Maybe it sounds silly to some, maybe it sounds perfectly plausible to others, and maybe it sounds like an irrefutable fact to yet another group of people. I happen to be one of those people who honestly believe that the Paleo diet lifestyle could actually cure everything.
It’s a sad fact that in this day and age, there is a growing universal disconnect from our own bodies. Humans have not only forgotten that what we eat has a direct connection with how healthy we are, but many actively deny the fact. Do people really think that what they put in or on their body has nothing to do with their health? It seems that many actually do.
I was decently overweight a few years ago. It wasn’t genetics, it wasn’t my parent’s fault…..hell, it wasn’t even McDonald’s fault, it was my own damn fault for eating way too many refined carbohydrates, and generally crappy food for about 6 years. I picked up some insulin resistance, a lot of body fat, and suffered from anxiety attacks. The anxiety coupled with poor nutrition, served to aggravate a congenital heart defect that hadn’t bothered me since a corrective procedure I had in my teens. My doctor put me on Beta Blockers, which left me constantly feeling lethargic, and did nothing to help with the constant heart flutters, skips and jumps that plagued me during that time. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon an online forum, filled with people suffering from the same heart issues as me, that I realized that maybe my problem could be fixed with a simple vitamin supplement, instead of a prescription drug. I was shocked when I found that taking a magnesium supplement alleviated my heart problems in a way that no drug could. How could this be? How could a simple vitamin accomplish what a pharmaceutical drug could not? It was this discovery that began my quest for the nutritional truth, because I was suddenly aware that modern medicine obviously doesn’t have the answers for everything…or anything for that matter.
Another problem that I had is that I used to suffer with terrible allergy symptoms, ever since I moved to the U.S. That is, until I removed wheat from my diet. Conventional wisdom says that if you have allergies, you simply take allergy medication, right? Well, I guess that’s an option, but it doesn’t sound ideal to me. Why didn’t any doctor ever tell me that getting rid of allergies was as easy as getting rid of the food that causes the allergies in the first place? Did you know that wheat is responsible for the majority of seasonal allergies? You do now.
What if the Paleo Diet really could cure everything?
Ok, so people know that if they eat “too much” of the wrong foods, they will get fat. But, very few people actually know why it’s even detrimental to health to actually be fat. People don’t understand that poor dietary choices are the primary cause of cancer, heart disease, and even things that (most people believe) couldn’t possibly be related to diet, like IBS, kidney stones, gallbladder disease, and allergies etc.
I don’t believe that anything happens to us without a good reason. I don’t believe that people are just “unlucky” when they end up with cancer, or that family genetics can be blamed for becoming diabetic, or developing heart disease. As Angelo Coppola always says, “Humans are not broken by default”. Another quote I love, although I have no idea who originally said it is, “genetics load the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger”. It’s true that our genetic makeup predisposes us to possibly develop all manner of diseases and disorders, but ultimately, our lifestyle (including our dietary choices) are what either allow these things to manifest, or keeps them at bay. It’s all our choice.
I often feel like someone who has information that no one else does; like I know some important national secret that sets me apart from the masses. However, in this case, the secret would benefit everyone who knows it, and the fact that most people do not know the secret means that everyone else gets to maintain the illusion of health that has been perpetrated by the American USDA. No-one wants to listen to me, because the government fills everyone’s heads with misinformation on a daily basis, like a form of brainwashing. It’s sad really, because if the well-known conventional wisdom were actually true, you’d think that the country would be getting healthier, not sicker!
When I hear someone complain (and I do, multiple times each day) about achy-joints, headaches, acne, depression, anxiety, hair-loss, poor vision, so-called “degenerative diseases”, diabetes, inability to lose weight, etc, etc, etc, I can’t help but immediately think “this person obviously eats the S.A.D.”. That’s the Standard American Diet, just in case you aren’t familiar with the “S.A.D.” acronym. The signs are always the same, and they are always obvious to someone like me. The Standard American Diet that was put into place by the USDA thirty years ago continues to produce a bunch of fat-phobic, usually sick, and usually overweight individuals, like no traditional diet has ever historically produced. The idea that saturated fats, animal proteins, and raw unprocessed products are “bad for us”, is literally killing us all slowly. Thanks USDA!
Over the last few years I have seen huge amounts of evidence that showed me that there is almost no such thing as “bad luck” when it comes to ill-health and disease. In almost all cases, if you are over-weight, or sick in basically any shape or form, it is because you are doing something wrong. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that proper diet can replace a missing arm, or fix a major birth defect after a child is born, but yes a pregnant woman’s poor diet can and does cause birth defects. Poor diet does contribute to Autism Spectrum Disorder. Poor diet does cause virtually any disease or condition you can think of. Sure it’s nice to think that maybe it was the fault of your genes, and there was nothing that you could do about your health, but the fact is that there is almost always something that you (or your parents) could have done to prevent most health issues. I know it’s hard, but people really need to take responsibility for their own actions, and stop trying to blame other people for their horrible health.
The sad fact is that we eat a lot of things that are completely unsuitable for human consumption, and always have been. Just because we CAN eat something, doesn’t mean that we SHOULD. Why do people not understand that even though something tastes good, it is still potentially killing us? Does poison have to taste bad, for us to recognize it as poison? If I could go back in time and witness the first human who decided that it would be a fabulous idea to eat wheat for the first time, I would slap them around the face and tell them “NO!”. Maybe human kind would be healthier today without wheat as a staple.
All I can tell you is, whatever is wrong with you….no matter how small or how big the problem seems, before you speak to a medical professional who is always going to push a pharmaceutical solution on you, try a nutritional intervention first. Give it a go. Go full-on Paleo for 30 days and see what happens. You owe it to yourself. Who wants to be on expensive drugs that appear to “fix” one problem while causing several others? Who wants to line the pockets of the big drug companies? I know I don’t.
Step outside of the box, drop the wheat and other gluten containing grains, throw out the dairy products for a month, and stop eating things out of a box or with a nutritional label, and SEE HOW YOU FEEL.
If things don’t change for the better, then go back to eating in the way you were before. I’m willing to bet that no matter what ails you, going Paleo WILL help it in one way or another. You’ve got to throw-out old nutritional fallacies, and know the truth that eating fat does not make you fat, Cholesterol is not your enemy, sugar is bad, and there are no such things as “healthy whole grains”. Start your health revolution now, and you’ll thank me later, I guarantee it. Follow the Paleo diet. It really could cure everything that ails you.
Whatever you do, for God’s sake quit complaining about your health issues. If you’re going to feel like shit but insist on continuing to eat pizza and pasta, because you “can’t give them up”, you’ve got no-one to blame but yourself. You have the power to make the change, you just have to decide whether being healthy, living long and feeling good, are more important to you than eating your favorite junk foods…..and then act upon it! If you’re overweight and sick, but you’re making the necessary changes, I will applaud and support you in any way I can….but if you’re sick, complaining, and unwilling to do anything about it, I’d honestly rather not hear it!
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Barry Cripps is a Paleo-based Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, who operates out of Bowling Green, Kentucky.
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