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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Bombay Times Column – FAQ’s Session 2

Is it true that water is bad if taken with food?

Yes, it’s true. Drinking water or any other beverage with a meal is unhealthy because it restricts digestion. The stomach has no teeth. Digestion begins in the mouth not in the stomach.  When we drink with a meal we dilute the digestive saliva of the mouth which comes from chewing properly.  Chewing your food to mush before swallowing prepares it for the stomach enzymes to break it down further before passing it on to the small intestine where pancreatic enzymes are released.  Water is the best beverage and should be had 20 minutes before or an hour after any cooked meal, not with.

My son is 9 years old and constantly keeps falling sick; mostly it’s a cough cold and sometimes even a fever. I don’t like giving him medication, but he cannot keep missing school, I don’t know what to do.

It looks like your son has low immunity, if the body is frequently creating mucus; it is doing so to protect him from unwanted virus/bacteria by trapping it in the mucus. The cough is also connected as the body tries to throw out used mucus. And the fever last but not the least is a sure shot sign that the body is constantly needing to fight for him as his overall immunity is low.  Unfortunately allopathic medication will only weaken him more. His immunity could be low due to different reasons, however it is important that you monitor your child’s nutrition and consult with a specialist to make sure he is getting the correct nutrition in to boost his immunity.

I have a constipation problem and it’s probably because I eat almost no fruits and vegetables and my diet consists of primarily meat. Is there any other solution besides eating fruits and vegetables as I don’t enjoy fruits and vegetables at all?

The body needs natural fibre, and there is no shortcut for that, fruits and vegetables are not only important for constipation, but most important for your entire physical well being including your youth and vitality. I suggest you start working with clearing your block against fruits and vegetables. This is easily doable with the help of positive affirmations or hypnosis.

I work at a bank and I report to work by 9 am, by around 3 pm I feel fatigued every day. As you had mentioned in one of your articles, that tea and coffee cause fatigue, I stopped drinking coffee in the afternoons, but the fatigue is still there. Is there anything else I can do or take?

I suggest you check the amount of water you’re consuming through the day. On an average depending on your height and weight, you need to drink sufficient water, as dehydration is often a cause for fatigue. Also watch you’re eating habits as if you are eating a lot of carbohydrates like white rice or white bread for lunch, it causes fatigue because it is high glycemic and uses a lot of energy to digest leaving you with none. If overall your nutrition is healthy and you are drinking enough water and still fatigued, I suggest you get it checked by your physician.

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

By Sejal Vora (Naturotherapy Practitioner)

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The Truth: About High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

This is a modern-day dis-ease. A silent Killer.

It is important to understand how this works: The blood which circulates through the arteries within the body supplies every cell with nourishment and oxygen. The force exerted by the heart pumps the blood into the large arteries and creates a pressure within them and this is called blood pressure.

A certain level of blood pressure is thus essential to keep the blood circulating in the body. But when the pressure becomes too high, it results in hypertension which is caused by a spasm or narrowing of the small blood vessels, known as capillaries, throughout the body. This narrowing puts more stress on the heart to pump blood through the blood vessels. Hence, the pressure of the blood to get through rises in proportion to the pressure on the heart.

The fast pace of life and the mental and physical pressures caused by the industrial and metropolitan environments give rise to psychological tensions. Worry and mental tension increases the adrenaline in the blood stream and this, in turn, causes the pressure of the blood to rise.

Another important cause of hypertension is a faulty lifestyle which includes excessive smoking, excessive intake of intoxicants like tea, coffee, alcohol, colas and refined foods which prevent the expulsion of waste and poisonous matter from the body and clog the arteries and the veins.

Repeated infections and inflammation in the kidneys can also give rise to hypertension. The kidneys play an important role in controlling blood pressure through secretion of Rennin, a natural chemical. If increased Rennin is secreted by the kidneys, more salts are retained in the body, which leads to an increase in the volume of circulating blood and consequently to an increase in the blood pressure.

Obesity, diabetes and severe constipation can also lead to hypertension.

Last but not the least, other causes of high blood pressure are, excessive intake of pain killers, common table salt, food allergies and eating a high fat, low fiber diet with processed foods that are deficient in essential nutrients.

I know it is the easy way out to pop a pill each morning, but unfortunately the modern medical treatment of high blood pressure is highly unscientific as it brings down the pressure by pharmaceutical drugs without making any effort to remove the underlying cause. These may temporarily reduce blood pressure, but they do not cure the condition and are harmful in the ultimate analysis. All drugs against hypertension without exception are toxic and have distressing side effects in the long run.

I know it’s easier said than done. Correct your lifestyle and find ways to de-stress. Try and follow a well-balanced routine of proper nutrition, yoga and rest.

Getting to the root of any issue is the only way to truly and correctly solve it. If you insist on popping that pill and take no responsibility of your own health, you are asking for a life that involves more pathology than happiness.

Your body is your soul’s vehicle in the 3rd dimension, the quality of your vehicle will determine the quality of your journey. The more well maintained it is the smoother the ride!!

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About Malaria

If  you think getting Malaria is no fault of yours, and it’s the damn anopheles mosquito’s that causes it….. You are ONLY half right, as  a mosquito only carries the parasites that cause Malaria,  and the parasites can only cause havoc if you let it.

Everything, from the planet to the parasite is created for a purpose, and causing you harm is on no ones list. There are many “parasites” in your body, most of these are symbiotic relationships, meaning that you need them as much as they need you.

In fact, if you were laying on a table and could make all your human cells go away, a perfect 3-D image of your shape would remain in place as there are more foreign cells in your body than human ones.

As you might know by now, I am not a great friend of killings things in the body, including parasites, fungi and bacteria, to do so would leave billions of corpses of organisms behind that would cause more problems than if they were kept alive to do what they are created for – Decomposing waste products and weak or dead cells.

If they are creating havoc in your body, please understand – They are there by Invitation Only!!

For example: The mosquito needs a stagnant pool of water for its life cycle, it does not invade a body of water and make it stagnant.  It finds a body of water that already provides the kind of environment that it can thrive in.

It is the same with all infections in the body, the environment was created first, and so if there is stagnant morbid matter in your body, then the living creatures that need that type of environment will naturally seek it out and thrive in it.

The real cause of malaria, as in case of any other infectious diseases, is wrong eating habits and a faulty lifestyle, which weakens your immunity resulting in the system being clogged with toxin, accumulated systemic refuse and morbid (dead) matter that is just sitting in your body inviting the parasites to come feast.

It is on this soil of toxicity and morbid matter that the malaria parasite breeds.

The liberal use of denatured foods today such as white sugar, white rice, white flour and products made from them, as well as tinned foods, strong tea, coke, Pepsi, tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages, lower the vitality of the system and paves the way for the development of malaria which is caused by a tiny parasite called plasmodium. The parasites grow in the liver of a person for a few days and then enter the bloodstream where they invade the red blood cells. The female anopheles mosquito draws a small quantity of blood containing the parasites, when she bites a person who has malaria. These parasites then pass through several stages of development within the mosquito’s body and finally find their way to its salivary glands. There they lie in wait for an opportunity to enter the bloodstream of the next person. However upon entering the blood stream, if your immune system is firing on all cylinders, the parasites will not stand a chance of survival, let alone multiplying.

As you can see, it is crucial to keep your immune system strong. With the way the planet is headed, many more H1N1 swine flu, dengue fever and malaria parasites are going to be floating around, and you need to be protected from the inside out, not outside in.

Please read my article on The Truth: About Fever to understand a fevers purpose. A High Fever is the most common procedure carried out by the body for of all types of Malaria and this is done to kill the parasites and cure you naturally. Malaria DOES NOT necessarily require antibiotic treatment. Your body is the most advanced pharmacy in the world, it is important you stimulate it to do the work it is designed to do and heal you naturally, rather than callously supplement it.

Last but not the least use Citronella, as it repels insects such as mosquitoes, black flies, fleas and ticks therefore, preventing its bites. Citronella oil/incense stick is a natural non-toxic alternative to chemical poisonous insect repellents like Good Night and Mortien which contains DEET (N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide). They may prevent malaria but cause other adverse effects like insomnia, muscle cramps, mood disturbances and rashes.

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About Colon Cleansing

Colon cleansing is just another “quick-fix”, and unfortunately it’s under the banner of “natural cures” which makes it more appealing to people. It is in NO way natural and good for health.

If selling colon cleansing to cleanse the colon is not enough, today it is also marketed as a weight loss tool.

A colon cleanse claims to cause a “mass of gunk” to come out of you, but the gunk only comes out of the people who take the product, because the gunk is created by the product!

“Colon Cleansing Kits” claim to “remove old accumulated waste” called “mucoid plaque” that is passed from the human body in the form of long, rubbery bowel movements. The rubber like substance that is produced is NOT what was inside of you, but is a direct result of the substance that you took in the colon cleanse product , this “mucoid plaque” is simply the result of ingested powdered psyllium and Bentonite clay, bonding with the natural mucous lining of the intestinal walls. Most of the colon cleanse products today contain Psyillium (metucil) and Methyl cellulose, both are considered to be bulk-producing agents.

What exactly is a bulk producing agent?

Bulk-producing agents cause the stool to be bulkier and to retain more water, as well as forming an emollient gel. These are the two ingredients that make your stools look sludgy and rubbery.

There is a constant danger with bulk producing agents that when they do not have enough water, they can actually worsen constipation and be the cause of  blockage.

As for weight loss “Cleansing” is often used as an intro to a diet program. Claims can include detoxification, internal cleansing and increased weight loss. The truth is that what is generally achieved is a large drop in body weight, much of it is water weight, glycogen or lean tissue, and if that does anything positive, it’s the psychological boost the dieter gets when they see a 2 to 5 kg drop on the scale in the first week or even a few days. This kind of psychological boost could be considered a potential benefit, because some people give up easily with slow progress and are highly motivated with a fast start. But anyone who really understands body composition (lean body mass versus fat mass versus body water) and who has a long-term perspective will not be all that excited about fast weight loss.

The fact is, our bodies are very well designed, whether by an omnipotent Creator or by millennia of evolution, and the colon does it’s job pretty efficiently on its own.

The best way to keep your colon clean is to follow a regular balanced diet with enough of fiber in it. The fiber in your food acts as roughage and helps you in having regular bowel movements. An adult would require 25-30 grams of fiber per day.

Rather than pursue “colon cleansing” schemes, I’d recommend you call it maintaining “healthy digestive processes.”

How is your regular daily fiber intake? Are you getting 25-35 grams of fiber a day, every day, consistently? If not, then why look for “magic in a bottle”, why not just eat better?

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About Headaches

There are many different things that can cause headaches, to list a few: Abrupt changes in your diet or an everyday schedule like getting too much or too little sleep, stress, long working hours, or skipping a meal, a hangover from drinking, from watching TV in a dark room or from using the computer for a long time without taking breaks.

But having said that what most people don’t realize is that most often a common headache is a symptom of DEHYDRATION.

Dehydration is the loss of water and electrolytes, such as sodium, chloride and potassium, which are necessary for the body to function and be healthy. The main cause of dehydration is not drinking enough water to maintain healthy levels.

Headaches aren’t unhealthy by themselves, headaches are a sign that tell us that something is wrong, however our body does not always give straight and clear signals that tell us how to behave. When our body is dehydrating, we don’t always feel thirsty, and most often headaches is your body telling you to hydrate.

Next to air, water is the element most necessary for survival.  A normal adult is 60 to 70 percent water.  We can go without food for almost two months, but without water only a few days.  This alone should make you realize how important it is. Yet most people have no idea how much water they should drink.  In fact, many live in a dehydrated state.

It is important to keep sipping on water through the day, depending on your lifestyle you made need to increase or decrease water intake, however a minimum of 8 glasses a day is recommended for normal adults. specially if you have a headache, try and consciously drink water till the pain subsides.

Avoid the  Saridons and Advils,  Try  Water, it works like a magic potion..

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.

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The Truth: About Calories

This subject is dear to my heart, as I have personally experienced a lifestyle based on calories. Having lived in New York I was totally trapped in the calorie web.. I drank diet coke instead of regular coke, I chose all low-fat, low-calorie products for my kitchen. Every time I looked at food, calories was all I saw.  It was only when I understood nutrition that I saw the light.

India didn’t really face these issues till a few years back, but today our supermarkets are full of low-calorie butters, jams, sugar, oil, milk, cookies, and most people pick up these products with the best of intentions; keeping themselves and their families healthy.

It’s important you understand the origin and root of this. The “The Calorie Myth” is  a brilliant article, and if I were to ever write one, this is how it would be.

THE CALORIE MYTH
The theory of slimming based on the low-calorie approach is without doubt the greatest scientific “fudge” of the twentieth century. It is nothing more than a snare, a deception, a dangerous and simplistic hypothesis, lacking any real scientific basis. And yet it has dictated our eating habits for over half a century. You have only to look around you to see that the more well upholstered, plump, fat or even obese people are, the more religiously they count the calories they consume. With very few exceptions, anything which has passed for a “diet” since the beginning of the century, has essentially been based on the low-calorie theory. How misguided can you be! No serious or long-term success can be achieved from such a method. Not to mention the side effects, which can be devastating. At the end of this chapter I will have more to say on the scandalous sociocultural phenomenon, which has built up around the subject of calories in food. For we have reached a point where what has happened can only be described as mass brainwashing.

THE ORIGINS OF THE CALORIE THEORY
In 1930 two American doctors, Newburgh and Johnson, of the University of Michigan, suggested in one of their papers that ”obesity results from a diet too high in calories, rather than from any metabolic deficiency”. Their study on energy balance was based on very limited data and, above all, had been conducted over too short a period to deserve serious scientific acceptance. This did not prevent their study from being immediately and widely acclaimed as irrefutable scientific truth, and it has been treated as ” gospel” ever since.

A few years later, however, Newburgh and Johnson, concerned at the publicity which had been given to their discovery, somewhat hesitantly published some serious reservations they had concerning their previous findings. These went entirely unnoticed. Their initial theory was already integrated into the syllabus of most Western medical schools, and there it remains to this day.

THE CALORIE THEORY
A calorie is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water from 14° to 15° centigrade. The human body needs energy, first and foremost to maintain its body temperature at 98.6° Fahrenheit. But as soon as the body is active, it needs extra energy to stand vertical, to move, to speak, and so on. And on top of that yet more energy is needed to eat and digest food and carry out the basic activities of life. The body’s daily energy requirements vary according to the person’s age, sex and individual needs.

The calorie theory is as follows :
If a particular individual needs 2,500 calories a day and consumes only 2,000, a 500 calorie deficit results. To compensate for the deficit, the body will draw on its fat reserves to find an equivalent amount of energy, and weight loss will result.

If, on the other hand, an individual has a daily intake of 3,500 calories when only 2,500 are needed, the excess 1,000 calories will automatically be stored as body fat.

The theory is therefore based on the assumption that there is no loss of energy. It is purely mathematical, drawn directly from Lavoisier’s theory on the laws of thermodynamics.

At this point we may well be wondering how it was that prisoners in Nazi concentration camps managed to survive for almost five years on only 700 to 800 calories a day. If the calorie theory was correct, the prisoners should have died once their body fat was used up in other words, within a few months.

Similarly, we may wonder how people with big appetites who consume 4,000 to 5,000 calories a day are not fatter than they are (some even remain skinny). If the calorie theory was correct, these hearty eaters would come to weigh 60 to 80 stone within a few years. Furthermore, how can you explain why some people continue to put on weight even when they reduce their daily calorie intake by eating less? Thousands of people go on gaining weight like this while starving themselves to death.

THE EXPLANATION
The first question is: When the consumption of calories is reduced, why does weight loss not follow? Actually, weight loss does occur, but only temporarily. This is, in fact, where Newburgh and Johnson went wrong, in that they collected their data over much too short a period of time. The phenomenon works like this:

Suppose that an individual needs 2,500 calories a day and that, over a long period, he consumes accordingly. If, suddenly, the ration of calories drops to 2,000, the body will draw on an equivalent quantity of stored fat to compensate and weight loss will be seen to occur. However, if from now on the daily intake of calories is limited to 2,000, instead of the 2,500 previously consumed, the body’s survival instinct comes into play. It quickly adjusts its energy requirements to match the level of calorie intake: if it is only given 2,000 calories, it will only use up 2,000 calories. Weight loss will quickly cease. But the body does not stop there. Its instinct for survival will lead it to take greater precautions yet, and lay down reserves for possible future need. If from now on it is supplied with 2,000 calories, it will simply reduce its energy needs to, say, 1,700 calories and store the other 300 in the form of body fat.

So this is how we end up achieving the very opposite of the result we were aiming for. Paradoxically, although the subject is eating less, he will gradually put weight back on again.

In practice, the human body, constantly driven by its survival mechanisms, behaves no differently from the starving dog which buries its bone. Despite what we might think, it is when the dog is not fed regularly that it reverts to its inborn instincts and buries its food, saving it for the day when it may otherwise go hungry.

How many of you, I wonder, have fallen victim at one time or other to this unfounded theory of balancing calories? You will certainly have come across obese people who were actually starving themselves to death. This is especially common among women. Psychiatrists’ consulting-rooms are full of women being treated for depression induced by trying to follow such a diet. They have become dependent on this vicious circle, knowing that breaking away from it will only entail putting back on more weight than they have lost.

Most members of the ”medical” profession do not want to know. They do realize their patients are not losing weight, but they put it down to cheating and secret binges. Some slimming professionals even run group therapy sessions, at which members are applauded when they are able to show they have lost weight and made to feel ashamed of any gain. The mental cruelty involved in these practices is positively medieval. Moreover, stipulating a 1500 calorie diet without detailing what it is to contain is quite inadequate. It simply serves to focus on the energy value of foods without taking account of their nutritional value.

Apart from a few specialists, doctors tend to be disinclined to update their understanding of these matters and are usually not knowledgeable about them in the first place. Where nutrition is concerned, they seem to have little scientific understanding going beyond the commonly held views.

What is more, it is not a field in which doctors in general are particularly interested. I have noticed that of the twenty or so I have worked with on this book, all of them, without exception, were originally led to research and experiment in the field because they themselves had a serious weight problem to solve.

What is heart-rending, even scandalous, is the fact that the general public has been allowed to believe that the calorie theory was scientifically proven. It is sad that the theory became accepted and now constitutes one of the basic assumptions of western civilization.

Not a week goes by without one women’s magazine or another splashing an article on slimming. We are presented with the latest menus developed by some team of dietitians, based on the calorie theory and suggesting something along the lines of ”a tangerine for breakfast,  a chick-pea for lunch and an olive in the evening…”

It is amazing how the low-calorie approach has managed to delude people for so long. There are two explanations, though. One is that a low-calorie diet invariably produces a result of sorts. Lack of food, which is the basis of the method, inevitably leads to some loss of weight. But the result, as we have seen, does not last. Not only is a return to square one inevitable, but in most cases more weight is gained than is lost. The second explanation is that ”low calorie” products today constitute a sizeable market sector. Exploitation of the theory, under the guidance of dietary ”experts”, has created such a market that vested interests now have to be contended with, principally those of the food industry and a few misguided chefs.

So the calorie theory is false and now you know why. But that is not the end of it. The theory is so ingrained in your mind that for some time to come you will catch yourself still eating according to its principles.  If this happens, just re-read this article until everything is completely clear to you.

It can be seen that the more the number of permitted calories is reduced, the less effective the diet becomes and the more liable the body is not only to revert to its original weight but also to lay down additional reserves of fat.

Written by Sejal Vora

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The Truth: About Fever

“[The body is] a marvelous machine … a chemical laboratory, a powerhouse. Every movement, voluntary or involuntary, full of secrets and marvels!” — Theodor Herzl

The human body is created perfectly to function at full potential. Your body is designed with survival as its primary function.

In many religions around the world it is said, the human body – is one of nature’s most complicated creations, a marvel beyond description –it works exactly perfectly, it maintains  Cells, Tissues, and Membranes | Skeletal System | Muscular System |   Nervous  System | Endocrine System | Cardiovascular System | Lymphatic System | Respiratory System | Digestive System | Urinary System | Reproductive System working together in harmony.

The  body has a  line of defense to protect him from being destroyed by an unfriendly environment. The body’s defenses are skin, mucous membranes, friendly bacteria, tear glands, lymphatic system, fighter cells, immune system and FEVER, and if this doesn’t convince you of how organized and efficient your body is, here are another 15 Most Amazing Facts About The Human Body that will prove to you that the body is far more sophisticated than you could ever imagine.

Many people think that had a high fever ends up with some sort of injury, like brain damage, hearing loss or other problems. These problems are never caused by fever. The likely explanation is that they had a serious illness that gave them a fever but it was the illness that caused the brain damage etc. The fever was only trying to help fight the infection.

It is important to understand that sometimes your body needs to fight infections using fever. A fever occurs when the body faces a threat from virus or bacteria and need to eliminate it from your system by killing it. We know that germs growing in cultures die if you turn up the temperature too much. The same is happening in your body when your brain turns up the temperature when you get sick. Getting a fever is an important part of your body’s defense against infection. “Fever is the doctor at work, not the problem”.

All the hype that western medicine has created of a fever being a  sickness or a viral infection is untrue. Understanding your body is very important, the perspective we have on our bodies today is extremely conditioned, our beliefs of nutrition good health and what is beneficial for us is driven by a very commercial motive for profit. And not what is actually in our best interests. This has today resulted in the general ill-health of society.

It’s hard to believe, but for a common fever the best remedy is REST and HYDRATION. It is important to increase fluid intake when you have a fever, since it increases evaporation of water from your body and you could get dehydrated, which then further increases the fever causing you to believe the it is out of your control.

Try this simple remedy the next time you feel feverish and start allowing your body to do what its best at.. “Healing you naturally & keeping you healthy” !!!!

Written by Sejal Vora

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