods so important to us that we would rather die than go without (literally!)? Are the few moments of savory delight engulfing our taste buds worth the pain and suffering it brings? We have become so insistent on instant gratification, and don't want to consider the consequences. In our modern times, after the last 50 years of our diets sliding downhill, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and cancer are epidemic, in spite of the thousands of drugs the pharmaceutical companies throw at us. Simply taking drugs the docs throw at us is not health – it's just disease maintenance.

True health encompasses the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. Of course, number one is spiritual. For perfect health, this must be at peace. But we must also maintain our bodies the way they were made to function, or they stop functioning correctly. A huge part of this is diet. Our bodies are amazing – millions of cells performing specific tasks every second, precisely and finely tuned to function exactly how they should. These functions require many vitamins, minerals, enzymes and coenzymes, amino acids, etc. some of which we can make on our own (amazing processes which require other vitamins and minerals!), but many of which are only supplied through diet. Less than 200 years ago, the foods we ate were fairly pure and contained these necessary nutrients. Toxic chemicals were few, though starting to increase. We ate "real" foods – freshly grown fruits and vegetables without chemicals or genetic modification, beef was fed on the range and not given antibiotics or hormones. No fast foods or hydrogenated oils. Now we are inundated with toxins, preservatives, and heavy metals in food, water, vaccines, air, homes, furniture, etc. These toxins damage organs and pathways important to healthy body functioning. Amazingly enough, the human body has many ways to compensate for malfunction or dysfunction and many people appear to live well in spite of the lack of care for what goes into their bodies. However, these people are getting fewer and fewer each year as our health abuse increases.

Conventional medicine says that diabetes (type II) can't be cured and you will inevitably take more and more meds. NOT TRUE! Of course they don't expect people to follow strict diets so they don't even suggest it. But people can change – it just takes a change of mind. What is your health worth to you? Is it that important for you to have that dessert and bread? You can eat lots of food – just good food, "real" food – fruits (organic berries especially), and veggies all day! Beans, nuts, seeds, some chicken, fish, red meat limited (depending on the person) – everything as organic as you can get. Good grains are rice, millet, amaranth, etc. Lots of olive oil (not fried with) and coconut oil. If you must have bread, Ezekial 4:9 is the name of a healthy bread made from sprouted grains and that is fine to eat as a sandwich every other day. Always remember, though, health is not "cookbook". People are different, and some can't handle the same good foods as others. If you have a lot of issues, consider NAET to eliminate or lessen your allergy/sensitivity level.

It is very important to drink lots of good, clean water, plain or with a squeeze of lemon or a capful of apple cider vinegar (if you aren't sensitive to it), and make sure you get ½ your body weight in ounces every day. You can also drink green tea and other herb teas which are nutritive. We will address vitamin/mineral supplements at another time – also very individual, but we definitely need to supplement due to a definite depletion of our nutrients in foods.

So is this the "perfect" diet? This is a great diet, but must be fine-tuned to each individual. Oh – yes, organic is different, no matter what you might hear. Sometimes, depending on the grower, it might have more toxins in it than others, but it is better than conventional store-bought – it definitely avoids the (GMO) genetically modified garbage (scary!). As far as diet goes, the idea is – whole, raw foods as much as possible, no pre-packaged or canned, and make sure you get enough protein for the important amino acids! Exercise is also, of course, very important and will be discussed in another article.

In conclusion, how important is your health to you? Is your priority "instant gratification" in the "now", or long-term quality of life? Do you want to be sitting in a wheelchair in a nursing home in vegetative state, or confined d/t heart disease, or legs amputated, kidney dialysis twice a week, and blind just because you have to eat "your way"? How important is your health? Do we live to eat or eat to live? Think about it!! It's all about priorities and consequences! You have to make up your mind to change your lifestyle and get healthy. Once you're healthy again, then a "fun" meal once a month won't hurt, but always remember moderation. If you don't have health "issues" at this time, this type of diet will help so you don't get them. But, of course, you can loosen up now and then and have fun with a "treat". You might be surprised, though, at how little you want it after a while and healthy snacks become the "treat". Whatever you do, appreciate each day to the fullest – enjoy living and laughing, get a hobby and get healthy! There's so much more to life than food!