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Hesh Goldstein, host of Honolulu's "Health Talk," a weekly talk radio show focusing on diet and health, has been on the radio since 1981. He was vegetarian for 20 years before becoming a vegan in 1990 after learning the connection between dairy products and asthma. The switch to a vegan diet brought him dramatic relief from frequent asthma attacks.

Close to the health scene, Hesh was the Comptroller of Down To Earth Natural Foods in Hawaii for 13 years as well as being the co-manager of their busiest store.

A teacher of meditation, martial arts, women's self-defense (Wing Chun Kung Fu), and sports injury massage, Hesh is also an avid athlete. He enjoys 4 on 4 half-court basketball, sub 12-minute mile racewalking, racketball, and weight lifting, quite an athletic schedule for a someone who is 67. If that isn't enough to fill a week, he also officiates at high school football. He says, "For my real job, I am the Chief Financial Officer of a multi-corporate construction company."


By Hesh Goldstein

"Today we have more information and knowledge about the cure and prevention of disease than ever before in the history of mankind. The advancements that have been made in just the last few years have given us new insights about the treatment and prevention of virtually all illness and disease, making it safe to reach two major conclusions:

  1. Even though just ten years ago we thought we knew the proper treatments of illness, we now know just how little we knew back then.
  2. With these revolutionary breakthroughs in technology, virtually all illness and disease should be wiped out in America within the next ten years. We are on the verge of entering a phase where a person will never be sick. And if you do get sick, your doctor will be able to cure you of your illness in a matter of days. We have virtually reached the pinnacle of medical knowledge."
This calls for a drum roll, blaring trumpets and people dancing in the streets. Unbelievable! We have reached the pinnacle of medical knowledge. We know all there is about the cure and prevention of disease. Holy s**t! In just ten years, because of medical science, sickness will be eliminated in America.

Hallelujah, I'm going to be healed!

Whoa baby! not so fast. That speech was given in 1902.

When we look back, we are amazed about how little they knew. And down the road, people will look back at us and laugh and say the same thing. The bottom line is that there are no medical facts. There are only medical opinions, speculations. Medical science has absolutely, 100% failed in the curing and prevention of illness, sickness and disease. Today, more people than ever before suffer from colds and flu, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, constipation, chronic fatigue, asthma, insomnia, bad breath, acne, depression, infertility, allergies, etc. More people are visiting doctors than ever before, getting X-rays and diagnostic tests, and taking more nonprescription and prescription drugs while more surgeries are performed than ever before.

What is this telling us? It is telling us that standard medical science is failing! We are losing the war on cancer. We spend over $2 trillion a year on health care, yet we are the sickest nation on the planet. We are losers!

So, where are the winners? The drug companies and the healthcare companies are the winners. The profits of the drug companies are at an all time high. More people are on diets than ever before. More people take diet products that ever before, yet, more people are fatter than ever before. They're not just fat, but obese. Again we are the losers, yet there are winners here also. The corporations that sell diet food, diet pills, and other weight-loss aids are making more money that ever before.

You must understand a very important fact. The pharmaceutical companies and the big food industry companies are publicly traded corporations. Being publicly traded, they have one objective: to increase profits. The only way these companies can make more profits is to sell more products. So, the drug companies have a vested interest in keeping you sick. By doing so, they can sell more products. The food companies, to increase profits and put more money in the pockets of their executives, must sell more food. This means that you must eat more food.

How can this be achieved? Well, for one, the food needs to be cheaper. This is accomplished through genetic engineering and spraying chemical poisons over the plants so the crops won't be damaged by disease or bugs or insects. By loading them with chemicals, they will grow faster. The goal is to produce food less expensively and sell it at the highest possible price in massive quantities.

So, how do they get you to consume more and more and more? By putting chemicals in the food to create an addiction, increase your appetite, and make the food cause weight gain. Aspartame and high fructose corn syrup are two such additives designed to accomplish this. Of course, this will be denied just like the tobacco industry denied for years that they make cigarettes physically addicting. Ask yourself this: why do thin people come to America and gain weight even though they do not eat any differently than they did before?

The food industry is so profit driven that it is lobbying against the national campaign "eat less, exercise more." They do not want you to eat less. The food industry wants you fat and eating more food every year. The pharmaceutical industry does not want you to get well. They want you to stay sick so you can buy more pills. Remember, it's all about money! Your welfare is non-existent.

So, who can you trust? The only person you can trust is you. You must reclaim your health and take it out of the hands of the people who want you to eat more and stay sick. You must make changes.

Read labels. If there is anything on the label you cannot pronounce, do not buy it. If the label has sugar, or aspartame or high fructose corn syrup on it, do not buy it. If the label lists preservatives or stabilizers, or artificial colors or flavors on it, do not buy it. If produce is not organically grown, do not buy it. Now that I have ruined shopping in supermarkets for you, what do you do?

  • Shop in stores that sell organically grown produce.
  • Shop in natural food stores where the bulk of the food is chemically free. Erase from your mind the concept of "fast food."
  • Slow down and take the time to prepare your food fresh. Make enough so you have leftovers for the next day.
  • Start your day with a glass of water to get your metabolism and cleansing going.
  • Eat a big hearty breakfast with oatmeal, with organically grown fruit, brown or red rice with organically grown vegetables, or last night's leftovers as long as it's hearty and free of chemicals, preservatives, and sugars.
  • Find time each day to take a long walk.

What do I eat or not eat?

  • Eat no aspartame, artificial sweeteners, or MSG.
  • Eat no diet foods or diet sodas.
  • Stay away from fast food restaurants.
  • Eat no refined foods, only whole foods.
  • Eat no white flour or white rice.
  • Eat organic apples or carrots as a snack.
  • Try to eliminate dairy products from your diet or at least cut your consumption way back.
  • Eat a salad every day and keep your salad dressings simple.
  • When you have that "uncontrollable" urge to eat when you are not hungry, drink some water, or take a bite of a carrot or apple or some fruit.
  • Find support groups like the Vegetarian Societies.
  • Fequent websites like this one,
  • Go through the looking glass and walk in the opposite direction of everyone else.

If you do these simple things, which may seem earth shattering to you at first, you will look better, feel better, and be healthier. Put your health back into your hands and out of the hands of those who only want your money. There are people out there who truly care about you and sincerely desire to help you without profit motivation.

If you have a sincere desire to do these things for yourself, the Lord in your heart, Who knows your true desires, will help you by putting you in contact with those who have no ulterior motives except to help you, and will give you the strength to persevere. Have faith!


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