The fact is, when I use an endoscope to examine the stomachs of people who regularly drink tea (green tea, Chinese tea, English black tea) or coffee containing lots of tannic acid, I usually find their gastric mucosa has thinned due to atrophic changes. That all-important stomach lining is literally wasting away. It is a well-known fact that chronic atrophic changes or chronic gastritis can easily become stomach cancer.
I am not the only medical professional to have noticed the ill effects of drinking coffee and tea. At the Japanese Cancer Conference in September 2003, Professor Masayuki Kawanishi of Mie University’s School of Hygiene presented a report stating that antioxidants can damage DNA . Moreover, many kinds of teas that are sold in the supermarket today use agricultural chemicals during the cultivation process.
When you consider the effects of tannic acid, agricultural chemical remnants and caffeine put together, you know why I strongly recommend drinking plain water instead of tea. However, for those of you who like tea and cannot stop drinking it, I advise you to use organically grown tea leaves, drink it after meals instead of on an empty stomach to avoid excess stress on your stomach lining, and limit it to about 2-3 cups per day.
Many people fall for mistaken common beliefs regarding their health because medicine today does not look at the human body as a whole. For many years there has been a trend for doctors to specialize, looking at and treating just one part of the body. We can’t see the forest for the trees. Everything in the human body is interconnected. Just because a component found in a food helps one part of the body function well, it does not mean that it is good for the entire body. When picking your food and drink, consider the big picture. You cannot decide whether a food is good or bad simply by looking at one ingredient found in that food.
Eating Meat Will Not Give You Stamina
In 1977, a very interesting report about food and health was published in America — the McGovern Report.
This report was published because a problem was brewing in the U.S. America’s medical costs were putting enormous pressure on the economy. Despite medical advancements, the number of people getting sick, especially with cancer and heart disease, continued to increase every year. It was clear that unless the cause of illness in Americans was somehow determined and a concrete policy was drawn up to combat this trend, the situation could become financially unsustainable. From that sense of impending crisis, a special committee in the Senate was established, chaired by Senator George S. McGovern.
With top medical and nutritional specialists of the time, members of the committee collected food and health data from all over the world and studied the causes of increase in illnesses. The results and data were compiled in the 5,000-page McGovern Report.
Because the report concluded that many diseases were caused by wrong dietary habits, publication of this report forced Americans to make a big decision. There would be no way for Americans to become healthy unless their current dietary habits changed.
At that time in the U.S., a high-protein, high-fat diet, such as thick cuts of steak or high-fat hamburger meat for dinner, was fairly common. Proteins are indeed valuable because they are the basic element for building the body. For that reason, eating food rich in animal protein was thought to be good, not only for athletes and growing children, but also for the physically weak and elderly. Even in Japan, the deep-rooted idea that “meat is the source of stamina” was influenced by American dietary habits.
The McGovern Report not only refuted that common belief, but it also described the ideal diet as none other than the Japanese diet during Japan’s “Genroku Period” (1688-1703), which consisted of grains as the staple food with side dishes such as seasonal vegetables, sea vegetables, and small amounts of small fish for protein. Because of this, the health benefits of Japanese food began to attract attention worldwide.
The common belief that if you do not eat meat, your muscles will not develop is demonstrably untrue. As proof of this, just take a look at nature. One would think that lions, being carnivores, would have extraordinary muscles. However, in reality, herbivores, like horses and deer, have much better developed muscles than lions. As proof of this, lions and tigers lack the stamina to pursue their prey for an extended period of time. They instead leap into action in an instant and use their speed to catch and kill their prey as quickly as possible. They do this because they themselves know that when it comes to endurance, they are no match for the better developed muscles of herbivores.
It is also untrue when we are told that we will not grow taller if we do not eat meat. Elephants and giraffes are several times taller than lions and tigers, but they are herbivores.
Eating meat does accelerate growth, and the rapid growth and maturation of children in the past few decades may be attributable to an increased intake of animal protein. Nevertheless, there is also a dangerous trap in eating meat. Once you reach a certain age, your body’s growth changes into a phenomenon called aging. Eating meat may accelerate growth, but it will also speed up the aging process.
Perhaps you are not willing to cut back on eating meat. That does not change the fact that meat has a harmful effect on your health and speeds up the aging process. Before you close your mind (and this book), read the material that follows.
6 Reasons Why High Protein Diets Will Harm Your Health:
1. Toxins from meat breed cancer cells.
Each cell contains DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), a chemical that contains the map for the body and its functions. The toxic byproducts of excessive animal fat and protein digestion can damage the DNA, turning the cells cancerous. The cancerous cells start multiplying on their own. Our blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells and lymphocytes. White cells and lymphocytes attack enemies such as bacteria and viruses, destroying them or rendering them harmless. When these cells are damaged this front line defense mechanism of the body malfunctions, and this can result in infection and the appearance of abnormal, cancerous cells.
2. Proteins Cause Allergic Reactions.
Proteins that have not been broken down into nutrients enter the blood stream as a foreign substance through the wall of the intestines. This often happens with small children. The body reacts to it as a foreign substance, creating an allergic reaction. This kind of protein allergy is most commonly caused by milk and eggs. Excessive intake of animal proteins and resultant allergic reactions are the cause of increasing incidences of atropic dermatitis, hives, collagen diseases, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
3. Excess Protein Stresses Liver and Kidneys.
Excess protein in the body must be broken down and eliminated through urine and causes a great burden on the liver and kidneys.
4. Excessive Intake of Protein Causes Calcium Deficiency and Osteoporosis.
When large amounts of amino acids are created, the blood becomes acidic, requiring calcium to neutralize it. Thus, excess protein consumption results in the loss of calcium. In addition, the phosphorus level in meat is very high and the blood must maintain a calcium to phosphorus ratio of between 1:1 and 1:2. A diet that increases the level of phosphorus will cause the body to draw calcium from teeth and bones to maintain the balance. Also, when one has lots of phosphorus and calcium in the body, phosphorus and calcium bind, producing calcium phosphate. The body cannot absorb this compound so it is excreted, adding to further loss of calcium, making the body susceptible to osteoporosis. This is why many people in countries with diets rich in animal proteins suffer from osteoporosis: porous bones result from a depletion of calcium.
5. Excess Protein Can Result in a Lack of Energy.
A great amount of energy is required to digest food. Excess protein is not completely metabolized and therefore not absorbed, leading to putrefaction in the intestines and the creation of toxic byproducts. A great amount of energy is demanded to detoxify these substances. When a large amount of energy is used a large number of free radicals are created. Free radicals are responsible for the aging process, cancer, heart disease and atherosclerosis.
6. Excess Protein May Contribute to ADHD in Children.
Studies in recent years show an increase in children with short attention spans who are prone to angry outbursts. Food and nutrition can have a significant impact on a child’s behavior and
social adaptability. There is a growing tendency for children at home and at school to consume large amounts of processed foods. Not only do these foods contain several additives, but processed foods tend to make the body acidic. Animal protein and refined sugar are also consumed in increased amounts while vegetables are often avoided. Animal protein and sugar demand increased calcium and magnesium leading to calcium deficiency. Calcium deficiency irritates the nervous system contributing to nervousness and irritability.
What Your Stomach and Intestines Can Tell You
In Japan, there is a concept that you can literally read in a person’s facial features the quality of that person’s life. In the United States, the saying goes, “It’s written all over his face.” Just as someone’s facial features can be good or bad depending on the person’s experiences and state of mind, the stomach and intestine also have good and bad characteristics that depict a person’s health condition.
A healthy person’s gastrointestinal characteristics are very clean. A healthy stomach is one in which the mucous membrane is uniformly pink without any bumps or irregularities on the surface, and blood vessels under the mucous are not visible. Furthermore, since a healthy person’s mucous is transparent, it appears shiny when reflecting light from the endoscope. A healthy person’s intestine is pink, extremely soft and has big, uniform folds.
Everybody has clean gastrointestinal characteristics as a child, but those features change depending on the person’s daily diet and lifestyle. An unhealthy person’s stomach is spotty and, in certain areas, red and swollen. Moreover, when the stomach develops chronic or acute inflammation of the mucous membrane, which is prevalent among Americans and Japanese people alike, the stomach lining becomes thin and blood vessels are visible underneath the mucous membrane.
Furthermore, when the gastric mucosa begin to atrophy or shrivel up, the surface cells try to compensate by multiplying in certain areas, causing the gastric wall to become bumpy. At that point, it is just one step short to becoming cancerous. In an unhealthy intestine, because the muscles of the intestinal walls become thick and firm, unequal folds develop, causing constrictions in certain areas, as if rubber bands were squeezing it.
People with “dormant illnesses” who have not yet developed pain or physical ailments, might have little motivation to cut down on eating meat. Perhaps very few red-blooded Americans will heed my advice. Why? Perhaps because they cannot give up meat. Social pressures are too great. Maybe they’ve been relying on meat to make a meal for their entire lives and do not know what else to eat. However, the reason may also be that they cannot see what things look like inside their own gut.
When the exterior of our bodies start showing physical change, we tend to take the changes more seriously. Balding, wrinkles, fat, or sagging skin upset people and motivate them to spend time and money trying to treat these conditions. When it comes to changes within the digestive tract, out of sight is out of mind. People tend to think that unless they have a severe pain in the belly, everything must be fine in there. Nothing is done to take care of the inside of the stomach and intestines, and they continue to deteriorate. Later on, after people become sick, many regret not having made a lifestyle change to prevent the illness.
I myself am more concerned with the changes occurring inside the body than I am about those on the outside. In part, this is because I can see the interior characteristics through my colonoscope. Mainly, however, it is because I know that these internal changes are directly related to the person’s overall health.
My patients who seriously follow the Enzyme Factor Diet and Lifestyle do so because they know their lives depend on it. For those who have previously had cancer, however, a healthy lifestyle that has a track record of producing a 0% recurrence rate usually takes precedence over
everything else. But I would like to change this from 0% cancer recurrence rate to a 0% illness rate by having people with dormant illnesses follow this healthy lifestyle.
In order for that to happen, everyone must clearly understand what changes are occurring inside their intestines when they continue eating meat.
The biggest reason eating meat damages our intestines is because meat contains no dietary fiber but does contain a large amount of fat and cholesterol. In addition, meat causes the walls of the colon to gradually become thicker and firmer. This happens because the lack of dietary fiber in meat results in a significant decrease of stool in the colon, making the colon work harder than usual to excrete the small amount of stool through peristalsis. In other words, excessive peristaltic motion causes intestinal wall muscles to become thicker and bigger, making the colon firmer and shorter.
As the colonic walls become thicker, the lumen, or colonic cavity narrows. Although the internal pressure in the firm and narrow colon rises, when large amounts of fat are absorbed in addition to the animal protein, the layer of fat around the colon thickens, putting more pressure on the intestinal wall. And as this internal pressure in the colon rises, the mucous membrane gets pushed out from the inside, forming pocket-like cavities called “diverticuli” in a condition called “diverticulosis.”
Now, the normally small amount of stool becomes even more difficult to push through the colon. As a result, the colon accumulates stagnant stool (impacted feces), which remain stagnant inside the colon for a long time. The stagnant stool accumulates as if clinging to the colon walls and, combined with diverticulosis, the stagnant stool goes into the pocketlike cavities, making excretion even more difficult.
Stagnant stool that accumulates in the diverticuli, or in between the folds, produces toxins, causing genetic mutations of cells in those sections and resulting in polyps. The polyps grow and can eventually become cancerous.