Taking Charge of Your Health

Translator: Rhonda Jacobs
Reviewer: Aari Lemmik Good morning everyone. I’m a clinical and holistic nutritionist, and I have been for the past eight years. And I honestly can’t imagine
ever being or doing anything else. This is a field that is just
so fascinating to me, and I feel like it’s the reason
I was put on Earth, is to share this information. Because I believe so strongly
in using food as medicine, and over the last eight years,
I have seen over and over again: give the body what it needs
and it will heal itself. Take away what it doesn’t need
and it will heal itself. There’s one thing though,
that as I do this work, that blows me away every single day, and that is how much
our food supply has changed. Our food supply has changed
more in the last 50 years than it has in the previous 10,000 years. So many things have happened, and we’re going to talk
all about what’s happened and how to avoid
the landmines, the pitfalls, and how to use food
as medicine to really thrive. Because as a result
of the changes in our food supply, we’re dealing with health issues
that we never had to deal with before. Our kids are dealing with health issues that they’ve never
had to deal with before. We have celiac disease. We have autoimmune issues in children that never existed before. Raging food sensitivities. I remember being a kid; as a benefit you get to eat
anything you want and it really doesn’t affect you. Kids have really kind of lost
that privelege today because of what’s happened
to the food supply. We’ve got major digestive disturbances. And the one that really gets me
is mental and emotional issues like we have never seen before
in children – depression and anxiety. And all of that can absolutely
be helped, reversed, eliminated through using food as medicine. And that’s the power in this. In using this information,
taking it into your daily life, because your children’s, our children’s
organs are forming now to what their health is going to be
in their adult life. Their glandular systems,
their digestive systems, so what you choose to feed them
and how you feed them is laying the foundation
for their adult life, for how their health is going to be. So this field of holistic nutrition,
it still seems to be very new, and an alternative thought pattern. So I just wanted to describe
what it actually is. It’s a philosophy that talks about health
as an interplay between all the systems. The mental and the emotional,
the physical and chemical, and the spiritual and environmental
aspects of one’s health and being. How can we separate it? For me, I can’t understand
how we can separate the mind from the body from the spirit. It’s impossible. Sounds like this is a new concept
but it’s not, it’s ancient wisdom. And its time has come
to bring it back into the mainstream so that we can achieve wellness
and experience wellness on all levels. And I’m going to go into
what’s happened to the food supply and we’re going to talk about food, but I would be remiss if I didn’t start,
especially as a holistic nutritionist, with the mental and with the emotional. Because in order to make this last
when we make changes in your diet and changes in your life, you take it away from being a diet
and it becomes a lifestyle. And so much of that
is your perspective around food, your approach to food. How many of us think
of food as a relationship? I think we think of food as a habit, as something we do, three times,
four times a day, however often we eat. But if we can start
to shift that perspective and look at food as an approach to life, something much bigger and deeper, something that can connects us
to the world around us and to our families, that’s the perspective shift
that takes away the diet and becomes a lifestyle. And that’s what we have to talk about. For years, I have been teaching
clients to separate emotional nourishment
from biological development, where we say that food feeds us
and advances us biologically, and it keeps us alive, but it shouldn’t nourish us emotionally. We shouldn’t turn to food
when we’re stressed, and when we’re tired
and when we’re lonely, but we teach them, turn to primary foods –
your sense of spiritual connection, your relationships,
exercise that you enjoy, creative outlets. And that philosophy worked for me
for a really long time, but then most recently,
I really started thinking about it. Is that complete? Is that possible even, to separate emotional nourishment
from biological development? Is it honest? And the answer
that I came to was ‘no’. And actually, it dawned on me, and I felt a little ashamed
that I hadn’t come to it sooner, because I am 100 percent Italian. How can I separate emotional nourishment
from biological development? My friends knew during
my childhood and adolescence not to call me on Sundays,
I couldn’t be with them, because, you know, we were eating. That’s what we were doing on Sunday. And we would be at the table
from 12 to 6:00 or 7:00 at night and that was a tradition,
that was a ritual, it was a family ceremony. So food, it’s not just for our bodies, it’s also for our mind and our emotion. And it’s a way to connect to so much more
than just the actual food that we eat. Now I’ve been calling this
the form and function of food, right? So food is more
than its physiological function, there’a form to it. It’s the difference between
a house and a home. A house is a structure
that will protect us from the elements. But a home is a place
where we store our memories and our emotions, and the things
that are most dear to us, the place that we go
for solace and nourishment. You can ask any morning coffee drinker – How many of you
are morning coffee drinkers? Right? It’s not just about
getting a cup of coffee, it’s about the ritual of it,
it’s about the ceremony of it. I see clients for the first session
and they say, “Don’t take away my coffee.
I’m not coming back if you do.” It’s their weapon to the world. It’s the security blanket
to go out into the world and have this warm cup
of something that nourishes you, your little buddy, your friend,
at your desk by your side. It’s so much more… It’s so much more
than just that morning coffee. I also relate – it’s the difference
between clothes and fashion. Clothes are so much more
than their function to cover our bodies
and to keep us warm. They are a tool for self-expression,
for creativity, for individuality. It’s fun to dress according
to how you feel, right? It’s a way to let the world know
who you are, how you feel, and how things are working. So if we can have this approach to food,
it lays a foundation, because I can talk all day long
about greens, and water, and grains, and all of that stuff, but it’s not going to be a finishing work,
unless the perspective has shifted. So we get that foundation in place,
and then we move on to the physical, and to the chemical. That’s what we’re going to talk about: challenges in our food supply. And we have a lot of them. Because in the last 50 years, our food
supply has changed so dramatically. The reason I’m telling you this
is not to incite doom and gloom, but rather, empowerment, because awareness is the first step
towards changing anything. And the reason I’m standing up here
is because I am certain, I will tell you, so many of us
have no idea how amazing we can feel, how many extra levels
of wellness that there are than we’re currently
experiencing right now. First major challenge
is soil depletion. Do you believe that we have
to eat three apples today to equal the nutrient value
of one apple in 1940? How do you like them apples? (Laughter) 85 percent soil depletion is what
we’re dealing with in North America. Less minerals in the soil – weaker plants. Weaker plants – we need
to spray them with more chemicals. We need minerals for so many
functions within the body. We need minerals
for our bones, for our teeth. We need minerals so that
our nervous system can function properly. There are nutritional
roots to mental illness. So much of it lies
in mineral deficiency. And we need minerals
for our metabolic process to function. The body doesn’t work without minerals. This next one is the one
that really gets me. Hormones and antibiotics
in our meat supply. So what I want to know
is when did it become okay for it to be looked at as the mainstream
to eat polluted meat? When did that become normal, and guiding people towards eating organic,
free-range, all these buzz words that seem on the fringe – we’re just
guiding them to eat real food, that’s all. Antibiotics – when we’re eating
a low dose of antibiotics every time we eat out from these animals
that are raised in feed lots, in conditions that really no living thing
should have to be subjected to, of course they have
to give them antibiotics because there’s not enough room for them,
and there’s disease that comes up. And the antibiotics that we’re eating
are killing the good bugs, the good bacteria in our gut. And digestion is the cornerstone
of your health. If that’s not the foundation
and that’s not working, nothing else is going to work
and everything else will be a band-aid. So taking antibiotics, a low dose,
when we eat out, these animal meats, eggs, milk –
that’s weakening our immune system. And then we have hormones. I think every other woman in the room
would agree with me when I say, it’s hard enough to keep
our hormones balanced, do we ever need to have anything else that’s going to start
to throw them off course? In March, the New York Times
came out with an article, and the title was:
“Puberty at Age 10: The New ‘Normal’?” I’m not okay with that. Girls are developing three to five years
earlier on average now, largely due, in part, to the consumption of added growth hormones
to the meat supply. So if there’s one thing to remember
from what I have to say, and there’s one thing you need to take,
and you’re going to shift your budget somewhere else with your food,
it’s towards clean animal products. How may of you know what a GMO is? Good. Almost everyone. Genetically modified organisms are organisms where they take
the DNA of one species and they inject it into the DNA
of another species in a lab. And that creates a combination of plants
that have not existed in nature before and also do not exist in traditional
cross-breeding methods. So what we have with GMOs
is Frankenfood, in my opinion. Corn, soy, canola, dairy – these are the foods
that are the most genetically modified and in 30 countries around the world, and all the countries
of the European Union, there’s severe limitation and restrictions
or outright bans on GMOs. That’s what I mean. It’s not that the food supply
has just changed towards processed foods, but the raw materials
that go into those processed foods have changed so dramatically,
and we need to avoid them. Especially when we’re eating out, restaurants are using genetically
modified soybean and canola oil because it’s not that expensive, and we’re not getting
the nutrients out of our meal. We’re getting maybe 50 percent
of the nutrients out of our meal when we’re consuming GMOs. There’s lots of chemicals
that we’re contending with. The FDA has 2,700 intentional
food chemicals from food dyes, FD&C yellow number 5
and yellow number 6. We’ve got artificial sweeteners, MSG – we really have to start to look at that. And bath and body products
is the other part of the hormonal equation because there’s a huge opportunity
to disrupt your endocrine system by what you put on your body. And I just want you to think about
the skin as the largest absorbative organ. So if you wouldn’t put it in your body, a good rule of thumb
is don’t put it on your body. And this one I could talk
about all day long because this is how I got into nutrition. There is no doubt in my mind
I would have diabetes right now and I would probably be 50 pounds
heavier than what I am had I not found this field, because I used to eat
a package of Sour Patch Kids and a package of Swedish fish
every day for lunch. I was a total sugar junkie. And we don’t have
to talk too much about sugar because I think everyone knows
that it’s not good for you at this point. But I just want to point out: How did it become okay to drink
a soda the size of your head? (Laughter) I don’t know how that happened. Clients say, “I only drink
one soda a day.” I have to say, “But what is it?” “It’s a Big Gulp, but that’s okay, it’s from, like, lunch,
all the way to the end of the day.” Right? One soda today is the equivalent
of 18 in 1955. The solution is simple. That’s a simple solution
to changing things. But you need to know
what real food is in order to change it. A chicken breast – a client will say,
“It’s just a chicken breast” – isn’t a chicken breast any more. We need to know,
what did the chicken eat? How was it raised, how was it fed? So that’s why we have
to challenge the food supply, so you can discern what’s
real food and what’s not real food. You can be part of the solution. Local, organically grown
fruits and vegetables. We have Community Supported Agriculture –
farms that we can buy our food from. We’re so blessed to live in this area. You buy local, organically
grown fruits and vegetables, you don’t have to eat three apples,
you can just eat one, because the nutrients will be there, the minerals will be there, because of the way that they’re using
traditional farming techniques. Wild fish and pastured animal products. ‘Pastured’ – such a buzzword these days. It just means the animal ate
what it wanted to eat in nature, and lived how it should have lived, then you’re getting
nutrients from that food. Choosing gluten-free grains –
that’s really important. Gluten sensitivity is huge. Staging beans, legumes
and root vegetables throughout your diet, will slowly release the glucose
in your system, so you never really get those cravings
for the white stuff or for the sugar. I’m such a fan of healthy fats and oils. There’s nothing wrong
with grass-fed butter, coconut oil, avocados, all these things
are so important. And keep the sweetness,
but lose the sugar. Learn about sugar alternatives. There’s so many of them out there. Coconut sugar – looks and tastes
exactly like brown sugar. It doesn’t affect you nearly
like regular sugar does. Stevia has no effect on blood sugar;
it’s 100 times sweeter than sugar. We can still enjoy sweet treats. We don’t have to have this approach
of denial or deprivation, it’s just upgrading. And we’re creating rituals, traditions,
having that anchor around food. Mindful eating, not being
a stand-at-the-kitchen-counter eater, or eat-in-your-car eater. It’s eating for true nourishment. This is not a new concept. Two-and-a-half thousand years ago,
Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine,
and medicine be thy food.” So if I leave you with one thought, it’s that healthcare reform,
it doesn’t start in Washington, it starts in our kitchen. We need to vote with our dollars
when we go to the grocery store and that’s voting
for a cleaner food supply. My favorite quote
by Margaret Mead states, “Never doubt that a small commited group
of individuals can change the world; indeed, it’s the only
thing that ever has.” Thank you.

100 thoughts on “Food as Medicine: Christa Orechio at TEDxVillageGate

  1. Everyone thinks they are God, knows better how other people should live.
    Thats the real sickness, have a Tedtalk about that.

  2. this clown cant even speak into a mic and is totally clueless…thank god she found work or shed be a burden to the state for life

  3. She is very attractive because she is 100% Italian and also a person who is eating the right food for her body. That is what a real human body looks like when you eat well. You eat right, you feel right, and then you look right.

  4. They need to feed in the audio directly to the recording… not a secondary mic… hope they learn this in the future. Still an awesome talk but hard to watch because of the audio 

  5. Can you please complete a survey about superfoods, its for my dissertation and I really need responces

  6. What the hell is a "clean animal product"? No such thing. It's all crap that pollutes your body. Time to get real with fruits and vegetables. The lifestyle of energy, health and longevity. 

  7. I understand this but I was brought up on a diet just like the one that she described to a T and I felt AWFUL.  I couldn't sleep, and always had headaches and stomaches.  And would run around screaming with the frustration of the restriction associated with the diet.  I could just go on and on with the awful side effects.  Now I eat a "worse diet" (not full of sugar but just not as restrictive) but I feel SO MUCH BETTER.
    What works for you doesn't work for me.

  8. I agree with Abby.  Although she has some good points she should read Dr. Campbell's "The China Study, or Fuhrman's "Eat to Live."  Just because meat is clean and natural doesn't necessarily make it helpful to the body.

  9. Omg so many brainwashed vegans/fruitarians/vegetarians in the comment section. By the way, The China Study has been debunked ad nauseam, I don't even know why ppl. still like to bring it up.

  10. Sorry, but Stevia is way too bitter.  I'd rather just cut back drastically on the real sugar or use a bit of agave from time to time rather than go with Stevia.  Agave is getting a bad rap now, but it's still not as bad as white sugar I don't think.

  11. If Christa believes in holistically healing she reach the history of holistic healing to find it's pure quackery.

    Her information about sugar is incorrect – See Dr. Lustig's talks from UCSF Medical Center his 20 years of research on added sugars and insulin.

  12. Finally someone who really understands what good food means.  It's not about don't eat meat or animal products, or only eat protein, or only eat low carb.  She's just talking about eating good-quality single-ingredient "real" food, basically a diet that pre-dates the processed food industry.

  13. It all begins in the mind. Heal your mind, and the rest of your body will automatically follow. Read ~~The Present~~ at TruthContest◘com to get started.

  14. The level of missinformation is too damn high!
    This pure pseudoscience (*Vegans, foodies, hippies, conspiracyst, etc will rage in comments)
    for this girl everything is possible, by ancient wisdom, like she totally should apply some lead to look more beautiful, like they did in the "ancient times"

  15. She has no idea what agricultural practices are like today. After she has researched the other side, then she has the right to speak.

  16. Wrong.. too much fat is what causes diabetes..
    ..all cells run on sugar..

  17. The closed captioned not follow what the lady and I can not read what she talked about Food as Medicine?

  18. I want to listen to what she has to say but the audio is so bad I will find a better prepaired lecture.  This is very sad

  19. My sister married an Italian that's when I started to learn how and what to eat.  I used to live on apples.  Hot bread and butter, true barnyard chickens and eggs with natural omega 3.  I hope there are more young people like Christa.

  20. Sadly, the audio is below par.  I couldn't watch due to this issue.  Please upload with improved sound quality.  Thank you.

  21. 9 Dodgy Food Practices Banned in Europe but Just Fine Here – Harmful Farming – Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear – Conversations w/ Great Minds – Jeffrey Smith GMOs – Seeds of Deception P1

  22. Don't knock it till you try it. Being very ill this is the only thing keeping me alive. Nutrition looks at long term health of your body. Good pathways in your head helps your bodies natural rhythms positively. Balanced approach is the best approach.

  23. audio is shocking , very sad as i am studying Nutritional medicine atm and am very interested in this talk. Please upload a better copy.

  24. I think GMO science is still young and needs to be worked on but as far as viably feeding a population who wants to eat meat it seems necessary. If only we were all vegan! (I'm not vegan) I think there's a huge issue to feeding people realistically and feeding people healthfully. I can only afford to buy my frozen chicken and vegetables from Target which means I get the GMO's. I like what has been talked about here and hope it galvanizes more into action so I can one day get farm raised chicken and veggies for cheap!

  25. Chicken?? Grassfed butter and oils?? Nothing wrong?? What the actual fuck !! Goddamn promoting solidified bovine secretion and you're afraid of keeping the hormonal balance in place?? You don't know what's milk naturally made of then or you do and just throw in some animal products cause people wouldn't follow a whole food plant based diet that's the humane diet 100% !!

    Everybody READ "HOW NOT TO DIE" by Dr. Michael Greger and then decide what to eat !! Facts and reviewed science, that's what people wanna and deserve to know, not bullshit payed by industries!

    The real Doctors in this twisted sad world are John Mcdougall , Michael Greger, Caldwell Esselstyn, Garth Davis.

  26. Patricia Leary7 months ago
    A shame she didn't get the lapel mic and/or the sound guys were not on the job.

  27. Looks a beautiful talk, but it´s a big pity about the audios. Please, take care about this next time. regards and good lock

  28. Mineral nutrients are generally still in the soil; but those are "locked" there, as long as the things needed to transform them into forms the plants can absorb, are missing: worms, bacteria, etc. Nutrients are missing from foods for several reasons [not a complete discussion]:
    1. Chemicals used to prep the ground and mature plants, and force plant growth, kill the worms, bugs and bacteria in the dirt, along with other unwanted plants. Those organisms help stabilize nutrients in the dirt, and move those into the food plants.
    2. Common fertilizers generally put back only 3 main ingredients necessary to grow what appears as viable food plants: nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium {N,P,K]. These grow cosmetically nice produce, but lack adequate other nutrients due to #1.
    3. GMO'ing food, adds and subtracts factors which those developing them, apparently have failed to consider the long-range collateral damages of. To be clear,GMO = gene-splicing, often of disparate species.
    GMO is NOT the same as speeding up what might be a natural evolution of the plant or animal [like Mendel's peas], though the GMO industries like to confuse public into thinking it's the same.
    4. Food produce is stripped of nutrients which cause food products to spoil. If germs and bugs won't eat it, and it doesn't break down into compost readily, it's also unfit for human consumption!
    5. Foods are over-processed, to make them 'instant', or conveniently packaged for quick use, and increased shelf-life.
    6. More people depend on 2nd-hand food sources…out-dated, or end of shelf-life foods, due to low income, which means they are most vulnerable of all to malnutrition.
    7. Docs stopped diagnosing nutritional deficiencies unless the symptoms are so flagrant, they cannot be ignored; i.e., rickets turned into other diagnoses which only describe symptoms; laundry lists of mental ills, skin ills, neurological ills, but no diagnosis of B-deficiencies; Osteoporosis,muscle spasms and cardiovascular ills, , but not magnesium and trace mineral deficiencies; GERD, morning sickness and hyper-emesis gravidarum, but not H.Pylori overgrowth or digestive enzyme deficiency; Alzheimer's, instead of Spongiform Encephalitis; …etc.
    8. Animals grown in close-quarters, fed GMO feed, pumped using hormones and drugs and chemicals, result in sick animals, which provide poor nutrition as well as residues of all the chemicals in it. Animals forced to grow fast, also means they don't live long enough to exhibit signs of Spongiform Encephalitis; if the veal cattle or other young cattle do, they are euphemistically called "downer cows", and butchered early..none know how many of those enter the human food chain. I theorize this infection takes slightly different forms depending what animals it is infecting; it HAS crossed-species many times.
    [Yes, S.E. has been in the USA for almost 100 years, at least, though it has different names in different animals; there's been malfeasant cover-ups catering to preserving related industry's bottom lines.]
    With all that, it's truly a wonder that we've reached over 7 billion people on the planet, and threatened with yet more drastic increases.
    But what quality of humans are being bred? Farmers have more often taken greater care to breed better cattle, while humans breed mostly indiscriminately.
    Wonder what's to become of humans, at this rate of errors in planning and implementation?

  29. This is a GREAT talk! Thank you! Just wish there was not such echo drowning it out!
    Can a clear copy be uploaded?
    Not holding my breath for change…health care STILL struggles to get staff to comply with hand-washing!
    In a cookie-cuter mentality for business, there is dissonance with so many not responding as intended to 'one size fits all'. Docs rarely consider sizing drug doses to the age and weight of the patient. But, there will always be variations on who needs how much of what, to heal.
    We must overcome the limited mentality that only drugs, surgery or radiation can "cure", and consider the person as a whole, not the sum of their parts. We need to improve our paradigms.
    Modern medicine has been schizophrenically divorced from nutrition as a cure for ills, for about 100 years. Yet, Nutrition absolutely has bearing on mental/emotional health; all health. Alternative medicine practitioners have always known and used it, though without knowing exactly, relative to mental health.
    Modern medicine is just barely starting to catch up to the notion of nutrition as a healing modality.
    Modern medicine will only follow-up on using nutrition to cure or maintain better health, if really good studies they accept, are done repeatedly.
    Studies also need to be replicable.
    Probiotics are also implicated; studies show this; more are being done.


  31. I just completed the whole 30 diet today actually. No Dairy, no alcohol, nothing processed, no soy, no legumes, no added sugar, no additives, no sodium nitrates, no gluten, no wheat and no artificial sweeteners. My weight was around 285lbs two years ago. 30 days ago, before I started the whole 30 diet, I had gotten down to 225lbs and plateaued there.

    Now, after doing the #whole30 diet, I lost 15 lbs and almost as good of shape as I was back in basic training at the age of 18. I am now 32.

    I ate nothing but real food: of mostly fats: eggs 4-6/a day (and my cholesterol levels have lowered), avocado- one a day, nuts, oils 2-3 tsp's day) and meat (beef and chicken, about a cup a day) with at least one banana each day. Sweet potatoes and bananas were my only source of carbs and sugar. I am guessing I have high insulin resistance.

    If veganism/vegetarianism works for you then great. Do it. I'm tired of hearing people say only such n such works. That's stupid. Everyone's body is different and everyone's body changes. I now do intermittent fasting and only eat 2.5 meals a day in a 6-8 hour window when I USED to eat 6 meals a day all the day when I first started losing weight.

    Let's lose the pious and self righteous talk about which diet is better and let's see what actually happens when you actually do it. Like Christ Orecchio said, food is medicine and different people require a different prescription. Try different things. Learn to listen to your body as I have. I lift nearly every day and enjoy my strength so animal protein is a necessity for me since beans disrupt my digestion and they are complete proteins anyways. Sure, many vegans are small but I've seen a lot of fat ones too… LISTEN TO YOUR BODY AND EAT REAL FOOD…

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  33. Really want to finish hearing this video but the audio is horrible… please upload with better sound quality. Thank you

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