Dr. Joel Fuhman, New York Times best-selling author, Nutritional Researcher and Board Certified Physician, is back with a new PBS Special, Immunity Solution. In this special he focuses how to build strong immune systems in order to prevent and fight the raising incidence of autoimmune illness. He tells us that there is modern nutritional scientific proof that disorders such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, even cancers and diabetes can be prevented and reversed without medications and surgeries. When your immune system is working full force, you are not going to be at such risk for recurrent sinus infections, ear infections, bronchial infections, skin infections and digestion, headachesand allergies will improve also. This program is full of eye opening information and great advise for those of us earnestly seeking to take control of our health and the health of our families.
What are Autoimmune Diseases and why are they on the rise?
Dr. Fuhrman says that over 25 million Americans suffer from immune system disorders such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, type 1 diabetes, Graves’ disease, multiple sclerosis, and related immune system disorders such as asthma, allergies and fibromyalgia.
Autoimmune disease is one of the top causes of death among women younger than 65. Lupus has tripled in the US between the 1950s and the 1990s. And deaths from Lupus has increased 60% in the 20 year period from 1980 to 2000. Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis have similar increases and incidents.
Dr. Fuhrman points out that these diseases are not predominantly genetic. Statistical and research data show that environmental and nutritional factors have overwhelmed genetics.
These diseases and also cancers were relatively rare in past generations and in other parts of the world where simple, natural diets were the norm.
But over the last hundred years in America, vegetable consumption has plummeted to only about 10% of our diet today and refined, processed and sugary foods, have taken the place of whole natural foods. Sadly, the fast food culture and the SAD, Standard American Diet, is spreading throughout the world. In those countries where they are adopting the American eating style, illness rates are also on the rise.
Dr. Furhman says the American Standard Diet is “simply deadly.” Your immune system is the mastermind behind your body’s ability to resist disease. Eating a diet deficient in micronutrients, weakens our immune system, causing the body not to be able to remove toxins and to repair itself, gradually increasing cellular damage. This cellular damage causes DNA defects. These defective cells are the ones that are now being regenerated and reproduced and if uncontrolled, the defective cells multiply and develop into disease and cancer. Dr. Oz of the Dr. Oz Show agrees. On one episode, he explains that when DNA reproduces itself, it makes a perfect copy. If our DNA is damaged, it makes a perfect copy of our damaged DNA. It continues making copies of the damaged DNA until eventually they develop into rogue cancer cells. Scientists call this damage demethylation and demethylation defects.
But having a strong immune system can counteract that damage! Dr. Fuhrman explains that studies show that even in populations were cigarette smoking is high, the demethylation damage is limited where green vegetable consumption is high.
But to activate the miraculous self-healing, self repairing powers of our immune system, Dr. Fuhrman stresses we need to eat a diet style that is rich in micronutrients.
Micronutrients and Phytochemicals
Dr. Fuhrman explains that micronutrients are those nutrients needed by the body to keep our immune systems strong and functioning and do not contain calories, unlike macronutrients, fat, carbohydrates and proteins, that we consume for energy.
Dr. Fuhrman’s Health Equation….
H = N/C – Health = Nutrients/Calories
Your long term health and how well you resist disease depends upon the proportion to the micronutrient density of your diet divided by your calories. In other words, you want the most micronutrients from the least amount of calories!
Dr. Fuhrman’s micronutrient “Bang for Your Buck” is in the form of phytochemicals, chemical compounds found in plants. He says that phytochemicals “work like a perfectly synchronized orchestra to enable protection against disease!” They protect against dementia and slow the aging process. They do things like starve cancer cells and cling to dangerous cells so they can be recognized and destroyed.
Dr. Fuhrman stresses that phytochemicals are not optional. They are essential. It’s not important for you to know the names of all these chemicals because there are thousands of them. What we need to know is that these phytochemicals are found in the full color of the rainbow, the green, orange, red, black and blue natural plant foods.
And we need to get the micronutrients from the plants themselves, because the synthetic form that is found in supplements can actually promote cancer. For example, it has been observed in modern scientific studies that folic acid supplements can increase the risk of certain cancers such as breast cancer. We need the real folate that is found in green vegetables, not the fake folic acid found in supplements!
Yuck Vegetables! Yes, Vegetables and Fruit and Whole Natural Foods Can Be Delicious! For hundreds of centuries, cultures around the world have developed delicious cuisines, Italian, French, Spanish, Greek, Mexican, Indian, Asian, etc using whole foods, natural garlic, onions, peppers, cumin, and hundreds of combinations of herbs and spices that not only taste good, but more importantly, have been keeping them healthy!
Dr. Fuhrman gives us his list of Superfoods that he calls G-BOMBS, foods we should focus on that will enable our DNA to repair itself, remove toxins from the cells and fix cellular defects.
How do you know you are getting the right amount of nutrients to prevent disease?
You may want to use a free online nutrient calculator such as The RightTrak.com. The RightTrak.com will calculate your Recommended Daily Allowances(RDA) for over 30 nutrients while it is calculating your BMI. You can select a variety of foods and The RightTrak will add up the nutrient values of your selected foods such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, folate, beta carotene…and more. The RightTrak will turn Green if those allowances are met or Red if those allowances are not met.
Spend some time on The RightTrak.com and do several food searches. You will quickly learn and understand what favorite foods are giving you the most “Nutrient Bang for Your Buck!
To learn more about GBombs and to view the Dr. Fuhrman’s PBS Special, Immunity Solution, check your local TV listings or contact your local Public Broadcasting Stations. They may offer an Immunity Solution Combo Package of information which may include such items as DVDs of the program including additional information that was not aired, Dr. Fuhrman’s latest book, Super Immunity, a Nutritarian handbook to help you make healthy food choices, recipes and menus, proper cooking methods to retain nutrients, helpful tips for making proper food choices, and memberships to Dr. Fuhrman’s’s Health and Wellness website.
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