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IN THE BEGINNING, NUTRITION FUELS POST CONCEPTION GROWTH

A pregnant woman’s body is a biological factory, a product manufacturing site, and a distribution port for the human race. It takes in raw materials in the form of nutrition, breaks down the elements into a usable form, and shunts the majority of those resources to the design floor, the womb, where they are utilized in a combined production, resulting usually in a fairly decent product being shipped. Namely, you.

No matter how you were conceived, naturally or in a petri dish, you came to term inside one of these female factories, having grown and survived after conception on the nutrition that your mother consumed. You’ve heard the expression, “you are what you eat.” Well, in a very real sense, at birth you were what your mother ate. As there is no other way for you to get here, to this reality, it can be said that you—the body you inhabit—are literally, not figuratively, constructed from nutrition. Constructed from the same proteins, vitamins, minerals, herbs, plant extracts, and other concentrated food formulations that I recommend to heal your body and maintain wellness.

NUTRITION ENABLES GENETIC PROGRESSION

The premise for all my theories, the reason for my absolute promise to you that nutrition can heal any disease, is based on the fact that since vitamins created your body, it is logical to believe that the same nutrition can repair it. The particular genetic recipe for each of you is contained in your individual genes. But the instructions in the genetic code cannot be implemented without the addition of nutrition into the process. In other words, your genes need an energy source in order to activate and then construct your body based on your chromosomal blueprint. This energy source is none other than the food nutrition provided by your mother’s own choices and consumption patterns.

The genes you inherited turn off and on throughout your lifetime. This is one way that mama evolution keeps things interesting and ensures that you don’t pass on the same genetics to each offspring. This mix-it-up plan makes better usage of the gene pool from whence you sprang. That’s why your sister can look like dad while your brother looks just like dad’s granduncle, Ted. And you look like your mother’s great-grandaunt, Selendra, the financial investment wizard who died in 1929. Let’s say that you were lucky enough to inherit Selendra’s genes for math and financial projection. Meaning, you have within your genetics specific code for a future on Wall Street, and achieving financial stability in your youth.

A LACK OF NUTRITION LIMITS POTENTIAL

But let’s also say that you were conceived in a time of ongoing crisis or famine, and that during your manufacturing process, your mother consumed only 27 percent of the proteins, 16 percent of the B complex components, and 31 percent of important minerals that are necessary to grow an optimal human brain. While the majority of her consumed nutrition was shunted to you in the uterus, some of it was kept and utilized by your mother so she could continue functioning. Call it overhead, like you’d spend to keep any factory functioning, say for gas, electric, and cleaning services. So the percentages of these important nutritional elements were even lower for you during gestation.

In this case, there will certainly be fewer nutrients than necessary to grow the cerebral area pertaining to mathematics. And suppose that the crisis or famine situation includes a toxic atmosphere, which causes rampant free radical growth in your mother’s factory. She is eating only 25 percent of the antioxidants she needs to control free radical activity. So, even though you have the genetics, you come to term without great-grandaunt Selendra’s math abilities due to a lack of nutrition, and already predisposed to free radical inflammation based conditions, like cancer, and multiple sclerosis.

This is certainly a worst case, but I am trying to make the point that nutrition counts at every single step in the process of growing, caring for, and keeping a human body well and free of disease. It especially counts during pregnancy when the new human is under construction, and later when it needs repair.

NUTRITION BUILDS THE BODY FEATURE BY FEATURE

Pregnant women are notorious for their wild food fancies—from pickle and pomegranate casserole to peanut butter and popcorn sandwiches. But what they eat translates directly into sustenance for the growing fetus. It translates into bone and sinew, into blood vessel and brain matter, fingernails, faces, skin and hair. Every bit of you is constructed by nutrition.

Perhaps one day your mother woke up and unbeknownst to her, her factory was scheduled to produce ears and hearing for you that day. Maybe the production line needed a lot of extra potassium that day in order to get the hearing just right, so you would have perfect pitch. The factory foreman sent resource demands to her brain and your mother spent the next few days stuffing herself to exhaustion with guacamole and corn chips, buttered potatoes and lima beans, and pint after pint of fresh picked blueberries, all good sources of potassium. By the end of the week, the factory had moved on to eyes, and you had the perfect pitch of Yo-Yo Ma.

This transfer of nutrition happens minute by minute while you are in the factory, in the womb. Let’s say that while you were gestating, your mother ate as a snack one afternoon, a 16 ounce broiled sirloin, french fries, sautéed winter vegetables, and three whole wheat rolls with butter. She shared with you through the umbilical cord, a large portion of the nutrition she consumed at that meal.

From the steak you received, in addition to the calories—a lot of protein to help grow bone and tissue, iron and cobalamin (B12) to facilitate the flow of oxygen and to help regulate how your cells were differentiated, zinc to assist in brain cell formation, and B6 to produce hemoglobin and grow your nervous system.

From the vegetables you received, in addition to calories, protein, and fiber—an enormous assortment of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins A, C, K, E, thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), folic acid (B9), potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium, among other trace elements.

Each vegetable has these nutrients in varying amounts—e.g., a cup of dried seaweed has 1527 mg of potassium, while a cup of raw spinach has 167 mg. A cup of pumpkin has 12,230 IU of Vitamin A , while a medium baked potato has 17 IU. A cup of parsnips has 1.56 mg of Vitamin E, while fennel and mushroom have none. It’s important to eat a variety of vegetables because they work together to make up for what they each lack.

From the whole wheat hard rolls you received, in addition to calories, protein, and fiber—carbohydrates, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, folic acid, magnesium, selenium, manganese, and important fats, plus other trace elements.

From the butter you received, fat and calories, which are also important in a growing fetus’s diet. You’ve heard the term “baby fat.” It is nature’s gift to a newborn, a nutritional reserve to live on in case there is crisis or famine when it is born.

And that’s just one meal. Think about all the nutrients Mom consumed while carrying you to term. All the raw materials by way of nutrition, that rolled into the factory and were used to make the body you’re parked in right now.

NUTRITION CAN MAKE ANY REPAIR

There is plenty of evidence to support agreement that the human body is constructed from nutrition. Once that is established, it’s not such a big leap to the conclusion that when that body gets sick, it makes sense to utilize the same elements to repair it that were used to create it in the first place.

Suppose you came outside one sunny morning, coffee cup in hand, and discovered that Roxanne had dug several holes in your lawn while looking for a lost bone. You love this lawn and repair it immediately with like material: seeds to grow new grass, or a patch of grass to cover the damage. You wouldn’t use cement, or carrots, or velvet, to repair the grass.

If your tire went flat you would repair it with a rubber patch because the tire is made of rubber. If you tore a hole in a denim shirt you would repair it with a cotton patch because the shirt is made of cotton. If an oil derrick arm broke down you would use steel to repair it because it is made from steel. If the sidewalk in front of your house cracked and needed repair, you would use cement because the sidewalk is made of cement. If the road in front of that sidewalk needed a repair, you would use asphalt because the road is made from asphalt. Et cetera.

I think you get the picture. Common sense tells us that when the human body breaks down, gets sick in any way, we should use nutrition to repair it because, say it with me now, “it is made from nutrition.”

Please be nice to each other, and look for my next blog: Blog 27: Asthma, where I tell you how to toss the inhaler for good and get on with your life.

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