Chronic pill-popping is one of the hallmarks of our age. Conventional medicine has sold us on the idea that there is a chemical for everything, from bereavement to schizophrenia, panic attacks to asthma, heartburn to malignant tumors. This is the mentality that insists that depression is just a Prozac-deficiency; this is the floundering science that says the answer to side-effects from drugs is more drugs.
But my standpoint is that any chronic medication is by definition a failure: it doesn’t cure. If it did, there would be no need to continue taking it! The best that this kind of therapy can do is treat symptoms. Even then, it only masks them, because it is not based on solving the cause of the problem but on suppressing the results. This has been likened to covering up the oil warning light on your automobile. The symptom (red light) goes away but the oil pressure remains too low and your automobile will die young. If only my colleagues understood this in full.
I’d like to offer my unique definition of a successful cure, which is brutal and short: no symptoms, no treatment. If the condition needs repeated treatment, even holistic remedies, to keep symptoms at bay, it isn’t a cure. No disease, no requirement for treatment – that’s a cure! The only way you are going to get that happy result is to call up Mother Nature. Without her, you will cure nothing, heal nothing, solve nothing.
Stay well and live long
You don’t need to be sick to benefit from this plan. If you consider yourself fit and well, follow these steps and stay well for the rest of your life! We now know that what you eat is a crucial and personal thing; what you eat interacts with your genes and not every food is right for your genetic make
Attention. You will likely live longer if you customize your diet and see which foods are best for you. This is what this category of www.recipeinspiration.com revolves around. It is a crucial aspect of this site.
But the truth is that most of us are not as healthy as we should be. Maybe you don’t admit to serious symptoms; but are you bounding with abundant energy, radiantly happy and fulfilled in all aspects of your life? If not, you are not truly in a state of wellness. That’s something else my conventional colleagues have sold to everybody: that health is merely the absence of disease. Not good enough. A positive sense of well being and plenty of energy available whenever needed is what should be regarded as optimum health. That’s real vitality.
Maybe you had it as a child and have lost it. Maybe you never felt that good, in which case you have something delightful to discover about healthy living: it feels great – like being in love, getting a big raise or promotion, publishing your first novel and winning the state lottery, all rolled into one! When would be a good time to rediscover the best feelings of your life, to regain lost youth, and beat off those annoying little signals of less-than-perfect health?
If not now, when?
The title of this section comes from a book published in 1976 by a British physician named Richard Macarnis (published in Britain as not everyone in the mind).
Mackarness’s message was that food can make you ill – sometimes very ill. I read Eating Dangerously a few years after it was published and it changed my career utterly and led to the happiest days of my life. It was certainly contentious and challenging reading. But instead of dismissing it as nonsense, which most trained doctors did, I determined to find out for myself. I started putting patients on a suggested eating plan, avoiding the common danger foods, and they began to get well, suddenly and dramatically. Aches and pains vanished, chronic disease suddenly went away, people felt better, looked younger, and lost weight easily and permanently. Many stopped their medication.
Make no mistake, food can hurt you. It can make your life hell. I’m talking not just about junk food – a common misconception – but good whole food: milk, eggs, wholegrain wheat, fruit, and so on. You’ve been told these foods are healthy, and no doubt, good for you. But I have a different message for you: supposedly healthy natural foods can make some individuals very ill. I have had thousands of patients whose lives were being ruined by eating wholesome foods that they personally did not tolerate but were unaware of where the trouble was coming from.
This goes beyond mere food allergy. You might think that allergy to food is rare and has nothing to do with you (you would be mistaken). But it has emerged recently at the cutting edge of science that our genes, which dictate so much of our health also control our food tolerances. A food which is right for one person may be disastrous in the metabolic pathways of another – a modern genetics version of Lucretius’ old saw: “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.”The current important issue isn’t why it occurred. Rather, it can happen with any food, any individual. In order to have a long and healthy life, avoid these foods. The trouble is you may not be aware that foods are affecting you in this way. We talk of a hidden allergy or masked allergy to food. This mechanism will be explained in due course but, as the name suggests, it may not be obvious at all where the problem is coming from. Not detecting hidden allergies or hereditary intolerance to foods consumed frequently or daily is still dangerous. Curiously, an individual may even become hooked on his or her incompatible foods. He or she likes the very thing that is causing the problem.
The first “food allergy” plan
In 1985 the Food Allergy Plan (the basis of this website) was published. because in those days most people were unaware they needed it! Patients with migraine would suppose they had migraine, not food allergy, and so buy a book on migraine (which explained all the drug therapies and how hopeless it was); same with arthritis and scores of other conditions, which are commonly due to toxic food reactions, as we shall see.
Gradually, pushing through, and winning over the public, I found larger and larger audiences willing to listen to the message that what you eat can make you seriously ill. By the mid-80s the media were full of it. Food allergy and intolerance had arrived and I was one of the chief voices saying that it was very common. It is almost universal. Food can be quite toxic.
Nowadays those of us out in front, looking for answers, have begun to realize the genetic incompatibility with foods is at least as important as the allergy phenomenon. Our DNA controls the performance of numerous metabolic pathways and that in turn regulates how we deal with substances introduced into our bodies. Nutrients, of course, are nothing more than a group of chemicals (with little life energy!). The emerging new science of nutritional genomics, as it is called, is telling us that the old paradigm in which “bad” foods gave you heart disease or cancer unless “good” genes intervened to protect you is too simplistic and wide of the mark. There are some foods that enhance or suppress the work of gardens, as there are some of the preventive, as indicated by some new research and some of which may be very harmful.
That means you can regulate your genes by what you eat, helping them, or blocking them. The belief was that DNA was a blueprint that did not violate our lives. The new and shocking thing was just the opposite, and the matter became clear day after day.
The authors claim that they have an integrated dietetic diet, but this is misleading, so there is no logic in the search for a healthy global diet. Forget the Atkins Diet, The Perricone Promise, the South Beach Diet, or any other pre-determined diet. Even William Wolcott’s metabolic typing diet is erroneous in supposing we can all be fitted into just three metabolic types. There are unique, uniquely valid systems, with almost unlimited combinations of genes! Note: this same principle applies if you are using the Gerson Diet or other non-customized diet for cancer control.
This is exactly what the researcher tried to tell the world about in the 1980s through his first book, The Food Allergy Plan, but the world was not yet ready and we didn’t have the genetic incompatibility model to fill in the gaps where the allergy model didn’t suffice. The scientific truth, as you will learn, is that every one of us has to discover his or her safe diet. To work out yours you will need to become diet-wise, exactly as I have described in these pages.
How to live one hundred years
True life examples, I have always felt, enhance understanding, and are easier to remember. Here is an historic tale, from Italy. The central character was a Venetian nobleman called Luigi Cornaro. He was born in 1467, which makes him a contemporary of Michelangelo Buonarotti and Leonardo da Vinci, who were busy, along with numerous others, creating their world-shaking art in Florence as part of the great Renaissance (literally rebirth).
Cornaro started his shift of consciousness phenomenon, as we shall see. His was more studied and scientific but none the less visionary for all that. Through the book, you now hold his method of rebirth (health and long life) can come true for us all.
A typical nobleman of the day, Cornaro squandered his considerable fortune on high living, especially food and drink. Unfortunately, his constitution was rather weak and he was racked with symptoms, including indigestion and gout, attended by an almost continuous fever and thirst. He was getting steadily worse. Cornaro would probably have died by the age of forty, as most people did in those days.
But he was lucky. One of his physicians told him, in no uncertain terms, that he had better sober up his lifestyle or call the undertakers.
Shocked by the possibility of imminent death, Cornaro decided the smart thing to do was to listen to the doctor’s advice (which for once was sound and holistic). He began to experiment and found that he felt better if he ate less and avoided certain foods that seemed to upset his constitution. Cornaro was the first person on record to work out his detox diet. He was pretty smart and realized that the foods he liked or craved were not necessarily the best for him.
Cornaro found that he did not tolerate fish, pork, melons, and other fruits, salad (though he doesn’t say what ingredients), rough wines, and pastry. Surprisingly, the foods he could tolerate included meats and certain choice wines. He liked an egg, bread, and soup.
Eat less and eat right was his basic formula. In his case, he was able to tolerate twelve ounces of food daily and fourteen ounces of decent wine. Within a year he was fully healed, zestful, and enjoying life. The years rolled by, fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty! Apart from a couple of episodes, he remained well. One setback was a serious coach accident at the age of seventy, which almost cost him his life. Cornaro was dragged from the wreck with many bruises, a dislocated arm, and a broken leg. The doctors wanted to bleed him (as if he weren’t shocked enough). Cornaro wisely refused and relied on his diet management formula to restore his damaged limbs.
The second near fatality occurred when he broke his diet, at the insistence of concerned relatives. They believed he should fatten himself up, to maintain his strength. As a result of continued nagging, he decided to up his rations to fourteen ounces of food a day and sixteen ounces of wine. Within a week he was peevish and quarreling with all comers. By the tenth day, he was seized with a violent pain in his side, which lasted over twenty-two hours, before being succeeded by a serious fever, which lasted for thirty-five days. Cornaro abandoned the changes and soon recovered.
He went on to live an exceptionally long and healthy life. At the amazing age of eighty-three, he published his first treatise, entitled The Sure and Certain Method of Attaining a Long and Healthful Life. The English translation went through numerous editions. He wrote three more pamphlets on the same subject, composed at the ages of eighty-six, ninety-one, and ninety-five respectively.
Luigi Cornaro finally died, serene and dignified, at the age of ninety-eight.
What was remarkable about Cornaro’s achievement was that he lived in an age when the average life expectancy was under forty years. To live beyond three score years and ten was almost unheard of, never mind reaching two years short of one hundred. Cornaro had made a major discovery in the field of disease and health; you would think the medicos of the day would be won over and want to pass on the good news.
Instead, they ignored Cornaro’s remarkable diet experiments.
Think all this is historic, beyond our era, and irrelevant? Maybe it sounds too extreme. Do you have to be so strict to live to a hundred years? Certainly not. Let me tell you a story from my casebook.
Arthur was in his sixties when he first made contact with me. His health had deteriorated to the point where he was lying in bed over 20 hours a day, with scarce strength to move. His heart was weak and enlarged and he had been waiting for a suitable donor to come along, to provide a transplant. Having heard about me and some of the sensational cures that I had been getting by just excluding certain toxic foods, he asked for help.
I put him on the same recommended diet program described here in this book. Within two weeks he was starting to feel better. Within a month he was not only able to travel but drove himself to my office. By the time we had completed testing for food culprits, it became clear that what was his number one enemy. When he tried to re-introduce it, as described on page 126, he collapsed into his earlier debilitated condition.
Arthur’s ideal diet required him to avoid wheat and one or two lesser bandit foods, which he did dutifully.
His health recovered and he became fitter than men ten years old He never had the heart transplant and will never need one, I’m sure.
The last time I visited him before I left the UK for good, I saw Arthur in his home. At the age of 78, he had been erecting a large wooden garden shed. Single-handedly, he had cut timbers, drilled and fixed them, and even put on the roof, which required lifting a considerable weight above his head height. This determined man wanted a small workshop and had decided to build his own!
Diet may be the key to aiding recovery
Today, fortunately, there is a growing awareness that correct eating and good health go hand in hand. With the discovery of the phenomenon of food allergies and genetic food intolerance and the recognition of their widespread harmful effects, the door has been opened for the cure of a wide variety of diseases.
It has been estimated that over half of all illnesses reported to doctors are caused or worsened by toxic foods, so this condition is not rare. I will share with you cases that suffered from apparently incurable diseases, which nevertheless got well following the path I layout in this book. Afflictions like brain damage, heart enlargement, and infertility could seem to possess nothing to try to to with what an individual eats, yet the patient improved dramatically, doing what I shall be telling you in this book. How can this happen? The important principle is what we call total body load: if you can reduce the body’s problems significantly, Nature can often take care of the rest and work spontaneous healing.
In addition to major named diseases, there is a great deal of minor symptomatology which is not reported at all: everyone considers it ‘normal’ to have a few aches and pains. Good health is usually taken to be the mere absence of disease. Yet abundant energy, well being, clarity of thinking, and zest should be your lot. If this isn’t the case, then the advice in this book probably applies to you.
Unfortunately, the medical profession as a whole is rooted in the belief that diet is insignificant, even though Hippocrates stated more than two thousand years ago that complete recovery could not depend on attention to what the patient eats. Instead, the conventional doctor blunders on, with newer and more dangerous drugs, always ready with the scalpel or chemo, spurred on by more and more obscure laboratory ‘investigations’ until the patient is lost in a welter of science. One wonders where it will all end, for whereas in any other profession a narrowness of view is nothing more than an infantile and unbecoming failure, in medicine, it is dangerous to the neglect of duty from which only the patient suffers. A doctor has a certain responsibility to do the best for his or her patient and that means keeping abreast of any area of new knowledge that may help.
Resistance from the medical establishment
Sadly, the history of medicine does not reflect this responsibility: the first users of anesthetics were struck off as frauds; antisepsis was scorned by surgeons who went on operating in their top hats and coat tails; and Dr. Semmelweis of Vienna was abused to the point of suicide for daring to suggest that doctors wash their hands before examining women in childbed, which demonstrably reduced deadly puerperal fever. Nearer our own time, penicillin, arguably the greatest drug of all time, was ignored for years as a discovery when it could have saved millions of lives. Even today, homeopathy, which cures gently by taking into account the whole person as opposed to merely a part, is fought against with blind fury by doctors who have never tried or tested the efficacy of any of its remedies. You may think I write bitterly about the resistance to this new work, and you are right, of course. I have had my share of scorn and ridicule from colleagues who never once took the trouble to visit my office and see if the work I did was valid. But what distresses me most is the disparagement and abuse that patients themselves sometimes have to undergo because of their food incompatibilities. So many times I have had before me sad and dispirited human beings who break into tears of relief when they realize that someone, at last, is willing to listen to their problems and believe them. As a rule, they have been scolded or told they were neurotic and ‘imagining’ things. Many of them feel they are a burden to their family doctor when, in some cases, the opposite seems to be true. I know from the fact that every time I speak on the radio or one of our cases is featured in the press we are deluged with calls that very many people are anxious for help and don’t know where to get it.
That is why this book came to be written. If your doctor refuses to help, there is little you can do except try to sort things out for yourself. Perhaps this do-it-yourself volume will enable you to do just that. I make no claims to breakthrough discoveries in the field of allergies, but the method which follows is my own, developed over a quarter of a century, and is offered freely to whoever needs it.
Within weeks, or even days, you could be free of a chronic or lifelong affliction. Without exaggeration, the lame can walk again, the respiratory cripple can breathe, the sickly and weak become strong, pain and misery diminish to but a memory. It is a miracle: hundreds of thousands of cases from all over the world attest to it. Now you too can become truly diets.