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ARTICLES:
===>Most Popular Diets Flawed<===
===>Minerals, Vitamins, Diet and Balance<===
===>Eat Your Fruits and Veggies<===
===>Low Carb Diets<===
===>The USDA Food Pyramid<===
===>CDC: Arthritis Now Effects 25-40% of Americans!<===
===>Antibiotic Overuse<===

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===>Most Popular Diets Flawed<===
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The most popular diets help people drop pounds initially, but only traditional moderate-protein, fat and carbohydrate regimens seem to keep dieters slim, according to a major government review of dietary programs.

Kahnment'z:The most popular diets are generally unbalanced approaches to eating that can only have the long term effects of leading to vitamin/mineral deficiencies, weakened digestions and metabolisms depending on how unbalanced your diet is.

Too much protein leading to just as many dangerous health problems as too many carbohydrates! Though in the case of protein we are talking about clogged arteries of the heart and brain leading to more dramatic and permanent health effects SOONER then later.

Thus, to achieve optimum health and proper weight, and to maintain it for the LONG TERM, an eventual change to a balanced diet will be necessary. Which then will bring both your body chemistry and weight back in balance for optimum health.

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===>Minerals, Vitamins, Diet and Balance<===
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The principle source of health for the body comes from the minerals and vitamins. It is these elements that are the building blocks of not only the physical body, but all the chemicals and hormones that regulate the body, as well as the immune system.

Thus, the body is like a finely constructed watch needing all its components to work correctly---84 such minerals and the vitamins. None of which if missing, or sufficiently deficient, will let it work at optimum health. In a 160 lb. person there will be 150 lbs. of water and carbon, 5 lbs. of calcium, 2.5 lbs. of phosphorus, 5 oz. each of potassium and sodium, 3 oz. of magnesium, silicon, chlorine, and magnesium, right on down to the trace elements such as iodine at approximately 1/15000 of a gram, etc. This is true for every human being, and to the extent it is not true will have a powerful effect on determining overall pH balance, metabolism, digestive strength, body weight and long term health.

So, the basis of your diet should be the natural foods in a balanced diet, which when not followed becomes the main reasons for most disease. And where diets with excesses of protein, fat, carbo's or sugar end up clogging the blood stream and body. This causing everything from high blood pressure and strokes, to colon cancer, diabetes and weight problems. Evident today by the high degree of sickness being experienced at earlier and earlier ages.

However, bring the body into balance with a balanced diet, and for the majority of people it will lead to overall health; suffering little in the way of long term degenerative diseases, digestive and weight problems mostly brought about by a poor diet. Which also the taking of medications and drugs to treat "symptoms of being out of balance" will never be the answer to long term health solutions. Or as Jesus suggested, "physician heal thyself." Or Hippocrates (the father of medicine), stated, "let simple foods and water be thy remedies." Need anyone say more? OK. I will... "I ditto that."

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===>Eat Your Fruits and Veggies<===
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Fruits & Veggies Cut Bone Loss: Women who eat the most fruits and vegetables tend to have higher bone densities and less bone loss.
-Am. J. Clin. Nut. 2000; 71:142-51

Vegetables & Prostate Cancer: Men who eat 3 or more servings of vegetables daily have less than half (48 %) the risk of developing prostate cancer than men who do not. Greatest benefit was associated with cruciferous vegetables (Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussel sprouts).
-BMJ 2000;321:602-603

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===>Low Carb Diets<===
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Low-carbohydrate diets are leading Americans to heavily unbalanced (too high in protein and fat) diets, leading to even poorer health--- just as natural healing practitioners have been saying.

Eating vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans, which are all predominantly (complex) carbohydrates, is linked to a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and a range of other chronic diseases.

Piling on the animal protein and fat are "increasing the risk of developing cancer, heart disease, stroke, type-2 diabetes and other chronic diseases".

The U.S. government, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute and American Diabetes Association all recommend getting five servings a day of fruits and vegetables.

Studies show that a low-carbohydrate approach can cause people to lose weight more quickly than a low-fat diet for the first six months, BUT the low-fat approach catches up after a year.

Thus, once again, the answer to our diet questions is the balanced diet: high in fruits, veggies, rice, grains, and beans with moderate protein and low fat dairy. The message being that any unbalanced approach to eating that is "too" high in protein, fat, carbs, sugar or anything is going to lead to an unbalanced body and all the consequent health problems (from obesity, to cancer, arthritis, heart problems, stroke and diabetes) that are the result.

Why? Because excess protein, carbs and sugar are ALL stored as fat when not needed, or end up as pockets in the colon if not digested (leading to cancers of the colon), which is exactly why balance in your eating is the goal to aim for!

...or eat towards in this case!!

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===>The USDA Food Pyramid<===
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In an associated press article the Agriculture Department said people are confused by the "Food Pyramid" and can't figure out how to use it. The proof, Agriculture Department officials say, is that two out of three Americans are fat.

People thought the pyramids recommendation of 6 to 11 daily servings from the grains group, such as bread, meant they could have anywhere from 6 to 11 servings. And only does it become clearer in supplemental material that six servings are for people who don't burn a lot of calories in a day, such as sedentary women and some older adults. Eleven servings are for those with high-revved metabolisms, such as teenage boys.

Federal officials say about 80 percent of Americans recognize the pyramid, but about 66 percent are overweight or obese. Similarly, an Associated Press-Ipsos poll found in May that 30 percent of Americans think the nation's top health problem is overeating, but only 12 percent said they were dieting.

Kahnment'z: The holistic answer is not in the "Food Pyramid" or dieting, nor any kind of unbalanced diet plan (be it too high in protein, fat, carbs...or for that matter Pop Tarts). But instead, for the truly long term holistic solutions, learning to eat in balance. Because in the "long run" an unbalanced diet with too much protein, fat, carbs, sugar or what have you will ultimately lead to an unbalanced overweight body.

...whereas eating in balance leads to being in balance.

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===>CDC: Arthritis Now Effects 25-40% of Americans!<===
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ATLANTA, Georgia (Reuters)--
The Centers for Disease Control annonuced, TWENTY FIVE PERCENT of American adults have been diagnosed with arthritis and another 17 percent may be suffering from the crippling disease, and that arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States.

Those diagnosed with arthritis ranged from a low of 17.8 percent in Hawaii to a high of 35.8 percent in Alabama, according to a CDC 30 state survey.

Americans spent $51.1 billion on medical treatment for arthritis in 1997, with lost earnings due to hospitalization, illness and disability added up to $35.1 billion.

Kahnment'z: It is best to PREVENT arthritis before it begins with a combination of a proper balanced diet and exercise (or a job that requires physical labor is good enough). To TREAT arthritis once you begin to feel joint pain is ALSO a good balanced diet and exercise.

Drugs and medications do nothing but mask the symptomatic pain (though if you need pain medication you need it), or they postpone the progression temporarily that will eventually grow worse into restricted movement and atrophy, UNLESS the life style and eating habits are changed.

Arthritis is NOT a disease, but simply a result of a body chemistry that has become either too acid or too alkaline. This state of health brought about by calcium deficiencies from a diet that is either unbalanced, deficient, toxic or all the above. And where a simple "mean" pH tape test (done correctly) can reveal a person's state of pH balance, and thus warn a person or help him with the changes to diet or supplements that would be best to bring him back to balance before suffering the long term consequences of a bad diet.

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===>Antibiotic Overuse<===
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned doctors and patients alike - don't overuse antibiotics.

The move comes out of concern over the growing number of germs that have become antibiotic-resistant. Many common infections are now impervious to penicillin and other formerly reliable antibiotics.

When people are given these types of drugs for sicknesses such as colds or flu's that don't require antibiotic treatment the chances of germs becoming resistant goes up. The FDA's proposed labels would caution doctors to prescribe antibiotics only when necessary.

Kahnment'z: The above especially true with the overuse of antibiotics in children and in particular those with minor ear infections. Where a little hydrogen peroxide would knock out 99.9% of these within 24 hours, using something like tylenol as a way to combat the discomfort until the infection subsides.

The rest of the overuse of antibiotic's coming with minor colds and flu's, where children are routinely given a course of antibiotics for every sniffle, sneeze and fever that comes along. Totally unnecessary and interfering with "natures way" of learning to deal with these things.

Remembering (in the case of fevers) this is the bodies way of combating bacteria or virus's. Something we do not want to interrupt unless too high and prolonged. But again, we may treat the accompanying symptoms with an aspirin or tylenol type product depending on the age.

Finally, antibiotics (like most prescription drugs and hormones) often end up getting deposited in the fatty tissue (the mammary glands of women an ideal place, as well as the liver and lungs for men and women). Thus, there is a potential for long term cancer problems as these deposits become more concentrated and malignant.

Or as The Hippocratic Oath taken by all doctors says:
"First, Do No Harm"

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