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Testimonial about my personal healing process  BeiYin
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I'm very critical about taking supplements. For sure it is difficult in these days to have a 'balanced diet' which provides all vitamins and minerals that one need. To succeed one has to be extremely conscious about every detail and this is hardly possible, especially with people on the fast lane, were food is an inevitable effort. Even people who are conscious about what they eat and who are selective can't avoid that food contains substances which are damaging the system or that there is a lack of elements. So if there occurs a deficiency with a disease as a result then supplements seem to be indicated, but - as a healing mean and not as a permanent solution for poor food or eating habits. Here in Spain supplements are handled by law like medication and I think this is right. In the first place one has to care that one's alimentation is as complex as possible, avoiding most of the things which are offered to consumers and then trying to get as much fresh vegetables and fruits as possible and if there is the space then producing at least some fresh stuff oneself. If there is no other way then in a flower pot in one's window, germinating seeds, etc. There is given enough information how to do it in a very simple way and efficient enough not to depend on supplements in form of pills and capsules.
It is indispensable to point out that taking supplements is the same as taking medication. The most significant in this is one's attitude. To stay healthy or to be healed is a process which needs one's full awareness and this for sure is not given by taking pills. The supplement might be efficient and the symptoms might disappear, but if one depends then on the supplement there will develop another disease, maybe on another level or in the next generation. I understand disease as part of one's healing process and this includes the growing of one's consciousness and awareness. If this is not part of the healing then supplements will not do good on the long run... (Apart of that the 'supplement business' is not so different than the pharmacy business, one can't proof what really the effect is and from my own experience I can say that most of the sold supplements so called 'miracle formulas' have no effect at all, except giving the feeling of having done something good for oneself, but at least these don't have those side effects of pharmaceutic chemicals...)
To prevent a deficiency one can take beside one's balanced diet some natural things for example Kefir and Kombucha, which not only prevent from disease but also can cure. I have taken for about twenty years every day Kefir and Kombucha and I had worked up to twenty hours daily for several years and in good health. For twenty years I went every morning ten minutes passing the forest to the neighbor who had cows to buy some fresh milk for the Kefir. Then one day he couldn't sell anymore milk to me because the company who bought all the milk from this farmer didn't allow to sell milk to others. So I quit making Kefir. About the same time when I went for a journey the caretaker of my Kombucha had not fed it and so it didn't survive. From then on I didn't take Kefir and not Kombucha. One year later the first symptoms of my Fibromyalgia started...

Use of nutritional supplements
Many people are using nutritional supplements to improve general health and for treating a specific disease. One would think that eating a balanced diet should provide all the vitamins and minerals that one needs, but in practice this is not the case. There are many factors that can effect our vitamin and mineral intake. First it is very hard to determine what exactly is a balanced diet, as there is great variation in recommendations from many 'expert' sources, for more information about this see the Alimentation page. There are also other aspects besides our diet that can affect our nutrient intake such as: genetics, environment, agricultural practices, stress levels and your current health history. Determining what is the correct Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) of nutrients we need is difficult given that most information available is based on research studies that have been funded by corporate multinationals, where money is the main interest... Supplements can enhance a healthy diet but they are not a substitute for it. One can't continue on a highly processed diet and think that one is healthy just because one takes supplements... A comprehensive approach to good health includes practices that aid in stress management, regular exercise and proper diet. 

Throughout all species there is wide variation in genetic makeup. This variation includes differing abilities to survive in a given nutritional environment. In other words, to survive well, one animal may require much more or less of particular nutrients than another animal. Dr. Roger Williams has shown in experiments with rats that after five generations of inbreeding, litter mates, which are very close genetically, can vary in nutrient needs up to 40 times for particular nutrients. In other words, one may need 2.5 mg. of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) and another may need 100 mg for the same level of vitality, physical endurance and life span. There is an even greater variation in human beings, as we have a greater genetic diversity than other species. There have been studies that show that blood type and geographical location can be determinants of which types of foods are needed on an individual basis.

In the natural course of events, species evolve when those animals with greater nutritional needs fail to survive or to reproduce as well as those with lesser needs. Except in a few known genetic disorders, we cannot determine subtle variations in nutritional needs for human beings. It is therefore wise to make sure that our internal environment (including all cells, tissues and organs) are abundantly supplied with all the nutrients. In tissue cultures (cells growing in laboratories) the culture medium is made quite rich in all the required nutrients. If the cells were only given minimum requirements, some cells would not thrive and researchers would risk losing the cell line. In human beings the blood plasma provides nourishment for the cells, and needs a constant and abundant supply of all the nutrients. This requires both a healthy diet and some times supplements.


The reality of our world is one of increasing toxicity in our food, water and air supplies, as well as being exposed to external toxic materials in dental fillings, aluminum cookware, buildings and in personal care products. This increasing toxic burden stresses our capacity to detoxify our body and most likely exacerbates most health problems, or is a significant factor in causing them. Just in the air that we breathe we are exposed to many toxins, including: carbon monoxide, lead from fuel exhaust, hydrocarbon pollutants from industrial waste, byproducts from burning of fossil fuels and radiation.
It is rare to find water that is pure these days, it is often contaminated with toxic heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, fluoride, chlorine, industrial chemical wastes, pesticides and herbicides.
Exposure to pollutants leads to an increase of high-energy molecular fragments known as free radicals . These free radicals can severely damage tissues, destroy nutrients, and lead to premature aging, heart disease and cancer. All of these environmental problems increase  the need for nutrients, antioxidant supplements can help control the damage of toxic exposures and help to remove excessive free radicals.

Agricultural Practices
Modern agricultural practices have adversely affected the quality of our food supply. Growing foods with methods designed to increase quantity, or to facilitate transportation and storage is often detrimental to their nutritional value. Nutritional value is rarely considered when developers play with the genetics of plants or soil modifications. To find out more about the main producers of agricultural products, see the web site: What are we swallowing.

Soil quality has been degraded through modern farming methods. Most chemical fertilizers do not replace all of the minerals needed for human nutrition. Organic foods have been shown to have a higher nutritional value than conventionally grown foods. They are also free of the pesticides, herbicides and thousands of other risky chemicals that are added to foods during processing. There is also wide variation in the natural mineral content of the soil. For example, in northeastern united states (and elsewhere) the soil has a very low selenium content. Selenium is important for protection from heart disease and cancer. In spite of a diet that includes foods from many geographic areas, research has shown that people living in regions with low soil selenium have a higher risk of cancer. Although selenium, as well as chromium and iodine, are essential for human nutrition, they are not required for growing healthy plants. They are rarely added to the soil for agricultural purposes.

Foods are often picked before they are ripe and allowed to ripen in transit, at the market or during home storage. They do not acquire their full complement of minerals and vitamins, which frequently increase greatly during the later stages of growth. In addition, transportation and storage of foods, whether in the market or at home, allows time for nutrients to deteriorate. Fruits and vegetables can lose significant amounts of vitamin C after 3 days in cold storage, and even more at room temperature. Dried fruits can also lose vitamins A, C and E if exposed to oxygen and light. This is not to say that stored foods are of no value, but the lower nutrient content increases the importance of taking supplements.

We can overcome some of these problems if we grow our own food or buy organically grown fruits and vegetables (which are generally fresher because they cannot be stored as long). Also we can increase the nutrient content from food, by eating it as unprocessed as possible, which generally means raw. Commercial fruits and vegetables are frequently sprayed with toxic chemicals. Many of these substances are harmful, and they accumulate in body fat, with deleterious health effects over the years. An example is DDT, which is still present in human fat tissue although its use was banned years ago.

Many of the pesticides prohibited in the United States have been freely sold to third world countries, which then export foods to the US. Controls on the use of pesticides and other chemicals are not strict in many of these countries. The workers who apply these chemicals frequently have diseases that are the result of their high exposures. Certain nutritional supplements can help counter the ill effects of many of these poisons. They include vitamins C, E and B complex, carotenes, bioflavonoids, and others. Of course, it is also wise to choose untreated foods as much as possible.

Stress Levels
Stress, whether emotional or physical or due to injury or illness, depletes the body of nutrients, especially vitamin C, the B complex and zinc. Vitamin B6 and pantothenic acid are also particularly important in times of stress. Vitamins C and E and zinc promote the healing process.

Health History
It is important to realize that potential human life span is well over 100 years. Living to 80 or 90 years may result from growing up with cleaner air and water, fresher food, fewer chemical exposures and lesser availability of highly processed foods. Also, many people who survive a long time have numerous health problems. In spite of these occasional reports of decadent oldsters, we are seeing more frequent and earlier degenerative diseases. In the United States alone, it is estimated today that 1 of every 5 people have an auto-immune related disorder. Many poor health habits, such as consumption of sweets, alcohol, caffeine, highly processed foods and artificial food additives, lack of exercise and high stress, increase nutrient needs. The typical American diet is a sad joke. It would be hard to design a diet that could do more harm to health than the one most Americans eat every day, and the most absurd fact is that this joke is spreading out and becomes also a common habit in Europe and other parts of the world. Specific chronic and acute illnesses can be treated with large doses of nutrient supplements. They can usually reduce or eliminate the need for drugs or surgery.

Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs)
The Recommended Dietary Allowances are established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council, National Academy of Science. These nutrient levels are supposed to prevent deficiency diseases in most healthy people. Unfortunately, the values have been heavily influenced by the food industry, economic considerations and politics, not just by science.

Many researchers question the value of the RDAs. They make the highly processed American food supply look more nutritious than it is, and they appear to be influenced by the food industry. The RDAs are not useful in establishing optimal health. You are at little risk of developing the deficiency diseases - pellagra, scurvy, or beriberi. Our modern problems are not deficiency diseases but degenerative diseases. Nutrients play an important role in preventing these conditions. The RDAs cannot be used in evaluating the therapeutic and preventive value of large doses of dietary supplements.

Looking around, we will see many people who do manage to get the RDA levels of most nutrients, but they still go on to develop early heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and diabetes. They have frequent viral infections (colds, the flu, herpes), they are overweight, and they lose their teeth to decay and gum disease. In terms of life expectancy, infant mortality and health care costs, Americans are not in the most favorable position in world statistics.

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