Our Food Environment and Deficiency Injuries

I am a staunch bibliophile and have been collecting books since I was about fifteen years old. I was exposed to the love of books by my nephew’s (Mik’al) uncle, Dwayne. He told me that if I ever come across a free book, take it. He taught me the value of knowledge and how you can learn about anything in the world just by reading about in it. This quietly resonated in my soul and I took to the hobby of reading any and everything!

I frequent John King Bookstore here in Detroit and it boasts of having over a million used books in stock. I have to tell you, if you are a book-lover you have to visit this place — it is breathtaking! I do not own a million books but I am a proud owner of an eclectic collection of about 2000 books (and growing). It spans subjects from economics and religion to nutrition and medicine.

Now, I have in my possession a classic book entitled “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” by Weston A. Price (search The Weston A. Price Foundation). This tour de force of truth and scientific authority is a treatise on the subject of indigenous, isolated and aboriginal culture’s experiences when exposed to the European (Civilized Diet). It details the evolution of these culture’s descent into chronic disease, infirmity and suffering due to their diet change. It tabulates an exhaustive record of photos and scholarly literature that stretches from Northern Europe (Switzerland) to South America (Peru). It demonstrates their adoption of the diet and their inability to adapt to the diet and as a result developed numerous diseases, illnesses and early death. The effects of the diet caused systemic suffering that became intergenerational with noticeable changes in their physicality (phenotype) and genetics (genotype).

Ron told me 35 years ago the stories of the Buffalo People (America) and the Masai Tribes (Africa) and how their way of life of thousands of years was forever changed due to their contact with Western man.

The correlations between what these wonderful people experienced in health and culture corruption, and what I observed everyday-Americans experiencing in widespread health decay, was ominous and powerful!

It was obvious that the “food environment” was the cause of these ravenous and ubiquitous diseases (injuries). The associations were stark. However, the treatments are fairly straightforward. As depicted in the book and my own conclusion…we need to gather our collective will and focus on the health and wellbeing of ourselves and listen to Mother Nature. This is the sure way back to optimal health and vibrancy.

Mother Nature/Earth has provided us with the food we need. Eat food that is as close to its origins from Earth as possible. When we are ill from the common cold or have a headache, remember, this is a signal we are deficient in nutriens. Our bodies are not deficient of Tylenol. Prevent disease both Mental and Elemental by eating what has been here for millions of years and is Mother’s provisions.

Our Food Environment: white sugar, white flour, white rice, white salt, processed de-fibered fruits and vegetables, denatured and altered meats and worthless and ineffective oils and fats, TV, commercials, malls, shopping centers, grocery stores, holiday feasts, parties, barbecues, picnics, drugs of all kinds and hospitals…

Injuries and Disease: colds, flues, backaches, diabetes, CHF, COPD, HTN, global vascular syndrome, arthritis, numerous GI diseases, cancer, addictions and allergies, serum acidosis, headaches, loss of vision, skin ailments, hormone dyscratias, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia and soaring mortality and morbidity statistics….

Use NSP’s Supplements in your diet and consume more saturated and essential fatty acids, high quality proteins and fibered carbs. Consider using a digestive enzyme. Stay away from processed foods and junk carb-age. Stop eating when you’re 75% full.

Lastly, there is no such thing as an essential carbohydrate.

Please share with me your comments.  Thanks for reading…

Derrick Smith NSP

Postulation to Addiction

When I experienced the epiphany of the true dangers and horrible effects that sugar and carbs had on the human body, I was on a mission to discover the root causes of why people became addicted to them. It lead me down a rabbit hole that exposed me to the nature of the food and medical industries. I learned over time what they were willing to go though to hide the truth and protect their bottom line when it came to food and health. Their combined influence is worth trillions and they have been given the responsibility of advisors, educators, lawmakers and arbitrators to guide us on the proper path to health. This influence alloted them complete control of our “food environment”. And, I mean every bit of what we see and hear about food and health is dominated by these industries. Trying to escape their influence is an exercise in futility. Their impact reaches far and wide.

Their influence has rendered people oblivious to their affect on how we think of food. People have to realize that what they are experiencing with respect to illness, disease and debility are rooted in three actions: 1. consumption of too many carbs 2. eating “food” that simply is not “food”(Fritos), and 3. merely overeating. All three actions can be linked to how these industries control our understanding of what we eat. Their control is directly linked to our ignorance. If your cardiologist and dietician tells you to take statins for high cholesterol and eat a low-fat diet, you are not going to challenge their wisdom. If this advise causes you more disease and ailments then no one should logically hold you accountable for your obesity or your diabetes or PCOS or your hypothyroidism…right? You are not fully responsible for your awful health if you are not given the proper information in order to maintain optimal health! Yes…the obese, the hypertensives, the diabetics, the COPDers and asthmatics, the hypothyroid and dialysis patients are truly not liable for their syndromes if the authorities and healthcare professionals advising them fed them erroneously misinformation about how to avert disease!

This leads me to the salient point of this article, the postulation of addiction and how one becomes addicted to carbs; over-consume food and ultimately collapse into chronic and persistent disease. Read and ponder:

PROTEIN IN EXCESS = CARBOHYDRATES

CARBOHYDRATES IN EXCESS = BODY FAT

CARBOHYDRATES METABOLISE AS = ALCOHOL

ALCOHOL IN EXCESS = ADDICTION

All carbs burn as alcohol and this is the root of our addiction to carbohydrates. In excess means in saturation.

We have to respect the simple power and effects of eating Ketosis. Throw out those Net-Carbs the industries that profit from your illnesses and diseases are the evangelists of glycolysis…

Inspiration from: Mercola, Axe, Gedgaudis, Taubes, Phinney…

(HANGRY) means you are Withdrawing from Carb Addiction!

We have all heard of the term “Hangry” which is a portmanteau for being in a state of hunger and angry, simultaneously.   It is a confluence of symptoms that will start innocuously with abdominal growling and stomach pangs (borborygmus), gas and indigestion, and ultimately leads to full blown mental irritation, agitation and a bad temper.  The comical (Snickers) commercials demonstrate people’s personalities changing because they are craving this food (typically carbs).  Of course, the second they consume this food they return to their normal selves.  The term and the commercial is now a mainstay in the American experience because it is so relatable to virtually everyone that consumes the standard American diet (SAD).  It is so relatable to most Americans because the “SAD” diet is the most pervasive food environment that we are exposed to.  And, we have been told by every authority in the health and food industries that if we follow their recommendations on what to consume – and how to exercise- that we will be healthy and live long lives.  This could not be furthest from the truth.  Hanger is the result of chronic overexposure to carbohydrates and when the body is devoid of them for too long, withdrawal ensues.  This process can best be treated with fats and oils and placing oneself into nutritional ketosis where the body is no longer in glycolysis.

It is my opinion from 20 years of reading and studying nutrition and medical science that the connection between being in a state of “hangry” and in a state of poor health is inextricably linked.  Hanger or hangry is a clinical state of substance withdrawal and the substance you are withdrawing from is a carbohydrate.  The net carbohydrates  that are most responsible for this addiction biochemistry would be the simple saccharides like fructose, glucose (aka dextrose) and sucrose – albeit, interchangeably.  If people would understand that they were not directly responsible for their hanger, obesity, hypertension, their vascular diseases, their cancer and degenerative syndromes, they would rejoice that there is hope in ameliorating and healing their  sicknesses, illnesses and all the symptoms they bear.  Growling stomach is a symptom of severe sugar withdrawal and we should not mistaken it as something that is normal because sugar addiction and sugar withdrawal is not something that should ever be taken lightly!

We have been inundated with the idea that the carbohydrate is a necessary macronutrient; that, it is just as important for complete and full healthiness as its cousins, protein and fat.  As mentioned before in my articles, there is no such thing as an “essential” carbohydrate; meaning human life does not depend on it for sustenance. We will not parish if we ceased consuming it.  Hence, we can live healthy and full lives without consuming one bit of a carbohydrate.  So, why are we told to eat the stuff by experts and government leaders?  Naturopathy and  Orthomolecular Science has proven that nutritional ketosis is one of the best treatment modalities for supreme health and disease prevention, yet we allow the food corporations,  politicians, healthcare (sickcare) industry and pharmaceutical giants to advise us and guide our food and healthcare policy. They tell us to consume carbohydrates because it is a necessary macronutrient.  The tenets of naturopathy and nutrition science should guide our food and health directives, not pharmaceutical giants and food multinationals…Period!

Carbohydrates are the only macro-food that cause addiction and subsequent withdrawal if eaten in saturation.  I have read 10’s of articles on the phenomenon of “hanger” and not one relate it to sugar-addiction-withdrawal.  They say it is real, they describe it as a “phenomenon”, some even go into this elaborate neuro-biological-emotional-axis in explaining its origins.  I have yet to read one that explains it for what it truly is…the first sign of sugar withdrawal!

As a nurse for more than two decades and working in the ICU and critical care, I have witnessed patients going through severe withdrawal from alcohol to opioids. It is a brutal site and withdrawal can be deadly at this level. I am not referring to this level of withdrawal.  But we need to recognize that a growling stomach is neither healthy or normal. If this approach was taken then we would normally ask: what are we addicted to and how should we treat it?

I eluded to the treatment earlier and that is “nutritional ketosis”.  Vince Gironda and Ron Kosloff have been preaching about fats and proteins being the principle foods for superior health and strength for forty years.  Now it is the internet sensation…ketosis, ketones, nutritional ketosis, ketogenesis.  There are over a couple hundred thousand searches for it each month on Google (Paleo Mag. Special Edition: keto, the definitive guide).  Alone with all the incredible benefits of going super low carb, putting the body’s metabolism in nutritional ketosis is the healthiest metabolic pathway one can attain.  The biggest hurdle I have come across is getting people to come to grips with the fact that they will have to dramatically cut back on their sugar intake.  They know almost unconsciously and instinctively that they do not want to give-up their sugars and starches.  They fight it the second I start the conversation about cutting back the carbs…there is a brick wall!!  This is a tell-tale sign they are addicted.  Try telling someone to cut their carbs down to 50 gms/d when they are addicted, they will walk out on you.  Essential fatty acids, MCT’s, eggs, fasting, lots of fresh vegetables, supplementation and resistance exercise are just a few of the modalities I strongly recommend to starting ketogenesis and getting the carb-age out of your system.

I follow:  Ron Kosloff, Vince Gironda, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr’s Phinney and Volek, Nora Gedgaudis, Dr. Axe,  Uda Erasmus, Linus Pauling, Gary Taubes and Nina Teicholz…just to name a few geniuses on the subject.

Derrick Smith NSP