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"Correctly combining foods makes all the
difference in the world to proper digestion and metabolism.
Without complete digestion, the nutrients in
even the most wholesome food cannot be fully extracted and assimilated by the body.
Moreover, incomplete digestion and inefficient
metabolism are the prime causes of fat and cholesterol accumulation in the body. A low
calorie diet of overcooked, processed and improperly combined foods will still make you
fat and leave sticky deposits in your arteries, just as the wrong mix of fuels will leave
carbon deposits on the spark plugs of an engine, clog the pistons, and create foul gaseous
On the other hand, if foods are properly
combined for consumption, then regardless of how many calories or how much cholesterol
they contain they will not make you fat or clog up your veins and organs, especially if at
least half your daily food intake is taken raw.
If one follows the rules of
is no need to be a fanatic about controlling one's diet, no need to count calories, and no
need to worry about cholesterol.
Note also that there is no such thing as a
food that is 100 percent protein or 100 percent carbohydrate. What counts is whether
protein or carbohydrate is the major nutritional element in any particular food.
Generally speaking, if a food item contains 15
percent of more protein, than its categorized as 'protein food', while 20 percent or more
carbohydrate makes it a 'carbohydrate food'. When combining different types of food in a
single meal, it doesn't matter much if a little bit of protein is added to a basically
carbohydrate meal or vice versa, especially if plenty of raw vegetables are included to
provide active enzymes and fibrous bulk.
Ideally, one should consume only over variety
of food at a single sitting.
A glance at nature proves this point.
Carnivorous animals never consume starchy
items with their meat, but they do supplement digestion and occasionally purge their
bowels by chewing on wild weeds that have medicinal properties. It has also been observed
by bird watchers for centuries that birds eat bugs and worms at one time of day, seeds and
berries, at another, but never both together. What makes modern man think that his
digestive tract is so different from all other species in nature?
Even though traditional Chinese diet relies
heavily on rice, a closer look at Chinese eating habits shows that, up until the
mid-twentieth century, the rice was consumed according to the rules of
For example, when Chinese families eat at
home, their meals are usually heavy in fresh vegetables and bean curd products and very
light in meats. When Chinese go out for a big banquet in a restaurant, rice is generally
not served at all, specifically so that it does not interfere with the enjoyment and
digestion of the meat, fish and fowl that always appear on banquet menus. Today, however,
modern lifestyles have eroded these healthy eating habits among urban Chinese, much to the
detriment of their health and longevity.
Back in the 1920's, before modern world had
much impact on Chinese lifestyles, an extensive study was conducted in China by Western
nutritional experts to compare the typical eating habits of Chinese and Americans. The
regions surveyed were located in central and coastal China, and rural areas where
traditional lifestyles and eating habits had not changed much for many centuries, but
where relative peace and prosperity gave local households the full range of choice of
The study revealed that the average Chinese
derived over 90 percent of their food energy from grains and grain products, with only 1
percent coming from animal products and all the rest from fresh vegetable sources. A blend
of 90 percent carbohydrate and 1 percent protein, supplemented with the enzymes and
roughage of fresh fruits and vegetables is about as close to a perfectly combined diet as
is practically possible.
The same study then turned towards the eating
habits of typical Americans, with most revealing results: 39 percent of the average
Americans food energy came from grains, 38 percent from animal products and most of the
remaining 23 percent came from refined sugars. Vegetables and fruits accounted for a
minuscule portion of the American diet. One could hardly concoct a more poorly balanced
diet from the point of view of Trophology!
According to the results of Dr. Pottenger's
experiments with cats, the damage from such denatured diets can be transmitted to the next
Let's take a close trophological look at the
'Great American Meal', which is rapidly spreading digestive and metabolic malaise
throughout the world via huge corporate fast food chains.
That all-American meal consists of a
cheeseburger with French fries, washed down with a milk shake or sweet cola. A
cheeseburger contains two different varieties of concentrated protein- meat and cheese. On
top of that goes a big, fluffy bun of highly refined white flour- pure starch. Next comes
a big bag of deep fried potatoes, thereby adding more concentrated starch, further
fattened by deep-frying in stale oil, to the meal. Finally this mess is washed down with a
big frozen milk shake, adding pasteurized milk to the meat and starch and the fat, plus
several spoons of refined white sugar to thoroughly gum up the works.
Breaking one or two rules of Trophology at any
given meal is bad enough, but the 'Great American Meal' breaks at least six! Small wonder
that in a recent nationwide health survey in America, reported by an Associated Press
bulletin in July 1996, 49 percent of the population reported chronic, daily stomach pain,
gastro-intestinal distress, constipation, and other ailments of the digestive tract.
Our body rebirthing program can bring long term relief to these people, and help the other 51% avoid these
sort of problems.
The dietary situation in the Western world is
far more serious than any government health authorities care to admit. This is largely
because the food industry has become one of the largest, most powerful businesses in the
Western world, especially in America, where the processed food industry is represented by
one of the most powerful lobbies in Washington.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which
decides what foods may be sold in the market, is staffed primarily by professional
bureaucrats, not nutritional scientists, and it conducts no scientific tests whatsoever.
Instead, it relies on tests and reports submitted by the very corporations which want to
get a new food product onto the market!
Raw certified milk has become illegal in most
states, and gone are the days when people could go down to a local open-air market to
purchase fresh produce, as is still common in Asia and much of Europe.
And so Americans
continue to suffer among the world's highest incidence of heart disease, cancer, digestive
disorders and other deadly ailments.
Facts are facts, so have a look at the
following startling facts about diet and malnutrition in America, compiled by American
medical scientists and published in March/April 1958 edition of the American Journal of
A careful comparative examination of the diets
and health of beggars in India and apparently healthy young American teenagers revealed
that in India the average daily calorie intake of the typical beggar amounted to less that
half that of the typical American.
Yet only 6.25 percent of the beggars showed
any sign of nutritional deficiency, while a staggering 75 percent of the American
teenagers showed signs of severe malnutrition. Only 1.25 percent of the Indian beggars
suffered dental cavities, compared with over 90 percent of the young Americans.
Conclusion: the typical beggar in India derives greater health from his meager diet than
the average American teenager does from his 'rich' diet.
A similar study in Mexico found similar
results. The September 1951 issue of Harper's Magazine reports the results of a long-term
study of the dietary habits of Mexican peasants, conducted by MIT's Dr. Robert Harris.
States the report,
To the surprise of the investigators, these
poverty stricken Mexicans showed less evidence of malnutrition than did Michigan school
Analysis of all their foods by Dr. Harris'
group showed that the Otomis (Indians dwelling in the arid Mesquital Valley north of
Mexico City), like the slum dwellers of Mexico City, were obtaining, nearly adequate
quantities of all nutrients except riboflavin. In fact, their nutrition was definitely
superior to that of the average person living in the Boston and New York areas of the
[HPS editors note: Now that's food for
thought, isn't it?]
Source: Daniel Reid.
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