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 Why Is Nutrition
So Important?


So you still don't understand how or why what we eat affects our health.
let me tell you a little story...

Back in '80's when my life partner was studying for his nursing degree,
one of his textbooks in particular caught my fancy, a textbook on nutrition
(required of all nurses, but optional for doctors at the time -- i don't know if that's changed...)

In this textbook is an anecdote from the ealy 1900's about how a developing interest
in the "new"  science of nutrition had serious impact on one hospital
and its mentally ill patients.
A facility cutting edge for its time had just hired a full-time nutritionist to their staff. 
This pioneering employee promptly put all the patients on the same daily vitamin regimen. 
Patients began to get better and go home until ultimately, the hospital closed entirely.

Her 'miracle drug'?  Vitamin B complex ...  
you see, B-complex is a 'mind' vitamin and impacts our sense of well-being -
but it's also very fragile, is not stored by the body, and stress destroys it ...
most Americans run on empty with this vitamin, and it's so important
that it requires its own page,

If you can find it, The Complete Book of Vitamins (Rodale Press, 1977 edition only),
contains a handy and concise chart titled “Vitamins at a Glance” listing the separate components of each vitamin.  
Along with headings like food sources and daily amount needed  one column carries the title “Preventive and/or Therapeutic Applications”  -
meaning, what a vitamin can heal/cure/support also indicates
what the lack of a vitamin can cause.

Quoting a partial list of conditions and issues associated with B-vitamin intake, or deficiency thereof:
          night blindness, hearing loss, cholesterol buildup, depression, aging symptoms,                   atherosclerosis, fatigue, osteosporosis, diabetes, heart disease, senility of aging,             psoriasis/eczema, mental illness, hypertension
 
Similarly another column titled "Major Activity in the Body" lists the functions performed by vitamins, such as

           protein synthesis, bone growth, healthy skin, collagen formation, heart tissue                    repair, nerve health, regulates heart beat, mental health, RNA/DNA synthesis,                  liver functioning

So back to the initial question: how important is nutrition? 
Put simply, vitamins and minerals are the basis of both health and disease,  
depending on whether we're looking at sufficiency or deficiency.
It is no secret that the American diet is harmfully deficient, from the nutritional inadequacies of junk food, to the misguidance of GMOs, to the damaging effects
of environmental toxins and personal stress...

But as our nutritionist friend above demonstrated, all is not lost ...
one step at a time.  Start with vitamins and minerals first --  Let me help 

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RELATED READINGS
in NHT's Reading Room:
  NHT's Nutritional Approach   
                                       The Care and Feeding of B Complex 
                                        The Politics of Sound Nutrition
                                                      B-Complex: essential to Mental Health