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So You Think You Have A Balanced Diet?

So You Think You Have A Balanced Diet?
26/12/2012 Mike

Evidence that

(a) people who should know better don’t know what a balanced diet really is, and/or

(b) that balanced diets no longer contain the nutrients they should,

is piling up from all corners of the health (or rather, sickness) scene. Vernon Coleman describes the problem quite well – see

My most recent experience of this has been in the sales of a green foods multivit by Nature’s Plus, called Source of Life. The makers are so sure of this product that they guarantee a burst of energy or your money back. What the product does is provide a broad spectrum of easily absorbable nutrients in realistic quantities, which seems to rapidly fill the gaps in our personal nutrient stores, which are causing dysfunction and tiredness. The result is many people experience, to variable degrees, a lift or burst in energy within a day.

Over the years, very few pots have been returned; on the contrary, I am regularly getting customers coming back for more, amazed at the results. Some refuse to believe that the change was achieved just by such a simple set of nutrients. Now this product really is nothing magical. It is a logical and well thought-out solution to a simple, but poorly understood problem. That problem is that we are overfed and undernourished. Even of those who believe they know what constitutes a balanced diet, very few realise that the food they eat hasn’t got the nutrients in it. Possibly even if it’s organic. (I can see the flack coming in on that one… but see the second bullet first…)


  • The soils are depleted organically, nutritionally and structurally by years of abuse by chemicals, monocropping and intensive farming, so they cannot supply the goods necessary for proper nutrient development (See article on It’s not the fruit it used to be….)
  • The crops are no longer natural: Years ago natural varieties were removed from the UK market to be replaced by factory produced hybrids which could then be profitably licensed for sale. It is now illegal to trade in natural original seeds. The hybrids are produced for reasons of profit – ease of cropping, faster growing, looking better on the supermarket shelf, etc. At no time have any of these been produced from the point of view of improving, or even maintaining their nutritional values. The results are clear from research around the world: nutrient levels in fruits and vegetables have dropped significantly over the last 50 years.
  • There’s another problem: Many of the foods we eat actually strip nutrients from our already nutrient starved bodies. So things like cola drinks, sugar, coffee, white flour, white rice etc, all cause nutrients to be lost as the body tries to manage the safe processing of these unnatural substances.

Little wonder, then, that many of us don’t feel we’re firing on all four… And then of course we take all manner of boosters and lifters, like more sugar (ho ho, guess what happens then…) or drugs, all of which further deplete our resources and we end up weaker and more dependent on the drugs we pay so much for in so many ways.. And of course our immune system depends on nutrients for it to defend us against an ever increasing armoury of parasites and pollution (see Hulda Clark – ). So in the absence of nutrients our immune system lets in all and sundry, so we resort to drugs. These are nice little money makers because

(a) They stop the natural healing process

(b) Hide the symptoms

(c) Fool us into thinking we have been healed, meanwhile allowing the disease to go deeper

(d) Give us lots of lovely side effects, for which, of course there are more drugs, with more side-effects, and so-on. Sounds familiar? You want to make money on shares? – buy into drugs – we’re too stupid ever to see the joke.

So here’s the bottom line. We have an opportunity to take charge of our own health and stay healthy. One part of this is to choose only good real food and eat in good balance. In order to do this our food must be natural and come from natural forms of agriculture. For the time being we can supplement that diet with those nutrients not present in our food. This is an individual thing, and something like Nature’s Plus Source of Life would provide the first clue that nutrients might be missing – if this does the job, it’s not unreasonable to assume that it has plugged a gap in our nutrient profile, and this gap should be investigated. Meanwhile, we can demand better food. Supermarkets didn’t stock brown rice and organic vegetables out of a concern for our health – it was because we asked for them. So if we continue to stay choosy, eventually we’ll have the choice.