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Sickness or Wellness

Professor Gerard Anderson of John Hopkins University states that close to half of the population in North America now suffers from at least one chronic disease, and many more suffer from more than one condition. The rate of increase in incidence of autoimmune and degenerative diseases is alarming, especially when we look at the dramatic rate of increase of these diseases in our children. Children born in the year 2000 & beyond have a 33% chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes, which was only seen in adults previously. Allopathic medicine has failed to halt this increase, and can only prescribe drugs with some very serious, and in some cases, life threatening side effects. In fact when we look at cause of death, properly prescribed, properly administered (in hospital) pharmaceutical agents, ranks as No. 4 behind cancer, heart disease and strokes.

“We now have a substantial body of data showing that if everyone took a few supplements every day, they could significantly lower their risk of a multitude of serious diseases.”
David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Center for Human Nutrition, UCLA, spoken at a press conference for the Council on Responsible Nutrition, March 31, 1998

Western Medicine

Modern medicine or allopathic medicine is now facing the need for a total paradigm shift in its thinking – as deep a shift as the one that occurred when bacteria were first shown to be the agents of infectious diseases, and not “bad air”. Years of treating sickness and symptoms rather than promoting wellness and finding causes have led to an urgent need for all of us to take greater responsibility for our health. We need to move from a “sickness/curative” view to a “wellness/preventative” view of what we do. Here are a few “medical” facts:

  • A man’s chance of getting cancer during his lifetime is now 48% and a woman’s chance is 38%.
  • In 1900, 5% of the US population died of heart disease, cancer or diabetes. Today, 95% of us will die from any combination of these causes.
  • In 1971, President Nixon declared war on cancer, but in spite of billions of dollars spent on research, cancer has moved from the #8 killer of Americans to # 1.
  • Every year, over 500,000 women feel fine before being diagnosed with breast cancer. Over 40,000 of these women die in the US alone every year. Many women have gone to their doctors saying “This can’t be happening to me — I feel fine.”
  • For 63% of the women and 50% of the men, a fatal heart attack is the first symptom of heart disease. Hard to change your lifestyle after that!
  • Cancer has been the # 1 cause of death in people under age 30 in the US.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) states that the world’s cancer rate is predicted to increase by 50% by the year 2020.

There is scientific evidence that our health problems are related to a combination of nutritional deficiency and environmental toxicity. There is also a growing appreciation of the body’s natural physiological capabilities to support health and wellness. This movement towards wellness began slowly but is now rapidly gaining momentum as the affluent Baby Boomer generation leads the way with a commitment to retaining their wellness. Their commitment is to be proactive and prevent ill health and degenerative and autoimmune diseases rather than waiting until their onset and then treating the symptoms. In June of 2002, the American Medical Association in JAMA suggested that doctors recommend supplements to their patients. Wellness is different to health. “Health” is what we see or feel. We may feel and look healthy but could be harboring cancer or heart disease. Often the first symptom of heart disease is a heart attack, but the disease has often been developing for many years.

The wellness revolution is based on giving the body what it needs to support optimal health (both seen and unseen) and quality of life. Begin to see this “Wellness Revolution” by exploring the content of this educational website on the Biological Sugars, Phytonutrients, Anti-Oxidants, Vitamins & Minerals as well as the essential fatty acids.