Special Edition: Dr. Wahls on Healthcare
By: Leanne Ely
I think the explanation can be found in the cornfields of Iowa. When farmers buy seed corn, all the kernels in the bag of seed corn will have essentially the same DNA, the same genetic code, so the farmers know what kind of crop to expect in the fall. Say a farmer plants half of the bag of seed corn in rich, black Iowa soil and the other half in a trash heap filled with plastic debris and rock. When the farmer returns in the fall to harvest the corn, the corn planted in the black dirt will be tall with three ears of corn on every plant. But the corn in the trash heap will look diseased. Instead of being dark green, the corn stalks will be yellowed and stunted. Few stalks will have an ear of corn and only a few kernels will be present on each. It was the same seed, with the same DNA, in both locations. But the black Iowa dirt was filled with the nutrients needed for the corn’s optimal growth. A trash heap lacks nutrients, and as a result, the corn grew poorly. It’s through this simple example that we can answer the most pressing medical question of our time.
All living things, including our bodies, break down with time. Fortunately our bodies have tiny little maintenance workers inside our cells called mitochondria, which are busy repairing the wear-and-tear damage that naturally occurs each day. Our DNA provides the blueprint for all the proteins and other biological components that need to be replaced on a regular basis. If those little maintenance workers don’t have all the proper nutrients, like amino acids, the correct minerals, and fatty acids, then they can’t build according to the DNA blueprints. Those nutrients are the building blocks that mitochondria in our cells need to keep our bodies healthy. If those replacement molecules and structures get made incorrectly or not at all, our bodies begin to deteriorate.
Instead of eating healthy food filled with micronutrients, most of us in the United States regularly drink sugared beverages and rarely eat even one cup of vegetables or fruit with a meal. Micronutrients are the minerals, vitamins, and other substances that are essential, even in tiny quantities, for our growth and metabolism. The building blocks needed by our cells to maintain our bodies—micronutrients—are virtually absent from the standard American diet. As a result, our bodies become weaker at the cellular level, we lose our vitality, and we become far more susceptible to chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s.
Visit Dr. Wahls’ website www.terrywahls.com and sign up to receive the initial steps for eating for better health. Dr. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa. She is also a patient with a chronic progressive neurological disorder, secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. But thanks to the power of intensive nutrition, Dr. Wahls restored her health and now pedals her bike five miles to work each day. She is the author of Minding My Mitochondria: How I Overcame Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and Got Out of My Wheelchair and teaches the public and medical community about the healing power of intensive nutrition.
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