As I write this I am sitting in a hospital room with my son who has Crohns disease. Unfortunately my daughter and he both have it, and it has caused no shortage of pain and complications in their lives.
With Crohns you have ups and downs, periods of relative calm and periods where you have flair ups and lot’s of infections due to a compromised immune system.
A bit earlier a hospital dietitian came into his room to ask some questions about any possible food allergies, and if there was any particular foods that caused his flair ups. During our conversation, she said something that surprised me. It is something I have believed for quite a while, but many people in the medical profession seem to ignore or deny.
She said she has been a dietitian for 18 years and that she is seeing more and more young people coming down with Crohns. Can you guess what she believes is causing it? She believes it’s the foods we eat.
Now I’m not just talking about the junk food we consume from the fast food industry. I’m talking about all the packaged, processed and chemical laden foods that we ingest.
She also said that more and more people are becoming sensitive to wheat, or more specifically to the gluten in the wheat. Wheat has been a staple in people’s diets since man was created. Why the sudden change in tolerance to it?
Could it have anything to do with the fact that most all wheat, like the soy beans and other crops are genetically modified? Once again, man trying to improve upon what God has created. Or maybe it’s more about the profits that the big Agra corporations are making.
We are being fed a constant stream of genetically altered foods, laced with pesticides, herbicides, chemical dies, chemical flavorings and enhancers.
Is it any wonder that so many of our children have Crohns, or the high rates of cancer and other disease that is rampant in our society?
So, what can we do about it? Well, it would be next to impossible to totally escape it all, but there are things we can do to lessen its effect.
First, we can either completely stop, or cut way back on junk food from fast food restaurants. We can stop with all the highly processed boxed and packaged foods at the store. We can start eating more fresh vegetables and fruits and quit drinking soda.
If you live anywhere near a farmer’s market, take advantage of that while the season is going on. I know it’s more expensive, but get and eat organic as often as possible. Also, if you buy the fruits and vegetables at the supermarket be sure to wash them thoroughly to remove as much of the pesticides as possible. Be sure to read labels and check to see if they’re genetically modified or natural. Avoid GMO’s whenever possible.
Of course drinking lots of water instead of sweetened drinks, and regular exercise will take you a long way toward better health.
When you eat better foods and take care of yourself, you can’t help but feel better spiritually, mentally and physically.
Have you got any suggestions that you’d like to add?