The Biggest Weight Loss Secret in the World
Disk One in this set of eight CDs discusses mental programming. Your beliefs define the boundaries of the box your mind operates in. They determine what you accept as true and what doesn’t have a chance. That is the key point and I personally see this frequently. I’m often asked how to convince someone whose mind is made up that they are wrong. You don’t. No amount of evidence in the world will convince someone to believe what they don’t want to believe. You can’t help someone who doesn’t realize he doesn’t know what he is doing. The most common example in modern America is the mindset that government authorities are infallible. If the FDA or the CDC says raw milk is dangerous, that’s it. The matter is settled.
Disk Two points out that you don’t really want to be normal. If you look around at what normal is in America today, you have a smorgasbord of problems to choose from. Normal could be diabetic, overweight, suffering mental health issues or other chronic illnesses, unemployed, spending big money on drugs or healthcare, and the list goes on. Normal is overrated.
Obesity in particular is a major concern. Even people who are not obese worry about avoiding the problem. The main discussion in this disk is about why we become obese. What should not come as a surprise to our regular readers is that watching calories is a waste of time. Our culture has been doing that obsessively for decades. How is that working out? Christoff also speaks in detail about how the body’s defense mechanisms work and why they can make it hard to lose weight if you don’t understand that subject.
We poison ourselves every day in many diverse and creative ways. Small children are more susceptible than adult men to a given amount of poison. The reason is simple. Size matters. The theory is put forward that one of the body’s defense mechanisms against constant low-level poisoning is to get bigger. I don’t know if this explains every instance, but Christoff makes a very interesting case and backs it up well.
Disk Three discusses the immune system and the many things in western civilization that assault it. Any one thing by itself is unlikely to be a big deal, but between lack of good nutrition and exposure to a long list of chemicals, life can be difficult.
Christoff goes into some detail on one chemical which most people are addicted to. Healthy plants do not suffer greatly from insects because they have a natural insecticide. Coffee plants have this. It is called caffeine. It may not kill anybody immediately but continuous accumulated exposure will cause problems eventually. Human metabolism and energy increase the same way with caffeine as with any low level poison in the system. This raises a few questions which he didn’t address. If all healthy plants have some form of natural insecticide, what are the implications for a healthy diet? Not all plants have the same effect on human metabolism as coffee so is there something else affecting us besides the insecticide component of caffeine? My curiosity is not completely satisfied here but it is an interesting point.
Disk Four continues with the short list of toxins just to give you some idea how prevalent they are. Things that make the list are birth control pills, fluoride, bleach, tap water, hygiene products, sunscreen, off-gassing from plastics and almost anything new, BPA, drugs and cleaners.
Disk Five talks a little about real food and points the listener to Sally Fallon Morell and the Weston A. Price Foundation. Christoff argues that bacteria are not the enemy in our day to day lives, and real food comes from living soil. I can’t argue with that.
Disk Six continues to emphasize the importance of good soil and genuine organic food. Christoff describes how ridiculous our unhealthy lifestyle can be by giving us the mental picture of an obese American grabbing a bag of fast food and enough snacks to last for the hours he will sit propped up in front of his TV watching mindless, mentally debilitating entertainment. He may fall asleep for a few hours in front of the TV, then force himself to wake up with a jug of high-octane coffee so he can go work at a job that is just a paycheck to him.
Disk Seven is more philosophy than anything else and Disk Eight is a bit of a mixed bag. With eight total disks, this will take a long time to listen to. If you have a CD player in the car you can listen to it while you drive around for a few weeks. For Disks One through Six in particular I give a thumbs UP.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Fall 2011.