Organo-chlorine chemicals are a family of industrial chemicals that have become widespread in our environment.
In the American diet, 60 to 80 per cent of the pesticide and organo- chlorine residues are now used in the industrialization process of meat, poultry, fish and dairy.
A large number of these chemicals like PCB and dioxin have been shown to be potent immune system poisons. Only about 10 per cent of the pesticide residues come from vegetables, fruits and grains.
Even if you consume only commercial rather than organic produce and REDUCE your meat, fish, dairy and poultry intake, you can partially avoid this pesticide and industrial chemical burden.
The consumption of meat brings with it a higher risk of various viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitical infections such as toxoplasmosis, mad cow disease, e-coli, camphlobacter and salmonella bacteria.
There is a large body of scientific evidence from epidemiological studies, animal research, and randomized controlled trials in humans showing that high-protein foods, particularly excessive animal protein, severely increase the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, and many other illnesses.
In the short run, they may cause kidney problems, loss of calcium in the bones, and an unhealthy metabolic state called ketosis in many people.
Eating a low a low-carbohydrate diet can cause your body to go into a dangerous metabolic state called ketosis, where your body burns fat instead of glucose for energy.
During ketosis, the body forms substances know as ketones which can cause organ failure, gout, kidney stones, bad breath, nausea and in extreme cases kidney failure.
The Bad News about Meat.....
* High Fat
* Protein overload (excess protein is linked to cancers, kidney problems as mentioned above)
* Iron overload (iron from meat is easily absorbed and can cause heart disease and cancer)
* Contains immune system poisons, such as dioxin and PCB
* Contains arachidonic acid that is turned into prostaglandins which are linked to cancer.
* Contains hormones and antibiotics (drug resistant bacterial infections are on the rise)
* White blood cell count rises, fat saturates the blood and sex hormones increase in the body when an over sized portion of meat is eaten.
On the other hand , eating a wholesome Mediterranean diet which includes whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, pulses, seafood, olive oil and many other healthy foods contain literally thousands of other substances that are protective against heart-disease, cancer and slow down the aging process. These include essential fatty acids, fiber, powerful antioxidants such as isoflavones, carotenoids, bioflavonoids, retinols, lycopene and many more.
If you eat a Mediterranean diet, you will most probably lose weight, have glowing clear skin, feel good and have more energy to enjoy life !
If you are aware of any health problem which may compromise your general health, it is important to seek treatment. A Health and Wellness Counselor may help you, to bring you back in balance and to good health through, detoxing, healthy eating and living, create a proper diet suited for your condition, advise natural remedies, herbs, wholefood supplements and organic cosmetics.
Barbara is a qualified nutritionist offering Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling. She gives Healthy weight loss advice and promotes the Mediterranean diet. She is the author of the Med Life Diet - creating healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life !