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Shocking Statistics About Our Food Supply

I’ve brought these facts to your attention before but I still get people who think we should get everything from our food and that we don’t need to supplement. Read on to understand why we are in trouble these days. Yes, 100 years ago ‘an apple a day might have kept the doctor away’ but seriously…you’d need to eat a bushel full nowadays! Sad but true!

Can you eat these in one day?

In 80 years apples have declined in the following minerals: the amount of calcium in apples has dropped 48%, phosphorous is down 84%, iron 96%, and magnesium, the famous heart nutrient, has dropped 82%.

Want to hear something that’s intense? These statistics that will amaze you. What if I show you some serious numbers, and we’re talking serious, that prove today’s fruits, vegetables, grains, eggs, even the milk and meats we eat are not even close to what they were a few generations ago? What if we were to say that “no man of today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply his system with the mineral salts he requires for perfect health”? Big deal you say. Maybe you’ve heard this before but have you really understood the whole scenario?

What if I were to tell you that this statement was made at the 74th Congress of the United States way back in 1936 and that this is an excerpt of a testimony pertaining to the problem of “soil mineral depletion”? You see, back in 1936 some astute scientists were blowing the whistle that commercial fertilizers were not adding back into the soil the nutrients and trace minerals necessary for healthy plants.

Fast-forward to the 21st century and most industrial farmers have still not learned this lesson. So, year after year soil minerals are depleted. For example, in 1914 an apple contained almost half the minimum daily requirement of iron, but today you would have to eat 26 apples to get the same amount. Iron is not the only nutrient depleted. In 80 years apples have declined in the following minerals: the amount of calcium in apples has dropped 48%; phosphorous 84%; iron 96%; and magnesium, the famous heart nutrient, has dropped 82%.

Paul Bergner in his book “The Healing Power of Minerals, Special Nutrients and Trace Elements” quotes US Government statistics as he drives home the point that we cannot live healthy lives on the food of today. Before I go further I want to make sure you understand we are talking about RAW food here. We all know that cooking and processing further depletes the minerals.

Paul Stitt, author and whole food activist, says we lose 90% of the mineral content of our food from garden to gullet. So, we start with depleted nutrients in our food. Then we process them to remove the enzymes to make sure they stay on the shelf longer. Then we cook or microwave them, which further inactivate many of the nutrients and food factors. What makes food taste good are the minerals in the soil. It’s not just a HCL or zinc deficiency when food loses its flavor.

Today’s plants are not as healthy and don’t have that vibrancy that well mineralized plants do. One of the tastes many of us are familiar with is the first bite of a vine- ripened tomato grown in one’s own garden. I’m not just trying to impress you with statistics, but unless you are convinced that food doesn’t contain the nutrients we need, you won’t understand the importance of taking the high quality vitamins and minerals you need to achieve the level of wellness that you desire and deserve.

The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2002 volume states, “Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins or minerals by diet alone. Pending evidence of effectiveness from randomized trials, it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements”. For the Journal of the
American Medical Association to say, “it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements” after years of prejudice against the supplement industry is a landmark statement.

Look at these statistics focusing on the mineral calcium in a few common foods. In the last 80 years the amount of calcium has declined 81% in cabbage, 92% in lettuce, 56% in spinach, and 48% in apples. These are absolutely massive drops in the mineral levels in our foods.

During the same time period magnesium levels have dropped by 77% in cabbage, 91% in lettuce, 35% in spinach, and as we said earlier, 82% in apples. Iron levels dropped from 60% to 99% in the same vegetables.

These huge drops in mineral levels are occurring in all our fresh foods. It’s not just fruits and vegetables; the same types of things are happening with chicken, beef, rice etc. We see not only mineral depletions but vitamin reductions as well.

Everyone wants to feel healthy, but how can we feel good when we’re not getting the basic nutrients our bodies need? The point is that we are eating nutrient depleted foods in the most stressful time in human history. One researcher quoted our stress levels as 100 times greater than our grandparents. As you know stress depletes nutrient levels faster in those under stress as opposed to those who are not under pressure and stress.

Working in the health care industry, I see the effects of these depletions and have clients who supplement with over the counter vitamins that are not doing the job. Certainly these statistics build a case for organic foods as they have more nutrients, but let’s face it—nobody eats organic all the time! Therefore, it is crucial to supplement your diet with a good multiple vitamin with minerals. That’s why I exclusively use nutraceuticals. Biotics Research Corporation, Standard Process Labs, Nutri-West, Priority One and VerVita are our companies of choice for many reasons. Watch our video on our website about Biotics and then you will understand better why we use them and these other companies. Also, you can view it underneath the Twitter updates on Vodpod.

There was a double-blind study with 10,000 participants in France. The National Institute of Health in Paris funded the SUVIMAX study which found a 37% reduction in heart disease and death in men 45-60 and a 33% reduction in cancer from taking a low dose antioxidant with just beta carotene, zinc, selenium, vitamin E, and vitamin C. Think of the reductions if the formula would have been a full spectrum product.

Everyone should be aware of these facts for one great reason, because foundational multivitamin/mineral products not only save lives but also improve your quality of life. The science is solid. Check it out. I hope you’re as passionate about this as I am. AND…if all you can afford to do is to buy one supplement, get a nutraceutical mineral supplement. It’s the minerals that are a the bigger issue as opposed to vitamins. There’s so much more I could tell you but at least take heed of this. It could save your life and that of your family!

Products available from Biotics are:
ProMulti-Plus & Multi Mins

Standard Process: Catalyn

Email us for more info or check out our store.

PS…I still remember the first time I really got the drift about organic food. I had just come home from an organic farm in Aldergrove, BC (Edenvale) and had laid my haul out on the counter. AND then it struck me…the vibrancy…it was amazing like nothing I’d seen before. I’m still lucky here on Gabriola to get amazing organic veggies from The Good Earth, an organic farm on a bog which is open about 6 months of the year. Look in your area for a good organic farm. I still have to wonder at the big organic outfits…do they add all the minerals back into the soil that they should? Hmmm…another investigation…

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Understanding Viamin D

This is the epitomy of what people face when talking to some doctors about supplements. In all fairness, it isn’t their place to know about hoistic medicine. They train in drug therapy so their knowledge of vitamin and mineral supplementation is limited at best.

Did you know that contrary to popular belief, the sun doesn’t provide Vitamin D…it helps the body synthesize what you get from diet. Watch the video for the whole story.

You need to make sure you are getting the right kind of Vitamin D. We use Cataplex D from Standard Process (available to US customers) and Bio D Mulsion (400IU or 1000IU) from Biotics Research (Canadian Customers). These products are only available through healthcare practitioners so email us to order.

More on Vitamin D.

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