Natural Healthy Standard
Perhaps you’ll agree that…
With all the marketing hype, propaganda and pseudo science to which we are constantly exposed, it has become extremely confusing what can genuinely be called natural health and what not.
What’s the real story?
It is in the giant corporations’ financial interest to confuse us about what is genuinely natural. Because then they can convince us that their unnatural products are part of a natural health lifestyle. But we don’t have to remain confused because there is a simple, logical tool we can use to discover what is genuinely natural.
What does this matter?
In this post I’ll be sharing with you how to set your own, personal natural healthy standard. Then you’ll be able to instantly determine what is natural health, why it is critically important and how it could save you a fortune in both your food and medicine bills.
Natural Versus Spiritual
Depending on the discussion and the context. In some circles, when speaking of, natural versus spiritual, one means physical as opposed to non-physical. Such as, for example, “one’s natural life, and one’s spiritual life”. So, in such a context, anything physical is called natural. Our natural selves, our natural life, our natural food, our natural work, etc.
Hence our title. In such discussions the word, “natural,” could be replaced by the word, “physical,” without causing any change in meaning. Likewise, in this context, many people prefer to use the word, “super-natural,” instead of, “spiritual.”
Obviously, when discussing physical health, the word, “natural,” has a different meaning than when discussing the natural and the supernatural. Perhaps I should not so boldly state that this is obvious. Because while it may be obvious to some. From my interactions over the years, I have learned that it is most definitely not obvious to all.
I consider the natural approach to be the key to physical, mental, psychological and emotional health.
Therefore, it’s important to make very clear what I mean by “natural”—otherwise we’ll end up speaking past each other.
Everyone talks about “natural”. Natural this, natural that, natural method, natural hair versus synthetic hair, etc. And like so many terms, its meaning has become very loose, vague and empty. So vague that it is often quite meaningless, conveying a sense of undefined, unspecified virtue.
If It Looks Like a Duck and Quacks Like a Duck…
I have heard people claim that ascorbic acid (among many other things), produced in a factory, is natural. When I’ve challenged this assertion, I’ve had a few responses along the lines of:
- “Well it’s produced by natural means. Mixing chemicals and other substances occurs in nature all the time. Besides, ascorbic acid occurs in natural foods too”,
- “It is identical to the ascorbic acid found in nature. So, if the chemical structure is the same, then it is the same”,
Such claims are of course not limited to ascorbic acid. I am simply using ascorbic acid as an example. The same claims can be found for most, if not all synthetically manufactured nutrients. Such as vitamin D for example, where the chemical structure is not identical to naturally produced vitamin D. The manufacturers and marketers practice deliberate deception by calling it, “vitamin D”. Thus implying that it is natural vitamin D—it is not.
But, they know that labeling it, “synthetic vitamin D”, would lose them billions in profit.
Because the word, “natural”, makes a product sound wholesome and attractive.
Just so, the word, “synthetic” makes a product sound unwholesome and almost, well, unnatural.
On Casting One’s Pearls Before Swine
Now, I consider a debate on the validity of calling synthetically manufactured nutrients “natural” a waste of time. Because those who argue in favor are usually confirmed skeptics who accept scientific analysis as the ultimate truth. According to these people, scientific analysis proves synthetically produced compounds to be identical to natural ones. Therefore, they are exactly the same. In the cases where synthetic nutrients are not absolutely identical to their natural counterparts, they consider them close enough to be called analogues. And analogues are close enough for the skeptics.
Of course, skeptics have many more arguments to support their claim. Such as, “These synthetically produced compounds behave the same as the naturally produced compounds when ingested by the body”. So, their argument boils down to, “If it looks like a duck, smells like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck—it is a duck!” Well, it’s not a duck—it’s a straw man.
Looks Like a Duck, Quacks Like a Duck—But Isn’t a Duck
Why is it a straw man? Because the point of this discussion is not about whether it appears and behaves like its natural counterpart. The point of this discussion is whether or not it has been produced in nature via natural processes. It has not—therefore, it is not natural.
Scientific analysis can test only for what it is programmed to test. So, the synthetic substance might be tested for ten chemical markers. If the test establishes that the levels of these markers are identical to the levels in the natural substance, then they are satisfied that the two compounds are identical. But, there are many more chemicals which are not measured by these analyses. Therefore the synthetic substance cannot be claimed to be identical to the natural substance.
Besides, natural substances could be comprised of very much more than a mere collection of chemicals. For example, nutrients in their natural state have life in every cell, whereas synthetically manufactured chemical compounds never experience life.
Now, many might argue that this is all pedantic nonsense because by the time one eats any of these natural foods all life has long since left them. Well, once again, that is a straw man argument. Because even if it were true—and there is no scientific way of proving that it is—that would still not prove that the synthetic products were natural.
OK, It Is a Duck
What could be more identical than a clone? So, let’s say we clone a duck. Now, the skeptics can literally argue, “If it looks like a duck, smells like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a duck! In fact, it even tastes like a duck!” OK, it is a duck. But it is still not natural according to my definition of natural, namely, produced by nature via natural means.
Unnatural Can Never Become Natural
Natural is natural. Natural is not something taken from Nature, deconstructed, purified, micro-filtered, pasteurized, pulverized, colored, flavor enhanced, texture enhanced, preserved, irradiated, fortified, encapsulated, bottled, shelved, then offered for sale. Of course, with some products this could be the case. And some such products could have health benefits. But this should not be the norm, and if it were, it could not honestly be termed, “natural”. Why not? Simply because it is not.
One cannot go back a thousand years and find any such product at all—not at any price—because they had not yet been invented.
So obviously, they were not produced by nature, and so equally obviously, they are not natural.
Even today, one cannot go out in nature and find these products growing on trees or in the fields.
Why not? Because they are not natural.
Setting a Natural Healthy Standard – What’s In a Name?
“Natural”, and all similar terms have been distorted, misrepresented, watered down, abused and falsified. Why? To fool those who still believe that the ‘Health’ industry is actually doing its best to look after our health. And why is this being done? The usual reason, so that the ‘Health’ industry can make even more profit from this deception.
Terms, such as “Free range” now have legal meanings.
Meanings which have been assigned to suit the ‘Health” industry—not to protect public health.
These terms no longer mean what they originally did, or what the misinformed public is led to believe they do.
Most people I speak to, who are a little health conscious, and therefore buy only ‘free range’ chicken, cannot tell me what the ‘free range’ on their package label means. In nature, free range means that the chickens are free to range through nature. Eating whatever seeds, plants, insect bugs and other natural foods they come across.
Now, how does that compare with the ‘free range’ which means “X square meters enclosure”. In which to range along with “X thousand” other chickens. Exactly how many seeds, bugs, insects and other natural foods do you imagine each individual chicken is likely to find?
Does the ‘Food’ Industry Use Magic?
The same applies to so many other similar terms. Sometimes I make fresh carrot juice from carrots, harvested that very same day. Even if refrigerated, this juice is noticeably much less fresh by the next day. It starts tasting sour by the day after, and by the fourth day, starts to become slimy.
Yet, when I go into a supermarket, they have carrot juice on the shelves. Not in the refrigerator. Yet, according to the label, this is pure carrot juice with no added preservatives. Now, in the first place, how long has that carrot juice been on the shelf before I bought it? Yet, I can open this carrot juice and drink some. Then put the rest in the refrigerator, and a week later, it has still not gone sour or turned slimy.
Are these people lying about this containing no preservatives? If they are not lying why doesn’t it go off like the juice I make from live carrots the day I harvest them? Obviously, this is not natural carrot juice. So, obviously, the public is being lied to.
Equally obviously, the ‘Food’ and ‘Health’ industries are not the slightest bit concerned about our health.
Of course, neither are the public officials specifically appointed to look after our health.
Because if they were, why would such practices be allowed?
The gullible, trusting public buys these ‘natural’ products such as this. Secure in the knowledge that they, “contain no additives or preservatives”. Obviously, this is not natural, and yet, it is carrot juice. What could be more natural than that? And so, confusion reigns. Deliberately sown confusion—sown by whom? Follow the money.
Much Ado about Nothing?
Now, when I make the above statement about what constitutes, “natural”. I usually get one or more of the following reactions:
- So, you are saying we should not use anything that has been synthetically manufactured. What if something like that could save your life?
- But the soil is so depleted and polluted that the natural foods can no longer supply all our nutritional needs. Therefore we have to use supplements—but you are saying we should not do this.
Well, I’m not saying anything of the sort. I’m simply stating what my concept of, “natural” is, nothing less, nothing more. That way, when I use the word, “natural”, you will know what I mean. Whether or not we should use or avoid synthetically produced products is a whole other topic.
An extremely important topic, which we will most certainly get into, but it is not this topic. This particular topic is about a paradigm shift. Where people awaken from the huge brainwashing campaign which has been waged against them all their lives. Which has them believing that black is white, bad is good and synthetic is natural.
Natural versus spiritual: Now, the reader might be excused for thinking, “all this ado about one word! What about the application of these principles. How does understanding what you mean by, “natural,” improve my health?” Well, that is a perfectly valid question.
The practical applications are covered in depth in my other articles, in great detail in my books. And they will certainly be covered even further in future posts. This specific post is about getting people to stop for a moment. Then think about what they have come to accept as natural, and to question whether this is really natural.
Thanks for Not Clearing That Up!
Many people complain about being totally confused after reading this article—and that is a good thing—a very good thing. Many years ago, when I was confused. A wise teacher told me, “It’s good to be confused—but it’s not good to remain confused”. It took me many years to understand the meaning and wisdom of these words.
Each person has a fixed belief system. A set of beliefs with which they make sense of the world around them. When confronted with information which clashes with these beliefs, most reject this information because they ‘know’ it is wrong. Such people feel no confusion—they still ‘know’ what they’ve always ‘known’. Their world still feels exactly the same.
In contrast, some people find that doing things, according to their belief system, is not producing hoped for results. So, when encountering new information they are open minded enough to seriously consider these new ideas before rejecting them. Because these new concepts are very convincing, but clash with what they ‘know’, they become confused about which is true. Therefore the world around them no longer feels the same. And, their view of the world will remain confused and unreal until they accept one belief and reject the other.
So, confusion is good because without it no change in beliefs can ever occur. Of course, confusion is good only if this change is for the better.
Thanks for reading. I hope you found this article on setting your own, personal natural healthy standard informative, but more importantly, thought provoking.
Fond regards—till next time
John RichardAbout the Author
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