Anyone who has read my blog will know that I've made a lot of noise about how the Western diet and lifestyle can cause disease. From all the reading I've done, it's easy for me to believe that the new foods humans started to eat within the last 100-200 years (e.g., refined sweeteners, white flour, non-traditionally-processed soy, canned products, margarine, ready-made meals, high-omega-6 oils) are making us unhealthy.
But is it possible that this modern diet's constant supply of nutrient-devoid, toxin-laden, sugar-infused, overly-processed junk also chronically suppresses the immune system to such a degree that we have greater odds of developing diseases like heart disease, stroke, and/or obesity? Consider this:
- Ulcers are caused by the helicobacter pylori bacteria.
- It's been suggested that heart disease could be influenced or caused by mouth infections.
- Uffe Ravnskov has argued that a heart attack or stroke can be caused by pathogenic microorganisms when their toxins are absorbed by cholesterol (because cholesterol supports the immune system). (1)
- In his book Perfect Health Diet, Paul Jaminet argues that there is a strong link between chronic infection and disease. (2)
- Paul Jaminet also talks about how 3 adenoviruses have been found to cause obesity in humans.