There is much confusion about the role of milk in today's diet. At one time milk was very good taken in moderation. Moreover, lactose, a natural sugar that is beneficial to us, appears only in milk: it helps maintain a healthy bacterial balance in the body and assists in the assimilation of calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.
But nowadays the milk we buy is hardly fit for human consumption. It is peppered with toxic chemicals, such as DDT, pesticides and other herbicides found on the grass that the cows consume. It also contains excessive antibiotics, notably penicillin and Aureomycin, used to prevent mastitis in the udder: a heavy milk drinker can literally build up a reaction to pencillin. Furthermore, pasteurization of the milk destroys the nutritional value: boiling the liquid kills both the harmful and beneficial bacteria as well as changes the chemical structure of the protein, making the milk nearly indigestible.
Too much milk also creates too much mucus. And too much mucus can block the necessary assimilation of vital minerals, vitamins and nutrients in the body. It can also cause constipation and interfere with oxygen exchange.
Mucus buildup adversely affects the digestive process, too. A diet of highly processed foods and proteins creates the secretion of strong digestive juices. As a result, the stomach cells that create mucus to protect the lining go into double-time pro duction to protect the gastrointestinal tract. The mucus then interacts with the digestive juices, becoming an undigestible mucoprotein. If such a dietary process continues for long, the mucoprotein settles in various parts of the body: in the kidneys it can cause poor elimination of uric acid; in the gallbladder, partially halt the flow of bile or cause buildup of calculi, which in turn will create gallstones; or, in the lymph gland system cause congestion, thereby starving some parts of the body of protein. If a person is on a heavy milk diet (especially if he or she is a vegetarian), Vt glass of milk a day is certainly plenty. Any more will create an imbalance of mucus. (If a person wants to get rid of excess mucus, a three-day juice diet is recommended.)
Since today's milk is so bad, natural yogurt should be substituted in the diet. Natural yogurt is a good replacement because it is high in proteins, minerals and vitamins. It is also predigested, therefore assimilated by the body twice as quickly as milk. In addition, the lactobacillus bulgaricus in yogurt destroys putrefactive bacteria and helps the good bacteria manufacture B and K vitamins.
6. Do you take a bath or shower?
When a person takes a shower, only the skin is cleaned. But with a bath three important functions take place: first the blood pressure drops, then the heart slows, and then the muscles relax. And a bath gets the body clean.
So, a bath a couple of times a week will allow a person to relax in ways that a shower cannot. A person with a prominent water sign (Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces) in a natal chart will especially benefit from a bath because water is his or her natural environment, thereby conducive to health on more than just a physical level. A person who is tense, such as a Virgo or Gemini or someone with a prominent Mercury or Uranus, will also feel more revitalized with a bath instead of a shower.
7, Are you a meat, fruit or vegetable eater?
The average American diet consists of a lot of meat, a few well-boiled vegetables and a small amount of canned fruit. America by anyone's standards is overproteined and undermineralized. We eat more meat and protein than almost any other people in the world, the average citizen consuming 71 per cent animal protein and only 29 per cent vegetable products. We also lead the world in statistics for the highest rates of cancer, arthritis, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, birth deformities, degenerative diseases and miscarriages. Heart disease is our number one killer.
Cooked animal protein causes many hazards to health. Meat is high in acidity, and many people cannot digest it properly because they have deficiencies in pancreatic enzymes, bile and/or hydrochloric acid. One pound of meat can generate as much as 18 grains of uric acid. Since the liver and kidneys combined can only excrete eight grains of uric acid in a given 24-hour period, problems such as gout, rheumatism or arthritis can occur. Cell destruction is also caused by high blood acidity from an excess of protein. And the acid-alkaline metabolism can be thrown out of balance, causing nervousness, tension and later disturbing the renal organs (the kidneys, ureter and bladder). Furthermore, meat produces a biochemical imbalance in the tissue, a deficiency of vitaimin B-6 (Jupiter), intestinal putrefaction that results in constipation and autotoxemia, arteriosclerosis, heart disease, kidney damage and arthritis. Edema and aching joints are other disorders brought on by heavy meat eating.
America's high protein fad is a killer. It is important to get protein, of course—but in moderation. And it is erroneous to assume that only animal products supply complete protein. The Max Plank Institute in Germany has shown that many vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts are just as good sources of complete protein as meat. And vegetable proteins are higher in biological value than animal proteins, with raw proteins supplying better biological value than cooked proteins.
To lessen the instances of some of the killer diseases in America we should probably resort to a diet low in animal protein and high in natural carbohydrates. The Hunzas, Russians and Bulgarians hold world records for centenarians. The Hunzas eat grains, fruits (apricots, grapes and apples), mostly raw vegetables, a little goat's milk and very few eggs and meat—usually not more than once a month. The Russians derive 78.5 per cent of their protein needs from vegetables and only 21.5 per cent from animal sources. The Bulgarians, known to be among the healthiest people in the world, eat mainly black bread (whole rye and barley), vegetables, yogurt and kefir,
A person's answers to these questions, then, will help a medical astrologer determine what dietary habits may be causing disease and aid an astrologer in recommending a new diet. In general people with planets in Leo, Scorpio, Aries, Taurus or Capricorn tend to eat meat; individuals with planets in Saggit-tarius, Virgo or Aquarius usually prefer vegetables; those with planets in Gemini, Libra or Pisces normally like fruit; and people with planets in Cancer are prone to heavy ingestion of dairy products. If a person eats a great deal of meat and barely any fresh, raw fruit, a medical astrologer can advise him or her to have at least two meatless meals a week. And those meals should not be replaced with meals high in starch, such as potatoes or macaroni. The best substitute is a fresh fruit or vegetable salad. Raw fruits and vegetables are better than cooked ones, although partially steamed vegetables retain more vitamins and minerals than thoroughly cooked ones. And an intake of chicken and fish is preferable to eating heavier meats, such as beef, lamb and pork, which are harder for the digestive system to break down for use.
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