DIET AND HEALTH


DIET AND HEALTH. IT has been declared that man in the course of his evolution has lost the instinct of nourishing himself. Eating has thus become an art which has to be learned by man, which the lower animals left to themselves have, an innate knowledge of the proper food. That instinct would enable him to select, as the beast selects, the food that would prevent disease, but even so, man has been given intelligence and will with which to select his food. The selection should not be turned over to the ignorant kitchen worker.


IT has been declared that man in the course of his evolution has lost the instinct of nourishing himself. Eating has thus become an art which has to be learned by man, which the lower animals left to themselves have, an innate knowledge of the proper food. That instinct would enable him to select, as the beast selects, the food that would prevent disease, but even so, man has been given intelligence and will with which to select his food. The selection should not be turned over to the ignorant kitchen worker.

Food underlies all progress, all peace, all happiness; it underlies the existence and safety of thee world.

Our food is one of the most important things in life because upon it all other things depend. We digest and assimilate that food in obedience to fixed laws.

Dietetics should be a natural science giving even one of the seventeen or more element to the tissue cells through a normal blood stream. With no structural defect all this would taken place naturally when all the vital elements are provided. From our of physiology we learn that our tissue cells are completely destroyed and renewed every few years from the constant anabolic and catabolic processes. Thus, a scientific food of the cell.

The protein question presents an interesting picture of the pseudo-scientific reasoning of th medicine profession in the past.

A bout seventy years ago a great German chemist called a attention to the fact that the fleshy tissues of animal and human bodies consist almost entirely of protein substance. The medicine world immediately jumped to the conclusion that in order to “build up” the human body, large quantities of protein foods were necessary, This false assumption is still ruling the dietetics of orthodox medicine.

The protein advocates should consider that animals in freedom and on pasture build their splendid bodies on nutritious grasses, which are exceedingly poor in protein.

Milk, which natural has provided as a perfect food, contains a low percentages of protein, or about four per cent.

The latest reports of chemical analysis and physiological experiment show that less than four per cent of the daily food of the adult is used for tissue building, while about ninety-six per cent is required for heat and energy. Instead of being the most desirable food element we have found that proteins are danger foods. In the processes of digestion they produce acids and alkaloids which are toxic. These facts have induced vegetarians as a group to become bitter enemies of protein feeding and to go to the extreme of protein starvation.

The seventeen element which chemical science has discovered in the human body must at all times be present, and consequently in their food in well balanced and sufficient quantities to fill the body needs, and thus insure healthy tissue and normal function. If these elements are present in overabundance or it other are deficient the chemical balance of the organism is disturbed.

We may say that most of all disease arising in the human body, barring accidents and uncongenial surroundings, is caused ultimately by the destructive action of certain acids, alkaloids, ptomaines, and toxins, These disease producing substance contain hydrogen in combination with negative elements.

How can we prevent the forming of these disease producing substances ! We may answer it, namely, by providing in food suffering amounts of the positive mineral elements in thee live organic form. When giving properly the positive elements will through chemical affinity unite with the negative, producing balanced combinations, or salts which are not injurious to the vital body economy.

Physiological science now admits that all cell waste is chemically acid and it must be neutralized by alkaline elements. The salts eliminated by the kidney and skin are neutralized salts. When through the excessive intake of negative elements in food and the subsequent production of neutralized acids, more salts are formed than can be eliminated by the excretory organs, these salts may form morbid deposits and become pathogenic in rheumatic joints, in calculi, hardened arteries, etc.

Most authorities agree now that abnormal tissue changes, from the first beginning of the acute stage to the destructive chronic stage, are chemically acid in reaction. In other words, a state of acidosis is present when the blood is decreased in flow and changed in its elemental properties. Having in mind the relationship of disease and the excessive formation of different kinds of acids and toxic substances, let us discuss a few of the important acids produced.

J. Regan