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Details Published on Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00 Written by PHILIP S. CHUA

Healthy lifestyle as early as in our infancy, in the crib, is the best way to protect the DNA and prevent the so-called natural, normal, and expected diseases of   middle and old age.

DEMOCRACY and freedom are their own nemesis in a world which has become overly materialistic as the one we live in today. Abuse of the free enterprise system brought on by greed and utter disregard for human well-being and safety is most evident even in the health sector. For the mighty dollar, some scientists, physicians, and other allied healthcare providers, included, close their eyes to scientific facts, or lack of them, and provide fraudulent testimonials to promote products or therapies that are patently without medical basis in efficacy and safety. At the end of this spectrum are the unsuspecting and ignorant consumers, spending their hard-earned money for the promise of a cure or better health, which would not be forthcoming. The greater tragedy falls on those who suffer from the complications and side-effects of these fraud or scam. In the end, the only ones who get healthier from all this are the bank accounts of these unconscionable entrepreneurs in this multi-billion dollar industry of food supplements and pseudo health therapies.


What are examples of these scams?

 There are dozens of them, including, but not limited to, food supplements (pills, exotic fruit juices, etc., claimed to prevent or cure conditions from in-gown toenails, to fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, to stroke, and cancer), alkaline water and water ionizers to produce it, rapid fat-burner diets, energy drinks, fast weight loss diets, colon cleansing for detoxification, detox diets, chelation treatments to dissolve plaques in blocked coronary arteries of the heart, drugs and creams to enlarge breasts and penises, herbs to cure potency and increase sex drive and performance, etc. There are many others, and all of these are invariably not approved by the US Federal and Drug Administration, although some bold firms, use wordings and semantics of deception to hint their products are.


What is a detox diet?

 This is an extreme diet plan being marketed by enterprising businessmen pseudo scientists which supposedly can detoxify and flush toxic substances out of the body. It is also promoted as a means of losing excess weight, which is popular among Hollywood stars and other celebrities. The theory being used by these profit-motivated entrepreneurs is that the body needs help in getting rid of harmful toxins in our body caused by cigarettes, excess alcohol, drugs, processed foods, high carbs and high fat foods we ingest, environmental pollution and contamination, and our bad habits, like lack of exercise and stress management.


Is there any scientific basis for the detox diet?

No, there is absolutely no medical rationale or scientific basis for the detox diet. Scientists, clinicians, and nutritionists state detox diet is not necessary, not effective, potentially harmful, and really not scientifically proven to work. Frank Sacks, MD, a leading epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health, says, There is no basis in human biology that indicates we need fasting or any other detox formula to detoxify the body because we have our own internal organs (skin, liver, kidneys, colon, etc) and immune system that take care of excreting toxins. Washington University nutrition director, Connie Diekman, RD, stated the underlying principle of detox diets and the selling of questionable products raises a red flag, Detox diets prey on the vulnerability of dieters with fear tactics while gaining financially by selling products that are not necessary and potentially dangerous. Indeed, consumers, always beware!


What is in a detox diet?

Most of the various detox diet plans recommend ultra-low calorie fasting, with added small amount of water, vegetables, fruits, some supplements. Others use enemas and colon-cleansing, powders, herbs, pills. To the well-informed, the detox diet plan is glowingly unphysiologic and dangerous. Most of these detox diet plans are on the authors website, which is basically deceptive. Unfortunately, perpetrators like these thrive on the fears, ignorance and gullibility of the consumers. 


Is there a healthier alternative?

Yes, there is. To pre-empt the condition(s) from developing, by prevention, is much better and lesser expensive than to treat them. Healthy lifestyle as early as in our infancy, in the crib, is the best way to protect the DNA and prevent the so-called natural, normal, and expected diseases of the middle and old age. These, including obesity, and other common diseases (high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, etc) are not really natural, normal and expected. They can be prevented from victimizing future adults. As I described in my book, Lets Stop Killing Our Children, protecting the DNA from the womb and in the crib, will exempt future adults from getting the common diseases we adults today have. They do not have to acquire them and suffer like we are. Healthy lifestyle, where dieting should start in the crib (a medical concept not emphasized and not popular yet) is the proper way, the only way, if we are to prevent diseases and have a healthier citizenry and society.


What are the ingredients of a healthy lifestyle?

The basic and fundamental principle of a healthy lifestyle is our love and respect for our body, after our parents have protected our DNA starting from the womb and in the crib. Diet, physical exercise, and stress management are the main ingredients. A healthy diet consists of lean protein, legumes, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fruits, low-fat and low carbs, all within the calories that fit our age, situation, medical condition (usually between 1500 to 2000 calories, or as prescribed), and NO processed foods, junk foods, or soft drinks of any kind, especially for children. Daily physical exercise, even brisk walking, is essential. Managing stress and relaxation are vital components, and so with abstinence from tobacco and disciplined alcohol intake. Scheduled medical and dental checkup are likewise a part of an overall healthy lifestyle.


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    What Exactly Is A Healthy Lifestyle And Is It The Same For Everyone? Does a healthy lifestyle depends on a person’s age, religion, etc?

      • HealthNut
      • June 20, 2013

      While we aren’t one size fits all, the tenets of a healthy lifestyle are those that we can all follow. It’s hard to go wrong with eating adequate calories composed of healthy foods. Consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low fat/nonfat dairy is suggested. Monitoring portions sizes and preparing food in a healthy manner is advised. Watch sodium intake as well and limit high sugar/high fat foods. Follow any diets that are recommended by your RD/MD with regard to specific disease states that you may have, such as diabetes, and take any medications as prescribed. Maintain a healthy weight and exercise a minimum of 30 minutes, 5 days per week, if able.

  2. Reply

    What Can Anyone Do To Promote A Healthy Lifestyle? What can institutions such as schools do and what can individuals do?
    What can the government put in place?
    What is the reason for the fact not a lot of people care about having a healthy lifestyle anymore?

      • HealthNut
      • June 20, 2013

      Schools can replace all or most of the canteen food with healthy options so they could replace chicken burger with tuna salad for example. Individuals can aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. The government can put a higher price up on junk food, therefore tempting more people to buy healthy food as it would become cheaper than it is now.

      The reason why people don’t care about a healthy lifestyle, is that junk food like burger and chips is quick and a convenience, as healthy meals takes time to prepare. Same with exercise maybe being time consuming and they have a busy schedule to be able to fit it all in.

  3. Reply

    What Would You Say A Healthy Lifestyle Is? Hey 🙂 I’ve got some coursework that needs doing and I need to do some primary reasearch and I was just wondering if you would leave me some answers below on what you think a healthy lifestyle is personally. And what you think you have to do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I need loads of answers so I hope you dont mind helping me 🙂 Thankyouu

      • HealthNut
      • June 20, 2013

      Healthy lifestyle…involves eating right, exercing, and relationships you have with others. Also if you live in a clean environment…messy=germs=sickness…and to maintain a healthy lifestyle you need to frequenlty eat right, do some sort of physical activity, be nice to others (stress is bad for health), and keep a clean home

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    How Do You Stay Commited To Your Healthy Lifestyle? I’m trying have a healthy lifestyle and lose weight but i’m finding it hard to commit.

      • HealthNut
      • June 20, 2013

      Are you sure you want to lose weight? If this a true desire, give it two weeks, and then asses how you feel. If you are eating healthy and exercises you will feel the difference, then if you go back to living unhealthfully you will be able to tell the change in how you feel, then you should be able to make an easy desicion.

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