from NORTH AMERICAN DIET
the body enough, and it’s going to react. The cold virus is a great
example of a body being bugged and, boy, do you know it. Sore throat, puffy
eyes, and loads and loads of you know what!
Mucus is a sure sign of a body in a state of extreme
agitation. The heavy, over-processed, dairy-rich makeup of the North
American diet demands the human body to react as if it is fighting a viral
invasion every day. In the morning we can feel its effect, foggy clogged
head, puffy eyes and dulled senses. The answer, a large mug of strong coffee
to kick-start the system so that we can face the rigors of the day. Most of
us have forgotten what it is like to awaken, clear-minded and full of
energy. Yet, within two weeks, of a changed diet, the transformation can be
quite remarkable, jumping out of bed in celebration of the new day; a
throwback to a younger, healthier you.
The human body is an incredibly, complex system. It
transfers vital fluids through miles of tubes and membrane highways. The
circulatory system is 60,000 miles long. You would need a truck load of road
maps to travel a small portion of your body. The kidneys, alone, contain 500
miles of internal plumbing. Each time you breathe, 300 billion—yes billion—capillaries
in the lungs await to absorb life-giving oxygen. However, mucus can slow
down or stop the important movements along the many pathways of the body,
creating a feeding ground for viruses and pathogens (disease-producing
Let’s look at an antibody soap opera. Antibody X
must seek and demolish Microbe Z, a bacterial bad guy, responsible
for an irritating cold. The body is tracking his position, Agent X
has been assigned to a search-and-destroy mission to intercept Microbe Z
before he does greater damage to the host. On his way through the lymph, he
finds himself in a traffic jam, an underpass full of mucus. In this
vulnerable position, Agent X is a sitting duck. From above, he is
ambushed by two million bacterial bad guys who have been feasting on the
mucus for days. The last thought in Agent X’s mind before he dies is, in
spite of his perfect conditioning and training, nothing had prepared him to
deal with the obstruction of thick, sticky mucus. Finally, after the host
had suffered for days with a raw throat, coughing, sneezing, reinforcements
were able to destroy the bacterial bad guys.
Not all mucus is bad. Healthy mucus is a clear, slippery,
lubricating secretion, used to protect mucus membranes along the digestive,
respiratory, urinary and reproductive tracts. Unhealthy mucus is cloudy,
thick, and sticky. Mucus is secreted to stop irritants, pollutants, or
carcinogenic compounds, created by putrefying, undigested food residues. It’s
like a blanket of protection. Certain foods such as milk and bread cause an
increase of mucus secretions. These foods have large protein molecules
(casein and gluten) which are difficult to digest and are more prone to
putrefaction, and may be toxic or an irritant to the body. For many, bread
and milk cause sinus congestion.
Mucoid is a mixture of large gelatinous particles, which
has a sticky or jelly-like consistency. The word mucoid encompasses the
terms mucin, colloid, mucoproteins and glycoproteins. Mucoid is caused by
many toxins, pollutants, food additives and allergies. Mucoid can be present
in any body tissue but is most commonly associated with the respiratory
system, gastrointestinal tract, lymphatic system, uterus, vagina urinary
system and the joints. Cartilage in a joint contains mucus membrane cells
which secrete a clear slippery mucus to keep joints lubricated. When mucoid-forming
substances are present, toxic mucoid builds up deposits within the joint.
Mucoid within the body tissues, drains into the lymph
which filters waste from the intercellular fluid. The blood absorbs 90% of
this cellular waste fluid and the lymph absorbs the other 10% composed of
the larger waste particles. The lymph glands contain one-way valves, lined
with muscle tissues that behave like pumps. If an overload of mucoid from
the cells accumulates in the lymph and is not cleansed from the system, it
can become stagnant and prone to infection.
Dr. Robert Gray, a nutritionist, determined,
through intensive testing that certain foods are mucus-forming and others
are mucus cleansing. The foods shown to cause mucus are dairy products,
white flour, meat, eggs, potatoes, beans, rice, grains, fish, peanuts and
CELL FOOD FROM CELLS
between mucus and diet is not a new theory. In 1912, Dr. Arnold Ehret
released a book called, The Mucusless Diet and Healing System. He
discusses in great detail, the mucus-forming effect of various foods. Ehret
theorized that all disease is caused by a clogging of the tube and membrane
structures within the body due to a build-up of restrictive mucus.
The process of digestion is to liquefy food small enough
to be infused by the absorptive cells on the villus in the intestine. For
any nutrient to pass through the membrane of a cell, it must be less than
44,000,000,000 th. of an ounce. The rest of the substance not absorbed
remains within the colon until elimination.
Foods that form mucus have a glue-like bond, tightly
holding their molecules together. In milk, it is casein, in wheat, rye, oats
and barley, the glue-like substance is gluten. The dictionary defines gluten
as a tough, sticky mixture of plant proteins, obtained by washing out the
starch from wheat or other cereal flour and used as an adhesive and
thickener. These glue-like bonds require strong stomach acids for digestion.
Lack of chewing and poor food combinations make it
impossible for the stomach acids to properly dissolve the bond between these
molecules. After digestion, many food particles are still too large to be
used by the body. In a short time, the oversized, partly-digested food
particles start to putrefy and are coated with mucus to prevent further
putrefaction while still in the intestine.
The intestinal wall is contains over four million
microvillus. Their job is the absorption of nutrients. Due to the vast
number of microvilli the total effective area for absorption, within the
colon is more than 2,200 square feet. On the surface of these microvillus is
mucus-secreting cells. Mucus is secreted by these cells to protect
the intestinal wall and to impede the absorption of harmful substances
through the colon.
Eighty percent of all absorption takes place in the small
intestine. Only 20 percent is absorbed by the stomach and large intestine.
The stomach performs very little absorption because the gastric contents are
so acidic. The entire gastric epithelium must be devoted to mucus
production. Without mucus to protect the stomach, ulcers would develop in a
few hours. Within the duodenum (small intestine) the submucosal glands
produce copious quantities of mucus. This mucus contains buffers that
elevate the pH balance. The more acid forming the food, the greater the
amount of mucus secreted.
As the mucus and food particle solution pass through the
intestines, moisture is removed. As more moisture is removed, the mucus
becomes sticky and gluey. In passing, it leaves a coating on the intestinal
wall. Layer after layer of gluey feces build up over the years. It forms
into a tough, rubbery, black substance found in lumps in the corners of the
intestinal tract. X-ray studies show that the accumulation of hardened feces
badly deforms the intestines. Autopsies have shown that an average male has
seven to nine pounds of this hardened feces within his intestine. This
coating causes constipation, a reduction in the absorption of nutrients
through the intestinal wall and is a breeding ground for parasites.
Imagine a drain, clogged with human hair, dust, old soap
and pieces of decaying food, all forming a sticky mass of rotting waste that
cannot be removed. The medical names labeled for these diseases are
diverticula, colitis, stricture, prolapsus, hemorrhoids, worms, yeast
infection, chronic constipation, colon cancer and appendicitis.
Colonics are given by naturopaths or colon therapists
using a device to circulate water through the intestine while your stomach
is being massaged. Numerous clients have been helped through this therapy.
Removal of clogged waste allows the human machine to work again. But, unless
there is dietary change, the symptoms will simply return.
Without the natural, sponge-like properties of fruits and
vegetables, intestinal diseases will continue to abound, especially amongst
Grapes and citrus fruits are some of the greatest
mucus-cleansers. They help the body to remove mucus and toxins, supplying
vital nutrients in the correct balance for rejuvenation and healing.
The most powerful method of removing mucus from the
intestines and mucoid from the organs and lymph glands is the combined
cleansing effect of a non-mucus/mucoid-forming diet and fasting.
Factors Which Increase Mucus
. Our body's need for food is often much less than what
we eat. Any foods eaten beyond our body's need is a burden. Some of this
excess food will be converted into fat. Yet the body can create only so
much fat per day. If you eat above digestive capacity, the excess must be
eliminated. During elimination, the lymph glands are overloaded and mucoid
forms in response to putrefaction.
. When food is eaten before complete
digestion of the previous meal, partially-digested food will be released
into the colon thus causing mucus.
EATING WITHOUT HUNGER
Improper chewing overworks the digestive system. If
the food particles are too big to be assimilated, they must be eliminated
through the colon. On the way, these particles putrefy, thus causing
A typical meal contains starch, protein,
sugars and fats, each requiring a completely, different digestive
secretion. Complex food mixtures create mucus because the food molecules
cannot be dissolved efficiently.