Nutrition Is About Knowing What You Put in Your Mouth
And now the last part of my talk: Nutrition. This is a complex topic, and while I’m not a Nutritionist per se, it doesn’t take one to comment on the state of food today. It stinks. Food today is nothing like the food that our parents or grandparents ate. That’s why they were all thinner than we are. But let’s not become simplistic here. First of all, we probably have more stressors than our grandparents did. A lot more. Second, they didn’t have internet or TV to keep them glued to their butts—on average they actually walked and worked with their hands a lot more. And these all are good reasons why we’re heavier than past generations were—But at least as important, if not more so, is that the food they ate was nutritionally superior to what we eat. We as a nation are Overfed and undernourished. As a result,
The thing I find most important is the context. What we’re confronting in this country is a crisis in health care. We have skyrocketing medical costs, and skyrocketing disease. That’s a prescription for absolute catastrophe, unless we find a way to rein in both the costs and the illness. And that’ s for every living person, whether they’re a child, and infant, an adult, a retired person…Things are out of control. The costs of so-called ‘health care are rapidly approaching 20% of all GDP. What that means is that 20% of everything you make is going toward someone’s health care. And the more money we throw at the problem, the worse the problem seems to get. So I have a reason and a purpose for doing what I do that goes beyond just having a skill to make money from.
When I look at the actual statistics of what’s going on, it’s astounding to see that, in the United States, out of the 37 most civilized and industrialized nations, we have the lowest health scores in the world (chart). So that out of 37 so-called industrial nations, we are number 37. We also rank 37th in Infant mortality. We’re in last place. And so they throw money into the problem, but that does nothing.
It was found out that even if you have the right supplement, even if you have the right analysis of what is ailing the patient, that there are additional factors that prevent the person from healing. So what makes NRT unique, and in my opinion a step above what was being done before, is that The first thing we identify with any patient is anything that would prevent them from getting better. So we can address that, fix that first, and then start the healing.
When we ask how it is we got into such a terrible state of health, all we need to do is go back to 1943. A brilliant dentist named Royal Lee had a very clear bead on what was happening. This is what he said:
“We have drifted into this deplorable position of national malnutrition quite inadvertently.
“…It is the result of scientific research with the objective of finding the best ways to create foods that are non-perishable, that can be made by mass production methods in central factories,
….and distributed so cheaply that they can sweep all local competition from the market…then, after there develops a suspicion that these ‘foods’ are inadequate to support life…Modern advertising steps in to propagandize the people into believing that there is nothing wrong with them. They are the products of scientific research…intended to afford a food that is the last word in nutritive value…and the confused public is totally unable to arrive at any conclusion of fact, continues to blindly buy the rubbish that is killing them years ahead of their time.
Dr. Royal Lee June 1943.