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Nature's Diet

Nature's Diet

By observing the world around us, recognizing the innate wisdom of the Earth and its plant and animal inhabitants, we too can learn the secrets for a long, healthful, and rewarding life. Recognizing and following these principles is the premise of Nature's Diet. Animals of the wild drink pure water, eat raw living foods high in nutritional elements, move freely in their environment, rest amply, eliminate after eating, and avoid toxic chemicals and hazardous wastes. They do not preserve, alter, or process their food, so they are not ingesting the artificial chemicals found in most of our foods. Animals only consume unadulterated, wholesome, organic, nutritive, highly vital foods as prepared by Nature which delivers it to them in their perfect package.

As mentioned in Dr. Iverson's book, Nature's Diet, certain physics laws govern the outcome of our health. Nature's two opposing forces positive-negative or Ying-Yang, are demonstrated by the physical body through the states of anabolic-catabolic, alkaline-acid, reduction-oxidation, expansion-contraction, assimilation-excretion or building up and breaking down. These must be in perfect balance to prevent either extreme from dominating which causes conditions of either excess (like obesity, hypertension, diabetes, etc) or conditions of deficiency (like malnutrition, osteoporosis, anemia, etc).

At Tacoma Health, we understand Nature's Path of least resistance and utilize these opposing forces through the practices of nourishing with diet and cleansing with botanical medicine. Dr. Iverson embraces the "old ways" of Naturopathic Forefathers who believed the "Healing Power of Nature" could mend and regenerate the body when provided with clean air, pure water, wholesome food, movement exercise, hydrotherapy, sunbathing, botanical cleansing, fasting, prayer, meditation and rest. These aspects form the FOUNDATION in our health regeneration program.

Nature's Diet Cookbook

"Circulation is Life, Stagnation is Death" were the words a mentor of Dr. Iverson would teach his patients. The natural circulation of the Earth's air, water, and soil can be related as well to a circulation within the human body where breath, blood, lymph, chi, and vital energy are dependent on the body's ability to move them. This circulation brings nourishment to feed the cells and equally cleanses them by carrying away stagnant wastes that can prevent the free flow of energy and nutrition. Sometimes additional methods are needed to stimulate this flow such as concentrated nutrients (oral and IV), hydrotherapy, massage and manipulation, acupuncture, homeopathy, electro-magnetic therapies, and other similar non-harmful methods. Circulation is a component of health that must be in continual movement to be in compliance with these natural laws.

At Tacoma Health, we know that the name of the disease is less important than identifying the functional insufficiencies that resulted in the "dis-ease." A single unhealthy body "part" is less significant than how the entire body functions in relation to that "part." The body is a complete unit, a whole being, not a sum of parts, nor a list of symptoms. Every function depends on another and the body should be treated as a whole. Drugs treat symptom for symptom and only mask the body's natural signals of distress without addressing the underlying dis-order. This may temporarily relieve the symptoms but does not rebuild health or promote cure. True health is restored by strengthening the whole body through the principles of Nature's Diet.

Waterfall Photo

The Essential Needs:
OxygenWater -- Macro Nutrients-- Micro Nutrients
Simply understood, one cannot survive very long without the primary importance of OXYGEN; about 3 to 5 minutes to be exact. Even mild deficits can affect body functions. Unfortunately, the quantity and quality of oxygen supply is ever dwindling as the planet is being affected by increasing levels of carbon dioxide from the greenhouse effect, off-gassing by domestic and industrial pollution, and deforestation. As people's health progressively deteriorates, the need for a clean oxygen source is greater than ever.

Exercising outside among trees and plants away from busy streets is an excellent way to raise oxygen levels. Also, deep breathing exercises in the evening or early morning air is not only healing, but also a relaxing and invigorating routine to include within your day.

The human body is comprised upwards of 70% WATER-- the blood, brain, and lungs are 80% or more water, depending on the individual. A human can only live about 5-10 days without it. A deficiency in water may become evident in many different ways such as indigestion, ulcers, constipation, headaches, memory deficiency, or breathing disorders. Because chronic deficiency symptoms can be disguised as so many types of illness, actual water deficiency is not easy to recognize and rarely diagnosed. With today's excess consumption of dehydrating liquids such as caffeine, soda, and alcohol combined with the lack of proper intake of purified water, most people can expect to have some degree of water insufficiency.


Without food or MACRONUTRIENTS the body can live about 50-60 days (depending on a person's body fat reserves). From birth we are nourished by the very nectar of life through our mother's breast milk. This perfect human food contains an ideal balance of the essential nutrients for growth: essential amino acids from protein, essential fatty acids from fat and essential sugars from carbohydrates. These macronutrients are present in breast milk to provide the growing baby with the necessary building blocks of structure.

PROTEIN is the builder, and when taken into the body as food it is digested (if the digestive system is working optimally) and broken down into simple AMINO ACIDS. From here it can be reassembled by the body to form structural proteins like tissues of bones, muscles and the collagen of skin. This is the most common reason people think to eat protein; to make muscle. The body also makes proteins of immunoglobulins which are antibodies that fight off illness, hemoglobin in red blood cells carries oxygen to the cells, and catalytic enzymes that digest food and speed chemical reactions are all proteins made from amino acids!

Protein rich meal

Besides protein, breast milk also contains FATS. Non-essential fats like saturated fats are used for long lasting energy and endurance. ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS (EFAs) are unable to be made by the body and have gained great acceptance by the traditional medical field over the past decade. They come in the forms Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA), as found in flax seeds, which can be converted in the body to omega-3 oils such as EPA and DHA (EicosaPentaenoic Acid, DocosaHexaenoic Acid) found most notably in fish oils. The more common Linoleic Acid (LA) and Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) make up the family of omega-6 oils, which are abundant and often in excess in our diets as they are found in corn, safflower, canola, soybean, sunflower and other vegetable oils. Essential fatty acids are needed for cell membrane fluidity (so nutrients flow in and wastes flow out), nerve and brain function and repair (fats represent at least 12% of the brain by weight), cardiovascular health, and immune system communication. Nature's Diet suggests obtaining the majority of EFAs from green vegetables, seeds and contaminant free pure source fish oils such as professional quality cod liver oil.

The final essential macronutrients of breast milk are CARBOHYDRATES. Glucose is the main fuel utilized by the brain and other cells for energy. There are seven essential sugars which are proving to play a key role in immune function. These glyconutrients are: Fucose, Galactose, Mannose, N-AcetylGalactosamine, N-AcetylGlucosamine, N-AcetylNeuraminic Acid and Xylose. The eight complete sugars would naturally be found in a diet abundant with organic vegetables and fruits, homegrown in fertile soil and allowed to ripen until mature. However, because nearly none of these factors are readily available in our produce, let alone the absolute lack of vegetables and fruits in the American diet, deficiency symptoms are becoming evident. Autoimmune disorders and weakened immune disorders, cancer and benign growth patterns, neurological deficiencies, behavioral and mood disorders, metabolic and glandular insufficiencies are all becoming common, even in children.

MICRONUTRIENTS are just as important as any of the prior mentioned nutritional elements. Complete deficiency will lead to common ailments such as anemia because of a lack of iron, copper, or B vitamins or osteoporosis due to calcium, magnesium and trace element deficiency. Less common and more dangerous deficiencies include scurvy (vitamin C deficiency), rickets (vitamin D), Beri Beri (vitamin B1) xerophthalmia (vitamin A), or pellagra (niacin).

Wheatgrass growing

MINERALS are the support, or the backbone (think of rocks as a foundation), and the electrical conductors that send signals down nerves in the form of ions. They are needed for structure of frame and bio-chemical reactions in thousands of human processes. Sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium are of the most important mineral elements playing a large part in nerve conduction and electrolyte stability, along with carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, and phosphorus interacting to form organic molecules and amino acids. Trace elements such as selenium, copper, zinc, manganese, molybdenum, chromium and iodine are highly recognized for their absolute importance in chemical reactions. For example, glutathione peroxidase, an enzyme that aides in the liver's role of detoxification, utilizes these trace elements to detoxify chemicals that the body is exposed to daily. Trace minerals most notably play a crucial role in hormonal and glandular functions of the endocrine system especially thyroid, pancreas and sex organs.

Finally, ENZYMES and CO-ENZYMES (also known as VITAMINS) are the final essentials needed for proper growth, chemical functions, and communication. Enzymes are present naturally in raw foods like mother's milk (non- pasteurized) and raw fruits and vegetables. They speed biochemical reactions and encourage the breakdown of large food particles called digestion. Co-enzymes or Vitamins are essential for making structure, like vitamin C in making collagen of tissue. They act as antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E to reduce cellular breakdown or aging. They also from a key ingredient in thousands of known chemical reactions, such as B vitamins needed for cellular respiration, which the cell needs to survive. Without vitamins the chemical process of cells would not be possible.


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