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ARE VITAMIN AND MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS NECESSARY IN CASE OF ARTHRITIS?

There can be no doubt that the state and quality of your nutrition is directly related to the state and quality of your health. I don’t think there is any disagreement among the majority of nutritionists and health authorities on the importance of good, well-balanced, vitamin- and mineral-rich nutrition for the optimum of health and vitality. Vital nutrition is the major determining factor for the state of your health. The vitamins and minerals you eat—or don’t eat—can make a colossal difference in the way you look and feel. Nutritional deficiencies are generally considered to be contributing factors in so-called degenerative diseases, including arthritis.

So far so good, and everybody is in full accord: vital nutrition —vitamins, minerals, complete proteins, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, trace elements, enzymes, etc.—is essential both for the maintenance of good health and the prevention of disease. The discord starts when we try to determine how we can obtain all these nesessary nutrients and guard ourselves against nutritional deficiencies.

The “official” thinking, represented by many governmental health organizations and conservative food researchers, is that you can get your vitamins “with knife and fork.” That is, if you eat a “well-balanced diet” you will be well nourished. They claim that vitamin and mineral supplements are a waste of money and absolutely unnecessary, except in cases determined by your doctor and prescribed by him. The vociferous champion of the food processing industry, Dr. Frederick Stare, Harvard University nutritionist, claims that we are the best-fed nation in the world, that ordinary foods available at any grocery store, including white bread, sugar, and processed and canned foods, will produce “just as good nutritional health as any and all health foods.” Moreover, he maintains that the only ones who benefit from vitamins and food supplements are the vitamin and food supplement manufacturers and retailers.

The second point of view, held by many of the world’s most prominent nutritionists, biochemists, and progressive medical researchers is that while under ideal conditions—100 per cent natural, poison-free foods and environment—we should not need any food supplements at all, but under present conditions, especially in the United States, food supplements are imperative if health and vitality are to be maintained.

Can you get your vitamins with a knife and fork, as many authorities today advise you? And isn’t this the most natural and sound way to assure proper nutrition?

Indeed it is! In principle, a well-chosen and well-balanced diet of nutritionally sound, unprocessed, natural, unadulterated foods (grown in undepleted, fertile soils without poisonous sprays) will give you all the vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes, and trace elements you need without any addition or food supplements. A hundred or even 50 years ago such advice would have been both sound and workable. Your grandparents drank pure, unpolluted water, breathed clear air without carbon monoxide and other pollutants, and ate wholesome foods which were organically grown on their own farm. They ate fresh fruits and vegetables from their own garden; cereals grown in a well-manured field; meat, eggs, and dairy products from their own healthy farm animals. Processed and refined foods were all but unknown. Candies, commercially produced soft drinks, and canned foods were luxuries which only the rich could afford. Whatever unhealthy foods or living habits they had were well counteracted and worked off by vigorous physical activity outdoors which farm life demanded of them.

The fruits and vegetables they ate had no residues of poisonous sprays and waxes, and they contained more vitamins than artificially grown produce of today. The eggs your grandparents ate were fertile eggs, produced by hens eating worms, bugs, grass, etc. in addition to the natural grains. Such eggs had much higher vitamin, mineral, and lecithin content than today’s eggs, produced in egg factories by chicks which never see the sunlight and eat chemicalized mash. The wheat from which your grandparents* bread was made contained a minimum of 18 plus percent protein, often as high as 24 per cent. Your “enriched bread” is made from wheat grown on depleted soils with chemical fertilizers, which has reduced its protein content to an average below 10 per cent!1 Not to mention the fact that over 40 vital nutritional elements have been removed from it, including vitamin E, and then “enriched” with four synthetic, biologically inferior drugs! Meat and dairy products today are packed with preservatives, DDT, hormones, and other chemicals and drugs which were unknown 100 years ago.

It is a well-known fact that due to vitamin, protein, and enzyme-destroying practices of the food producing and food processing industries our modem-day foods are nutritionally not the same as the natural foods which haven’t been over-processed or refined.

As you can see, what was considered to be a sound and ideal practice yesterday, cannot be realized today; at least not in this overcivilized country. What was yesterday’s law is today’s folly. Many Americans today are attempting to get their vitamins with a knife and fork, but they still fall short of optimum nutritional standards. The reason for this, of course, is that virtually all the foods you buy at your supermarket today are nutritionally inferior one way or the other. So it doesn’t matter how well you balance your meals, if you are a meat-eater, vegetarian, or health faddist, you still run a chance of malnutrition, because food processors and manufacturers have removed or destroyed many of the vital nutrients from the food you buy.

Perhaps it would be possible today to obtain all your vitamins and other nutritive elements with knife and fork if you were a very well-informed and enlightened nutritionist with a scientific medical and biochemical background. But for the average housewife it is quite impossible to orient herself among the glittering aisles of brightly colored plastic wraps and gaudy labels of modern supermarkets and make an intelligent choice of foods, nutritionally speaking.

Therefore, most people either can’t or don’t take the time and effort to eat a nutritionally balanced diet. They eat the “average American diet” loaded with refined carbohydrates, soft drinks, crackers, white bread, ice cream, cakes and pies, canned and frozen foods, processed sugared cereals, coffee and toast, TV dinners, and such. This atrocious diet of devitalized foods is the major reason why our health standards are among the lowest in the world, as health statistics show. Our mortality rate is steadily increasing and is higher than the rates in many so-called underdeveloped countries. To be exact, 88 nations of the world have a lower death rate than we have. The physical and mental health of our children is far below the record of European children, as was shown in recent comparable tests. A ten year study of American youngsters between the ages of 13 and 20, in which 2,536 boys and girls participated, has shown that almost half of them suffered from “nutritional nerves,” (which usually indicate lack of vitamin B-complex), insufficient protein in their diets, and serious- shortages of vitamins A, B, and C.3 Several surveys indicate that only about one-half of the school children in America get enough vitamin C in their diet. It is a well-established medical fact that an alarming percentage of our population suffers from nutritional deficiencies, notably of calcium and vitamin C.

Dr. Robert S Coodhart, president of the National Vitamin Foundation, at a recent (October, 1966) conference of the Foundation, attended by 30 of the nations leading nutrition scientists, said: “We know that such things as the determination of vitamin levels in tissue fluids, the taking of diet histories, and physical examinations for external signs of nutrient deficiencies are not sufficient, by themselves or in combination, to permit us to arrive at valid conclusions about the incidence and importance to health of degree of malnutrition, short of gross undernutrition or gross overnutrition.” Subclinical malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies are more common in the United States than is generally known. The U. S. Department of Agriculture findings indicate that in 48 per cent of U. S. households diets do not fully meet “normal” allowances for essential vitamins and other nutrients!

These bad nutritional patterns of empty calories should be changed and the American people should be educated in better eating habits. But this cannot be done overnight. People will continue to buy and eat worthless foods. Skillful, never-ending advertising by the powerful commercial interests of the food processing industry will see to that

Here’s where the food supplements come in. The prime purpose of food supplements is to fill in nutritional gaps left by faulty eating habits.

Food supplements return to your diet what food processors have removed or destroyed. Many vital nutritional elements, particularly enzymes and vitamins, are completely destroyed by modern food processing and refining methods.

It is a medically well-known fact that even minor deficiencies of one or more of the vital nutritive factors will result in disturbed chemistry in the system, lowered resistance to infections, and can cause various diseases.

Thus, food supplements are a nutritional insurance against disease. Well-chosen food supplements are an easy, practical, and inexpensive way to improve your deficient diet and assure optimum health for you and your family.

Another important reason for taking food supplements is that they will protect you from the harmful effects of poisonous additives and residues in your food, water, and air. Many vitamins possess antipoison properties, especially vitamin C. Vitamins C, B, and E will help to protect you against many insecticide residues, which you just can’t avoid. Bone meal will protect you from harmful effects of Strontium 90, which none of us can avoid getting into our systems these days. The toxic effects of smoking and drinking (both nicotine and alcohol are known vitamin antagonists) are modified by heavy doses of vitamins C and B. Desiccated liver tablets, wheat germ, and wheat germ oil will protect you and your heart from stress and increase your endurance. In this poisoned world of ours, where lethal poisons are lurking in all directions—in air, water, food, clothing, etc.—food supplements are virtually your only available protection against their harmful effects.

If the above is true for the average person, it is doubly true for one who is afflicted with arthritis. As I have shown before, faulty eating habits and nutritional deficiencies are the major environmental factors leading to an onset of arthritis. Therefore, the first step in a successful program of treatments should be a complete overhaul of nutritional habits. An improved diet of vital foods as outlined in this book, fortified with well-chosen food supplements, will supply your body with all the vitamins, proteins, minerals, enzymes, and trace elements needed for its healing and health-restoring processes.

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