Mind and Spirit
We are citizens of
the "information age" and, in so being, have a tendency toward mental
hyperactivity. Excessive thought, worry and ultimately stress become
commonplace. This, too, affects our health.
mind and spirit are important parts of restoring health. And, conversely,
restoring health calms the mind and spirit. Avoiding foods and habits
that scatter the mind (rich foods, refined sugar, alcohol, coffee, eating too
late and too large of meals) and a simple diet with perhaps occasional light
fasting goes a long way toward building inner peace.
devitalized, deficient foods may very well create denatured, devitalized,
deficient lives. Depression, isolation, insecurities, fears, intense
Life depleting food intake becomes brain chemistry influencing
thinking and emotion. Foods can drive emotions and passionate desire,
emotional heat, and even social disarray.
Nutritional science now
understands that the amino acid tyrosine, which is abundantly supplied in
protein-rich diets, produces in the brain the chemical dopamine. Dopamine
causes enhanced activity and aggression. Excesses of spices, refined
sugar treats, meats, and poor quality fats ultimately lead to nervousness,
agitation, and depletion.
Complex carbohydrates and dairy products
promote brain chemistry rich in tryptophan, seratonin and melatonin. When
these substances are abundant in the body they promote calmness, deep sleep,
strong immunity and a relaxed, focused mind. Emotions, body and intellect
A great many people in the so-called "advanced"
civilizations of the world suffer from stagnation and degeneration of the mind
and body. These problems can manifest themselves in dark obsessions and
dull, warped personality traits.
Our emotions can take the shape
of desires and cravings. Nervous systems, hearts and minds degenerate as
well as the body.
Today exists epidemics of cancer, tumors, heart
disease, emotional and mental diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, and
moral and spiritual degenerations.
Many of us are blindly
addicted to pre-packaged, processed and very rich tasting foods, excessive and
poor quality meats, intoxicants of one kind or another, overly sweet, spicy,
salty and fatty foods, and actually have no sense of diet other than mindless
desires. And, we wonder why so many of us are unable to sleep well or
concentrate, why we're angry or resentful, depressed or despondent, sick and
tired, and disillusioned with life or without hope.
numbers of children are diagnosed each year with attention deficit disorder
(ADD). Adult attention deficit disorder (AADD) is being diagnosed with
progressing rapidity. Melancholy, despair and other aspects of mental
depression are now more common than ever. People today have ten times the
depression rate of our parents and grandparents.
We will fail to
survive if we continue this way.
Not only are deadly diseases
and pollution proliferating but sperm counts in industrialized countries have
dropped 50% on average and are predicted to be near zero within the next few
generations! We could soon be extinct if our health and awareness aren't
If the results of our choices in life are
intolerable - disease, pain, and mental disparity - we need only make better
As your health improves you'll have fewer feelings of
hopelessness and separation and gain a greater sense of belonging and
unity. Stress melts away and you'll feel light, clear, easy, and
Foods that help depression are brown rice, cucumbers,
apples, cabbage, fresh wheat germ, and apple cider vinegar. Including one
in each meal is adequate.
The American medical and research communities
have totally overlooked diet and nutrition as an impact on our health,
including mental health. Six of the ten principles of death pertain
directly to diet. Yet only some medical schools even offer a basic course
Doctors have a tendency to learn about nutrition within
the narrow area of the illnesses they treat. Cardiologists can tell you
plenty about fat and cholesterol. Rheumatologists know calcium and
vitamin D. OB/GYN doctors know folic acid. Cancer specialists know
about fiber and fat - not necessarily the fact that broccoli can prevent cancer
because it contains sulforophane, which causes the liver to produce an enzyme
that blocks carcinogenic activity (also present in cabbage and brussel
sprouts). But few know any more about nutrition than the average
How often does your doctor ask you what you
In our last section we will discuss how to
apply what you have learned to everyday life. It will include some common
sense principles, cooking techniques and some recipes you may want to
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