Importance of nutrition

There is a mysterious yet irreplaceable force in all of life that “knows” how to heal itself. The broken bone, the scab on your arm, the baby being made in that woman’s uterus, the ability of children to regenerate a severed fingertip–all tell us that Nature has an incredible plan for good health and long life. But only if those same natural forces within us have been given the raw building blocks of physical nutrients and metaphysical thoughts and feelings, plus relative freedom from toxic blockages.

Without food processing we wouldn’t know much about human nutrition. That’s right. When European sailors spent months at sea with an imbalanced diet lacking in fresh fruits and vegetables, they came down with scurvy. Half of all trans-oceanic explorers from 1600-1850 died from this common vitamin C deficiency. When we taught the Indonesians how to refine whole rice down to white rice, thus removing the valuable thiamin, we began the beri-beri (literally means “I cannot, I cannot”) disease of thiamin deficiency. When we decided to remove the fiber from whole fruits, vegetables and grains, we began history’s greatest epidemic outbreaks of obesity, heart disease, cancer and more. When we naively thought that we could duplicate the nutritional value of mother’s milk for newborn infants, we later learned of all the minute but critical components in mother’s milk. Every time we think that we can improve on nature, we find our confidence misplaced. Every time we fiddle with a wholesome food, we erode its nutrient value. This message is the take home lesson from this book: In whole foods lies a universe of nutrients that we will never fully understand but are there for our benefit. Extracting juice from fruits and vegetables makes as much sense as eating white flour.