The Truth: About Lifestyle Diseases

A very dear friend of mine is over weight and went for a routine check up to discover that she had High Blood Pressure (Hyper tension). She was stressed at work, and had no time to exercise or follow a healthy lifestyle. She ate out everyday from work but ordered the most expensive gourmet sandwiches, pastas, continental or Chinese with Diet Coke, she rarely ate heavy greasy Indian food. She knew she was over weight, but she thought by eating expensive continental food and avoiding greasy Indian she was being healthier than most.

When she went to meet her family doctor with the reports, I decided to go with her because I wanted to know how she was going to go about curing herself, it was my love and selfish motive to see her healthy that compelled me to go with her, It took 40 minutes of waiting in a crowded waiting area, till we were called in. After browsing through the reports for about a minute, and some polite conversation, the doctor put his pen to paper and as he was writing the prescription, these were his exact words “don’t worry beta, just cut out the fried and oily stuff, avoid salt and take this pill every morning and you will be ok. Whatever you do, make sure you take this pill every morning, you young girls these days have a lot of stress (chuckled), so this pill will keep the BP in control. Don’t worry, it’s all under control”

As we walked out, she had a huge smile on her face; she thought she had resolved her problem.

She had left the doctors office with no understanding of what was actually happening to her and why, all she knew was she has “High Blood pressure” and that to her meant exactly what the word spell out. She felt like she had to make no changes in her nutrition as she rarely ate greasy food. She also sheepishly admitted to me that she often binges on chocolates which she will cut down on. So in her head the combination of cutting down on chocolate and taking the pill for the rest of her life meant she was back to normal.

As I am a practicing Naturotherapist who cures through food, I was keen to see if she would listen to my take on High Blood Pressure. She saw the restlessness in my eyes, and giggled as she said “my dearest Sej, I know your methods are more correct, but its such a pain to eat only fruits and vegetables all the time, and I do eat them in my sandwich’s, but I cant take a risk of having High Blood Pressure, so I’m just going to take the pill, don’t worry, I will try and eat healthy too and cut down on the salt.”

What she does not realize is that Naturotherapy does not involve eating only fruits and vegetables, it is an entire lifestyle based on smart intelligent and informed choices.

I smiled to hide my helplessness, because I am believer in allowing people to make their own choices. And if they absolutely believe they know what’s right for them or are not even open to understanding their bodies, then so be it. I also believe everything happens for a reason, and even though I can’t help my friend, I believe this experience happened to me so I could share it with those who want to listen.

Today High Blood Pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and other lifestyle diseases are as common as a cold, and most people like my friend, believe that taking pills will cures them.

As a doctor of natural medicine I believe, continuous chemical intervention into a body’s natural processes has led to a host of complications and ailments. Western medicine looks to suppress symptoms and therefore works against the balancing forces of nature. That diarrhea, sneeze or rise in blood pressure is the body’s natural mechanism to cleanse or support itself but we continue to blindly suppress the symptoms whilst ignoring true root causes.

Furthermore our bodies are the most advanced pharmacies in the world but we callously supplement them rather than stimulate them to do the work they were designed to do. Our perception on our bodies is disempowering, we are made to believe that we do not have the ability to understand or comprehend the working of the body. The truth is that the answers actually lie within you; it’s a matter of tuning into your body as a way of life. The body has been created to perfection and carries out all functions flawlessly unless YOU disrupt it.

By disruption I mean, the type of lifestyles we lead. Today most of the food we eat is not wholesome, it is processed using chemicals to preserve and enhance taste, and its stripped of all its nutrients in the process, even the basics like Salt, rice, wheat and sugar are processed. To understand this better lets use my friend’s example; she believes she eats healthy by avoiding Indian greasy food, to an extent it helps, but what she doesn’t realize is that most restaurant food today is made using processed ingredients like poisonous refined salt, poisonous refined oils, MSG, taste enhancers, color enhancers, refined flour and refined sugar.

Refined Salt being of crucial essence here because what western medicine claims in reducing HBP, actually worsens it. IODIZED salt is bad for you and must be cut out. However to cure high blood pressure you need Salt, but natural salt (Rock Salt).

To add to this the Food & Beverages Industry has pumped the market with products like chips and soft drinks which are absolutely of no nutritional value but in fact severely damaging to the body. She believes that a Diet Coke will keep the calories in check, however it works just the opposite, as the chemicals used to manufacture coke or even worse diet coke are so toxic for the body, that it retains fat and water to dilute the water soluble and fat soluble toxins, thereby only adding weight.

With computers and internet, her need to move around has also decreased significantly, and she does not even get in the bare minimum movement that is required to keep your body and joints flexible and healthy.

Her decisions came from the fear of not wanting to be ill, which I understand, but the choices she made to achieve that goal is what I wanted her to question and hope you do too.

Allopathic medicine definitely has its place in the spectrum of miracle recoveries, if we take it for what it is — a stop on the path to wellness and wholeness. I wholeheartedly am grateful for the miracles that allopathic medicine has provided. When viewed as a component of the process of overall health, I think that it serves an important purpose. It’s just a matter of putting it all in the larger perspective and plan, and not abusing the function it serves, or using it for manipulative purposes.

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Written by Sejal Vora

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Bombay Times Column – FAQ’s Session 5

My husband is 163.5 cms, 40-years-old and weighs 97 kgs. He has been facing acute pain in both his heels recently and finds walking very difficult. What could be the cause of the pain? 

Your husband is overweight and needs to start lowering that at the earliest. With regards to the pain, it could be standing in a bad posture that’s putting extra pressure on the heels. However it could also be a nerve problem, so I suggest you have it looked at by a professional.

 

I am 22 year-old-man, 6’2” and weigh 108 kgs. I have tried several diets but none seem to work. I am also lactose intolerant. Could you suggest a diet that I can follow long-term? Since I am a Keralite, many of the dishes made at home are coconut-based. Where am I going wrong?

I would need a lot more information to suggest a diet however you are not grossly overweight so I suggest you follow the basic principles of eating healthy (lots of raw fruits and vegetables), exercising and staying hydrated. Also ensure that you are not eating a lot of white rice. As for being lactose intolerant; the most effective treatment is to avoid foods and medications that contain lactose, primarily milk and milk products.

I am a 40-year-old man weighing 57 kgs. I’ve been trying to gain weight but have reached a plateau. Can you recommend a diet that will help me gain weight the healthy way? 

The information provided is insufficient as I need to not only know your height but I also need to know your current diet to understand why you have reached a plateau. Doing yoga helps you achieve your ideal optimum weight, so I suggest you start  Hatha yoga and see if that helps.

I’d like to know if slaked lime can be used as a calcium supplement. How must it be consumed? Can be added while cooking or had raw? What is the quantity needed for daily supply of calcium? Can slaked lime help preventing/ curing osteoporosis? 

I do not recommend slated lime as a calcium supplement. I suggest you get your calcium from natural vegetables, nuts, sesame seeds etc., I suggest you research the internet for natural food sources of calcium as there are too many to put down here. I also suggest you give your body morning sunlight as it is vital for building bones, apart from that I suggest you go yoga and keep your body alkaline by eating healthy as a lifestyle as that is the best way to supply calcium to your body daily.

As appeared in the Bombay Times Column(Ask the expert)

By Sejal Vora (Naturotherapy Practitioner)

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About FDA

FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION

Straight from the horse’s mouth: Here is what the  FDA claims their job is:

The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.

When a lay person reads this, the most normal reaction is to take a sigh of relief and religiously look for FDA approvals on everything you buy.

For no fault of yours, it’s not your forte! You assume that the FDA is the expert and they will take care of our safety when it comes to food.

Well they don’t !!!

I understand that this is an outrageous claim to make, and most of you are probably thinking “now she’s pushing it too far”  but stay with me and I hope to show you’ll what I see.

Lets take macaroni and cheese, as an example, the type you buy (ready to eat) that you get at all super markets across the world.(India Included).

Below is what the FDA labeling says behind each box.

Macaroni & Cheese:

Single Serving                   %DV

Size1 cup (228g) 

Calories250

Calories from Fat 110g

Total Fat 12g                      18%

Trans Fat1.5g

Fat 3g                                  15%

Saturated fat 3 gms          15%

Cholesterol30mg             10%

Sodium 470mg                 20%

Total Carbohydrate 31g   10%

Dietary Fiber 0gm             0%

Sugars 5g

Protein 5g

Vitamin A   4%

Vitamin C   2%

Calcium   20%

Iron        4%

What they have forgotten to mention or more accurately omitted is:

Enriched Macaroni Product (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate [Iron], Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Cheese Sauce Mix (Whey, Modified Food Starch, Whey Protein Concentrate, Cheddar Cheese [Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes], Granular Cheese [Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes], Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Contains Less than 2% of Parmesan Cheese [Part-Skim Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes], Dried Buttermilk, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Blue Cheese [Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes], Sodium Phosphate, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Cream, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Enzymes, Yellow 5, Yellow 6).

Modified food starch is an additive that increases the bulk of a food. Other additives include potassium chloride that are used instead of salt to decrease the sodium level in foods, sodium tripolyphosphate  is used to maintain moisture, Medium Chain Triglycerides is a substitute for regular oil. Artificial colors yellow 5 & 6 have shown to cause neural problems in some children.

How come all this is not mentioned?

Lets assume that they are aware and are monitoring the quantity of additives and preservatives that are being added, and lets say the FDA makes sure, that the food item does not exceed a certain amount of chemicals in it, there by making it safe to consume.

Heres the catch:

FDA safety standards are calculated per serving, so if you eat one serving of anything that is FDA approved, you would be under the danger limit. but if you eat it everyday, which is what most of us do with products like Oil, chips, cookies, chocolates, bread etc

The chemicals start adding up…. slowly and steadily they poison you !!!

Dyes, bleaches, antioxidants, preservatives, chemical flavors, buffers, noxious sprays, alkalizers, acidifiers, deodorants, moisteners, drying agents, expanders, modifiers, emulsifiers, stabilizers, thickeners, clarifiers, disinfectants, defoliants, fungicides, neutralizers, anticaking and antifoaming agents, hydrolyzers, hydrogenators, synthetic hormones, steroids and four thousand other drugs that just make your mouth water with anticipation, are being used extensively so that food can be standardized, stocked and distributed without rotting !!!

It’s all building up and the biggest proof of this, is the general ill-health in society. We have an epidemic of cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and many other such ailments today.

The mind surely plays a big role in maintaining optimum health, but so does the food you eat !!

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About Disease

With most people today, fear of disease is greater than the fear of God and understandably so. I was once a part of “most people”.

The fear of disease comes from the way it is used by health care professionals. The fear of disease comes because we are told that a disease can be fatal. The fear of disease comes when we are made to believe we have no control over it. It’s the feeling of being helpless that creates the fear.

I am not going to focus on the role F&B and Pharmaceutical Industries  play in building this fear, even though it’s a BIG part. I will save that for another article as it’s a topic on its own.

I would rather first tell you what disease really is.

DISEASE is nothing more than DIS-EASE

The very word denoting illness contains its own best definition: dis-ease.

Dis-ease is the earliest stage of illness NOT the last.

Dis-ease is another word for discomfort.

Dis-ease may be defined as a state which is not conducive to inner harmony.

Dis-ease is an energetic imbalance, a shift in your natural vitality that is not beneficial.

It is worth seeing how the Thesaurus defines disease and dis-ease.

Dis-ease is a way your body communicates with you. It is important to perceive words like dis-ease correctly, as these are the foundations to building a healthier body. The truth is, that there is only one disease in today’s world, with many different stages, Modern medicine have given these stages many different names. The final stages of dis-ease are cancer, heart attack, strokes and things like that, but nobody wakes up one morning and suffers from these things without experiencing the beginning stages of disease. What happens is that people don’t identify the beginning stages of disease or ignore it and it keeps coming back worse and worse. If you just listen to your body and take correct actions when you feel slight dis-ease, it will never end up being what you believe is disease.

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About Allopathy

What is a system of diagnosis and treatment worth, that starts with “symptoms” that are, in truth, nothing but “organized effects” !!

When a body is out of balance, doctors attempt to put it back into balance, first through drugs, then through surgery. The general effect is to remove the symptoms, not to deal with the ultimate cause of the ailment.

For example, when a surgeon removes a fibroid tumor, or tonsil, without a thought, or the slightest knowledge that these enlargements are but organized effects – neoplasms (new tissue growths) – that cannot possibly come into existence without cause, which cause is not touched by the operation – and, then, pronounces his – patient well (cured). He has only removed the symptom not the cause.

To remove a gall stone and pronounce the patient cured is tantamount to saying that the stone was its own cause. All of these procedures leave the cause untouched – to result in the building of more pathology?

Today, when a person becomes ill – he takes a pill, gets an injection, or has an organ removed. No attention is given to cause. His life is not changed, his habits are not corrected, and in a short time he is sick again. Neither the physician nor the patient is able to trace a connection between the two dis-eases. So-called health is again restored and the incident passes from memory.
Again, within a short time, another illness (which is as much of a surprise as were the prior two illnesses) develops and still no thought is devoted to its connection with the two preceding illnesses. So long as the real nature of disease and real source of cause are not understood, this will continue to be true.

Continuous chemical intervention into a body’s natural processes has led to a host of complications and ailments. Western medicine looks to suppress symptoms and therefore works against the balancing forces of nature. That diarrhea, sneeze or rise in blood pressure is the body’s natural mechanism to cleanse or support itself but we continue to blindly suppress the symptoms whilst ignoring true root causes. Furthermore our bodies are the most advanced pharmacies in the world but we callously supplement them rather than stimulate them to do the work they were designed to do.
You need to eliminate root causes by treating the entire physical, etheric, emotional and mental being. You are not just a collection of cellular processes but rather a thinking, feeling, living spiritual being and its time medical sciences recognize and incorporate this in to their modalities.

Allopathic medicine definitely has its place in the spectrum of miracle recoveries, if we take it for what it is — a stop on the path to wellness and wholeness. I wholeheartedly am grateful for the miracles that allopathic medicine has provided. When viewed as a component of the process of overall health, i think that it serves an important purpose. it’s just a matter of putting it all in the larger perspective and plan, and not abusing the function it serves, or using it for manipulative purposes.

Written by Sejal Vora

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