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If Eating Makes You Fat and Sugar Makes Occasions Sweet, Then What About Greens?

by Michael Cheikin, MD

ur visual sense is so strong that it often dominates our other senses, and often our intellects. "Seeing is believing". Pastries look good. It’s also hard to believe what we don’t see. We didn’t see the effects of air and water pollution, or global warming, until recently. We don’t (yet) see the effects of loading our space with electromagnetic waves (phones, wireless internet, etc); and therefore they are OK!?

And yet, our modern life is really built on things we don’t see. We will never see electrons; and yet they run our homes, our computers, even our bodies. Our longer life expectancies are mostly due to the discovery of bacteria and viruses that we barely can see (and the Austrian doctor who first made this discovery, Semmelweis, was laughed into insanity). Galileo was locked up the second half of his life by the Catholic Church for proving that the sun does not go around the earth, though it appeared so. And what about everyone who was certain that Columbus would fall off the edge of the earth? Each time a packed aircraft is lifted off the ground by the air that we do not see, we have evidence that our sensory systems are limited.

This tendency has applied to our foods. Milk is white and therefore has calcium. Food that is fatty (meats, nuts, egg yolks) make us fat. We see the TV commercials that show the fat building up in our arteries, as if what we put in our mouth goes directly into our blood streams.

There are times when we are not fooled by our visual sense. We have learned to trust science when we board our planes or wash our hands. We are afraid of unseen radiation, and infection with HIV. While our senses remains powerful, our intellect can be utilized to re-interpret what our sensory systems tell us are there or not.

Our auditory system is also quite powerful and is manipulated to get us to accept, or reject certain ideas. The "sound bite" on the news sways our perception of what is true. "A lie repeated a thousand times becomes a truth". Music’s effect on our emotions gives us a clue as to how powerfully these sensory systems are hard-wired into our emotions, thought, belief, and ultimately action.

One can think of our sensory systems similar to a TV; where images are projected onto the screen of our mind. However, the process of creating that illusion alters reality, and was never designed to tell us everything about reality, anyway. Looking at our senses from an evolutionary point-of-view, their purpose is to enable our survival and procreation by giving us information about our external (visual and auditory) environment, our surface (skin), how we are moving, and how we are functioning on the inside (pain, other bodily sensations). As we evolved further, we developed intellect to enable us to utilize these senses to deal and plan survival in a variety of environments. Language developed in part to communicate this information to our species and children, who, unlike other mammals that are independent at birth, are designed to depend upon us for years so we can teach them how to interpret their senses and their environment for survival.

And so, when we are presented with information of any sort, we need to use our intellect to ask the critical questions: 1) what is the reliability of the information, 2) what is the purpose of the information, 3) what other information is not provided or not yet available, and 4) are our sensory systems being fooled? As Plato demonstrated over 2000 years ago, at the best, our senses can only show us shadows of what is real. We must use our intellect to extrapolate truth from these shadows.

Oh, and to answer the question: Green foods, especially the greens in grasses, leaves and algae, provide calcium, magnesium, other minerals and essential oils to land and water animals. When organic, varied, and properly stored and prepared, they bring us the best quality nutrition—virtually every nutritional philosophy agrees to this truth. It is where we are most deficient, and where we must return.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This general information should not be used to make decisions about medical care without the involvement of a knowledgeable prac-titioner.

The contents of this article are copyright 2013 by Michael Cheikin MD and may not be reproduced without express written permission.

Footnotes and Reading Materials (Books followed by ISBN number)

1. Dr. Cheikin’s website, www.cheikin.com, contains related materials.

2. www.ewg.org, environmental working group, is the premier source of information about toxins in food, environment, cosmetics, etc.

3. Boutenko Victoria: Green for Life. Raw Family, 2005. 0970-481-969.

4. Cousens, Gabriel: Conscious Eating. 2000. 1556-432-852.

5. Fuhrman, Joel: Disease-Proof Your Child… 2006. 0312-338-082.

6. Mateljan, George: World’s Healthiest Foods, Essential Guide for the Healthiest Way of Eating. 2006. 978-097-691-8547

7. Pitchford, Paul: Healing with Whole Food: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition, 3rd Edition, 2002. 1556-434-308.

8. Shanahan, Catherine Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food, 2008. 978-061-522-8389.

9. McCandless, Jaquelyn: Children with Starving Brains: A Medical Treatment Guide… 4th Ed. Bramble, 2009. 1883-647-177.

10. Pollan, Michael (2006). The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin Press. 978-159-420-0823.

11. Cordain, Loren: Paleo Answer. 2012. 978-111-801-6084.

12. Ballentine, Rudolph: Radical Healing: Integrating the World’s Greatest Therapeutic Traditions... 2000. 0609-804-847.

13. Ravnskov, U: Ignore the Awkward.: How the Cholesterol Myths Are Kept Alive. 2010 978-145-375-9400.

Michael Cheikin MD is a holistic physician, Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation ("Physiatry"), Pain Management, Spinal Cord Medicine and Electrodiagnostic Medicine and licensed in Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Cheikin has extensively studied yoga, diet and metabolism, Ayurvedic, Chinese and energy medicine and other alternative modalities for over 30 years. He has designed a unique and multi-dimensional evaluation process including mainstream and special testing to efficiently identify the root causes of conditions that affect adults and children. Treatment consists of balanced, natural, individualized health programs utilizing a combination of education and counseling, medical yoga, whole foods and supplements, detoxification programs and medical acupuncture. He specializes in obscure, chronic and severe problems that have not responded satisfactorily to other methods of healing. 610-239-9901 or www.cheikin.com

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