Let’s Talk About It

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Regular for me was a once a week effort.

My normal was abnormal: ‎pebbles, small and hard stones. This was my reality for some forty ‎something years. When our daughter was suffering from abdominal ‎pain, we took her to every specialist and did every test available. As a ‎matter of fact, to this day we never got a definitive answer only the ‎popular I.B.S. label.‎

Today’s modern world amasses data: detailed information on every ‎subject and experts ready to scrutinize every bit. When our expertise ‎is directed inward, however, we fall short of the mark. Internal signals ‎regarding our feelings and our health go undetected for the most part, ‎so detached are we from ourselves.‎

When we are feeling under the weather, we will automatically look ‎towards our physician for answers. We fail miserably at translating the ‎signals that our wondrous bodies constantly send. We require the help ‎of a translator. No good are we at foreign languages and our body’s ‎language is of the most foreign kind.‎

‎Our body speaks routinely.

We choose, whether it be a conscious ‎choice or not, to ignore the signals that our body consistently sends. ‎Surrounded are we by masters and brilliant minds but far too few are ‎those who can teach us the body’s language.‎

Once I was waiting to see a neurologist. There was a new immigrant ‎waiting with me. She was an older woman, an English teacher, but she ‎did not know a word of Hebrew. As the doctor did not know much ‎English, the woman asked me to come in with her to translate. She ‎began to tell him about the handful of pills she took on a daily basis ‎and of the horrific headaches she was suffering from. Without being ‎an expert on any subject, it was clear to me that this poor woman was ‎suffering from painful side effects that her medicinal cocktail was ‎giving her. ‎

It is a sorry state of affairs that our physicians are terribly lacking in a ‎nutritional background. Medical schools devote precious few, if any, ‎hours to this important subject. Much time is devoted to science of ‎prescription of medication both to ease the patient’s pain and perhaps ‎cure his affliction. All too familiar are the stories of the dark side of big ‎pharma and its efforts to woo the physicians to promote more of its ‎medications. Between us, who is going to get rich by promoting ‎glorious greens?‎

On my journey I sought health or rather a prescription to health.

‎When I met a doctor who endeavored to rule out food based pain and ‎allergic reactions, I was highly skeptical. After reading a book by a ‎physician who claimed that today’s foods are severely lacking ‎minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, I immediately began taking a ‎handful of colored supplements: an assorted collection of pills at every ‎meal. Although at first I was unaware (I too did not speak the tongue ‎of “Body Talk”), the immediate reaction was more pain and more ‎complaints.‎

My journey has taught me a valuable life lesson.

‎‎‎‎Our choices today have a huge bearing on the outcome of ‎our life: our ‎health, our happiness and our legacy. These ‎are not necessarily ‎life changing ones; they may be ‎mundane every day choices that we ‎make daily.‏

What did ‎you put on your plate today?

Did you venture?
Did ‎you ‎breathe?
Did you laugh?
Did you dance?
Did you love?‎

We write our story daily and it begins with what we put on our plates. ‎

I am enclosing a short insert from the book “Whole”. It is a very ‎ ‎poignant and moving narrative. It is my hope that you will take ‎the subject to heart and give it your full attention.‎

By the way, should you inquire as to the health of my stones ‎‎… Today regular for me is a daily affair, at least two or three ‎times. It is effortless and the product is soft, supple and a fine ‎a specimen of health! ‎

‎ If The WFPB Were A Pill

“Just how healthy is the Whole Food Plant Based Diet (WFPB) diet?

Let’s pretend that all its effects could ‎be achieved through a drug. Imagine a big pharmaceutical company ‎holding a press conference to unveil a new pill called Eunutria. They ‎unveil a list of scientifically proven effects of Eunutria that includes the ‎following:‎

♦ Prevents 95% of all cancers, including those “caused” by environmental ‎toxins ‎
♦ Reverses even severe heart disease
♦ Prevents nearly all heart attacks and strokes
♦ Prevents and reverses Type 2 diabetes so quickly and profoundly that after ‎three days on this drug, it’s dangerous for users to continue to use insulin

‎‎‎What about side effects, you ask?‎

Of course there are side effects. They ‎include:‎

♦ Gets you to your ideal weight in a healthy and sustainable fashion
♦ Eliminates most migraines, acne, colds and flu, chronic pain, and ‎intestinal distress
♦ Improves energy
♦ Cures erectile dysfunction (that makes the pill a blockbuster success all by ‎itself!)‎

Those are just the side effects for individuals taking the pill. There are ‎also environmental effects:‎

♦ Slows and possibly reverses global warming
♦ Reduces groundwater contamination
♦ Ends the need for deforestation
♦ Shuts down factory farms
♦ Reduces malnutrition and dislocation among the world’s poorest ‎citizens

How healthy is the WFPB diet?

It’s hard to imagine anything healthier – or ‎anything more effective at addressing our biggest health issues. Not only ‎is WFPB the healthiest way of eating that has ever been studied, but it’s ‎far more effective in promoting health and preventing disease than ‎prescription drugs, surgery, vitamin and herbal supplementation, and ‎genetic manipulation.‎

‎‎‎If the WFPB diet were a pill, its inventor would be the wealthiest person ‎on earth. Since it isn’t a pill, no market forces conspire to advocate for it. ‎No mass media campaign promotes it. No insurance coverage pays for it. ‎Since it isn’t a pill, and nobody has figured out how to get hugely wealthy ‎by showing people how to eat it, the truth has been buried by half-truths, ‎unverified claims, and downright lies. The concerted effort of many ‎powerful interests to ignore, discredit, and hide the truth has worked so ‎far.”

T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Whole, Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, (Dalas, ‎Texas, U.S.A., :BenBella Books, Inc., 2013), 7-9 ‎