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Are You Starving Yourself into Obesity?

Starving yourself into obesity? Authors, Mira and Jayson Calton, warn about the dangers of micronutrient deficiency in their new book Naked Calories. Read Transcript


Reporter: WE ALL KNOW

THAT GOING WITHOUT FOOD

CAUSES MALNUTRITION.

BUT PEOPLE WHO EAT PLENTY

CAN ALSO SUFFER FROM IT AND

BECOME VERY SICK.

JUST ASK MIRA KELTON.

WHEN I WAS 30, I WAS

DIAGNOSED WITH ADVANCE

OSTEOPOROSIS.

WHICH MEANS I HAD THE BONE

DENSITY OF AN 80-YEAR-OLD.

WHICH WAS A SHOCK TO THE

PHYSICIANS AT THAT TIME.

ALL THEY TOLD ME IS THAT I

WAS GOING TO BE ON

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS FOR

THE REST OF MY LIFE.

IT WASN'T GOING TO GET ANY

BETTER.

THAT WAS GOING TO BE MY NEW

EXISTENCE.

Reporter: MIRA DIDN'T

WANT DRUGS AND SEARCHED FOR

A NATURAL TREATMENT.

I TRIED EATING CALCIUM,

AND THAT LET TO MAGNESIUM,

AND THAT LED TO VITAMIN "D"

AND VITAMIN "K."

ALL I REALIZED WHAT HAPPENED

TO ME WAS A MICRONEUT

MICRONUTRIENT DEFICIENCY.

Reporter: AFTER TWO

YEARS OF EATING VITAMIN AND

MINERALS, HER OSTEOPOROSIS

DISAPPEARED.

NOW SHE AND HER HUSBAND WANT

TO SPREAD THE NEWS ABOUT

MICRONUTRIENT DEFICIENCY.

IT HAS TO DO WITH YOUR

BLOOD PRESSURE, YOUR

CHOLESTEROL LEVELS, WHETHER

YOU SLEEP WELL.

IT HAS TO DO WITH

EVERYTHING.

AND DIABETES.

AND IT HAS TO DO A LOT WITH

OBESITY.

IT IS THE MOST WIDESPREAD

AND DANGEROUS HEALTH

DEFICIENCY OF THE 21st

CENTURY.

BECAUSE WE'RE ALL WALKING

AROUND WITH THESE

DEFICIENCIES AND WE HAVE NO

IDEA THIS IS A PROBLEM.

Reporter: ACCORDING TO

GOVERNMENT STATISTICS, THIS

AFFECTS 90% OF AMERICANS.

WHICH MEANS ALL OF US LACK

AT LEAST ONE CRITICAL

VITAMIN OR MINERAL NECESSARY

FOR GOOD HEALTH.

TOPPING THE LIST, CALCIUM,

MAGNESIUM, AND VITAMINs

"A," "D," AND "E."

PROCESSED FOOD IS THE MAJOR

CULPRIT BECAUSE IT IS

STRIPPED.

THE CALTONS SAY ONE FOURTH

OF THE FOOD WE EAT CONTAINS

ZERO NUTRITIONAL VALUE.

SOME ACTUALLY TAKE AWAY

MICRONUTRIENTS.

THE ACID IN CARBONATED

DRINKS INTERFERES WITH YOUR

BODY'S ABILITY TO ABSORB

CALCIUM.

THERE IS A WAR GOING ON

WITH AMERICANS AND FOOD

MANUFACTURERS, AND MOST

AMERICANS HAVE NO IDEA IT IS

EVEN GOING ON.

Reporter: MOST OF US

KNOW PROCESSED FOOD IS BAD

FOR US.

WHAT IS SHOCKING IS THAT

EVEN FRESH FRUITS AND

VEGETABLES AREN'T AS

HUMANITY A HEALTHY AS YOU

MIGHT THINK.

APPLES CONTAIN 77% FEWER

MINERALS THAN THEY DID 80

YEARS AGO.

WHY THE CHANGE?

OVERFARMING.

IT ROBS THE SOIL OF PRECIOUS

MICRONUTRIENTS.

SHIPPING PRODUCE LONG

DISTANCES ADDS TO THE

PROBLEM.

PICKING IT TOO SOON AND

EXPOSING IT TO LIGHT, HEAT,

AND AIR A LONG TIME TAKES

AWAY MICRONUTRIENTS.

A HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVE IS

LOCAL PRODUCE.

MEAT ALSO FALLS VICTIM TO

THIS TREND.

MOST ANIMALS ARE RAISED

INSIDE FACTORY FARMS AND FED

UNHEALTHY GRAIN OR WORSE.

THEY'RE BEING FED UP TO

SEVEN POUNDS A DAY OF STALE

CANDY AND CHOCOLATE BARS,

THAT THE CANDY MANUFACTURERS

ARE THROWING AT THESE

FARMERS SAYING, HEY, FATTEN

UP YOUR CATTLE WITH THIS.

THIS IS JUST TO ME, AN

ABOMINATION.

Reporter: IF YOU'RE A

MEAT EATER, CHOOSE GRASS-FED

BEEF.

WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN

WHEN THE ANIMAL IS OUT IN

THE SUNSHINE, AS ABSORBING

THE VITAMIN "D."

THERE WILL BE 400% MORE OF

THE VITAMIN "D."

AND THEY WILL HAVE THE KIND

OF FAT THAT SCIENTISTS THINK

WILL HELP PREVENT CANCER.

AND IT HELPS BURN OUR BODY

FAT.

THIS IS A NATURALLY

OCCURRING FAT THESE COWS CAN

GET WHEN THEY EAT GRASS.

Reporter: MICRONUTRIENT

DEFICIENCY ISN'T ONLY CAUSED

BY A DIET, BUT CERTAIN

LIFESTYLES CAN DEPLETE OUR

BODY OF VITAMINS AND

MINERALS.

THE LIST INCLUDES SMOKING,

LIVING IN A POLLUTED CITY,

STRESS -- THAT'S A BIG

ONE -- AND SURPRISINGLY,

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS.

THAT'S SCARY BECAUSE WHEN

WE BECOME DEFICIENT WE START

TO GET SICK.

Reporter: TO MAKE UP

FOR WHAT YOUR BODY IS

MISSING, TAKE A SUPPLEMENT,

BUT CHOOSE CAREFULLY.

THE PROBLEM IS MOST

MULTI-VITAMINS DON'T

DISCENTEDIS DISINTEGRATE.

Reporter: THEY

RECOMMEND POWDERED

MULTI-VITAMINS WITH OUT

SUGARS AND ARTIFICIAL

COLORS.

SO WHILE THE STANDARD

AMERICAN DIET AND LIFESTYLE

CAN LEAD TO MALNUTRITION, WE

CAN GET THE MICRONUTRIENTS

ARE BODIES CRAVE BY AVOIDING

PROCESSED FOOD, EATING MORE

LOCAL, ORGANIC PRODUCE, AND

SUPPLEMENTING PROPERLY.

LORI JOHNSON, CBN NEWS.

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