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Food & Nutrition



First Draft © Dennis Rocke & Dr J. M. Mungavin 1983

Updated Dennis Rocke © 2022


There are other minerals and trace elements considered to be important in nutrition, such as Bromide, Nickel and Strontium. These are in minute quantities, but we do not know how important they are for the body processes. The author wishes to make a cautionary note to any reader who attempts to supplement their diet with any of the mineral or trace elements referred to in this manual. Although all the body needs is a microscopic amount…


When considering any supplementation to the diet of minerals and trace elements we must adopt great care, since the body chemistry, which is very delicate, can easily be thrown off balance. It is advisable to consult your family physician if you intend to use any of the supplements suggested.

The best way to assure that an imbalance of body chemistry does not occur, is to consume the natural sources as directed in the tables. Such as kelp, raw vegetables, sea water, fruit juices.

In order for a person to initiate perfect health for themselves, it is best to understand food and nutrition. Without seeming to repeat myself too much, proper food is essential for the maintenance or restoration of good health. To reiterate, disease may result from a diet that is unsuitable for a certain disease, or, rarely, from the intake of harmful amounts of unusual substances that are in certain foods.


Are amino acids that link and contain nitrogen besides carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and sometimes sulphur. There are more than 20 different amino acids that link in various patterns and combinations, which sometimes contain substances besides amino acids. This works something like a permutation and makes possible an almost unlimited number of different proteins, much the same as using the different letters of the alphabet to make an almost unlimited amount of words. The body can make more than half the individual amino acids, but cannot synthesise certain ones in the amounts needed for health. The amino acids the body cannot make are essential amino acids, meaning the foods we eat supply them.

The value to the body of a certain protein depends on the number and type of amino acids it contains, particularly the essential amino acids. The body transforms proteins into individual amino acids and then reassembles them to make body proteins. Therefore the right kinds and amounts of amino acids must be present in the foods we eat if the body is going to be able to put together a certain amino acid.

Body proteins serve many purposes. They are part of muscle, skin, hair, nails and numerous other tissues and organs. The vast amounts of enzymes in the body are proteins, as are many hormones. Some hormones are derivatives of amino acids.


On the other hand are not as complicated as proteins, but also consist of basic units-Fatty acids and glycerol. The body cannot manufacture fatty acids and therefore the diet must include them. These are essential fatty acids or polyunsaturated fatty acids. Don’t be mistaken, not all polyunsaturated fats are necessary to the body. The body takes the fat and reforms it into fat characteristic to its tissues.


The body uses carbohydrates in much the same way as it does fats. It breaks them down and rebuilds them for its purpose. Common carbohydrate blocks are glactose and fructose. The body can make all the carbohydrate it needs from other materials. There must of course be sufficient nutrients ingested (food eaten and travelled to stomach) to enable the body to make the carbohydrates, proteins and fats that the body needs for its proper functioning.


Or the supplementation of vitamins is the next most important step to look into more thoroughly. Even when a person is healthy, there are certain periods when vitamin supplementation is beneficial, for instance, pregnancy and lactation (breast feeding). Also it is sometimes desirable for vitamin supplementation along with the diet of infants.

Illnesses are another example of the value of vitamin supplements, especially when the illnesses associate with the loss of appetite and poor eating habits. It is important that if the sufferer is going to follow the directions of this book. That they consult their doctor and receive his/her co-operation and abide by his/her decision regarding the advisability of using the suggested therapies for different complaints and illnesses that come later in the book. Any person who uses the suggested therapies without first consulting a doctor and receiving his or her approval, is prescribing for himself or herself, also is assuming full responsibility. Also any member of the healing professions who uses the information given in this book as a treatment of their patient, must assume full responsibility for doing so.

Large amounts of some vitamins, especially Vitamin A and Vitamin D can be injurious. Healthy children who feed on a diet of adequate wholesome foods have no need for vitamin supplements. Over-dosage is the main problem of Vitamin A, D and Carotene. Which can be dangerous, for body has trouble excreting them, therefore they tend to accumulate in the body.

When children receive an overdose of vitamin A they may have a loss of appetite, resulting in loss of weight. Become irritable and fretful, develop cracks on the lips and at the corners of the mouth. Also changes in bone structure may occur, loss of hair and complain of itching.

Over zealous mothers can instigate excessive carotene by feeding carotene rich fruits and vegetables, particularly carrots, greens and peaches to infants and young children. This may result in a yellowish discoloration of the skin, readily visible on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and on the forehead. Even though it does not discolour the whites of the eyes, sometimes the diagnose of jaundice happens when discoloration due to excessive carotene occurs. This is not dangerous, but is unnecessary.

These facts enhance the reasons why we should follow a health giving diet, such as the one recommended in the book, leaving no reason for vitamin supplementation. Consequently dependence on one or other supplement should never be necessary, especially as this supplement could possibly be incomplete, unnecessary or even useless for the given complaint. Another very good reason is that there is also a chance that the supplements you chose to take could do more harm than good.

For whatever reason there is vitamin supplementation, this supplementation should occur with meals, as assimilation by the body is easier at this time.


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