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Why Snacking is a Health Hazard

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Why Snacking is a Health Hazard

Over the past few years there has been an emphasis on eating regularly throughout the day, with main meals separated by snacking: Breakfast followed by a mid morning snack; lunch followed by mid-afternoon snack and dinner followed by evening snack or supper. This was supposed to help stimulate metabolism, keep weight in check and provide stable blood sugar regulation. Well it hasn’t worked and it will never work.

People today eat more food than ever and eat more frequently than ever. Despite (or because of) this, the problems of metabolism, overweight and blood sugar irregularities are Read More...worse than ever. The rates of obesity and overweight are climbing, diabetes is epidemic and chronic tiredness is universal.

It is no exaggeration to say that western society is eating itself into a stupor, chronic illness and an early grave, in that order.

Understanding Metabolism: Anabolism and Catabolism

Metabolism is the balance between two biological processes within the body called anabolism and catabolism.

On the one hand the body has to be continually renewed. New tissues, including the skin, the gut, bones and so on are continually rebuilding. This process is called anabolism. You have heard of anabolic steroids, which are sometimes taken illegally by athletes to stimulate new tissue growth. Bodybuilders are notorious for taking anabolic steroids to build bigger muscles. Well this is where the word finds its context. Anabolism means building up.

The second process is called catabolism. This is where the body breaks old tissue down, removes waste products and excretes them, a process closely linked to detoxification.

In bones for example, two different types of cell perform these two functions. One bone cell, the osteoclast, clears away old, mottled bone. This process is then followed by the second type of bone cell called an osteoblast, which builds new bone. All body tissues undergo these processes, some more quickly than others. Thus the entire body replaces itself every few years.

The Importance of Catabolism

If our catabolic processes are compromised or inefficient, we become toxic. When the cellular wastes and old, used tissue and materials are not efficiently removed, they accumulate in different parts of the body. Toxaemia results, where these waste products accumulate within the body tissues, fat and blood. This condition of toxaemia has been now officially accepted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in the States in 2001. All sorts of illnesses result from this chronic process, from inflammation to chronic disease to premature ageing.

It is what we want to avoid if we wish to live a healthier, more energetic, disease-free, and of course, long life.

So what Does Snacking Have to Do with Catabolism?

When we eat, and this includes snacking, we promote anabolism, or building up, and we temporarily inhibit the process of catabolism. We divert energy away from the catabolic or clearing processes of the body and focus the body’s energy on building up.

When we do not eat, we rest our digestive system and promote detoxification and catabolism. This helps keep our bodies cleaner and less toxic, allowing our bodies to remove wastes and detoxify materials which otherwise could cause unwanted health issues.

To further illustrate this, it is why we often might notice a slightly off breath upon arising in the morning. This is because we have spent a number of hours (hopefully) not eating, while asleep, and this allows the body the necessary rest to initiate its catabolic and detoxification processes. Not only is our breath stronger, but our urine is also a little darker in colour, a result of the kidneys having extra energy to help detoxify our blood.

It is also why we lose our appetite when sick, feverish, very stressed or exhausted. This is called anorexia, meaning lack of appetite. It has important survival value. Animals and young children automatically do it, but many adults and doctors encourage the opposite, which is to eat “to keep your strength up”. Such foolish advice has literally killed countless people.

Eat and Then Don’t Eat!

It is best to eat and then go without eating. No snacking. Wait until the next meal and you will enjoy that meal with a genuine hunger. You will relish the food. Because of this, your genuine hunger will allow better digestion because the digestive enzymes and organs have had a rest, a catabolic rest. The few hours away from all food allows our bodies to focus on detoxifying or cleaning the system. The body becomes less toxic, cleaner and lighter. Our normal and healthy weight is more easily attained.

Many people are on an “eat-all-day- diet. They are forever eating and drinking. Snacking is engaged in frequently. The problem is they are not truly hungry. They are governed by what Dr Joel Fuhrman calls “toxic hunger” in his books Eat to Live and Fasting and Eating for Health. This toxic hunger is not true hunger, but is characterised by a feeling of weakness or discomfort, headaches, light-headedness, tummy rumblings and emptiness, which the person mistakenly interprets as hunger. It is really a symphony of withdrawal symptoms from food addiction. Eating then relieves the discomfort until shortly after, when more eating is engaged in, perpetuating a cycle which is ruinous to health.

To eat and snack regularly this way is to invite trouble: indigestion, reflux, overweight, headaches, fatigue, nausea and later on more serious problems.

True Hunger:

True hunger is felt in the mouth and throat, not in the stomach. It is associated with salivation. It is not accompanied by any form of pain or discomfort.

Those in excellent health can miss a meal completely and still feel neutral: not incapacitated by discomfort or weakness. They just feel “hungry”. They go to their meal feeling energetic but “ready to eat”.

In fact, the Native American Indians had a saying: “the hungry dog hunts best!”. When hungry, it had great energy and alertness, necessary for its continued survival.

Science Proves Snacking Shortens Life ( At least in Rats):

The National Institutes on Ageing conducted a study published in Science Magazine in August 2002, where they fed 2 groups of rats 7,500 calories each per week.

Group 1 was fed regularly throughout the day (snacking), while Group 2 was fed only 3 times per day (non-snacking). At the end of the week both groups had consumed the same food and the same calories.

At the end of the study, Group 2 rats (non-snacking) significantly outlived the Group 1 (snacking) rats.

If Not Hungry, Don’t Eat

It goes without saying that we should not eat if we are sick or unwell. It also applies to us when we are not genuinely hungry. The fact that we are not hungry simply means our body has no need for food at the time. To eat because of someone’s mistaken opinion is to overburden the body and increase toxaemia.

There is no adverse consequence to missing a meal when not hungry. The opposite is true. There is great benefit. You will set in motion greater catabolic activities which facilitate enhanced detoxification processes. Just like breakfast means “break- fast”, so periods of time between meals represent a form of mini-fast, and its plethora of biological benefits. For better health, do not snack routinely. The occasional transgression is not a problem, it is when snacking becomes a routine, habitual part of our lifestyle.

One Exception:

Elite athletes engaging in high-intensity or ultra-endurance sports and training might need to modify this principle, as their routines may require the judicious use of high-nutrient snacks. Such athletes represent only a fraction of the population, however.

For the average person not engaged in ultra-endurance sport, it is best to eat and then go without eating.

Your health will only improve.

Dr Spock Stole My Tonsils!

Monday, October 20th, 2014

I was raised in the 1950’s . My mother had read the popular book by Dr Benjamin Spock in the late 40’s  titled Baby and Child Care, and faithfully followed the good doctor’s advice. The book became staggeringly  popular, and believe it or not, has sold more books than any other in history, apart from the Bible. The book became a bible of sorts to parents raising children. Spock passed away in 1998 but still his influence continues to this day.

Dr Spock instructed parents to feed their babies and children up to 2 pints of cows’ milk per day, and Read More...no less than one and a half! Like almost all mothers following Spock’s nutritional “bible”, my mother, thinking she was doing the right thing, dutifully complied.

The NSW Health Department reinforced this milk mania, and  baby boomers reading this will recall drinking (or gagging on) their mandatory one third of a pint of warm cows’ milk at primary school each day.

Tragically, Spock’s advice caused incalculable damage to children’s health. It is no co-incidence that after his book was released just after WW2 in 1946, the rates of tonsillitis, adenoid and upper and lower respiratory diseases skyrocketed, as did the use of antibiotics.

Like millions of children at the time I also suffered chronic tonsil and adenoid problems, until at the age of 4 I had them surgically removed. I recall waking up from the surgery and being fed ice cream. That practice still continues! Imagine feeding a child the very thing that helped put him in hospital in the first place!

The truth is, my tonsils were never the problem. They were just doing their job as part of my immune system in the face of daily insults in the form of milk and other unsuitable foods. They were working as designed. They were certainly swollen (inflamed) but so does any part of the body when it is continually provoked and irritated. Inflammation follows irritation and is part of the repair process. It demonstrated  the law of cause and effect. The cause of my inflamed tonsils were not my tonsils, but what was irritating them (certain foods, particularly milk and dairy).

The organ (tonsils) did not need to be removed, the causes did!! After their removal, I had no more tonsillitis, obviously. But Dr Spock’s advice was still diligently followed, my milk and dairy intake remained high and hence, my toxic state continued.  Because my tonsils could no longer be the avenue of toxic release, another organ became affected, namely my eyes. Eye infections followed. Then came more antibiotics, and hence followed an adolescence of lowered immunity and increasing sensitivities.

Very Little Has Changed

At my clinic I often see young children  who have had repeated health problems, numerous visits to doctors and specialists and had multiple drugs prescribed. It is very sad to see such suffering. The parents are also affected by this as they do their best to help their family.

It might be a number of middle ear infections first, treated by many antibiotics. Tubes may be inserted. Sometime later, another organ becomes problematic, often the tonsils. More drugs, perhaps even tonsillectomy. The child then develops a chronic cough, and asthma is diagnosed. Asthma drugs are given. Later on, the child develops a skin rash, and eczema is diagnosed, now it’s off to a skin specialist who prescribes  cortisone creams  and more antibiotics. Because causes are never removed, the child’s toxicity increases and  one organ after another breaks down under the continual irritation.

It is like a play where the scenes change but the drama continues. The sick organs change from one to another but the sickness remains. It often leads to things like Glandular Fever and then Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in adolescence or young adulthood. Multiple food and chemical sensitivities are often involved. School and academic performance is affected. For many children, they move from physical problems to mental manifestations, such as learning disorders, autism and ADHD. They are ALL linked to toxicity.

The order of organ involvement is variable but one thing is certain. Unless the causes are removed the effects will continue. That is why recent research has shown that even some adult cancers are often related to poor childhood nutritional choices.

It is a modern day tragedy that very rarely is the diet looked at, let alone changed.  If changes are made, they are often initiated by the desperate parents who themselves are confused by all the nutritional mixed messages they hear and read. When you consider that if you take a sick animal to the vet, the first question will be: what are you feeding it? The vet is comprehensively trained in appropriate nutrition for each animal species. It is the Eighth Wonder of the World why doctors are still not trained in appropriate nutrition for the human species in 2014!

It is important to remember that the human body was designed to be a survival machine. It was programmed to be healthy, not continually sick. Sickness is a form of protest on behalf of the body. You inhale dust, you cough- a protest- stop breathing in the dust. You eat off food and vomit- a protest, get it out! All symptoms are protests. They carry a message. And that message will get louder and louder ( sicker and sicker) until it is properly interpreted.

Our next seminar will be covering Raising Healthy Children, from Babies to Biggies, where Dawn and I share our game-plan to raise exceptionally healthy children. We are very excited to share what we know with you. This is a combination of seeing children overcome health issues at my clinic for the past 30 years plus raising our own 3 healthy children, none of whom has ever had an antibiotic.

If you want to learn how to raise, disease-free, drug-free children, dynamically healthy mentally and physically, this is not to be missed. Whether you are a parent of children 18 and under or a prospective parent, this seminar is one of the most important ones you can ever attend. By implementing what we suggest, you will start to see benefits in your family almost immediately, and it may even help your own health!

For more details and to register visit our events box.