December 6, 2018 was the day I forever changed the foods that I eat. More specifically, I cut out pasta, potatoes, rice, bread and all general sweets. That action has had a profound impact on my general health and how good I feel on a day-to-day basis.
The motivation for me to cut out carbohydrates came along in late November 2018 in the form of a phone call with one of my younger brothers. He had just been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. The story was that his vision suddenly seemed to get worse, so he set up an appointment with his eye doctor with the idea that his glasses prescription had suddenly changed. The eye doctor took one look in his eyes and told him he very likely had Type 2 diabetes. Eye care practitioners frequently are the ones who notice the first symptoms of a Type 2 diabetic problem.
I quickly realized that if Type 2 diabetes (T2D for short) could happen to my brother, who is five and a half years younger than I am, then it could just as easily happen to me. In order to effectively wrap my mind around it, I started watching all sorts of YouTube videos explaining T2D. It quickly became painfully obvious that T2D is a diet-related malady that can be avoided and the symptoms of which can even be reversed with a change in diet.
In the last roughly 70 years we have been attacking our bodies with chronic, excessive carbohydrate consumption. We mindlessly attack our bodies with cookies, cakes, candies, pasta, potatoes, rice, bread and GMO frankenfruit. The average human body has roughly a gallon and a half of blood. Normal blood glucose levels are about 5 grams, or one level teaspoon of sugar. The average American consumes the equivalent of between 32 and 55 teaspoons of sugar a day, depending on how much of what they are consuming is processed. I’m defining processed foods as things such as potato chips, sweet rolls, bread, pasta, processed snack “treats,” etc.
In the past one year and ten months, I have lost about forty pounds, which I consider to be sort of a big deal considering I’m sixty five years old. I also lost the acid reflux I’d been plagued with for many decades.
One of the not-so-obvious things that excessive carbohydrate consumption, particularly consumption of modern grains cause, is a dysregulated inflammation response. Inflammation is a normal part of a functioning immune system. Inflammation is necessary for the proper ongoing process of life. However, processed foods manufactured with modern cross-bred grains can cause inflammation function dysregulation.
Here’s my opinion of how this works. There are at least four proteins present in modern cross-bred grains that would not normally occur in nature. Some of these proteins very closely mimic naturally-occurring proteins, but aren’t exact duplicates. Many of the proteins we eat are not metabolized, but end up being directly utilized as protein building blocks for our bodies.
The body takes up these alien, unnaturally occurring proteins and uses them as building blocks anyway.
In the meantime, there are elements in our immune systems that are constantly circulating in the blood that are looking for foreign invaders. When they find these alien proteins, they create an inflammatory response. It doesn’t matter to the immune system’s emergency inflammatory response system if it is attacking part of the body, such as a joint structure or other tissues – it simply responds to the presence foreign, non-natural proteins.
Sure, it has been great to lose forty pounds and easily keep it off without having to ever worry about overeating. It has been great to live 100% acid reflux free.
But perhaps even more importantly for my long-term health, my body’s inflammation levels are vastly reduced. The eczema that was present on the heals of my feet for the last 27 years is now gone. It took a few months, but the eczema packed up and vacated the premises on both feet. I also had a long-standing problem with excess mucous in my respiratory and sinus systems. That’s also gone. I no longer experience unexplained joint aches.
Overall, it’s astonishing.
Who knows what potential maladies might have been averted simply by eliminating dysregulated inflammation?
With the virus situation currently making the rounds in 2020, a dysregulated inflammatory response is possibly the greatest risk factor for severely negative outcomes.