Eat Organic and Save

Eat Organic and Save

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I frequently hear clients saying that it costs too much to eat organic foods and health foods. Tessa and her family proved this to be untrue, as have many other people both before and since, but not always so succinctly and precisely.

Tessa came to see me, with her husband, who was complaining of a number of mild but troublesome health problems. His doctor had done the usual tests, basic blood biochemistry and similar, and pronounced him well, possibly just tired from a heavy load at work, and suggested he take a short break.  She came back with him, to see me, a few months later saying there was no improvement, although they had enjoyed their weekend away.

He still did not feel fully well. She was concerned, in part because there was cancer among several of his relatives. She wanted me to organize the CA1 panel test for him, something she had learnt about from a friend. This is a useful test. It can detect the start of the cancer process possibly several years before there is a detectable tumour. I did this, as requested by both Tessa and her husband. It was the only way she could get him to agree to do the test for himself.

His results were clear but to the surprise of all three of us, hers were not. In fact, they were significantly outside of the normal range and a definite cause for concern. Since she expressed herself fully healthy, with plenty of energy, no lumps or bumps, as she put it, and no other sign of concern, we both wondered if there had been some mistake. A check with the laboratory assured us that this was not so.

One way to check further, as to the validity and seriousness of the results, was to run the CA2 panel. This group of tests defines some of the aberrant behaviours that are common to cancer cells. Again, she showed up with many results significantly beyond the normal level. Neither of these tests defines the location of any problem, but on the other hand, they do both test the whole body.  Further, it was more than probable that we were detecting something that might not yet be detectable by the less sensitive tests used in the medical approach.

Knowing of my work she decided immediately that she would do all that was required with her diet and lifestyle and see if she couldn’t get all the results back into the normal ranges without further and more damaging treatment.

As she said, this surely meant changing over not only to a healthier choice of foods, but also of foods that were all organic, and unprocessed.  After all, as she put it, “there doesn’t’ seem to be much point in eating some of the foods, say the vegetables and fruits, from organic sources, and then eating other foods that are not only unhealthy choices but also contain a variety of toxins. But I am concerned about the cost as our income is limited and I know that organic foods generally cost more than the non-organic ones.”

I agreed that all her food should be organic, and unprocessed, and, in her case, free from sugar and starches. I pointed out, however, that while many organically grown foods can be somewhat more expensive than those that were not, this was not always the case.  Equally, many processed foods actually cost a great deal of money for very little nutritional value.

You can often get a Kg of organic carrots, for instance, for one pound, yet a cappuccino can cost nearly three pounds.  A packet of Hula Hops can cost over £1.60 for less than one hundred grams.  A 150 g bag of kettle crisps can cost two pounds.  Pre-prepared meals can cost a lot more than if you prepare meals for yourself at home.  A gelato desert can cost £6.50 for 500 ml whereas a good quality organic yoghurt can cost less than £3 for 1 Kg, less than twice the amount.  A snack of healthy organic Brazil nuts cost no more than an unhealthy bar of chocolate. Tessa looked doubtful, but she promised to do what she could.

A month later she was back with some surprising news.  She told me that the whole family, including her two teenage daughters, had decided to support her in the changes she would have to make.  They would all eat the food she prepared for herself, organic, no ‘junk’ food, no processed food laden with a variety of unrecognizable chemicals.

“The funny thing is that it doesn’t cost more,” she said.  In fact, we all kept very careful records of the amounts that we paid for everything. This is something we have always done, out of necessity but what we found was that we are now spending considerably less on food than we use to before we all ‘went organic’, and we are enjoying our food just as much.

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