Top of the day to you
I can't believe that in the over 3 ½ years that I've been sending out
my weekly messages that this is the first time I was over a day late. So much
has come down the poke in the last month that it's quite something keeping up
with it all. I have to thank my great friend Terry Brock for hounding me about
getting computerized as there would be no way I could have possibly kept up
with all my inner circle members and the speaking business along with this brand
new company we just started. Thanks for your patience.
I have so many people who complain of stomach problems and I have a very good
friend who called me today at how her brother is going to have to have his esophagus
removed, as it has become cancerous. I am quite distressed that it has to get
to that point for folks to make a change in their dietary habits. I was talking
to the great Dr. Robert Rogers (MD) the other day and I made the statement about
how people don't care about their health until they lose it. He blatantly said,
"AND THEN THEY DON'T CARE!" He has been taking care of patients for
over 50 years and he confirms that statement wholeheartedly/
The reason I'm bringing this up, as I want to share with you how to faze out of
the Plop-Plop Fizz-Fizz syndrome once and for all. Indigestion is rampant and
it TOTALLY controllable. This was the major reason we produced The Food Combining
Guide. After being in this wellness business for over 27 years, we now see that
Indigestion can be licked entirely with little to no effort.
In my travels throughout twenty-three countries, and from my studies of people
who have reached ninety years and upwards, as well as others acclaimed to be
the healthiest individuals in the world, I have found seven common factors.
All of these healthy people enjoyed plenty of fresh air, pure drinking water,
ample sunshine, adequate rest, a fitness program for the body's cardiovascular
and muscular systems which included some stretching, emotional stability, and
diets of natural whole food which were relatively free of toxic sprays. The
diets of these individuals varied. They were vegetarians, fruitarians, raw food
eaters, fish eaters and meat eaters. This puzzled me a great deal at first,
and it was only after extensive research that I saw five common factors in their
1) In all of them, foods were eaten in moderation;
2) The kinds of foods eaten were appropriate for the energy expended in the
type of work the individual did;
3) The foods eaten were native to the environment;
4) They were foods to which the individuals were biologically adapted, or infractions
of this rule were moderate; and
5) These foods were eaten in compatible combinations with the body's digestive
chemistry, or other factors mitigated the effect of the breaches.
Most of the above needs little in the way of explanation. Food choices, especially
American food choices, which are generally made (in a very competitive consumer's
market) for taste, with a certain complacency of thought regarding nutritional
value, do not encourage moderate eating. When we live to eat indiscriminately
(addiction) rather than eat to live (selectively choosing foods that will maintain
healthy bodies), we become chronic overeaters who are often overweight.
A chronic overeater is a food addict, who will often develop food allergies.
Our food has been made to taste so unnaturally good, being visually (through
various chemicals, including pesticides) and flavor enhanced and preserved with
so many additives, (many of which should never be placed in our bodies), that
we heap more and more onto our plates, going far beyond the point of satiety.
It takes about twenty minutes for the signal from the stomach to reach the brain,
which lets us know that the stomach is full. Studies have shown under-eating
increases longevity, whereas overeating, which often leads to obesity, is certain
to cause problems, which will shorten life.
The formula for Obesity is: 0 = U/8 or YOU OVERATE!
A good rule of thumb is foods, which are native to one's environment, are those
which should be eaten. This is because all foods are picked green for shipping
purposes, and most will not ripen after they're picked - thus rendering no nutritional
value. A person who lives a sedentary life would surely not need to eat an abundance
of heavy foods. It is generally accepted that a lighter diet might suffice for
that individual than one which might be chosen by a heavy laborer. This seems
rational on the surface, unless the choice is emotional rather than necessary,
especially when we consider that the strongest animals in the world: elephants,
oxen, horses, mules, camels and water buffalo all eat leaves, grass and fruit.
Each species of mammal (carnivore, herbivore, omnivore, graminivore and frugivore)
has a specific type of digestive system, which biologically adapts to a particular
type of food. According to Herbert M. Shelton, THE SCIENCE and FINE ART OF FOOD
and NUTRITION, every anatomical, physiological and embryological feature of
man places him in the class of frugivore, meaning, according to Densmore's Medical
Dictionary, that he feeds on fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and rains. Although
Shelton could cite no true frugivores, meaning mammals, which subsist on fruits,
seeds and nuts alone, he was disparaging of the grains, and most nutritionists
agree that grains can be troublesome. They are easily overeaten. It is certainly
indisputable that humans do not have all the different types of digestive systems.
Yet, the folly of the human species, observe Harvey and Marilyn Diamond in their
book, Fit For Life, is that we have attempted to eat the different diets of
all the animals. Even worse, with no discrimination whatsoever, we eat it all
in one meal. Our reason for eating so much food is that, ironically, we have
become prisoners of our tiny taste buds.
I stated above that among the healthiest people I have met were some fish and
meat eaters, and this had particularly puzzled me. I must qualify that the fish
and meat consumption of these individuals was sensible, and that their diets
consisted of plenty of those foods to which their bodies are biologically adapted.
Compatible food combining with respect to the body's digestive chemistry is
a science that is becoming accepted. Ivan Pavlov revealed its basic fundamentals
from studies in his book, "The Work of the Digestive Glands". Pavlov
is perhaps better known for his experiments on conditioned reflexes. Herbert
Shelton's extensive research is notable among the many studies, which have substantiated
the validity of proper food combining. = COMPATIBLE COMBINATIONS or FOOD COMBINING!
Years of counseling the nutritional needs to thousands of people provided me
with ample evidence that proper food combining is the sensible, logical way
to eat for effective digestion. The purpose of food combining is to uncomplicate
the process of digestion, thereby eliminating digestive problems. No food value
can be obtained from undigested foods. Furthermore, when food doesn't digest,
it rots in the intestines, resulting in the production of alcohol and poisons,
thus creating a climate in the digestive tract that is conducive to illness.
As long as we remain harmonious on the emotional level (strong negative emotions
are physically debilitating), proper food combining will assure us of better
digestion and, consequently, better nutrition. Beyond that, precious energy
will be freed up from dealing with a mess in our digestive tracts that can,
instead, be utilized constructively for other activities. This can make a critical
difference in our outlook and in all our endeavors. Unquestionably, plenty of
people have complacent attitudes about their "traditional" diets,
and these individuals strenuously object to changing old eating habits, even
when their bodies are screaming proof that they are out of kilter. It has been
suggested that about two percent of all people think logically for themselves;
eight percent think when they are in pain; and ninety percent would rather die
than think. I am addressing those who think, with the hope that they will have
some influence on the others.
A person will dedicate years of life to the training necessary to become an
airplane pilot, electronics technician, architect or some other professional;
yet many, probably most, show little regard for the ONLY PERFECT MACHINE--THE
HUMAN BODY. We may have considered that there must be laws and rules governing
our universe and nature, but how many of us have reasoned that there might also
be specific rules for the efficient operation of these perfect machines - our
bodies? Take the automobile, for example: It has an exhaust system, carburetor
system, electrical system, cooling system, lubricating system and a fuel system.
All of these work together for a perfect, smooth operation. We would never put
oil in the radiator, gas in the battery, or water in the gas tank.
The human body has ten systems that work together harmoniously for normal function.
These are the muscular, skeletal, nervous, lymphatic, excretory, respiratory,
digestive, circulatory, glandular and reproductive systems. Each is a separate
entity; yet each is also dependent on each of the others. The system that we
have the most control over is THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM, through the way we feed
ourselves; this, in turn, affects all the others.
The digestive system is the site of ongoing chemical activity, and different
chemicals are needed for the digestion of the different types of food. For example,
starch foods require an ALKALINE digestive medium which is supplied initially
in the mouth by the digestive enzyme PTYALIN, and protein foods require an ACID
medium for digestion - PEPSIN and HYDROCHLORIC ACID. Anyone with any knowledge
of chemistry knows that acids and alkalines neutralize each other. Hence, when
they are forced to go to work at the same time in the stomach, digestion is
Food will rot whenever it is allowed to remain for a prolonged period at a
temperature of 85 degrees. Everyone has had occasion to see and smell food rotting.
When it is improperly combined or overeaten, this rotting or fermentation is
what happens to food that remains undigested in the stomach which has a temperature
of 104-106 degrees during digestion. The body goes through a state of shock,
and tries to get rid of the unwanted matter by discharging more chemicals into
the stomach. The symptoms which may occur are: gas, flatulence, heartburn, upset
stomach, regurgitation and diarrhea.
An antacid tablet can't get to the root of the problem of indigestion; it is
not a remedy. The science of the body is the SCIENCE OF CAUSE AND EFFECT. We
must deal with cause. Masking and pacifying symptoms with antacid tablets and
other digestive aids really isn't rational treatment; it's downright irresponsible,
in fact. Food rotting in the body can lead to a wide assortment of sickness
and misery such as dysentery, headaches, colds, constipation, kidney and liver
disorders and to huge medical expenses. This misery is not necessary.
Isn't it ironic that inhabitants of the best-fed nation in the world can have
so much trouble digesting their food? The problem is compounded when we not
only mix it all up improperly, but many of us eat with almost no discrimination.
To be more blunt, we eat junk. It boggles the mind in trying to fathom why intelligent
human beings would attempt to subsist by eating JUNK, meaning all the processed,
canned, and ultra-sweetened foods and drinks that are only available in our
grocery stores because we buy them. We mix these in with everything else. There
are consequences for eating junk foods; it affects behavior and thought processes,
and we are the losers.
Somewhere I read, "The best way to lengthen your life is to avoid shortening
it!" If you will refrain from overeating and combine your foods correctly,
you should never again have a problem with weight control or experience that
bloated feeling. Constipation will be eliminated, except for that which comes
from eating too fast, (not chewing food well enough), drinking with meals, or
mismanaged stress (emotions), and the effects of the stress will be less with
proper food combining. Your odds for avoiding illness will be greatly improved.
Years will be added to your life, and even more importantly, life will be added
to your years.
Men don't die, they kill themselves. Conversely, old age doesn't cause illness.
By simply respecting our biological limitations and eating foods in compatible
combinations with the body's digestive chemistry, we learn that being healthy
can be easy. The real challenge then is spreading the word that it's not necessary
to be sick.
Remember that one of life's laws is replenishment. If we do not eat, we die.
Just as surely, if we don't combine foods properly and eat the kinds of foods,
which will nourish our bodies, we will not only die pre-maturely, but suffering
along the way will inconvenience us.
SEVEN PROPER FOOD COMBINING RULES.
1. Proteins and Starches should not Be Eaten Together!
Mixing proteins and starches is one of the worst of the disease-producing habits.
There is no way this combination will digest properly. You're thinking, "What
about meat and potatoes, hamburgers, sub sandwiches, meat pizzas, macaroni and
cheese, hot dogs and all those other favorites? Take, for example, the hamburger--the
meat is a protein and the bread is a starch. It takes a series of acid digestive
juices to digest the protein (pepsin, hydrochloric acid), and a series of alkaline
digestive juices to digest the starch (ptyalin, maltase), as explained earlier.
When proteins and starches are combined, their digestive juices neutralize each
other and digestion comes to a halt. Then, as we have learned, when food doesn't
digest, it rots.
2. Fruits Should Not Be Eaten With Starches!
The digestion of fruits requires hardly any time at all in the mouth and stomach,
while starches require most of their digestion in those areas. The fruit sugars are
quickly absorbed into the intestines, while the starch requires chemical and mechanical digestion
in the mouth and stomach. Incidentally, starch is the only food that begins to digest in
the mouth with the enzyme Ptyalin. When sugar, for which no Ptyalin is required, is combined with
starch, the mouth fills with saliva and the signals get jumbled; impaired digestion is the
result. If the fruit sugars are held up in the stomach awaiting the digestion of starch, fermentation
is inevitable. The rule of thumb when eating fruit is to eat fruit as a fruit meal.
This gives a new perspective to some of the old favorite combinations - the raisin bran products,
fruit preserves on toast, bananas on cereal, carrot slaw with raisins. Oranges with
rice is a bad combination that is easy to identify and doesn't even sound good.
3. Fruits Should Not Be Eaten With Proteins.
Here, too, the fruit sugars are absorbed directly into the intestines and the
protein requires much time digesting in the stomach. If the sugars are held back in the stomach
while the protein is digesting, fermentation will result. The only exception to this rule
is the avocado, which combines well with acid and sub-acid fruits. There is enough oil in seeds
and nuts to prolong the protein digestive gastric juices in the stomach, while the fruit
sugars of acid fruits are absorbed into the intestines.
4. Fruits and Vegetables Should Not Be Eaten Together!
When these are combined, the digestion of the fruit is delayed and fermentation
again occurs. Lettuce and celery are exceptions and may be combined with any
fruit except melon. Tomatoes are a fruit and an exception to the rule, also.
You can have tomatoes with the following vegetables - lettuce, celery, okra,
cucumbers, eggplant, bell peppers and summer squash. Melons Should Be eaten
alone or Left Alone!
5. Melons combine with NO OTHER FOOD.
They are in their simplest form and require no digestion time at all in the
stomach. If they are held back in the stomach while something else is being
digested, again, fermentation will take place. Put a piece of melon outside
in the sun at 80-90 degrees and see how quickly it decomposes. It's no wonder
that melons bother so many people. They eat them before, with, or directly after
a meal. There is NO EXCEPTION TO THIS RULE. Eat melons alone or leave them alone.
6. Acid and Sweet Fruits should not be Eaten Together!
These two food groups definitely should not be combined. Banana and grapefruit,
oranges and raisins, tangerines and prunes don't even sound like good combinations,
do they? NO EXCEPTION TO THIS RULE!
7. Do Not Mix more than 4 to 6 Fruits or Vegetables at a Meal!
The simpler the meal, the better you feel. Benjamin Franklin made the following
observations regarding the eating habits of his time, showing that things haven't
changed much: "I've seen few die of hunger, but 100,000 of overeating." "There's
more that die from the platter than from the sword!" "When feasts are spread, the doctor
rolls his pills, and in 50 dishes lie a hundred ills. Think health. When you have it, you have everything.
don't, nothing else matters.
Below is a favorite recipe excerpted from my recipe guide; a great one to start
the day or for a mid-morning snack instead of coffee.
In 12 ounces of distilled water, soak 4 ounces of raisins and 4 ounces of dates
for 24 hours. Then add 6 sliced bananas and mix well. This is a fantastic treat
and serves 2 people!
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All my very best to you
Wayne "The Mango Man" Pickering = The Ambassador for Health
PS There are two issues I need to clarify from my last recipe about wheat,
oats and rye are for horses. Wheat is not good for horses but it was a slip
of my writing when I wrote it at 2 AM much like tonight. But wheat, rye and
oats are not for human consumption that's for absolute sure. Thanks to an anonymous
reader for calling me on that one.
The other issue was the salt I allowed for that recipe. It was the least of
the evils for those salt lovers who will NOT use sea kelp or sea dulse but want
a salt come heck or high water. So that was the reason I put that one in there
as it is so much better than that iodized salt you buy in grocery stores. Refer
back to that article for your source of that salt. Thanks to Dr. Doug Graham
who always catches me and keeps me on track with those sorts of things of which
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