I’ve been studying health and nutrition for 37 years. Bethany, my life partner, also shares this passion. Indeed, both of us are preparing ourselves, barring accident, to enjoy as long and healthy a life as possible.
The experts say within the next ten years new breakthroughs will enable a healthy person to reach a life span to 120 years and more.
I am already planning on 120 th birthday party and have reserved an island for this celebration. Perhaps as a loyal friend you, too, will be invited
While I’m not a doctor, my interest is far more than a passion or hobby. Professionally, I’ve consulted with and written copy for several physicians who practice alternative medicine. I’ve also worked with several clients who, in my opinion, produce the finest quality vitamins, minerals and food supplements in the world.
My readers, as well as seminar attendees recently seem to have a keen interest in anti-cancer, anti-aging and other aspects of health. Especially the health program Bethany and I use ourselves and the basis upon which it is based.
Please be aware that I greatly respect those few wonderful physicians who practice conventional or crisis medicine responsibly. However, many in my view overmedicate their patients and have little knowledge about prevention. The majority oppose and may even be hostile toward alternatives, many of which have been scientifically validated.
Sadly, pharmaceutical companies, for the most part, are far more interested in selling chemical compounds at a huge profit than the health of their customers.
The truth is, they don’t make money unless you are sick. And neither do most doctors. Their lack of motivation to either prevent you from getting sick or getting you well is, in an odd way, understandable.
Dispelling common health myths
• You are what you eat.
Not true. You are only what your body absorbs from the food you eat. That’s why foods, both physical and mental, must be carefully chosen. In addition, digestive enzymes really help both digestion and absorption (more later).
• You can get all the vitamins, minerals and other antioxidants from food alone
Not true. Consider how mineral-depleted soils are in the U.S. and most first-world countries. Vegetables and fruit are deficient in nutrients as compared with just 50 years ago. It’s virtually impossible to meet you body’s needs without supplementation with vitamins, minerals, and herbs.
• Fat will make you fat
Not true. You need fats in your diet to be healthy. These include essential fatty oils (EFO’s): Oil of Primrose, Flaxseed, Omega 3 and Cod Liver Oil and animal fats.
The dangerous fats (trans fats) contained in the processed foods that first-world countries have become dependent on are the ones you must stay away from.
The biggest cause of weight gain, the real enemy, is carbohydrates. To maintain or lose weight you must limit your carbohydrate intake. This includes both simple and complex carbohydrates.
• Homogenized cow’s milk is a health food
Not true. Probably more people are intolerant to homogenized cow’s milk than any other food. And skim milk, contrary to popular belief, is far more fattening than whole milk. It is loaded with carbohydrates.
Even a calf will die if you try to feed it homogenized milk. If you insist on consuming cow’s milk and can find a legal source of raw (unhomogenized) milk, this is far healthier for you. But make sure the source has clean and sanitary facilities. Better milk alternatives include rice milk and soy milk available in most health food stores.
• Bread is a near perfect food
Not true. Bread is an overeaten food. Grains of all types are loaded with calories. And many people are intolerant of grain, especially wheat. If you are a bread lover, as we are, limit your portion to one or two thin slices. But avoid bread made with white flour completely.
• Margarine is better for you than butter
Not true. The oils and trans fatty acids used in margarine are terrible for your health. Use real butter instead. And it tastes so much better!
• Avoid the sun as it’s dangerous
Not true. The sun is a great source of Vitamin D. A healthy thing to do is expose your skin to the sun for 10-20 minutes at every opportunity. Do not use sun block. But avoid the hours 10:00 am to 2:00 pm when the sun can damage your skin.
• All vitamins and mineral supplements are basically the same
Not true. Especially avoid the cheap ones from pharmacies which are made from chemicals and not food. Many are harmful. The only vitamins and minerals that are healthy and that your body can absorb are derived from living foods. They must not be isolated as most commercial vitamins are, but in the complex form of natural food. Only about 1% of the vitamins on the market can be used by the body. The rest are a complete waste of money. And possibly dangerous to your health.
• Weight resistance training is bad for women and men over 60
Not true. Many erroneously hold the view that women will get too muscular and men will not benefit much beyond a certain age. The fact is weight resistance training is extremely helpful for everyone throughout a long life even. The benefits are huge. They include greater strength, better posture, better balance, greater bone density and better appearance.
It is extremely beneficial to lift weights at least 2-3 times a week. But take care not to attempt weights heavier than you can comfortably lift without pain, 15 times up to 3 repetitions.
• Fresh fruit juices, especially orange, are a great health food
Not true. Much of the first world, especially the U.S., starts the day with a glass of orange juice. The fact is, a jumbo glass of orange juice has hundreds of calories. It’s full of carbohydrates. More than a giant cheeseburger!
It’s much healthier to eat a whole orange or two. Forget fruit juice.
However, vegetable juice, especially greens, is very healthy. Use organic whenever possible. And drink with an equal amount of pure water.
• Fluoride is good for your teeth
Not true. Fluoride is a dangerous poison. Many studies suggest increasing cancer levels and other serious health problems including osteoporosis. Fluoride is banned in many countries of the world. The U.S. surprisingly is one of the only first world countries where fluoride is permitted.
Avoid fluoride completely. Buy toothpaste that doesn’t contain any fluoride. Or any other ingredients you can’t pronounce.
• Artificial sweeteners are safe and make you thin
Not true. Every study I’ve seen shows people taking aspartame including brands such as NutraSweet and Equal as well as saccharine (Sweet and Low) gain weight – not lose. Your craving for sweets actually increases. And they cause bloating.
But there is a more serious reason to avoid artificial sweeteners. I have every reason to believe, based on animal studies, artificial sweetener causes cancer in humans. I’m 99¾% sure it’s the basic cause of my bladder cancer seven years ago. Avoid artificial sweetener and encourage your friends and loved ones to do so at all costs.
The best sweetener to use is derived from a root in the Amazon. It’s called Stevia and is delicious. We use it daily.
The scandalous behavior of pharmaceutical companies
The more I discover about drug manufacturers actions, the more I’m outraged.
They do not sell or endorse natural remedies. Why?
Because the drug companies cannot get an exclusive patent. When natural products are sold, the profits are minimal. So they have no interest.
But when the pharmaceutical companies get a patent on synthetic chemicals mixed in a factory, the profits can be enormous.
All too often, pharmaceutical companies sell products they absolutely know are harmful to humans. And even fatal. Just to make their excess profits.
The fact is the body simply cannot absorb a synthetic chemical at all and the drug companies know it.
I think the behavior of pharmaceutical executives is unconscionable. And those drug company executives who willingly sell products that they know are harmful should be put in jail and the key thrown away.
These same drug company executives with the clout of their lobbyists are currently doing everything possible to gain control of the distribution of natural vitamins and minerals. They’d love to get natural products completely under their control. They want them sold only by prescription of medical doctors who are paid and thus controlled by the pharmaceutical people.
If citizens do not protest such a dangerous notion, pending legislation could pass in major countries like the U.S. and throughout the European Union.
To be fair and balanced, there are some decent and helpful pharmaceuticals on the market. But from my studies, they are very few and far between. And every single one, including common over-the-counter drugs such as aspirin have extremely serious side effects (stomach bleeding etc.). Remember, if it’s made by man in a factory, instead of a natural product of Mother Nature, it can be dangerous to your health.
A good rule to follow is to be wary about taking drugs for long periods of time. Check the Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR) and investigate possible side effects. Seek natural remedies which in many cases will allow you to stop taking the drugs.
I’ve seen many people succeed with an exercise program. But far more people fail. Here are my thoughts and ideas on how to succeed:
• Do not attempt any exercise you intensely dislike. You just won’t continue with it.
• Find exercise and sports which suit you and which you enjoy. Some like to go to a gym. Or jog, tennis etc. Others hate it. If it’s not for you, don’t do it.
• Exercise and sports which are best for you that you may enjoy include walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, tennis, squash, and weight resistance training. Try them and choose only those you like.
• Exercise initially for 30 minutes and then work up to one hour a day, five days a week.
• The best all around exercise for most people is brisk walking. It doesn’t require special equipment and can be done anywhere, anytime. I consider walking the unsung hero of exercise.
• Americans and Europeans watch an average of over 25 hours of T.V. per week. Yet more people cite “lack of time” as the reason for not exercising. If you truly don’t have the time, simply rise an hour earlier each day.
Note: A regular exercise program does require some discipline. And at times, a bit of pain. But would you rather experience the pain of regret or the pain of discipline?
However the good news is this. Discipline is highly overrated. Once you develop the habit of exercise it becomes easier. The secret is to stick and persist with things you like until this happens.
More Health Tips
• Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries are a terrific source of vitamin C and are full of antioxidants. They are also low in calories and should be part of your diet.
• Use high fiber supplements and whole grains to cleanse the colon. Colon cleansing is very important. Many nutritional researchers say death begins in the colon. We use Fiberzon by Amazon Herb Company and Dar Rein by Dr. Hittich.
• Drink 8 glasses of water each day (coffee, tea and juice don’t count). Use bottled spring water or purified water. Substitute sparkling water for sodas such as Coke, Pepsi, etc.
• Buy organic meat, chicken, vegetables and fruit whenever possible.
• Take care in cosmetic products you apply on your skin – the body’s largest organ. Most contain ingredients that are poisonous and cosmetic products are not controlled at all. A habit to follow is to read the labels on your cosmetics. If you are not familiar with an ingredient described by a long chemical name, you are better off not to use it. Less than 1% of cosmetics on the market are safe. Try those by Amazon Herb Company and Dr. Hittich (contact information later). You’ll see the difference immediately. And your health will benefit enormously.
• Eat dried organic, prunes, apricots, figs, and dates. They are delicious and very healthy.
• Add organically grown nuts (preferably in the shell) and seeds to your diet. Best choices include walnuts, almonds, pecans, filberts, and sunflower seeds.
• Do a liver “flush” at least once a year. Your liver is the body’s largest organ of detoxification and is overloaded with toxins and poisons which should be removed.
• Drink at least one cup of Green Tea each day. It’s the healthiest tea in the world.
• Use cold-pressed olive oil on your salads and for cooking. Olive oil from the Mediterranean countries, i.e. Greece and Italy, are considered to be the best in the world.
• Meditate one to two times a day for 20 minutes. If you don’t know how, get a copy of Dr. Herbert Benson’s book, The Relaxation Response. Or take a course in Transcendental Meditation. Meditation will reduce your stress level as well as your blood pressure, as this has been scientifically proven.
• For all-important digestion, take pancreatic enzymes: Ultrazyme (Ultra Life), Super Enzymes (Dr. Hittich’s formula), Digestazon (Amazon Herb Co.), and herbs.
Ted and Bethany’s 90/10 rule
Our close friends who share meals with us are big fans of our 90/10 rule. Here it is. Ninety percent of what we consume is fresh, full of vitamins, minerals, and health. Ten percent is not (most people’s percentages are the reverse). Ten percent of what we eat isn’t health food as such. But they sure are fun and we love to indulge in them.
Included in our 10% are:
Chocolate or homemade candies
Frozen yogurt and ice cream
Pizza – thin crust, made with whole grain whenever possible
Pasta – all kinds, especially tomato sauce, pesto and Arrabiata
Hamburgers and hot dogs
The real trick is, of course, to keep the portions of the delicious, fun stuff to a minimum.
Tip: Since we enjoy our 10% so much we make it really special. Therefore, we get the highest quality we can possibly obtain to make it a real treat.
Tip: Weight control. In addition to limiting our portions and not eating between meals, we take starch blockers and fat blockers (Dr. Hittich’s formulas) before meals, which seem to help a lot.
Have a ball creating your own 10% list. Plus you’ll be a lot more fun to be around than those tortured souls who never indulge in anything that isn’t “healthy”.
The Anti-Cancer Breakfast Formula
Awhile back, I wrote copy which caused a wonderful book to become an international bestseller. It’s called “How to Fight Cancer and Win” by William L. Fischer.
The book features a seven-time Nobel prize nominated physician, Dr. Johanna Budwig. This doctor discovered and proved that two main ingredients could prevent, and even cure, cancer. These were flaxseed oil and cottage cheese. A breakfast cereal recipe was created which has become famous in Europe called Crème Budwig. We’ve modified this formula and developed our own delicious variation.
Note: Flaxseed oil (also called Linseed Oil) becomes rancid quickly, at which point it becomes toxic within days. You must make sure the oil is freshly cold-pressed.
Bethany and I have had numerous requests for our anti-cancer recipe. The following is our breakfast a few times a week.
1 banana, mashed
1 apple, grated
1 lemon (juiced)
Mix together: 8 teaspoons cottage cheese, yogurt or ricotta
4 tsps. Linseed (flaxseed) oil
8 tsps of a mélange of grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats)
4 tsps linseeds or almonds
Mix all together (Because we like things sweet, we also add
a few drops of Stevia, although many friends maintain that the
banana gives enough sweetening.)
What vitamins, minerals and herbs do we take?
I am often asked about our supplements and herbal program. Here is what we take six days a week. We take Sunday’s off, which many nutritionists say is a good idea.
Amazon Herb Co.
Lluvia Skin Care Products
Advanced Vitamin/Mineral formula
Brain food formula
Super Flora Lacto
Ultra Vitamin C
Super Vitamin E
Omega 3 oil
Grape seed extract
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Oil of Primrose
Super Gingko Extract
Cod Liver Oil
Super CLA Blend
“How to Fight Cancer and Win” by William L. Fischer
“Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” by F. Batmanghelidj
“The Atkins Diet” by Dr. Robert Atkins
“One Answer to Cancer” by William Donald Kelley
“The Perricone Prescription” by Dr. Nicholas Perricone
“Body for Life” by Bill Phillips
“The Sexy Years” by Suzanne Somers