That’s what people think of those that talk about organic food and buy organic food – they think they’re health SNOBS. Some might even think them RICH HEALTH SNOBS.
I’m not alone – http://voices.yahoo.com/eating-organic-food-doesnt-snob-unless-12159608.html.
I can’t tell you just how many times I’ve heard: “Oh I can’t afford to eat like that.” “Organic food is just too expensive for me.” “I’ve got children to feed. I can’t buy that stuff”. Etc, etc, etc.
I have tried to – and will continue to try to – drill it into people’s heads that YOU WILL PAY FOR IT. There is absolutely no way to avoid paying for it. The choice of HOW you pay for it, however, is up to YOU. You can pay for it now with money, or you can pay for it later with your health. And let me tell you, the latter is MUCH more expensive than any organic food on the shelf.
Everything that you’re eating RIGHT NOW will show its effects in about twenty years. People seem to think that because something doesn’t bother them within ten minutes of eating it that it’s ok. The body does not work like that. There are systems in place – systems that you have NO idea are even there – but that are working hard to do their job every single day. Think of your body like a machine – if you take care of it properly, keep it oiled, keep it cleaned, keep it working properly – it will function for a long time. But if you take the machine and ignore it, maybe leave it outside in the rain and heat for a few months, never wipe it down, never make repairs, never oil it, OVER TIME it will stop working. It doesn’t happen overnight – it takes time for all of the mistreatment to take its toll. It takes time for rust to form and the metal to warp. Ever seen something lose its color because of the sun? Ever have a shirt that’s nearly gray instead of black from washing it a hundred times? Same concept. It takes time for deterioration to happen.
This is exactly what is happening inside your body this very minute. Based on whatever food/drink you’re giving it, it’s either going to function for a long time or it will gradually shut down.
We seem to think that when we get older, it’s normal for disease to strike – that’s just part of “growing old”, right? There are physical changes that happen as we grow older, BUT any disease that occurs is because of what we’ve eaten all of our lives up until that point. It doesn’t just come out of nowhere. Diseases are not little bugs that you get like a cold. They are the result of a body that has been fed food that was NOT good for it for most of its life (of course, you can also include smoking, excessive drinking and other such toxins to the body as causes for disease). What you get depends on what your body’s weakness happens to be. For some, it’s heart disease, for others diabetes, many others a stroke, etc. Mostly, though, it’s cancer.
Have you ever stopped to wonder WHY there are more and more people with cancer than years ago? I’ll tell you why. People eat LESS at home…People eat MORE fast food & restaurant food…Food corporations are using CHEAP ingredients & fillers in their food & drinks MORE than ever…People drink MORE soda…Doctors have gotten away from curing & are only concerned about masking ailments with drugs…People are taking MORE drugs. These are just a few.
Understand most doctors will not discuss food with you. They are bound by the FDA to follow guidelines that are already set up for them, and if they deviate from that, they can lose their license. Most aren’t even TAUGHT about nutrition in the first place. If you want a doctor that knows how food affects the body, go talk to a chiropractor. THEY KNOW. And isn’t it interesting that so many don’t consider them ‘real doctors’?
“Regular” doctors are taught about pills, and that’s it. The backbone of our medical industry is Big Pharma, and it’s only creating more diseases and more dependency on drugs. It is not creating HEALTH. Isn’t that what the medical industry should be creating by definition? Doesn’t this send up red flags for anyone?
So why does food play such a big part? It all has to do with the pH of our bodies. We can be acidic, neutral and alkaline. The goal is to be a little over neutral into alkaline. Why? When your body is more alkaline, all of the natural functions of the body can happen the way they are supposed to. When your body is too acidic, the natural functions can NOT happen the way they are supposed to. It’s a ‘one step forward, two steps back’ sort of thing. The majority of the typical American diet – sodas, processed food, fast food (any restaurant food), chips, cookies, cakes, etc – is acidic, and over time, it causes all sorts of gums to get stuck in the works. Your works.
Read more about pH here – http://blpublications.com/html/body_healthyph.html.
What makes me laugh is when I share this information with someone and their response is “Well, I’ve eaten so-n-so all my life so it’s not bothering me”. Well, duh – of course not. You’re still in your 20s or 30s – your body has NOT had time to respond to all of the CRAP that you’re putting in it. Wait until you hit 50 and 60; THEN is when you will feel the effects of your poor choices. And by then, it could be too late.
The other comment I like is “Well I like the taste of so-n-so, and I’m not giving it up”. I don’t know of anything more ignorant that someone could say. I like the taste of chocolate, but if I found out tomorrow that it somehow caused cancer, you can bet that I’d never touch another piece. There is not one single “taste” on this earth that is worth me DYING over. Not one. No candy, no soda, no nothing. What someone means when they say that is “Well I don’t believe that it’s doing anything to me, and since I don’t believe that it’s hurting me, then it’s not, so I’m fine”. That’s even more ignorant than the first comment. Your body responds to what you put in it based on WHAT you put in it. It doesn’t care what you believe that it’s doing. If you put in bad, it will respond negatively. If you put in good, it will respond positively. No amount of belief is going to change that.
Want to know what happens IN your body when you drink a soda? http://www.trueactivist.com/what-happens-to-our-body-after-drinking-coca-cola/
With every single BITE that goes in your mouth, you’re either helping your body or hurting it. Every. Single. Bite. Every single chip. Every single cookie. Every single hamburger. Every single mint. Every single stick of gum. Every single sip of drink. Everything! We don’t eat because we have nothing else to do. The body needs certain things in order to function properly. There is a purpose for eating, not just “oh I’m hungry, let me eat whatever I can find to fill up” OR “oh I’m hungry, let me eat what I want just because I like the taste”. WRONG. You’re killing yourself by doing that.
This pH business is not some metaphysical, overly holistic, hippie mumbo-jumbo, either – it’s SCIENCE. The concept was first introduced by Danish chemist Søren Peder Lauritz Sørensen at the Carlsberg Laboratory in 1909, so it’s been around a while. It’s ‘doctoring’ at the most basic level. Before any tests are run on a patient, before any medication is given, the pH levels need to be determined AND the diet of the patient must be gone over. Then, and ONLY then, can anything be done to help a patient ‘get better’ from whatever is bothering them.
If YOUR doctor is not discussing food with you in connection with your issues, then he/she is NOT a good doctor. And just because you like them or just because they’re nice or just because they’re good at listening to you does NOT make them a “good doctor”. A good doctor understands that EVERY disease and ailment starts with an acidic pH. A good doctor asks you immediately what your daily diet is like. A good doctor discusses food changes with you before ever considering medications.
Keep in mind that YOU are the only one that will suffer from keeping blind faith in a bad doctor. The doctor won’t suffer, and neither will his/her bank account.
We need to get rid of government made up terms like “conspiracy theorist”, “alternative medicine”, “quack”, etc. They are silly terms used by silly people. We also need to learn to think for ourselves. There are SO many people out there that just refuse to believe anything until some “official” source says it’s ok. I hate to tell you this, but your “official sources” like the news channels, newspapers, doctors and the FDA are as tainted as buggy flour. And what do you do with buggy flour? Throw it in the garbage where it belongs!
We are sheep, and we are being fed lies every day to KEEP us sheep. That cycle stops now. The people who buy organic are not rich (well, not exclusively; I’m sure some are) nor are they snobs. They are people who GIVE A DAMN about their health and are making the best choices that they can. They are people who won’t compromise their health for money. They don’t think themselves better than anyone else for the choices they make – it’s about their HEALTH. The next time someone tries to tell YOU about this sort of thing – pHs and organic food and such – LISTEN because they are trying to HELP you live a better life; they are NOT talking down to you, and they do NOT think themselves better than you. They’ve been where you are – they understand – and they want to show you that there is a better way.
Do you know how I view people who I’m trying to help? Like someone on a ledge about to jump to their death because, if they don’t start making some changes, it will happen sooner rather than later (or there will be zero quality of life as they age). I don’t want to see that happen to my friends and family – I don’t even want to see that happen to strangers! So yes, I drive them all crazy because I’m always reminding them of how evil soda is and how bad fast food is and that they need to be buying organic, etc, and I will continue to! Is it a perfect path? Of course not. There is nothing perfect. But is it the better path? Undoubtedly! And when I have information that I know will help someone, it is MY responsibility to share it with them; more than once, if necessary.
If I was indulging in some bad habit or slowly killing myself by eating/drinking all the wrong stuff, I sure would hope that someone would give enough of a damn about me to tell me repeatedly until I got it. No one that knows me will ever be able to say “oh I’d never heard of such-n-such before” because I will have TOLD them. What they decided to do with the information falls on their shoulders and their health.
At least I did my part.
So how many of you are thought of as “organic snobs”??
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