What is malnutrition?
Malnutrition may not be what you think and even worse, you may not realize you are malnourished! There is a definitive line between nutrition and malnutrition.
Malnutrition, as defined by Mosby’s Medical Dictionary 7th Edition: “any disorder of nutrition. It may result from an unbalanced, insufficient, or excessive diet or from impaired absorption, assimilation, or use of foods.” Compare deficiency disease.
Deficiency disease, as defined by Mosby’s: “a condition resulting from the lack of one or more essential nutrients in the diet, from metabolic dysfunction, or from impaired digestion or absorption, excessive excretion, or increased biologic requirements.”
Look at the photo to the right. Is only one person suffering malnutrition or are they both malnourished?
What is the difference between malnutrition and subclinical malnutrition?
There is a difference between malnutrition and subclinical malnutrition. Malnutrition is a serious clinically diagnosed problem whereas subclinical malnutrition is rarely observed or addressed by our current medical system.
Subclinical malnutrition simply means that you are deficient in one or more essential nutrients that include minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and fatty acids.
Subclinical malnutrition is extremely deceiving and here’s why…
- You may look and feel perfectly healthy,
- You may easily show excellent results using current blood panels,
- You may not be experiencing any symptom whatsoever,
- You may occasionally experience annoying symptoms – clinically undiagnosed.
Subclinical malnutrition may be present for years or even decades before any symptom or even a sudden onset of a degenerative disease manifests. Have you ever wondered how someone you know went from being “perfectly healthy” one day and diseased the next?
Malnutrition is not a poverty condition!
Unfortunately, if you are like most, you would never consider you are malnourished because you normally associate malnutrition with poverty nations. After all, no one shows an American as being malnourished.
However, malnutrition is an equal opportunity and nondiscriminatory condition. It crosses all socioeconomic boundaries and includes people that only consume the highest quality foods such as organics.
For the most part, Americans are over-fed and malnourished because we live in a society where fast and processed foods are dietary staples.
“We are what we eat” and “what we eat depends on the soil that produces it,” declares Dr. William A. Albrecht, University of Missouri. “Human health troubles often come from poor nutrition which weakens the body. With its defenses down the body is less able to resist the attacks of bacteria and other forces.” CASS CITY CHRONICLE—FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1947.
What contributes to malnutrition?
Many things have changed since the time Dr. Albrecht made the statement we are what we eat. Today, there is a long list of factors contributing to malnutrition. Some include:
- Improper or poor food selection (fast foods, processed foods, etc.)
- Improper dietary supplements (arbitrary consumption without lab analyses)
- Toxins (chemicals and heavy metals)
- Medications (prescription and OTC)
- Unhealthy lifestyle habits (alcohol, lack of exercise, etc.)
Any factor that interferes with your nutritional status should be considered. Fortunately, many common factors contributing to malnutrition may be overcome with a healthy eating plan and simple lifestyle changes.
The “Western Diet” IS malnutrition!
The Western Diet is associated with the term Western Diseases!
The Western diet, predicated on convenience and profit, consists of fast foods, processed foods, and genetically modified foods. Obviously, Americans are surviving on these foods as dietary staples but their nutritional value is lacking.
As you know, we have the most expensive medical system in the world yet so many diseases are epidemic. In fact, many of which are referred to as “Western diseases” such as cardiovascular disease and a variety of cancers. Obesity, recently declared a disease by the AMA, can now be included.
As you know, most of these common degenerative diseases are closely associated with myriad nutrients such as osteoporosis is associated with calcium and vitamin D. This is grossly misleading because America over-consumes calcium and vitamin D and yet osteoporosis remains a problem!
Malnutrition also creates a tremendous potential for generational health problems as seen in family planning and Healthy Foods for Kids. In addition, your reproductive and sexual health (both male and female) are also affected.
Ask yourself the following question. Why do we worry about cigarettes when our current foods are contributing to more disease than cigarettes ever did? It’s ironic the quality of our foods are never mentioned.
However, when it comes to food selection in the Western diet, remember this important rule:
Convenient foods are not healthy – Healthy foods are not convenient!
Can you survive if you are malnourished?
Interestingly, yes you can!
In fact, you may be in a state of malnutrition (subclinical) and not even realize it.
Fortunately, you possess a tremendous margin of safety for survival. This simply means you can survive even though you are tremendously abusive to your mind and body. There is, however, a definitive line that when you cross, things will begin to go wrong (manifestations of symptoms and disease).
Is malnutrition gaining ground on your health and your children? Every day, more fast foods, processed foods, pharmaceuticals, OTC meds, toxins, inheritance, and stress are beginning to show the long-term ramifications of various states of malnutrition.
Think for a moment, you now have a pharmacy on almost every corner in America and in every major supermarket chain. In addition, medical facilities are being built at a record number.
Are these the results of a healthy or malnourished society?
Are you in a current state of malnutrition?
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