The need for food is a given
Our greatest daily need is for food and water. It’s what keeps us alive. The ancient Greeks recognized this fact in the telling of the story of King Midas whose greed for gold was realized, but in the process his need for food was denied.
Basically, food is more important than gold – the better the food and the less its availability, the higher its value. Theoretically the ‘sky’ is the ultimate limit.
Complexity of the Cell
The cells of our bodies are incredibly complex as my three earlier posts have shown. The interior space of each cell is a vast collection of innumerable stationary and moving objects. That’s where food ends up for final processing.
The nucleus is the cell’s control centre containing thousands of genes with responsibility for accepting and sending molecular messages within and outside the cell – including the capability of exchanging information with the body’s bacteria (the bacterial genes are about 38% the same as those of the body).
Not many people realize how complex and ‘alive’ each cell is. One reason for the lack of understanding and appreciation is that scientists now understands only about 1% of the cell’s internal workings! In human terms that’s still quite a bit of important scientific knowledge. For example we know that the bacteria flagellum (not a human cell) has a molecular machine that acts like an outboard motor with a 100,000 rpm rev count! Each of our cells has heaps of different types and numbers of molecular machines.
The need for quality food for every cell
Is there any reason to doubt that cells require quality food and nutritional ingredients to enable them to run at peak performance? To expect second rate products to do the trick is a ridiculous idea. Yet that is what often happens. Such an error of judgement is bad enough. Obviously the King Midas mistake is the ultimate error of judgement but even so there is no excuse for worsening the standard of food provision whether it is in a ‘well-off’ country or not. Despite the fact that cells are incredibly resilient given the treatment they often receive, there is no excuse for lowering the standard of overall food quality – rather the opposite should apply.
Food must be of the highest quality in the same way that your car requires quality fuel for power and performance and quality oil and hydraulic fluid for smooth internal operation. Unlike a human being, a car does not have its own maintenance and repair system – a skin cut will mend itself but a car ding won’t. A human body is technologically streets ahead of even an admired high performance motor car – without a doubt. Let’s appreciate and respect the difference.
It amazes me that so very little of what science knows has seeped out into the community at large. Most people have very little idea of how spacious, complex and active a cell is, let alone recognize the need for high quality food. Professor Tim Spector, “The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat”, states that, “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother’s microbes wouldn’t recognize as food”. This is really good advice. Unfortunately “Our microbial diversity is [also] declining every decade, which is definitely a bad thing”. Even if you took Spector’s advice about his great-grandmother we are still slipping back nutrition-wise. Most concerning.
There is no excuse for us not knowing about the deteriorating standards. This is even more concerning.
Understanding the cell and the logic of a natural food diet
To know what happens to food when it gets into the cell people need to have a broad understanding:
- of the makeup of a cell, its essential processes, and an appreciation of its complexity (video re cells in earlier posts – beats hands down any science fiction story),
- that a cell is incredibly active, spacious and complex (see earlier posts about the hidden universe inside each cell),
- it is quality natural food and nutrition that the cell requires to provide energy and growth to achieve optimum cell performance, and
- that there is a way to take waste away from the cell and ‘dump’ it.
The effect of lack of knowledge
Here are some examples of questions about which many people have little knowledge of the facts:
- What are the differences between natural food vitamins and synthetic vitamins, and what their respective benefits are?
- How is the word ‘natural’ as in natural food used by food manufactures?
- How is it that many processed food products are often defined as ‘natural’?
- Why should the prescription of antibiotics be managed with extreme care?
- What should the standard process be for managing antiseptic products?
- Are all babies born free of germs? What is the situation after birth?
Once people understand how a cell operates (that’s where the nutrients from the food end up), and can provide answers to the above questions we will be on our way to a new paradigm. People will then be able to understand the what and why of the action they would be supporting.
Steps towards a new paradigm
1. Educate the public to understand the wonder and complexity of each cell in the body.
2. Teach people to understand the relevance of natural food being critically important for the cells, and thus for the health and well-being of the body as a whole.
3. Create an understanding that any food entering the body that is short of proper nutrients, is simply not appropriate and can prevent cells from functioning properly. It can even cause damage to the cells.
4. To get started have a country mandate organic farming. Denmark is considering this very question at the moment.
See the next post for a further addition to the paradigm statement.
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