“Tell a lie loud enough and long enough and people will believe it.”
– Adolph Hitler
I have heard it said that, “Ignorance is bliss.” I disagree. Ignorance is ignorance; nothing more and nothing less. While it can certainly be argued from a quantum and theoretical physics perspective that some things can simultaneously be two things at the same time (i.e. particles and not particles), I feel that for practicality purposes we should just say that things cannot be more than one thing at a time. Therefore, ignorance is certainly not bliss – it is only ignorance. To make better decisions, one must ask the right questions. For then, you are more likely to “get” the right answers. I bring this up because often an attempt to dispel ignorance is misconstrued as being negative. Perhaps this has to do with the fact that in order to dispel ignorance, one must make it known that there is a “problem” or “issue” with the current status quo. While it may seem like this is dwelling on the “negative” in fact, quite the opposite is happening. A good dose of “realism” gives one the opportunity to recognize that there is a problem and puts them in a much better position to create something better with future thoughts, words, and deeds. This is not negative at all – in fact, it is the very essence of all that is positive! To some, this post may seem negative. However, looked at from a slightly different perspective – it is in fact, very positive. Having said that, I can deliver my message…..
In case you have been too busy keeping up with the cast of Jersey Shoreto notice, we are living in a society that grows progressively dumber by the minute. The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America demonstrates how and why this is happening. This is a very short video of a very, very vast topic and it can be found on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZJoCfgAEuE). Greed, corruption, fraud, not-truth, illness, and disease are all very well funded in our country (and most other countries as well). To a large degree, the public is blind to the shenanigans that are going on right under their very noses, particularly as it relates to the health of every man, woman, and child.
There simply is no BIG money to be made in keeping the general public well informed, healthy, and vital. The money is in people who are alive – sort of. These are the people that are suffering from what Dr. Jeffrey Bland calls “Vertical Disease.” They are walking around but they are merely surviving; they are not actually alive in any real sense of the word. You see these people all around you at shopping malls, church (which I personally find very ironic), grocery stores, coffee houses, and places of the like. Their faces are virtually lifeless and they have to pop handfuls of designer drugs every day just to be able to drag themselves out of bed in the morning. That, in my opinion, is not living – in fact, “Vertical Disease” may even be worse than actually being dead.
Unfortunately, media outlets are used to manipulate the public and essentially “hijack” the minds of millions of people and program them into the exact type of mind set that lead to behaviors that foster illness and disease. For a very comprehensive explanation of exactly how this is done, I invite all of you to read Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme by Richard Brodie.
While there are a great deal of polluted industries in the world, none are more polluted than the health and wellness fields – be that nutrition, exercise, rehabilitation, or otherwise. These fields are chocked full of completely ridiculous nonsense that detracts from the health of the very people who are trying to be as healthy as they can. Finding really insightful nutrition advice for example, is damn near impossible for the average person who surfs the Internet, reads trendy magazines, and watches most of the mind pollution on television.
Socially constructed ideas of beauty and perfection infect the minds of the “health conscious” individual and perpetuate numerous misconceptions. While these misconceptions are far too numerous to cover in one article (or even in 100 articles), here are a few of my favorites:
· I have to be skinny in order to be healthy
· I have to do lots of cardiovascular exercise to lose weight so I can be skinny
· Medications and supplements will keep me healthy
· I have to cut calories or skip meals if I want to lose weight
· Saturated fat is bad for me and will make me fat and damage my heart
While this list would be rather endless, including other ridiculousness such as water fluoridation, estrogen and fertility misconceptions, birth control pills, the dangers of sugar, the safety of high fructose corn syrup, cosmetics and toxicity, and on and on – the truth decay listed above are amongst my personal favorites. These ideas have nothing whatsoever to do with truth, yet they are all socially accepted. A change in consciousness is warranted if we are going to actually lead humanity in the right direction in the future. The personal and the planetary are connected, and it is only through a change in human consciousness that our world will ultimately be transformed.
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
– Jiddu Krishnamurti
I feel it is my responsibility to do my part to dispel ignorance so that something better can ultimately be created. To do so, I will attempt to set the record straight on the five truth decaying ideas mentioned above. Here we go…..
Misconception: I have to be skinny in order to be healthy
While the history of terrible ideas is long and sad, this misconception has reached epidemic proportions and is perhaps the most destructive “health” idea (meme) that has come out of the last 25 years or so. While I could write several pages alone on this topic, all that I would like to say has already been said by my colleague Antonio Valladares in his brilliantly written Blog post entitled Why Skinny Sucks. You can read his comprehensive article on this topic by clicking this link:
The fact of the matter is you can be skinny and still be fat! How? Easy, you are simply a skinny person with a high percentage of body fat. This happens all the time – just take a look at most marathon runners. Very skinny, but most of them look like one of those things walking around in the Michael Jackson music video for Thriller. This is not a criticism, rather it is an observation.
This preoccupation with being skinny has now been taking to new ridiculous heights. Brides, in preparation for their wedding are now walking around with feeding tubes running from their nose to their stomachs while they are fed a slow drip of pseudo-nutrition supplying a grand total of 800 measly calories per day (with ZERO carbohydrates by the way). That is not even close to being enough nutrition to sufficiently allow a human being to effectively run around the inside of a Cheerio. Read Antonio’s post to get the full effect of how stupid this really is.
Misconception: I have to do lots of cardiovascular exercise to lose weight so I can be skinny
Having clearly covered the utter stupidity of the “skinny” meme, it seems very natural to follow that up by speaking about the obsession with cardiovascular activity. Personally, I am not a fan of traditional cardiovascular exercise for many reasons. First, it is a completely catabolic activity that does not favor improvements in body composition. In other words, if you would like to be what is referred to as Skinny-Fat, keep doing your early morning cardio on an empty stomach. I have written about the inadequacies of cardiovascular training in more detail in a previous Blog post entitled Why Cardio Sucks. It can be read in its entirety by clicking this linkhttp://brandonjalleman.blogspot.com/2010/06/why-cardio-sucks.html
If you examine the idea of cardiovascular training from the perspective of natural history, you will find that the concept of cardiovascular exercise was pretty much non-existent even 100 years ago – which happens to be but a flash in the pan in the course of human evolution.
We would not run alongside the animal for extended periods of time waiting for it to tire out and die so that we could have a meal. We were meant to throw a rock (or some object) at a rabbit – hopefully generating enough force and velocity on the throw to actually kill the animal – and walk to pick it up. Our ancestors likely did very little cardiovascular exercise.
Further, most of the sports that people “train” for actually require very little aerobic capacity if we examine the energy system breakdown of the actual sport. I grew up loving and playing the sport of basketball competitively for 13 years. As a young child and even into high school we were always taught that you needed to be “in shape” (whatever the hell that means) to play the sport. As such, our coaches would have us do ridiculous s#@t like run 3 miles per day during the pre-season so we would be “conditioned” to play basketball. Looking back, few things could have been more counterproductive to our performance.
For a more comprehensive overview of how and why the cardio craze came about, I would invite all of you to read this article by Paul Chek, founder of the C.H.E.K. Institute:
Misconception: Medications and Supplements will keep me Healthy
I don’t care what you take in pill form – medicine, herbs, vitamins, minerals, etc.; it can only be as effective as your physiology allows it to. I say this to my clients every single day. I have people coming to me constantly taking bags of designer drugs and 42 supplements for “this” and “that” and they still look and feel terrible (by their own admission). Now don’t get it twisted, I am not saying that no one needs medication or that no one should be taking supplements. What I am saying is that it is pointless to do that unless you have certain foundation principles in place to help regulate your physiology.
“Give me an example” you might be saying. Here are a few: if you are not adequately hydrated – which, by the way, may have nothing to do with the amount of water that you drink; if you do not eat the proper digestible foods for your body; if you eat foods in the wrong macro-nutrient combinations; if you do not receive adequate rest and recovery (sleep); if you eat processed/dead foods; if you do not have a meal frequency that supports optimal blood sugar levels throughout the day; if you do not exercise enough or if you are overtraining; etc., etc., etc., it will not matter what medication you take or how many supplements you pop – you will ultimately be wasting your money!
Misconception: I have to cut calories or skip meals if I want to lose weight
Consider the following: Research shows that within 24 hours of going on a low calorie diet, which is defined as eating less than 2000 calories per day (according to the World Health Organization), you immediately deplete your brain chemistry and increase fat storing (lipogenic) enzymes in the body. Anyone excited about that? This is particularly important for females who already have 3 times the amount of fat storing (lipolytic) enzymes as fat burning ones. Any changes in brain chemistry will lead to cravings. Low calorie dieting is especially damaging for anyone with a history of depression, anxiety, eating disorders or alcoholism. Remember, all of this occurs after one measly day.
Misconception: Saturated fat is bad for me and will make me fat and damage my heart
This one has been around for a long time and has had lots of help from the medical establishment, multiple governments, Big Pharma, and many others who have a vested interest in rapid truth decay. This whole concept began with the Lipid Hypothesis back in the 1950’s. For a very thorough education on how this all came about, I invite you to read The Oiling of America by Mary G. Enig, PhD, and Sally Fallon. The article can be found in its entirety here: http://www.westonaprice.org/know-your-fats/the-oiling-of-america.
You may also want to check out, by the same authors The Skinny on Fatshere: http://www.westonaprice.org/know-your-fats/skinny-on-fats
And Guts and Grease: The Diet of Native Americans here:
In addition, I would recommend reading Uffe Ravnskov, M.D.’s book The Cholesterol Myths and of course the epic work of Weston A. Price, DDS,Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.
If after reading all of that, you still choose to perpetuate the truth decay that saturated fat is “bad” for you, I recommend being fitted for one of these…
I hope you have enjoyed this issue of Preventing Truth Decay. I thank you for reading this far and look forward to sending out more information like this in the very near future. Please feel free to leave your comments for all to see – “good” or “bad” ALL comments are welcomed.
In Health and Happiness,
Brandon J. Alleman