The elixir of life?
If we could find the elixir of life our health problems would end. The great philosophers, emperors, and alchemists have been trying to find an answer for centuries. To some it was liquid gold, to others – precious substances such as jade, cinnabar, or even sulphur and mercury drink (highly poisonous) was the elixir for immortality. The elixirs of the ancient world were made from minerals to prolong life and try to cure diseases. The worlds oldest profession, the shaman, is the ancestor to both the priest and the modern doctor. Modern shamans – doctors – have a full range of methods, drugs, and sophisticated equipment to deal with people’s anxieties as well as the illnesses of the body.
The rise of pharma, biotech and medtech industries
Until the 20th century there were quite a few health care options open for the public: homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutritional medicine, Indian medicine, orthodox physician, osteopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic practice or a combination of any of these. Big changes in health care started with the Rockefeller Foundation – one of John D. Rockefeller’s "philanthropic" organizations with a mission "to promote the well-being of mankind throughout the world.” Regretfully they were doing everything to change medical practice from empirical traditional medicine based on thousands of years of observation, to so called Western Regular Medicine based on science. The Foundation tried to achieve “the well-being of mankind” with petrochemical-derived drugs. It’s policies were implemented through special medical schools which were financed by the same organisation.
'Science based' medicine fraud
The stage was set for the Pharmaceutical Investment business by creating diseases and then treating them. The business of the pharmaceutical industry was and still is inventing and patenting synthetic drugs in order to ensure huge profits. Only invented synthetic molecules could be patented, which explains the toxicity and death rate in people taking these drugs. 'The elixir of health' was found in vaccines, antibiotics or other drugs. The invention of vaccines, which were called “a miracle of medicine”, had to eradicate diseases by making people strong enough to fight viruses. Poisonous mercury, formaldehyde and aluminium were added to vaccines, supposedly to stimulate the immune system and increase immunologic response to the vaccine. Unfortunately from legally prescribed drugs and vaccines more people die every year than are killed in traffic accidents. Vaccine adverse reactions have caused permanent disability, autism, various disorders or death more often than is disclosed in mass media.
The greatest discoveries in nutritional science
Hippocrates had prescribed treating illness first by a diet regimen, second with medicines, and lastly with surgery. Modern physicians had reversed the order of treatments. Most of modern diseases such as coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity are caused by inadequate diet mostly from overconsumption of overprocessed, high-calorie, low-nutrient foods. Health experts agree that you can strengthen your immune system by eating foods rich vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. We have now more awareness how important are vitamins to our heath especially in treating such illnesses as beriberi, pellagra, scurvy and rickets which are usually diseases of undeveloped countries. Highly developed countries have diseases as well, caused by vitamin deficiency because when food is processed it loses most of its bioactive elements such as vitamins and enzymes.
The second biggest discovery in nutritional science after vitamins was discovery of enzymes and their importance in maintaining good health. Vitamins are coenzymes. They are essential for enzymes, the complex protein molecules, which are ‘catalysts’, speeding up all reactions of the body. At temperatures higher than 45.5º Celsius (118º Fahrenheit) when the food is canned, pasteurized or microwaved all enzymes are destroyed. Sadly, mostly all enzymes have been removed from foods to prolong shelf life. Due to insufficient quantities of specific enzymes such diseases as hemolytic anemia, Glaucher’s disease or pyruvate kinase deficiency occur. These are inherited disorders but we can presume that a lot less obvious symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, loss of concentration, mood swings or others, can be reduced with proper diet and enzyme-vitamin supplements.
"Man is a food-dependent creature. If you don't feed him, he will die. If you feed him improperly, part of him will die."
- Emanuel Cheraskin
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