Nutritional Deficiency in the US is Being Documented
- National public surveys such as The Anarem Report, revealed that "out of 21,500 individuals surveyed, not one person consumed 100% of the RDA for 10 of the body's most needed nutrients."
- A 2002 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association stated that "a lack of certain vitamins is a risk factor for chronic diseases, and [lack of vitamins] is a common factor in the general population." The report continues, "Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. It appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements."
- A poll taken and reported in Document #264 of the U.S. Senate states, "99% of the American people are deficient in vitamins and minerals, and deficiency in any one of the more important minerals actually results in disease...."
Chronic Illnesses and Diseases are Preventable through Lifestyle and Nutrition
Chronic disease is preventable because it develops slowly over the years, as opposed to Acute disease which is characterized by rapid onset. Many people are surprised to learn that their chronic condition or disease can so often be traced to a nutritional deficiency, though studies and surveys prove the correlation clear enough. Nutrition is key in running our immune system, organ function, hormonal balance and cellular metabolism. Nutritional deficiency comes first, followed some years later by symptoms, which may lead in time to disease.
- 86% of deaths among seniors are the result of preventable disease and only 14% die of old age.
- Just today, 8 out of 10 Americans will die from the complications of a chronic disease, including heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, depression, metabolic and digestive disorders (including heartburn and acid reflux), rheumatoid arthritis, fibroids, and osteoporosis.
- 1 in 3 men over 50 years of age will contract prostate cancer... every 15 minutes a male dies of prostate cancer.
- 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer....every 10 minutes a female dies of breast cancer.
- Heart disease and stroke are still the main causes of death with cancer rating a close second, but it is on the way to becoming #1. Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and MS are afflicting people at alarming rates.
Conventional practitioners treat chronic diseases with expensive pharmaceuticals that may temporarily mask pain or uncomfortable symptoms, but do nothing to resolve the underlying cause, and may actually cause other serious adverse side-affects. That's because conventional medicine is focused on treatment, rather than prevention. Wouldn't we rather invest a little money now into our health so we can feel good, live longer, and enjoy life, rather than possibly spend a fortune later? Combining nutrition with a healthy lifestyle is a powerful approach to keep us optimally healthy and well.
It's Never too Late to Start
Our bodies are made up of cells (about 100 trillion). Millions of cells die each day, while a million new cells are born each and every hour. If the only nutrients ever available to our cells are of poor quality, then it stands to reason that the cells may still use these poor-quality nutrients and manufacture more poor quality cells. Given the power to rebuild, renew, and reinvent ourselves, why not strive for optimal health so we can enjoy our years rather than merely endure them? Positive health changes through lifestyle and nutrition won't happen overnight, but it does happen, and it's never too late to start.
Most statistics from Nutrition Made Simple by Robert Crayhon, M.S.,C.N.,named "one of the top 10 nutritionists in the U.S." by Self magazine.