You may have heard the term Affluenza being used on the news lately. I’d like to hijack that that term and use it more appropriately. I define Affluenza as the specific diseases that are found in affluent societies. The diseases of Affluence include Cancer (colon, lung, breast, leukemia, childhood brain, stomach, liver), diabetes, and coronary heart disease.
The diseases of Poverty include Pneumonia, intestinal obstruction, peptic ulcer, digestive disease, tuberculosis, parasitic disease, rheumatic heart disease, metabolic and endocrine disease other than diabetes, etc.
Poor countries typically have a low incidence of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s, obesity, or diabetes. Yet, in the West, we suffer from these diseases and more. How can that be? According to The China Study which was a 20-year study, our diet plays a key role in our overall health and the diseases we get.
For example, Chinese breast cancer rates are one-fifth of those of Western women. The death rate from coronary heart disease is seventeen times higher among American men than rural Chinese men. According to Dr. Thomas Campbell, MD, who was part of the Chinese study, he believes it is due to the fact that Americans eat too much animal-based food (ie. steak) and not enough complex carbohydrates (ie. vegetables.)
In addition, Americans tend to eat a lot of simple carbs (sugar) which leads to a host of diseases including diabetes, Leaky Gut Syndrome, bacterial infections in the gut, among others. Natural health practitioners have been saying for years that the food you eat has a direct affect on your health. Science is finally beginning to catch up.
It is possible to be healthy by using exercise and diet. It is possible to reduce or remove the number of pharmaceutical drugs you take. It is possible to “cure” disease through changing your diet. We say that disease is dis-ease in the body, so if you give your body the correct nutrients it needs, your immune system will be able to keep you healthy. In order to avoid the diseases of affluence, it would be a good idea to reduce your intake of simple carbs (pies, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, bread, pasta, etc.) and reduce your intake of animal-based food. Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, raw food, and superfoods that contain a high level of nutrients per calorie.
Of course, check with your doctor before you stop taking your meds or starting a rigorous exercise routine. I suggest finding a Naturopathic doctor, since they understand natural medicine.