- is the level of functional and/or metabolic efficiency of an
organism at both the micro(cellular) and macro(social) level. In the
medical field, health is commonly defined as an organism's ability to
efficiently respond to challenges (stressors) and effectively restore
and sustain a "state of balance," known as homeostasis.
10 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO CHANGE
YOUR AND OUR FOOD SYSTEM - it's really that simple
1. Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened
2. Eat at home instead of eating out
3. Support the passage of state and local laws
to require chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and
4. Tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk
food, and sports drinks
5. Meatless Mondays... go without meat one day
6. Buy organic or sustainable food with little
to no pesticide use
7. Protect family farms, visit your local
8. Make a point to know where your food comes
from - read the label
9. Tell Congress that food safety is important
10. Demand job protections for farm workers
and food processors, ensuring fair wages and other protections.
Eight principles of food and health:
- Nutrition represents
the combined activities of countless food substances.
- Vitamin supplements are
not a panacea for good health.
- There are virtually no nutrients in
animal-based foods that are not better provided by plants.
- Genes do
not determine disease on their own; they must be activated or
expressed, and nutrition plays a critical role in determining which
genes, good and bad, are expressed.
- Nutrition can
substantially control the adverse effects of noxious chemicals.
- The same nutrition that
prevents disease in its early stages can also halt or reverse it in
its later stages.
- Nutrition that is
beneficial for a particular chronic
support good health across
- Good nutrition creates
health in all areas of our existence.
There is a strong
correlation between animal-based diets with disease. Diets high in
animal protein (including casein in cow's milk) are strongly linked to
diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and Type 2 diabetes.
People should eat a whole food, plant-based diet and avoid consuming
beef, poultry, and milk as a means to minimize and/or reverse the
development of chronic disease. People take in adequate amounts of
sunshine in order to maintain sufficient levels of Vitamin D and
consider taking dietary supplements of vitamin B12 in case of not
getting adequate sunlight exposure.
"Low carb" diets (such as the Atkins diet),
which include restrictions on the percentage of calories derived from
complex carbohydrates provide for short term results (such as weight
loss due to loss of water) but in the long term result in greater bodily
T Colin Campbell 'The China Study'
Morgan Spurlock 'Don't Eat This Book'
Vegan food pyramid