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Originally posted by babybunnies
Dependence on medicine is nearly always completely voluntary. There are other changes that can be made (lifestyle, diet, etc) that can correct many medical ailments that people take medication for.
Once again an oversimplified and unsubstantiated claim. Sure I find the Obesity epidemic in America troubling to say the least, but there are a myriad of human conditions that require pharmceutical drugs to combat symptoms and side effects.
There is absolutely no need for most Americans to be so dependant on their medication, apart from absolute laziness and denial that there is any need to change anything.
I've done some thinking about this topic, and if TPTB really wanted to bring about a population reduction, or the NWO, all they would have to do is turn off the electricity for a while.
Poor nutrition and malnutrition occur in 15 to 50 percent of the elderly population...
Some of the most common reasons for poor nutrition in the elderly include:
* Decrease in sensitivity. The aging process itself is a barrier to good nutrition since it is common to for appetites to diminish as a person ages. A decline in the senses of smell and taste also affect a person’s ability to taste and enjoy food. If a meal isn’t appetizing, a senior is less likely to eat as much as he should.
* Side effects of medication. Certain medications (whether over-the-counter or prescription) can reduce appetite, cause nausea, or make food taste differently. If a senior doesn't feel hungry due to medication side effects, she is less likely to eat even though her body does need food and calories.
* Poor dental health. Seniors are more likely to suffer from dental problems. Ill-fitting dentures, jaw pain, mouth sores and missing teeth can make chewing painful. All of these factors make it increasingly difficult for the elderly to eat healthy foods.
* Financial burden. Many seniors are on fixed or limited incomes. If he is worried about money, a senior may cut back on grocery expenses or buy cheaper and less-nutritious foods to stretch his budget. Lacking money to pay for adequate foods can result in a host of nutrition problems.
* Lack of transportation. Shopping today is also more difficult with many food stores located in large shopping malls and on crowded streets. In order to go grocery shopping, a senior must drive to the store, navigate through heavy traffic and park far away from the door. Add snow and ice to the mix and you have a very treacherous situation for the elderly.
* Physical difficulty. Seniors can become frail as they age, especially when dealing with debilitating conditions like fibromyalgia, arthritis, vertigo (dizziness) and disability. Physical pain and poor strength can make even simple tasks (opening a can, peeling fruit, and standing long enough to cook a meal) too challenging.
* Forgetfulness. Dementia, Alzheimer's disease, and poor memory can hurt a senior's ability to eat a variety of foods on a regular schedule and remember what to buy at the store. One may keep eating the same foods over and over without realizing it, or skip meals entirely because she doesn't know the last time that she ate.
* Depression. As people age, life can become more difficult. Their loved ones may be gone (or far away), their body may be failing them, even if their mind is sharp, and loneliness can take its toll. Feeling blue or depressed can decrease one's appetite, or make him feel apathetic about caring for his health. Depression is a manageable disease when treated correctly, but left untreated it can lead to many other nutrition and health problems. www.sparkpeople.com...
...poisonous Nutrients: 'UN Codex Alimentarius' as a controversy registered in 1996 after Ecologist mag warned readers to the proposal by the German delegation subsidized by 3 German pharmaceutical firms at the 1996 UN Codex Alimentarius Sessions. They proposed that 'no herb, codex vitamin or mineral should be sold for preventive or healing reasons, and that additions should be reclassified as drugs.' ( 3 ) even though the offer was agreed to, protests prevented its implementation. At the 2005 UN Codex Alimentarius Commission Food Session the 'Guidelines for codex Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements' was adopted as a new worldwide standard. The Codex Vitamin and Minerals Guidelines hasn't yet been implemented in the U.S. codex vitamins...
Criminalization of Natural medicine In August 2005 the western european Union passed the Food additions Directive, 'laws which could outlaw thousands of vitamins and mineral supplements' ( 5 ) The Directive remits that 'health food corporations must submit natural cures, vitamin supplements and mineral vegetable extracts for approval and inclusion on a catalogue of recognized food supplements.' ( 6 ) In Canada, Bill C-51 outlines nutriments as drugs and provides jail terms for people who use nutriments for health benefits. This amounts to the worldwide criminalization of natural medication.
....The original intent of this world body drafting 'food laws' for the world was a desire need to protect purchasers. 'In the 1940s,' according to one UN Codex Alimentarius document,'Articles about codex alimentarius commission food at every level did nicely, and clients were inundated with messages in favored magazines, in the tabloid press and on the radio. Some were correct, some incorrect-but all were planned to absorb interest, and many were excessively sensational.' ( 16 ) UN Codex Alimentarius, with a foundation in sound science, so that the debate goes, would separate fact from sensation and provide clients with correct info and convincing standards to steer the trading of food around the world. As a body under the protection of the world Trade Organization , however , it's not surprising this altruistic purpose would be deflected by corporate interests.
Codex Alimentarius standards and tenets are not part of the american legal or regulatory tradition. Under our Common Law, anything not prohibited is allowed. UN Codex Alimentarius, on the other hand, operates under the EU Napoleonic code that holds that everything that is not explicitly allowed is forbidden. If we agree the premise that UN Codex Alimentarius has been co-opted by firms to grease the wheels of world trade and fatten firm pockets, then we must focus on the controlling standards they produce, at least until the world controlling body collapses of its own weight and opens the door for a pro-health force for good. UN Codex Alimentarius is predicted to go into global implementation by December 31, 2009.
Importance of DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid): www.asianonlinerecipes.com...
A balanced diet is a basic part of good health at all times in our life. However, it is more critical during pregnancy as it has to provide the extra nutrients needed for mother and baby. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is especially important for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. DHA is derived from dietary alpha-linolenic acid and is found in foods such as fatty fish, organ meats and eggs.
Fat makes up 60% of the brain and the nerves that run every system in the body. DHA is the major structural fatty acid in the gray matter of the brain and the retina of the eyes. It is especially important to the correct structural formation of photoreceptor cells (the cells of the eye that recognize light - in all its various hues - and transmit this information to the brain), and thus is crucial to good vision. However, if there is not a sufficient amount of DHA, development may be impaired. In addition, DHA can also help prevent pre-term labor and may help protect against postpartum depression.
Low levels of DHA in our body have been associated with mood swings, memory loss and visual and other neurological conditions. A small amount of DHA is synthesized in our body naturally. But people who limit meat and egg intake, such as vegetarians or those on low-fat diets, are liable to have low level of DHA.
DHA is naturally transferred to a foetus and it is required throughout the pregnancy. Because developing foetuses cannot make their own omega-3 fatty acids, their needs must be met by their mothers. The DHA content and the essential nutrient contents in the mother's diet reflect the amount of DHA and nutrients and that are passed on to the baby. If the mother is not properly nourished, the foetus will suffer.
A continual supply of DHA is needed for the full term of the pregnancy as the DHA content of the cerebrum and cerebellum increases threefold during the last trimester....
Role of red meat in the diet for children and adolescents: www.thefreelibrary.com...:...-a0169311698
Over the first few years of postnatal life, an infant's body undergoes dramatic changes not only in physical attributes, but also in developmental milestones. By three years of age, an infant's head circumference and hence brain size will have reached 80% of what it will potentially achieve in adulthood, and its length will also have doubled in size. Therefore, it is not surprising that any adverse events occurring during these periods may have a negative impact upon psychomotor development.
In 1968, Dobbing (1) suggested that there were vulnerable periods of neurological development that coincided with times of maximal brain growth. These periods begin during foetal development at around the 25th week of gestation and continue for the first two years of postnatal life. Nutrient deficiencies occurring during these vulnerable periods may well have an impact upon brain growth and, hence, neurological and psychomotor development. (1) These nutrient deficits have subsequently been shown to result in more functional deficiencies rather than physical abnormalities. Not only is optimal nutrition essential for achieving optimal physical and psychosocial development, but it also appears to have significant disease implications for later in adult life. Barker and his epidemiology group in the UK proposed that not only intrauterine malnutrition, but also poor weight gain in the first year of life, was associated with an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease (particularly in adults aged >50 years), hypertension and glucose intolerance during adulthood. (2) Their retrospective, epidemiological report has been supported by several studies on the Netherlands famine during World War II, which affected women during early, mid and late stages of gestation. (3,4) Subsequently, animal and prospective human studies have suggested that either under- or over-nutrition in utero can be associated with epigenetic epigenetic /epi·ge·net·ic/ (-je-net´ik)
1. pertaining to epigenesis.
2. altering the activity of genes without changing their structure.....
Study finds vegetarians have smaller brains: thehealthyskeptic.org...
Scientists at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford, have discovered that going veggie could be bad for your brain – with those on a meat-free diet six times more likely to suffer brain shrinkage.
The study involved tests and brain scans on community-dwelling volunteers aged 61 to 87 years without cognitive impairment at enrolment, over a period of five years. When the volunteers were retested five years later the medics found those with the lowest levels of vitamin B12 were also the most likely to have brain shrinkage. It confirms earlier research showing a link between brain atrophy and low levels of B12.
Vegans are the most likely to be deficient because the best sources of the vitamin are meat, particularly liver, milk and fish.
This study confirms other findings, covered in Trick and Treat, which shows that overall human brain sizes have reduced by an average 11% since we adopted an agricultural diet based on cereal grains rather than the meat-based diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors.
Vogiatzoglou A, et al. Vitamin B12 status and rate of brain volume loss in community-dwelling elderly. Neurology 2008; 71(11): 826-32.