Questions and Answers about
Creating Health... Yourself
Q: Is good health only about diet?
A: No. In fact, if you want to create good health
the first thing you shouldn't do is to go on a "diet". "Going
on a diet" implies a short term program that will eventually end,
and then what? You go back to the old habits and end up putting on
more weight than before! What is needed is a lifestyle change in
your eating habits. Something that is 'achievable' and won't make
you miserable! Also good health creation is about managing stress.
Your attitude to life and happiness and keeping reasonably fit. My
book covers all these issues.
Q: I am overweight so I guess the most
important issue is to eliminate all fat from my diet?
A: Also if you want to lose weight you must
examine the issue of fast releasing sugars.
Wrong. Some fats are not only good for you, they
are essential. Whilst the Western diet has seen a dramatic increase
in the consumption of that fats that kill (i.e. saturated fats from
the animal kingdom and polyunsaturated fats that have been altered
by heating) the essential fats such as Omega 3 and Omega 6 have been
Sugars that are released into the blood stream too
quickly result in extra fat and cholesterol and an imbalance in your
blood sugar levels. Imbalanced blood sugar leads to a dramatically
lower metabolism. So instead of going for a walk you sit and have a
Q: Cow's milk is a very good source of
calcium so I should drink it everyday?
A: Cow's milk contains a considerably high amount
of calcium. The only problem is that your body cannot absorb calcium
without its partner - magnesium. Cow's milk has no magnesium. Cow's
milk should be avoided as you can obtain sufficient calcium from
plant foods and calcium-magnesium supplements.
By reducing the amount of animal protein and
acid-forming foods in your diet the amount of calcium lost through
'leeching' is reduced significantly so the main issue is not so much
how much calcium you consume but how much is lost.
Q: I currently drink 8 cups of coffee a
day and eat a lot of beef and take-a-ways. I've decided to stop
eating or drinking any of these foods as from now! Will this help?
A: Of course it will but remember don't become a
'fanatic' about your diet. Be 'passionate' but not fanatical. Most
fanatics are in a grave or sitting around home feeling so miserable
that they wish they were in a grave! So start slowly and set
Q: Should I be taking
A: Unquestionably yes!
Recent studies confirm that we simply do not get enough vitamins,
minerals and enzymes from our food supply. Let me give you an
example. One orange supplies about 70 mg of vitamin C. The R.D.I.
(Recommended Dietary Intake) for vitamin C (for a middle-aged male)
is 40mg per day. But this is to prevent diseases such as scurvy and
rickets, not degenerative disease. Most people should be
consuming at least 1000 mg of vitamin C daily. Therefore providing
you eat around 15 oranges daily, you do not get enough vitamin C
from your food!
Q: Is it true that prior to being
diagnosed with cancer in 1993 you also had sufferred from arthritis,
blood pressure, high cholestoral, sinus and hay fever? What is the
current status of your health?
- Cancer - Full remission
- Arthritis - Gone
- Blood pressure - 115:75
- Cholestoral - Below average
- Sinus/hay fever - Nil
- Drugs used to cure the above - Nil