All extracts copyright 2000 Dr David Collison
We will all die. The process of
ageing is inevitable, and in due course we will die. To die healthy
sounds like a paradox. However there are well-documented instances
of people, of great age, who go to bed without any signs or symptoms
of disease, and just die in their sleep. At autopsy, there is no
underlying disease process to account for their deaths. They died
healthy. Mostly, when people die, they do so from disease —
a coronary, a stroke, cancer, diabetes and its complications ….
at a younger age than they should have. This book sets out dietary
guidelines to help you live to a 100 or more years, free from disease
and symptoms and, in the fullness of time, to die healthy.
1....How Healthy Are We?
2....The Ideal Diet
3....The Typical Australian Diet
5....The Glycaemic Index
8....Vegetable and Fruit Juices
9....Raw is Better
10..Dairy Products, Osteoporosis and Calcium
15..A Few Other Guidelines
Appendix 1. Fruit, Nuts and Peanuts
gods do not send illness to men.
bring it on themselves.
Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine
(c. 460 - 357 B.C.)
Good health is the most fundamental of rights. Sickness, and the
suffering that results from it, are universal. No one is spared
from their effects, either at a personal level or, less directly,
from the illnesses affecting family and friends.
This book is about HEALTH.
Health is defined by the Macquarie Dictionary as:
“Soundness of the body; freedom from disease (morbid condition
of the body or some organ or part), illness, sickness or ailment.”
Health is the absence of disease.
Absence of symptoms does not, necessarily, mean that there
is no underlying disease process. For example, it is possible to
have advanced narrowing of the arteries to the heart (coronary artery
disease) with no symptoms whatsoever.
Generally it is accepted that, if we have no symptoms,
we must be healthy. However, most of us have almost forgotten what
it is to function at an optimum level, symptom free. Headaches,
fatigue, backaches, anxiety, insomnia and two or three colds each
year have come to be taken as an almost inseparable part of modern
life, something we are supposed to put up with, and shut up about.
Indeed people suffering from these things, for the most part, regard
themselves as healthy. Are they? NO.
We should have NO symptoms.
We should be disease free.
This book is about one aspect of gaining and maintaining
This book sets out DIETARY GUIDELINES.
‘Guidelines’ are not a universal prescription
for every person, and there is, of course, no one perfect diet for
everyone. These guidelines will take us much closer to mankind’s
natural way of eating, which will result in improved health, less
disease, illness and suffering, and a later onset of disease.
Inevitably, some people will require variation from the
recommended guidelines to suit individual needs. Professional guidance
can be helpful and may sometimes be essential to help determine
the perfect diet for you.