Originally published January 7 2008
Mike Adams Reveals the Five Habits of Health Transformation
by Kevin Gianni
(NaturalNews) This is an excerpt from Mike Adams' interview for the Raw Summit, a complete interview encyclopedia of cutting edge living and raw food knowledge. You can find the complete transcripts and audios at (http://www.RawSummit.com) and (www.RawSummitArchives.com) . In this excerpt, Mike Adams speaks about the habits of successful health transformation and the future of the health movement.
Raw Food World Summit Interview Excerpt with Mike Adams
Kevin Gianni: Let's move a little bit into the individual and what the individual can do to transform their health. You have a book, it's Five Habits of Health Transformation. What are a few of those habits?
Mike Adams: Well, the first habit of health transformation and this is really the most difficult one, especially for Americans and this has to do with how we've been brainwashed by drug advertising, but the number one thing that you can do is take responsibility for your health outcome. Now, I know that sounds really simple, but it requires most people to challenge their belief systems. For example, most people who are suffering from, let's say, depression or obesity or diabetes, they don't believe it's their fault and they don't believe they really have any role in it. In other words, they've been taught by drug company advertisements, and by their doctors, by other people that their disease is the fault of their genetics. This is a really clever way to blame our parents.
Mike: It is encouraged by the medical system, and here's why it's encouraged: because if they can convince you that your health condition is not under your control, then they have created a life-long victim, which produces a life-long revenue stream.
Mike: The drug industry loses patients when they realize that they can control their health. That's when people walk out of hospitals, that's when people fire their doctors, that's when they stop taking their pharmaceuticals and start taking charge of their health. That's the moment at which people tend to turn around. They get better. They start making better decisions about what food they eat and about what things they avoid. They throw out all the toxic chemicals in their bathrooms, all those chemicals that people put on themselves in the morning. The deodorants, the perfumes, cologne, the aftershave, shampoo, antibacterial soap, all these things, they throw those out because they realize those are causing cancer and disease. They go into their pantry and they throw out everything with hydrogenated oil and sodium nitrite, petrochemical food coloring, and homogenized milk. They throw those things out. They start taking responsibility and they get better. That's the last thing that conventional medicine wants. They don't want people to get better because they lose revenue.
Kevin: 100% responsibility is a challenge. I mean, what are some of the steps someone can take to actually realize that that's what is something they could do to transform their health.
Mike: Well, one of the most important things is really turn off the television.
Mike: Really, just give up TV because I don't believe that you can watch television without being influenced by it. Of all the people that I've met in speaking, in teaching about natural health, those who are the healthiest tend to be those who turn off the television or don't even have it.
Kevin: That's an interesting distinction.
Mike: It is. It doesn't mean that they don't watch documentaries or rent movies, or whatever but they don't get subjected to television advertising. That's the key. Get rid of the advertising. Maybe if you have a TiVo and you can skip the ads, that would be a good strategy.
The next most important thing is to take one step that you can control and that you can experience the outcome from. One step. For example, I encourage people to try a 30-day no dairy diet. Just 30 days without milk. That is no milk, no cheese, no yogurt, and so on. By the way, I'm a proponent of raw milk but that's another subject. I'm talking about processed, homogenized, and pasteurized dairy products. When I challenge people with this, I will get one or two answers. One is "Oh, I couldn't give up my milk" to which I say, "Well, how do know that everything that you're experiencing right now, the sinusitis, the constipation, the allergies, the Crohns disease, the irritable bowel syndrome, heart disease; how do you know that these aren't in fact related to your milk consumption? Have you ever tried going without milk for 30 days? You eat probably 45 different types of food. Are you willing to give up one of them to see if it might dramatically improve your life? If they say no, then I say "next".
Mike: If someone is not willing to change one thing, then they are in fact playing the role of victim and they will continue to be victimized by medicine, but if they're willing to do one thing, and this is where the magic kicks in, they're willing to do that one thing for 30 days. Typically, they begin to notice a huge difference in just 7 days. Suddenly, things start to feel better. Their body works better. The constipation is gone, the sinusitis, the asthma, the congestion goes away and the blood is actually of higher quality without the homogenized milk fats altering their digestion and their nutrition. People get better very quickly and then that empowers them. Then they realize, "Oh, my goodness! You mean I can change my outcome by making a different choice?" That's the moment of awakening. That's the matrix moment.
Mike: Wakes up in the chamber and says, "Oh my God! I've been living in a dream world."
Kevin: Absolutely. When people are faced with a lot of environmental issues and information about things that are, if you're going to say bombarding, maybe that's not the best word, but chemicals and the toxins that are in our environment. I mean what are some of the solutions that someone can just lay there, then put a stake in the ground and say, "Hey, this is where it stops." What can they do in their own personal environment to avoid some of these?
Mike: Okay. That's a great question. I'm really glad you asked that because there's a very simple answer to it. That is, number one, read the ingredients label on everything that you put on or in your body. That's step one, read the labels.
Step two, don't buy anything you can't pronounce. If you don't know what that chemical is, that petrobutylasferic acid whatever, don't eat it or put it on your skin, because the truth is that those chemicals are, by and large, toxic and they are derivatives of petrochemicals; many of them are solvents. They go right through the skin. The average women's perfume product contains 21 cancer-causing chemicals.
Mike: There is no requirement that a cancer warning be listed on the label because the FDA says that the skin doesn't absorb chemicals.
Kevin: Oh boy.
Mike: Which is a very interesting position given that…how many people buy nicotine patches?
Mike: You know?
Mike: Yes, exactly. Science is abandoned in all this and the FDA just says that cosmetic companies can use any chemicals they want, without testing by the way, they've never been tested for safety. They can use whatever they want because the skin is a barrier. Now, this is outmoded thinking. It may have been state of the art science in 1952 but not today. Not even close. We know the skin is porous, the skin breathes. It's the body's largest organ and it is in direct contact with the environment. To repeat, read the labels, and number two, don't put anything on your skin, or in your body that you can't pronounce.
This means, for the average consumer, they really need to go through their kitchen, and their bathroom, and throw out almost everything, because the things that are marketed to you, the things that are heavily promoted are those products that have the highest profits. The way you generate high profits is if you're a product manufacturer, to use really cheap ingredients made from petrochemicals combined with a really strong marketing campaign and some pretty bottle, and some nice labeling, and good shelf position at the grocery store or the Wal-Mart or wherever you're buying them. These products are poison.
Kevin: Where do you see the future of the health movement? The health movement that you're involved in, the health movement that Dr. Gabriel Cousens is involved in, the health movement that we're all trying to not push but to provide for everyone, where's this going? What's your ideal outcome and what's, based on the evidence you have now, what's the realistic ideal that you think is going to happen?
Mike: Okay. I like the way you asked that because my ideal outcome is that we as a society would realize how much harm that the current system of medicine, and food, and personal care products is causing to the population; that we would make changes right now to protect the people, to outlaw cancer-causing ingredients from the food supply for example, or to change our system of medicine to focus on education and disease prevention, rather than waiting for everybody to get disease and then focusing on treatment and management of symptoms. That would be the ideal way. Of course that's not going to happen, there's too much money at stake. It's actually a quote from someone, I believe it's someone in the FDA, who said that if we were to actually start teaching disease prevention today, the economy would collapse because medicine is such a large percentage of our national economy that if it weren't necessary, the mass exodus of jobs and economic productivity would ripple through the economy and destroy it.
Mike: It's like we are a nation that depends on sick people just to keep operating. These changes are not going to happen, which leads me to my prediction of an outcome, and it is a rather gloomy short-term outcome followed by a rebirth or a re-awakening down the road towards natural medicine, but in the short term, my prediction and I know this might be radical, is that the United States of America will be bankrupt by primarily two things: The cost of healthcare and also the false money supply, mass hyperinflation, fractional reserve banking, debt spending, these kinds of issues. Healthcare spending is putting US companies out of business. General Motors spends more on health insurance than it does on steel.
Mike: Yes. Companies are leaving, they're fleeing the United Sates. Some companies find US healthcare so expensive that they're sending their employees to the Philippines to have surgery done.
Kevin: I've heard of that.
Mike: Yes. Medical tourism. Medical care in the US will drive our nation bankrupt, period. It will bankrupt our cities, our states and our federal government. It will collapse and it would be a very dear price to pay for that because I think we are losing the health of several generations in this country. I predict massive infertility, massive widespread neurodegenerative diseases, widespread cancer, mental disorders, depression. Basically, we're going to have a population of mutants because of all the chemicals that are in our foods, and products, and drugs, and you can quote me on that, a population of mutants.
Mike: That's what we have. It's already begun.
Mike: At some point, we will learn these lessons the hard way and we will abandon this chemical approach to living, and we will go back to understanding that nature can help us heal. Nature can nourish us. Nature has more wisdom than all the arrogant drug scientists in the world and when you need solutions, turn to nature and you'll find them if you're willing to look for them and be humble about it.
Kevin: On your site, you say that we need more extremists. I think that it's a pretty awesome statement. Why is that?
Mike: Well, it's pretty clear that we won't get out of this situation with the same kind of thinking that got us into it. There's a quote by a scientist who actually worked in Hawaii and he did some amazing things with ocean mineral nutrition on crops. He said, "Innovation is the enemy of the status quo." The status quo doesn't want things to change. They're happy the way things are. They're expecting a big wave of diabetes to hit and to generate billions of dollars and profits for their drugs, and the medical procedures. They're expecting a huge wave of Alzheimer's disease. They know it's coming. They can read the demographics. They're counting on it. They're happy the way things are.
Americans are locked into a monopoly system of medicine where we pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs, but we don't have access to pharmaceuticals from other places, and we don't even have access to information, true information, about the healing properties of foods, and herbs, and dietary supplement. The status quo loves this situation. They're very happy with it. They don't want it to change, but if we're going to change it, we need radical thinkers and radical people willing to speak out about it. Sadly Kevin, that's one of the things that's been lost lately under the fear mongering in the United Sates lately. You notice how people are more afraid to speak out?
Mike: It's like… they're just afraid to tell the truth anymore. The truth is so frowned upon, but we need more people willing to stand up and say, "Hey, the emperor has no clothes."
Kevin: You speak out, so what can someone do to posture themselves to be able to feel comfortable doing that? I mean, how are you comfortable speaking out?
Mike: Well, the number one reason why people don't speak out is because they could be fired from their job.
Mike: Another interesting quote. Ninety-nine percent of all the evil in the world is done by someone because they need to pay the mortgage. People need that job, and they need that paycheck, and they need that security. Well, I'm in a unique position where I'm financially independent because of the software company that I launched and that I own, and no one can fire me for saying what I'm saying. That has given me a very rare type of freedom to tell the truth and that's why what I'm saying sounds so radical when most people who hear it actually agree with it. In fact, most nurses and doctors that I've talked to actually agree with it. No one is more fed up with pharmaceutical companies than the doctors themselves.
There's this massive silent agreement that the current system is broken and this only comes out when individuals are willing to tell the truth. I challenge anyone listening here to get involved and tell the truth from your viewpoint, whatever you feel passionate about, get online, start a blog or join a website, tell the truth in whatever way it works best for you - articles, or videos, or whatever, and see how freeing it is because that will empower you. That's what we need in this world, we need more people willing to take some personal risks and tell the truth, instead of everyone just agreeing to defend the status quo even though we all know it's a lie.
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