Staying healthy with nutrition or meds – your call


Most people involved with natural healing usually advise specific vitamin, mineral, or other food supplements, depending upon the state of health of the person desiring to reverse something.

There is a lot of research being done to further understand the physiological effects of these food factors.

The use of these natural substances as medication has been hotly contested by most of the medical profession. The average conventional physician feels that all factors necessary for health can be gotten through the SAD (Standard American Diet) and that additional supplements are a waste of money.

Practitioners that practice natural healing feel that the SAD, in no way, supplies these needed elements in quantities to promote health for several reasons.

For one, our foods are grown on soils that have been depleted by intensive farming since 1940, using petro-chemical fertilizers instead of manure, without a clue about the proper understanding of the organic principles of land use and ecology.

Next, these farming methods have stripped the soil of health promoting minerals like sulfur and zinc, which are essentially void in the soil and ultimately the food.

Even if the food looks nutritious it does not supply the same proportion of minerals that food 70 years ago provided.

To make matters worse these already mineral deficient foods are canned, stored for long periods, or cooked improperly simply to extend shelf life. And the average person? Clueless as to how to prevent loss of water-soluble vitamins from food, or destruction of heat-unstable vitamins in cooking.

Then the refining of foods such as we see on nearly every supermarket shelf is another cause of reduced food value.

Yet we think that the replacement or addition of a few vitamins can duplicate or make up for the wholesale destruction of our basic food groups.

Even if our food supply were the best available and we were careful to eat only organic and unprocessed foods, there is still the fact that we would still likely be nutritionally deficient. If this were not true I would not have gone through a detox process after taking the sulfur crystals with a diet that is 99% organic with no processed foods, GMOs (soy, corn, cotton, canola), sodas, salmonella-ridden eggs, or dairy (aka liquid fat).

All of us have our own biochemical makeup. As members of the Homo Sapiens and not exact replicas of a common ancestor, we are basically evolving with unique variations in our biochemical makeup and requirements.

There is documentation supporting the fact a myriad of rare conditions have been recognized where due to a genetic biochemical alteration, an individual may need many times the recommended amount of a nutrient simply to maintain normal function and health. What is less well known and/or recognized, is that it is far more common for there to be a partial block in the ability for the body to utilize a nutrient. This metabolic fault may be genetic or acquired.

An example of a genetic cause would be the production of abnormal enzymes that are either deficient in number or are unable to bind to their cofactors. Vitamins are cofactors for enzyme functions.

Without this bond many biochemical connections are unable to be completed, resulting in what may appear to be a nutritional deficiency of a single nutrient, when in fact an average, or even above average, amount of that nutrient is consumed in the diet.

To correct this situation, a very large amount of the cofactor must be supplied to “force” the enzyme reaction to occur.

When we consider that even by the most orthodox estimates and techniques of estimating the biochemical need of a nutrient, as expressed by the recommended daily allowances of the known essential nutrients, 1 to 2 percent of the population will need more than the RDAs of an individual nutrient to maintain proper health.

When you multiply this 1 to 2 percent by the 50 or more known essential nutrients, you can see how probable it is that a given individual might be nutritionally deficient in at least one if not more of these essential factors, if the diet supplied only the RDA recommendations.

From these observations the concept of orthomolecular medicine was born. The literal meaning of orthomolecular means the right molecule and describes a form of healing that treats disease by supplying the right amount of individual nutrients, according to the individual needs of the individual.

Stress also places a further burden on the body and rapidly depletes the stores of many vitamins. Tobacco, alcohol, coffee, fluoride, GMOs, and air pollution do the same.

Then there’s the tongue. That wonderful bodily feature that overrides the intelligence by acquiring a particular taste and making sure the body sticks to it. Despite all the evidence proving that the physiology of the human body, from the shape of the teeth to the convoluted shape of the intestines, indicates that we should be consuming a plant-based diet, the tongue convinces the intelligence that flesh and blood is the way to go.

Do you really believe that God would not allow mankind to get vitamin B-12 and the essential amino acids from a plant-based diet? That’s why sulfur was obtained from time immemorial through manure, and it was this sulfur that enabled the body to produce vitamin B-12 and the essential amino acids. You can all thank the Rockefellers and their endless quest for the Almighty Sign ($$$) for taking that away from you. The good news: bee pollen is rich in vitamin B-12 and organic sulfur enables the body to produce B-12.

The aim of supplemental therapy is to supply essential nutrients deficient in the body to aid in the healing process. On some occasions, supplements are taken more for specific therapeutic effects. In those cases the supplements are more like medicines and less like nutrients. Examples of this would be taking high doses of garlic to dissolve mucus or high doses of vitamins A and C to increase the effectiveness of the body’s immune system.

One thing to watch out for is the misconception of glandular therapy. Years ago, some naturopaths that succumbed to the idiocy, suggested that taking the gland of some animal to aid recovery in the human body was beneficial. But research has proven that animal glands work for animals and will have an adverse effect on humans.

In closing, understand that your body is continually undergoing a process of cellular death and rebirth. It is essential for this continual regeneration and repair that all of the necessary building blocks be made available.

Diet is one of, if not, the most crucial factors in the production of health or disease.

One last bit. After writing the article on diet and elimination I felt it was time to put my money where my mouth was. So, in Hawaii, I did a three-day fast on water, carrot-apple-ginger-beet juice, and a drink that I made using Bragg’s apple cider vinegar, apple juice, water, cinnamon and stevia. After the 3 days I loved the light feeling I experienced and kept drinking the drink (recipe at the end), added smoothies, and went raw. In two weeks I lost 12 pounds with no loss in energy and still racewalk, do stand-up paddling and swim.

OK, here’s the drink recipe for 16 ounces (just double it for a quart): 3 tablespoons of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar; 8 drops of stevia; ¼ teaspoon cinnamon; then roughly 8 ounces of organic apple juice and the rest unfluoridated water. Then refrigerate it and shake well before drinking as the cinnamon has a tendency to rise.

On a permanent basis I daily drink Bragg’s apple cider vinegar as follows: ¼ cup ACV, maple syrup and spring water (anything unfluoridated is good) all put into a 32-ounce bottle.

Stay tuned!



Hesh Goldstein
When I was a kid, if I were told that I'd be writing a book about diet and nutrition when I was older, let alone having been doing a health related radio show for over 36 years, I would've thought that whoever told me that was out of their mind. Living in Newark, New Jersey, my parents and I consumed anything and everything that had a face or a mother except for dead, rotting, pig bodies, although we did eat bacon (as if all the other decomposing flesh bodies were somehow miraculously clean). Going through high school and college it was no different. In fact, my dietary change did not come until I was in my 30's.

Just to put things in perspective, after I graduated from Weequahic High School and before going to Seton Hall University, I had a part-time job working for a butcher. I was the delivery guy and occasionally had to go to the slaughterhouse to pick up products for the store. Needless to say, I had no consciousness nor awareness, as change never came then despite the horrors I witnessed on an almost daily basis.

After graduating with a degree in accounting from Seton Hall, I eventually got married and moved to a town called Livingston. Livingston was basically a yuppie community where everyone was judged by the neighborhood they lived in and their income. To say it was a "plastic" community would be an understatement.

Livingston and the shallowness finally got to me. I told my wife I was fed up and wanted to move. She made it clear she had to be near her friends and New York City. I finally got my act together and split for Colorado.

I was living with a lady in Aspen at the end of 1974, when one day she said, " let's become vegetarians". I have no idea what possessed me to say it, but I said, "okay"! At that point I went to the freezer and took out about $100 worth of frozen, dead body parts and gave them to a welfare mother who lived behind us. Well, everything was great for about a week or so, and then the chick split with another guy.

So here I was, a vegetarian for a couple weeks, not really knowing what to do, how to cook, or basically how to prepare anything. For about a month, I was getting by on carrot sticks, celery sticks, and yogurt. Fortunately, when I went vegan in 1990, it was a simple and natural progression. Anyway, as I walked around Aspen town, I noticed a little vegetarian restaurant called, "The Little Kitchen".

Let me back up just a little bit. It was April of 1975, the snow was melting and the runoff of Ajax Mountain filled the streets full of knee-deep mud. Now, Aspen was great to ski in, but was a bummer to walk in when the snow was melting.

I was ready to call it quits and I needed a warmer place. I'll elaborate on that in a minute.

But right now, back to "The Little Kitchen". Knowing that I was going to leave Aspen and basically a new vegetarian, I needed help. So, I cruised into the restaurant and told them my plight and asked them if they would teach me how to cook. I told them in return I would wash dishes and empty their trash. They then asked me what I did for a living and I told them I was an accountant.

The owner said to me, "Let's make a deal. You do our tax return and we'll feed you as well". So for the next couple of weeks I was doing their tax return, washing their dishes, emptying the trash, and learning as much as I could.

But, like I said, the mud was getting to me. So I picked up a travel book written by a guy named Foder. The name of the book was, "Hawaii". Looking through the book I noticed that in Lahaina, on Maui, there was a little vegetarian restaurant called," Mr. Natural's". I decided right then and there that I would go to Lahaina and work at "Mr. Natural's." To make a long story short, that's exactly what happened.

So, I'm working at "Mr. Natural's" and learning everything I can about my new dietary lifestyle - it was great. Every afternoon we would close for lunch at about 1 PM and go to the Sheraton Hotel in Ka'anapali and play volleyball, while somebody stayed behind to prepare dinner.

Since I was the new guy, and didn't really know how to cook, I never thought that I would be asked to stay behind to cook dinner. Well, one afternoon, that's exactly what happened; it was my turn. That posed a problem for me because I was at the point where I finally knew how to boil water.

I was desperate, clueless and basically up the creek without a paddle. Fortunately, there was a friend of mine sitting in the gazebo at the restaurant and I asked him if he knew how to cook. He said the only thing he knew how to cook was enchiladas. He said that his enchiladas were bean-less and dairy-less. I told him that I had no idea what an enchilada was or what he was talking about, but I needed him to show me because it was my turn to do the evening meal.

Well, the guys came back from playing volleyball and I'm asked what was for dinner. I told them enchiladas; the owner wasn't thrilled. I told him that mine were bean-less and dairy-less. When he tried the enchilada he said it was incredible. Being the humble guy that I was, I smiled and said, "You expected anything less"? It apparently was so good that it was the only item on the menu that we served twice a week. In fact, after about a week, we were selling five dozen every night we had them on the menu and people would walk around Lahaina broadcasting, 'enchilada's at "Natural's" tonight'. I never had to cook anything else.

A year later the restaurant closed, and somehow I gravitated to a little health food store in Wailuku. I never told anyone I was an accountant and basically relegated myself to being the truck driver. The guys who were running the health food store had friends in similar businesses and farms on many of the islands. I told them that if they could organize and form one company they could probably lock in the State. That's when they found out I was an accountant and "Down to Earth" was born. "Down to Earth" became the largest natural food store chain in the islands, and I was their Chief Financial Officer and co-manager of their biggest store for 13 years.

In 1981, I started to do a weekly radio show to try and expose people to a vegetarian diet and get them away from killing innocent creatures. I still do that show today. I pay for my own airtime and have no sponsors to not compromise my honesty. One bit of a hassle was the fact that I was forced to get a Masters Degree in Nutrition to shut up all the MD's that would call in asking for my credentials.

My doing this radio show enabled me, through endless research, to see the corruption that existed within the big food industries, the big pharmaceutical companies, the biotech industries and the government agencies. This information, unconscionable as it is, enabled me to realize how broken our health system is. This will be covered more in depth in the Introduction and throughout the book and when you finish the book you will see this clearly and it will hopefully inspire you to make changes.

I left Down to Earth in 1989, got nationally certified as a sports injury massage therapist and started traveling the world with a bunch of guys that were making a martial arts movie. After doing that for about four years I finally made it back to Honolulu and got a job as a massage therapist at the Honolulu Club, one of Hawaii's premier fitness clubs. It was there I met the love of my life who I have been with since 1998. She made me an offer I couldn't refuse. She said," If you want to be with me you've got to stop working on naked women". So, I went back into accounting and was the Chief Financial Officer of a large construction company for many years.

Going back to my Newark days when I was an infant, I had no idea what a "chicken" or "egg" or "fish" or "pig" or "cow" was. My dietary blueprint was thrust upon me by my parents as theirs was thrust upon them by their parents. It was by the grace of God that I was able to put things in their proper perspective and improve my health and elevate my consciousness.

The road that I started walking down in 1975 has finally led me to the point of writing my book, “A Sane Diet For An Insane World”. Hopefully, the information contained herein will be enlightening, motivating, and inspiring to encourage you to make different choices. Doing what we do out of conditioning is not always the best course to follow. I am hoping that by the grace of the many friends and personalities I have encountered along my path, you will have a better perspective of what road is the best road for you to travel on, not only for your health but your consciousness as well.

Last but not least: after being vaccinated as a kid I developed asthma, which plagued me all of my life. In 2007 I got exposed to the organic sulfur crystals, which got rid of my asthma in 3 days and has not come back in over 10 years. That, being the tip of the iceberg, has helped people reverse stage 4 cancers, autism, joint pain, blood pressure problems, migraine headaches, erectile dysfunction, gingivitis, and more. Also, because of the detoxification effects by the release of oxygen that permeates and heals all the cells in the body, it removes parasites, radiation, fluoride, free radicals, and all the other crap that is thrust upon us in the environment by Big Business.

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