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by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy

In order to learn sompething useful it is necessary to have a clear space in which to learn it. In the area of diet, for almost every person I meet, the space which needs to be clear is clogged up with "I already know what a good diet looks like." Here is what my new patients usually say: "My diet is good, I don't eat meat. I eat fish and chicken, vegetables, breads, and pastas." Then they want to know how come their cholesterol is high. Correct me if I am wrong, fish and chicken — those are not vegetables, are they? The epidemiological studies have long since been done. Strict real vegetarians (vegans) live longer and healthier lives.

OK, so then they tell me what good vegetarians they are, and then talk about cheese, yogurt and other milk products. Let's see, is milk a vegetable? Do farmers get up early in the morning and milk the plants? The evidence is overwhelming. Milk products, especially the government approved pasteurized, homogenized kind not only do not promote health, they, along with grains (i.e. pastas and breads) are the strongest allergens in the SAD (Standard American Diet). "Oh, but I'm not allergic" they say. Few people have no allergies. Most allergies are of the delayed type. You eat it on day one and the body reacts on day three. By that time you can't recall what you ate on day one and you never make the connection. These are called "slow allergies" and also "hidden allergies."

Just today one of my patients with a cholesterol well over 300 told me what a good low fat diet she is on. Low fat isn't it folks. All refined carbohydrate food converts quickly to simple sugar in the gut and from there it enters the blood stream. That amount which cannot be burned off immediately is stored primarily as fat. Fat is burned as energy. Carbohydrates are stored as fat. It's the carbs which drive up your triglycerides and cholesterol count, not fats! In fact, if you cut your fat intake to zero you would die because certain fatty acids are necessary to life itself. That part of the story is conveniently left out of the effort to inform the public of the nature of a proper diet. Probably you need to re-read this paragraph several times, especially if you are thinking "I know all this stuff." The low fat brainwash is powerful and persuasive.


Two things are harmful about a high carb diet: (1) the carbs turn to fat, and (2) carbs are the favorite food of fungi. Fungal overgrowth in the intestine probably accounts for even more illness than meat ingestion. Fungi are animals midway between the plant and the animal world. They are not animals and they are not plants. They are in a class by themselves. And they are everywhere; in almost every bite of food you take. Nature has a way of destroying fungi: hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Nature's plan is to fry them there before they can do any harm. However, as we age fewer and fewer of us are producing enough stomach acid to do the job. And a critically important job it is, because if fungi, such as yeast, can make it past the stomach, it is a real party for those guys in the small and large intestines. Overgrowth of these little plant/animals produces malaise and probably accelerates, if not causes, the so-called "degenerative" disease of aging including arthritis and cancer. Many infectious disease experts believe that major bacterial infections are always preceded by fungal overgrowth which weakens the immune system and makes the bacterial infection possible.

Prevention of fungal overgrowth is probably the most important measure you can take to live long and healthy. Here are the simple steps to accomplish this: avoid all non-sprouted seeds and nuts, avoid all grains (that includes breads), take as much Betaine HCL as you can during each meal without producing a burning sensation. Start with one 10 grain capsule and build up incrementally, one additional capsule with each successive meal until you reach the burning point. Then back down to the level just below that with each meal. This advice is predicated on the statistical fact that many people suffer from hypochlorhydria and are completely unaware of that fact Also, and this is important: brush and floss your teeth and use a tongue scraper on your tongue (vigorously) three times each day. Yeast and other fungi grow very well in your mouth and on your teeth, forming a large part of what we call "plaque."

Here are some general guidelines for proper diet:

  • Avoid trans-fatty acids and partly hydrogenated fats ("bad fats").
  • Consume omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (good fats). The proportion of these two is in hot debate, so I have no recommendations on that subject, although most experts recommend to favor the omega-3s. Good source is humus and also the Earth Balance spreads - read the labels.
  • Eliminate sugar and white flour (simple and refined carbs or "bad carbs"). Rely on complex carbs (veggies) for your carbohydrate needs.
  • Consume more fruits, veggies, and legumes in place of simple and refined carbs.
  • If you eat bread, make it sprouted whole grain such as (and especially) Ezekiel.
  • Eat only what you need to satisfy hunger. Get used to stopping when satisfied.
  • Eliminate or reduce to one or two servings per week of red meat (due to saturated fats which increase the risk of cancer).
  • If you use salt, use pure salt. The only brand available is called Kosher Salt. If you have high blood pressure, add no salt to your food.
  • Eliminate or reduce to once every two weeks all sea/lake/river/water food (due to heavy metals).
  • Your water source should be distilled water. Don't buy the propaganda about water. The purpose of water is cleansing and hydrating, not delivering dissolved dirt even if there are minerals in the dirt.
  • Choose organic.
  • Choose quality over quantity.
  • If you need to loose weight, do it without drugs using the principles above combined with daily exercise.
  • Read the labels of whatever processed foods you consume, whether organic or not.

  • The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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