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  1. #1 Digestive system: First line of defense 
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    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0709170807.htm

    This study reminds me of something I read back in the day when I studied Ayurveda, or traditional Indian medicine, which focuses primarily on holistic treatments such as changing one's diet and daily activities to cure/prevent disease.

    One of the principles of Ayruveda is their theory on immunity. I don't want to focus on it, because it is psudoscience, but I want to mention it just to show people where I got this from
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    According to Ayurvedic teachings there are 3 levels of disease prevention.

    The first and most powerful is the energy field which is cultivated via chakra manipulation. Maybe some sort of magnetism that keeps disease latent dust particles away... I don't know what it is, but it's probably not worth mentioning. Please don't let my mentioning this distract from the topic.

    Which is the second and most powerful physical defense, according to Ayurveda, the digestive system. Most deaths are linkable directly to "poor" eating habits. Why I enunciate "poor" is because quality of food, and thus health can be linked to economic class.

    The third, last, and weakest line of defense, is the body's immune system.

    The theory goes that if we think positive, our energy field will keep disease away, and we will not be tempted by impure foods.

    Impure foods, is a loosely defined term, but traditionally includes anything prepared more than three hours before eating, meat, and anything that consists of inharmonious mixtures, or prepared with an inharmonious attitude. Again, inharmonious is loosely defined by traditional explanation of different energies that different foods, thoughts and everything, supposedly possess.

    The only thing that I'm willing to take out of this is that we should pay attention to what we eat. In being conscious about our habits, we are not subject to fleeting aesthetic appeal, as it can be quite the illusion- especially in the modern day of food coloring, artificial flavoring, and imitation ingredients.

    In guiding our eating habits with the effects of what we eat, and not merely the pleasures of the act of eating, we are less prone to developing bad habits that can - and do - cause disease.

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    Can you provide a link to the actual study if you want our views on it?


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    Life span has increased during the same time that food processing has developed.
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    Is life span still increasing?

    I know that it has expanded, but I've also heard that it is no longer expanding, and in fact in some cases is decreasing -- primarily in developed nations.

    I want to see some graphs comparing averages in different cultures, different areas and over different time periods, before discussing the effects of our food on life span. Otherwise we are taking it out of context, when there are cultural and ecological differences.

    For example, lets see those who avoid certain "modern" foods, and compare them to those who have embraced them. There is a such things as sanitation, personal hygiene and the domestic "sciences."I wager these have profound impact on life span.
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    Although this is the first time I've heard about Ayurveda healing, I think what has been mentioned in the teaching does make sense. We are... of what we eat and our emotions whether happy or sad is partly related to our body defense mechanism to ward off illness.
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