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Survival Food and How Not To Die

The food we eat has a huge effect upon our health, well-being and long term survival. What you take into your body is what you will ultimately get out of it. Strength, stamina, vitality and health are all the benefits we receive from a healthy body. It makes sense to consider seriously what you are going to eat and put into your body - in all situations. Storing unhealthy survival food for those "just in case" emergencies may sound fine, and may get you through a short-term crisis or situation, but is it really fine?

Not all survival food is the same, in fact the vast majority of survival foods are loaded with unhealthy fats, chemicals, additives, flavorings and preservatives. Foods with these ingredients have been medically found to cause most of the human diseases and illnesses that are rapidly increasing in the population. These ingredients are extremely common in pre-packaged supermarket foods that everybody buys and eats every day. The staggering rise in cancers, tumors, strokes, diabetes and many other illnesses has been directly linked to our daily dietary choices. What we eat, every single day. "You are what you eat" is more true than not.

All food is converted into energy, which is processed by our bodies cells in order to function (survive). During this conversion from food into energy, there are also many other processes that take place. What is actually in the food in the form of fats, chemicals, additives, flavorings and preservatives has effects upon your body and its ability to remain healthy.

Your body knows what to do with real natural food, but the processed foods being vastly consumed today are another story. The modern diet, especially within developed countries like America, contains a stupendous excess of processed foods. This rise in the consumption and prevelance of processed food has tracked right alongside the rapid rise in metabolic diseases throughout the population (of the world in fact). The statistics on this are absolutely staggering and need to be seriously considered:

1) Most deaths in the United States are preventable, and they are related to what we eat. The American diet is the #1 cause of premature death and the #1 cause of disability in the United States.

2) Despite this direct link between diet and death, diet and nutrition are almost not taught in medical schools. Only one-quarter of medical schools offer a single course in nutrition. 6 out of 7 doctors feel "inadequately trained" to counsel patients about their diets. A bill was introduced to ensure that physicians received a minimum of just 12 hours of nutrition training, but was opposed by the California Medical Association and California Academy of Family Physicians. The bill was ammended to just seven hours and then all the way down to zero.

3) Global spending on prescription drugs now exceed $1 trillion dollars annually, with the United States responsible for 1/3 of the market. Despite this stupendous cost, heart-attacks, diabetes, cancer and other diseases continue to rise.

4) Genetics (your genes) only account for 10 - 20% of your risk for disease. The rest is really up to you - and what you eat has almost everything to do with it. High-risk countries like the United States are at the top of the charts for disease and death because of the American diet - and so is every country that adopts these patterns. Americans are now around the 27th or 28th worst country for life-expectancy out of the thirty for top free-market democracies. We are now living slightly longer then before, but unhealthily so (we're sicker), those extra years are being spent in and with medical care. We're actually living fewer healthy years now then we once did.

5) Medical anthropologists have deterimined that we are now in the Age of Degenerative and Man-Made Diseases. This has occured primarily because of our habits in eating. Previously, the top three killers were infectious diseases: pneumonia, tuberculosis, and diarrheal disease. Now, the killers are largely lifestyle diseases: heart disease, cancer and chronic lung disease. All three have been medically traced to diet. A pandemic of chronic disease has been ascribed in part to the near-universal shift towards a diet dominated by animal-sourced and processed foods - in other words, more meat, dairy, eggs, oils, soda, sugar and refined grains. A sharp rise in diet-related chronic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, cadiovascular diseases and cancer has been found.

6) How Not To Die, Micheael Greger, M.D. Founder Nutrition Facts (NutritionFacts.Org) This is a must-read source material book regarding diet and disease. Using thousands of case studies and medical reports from around the world, Dr. Greger has become one of the world's foremost nutrition-based doctors, examining the close relationship between diets and the rapid rise of disease. Dr. Gregor is convinced, as are thousands of other medical professionals, that most diseases can be avoided or even reverted through healthy diet.

7) Cancer is now more common than getting married or having a first baby. The global environment is polluted, awash in toxins, poison, pesticides, herbicides, chemicals and carcinogenic compounds, affecting air, water and soil worldwide. Industrialized agriculture is heavily reliant upon finding the cheapest methods of food production and these poisons are now found in the global food supply. The stupdendous rise in human disease and sickness corresponds with the rapid increase in environmental pollutants - and the ubiquitous production and consumption of processed foods. The more processed food you consume, the more likely you are to become sick, diseased and ill.

(although this article is a work in progress, the information is very important and we thought to publish this as quickly as possible - Food Assets)
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Part I - Survival Food, What Exactly Are You Eating?

There are some huge misconceptions about what type of food should be stored for an emergency. We have probably seen all of the mistakes "preppers" make.

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Part II - How Not To Die

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Part III - Survival Food & Dietary Choices

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Part IV - Why We are Sick & Diseased

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Part V - The Future of Survival Food and What It Will Mean

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