When It Comes To Your Health, What’s Your Poison?

The best health advice I ever got was from Kurt Amman, who started Rosendal Vinegar in Stellenbosch. He said you should always aim to put the highest-quality ingredients that you can afford into your body.

The best book on this enormous, polarizing, complex and emotional subject is Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, written by Weston A Price in the late 1930s.

Yet how many people take Kurt’s advice to heart? I mean, really think to themselves: is this food, drink or supplement of the highest quality that I can afford? If you have the choice between an organic food and one that is conventionally produced, you must know that the certified organic one will always be less contaminated. Conventional agriculture exists only because of the widespread use of herbicides, pesticides, larvacides, nematicides, grubicides and insecticides.

All those poisons (the suffix -cide is the Latin for death) end up in our food.

The poisons in our daily food that we don’t often know about

Avoid these poisons in your food for your better health

On the subject of these poisons, the single most positive move for your health is to try to avoid glyphosate. Sadly, this poison is ubiquitous. 93% of all people tested have it in their urine. For example, there isn’t a single loaf of bread sold in South Africa (and probably most countries) which does not contain glyphosate – with the exception being the perhaps 30 loaves made daily with organic flour.

To understand the impact of glyphosate, you should read MIT professor Stephanie Seneff’s view. She shows an almost one-to-one correlation between the increases of a plethora of inflammatory diseases (autism, dementia, kidney failure, diabetes, etc) and the introduction of Roundup Ready crops in the USA, which means the use of glyphosate.  The same holds true again from most countries who take a leaf out of the US’ book.

Weston A Price’s book is a result of the 10 years he spent traveling the world, from the mid-1920s, with the aim of trying to find people who had never eaten the white man’s food, as his hypothesis was that the typical fare of the white man was causing the human body to break down.

Foods referred to are the following:

  • sugar
  • canned foods
  • white flour
  • polished rice
  • grain-fed beef

He traveled across the entire globe and found that every time this food was introduced, not only would the humans start degenerating, but their societies would degenerate too. None of these societies had prisons or people on anti-depressants. Imagine that?

Get a food allergy test if you want to improve your health

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What has helped our family a lot is having a food allergy test.  Once you know what everyone in the family is allergic to, remove those foods from the house, as what is not available can’t be eaten.

Finally, remember that every time you eat, you choose a farmer. There are only two types of farmers: destructive farmers and regenerative farmers. Choose the farmer who is going to ensure your health and the health of the earth.

Want to know more about good health and habits?

The importance of teaching our children the right habits when it comes to healthy living cannot be overestimated. Research is indicating that certain habits can even be carried through from parents to their children through DNA. In other words, to some extent children can inherit their parent’s habits, both good and bad. A paper published in Science from the researchers from the University of Adelaide found that, in addition to carrying genes, sperm and eggs are coded with genetic memories that can affect the health of an embryo.

“Transgenerational epigenetic effects interact with conditions at conception to program the developmental trajectory of the embryo and fetus,” the paper read, “ultimately affecting the lifetime health of the child.”

Click on the following link to find out which habits you need to instill in your children.

About the author:

Farmer Angus is a biodynamic farmer based in Stellenbosch.  You can follow him on Twitter @FarmerAngus. Read his bio below for more details or click to his website: