Saturday, May 15, 2010

Cashews or Prozac?

Today, I finished watching FoodMatters and feel invigorated. Invigorated that everything we need to be whole, healthy and free of disease is all around us. One of the most spetacular bits of information received from this movie was from Dr. Andrew Saul. He stated that two handfuls of cashews a day, gives one the therapeutic equivalent of a prescription dose of prozac. Cashews? Really???
Wow, imagine something so easy and so inexpensive (compared to a prescription medicine) that has the ability to do what Prozac does without SIDE EFFECTS!
We need to hear Hippocrates's words time and time again.
Why is it so easy for us to believe that a 'pill' has all the answers inside its tiny capsule and not an organic, fresh foods diet? They both go in through our digestive track and feed our cells something. One choice might be a green-colored pill, but is it not a form of food going into your mouth? Not one cell in our body is made out of a drug. Yet, fruits and vegetables contain all the raw materials to build up our health and feed our cells. Feed the cells and they will heal themselves. We need a multitude of vitamins and minerals from the foods we eat. We can not remain deficient in building materials by eating a diet low in vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, vitamin E, selenium, zinc, iron and more, and expect to pop a pill and have our mind and body healthy again. Pills treat symptoms, which is great in crisis-prevention, but not great in chronic illness. FOOD treats the root cause. So just for today, I encourage you to drink more filtered water, eat more fruits and vegetables, and feel satisfied that you fed your body what it needs to build and thrive on. If not today, then when?
And, just in case you are feeling depressed along with low energy, why not try the two handfuls of cashews a day, that Dr. Saul has watched work time and time again? What have you got to lose but depression? I truly believe that given the right vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, your body will know how to heal itself. It is a God-given right to be strong, healthy, and vibrant. We have everything we need in nature to feed ourselves properly. It is important to remember the rule: If our grandmothers wouldn't recognize it as food, DON'T EAT IT!
We have been marketed to death and it is time to take back control for our lives. We are still free to decide what type of foods we will put into our bodies. The saying is not a lie: We are what we eat. Let's eat vibrant, healthy life-sustaining foods and allow them to jump start the God-given healing mechanism inside each of us.
Wishing you the best,


DandelionHeart said...

one caveat:
In my humble opinion, I really believe this effect is with raw, unadulterated cashews. If we are trying to have this effect with roasted, salted cashews I doubt it would have the same healing abilities. You never know what chemical changes occur during the roasting stage. You can purchase raw cashews at many health food stores.

Jakeaway said...

I saw the same movie and looked it up. "In your body, the essential amino acid L-tryptophan is broken down into anxiety-reducing, snooze-inducing niacin. Even more important, tryptophan is also made into serotonin, one of your body's most important neurotransmitters. Serotonin gives a feeling of well-being and mellowness, or as the Australians would say, "no worries." This is such a profound effect that Prozac, Paxil and similar antidepressants usually either mimic serotonin or artificially keep the body's own serotonin levels high. You can do the same thing with your food. And no one can tell us that beans, peas, cheese, nuts and wheat germ are toxic if you eat a lot of them!"

Proteins are likely altered in the roasting... but it most likely still exists, the part that makes us feel better. If it does render it completely ineffective, roasted cashews still have much more to offer the body than a pharmaceutical pill like prozac.

dandelionHeart said...

Thank you very much for your comment. I appreciate the additional information!

Anonymous said...

Yes, it would have to be raw natural, because as they said in the film: cooking any food depletes the nutrients and makes the body treat the food as if it's a toxin.

Dandelion Heart said...

Here is a great link to help continue the research on how cashews and other nutrient-rich foods fight depression.

about prozac said...

I took Prozac for several years to treat my depression and it was awesome. It had few side effects but gave me my life back. I went from not leaving my bed to actually being a productive member of society again. I did lose a good deal of weight while I was on it but that eventually balanced out. I took it until it got to the point where it stopped working for me and I've never found anything that has worked as well. Hopefully I will be able to take it and have it work for me again one day.

Robert said...

I just finished watching the same movie. I really appreciate this information and I am researching more about everything. I am going into school to become a medical doctor and love learning about this stuff. Hopefully I can bring a profit of health instead of prescriptions.

Just a side note... Raw unadulterated cashews would cause a serious skin rash to humans. The "Raw" cashews sold in markets are actually steamed. So roasted or steamed you will still get that much needed nutrients.

Thank you for the article I love that you created it. I thrive off of your enthusiasm. Take care.