Nutrition

 By Ray Foster, rlf@mt-rushmore.net

Nutrition is a word that brings up a whole cascade of ideas and associations. The words "nurture" and "nutrition" are related.

  1. Dr Foster do you have any introductory thoughts on nutrition?
  2. Dr. Scribner, Do you have any introductory thoughts?
  3. Seeing mankind has been created air, water, food and sleep-dependent if the Devil wanted to destroy mankind, do you think he might think to make use of this knowledge to our hurt?
  4. Enough philosophy, How would you define our nutritional needs?
  5. What are some of the degenerative diseases that we are prone to that phytochemicals can improve, prevent or cure?
  6. So is what you are telling us - is that it is a vitamin and phytochemical deficiency that is the cause of our degenerative diseases today?
  7. So the nutrients we need are fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals - all in the right balance and combinations - right?
  8. So if it is not complicated to get the right balance and combinations of fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals - how do you manage that?

    Philosophically I see the need for nutrition to have deep meaning. When God created mankind, God could have made mankind to run on atomic power or any other source of power that would be endless, but God told man in the beginning that he would be dependent on food for physical power. God told man that he had seeds for food. My current understanding is that God was making a point in giving mankind a diet and designing mankind so that they would be very tightly aid-dependant, food-dependant, and water-dependant, and sleep-dependant. The point that God was making is that we are dependent – not independent creatures with life within ourselves. The creature is dependent on the Creator and the provisions that the Creator has made us, human beings dependent on. The reason for the point, as I currently see it, is that mankind was made – mankind was created to be an object lesson to the universe to show that God was right and that Satan was wrong in the great controversy between Christ and Satan. The fundamental issue of the great controversy between Christ and Satan may be the issue of dependence. God created angels in such a way that Satan got the idea that he did not need God. My current understanding is that dependence on God is one of the central issues of the great controversy. Whatever the reason, God made mankind different than angels. Mankind is very tightly aid-dependant and is food-dependant, water-dependant, and sleep-dependant. There are lots of things that we think we need. From a physiological standpoint we can’t live without air for a few minutes, without water for a few hours, without sleep for a few days and without food for a few days. Mankind is a very dependant creature. And our subject today of nutrition is one of the things that we have been created with a dependency for.

    It certainly is to our harm to go without clean air, good food and clean water. Sleep deprivation is certainly one of the hazards of modern living. Looking at what mankind is doing to themselves would certainly give evidence that the deterioration in air, water and food quality is not a chance phenomenon. By that I mean, that chance should be random. When all these factors, air, water, food and sleep is being interfered with in the same direction, i.e. to our harm. That is not random. This has the characteristics of being deliberate and planned.

    Science has always thought that they knew everything that there was to know. What we know changes with time. But science is also open minded enough to accept something new when it comes along. It took 50 years for the British Admiralty to accept that eating fresh fruit in the form of limes, would cure the dreaded scurvy. That is to the point of using that idea in a practical way. Today it is common knowledge that ascorbic acid can cure and prevent scurvy. So this illustrates that we need minute but essential nutrients called vitamins. Today it is being found that there is a whole class of nutrients needed in minute amounts that we call today phytochemicals. Getting enough phytochemicals in the diet is essential to good health and has the potential of preventing and curing or at least improving all of the degenerative disease that our modern society is prone to.

    The most important is heart attacks, strokes, and other forms of artery disease that kills most Americans. Diabetes, arthritis and cancer are other diseases that come in second place as killers and maimers of our population today.

    No, that is not what I am saying. I am saying that our standard American diet is deficient in vitamins and phytochemicals which illustrate two nutrients that we cannot get along well without. It is a whole lifestyle that is the cause of degenerative disease - including exercise, drinking enough pure water daily, getting a balanced diet with the proper combinations of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates as well as fiber, and vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. It takes all 8 of the NEWSTART elements of health to have good health and prevent and reverse the degenerative diseases.

    Yes, that is right. However it is not as complicated as you make it sound!

    There are only a few of things that you have to consider and do to have good nutrition. Four things to consider to have good nutrition are:

 

  1. What you eat.
  2. How much you eat.
  3. When you eat.
  4. How you eat.
  1. Do you have a handout that you could send listeners if they would like to have a look at what these simple four things are all about?
  2. What are the simple things to know about what to eat?
  3. Can you give us some illustrations to help us understand what you are talking about - out of the ground and less refined?
  4. Is there any scientific evidence for what you are saying that plant foods are the best from the standpoint of disease-prevention and health-promotion?
  5. Who wants to live like a Chinese peasant?
  6. Does that have to be the choice?
  7. Beef steak tastes so good! Carrots and cabbage or potatoes without the sourcream or beef gravey or the butter - just does not have the taste!
  8. I am not talking about drinking blood like the Masai in Africa! I am talking about eating well cooked beef and fish and chicken!
  9. So plant foods are the best from a nutritional standpoint. Where do I get my protein if I eat carrots and cabbage?
  10. Is what you are saying is that protein is no problem to get in plant foods?
  11. I have heard that carbohydrates are bad for you and fattening? Is that true?
  12. So what is at the other extreme of the Carbohydrate spectrum from the carbohydrates found in fresh fruits and whole grains, and garden-fresh vegetables?
  13. What is wrong with sugar?
  14. How does sugar stress the pancreas?
  15. So are the two things that stress the body with refined sugar, the speed in which it is absorbed into the blood stream, and the lack of the other molecules that the body needs to use the sugar, particularly calcium and B vitamins?
  16. Apart from the stress of the sugar getting into the blood stream so fast and calling for sudden insulin requirements and for sudden calcium and B vitamins to use the sugar, are there any other problems with refined sugar – as being part of the diet?
  17. Well, lets be specific. How many table spoons of sugar is there in a scoop of icecream?
  18. How many teaspoons of sugar does a glazed donut have etc?
  19. How many calories in a teaspoonfull of sugar?
  20. So does that mean that an 8 Oz soft drink with 10 - 12 teaspoons of sugar will have 40 - 48 calories just in the sugar content?
  21. Does the same principle of refinement being harmful to your body also apply to fats and proteins, in the same way we have seen with carbohydrates?
  22. Does concentrated, refined fats, which are called oils, have an adverse affect on the body?
  23. How could excess fat in the diet cause increase cancer along with heart disease etc.?
  24. What did he see after they had some good cows cream?
  25. So what difference does that make if the red cells stick together in a rouloux formation?
  26. That does not sound too good. What is the second effect of the red cells sticking together?
  27. What is the effect of concentrated protein in the diet as with eating fish or chicken or beef?
  28. So refined, fats, proteins, and carbohydrates are bad news! How can I be sure that I avoid eating too much refined fats, proteins and carbs?
  29. Yes, I do. It is called "Whoes Boss?" Listeners could call us and ask for this pamphlet. It is free for the asking.

    All you need to know about what you eat is that the less refined it has been and the closer it is to how it grew in the ground, the better it is as a rule of thumb. The more refined it is and the farther from the ground source, the less value and the more likely it is to be less than good for you.

    Plant foods are the best source of nutrition. Every source of food came from the ground originally. If you eat beef, the animal - you hope - got its food from the ground. Today the practice of feeding livestock protein supplements that come from ground up animal parts introduces the possibility of disease transmission that is the cause of mad cow disease, cancers, and other diseases that we do not want. Plant foods are the best and the healthiest and transmit the fewest diseases.

    Millions of people living in rural China have very little or none of the degenerative diseases that we in this country are dying from - heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, arthritis, and diabetes.

    When it comes to a choice to live drinking water, eating plant foods, and getting lots of physical exercise - or to live have artery disease, heart attacks, strokes, arthritis, cancer, and diabetes - I would choose the water, plant foods and lots of physical activity!

    Soft drinks with their added caffeine, sugar or worse yet, artificial sweetners, and their high phosphorus content tends to take calcium out of the bones, and vitamins out of the nerves. And while they are doing that they are depleting the body of water because of the diruretics they contain with the caffeine compounds. Water hydrates the body, and does not rob the body of calcium and vitamins to burn the sugar they contain. There is no other health-drink that compares with water.

    It is true that once the taste of blood is acquired, that no vegetable or fruit as the flavor of blood or fat. However it is the blood and the fat that God told us not to eat. It was not because He did not want us to enjoy our food that He gave us those commands. It was because He wanted us to be disease free that He commanded us to not eat the blood and the fat of animals.

    If all the blood were removed from the beef or the fish or the chicken - it would taste like leather. Leather is what bloodless koser meat would taste like. The taste of the meat is in the blood. And specifically it is the waste products like urea in the blood that gives it its taste. If the meat were pounded and soaked, and pounded some more to remove all or most of the blood from it, it would be just about tasteless. Carrots and cabbage and potatoes with cashew gravy would taste like it came from a royal table by comparison.

    This is an age-old myth that plant foods do not have all the protein needed. Where does the cow get it protein to make its body? Where does the elephant get its protein to make it's great body and size and strength? Where do the millions of rural Chinese and the hundreds of thousands of rural Africans get their protein? Why is it that the milk-drnking and meat eating Americans and Europeans have the world's highest osteoporosis rates and the greatest number of hip fractures in the world - while the rural Chinese and Africans have one hundreth the hip fracture rates?

    Yes, that is exactly what I am saying. If you get enough calories from plant foods, you cannot avoid getting all the protein that you need.

    The issue about carbohydrates is complicated by the fact that carbs come in many forms. At the extremes of a wide spectrum of degree of refinement, is at one end – the carbohydrate as God designed and created it. We can get this freely available form of carbohydrates in whole fresh fruit. We can get carbohydrates as God made and designed them to be eaten in whole grains and vegetables as they come pristine out of the garden. From a chemical standpoint these carbohydrates are very large size molecules and are always found packaged with everything that the carbohydrates need to be used in the body. What carbohydrates need to be used in the body are minerals, notably calcium. Carbohydrates need vitamins, notably the B group of vitamins and the body likes carbohydrates to come with lots of fiber. So this is the way God designed and created carbohydrates – in very long chains, in very big, complex molecules, and associated with calcium, B vitamins and fiber. And this is the way carbohydrate is found in nature in whole fruits, whole grains, whole vegetables, and whole nuts.

    Table sugar and other crystalline, refined sugars are put into most commercially prepared and marketed foods today.

    The fact is that there are two things that the body has a very hard time with in connection with table sugar and other refined sugars like syrups etc.

    First is the fact that when sugar is eaten in large amounts, it puts a tremendous stress on the pancreas.

    The body is designed to respond to blood sugar with insulin. The higher the blood sugar level, the more insulin the body produces to push that blood sugar into the cells of the body. When we eat whole fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts, the sugar molecule comes in a very great size and in the company with vitamine B and calcium and fiber. What this means is that the huge natural sugar molecule cannot be absorbed through the gut cells because it is too big. This means that in the process of digestion, the gigantic natural sugar molecule is taken apart one sugar unit at a time and gets absorbed into the blood along with the calcium and vitamin B. The sugar molecules are absorbed by the gut lining cells or are attached to the fiber that comes with the natural sugar. These two factors, the need to take the large, natural sugar molecule apart, and the presence of fiber that attaches to the sugar molecule and slows its absorption, means that the blood stream receives the glucose sugar molecule slowly – one glucose molecule at a time.

    In contrast to the natural sugar, table sugar has already be pre-digested in its manufacture. Table sugar is pure crystalline two unit sugar molecules made up of one dextrose and one levulose molecule connected together. Natural sugar found in fruits, grains, and vegetables is very complex with thousands of molecules connected together in each carbohydrate molecule. Table sugar has no calcium and no fiber and no B vitamins packaged with it. It is just pure sugar. This means that it absorbed into the blood stream thousands of times faster than natural sugar and it has none of the chemical components such as calcium and B vitamins that it needs for the body to use it. This creates a considerable stress on the body chemistry and tends to rob the body of calcium and B vitamins in order to use this refined sugar. The pancreas takes a lot of this stress in trying to control blood sugar levels with making lots of insulin that is needed so suddenly.

    That is exactly right. Those are the two things that stress the body with eating refined sugar. And this is the reason that refined carbohydrates have given all carbohydrates the rap of being bad for the body.

    Lots of sugar had lots of calories.

    One scoop of ice cream contains 5 teaspoonfuls of sugar.

    26. How does that compare with 12 ounces of malted milk or soft drinks?

    There are 4 calories in each teaspoon of sugar.

    Yes, that is why some drinks are fattening. It is the calorie content.

    The principle are the same with variations in the details.

    Yes they do. From a disease causing standpoint, the biggest problem with oil and flesh foods and other refined fats in the body is at least three problems that we know about. There are others no doubt, but those we know about are impressive. There is a correlation between fat intake and the incidence of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis along with the rest of the degenerative diseases of the Western world.

    One very interesting study was performed by Dr. Swank at the University of Oregon. He fed hamsters a meal of cream. Before they got the cream, he looked through a microscope at the small vessels on their cheek pouch. The blood could be seen to flow rapidly and nicely. Each red cell has a negative charge and this makes each cell have a distance from other negatively charged objects.

    Two thinks happened. Instead of the red blood cells keeping their distance from the other red cells, they stuck together. This is called rouloux formation. Drinking alcohol will do the same thing to the red blood cells.

    It has two affects which both degrease the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood. The red cells take up and give oxygen proportional to their surface area. That is why the red cell is designed with the greatest surface area of any object per unit mass. So when the red cells stick together, their collective, exposed surface area is dramatically decreased which greatly degreases the blood's oxygen carrying capacity. The decrease in tissue oxygen allows for many diseases to flourish, including cancer.

    The second effect is a simple mechanical effect. If a column of 10 or 20 red cells come to a place where the small vessel divides into smaller vessels that will only let one red cell squeeze through at a time, this results in a log jam and no blood getting through the smallest vessels that feed the cells. This is a major problem and is one of the reasons why people often feel sleepy after a big high fat meal. The blood flow to the brain may be so compromized that it is difficult to think clearly. For students, it is better not to eat a big meal of any kind before an important examination.

    Too much protein in the diet gives trouble especially to the bones and kidneys. Animal protein is acidic. If taken in excess and the excess acid protein needs to be eliminated from the body, it is the kidneys that do that job. In order to put out the extra protein in the urine, the acid protein must be neutralized to be eliminated by the kidneys. Calcium is needed to neutralize the acid and calcium is stored in the bones. If a person takes in excess protein that needs to be eliminated on a prolonged basis, the amount of stored calcium is the bones is reduced and this is the main cause of osteoporosis.

    The answer is really very simple. Eat unrefined plant foods.

    37 What is an unrefined plant food?

    Popcorn is a whole plant food. Pop it in a hot air popper and you don't have anything but whole popped corn. Whole wheat bread, whole corn chips baked and not fried, whole wheat tortieos are examples of whole plant foods. Of course all fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables are whole plant foods. A baked potato is a whole plant food.

    37 That doesn't sound too complicated or difficult to get whole plant foods! That sounds as though it would be better for you as well as less expensive!

    Yes, eating foods as grown is not only delicious and puts a spring in your step and a smile on your dial, but it costs less at the supermarket. The doctor's bills are less and absenteeism from work is also less. Eating whole plant foods has everything to recommend it.