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Health span and life span
Us humans, like all animals, just reach a certain age and die, just of old age. This age is about 90 plus or minus 15 years. (75 to 105).
As little as a hundred years ago the average age at death was under forty – less than half our peak age of 90 or so. Infectious diseases were the number 1 killer.
But they killed us quickly.
But we are a smart creature, we dramatically improved our medicine, particularly with antibiotics, engineers build sewage and clean water systems, and the average age at death was climbing steadily towards our peak age.
Then, about fifty years ago we had a totally new phenomena, the epidemics of chronic disease like diabetes, obesity induced heart attacks, dementia etc.
People died from these – eventually.
But is was a slow and miserable process
This led to people talking about health span – how long we remained fit, health and active.
Food – the source of chronic diseases
The source is the food we eat. Our guts are smart, there really is a gut brain and it checks we have enough of the right sort of food, if not it makes us hungry so we eat and when we are full it tells us to stop eating. It has been doing that for thousands of years and it works well – we never had epidemics of chronic disease before – it is feature of modern industrialised society.
We have changed our food – our modern highly processed foods are deficient in minerals, phytonutrients (essential nutrient from plants) and living biology.
Our smart guts sense this deficiency and tell us to eat more so we get fat. Storing fat is not bad, we need to store fat to survive, that is what our bums are for – to store fat. But if we store fat in our vital organs we get these chronic diseases and spend many miserable years in an unhealthy state and eventually die young.
And this it totally avoidable, all we have to do is eat food grown in nutrient rich biologically active soil, and we can show this by looking at people who live in the blue zones where people are fit and healthy to a ripe old age – they have no idea what diabetes is.
Now the reason we get these chronic diseases is not simply because we eat highly processed foods, actually we need all those sugars, fats and carbs, the cause is what is missing in our modern diet.
The three components of diet
Food has three jobs. We are thermodynamic machines and need fuel to provide energy so we, and our internal organs, can perform work (mechanical and chemical).
The modern food industry has made simply stunning improvements in producing energy food since the day of Norman Borlaug and the green revolution.
But the mineral content of our soils has dropped dramatically, often over half of historic values. Our soils are deteriorating at an alarming rate which is a serious source of concern for the future of the planet.
Our guts form part of our intelligent control system which is continuously adjusting how our bodies work. The medical term is homeostasis, and in practise it means that our guts play a crucial role in controlling our appetites, how much and what we want to eat and how much and where we store fat.
And this is crucial because fat, or more correctly fat in the wrong places, lies at the core of all those chronic disease like diabetes, obesity related heart attacks, dementia etc.
There is undoubtedly a correlation between how fat we are and how much we eat. But it is correlation not causation. We get fat, and all those associated chronic diseases, because our intelligent control system, largely located in our guts, decides we are lacking critical components. To protect us it decides we should store store more fat so it sends out signals for us to eat more.
Not exactly instinctive but we get fat and sick because we are not eating enough of the right sort of food (typically gut food, but can also be mineral deficiency).
If there is an adequate supply of replacement and gut food in our diet it will sense that we now have sufficient and send out signals that we are full (satiety) and we will stop eating without even thinking about it.
If our diet is largely energy food, sugars, fats and carbs and lacking in the critical minerals and phytonutrients it will keep on telling us to eat more and however strong willed we are we will eventually give in and stuff ourselves with yet more energy food.
That’s how people get fat and why our health span is decreasing.
Information not enough
We need to spread the message that we should be incorporating into our diet some food rich in nutrients and biology to feed our guts – gut food.
But that is not enough – we need to set up a system where people can readily access gut food at an affordable price.
The dramatic increase is chronic diseases coincided with the economic theory, originating in Chicago, that the sole responsibility of a company is to maximise profits for their shareholder.
This has proved a dramatic failure for society. The easiest way to maximise profits is to achieve a near monopoly position and spend vast amounts of money in influencing Governments.
This may make a few people very rich but does not lead to the most productive economy. If you want to reduce health costs you reduce the number of people suffering from chronic diseases – not cut the pay of nurses. This is the combative economy based on short term economic gain for a few and disregards the needs of the community and the planet.
The alternative is the democratic economy based on the principle that we are a naturally cooperative species, we care for each other in a compassionate society. This is not the talk of some left wing greenie, it is a more economic, sustainable as well as a more pleasant society to live in. Compare the combative Donald Trump with Jacinda Ardern who has a clear compassion for the people she leads.
We need Gbiota growers
We need growers who apply the principles of Gbiota beds as described in this web to supply the community with gut food and an affordable price.
You can help showing your support for growers considering the change in how they grow our food.
First you can show your support by becoming a member of the Gbiota club, you need to register and create your icon on your local map. While your information is confidential it is telling your local growers that you support them in their efforts to grow gut food and the rest of the world that you are a member of your local Gbiota tribe and support the principles of a cooperative society.
Secondly you can tell your friends and ask them to join the Gbiota club and support the local farmers.
This way the club will triumph despite the vast amount of money spent on advertising and manipulative promotions from the combative economy.
The Gbiota club has an underlying philosophy, we see humans have achieved their greatest achievement when we act cooperatively. Our aim is simply to bring growers, consumers and the various suppliers together into a cooperative club where the consumers get access to healthy food and the growers, suppliers and all involved get a fair return for their efforts.
Joining the Gbiota club is more than about increasing health span – it is a vote for a caring and sustainable economy and a vote against the combative profit obsesses system which is the source of the reduction in health span. It is a community movement to ensure all people have access to healthy gut food at an affordable price.
It may seem delusional to think that ordinary people could have any power to change the might of the food industry when even our Governments have been unable to introduce even the basics like control over meaningful labelling and advertising but the community has the all powerful weapon of the wallet. Buying food from local growers gives them the power to supply us with healthy gut food.
I can provide all the information and support to set up Gbiota beds but it is really up to you to form a local buying group with your friends and locate cooperative local growers or people interested in setting up Gbiota beds. I have written a long article for people interested in setting up Gbiota beds gbiotaclubdoc20oct20
Please join the Gbiota club by registering here.