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Don’t hand your health to dead foods

  God, in his infinite wisdom, neglected nothing when creating the Earth. If we would eat our food without trying to improve, modify or refine it — thereby destroying its life-giving elements — it would meet all the body’s requirements.
  Most Americans today eat enough to fill their bellies and satisfy their hunger, but you can eat an adequate amount of food — even be fat — and still die of malnutrition. Health is dependant on the quality of food consumed, not the quantity, and many people are slowly dying because their diets do not provide them the nutrition they need. Look around and observe the older people among us: balding, bent over with osteoporosis, losing teeth and arthritis.
  We have for many years simply chalked these symptoms up to aging, but what causes aging is the body breaking down because it can no longer properly repair and maintain itself. While it is true the body’s ability to repair itself slows down with age, eating right and exercising go a long way toward helping the body perform at its optimum level. There are senior citizens who are still living healthy, productive lives, and it is more than genes that makes this possible.
  The scourge of malnutrition is affecting young people, too. Heart problems, stomach problems, cancer, diabetes and obesity are rampant in our society — and these diseases and illnesses don’t “just happen,” they are caused the majority of the time by the person’s lifestyle and diet. We are a nation of people who eat fast food, don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, are constantly stressed and live sedentary lives; no wonder we have so many health problems, no wonder so many people are on psychotropic medications for depression and anxiety — whether real or imagined — no wonder 30-year-olds are dropping dead from heart attacks, no wonder 5-year-olds are being diagnosed with insulin-dependant diabetes.
  People today are not getting enough of the cell-building foods they need to survive! They are eating tons of “dead” food void of vitamins and minerals because humans have decided to tamper with nature and process foods in factories. Cereals are a prime example of this: good, whole grain is cooked beyond recognition and sprinkled with sugar. This food is useless to your body. So are milk and juices that have been pasteurized, fried foods, bacon, eggs, and breads made with bleached or enriched flour. Even our water, which contains chlorine and fluoride, can harm you.
  Come on, now. How long are we going to fall for this nonsense and continue to eat this garbage? So you think you don’t have the time to make dinner and sit down to a home-cooked meal? You have to work too much or take the kids to ballet and gymnastics and baseball and soccer? What is more important, being healthy and strong or doing all of that stuff that causes you to be stressed and hurried? One day, when you are in pain and suffering you will realize you had paid more attention to living right.
  But it is not too late. Start eating fresh fruit for breakfast. Throw bananas, apples, berries of all types and walnuts into a blender with some pineapple or apple juice and liquefy. Or chop some carrots, celery and spinach and cook it in beef or chicken broth with some rice, cubed potatoes and small chunks of cooked chicken or ground meat, then simmer this about 20 minutes. You can then eat soup every day for several days. Use your imagination and create a soup to your liking by using dandelions, Romaine lettuce, chard, even cayenne peppers if you like it spicy. Get crazy and be healthy!
  Drink a glass of wine with this and start feeling the wonderful benefits of eating fresh, whole foods. Your blood will flow more freely, your heart will function better and your mind will be more relaxed because you are putting everything back in balance.

Anthony Scarano is not a doctor. He is an 88-year-old Evergreen Park resident, winemaker and certified naturopath. Suggestions in this space are solely the opinions of Mr. Scarano based on years of independent study and personal experience, and may not be beneficial to health. Wine should be consumed in moderation, as overindulgence may be harmful to health.