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Many people have no idea that the modern day "Health Food Store" has very little in common with the one opened 50 years ago.|
In olden days a health food store was there primarily to sell such items that were not normally easy to come by. They were essentially a grocer's shop selling brown rice and other whole cereals, wholemeal flour and products baked with other wholesome ingredients as well as selling dry fruits, some exotic fruits from a far away country, locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds and legumes.
Slowly the grocery store of old began to change its appearance until today a modern health food store looks like a chemist shop more than a grocer.
Also as man began to learn to extract and fragmentise food, he thought more of by-products and elemental composition of each food rather than the concept of wholefood.
Thus arose the erroneous presumption on part of those who were making profit out of manufacture of such food processing that the part was better than the whole.
So that molasses, for example, was considered better food value than the whole sugar cane, wheat germ better even than the whole grain, apple cider vinegar better than the juice of an apple, and the juice even better than the whole apple.
The manufacturers of such by-products were then able to say to the public, "Here we have extracted the essence of the wholefood, why bother to eat the wholefoods?"
With this idea people were secure in the belief that wheat germ, a tablespoonful a day or more, was adequate to wipe out all the harm done by their continuing to eat refined cereals and flour.
Eating such fragmented foods does nothing to enhance your health. Health depends on the day to day living habits of the individal and not just guzzling bottles of herb and yeast tonics or any such nonsense. You can take all the royal jelly, a favourite of a few years ago and you can still be ill. You can take all the wonderful elixirs which famous people have taken and still be not fit.
All the products of all the health food stores in the world will lot produce an iota of health in your body if you continue to commit the sins of omission and commission on your body. It is not only what you eat but what you digest and assimilate that counts. Digestion and assimilation depend on several factors. The whole process of nutrition is a complex process starting with the availability of right nutrients but also with sleep, rest, mental and emotional tension, exercise, fresh air and physiological need.
"Health foods" so called do not and cannot take into account all these factors. The taking of the best "health foods" in the world does not guarantee good health as long as you can contrive to break any of Nature's laws in any sphere whatsoever. This is what people forget when they ask, "Will taking molasses help me or will taking brewer's yeast help me?" and so on, through the whole list of fragmented and packeted foods.
Hygienists have nothing against people trying to sell genuine wholefoods whether in or out of health food stores.
What we object to is the gross assumption on the part of the proprietors of such "health food stores" to presume to prescribe to the public a vast assortment and variety of packaged stuff under the guise that they contain an elixir of some special effect. Hygienists object to grocers turning chemists and physicians and advising different products for different ailments. Look at any of the so-called naturopathic magazines and you will find masses of advertisements selling every item possible, each vying with the other for "curing" a particular ailment.
Recently I saw a half-page advertisement in a popular health journal advertising sea salt. Hygienists know that salt, whether sea salt, rock salt or refined salt is a poison. However obtained the inorganic sodium chloride is harmful to the body. The element sodium and chlorine are necessary to the body but they must be obtained by getting them through the vegetable kingdom, i.e., the elements sodium and chlorine are taken up by the plants from the soil, incorporated and metabolised into the structure and cell of the plant and taken into the body as part of that plant.
Sea salt has not undergone this process and is therefore inimical and should be avoided. One can take a hundred examples from such journals who perpetuate this "remedy mentality" on the part of the manufacturers in order to gain their advertisement.
If you want health then you must cease to do that which interferes and harms the body.
Cease to do evil. Learn to do good. Conserve your vital energy by right action. Learn to live within your limitations and health can be yours without taking a single molecule of so-called "health foods".
It is when you start compromising with your health habits that you are tempted to think that a bottle of "Quintessence" or a jar of "royal jelly" or some exotic honey will do you good.
It will only be a fool's dream and you will only live in a fool's paradise. Face reality and place all those wonderful "remedies" and "health foods" where they belong, into the waste paper basket.
It's a waste of money. Spend if you have money on getting organically grown wholefoods in as fresh a state as you can and you will benefit more than all the elixirs in the world.
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